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Project Management

The MSc in Project Management will equip you with practical skills in project planning, organising, and leadership, within a framework informed by both academic research and practical experience.

This course prepares you for a career in management of projects in different industries and types of organisations. Real-life case examples and group projects are used as examples to reinforce your understanding. You will also be given the opportunity to carry out projects with various types of organisations and experience the reality of achieving the project goals and managing different stakeholders, using the knowledge as well as tools and techniques acquired during the course.

The skills you will develop and practice will open doors for you in a wide range of industries and fields of work. From existing projects to the implementation of new products, facilities, infrastructure, organisational change, technological change, all are achieved through projects and need skills and knowledge of management of projects.

The full-time option of this Masters is suitable for graduates from all academic backgrounds and disciplines.

This Masters is also offered in a 2-year part-time format, taught via twice-weekly evening classes and is intended for students with relevant work experience. Learn more about our Part Time option.

What will I learn?
Students will acquire a broad knowledge of project management via real-life examples, as well as having the opportunity to develop and test their own knowledge and skills via a wide variety of own projects.

A thorough acquisition of essential interpersonal, leadership, stakeholder management, and problem-solving skills via group- and case-based learning, presentations, simulation exercises, and real-life projects to deliver services and products.

The acquisition and development of vital presentation, communication, and reporting skills and analytical techniques.

How will I benefit?

The curriculum has been devised to either kick-start graduates at the beginning of their career or accelerate the trajectory of those already working.

1. The course favours an academically-grounded, hands-on experience, enabling students to experience the reality of management of projects and the skills and knowledge required in all kinds of organisational contexts.

2. Students gain first-hand insight into how to communicate with stakeholders at all levels, and master the organisational and human issues involved in managing projects.

3. A springboard to employment by a range of prestigious companies, including Accenture, Microsoft, PwC and Vodafone.

Entry requirements

A minimum second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in in Business / Commerce, Computer Science, Engineering, Social Science, Economics, Science, Physics, Architecture or a related discipline.

Or

A primary degree (or equivalent) with a minimum of three years’ relevant business work experience.

English Language Requirements
If English is not your first language an English language qualification is required for admission to all of our courses. The exception to this rule is if you have completed your primary degree or an entire third level qualification through English, in an English speaking country.

Transcripts
An academic transcript is a document(s) provided by the academic institution where you undertake your studies. This is an official document which states all of the subjects you have undertaken during your studies and what grade you have achieved in each of those subjects, including your overall final grade if you have completed your qualification. Official or original academic transcripts are documents printed on the official headed paper of the institution where you studied and should be stamped by that institution. If this document is not in English you should arrange to have it translated.

Visa Requirements
Some students might have to get a student visa in order to come and study in Ireland. Regardless, all non EU/EEA and non Swiss citizens have to register on arrival with the GNIB.

Duration

1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.

Careers or further progression

What can I do?
As a graduate of the MSc in Project Management, you will be equipped to manage projects in a variety of areas, such as business change, new products, new facilities, new systems and new technology.

In 2016, 75% of our graduates from this programme were employed after 6 months across a range of industry sectors. (Source: First Destination Report 2016)

Potential careers for our graduates include:
•Programme Planner
•Project Engineer
•Development Manager
•Management Consultant
•Infrastructure Development

Further enquiries

The Admissions Office can be contacted at smurfit.admissions@ucd.ie.

Subjects taught

The curriculum is built around a theoretical and practical grounding in project management strategy, evaluation and techniques, and is taught via a cluster of core modules and a summer term research report.

Semester 1
•The Project Management Lifecycle
•Projects and Organisational Dynamics
•Business Strategy

Semester 2
•Project Scope and Feasibility Evaluation
•Procurement and Contract Management
•Project Management Tools and Techniques
•Major Report (start)

Summer Term
•Project Risk Management
•Major Report (finish)

Note: option modules listed are indicative of what has been delivered in previous years. What is offered each academic year is subject to change.

Enrolment and start dates

Starting: September 2018.

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