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…

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…

Can we learn from the past?

While I was looking for videos on Youtube to use during teaching I came across the video below. Apart from showing how things were done fifty years ago the film also shows that some things have not changed. For example,…

PRINCE2 free PDF book and guide

Well here is the first blog post of 2015.  Recently, I have several conversation about PRINCE2 with various course members. Below is a link to a good free introduction booklet that I found online. PRINCE2 seems to be a bit…

APM Major Projects Webinar

Register now for a free APM webinar this Thursday (20th Nov) that will look at project performance and challenges. Scroll down to register.   Tim Banfield – Director Strategy, Major Projects Authority, Cabinet Office will present the webinar  exploring some…

PMI Synergy 2014 Live Video Stream

On Thursday 13th November the PMI Synergy conference will take place in London. For the first time parts of the conference will be streamed. As this is a pilot test they are not charging for access. Therefore, I would suggest…

New Term Autumn

Well the new term for CET MSc students here in Sunderland started today. I would like to a warm welcome to both new and returning students MSc Project Management course students. This term is only nine weeks long; therefore I…