Our Project Management higher education courses have been specifically designed for professionals who want to enhance their existing project management skills or pursue a career in the IT, engineering, manufacturing, construction or nuclear industries.

Project management is a fast growing profession with employment opportunities locally, nationally and internationally. These programmes develop project management skills that are appropriate for projects in all business sectors. We have programmes designed for new entrants to the profession alongside courses for more experienced project and programme managers wishing to further develop their skills.

Our courses

Foundation and BSc (Hons) Degrees in Project Management

The FdSc and BSc Project Management have been designed around established bodies of knowledge from the Association for Project Management (APM) and the Project Management Institute (PMI). The programme delivers an integrated curriculum that clearly links projects, programmes and portfolios into organisations and the development and improvement of their business-as-usual activities.

Students will begin by looking at project management methodologies, case studies and risk management, as well as studying the role of projects in enabling strategic change and enhancing leadership skills. They will have the chance to examine project management practice within a specific context, providing real-life examples to enhance their studies further.

The programme shares many modules in common with our degree apprenticeship in Project Management, and students on the Foundation Degree and BSc will study alongside apprentices on this programme. The programme normally starts in September each year.

Find out more about each programme, including content and entry requirements:

FdSc Project Management  

BSc (Hons) Project Management   

BSc (Hons) Project Management (top up)


Project Management Degree Apprenticeship

Our project manager apprenticeship course has been designed around the requirements of professional bodies, including the Association for Project Management (APM), so apprentices learn all the profession-relevant skills that they need for a career in project management. As part of this qualification they will achieve the Association for Project Management Project Management Qualification (PMQ) and a BSc Hons degree in Project Management.

Studying alongside students on the FdSc and BSc degree programmes, apprentices learn about the foundations of project management and the business environment, and develop their skills in using project management techniques and software. The course also focuses on personal development with opportunities to improve communication and leadership skills to develop the confidence apprentices will need as practising project managers.

Find out more about the programme, including content and entry requirements:

Project Management Apprenticeship


MSc Project Leadership

A unique postgraduate study opportunity, the MSc Project Leadership programme provides project professionals with the opportunity to enhance their technical knowledge and professional skills as leaders in a project, programme or portfolio setting.

Designed with employers in mind, this programme utilises a part-time, blended delivery model to allow students to study flexibly and apply their learning directly back to the workplace environment.  The programme is delivered over two years with two entry points in the academic year (typically September and February).

Students on this programme will engage with a range of topics exploring the roles and responsibilities of leaders in the successful delivery of complex projects.  Students will begin by looking at the theories and principles behind leadership and transformative reflection before exploring the tools and techniques for leading high performing teams, managing conflicts, and engaging stakeholders.  Students will then explore the role and impact of project leaders in developing the Business Case and monitoring the progress of projects throughout the Project Life Cycle, focusing particularly on managing quality and risks.  In the second year of the programme, students will explore different approaches to the delivery of complex projects and the impact they have on governance and change control processes.  Students will continue to apply and embed their learning to the workplace environment, culminating in the completion of an industry project.

Developed in collaboration with the Project Academy Ltd., this programme has been aligned to the Association of Project Managements’ Chartered Project Professional (APM ChPP) Standard.  Successful completion of this programme will also enable students to submit an application to the APM for Chartered Project Professional status.

For more information, please contact project.academy@cumbria.ac.uk.

Graduate Diploma Project Management

Designed for existing graduates who are new to the subject area and looking to pursue a career in a project or programme setting, this Graduate Diploma enables students to develop their technical understanding of the key concepts and principles of successful project delivery.

Students will explore the essential building blocks of project management, gaining an understanding of project management methodologies and the key activities within each stage of the Project Life Cycle.  The programme will also look at the key role of leadership, teamwork and collaboration, as well as developing skills in reflective practice.

The Graduate Diploma in Project Management is a part-time programme, aligned to the Association of Project Management’s Body of Knowledge, and delivered over 18 months with one entry point each academic year in September.  The programme has been designed to facilitate flexible working and maximise opportunities for students to apply their learning directly back into the workplace environment.

 

For more information, please contact project.academy@cumbria.ac.uk.


Certificate courses

These courses focus on a specific area of project and programme management and are typically studied over a period of 6-12 months.

University Certificate in Project Controls

There is a growing demand for suitably qualified project controls professionals in a range of different sectors and industries. This programme will provide students with an understanding of the use of the business case throughout the project life cycle, and how project controls are applied in different sectors, and will equip learners with the tools and techniques required to become a project controls technician.

Find out more about the programme, including content and entry requirements:

University Certificate in Project Controls


University Certificate in Project Scope Baseline Management

This programme will provide students with an understanding of how projects are delivered within a programme environment with respect to baseline setting and management, and of the extended project life-cycle and the relationship between projects, programmes and portfolios in the context of baseline setting and management; and will equip learners with the tools and techniques required for baseline scope definition and management and control of projects using the baseline.

Find out more about the programme, including content and entry requirements:

University Certificate in Project Scope Baseline Management


Graduate Certificates in Applied Programme Management and Applied Business Change Management

These new programmes are designed to develop Business Change Managers and Programme Managers as effective and reflective practitioners. A unique feature of this programme is that it utilises industry standard training and assessment as the basis for developing the core knowledge and understanding whilst developing students' metacognitive skills to enhance their practice. Whilst engaging in agreed CPD activities, students develop and keep a reflective learning log which requires embedding, application, reflection and evaluation of the CPD content in the workplace.

Find out more about each programme, including content and entry requirements:

Graduate Certificate in Applied Programme Management  Graduate Certificates in Applied Business Change Management


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