The MSc Project Management programme will equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to successfully manage projects in a variety of industries and contexts. You will learn about all aspects of how to effectively plan, implement, control and monitor, and handover projects of various sizes and complexities in a highly competitive global marketplace.
You will gain essential skills in the management of stakeholders' expectations, risk management and quality assurance on projects. The programme will teach you from both a practical and theoretical standpoint how project management can be used as a tool to help grow business and achieve strategic objectives in an organisational setting.
The programme caters to the needs of experienced professionals as well as those who are at the beginning of their career in a project management-related role through the acquisition of necessary skills and knowledge in a technology-embedded learning environment. It will serve as a pathway for you to achieve highly sought-after certifications in project management.
This is a practice-based degree with the objective of preparing you for the strong project management job market in China and beyond, though it can also serve as a base for further academic study.
Graduates of this programme, as with all XJTLU masters degrees, earn a University of Liverpool degree that is recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education.
International Business School Suzhou (IBSS) is one of an elite group of institutions worldwide to be accredited by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), a globally recognised standard for the highest quality in business education. Only five per cent of business schools worldwide have been awarded the accreditation and IBSS is the youngest school ever to have achieved it.
Why should I study Project Management at XJTLU?
The MSc Project Management programme:
- provides skills that have universal relevance, meaning you can use these skills to manage projects across a large variety of industries worldwide
- is designed around the globally recognised PMBOK standards of the Project Management Institute (PMI)
- serves as a path to project management certification such as Project Management Professional (PMP) and others
- has a balanced structure that ensures quality of education and provides cutting-edge industry relevant project management skills.
Knowledge and skills
The MSc Project Management programme will equip you with:
- Understanding of the role of project management and the project manager in the life of a project
- Knowledge of the components, processes, tools and techniques in the project management discipline as well as the interactions between these elements
- Knowledge of leadership and management concepts for effective management of projects undertaken locally or across international borders
- Critical understanding of project management theory and applications
- Skills in how to initiate, plan, execute, control, lead, evaluate and close projects to deliver an agreed scope within time, budget and quality constraints.
- Skills in the application of a range of techniques to determine, document and refine project goals, performance requirements, deliverables, constraints and risks as well as project schedule, resource budgeting and quality in the lifecycle of a project.
- Fundamentals of project management
- Project risk management
- Project financing and cost management
- Project stakeholder management
- Project leadership and governance
- Dissertation/consultancy capstone project.
- Strategic organisational design
- Strategic business analysis
- Strategic purchasing management
- Entrepreneurship and business creation
- Social commerce.
Additional learning activities
The completion of additional learning activities is required to complete your masters degree. Normally, required ALA hours will be distributed evenly across each semester, amounting to 200 hours per semester. Part-time programmes will normally require 100 to 150 hours per semester.
Some mandatory additional learning activities are given below. Please check the programme specifications for a complete list of ALAs and related requirements.
- Introduction to research methods I
- Introduction to research methods II
- Chinese stage I (for international students)
- Chinese stage II (for international students)
- Project management software training.
China is at the forefront of countries which require highly developed project management skills that contribute towards economic development and GDP growth. This means a there is a continuous and strong demand for professionals with training in project management.
Suzhou, Shanghai and Wuxi are important hubs of business and economic activities and we expect to see strong demand for people with project management skills across various industries in these hubs and more widely across Asia and beyond.
Graduates may work in industries such as e-commerce, oil and gas, software, IT, construction, airlines, retail and manufacturing.