Welcome to the MSc Project Management Course Blog

This is the MSc Project Management Blog, I am Ian Ridley the programme leader for the MSc Project Management course here at the University of Sunderland. I run this blog and resource mainly for our MSc Project Management students. That…

PMI UK Chapter North East Region / University Outreach Event 2016

The next outreach event will take place on Thursday 5th May at 6pm at the Stadium of Light. The faculty has purchased 100 tickets so I have free tickets available for all post-graduate students here in Sunderland.The evening has been…

5 Ways to Improve Project Management on Shipbuilding

In the article in the link below is an interesting take on improving the effectiveness of project management in ship building. What is mentioned in the article is relevant to many types of projects not just ship building projects. Building…

Short video course on how to use PRINCE2 in a simple PRINCE2 project

Following on from the post about Frank Turley’s introduction to PRINCE2 book in November and our use of it in class here in Sunderland earlier this month Frank has sent me information about his latest videos. There are three videos…

Free Online Writing in English for University Study Course

FutureLearn the free British MOOC (mass open online course) provider has two courses that should be of interest to all students who do not have English as there first language or have not studied in the British education system before….

New Suez Canal and Mobilisation

Here are a couple of videos about the New Suez Canal. This is an amazing project that was completed in a third of the time that engineers originally said that they needed. It was a major undertaking that at one…

Project Management Programme Internship - UK

Rolls-Royce have a number of summer internships available.     As there job advert states:            Our six to 12-month Project Management Internships will see you take on real-life assignments and put your theoretical knowledge to the test. Based on-site at one of…

PRINCE2 free PDF book and guide

This post was updated in November 2015 to include new links to Frank Turley’s PRNCE2 guides…… Well here is the first blog post of 2015.  Recently, I have several conversation about PRINCE2 with various course members. Below is a link…

APM Awards 2015 Finalist

I am please to announce that Caroline McGrath has made it to the final four of the Geoffrey Trimble category for the best MSc Dissertation on project management, in the Association of Project Management 2015 Awards. This is the second…

A project without formal Project Management

Aba Hawi is an amazing man who has managed a substantial project with no formal training and only his common sense to guide him. Abrha Weatsbha in the Tigray region in Ethiopia is an amazing place, where once there was…

Free International Development Short Course

I have always that thought that a good topic for a  MSc Project Management dissertations would be something connected to managing international development projects. It is an area of project management which I find fascinating due to the great variety…