MASTER OF SCIENCE (PROJECT MANAGEMENT)

Introduction

This programme has been offered since 1990, making it one of the pioneering coursework based MSc. Project Management programmes here in Malaysia. Adopting a broad based project management approach infused with the intricacies of the construction industry, this MSc. programme is suitable for both working professionals and scholars intending to further their studies. Integrating established and reputable project management syllabuses, this programme leverages on its structured coursework which encompasses the spectrum of the project management field. This is further enhanced with dynamic and contemporary case study elements as well as a research based dissertation. The programme has been a steady feature in the top 200 Best Masters Programs released by the Eduniversal Global Masters and ranked 15th in innovation and project management in Far East Asia. Moreover, this program is accredited by Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). Taught and conducted by academicians with research as well as industrial backgrounds, this programme offers a cognitive and intuitive learning experience within the confines of the nation’s sole APEX University.

Program Outcome

The outcome of the program is focused on 3 main project management talents which include (i) technical project management; (ii) leadership and (iii) strategic and business management.
Upon successful completion, graduates of this program would be able to: -

  1. Be extensively proficient in the aspects of construction project management knowledge areas and skills.

  2. Collate and analyse scientific research data systematically via the application of information technology

  3. Organize human resource matters as well as project and legal requirements towards successfully executing construction projects that are relevant to industry needs.

  4. Manage built environment entities based on entrepreneurial and managerial know-how, tampered with a keen sense of accountability and ethics.

  5. Master the ability to communicate in analysing, displaying and undertaking the roles as well as responsibilities of a project manager.

  6. Resolve construction project implementation issues in a concise and precise manner towards achieving the most suitable and cost-effective solutions.

  7. Demonstrate capabilities in sourcing for and managing information, adapting to change, and actualizing a lifelong learning aptitude instilled with the potential to further pursue higher levels of education and qualification.

  8. Portray themselves as intellectual, committed, and competent post-graduates with the intrinsic desire to be ethical, capable, analytical, and holistic individuals.

  9. Exhibit leadership characteristics and teamwork skills garnered through active participation in construction management practices.

 

Entry Requirements

Applicants should possess the following:

1)  Satisfy the general requirements of USM’s graduate school.

2)  Candidates should hold a first degree with a minimum CGPA of 2.75 and above in any of the following:

Either

a)  BSc. (Hons) Housing, Building and Planning, Universiti Sains Malaysia; or

b)  Honours degree from Universiti Sains Malaysia OR degree from other universities in related construction fields approved by Universiti Sains Malaysia such as Architecture, Building Engineering, Planning, Quantity Surveying, Valuation; or other academic or professional qualifications acceptable by USM.

3)  Preference will be given to those who have relevant working experience 

Course Approach

The full-time program covers a minimum of one academic year (or equivalent to two semesters) during which time the students are also expected to submit their research project reports. The part-time program covers a minimum of two academic years. International students are only eligible to follow the MSc program on a full-time basis.

Master of Science (Project Management) is conferred to candidates who have accumulated not less than 44 credit units. Students are required to complete all courses listed as compulsory, project case studies and the research project.

Courses are conducted through lectures, tutorials, discussions, seminars, case studies and assignments. The language of instruction is English for intake with International students, replacing Bahasa Malaysia.

All courses are assessed by assignments and examinations at the end of every semester. For research projects, students are expected to submit a dissertation and attend a viva session.

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