MBA MBA (Strategic Project Management)

Postgraduate, Full-time

MBA (Strategic Project Management) MBA



Develop your managerial skills and gain the necessary expertise needed to take on the challenge of senior project management roles.

Overview

The Edinburgh Napier MBA (Strategic Project Management) appeals to people with a wide range of backgrounds and experience; be they recent graduates or business professionals with perhaps many years’ experience, or specialist managers who are looking for a formal qualification to consolidate their experiential knowledge. It has equal relevance to those in the public, private and third sectors.
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Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

2 years

Start date:

Jan


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Course details

This programme will develop students’ personal and professional skills of independent thinking, critical analysis and reflective learning, proving you are able to operate in today’s rapidly changing global landscape and have the ability to solve problems at a strategic level.

In recent years, Edinburgh Napier MBA students have come from all sectors including professionals from health, social care, engineering, police, business consultants and those who have decided to take a career break or who wish to change career direction. In The MBA (Strategic Project Management) you will study organisations, focusing in particular on the role of leaders and managers in determining the organisation’s mission, vision and strategic direction.

You will develop critical reflection and engagement skills to understand, apply and challenge the relevance of academic theories in a rapidly changing business  context.

You will to widen your perspective beyond the limitations imposed by your own experience and develop insights, critical thinking and the management skills necessary to function effectively in a management role.

You will enhance your interpersonal, cross-cultural, and complex problem-solving skills, enabling you to work more effectively with key stakeholders.

You will develop your knowledge and skills across specialist routes congruent with your career and professional development plans and goals.

You will apply subject specific knowledge to a range of practical problems in line with organisations overall strategic objectives.

What you'll study

You will study eight compulsory taught modules, including Management & Organisational Change, Leading Strategic Decision Making, and Project Risk Management to qualify for this award. Each module is equivalent to 200 hours of learning. You will also undertake personal research and complete a final project in the field of engineering management.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught There will be active student participation, using student-led seminars & discussion groups, tutor-led discussion and debate, guided reading and independent research of library and internet resources. The relevance of study will be shown through work-based assignments and projects, guest speakers, topical case studies, and assignment topics. Finally, independent learning will be encouraged with significant emphasis on student research / seminars / small group work rather than didactic approach.
  • library Facilities You will have access to the wide range of university equipment and IT facilities, including personal email accounts and Moodle.

Modules

Modules that you will study* as part of this course

Global Business Economics and Finance ( SOE11144 )

The large majority of businesses today operate in a variety of economic environments and their leaders must make economic decisions taking into account market specific information. This module covers the most essential analytical tools required for economic decision making such as: the concepts of economic systems, profit and utility maximisation, demand elasticity, market equilibrium, market structures, macroeconomic objectives, government policies’ (monetary, fiscal and trade policies) tools and their impact on businesses etc.
Businesses also require funding from shareholders and lenders at the outset and subsequently need to profits and positive cash flows for investment. They are in competition with other businesses for funding, just as much as they are competition for labour and market share. On this course, you will learn to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages to the business of a range of sources of finance. You will also learn how managers report on the financial affairs and financial position of the business and how financial reports can be analysed to evaluate business performance.

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Global Logistics and Supply Chains ( SOE11147 )

This module applies key concepts of logistics and supply chain management to provide you with an understanding of the strategic and operational roles of logistics in the global business environment.
Emphasis is placed on global and pan-European systems for materials sourcing and product distribution, to enable you to learn how businesses configure their supply chains to compete in today’s major trading blocs. Early topics identify key issues in global logistics and contrast international and domestic logistics systems. Subsequent topics explore the main components of global supply chains and the
logistics activities involved in their management.
The module begins with an introduction to the characteristics of global logistics and a discussion of the role of logistics in international business. The module then covers the development of international trade, regional trading blocs and the logistics implications. The rise of global marketing and global logistics is then addressed in the context of the international business environment, requiring the management and operation of inbound supplies and sourcing, manufacturing, global distribution channels, international
transport and international order management. Contemporary issues arising out of the former that will be explored in the latter part of the module include the rise of e-logistics and new developments and organisational issues in developing European and global logistics systems.

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Leading Strategic Decision-Making ( HRM11120 )

The module will cover the following content:
- Organisation Strategy and Strategic Leadership
- Determining the Strategic Direction: Mission Vision and Values
- Strategic Decision-making in Practice
- Transformational Leadership Approaches and Emotional Intelligence
- The Leader-Follower Relationship
- Team Leadership
- Strategic Decision-Making in Innovative Contexts
- Creating Systemic Innovation
- Authentic and Sustainable Leadership
- Resources and Capabilities


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MBA Capstone Project ( SOE11149 )

The Capstone Project provides you with the opportunity to apply the understanding, knowledge, analytical and conceptual tools and personal skills gained from the taught courses to an in-depth study of a selected company. It consolidates the learning, knowledge and skills that you have already taken place as well as developing your capability to undertake inductive or deductive case study analyses. It can thus be seen as the culmination of the entire MBA programme.
In groups, you will select a company and deploy the knowledge background acquired during your studies in a specialist area of business and management to conduct your research. Common specialisms are: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)/sustainability, entrepreneurship, HRM, innovation, leadership, marketing, operations management/supply chains and strategy. The Capstone Project enables you to put into practice theories and concepts learned on the MBA programme and provides an opportunity to study a particular company and management specialism in detail.

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MBA Support Classes ( LNGEAP11 )

Management Research ( SOE11148 )

Case studies are increasingly being used in many areas of business and management, and it is widely recognised that case research can be powerful in developing, modifying and extending theory in both exploratory and explanatory research designs. However, there can be misunderstanding of the methodological underpinnings of research using case studies. Different methodological perspectives can use case studies in quite different ways. For example, the role of case studies in positivist research is quite different to their use by interpretive researchers.

This module focuses on the methodological underpinnings of case study research and the roles of case studies in different methodological traditions within the diverse fields of business and management. Examples will be provided of both quantitative and qualitative case studies. Categorisations of different methodological bases of case studies will be discussed, and the use of theory in case study research will be explored. In addition, the module will cover the characteristics of good case research design and ways of constructing 'convincing' case studies. The importance and sources of appropriate secondary data in which to provide context to case studies will be emphasised. You will be required to analyse and critique a quantitative or qualitative database of your choice.

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Management and Organisational Change ( HRM11117 )

The material covered in the module relates to two broad areas of study: the examination of organisational behaviour, including attitudes, perception, motivation, groups, teams and leadership; and understanding managerial processes, and the development of skills important in the management of people and processes - such as corporate social responsibility. Change management is increasingly important and therefore you will examine the topic by looking at both incremental and transformational change, and the importance of power, politics and conflict.

Focusing on the behaviour of people in a work environment the module places an emphasis on understanding the vital role and importance of people in the change management process. You will develop an understanding of the dynamics of working organisations in a rapidly evolving business environment, specifically the significance of organisational culture. This in turn develops your ability to plan and carry forward sustainable system-wide change programmes.

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Principles and Practice of Marketing ( MKT11108 )

The module will explore key marketing management principles and theories with a focus upon practical marketing management issues. Within PPM, we will step through levels of the organisation, from corporate level, through business level, and to operational level. This approach will allow the student to view and evaluate organisational decisions across the organisation and understand issues of communication, culture, and change management amongst others. The first section of the module will consider Marking Planning incorporating elements of environmental scanning, developing and setting organisational and marketing objectives, and developing organisational and marketing strategy. Later sections of the module will focus upon marketing implementation which includes elements of media decisions, operations management, and marketing measurements.

Applying this knowledge, you will critically evaluate the macro and micro environment for the launch of a new product or service, identify appropriate strategies, logistics, pricing and communications, and outline ways of evaluating and measuring success.

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Project Management ( BSV11101 )

1. Introduction to project management, what it involves in the modern construction project, and its evolution. 2. The contemporary construction client; why an understanding of clients is vital to successful project management. 3. Project Organisation. 4. Power, Authority, Politics and Responsibility in Project Management. 5. Project Planning using Work Breakdown Structures and Network Analysis techniques. 6. Project Control using Variance Analysis and Earned Value Analysis.

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Project Risk Management ( BSV11105 )

Philosophy of risk. Risk Management Methodology. Risk Identification. Risk Analysis. Management Response to Risk. Major Sources of Risk and Uncertainty.
Expected Monetary Value, Decision Tree Analysis. Sensitivity Analysis. Value of Perfect Information. Elicitation of Probabilistic Information. Utility Theory. Multi-attribute Utility Theory. Risk In Bidding Decisions. Reverse auctions. Risk and Property Auction Design. Risk Analysis Software. Monte Carlo Simulation. Human Aspects in Risk Analysis.
Risk Allocation in Contracts. Insurance and Bonds. Risk in PFI/PPP Projects. Risk in International Project Investments. Portfolio Theory and Practice. Firm-wide Risk Management.
Role of a risk Manager. Case Studies.




Further information

* These are indicative only and reflect the course structure in the current academic year. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Disclaimer

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Placement and study abroad opportunities are subject to UK and Scottish Government health and travel advice.

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at 2:2 or above. In addition, applicants must have two years' relevant work experience.  We look for applicants to have a background in any discipline in order to be eligible for the programme. 

Applications need to be supported with a personal statement detailing the reasons for choosing the particular specialism.

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient professional work experience within the industry.


English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MSc Nursing (Pre-registration) (Adult or Mental Health)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

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Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2021/22 2022/23
Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland £7,830 tba
Overseas and EU £9,000 tba
You study this course over two academic years, fees listed are per annum.

Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next.
For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees

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Careers

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On successful completion of this programme you will have the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to gain postgraduate-level employment in a senior management/leadership role within strategic project management, in the global business environment. Alternatively, you will be eligible to progress to doctoral-level study at the University or to seek entry to doctoral-level study at another higher education institution.

The MBA (Strategic Project Management) Programme is designed to offer students a general management education with the ability to specialise in strategic project management.

Students on the Programme have used it to either consolidate their knowledge and progress in their organisational/industry career ladder, or have used it as an opportunity to change career.


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