This PgC course will provide professionals working in a variety of industries (ranging from IT, through engineering to creative industries) with an introduction to the requisite skills necessary to manage projects and programmes to a successful conclusion. It includes classic project and programme management, including the acquisition of skills in the widely used project management tools. In addition you will learn how to appraise issues, which if not addressed can often limit the success of projects, these are the legal issues surrounding project management, change management and financial management.
You will have the opportunity to engage with a range of learning approaches during the course of your study.
You will take part in lectures and seminars. Some of these will be more traditional whereas others will require you to undertake research before coming together to discuss technical issues with a range of students and academic staff. You will have seminars from industry practitioners and have the opportunity to discuss your projects with them to gain real world insight into the problems you are trying to solve.
You will have the opportunity to work in a range of dedicated facilities to provide access to software packages used in the project and programme management disciplines. Throughout the weekly class sessions and through use of the on-line support material, you will obtain skills required to successfully implement and manage a range of project and programme management, processes and methodologies.
Often working on assessment and project briefs specified by industry practitioners, you will develop solutions to meet real world problems/requirements and be able to present these to your peers, practitioners and third parties in order to obtain balanced and current feedback. The assessment methods used will allow you do develop a portfolio of your professional level practice, which you can help to show prospective employers that you have the abilities required to deliver real-world solutions.
This Post Graduate Certificate will appeal to students who are looking to advance their knowledge in Programme and Project Management. The topics are practical, with an emphasis on the application of the knowledge gained and applied to many learning situations, including the use of case studies, live round-table debate, team-working exercises, applied coursework, blended learning environments, and independent study. Students will be encouraged to gain knowledge in their specific field through extensive reading, and to use this material in a targeted way. Students will have support within lecture contact time and dedicated workshops, small working groups, and personal tutors to develop the student to help gain a higher level of achievement. Upon successful completion of the course, progression to the full MSc in Programme and Project Management is available.
You will also have the benefit of relevant experience of staff in a range of Project and Programme Management disciplines. We have a nationally and internationally recognised staff profile in the project management discipline and a team of experienced project managers from a variety of project management disciplines who will deliver the programme.
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Graduates from this PG Cert course will gain knowledge to equip them for employment in a range of managerial positions including areas covering: Programme, Projects, Change Management, Risk Management and Project Planning.
At the end of this course you, the student, will be able to:
apply project management systems, tools, and methodologies in a wide range of contexts, analyzing key project management themes to achieve maximum benefits realization and organisational behavioral change;
to work effectively within different types of team environments to manage and lead such teams in compliance with best practice in project and programme management within organisations;
Analyse risks and uncertainty affecting complex projects and programmes, to respond appropriately to complex project and programme issues in the absence of complete data and to communicate clearly and effectively to specialist and non-specialist stakeholders;
Demonstrate understanding of the operation of major projects and programmes as temporary organisations and behaviour within such organisations and related competence in the design and implementation of organisation structures, strategies, systems and procedures for complex programmes not only across business sectors but also in the public sector
A lower second honours degree or equivalent is required for direct entry onto the Master’s programme. Students applying for individual modules will be required to demonstrate the ability to absorb rapidly technical concepts and detail, possibly by evidence of their previous industrial or commercial experience. Students are selected using application form and references in the first instance and then usually interviewed.
These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2018/9. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.
Professional and Career Development Loan: The University is a Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) registered Learning Provider, registration number . A PCDL is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.
Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites www.acf.org.uk, www.dsc.org.uk/fundingwebsites or www.family-action.org.uk. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.
University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-loyalty-discount/): If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.
Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.
If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at www.wlv.ac.uk/howtopay.