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A project management qualification that opens doors to every industry

In today’s economy the majority of businesses are run as a series of projects or programmes. The Project Management Institute (PMI) predicts that by 2027 there will be demand for 88 million people in project-related roles. However, the skills needed to complete a project on time and on budget are no longer the reserve of project managers.  

We spoke to Steven Kendrick, Interim Programme Director of the new MSc in Project Management, about why anyone in a senior management position – in almost any industry in the world – can benefit from learning the principles and practice of project management.

Written by Allie Fitzgibbon |

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"Our programme supports students to become experts in project management but with the flexibility to adapt to very different cultures."

The University of London has partnered with Member Institution, Royal Holloway, University of London, to develop an innovative online MSc in Project Management. The programme has been designed by experienced industry practitioners as well as leading academics, and offers students an opportunity to gain an overview of a number of different project management frameworks and adapt them to suit a wide range of industries.

Research shows that companies that did not use project management processes reported that at least half of their projects had failed.

Steven Kendrick is Head of the London Graduate School at Royal Holloway and Interim Programme Director of the new master’s-level programme. He explained why the uniquely varied curriculum is such an advantage for students.

“In recent years, the number of different frameworks used in project management has increased. If you work in IT or the digital space, you’re using agile project management. If you work in construction, you probably use PRINCE2. While if you work in the rail industry you might be using PMI or APM. We’re also seeing more and more technology to support project management, but it is still heavily reliant on the human element to ensure projects succeed.

“Unlike many of our competitors, our programme gives students the chance to learn how to use each of these frameworks but not to be restricted by them. Graduates won’t just be a specialist in one framework and therefore won’t be constrained to a career in one particular sector. They will be equipped with a wide knowledge-base and understanding to be able to adapt and work in almost any sector, practically anywhere in the world.”

If you only know how to use one framework and that doesn’t fit the organisational or national culture in which you want to work, you’re going to become unstuck pretty quickly.

Despite the heavily project-based operating structure of most modern businesses, research by PMI found that 42% of companies undervalue project management as a crucial business component. Consequently, those that did not use project management processes also reported that at least half of their projects had failed.

Steven said: “This programme is ideal for people already working in project management who want to invest in their future, as well as anyone looking to make a career change into project management. However, it’s also very useful for senior managers working in any project-based company. A lot of senior management find themselves in a position where they don’t have the knowledge or understanding of how processes and projects operate beneath them, which can make it difficult to make changes or offer different solutions. Our programme equips you with the understanding you’ll need to be a strong leader.”

This programme is ideal for people already working in project management who want to invest in their future.

The fully online master's-level programme allows students to study flexibly from anywhere in the world. You can choose to start with individual modules and work up to the MSc qualification, learning at your own pace to fit around career and family commitments.

Steven added: “Studying while you work means you’ll be able to implement your learning immediately and enhance your ability to deliver in your day-to-day job.”

The curriculum draws on the already successful on-campus Project Management programme offered by Royal Holloway. Graduates from that programme have gone on to hugely varied careers, from the Bank of China to Disney and from local councils to the Norwegian shipping industry.

Studying while you work means you’ll be able to implement your learning immediately and enhance your ability to deliver in your day-to-day job.

Steven said: “Our programme supports students to become experts in project management but with the flexibility to adapt to very different cultures – both organisational cultures and international cultures. So, for example, Amazon takes a very different approach to Google. Likewise, working in China is very different from working in Saudi Arabia. If you only know how to use one framework and that doesn’t fit the organisational or national culture in which you want to work, you’re going to become unstuck pretty quickly. So having this high-level overview is hugely beneficial to our graduates.”

If you have ambitions to manage more prestigious projects, give yourself the power to deliver with the MSc Project Management from University of London.