MSc Engineering Project Management (Learning at Work) - University of Portsmouth
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MSc

Engineering Project Management

A Learning at Work Master's degree programme

Course Overview

Why take this course?

There is a huge variety of existing, challenging and well-paid careers available in engineering and there is an increasing demand for qualified engineering project management professionals both within the UK and internationally. Studying for the MSc Engineering Project Management through the Learning at Work Partnership Masters Programme with enable you to study for a recognised qualification whilst remaining in employment: allowing you to learn while you earn. The key benefit to you is that you can tailor your learning to suit your professional and personal development aspirations.

This course can help you to not only become a more capable, confident engineer, but, develop your ability to effectively manage the different phases of the increasingly complex projects arising in industry today and in the future.

What will I experience?

A unique flexible course that allows you to set your own objectives, choose your specific course content and tailor the pace of learning to suit the demands on your time. It is a three-way partnership between you, your employer and the University which enables you to make an effective contribution to your workplace, as well as improving your career prospects.

Much of your learning comes from work-based learning (WBL) projects that form part of your daily workload, which means you will be working on current issues, relevant and essential to your employer's business. University taught units and other training programmes can provide additional learning.

What opportunities might it lead to?

This course is the choice for those who already have a first degree, or who have lower qualifications coupled with several years experience in responsible positions such as those in the military. If you’ve achieved a high level of skill through experience that isn’t reflected in your qualifications, then our course could be for you.

Students who successfully complete the course could potentially gain Chartered Engineer (CEng) status through the professional engineering institutions:

  • Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
  • Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST)
  • Royal Aeronautical Society (RAes)
  • Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management (IHEEM)
  • Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM)
  • The Society of Operations Engineers (SOE)

 

Stephen Pascoe, MSc Engineering and Management

The Portsmouth University Learning at Work programme has been fantastic - it certainly challenged me, but ultimately allowed me to achieve my goal of becoming a Chartered Engineer by providing me with a degree that I could receive accreditation for, that I have been able to complete on a part time basis and which has also provided a valuable piece of work for my employer.

Stephen Pascoe, MSc Engineering and Management


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Structure & Teaching

The time you take to complete your studies is up to you and is not tied to the academic calendar. It depends on the point at which you start the course and your personal circumstances at work and at home. Students make up the academic credit required for achievement of their award through a combination of different learning all of which is detailed in a learning contract. The balance of elements in a learning programme is agreed by negotiation between you and your Workplace Partner, Academic Tutor and Learning Manager.

The learning can include:

  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): Top up a PgCert or PgDip or international equivalent in an engineering based subject to a full MSc. The maximum RPL credit you can receive is two-thirds of the credit for the award. For further information contact the Learning at Work department.
  • Work-based Learning Projects: These usually make up the bulk of the learning contract. They must involve new learning for you, so they cannot be simply the activities involved in your regular job. However, they should be of value to your employer as well as yourself and you should be able to carry out much of the project work in normal working hours. Previous WBL projects have considered, for example, the Deployment of Lean Six Sigma, the Application of Project Management in the Design and Installation of Training Information Systems.
  • Taught Units: Campus-based or distance learning units from the University of Portsmouth or other higher education institutions can be included in your programme. They are a good way of acquiring new knowledge in a structured way. Examples include Business Transformation Through Quality Management, and Project Management and Control.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.


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Facilities & Features

Support

Due to the distance-learning nature of this course and the potential pressure of juggling your course alongside your work and home life, we aim to provide you with as much support as possible. You will have three channels of support. Firstly, a Workplace Partner chosen by you – someone at work who can offer advice, guidance and moral support as well as an Academic Tutor specialising in your area of study and finally, a Learning Manager.

Flexible Learning

It is essential that you have access to the web as this will be the main source of your learning material. You will be supported through our online virtual learning environment called Moodle. The Moodle environment will be a rich source of information - both formal and informal. You are directed towards independent study through selected activities including virtual tutor-led discussion sessions, providing you with the opportunity to interact with staff and fellow students, podcasts and webinars.

Online tutorials and lectures will assist students with a variety of study skills and research methods. The Academic Skills Department are also on hand to support students with the requirements of academic writing. Although you are not required to study on campus throughout the course, you are invited to attend an induction session at the start of the programme and, of course, your graduation ceremony at the end. For those unable to attend induction in person, we provide an online induction course to get you off to the best start in your studies.

University Library

Tap into our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources including e-books and journals, which are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help. We have created a series of videos aimed to help you use the University Library resources and to search more effectively for the information you require for your research and assessments.

Budgeting for your studies

There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.


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Careers & Opportunities

Career prospects

Our Partnership Programme aims to develop your abilities in the workplace using professional standards of competency. Your employer should experience a direct benefit and see an improvement in your performance due to the work-based nature of your study.

Your projects will be commercially valuable to your organisation and will exhibit your enhanced strategic awareness and knowledge of best practice. In turn, your increased motivation and improved performance will undoubtedly lead to further professional opportunities and career progression.

Career planning

One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the support that we provide to our Master's and Research Degree students in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. Help is also available if you wish to find a part-time job while studying your degree.

We offer our postgraduate students and alumni one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser, or an online service for those not able to travel back to the University. Our alumni can call on our career services for five years after graduation.

In addition, regular employability events offer you the chance to meet employers, find out about different career sectors and improve your applications or CV. The Graduate Summer Programme provides a range of guidance and employability seminars and workshops.

Benefits of Postgraduate Study

Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your achievement record.

  • Postgraduate study may greatly improve your chances of getting that first break.
  • Many graduate employers prefer the higher intellectual rigour displayed in postgraduate students.
  • Recruiters for roles requiring specialist knowledge or research particularly target those with higher level qualifications.
  • Postgraduate study shows you can take the challenge of in-depth study; acquiring transferable skills in team working and problem solving techniques.
  • If you have a passion for a particular subject, postgraduate study can also be something undertaken as part of your own development at an appropriate time in your life.


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Apply now

How to apply

To apply for this course you must request an application form from The Learning at Work office either by emailing learningatwork@port.ac.uk or phoning on 023 9284 6260.

To find out more about the application process please visit one of the following links, depending on you your course of interest:

International Students

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