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The globalised business and organisational environment is creating a growing need for project managers that can operate in a variety of cultural and socio-economic settings and are capable of handling the complexities that arise while working in an international context.The programme provides students with a systematic understanding of project management and a critical awareness of current problems together with new insights. International Project Management is run as a cooperation initiative between Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden and Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK.
The benefits from international and global collaboration are numerous and the future of many enterprises and organisations could depend on how well they are managed in this context.
Project managers need to be prepared for the challenges involved with working in an international setting with people from an array of cultures. Good effective project management requires appropriately balanced combinations of explicit and tacit knowledge, professional practical experience and professional behaviour. This perspective stimulates adoption of a philosophy for the programme that is designed to engender an ethos of partnership between students, academia and industry.
The programme focuses on providing our students with knowledge to work in an international environment. We work with themes like: leadership, communication and team building and motivation in international projects, as well as project management methods. Furthermore, we focus on how cultural, political, psychological and infrastructural aspects influence international projects. Working together with students from other parts of the world provides an opportunity to practise the theories during the study period. The international view is strengthened by studies at two different universities in two different countries. To receive a double degree one master's degree from each university, you are required to study at both universities.
Together with a bachelors degree that has given the theoretical background in the area of specialisation, this programme gives the necessary competence to be a project leader. Engineers, architects and scientists often become managers after a few years. International Project Management is a help to be a successful leader in an international environment.
Educational methodsThe programme offers a mixture of conventional lectures and seminars, supported by online resources and a variety of external sources of information. It benefits greatly from the use of case studies, live projects and collaboration with practitioners. Student presentations, group work and case studies are important parts of the programme.
Research connectionsThe programme is linked to the research carried out at the two cooperating universities. Both universities perform qualified research in management fields, and the lecturers provide a close connection to the research being performed.
The programme is also linked to industry throughout the two years. Students assignments are carried out in connection with industry, and they participate in conferences and complete projects where industry is involved.
Programme overviewThe modules in the first term deal with project management from four different perspectives: The human perspective, the organisational perspective, the business perspective and the management perspective. The second term focuses on important areas of project management. Although international aspects are a common feature, a special module focuses specifically on international projects. Leadership and communication and strategic management are other important aspects, as are knowledge management and learning.
The third term at Northumbria University offers a broader perspective on project management. Other important issues are studied during this term, such as how risk and value can be managed. Different research methods are studied in preparation of the master's thesis that is written the final term. The masters thesis involves individual research on a topic related to project management. This can be carried out at either of the two partner universities.
Important: Applications for scholarships should be made along with the application for Master's studies. Students should not wait until they receive an admission to do so.
The Avancez Scholarships are 75% tuition fee waivers awarded by Chalmers University of Technology and are funded by the Chalmers Foundation. These scholarships are available to all students who are liable to pay tuition fees i.e., students with non-EU/EEA nationality.
The IPOET (International Programme Office for Education and Training) Scholarships are 75% tuition fee waivers funded by the Government of Sweden. They are awarded by Chalmers University of Technology and available to nearly all fee-paying students, with the exception of 12 countries.
The Mölnlycke Health Care Scholarships are 100% fee tuition waivers with possibilities for summer internships and a final master's thesis project.
The Sievert Larsson Scholarship Fund (within Friends of Chalmers) offers a 100% tuition fee waiver and living expenses to students of Thai nationality who aim to study on a Masters programme at Chalmers University of Technology.
The US Friends of Chalmers Scholarship is a scholarship comprising USD 35 000 (i.e. a reduction of the tuition fee by USD 8750 per semester) and is awarded to one student with US citizenship.
The Volvo Car Corporation Scholarships are 100% tuition fee waivers awarded to 2 Chinese students with the guarantee of participation in the VESC (Volvo Engineering Student Concept) programme which includes a summer job, master thesis project, mentorship and possible employment at Volvo Car Corporation.
The Volvo Group Scholarship Programme is a 100% fee tuition fee waiver awarded to students of Indian nationality and Chinese nationality. The Scholarship includes possibilities for internships during the summer, a final Master thesis project and mentorship.
Scholarships that will not be offered in 2014
The Chalmers MasterCard Scholarship (will be offered again in 2015) Available biennialy for a Master's student from Central America, South America or Mexico. The scholarship comprises a 280 000 SEK reduction of the tuition fee (70 000 SEK reduction/ semester).
The FlexLink Scholarship (not available in 2014) for a Master's Student from China is a 100% tuition fee waiver along with possibilities for internship and a final master thesis project.
Note: Being granted alternative funding from external patrons does not affect the possibility of obtaining scholarships from Chalmers as an applicants financial status is not taken into account during the nomination process.
Scholarships for current students
Adlerbert 60th Anniversary Scholarships - Will be offered for the first time during 2014 to fee paying Master's Programme students who were admitted Autumn 2013, including scholarship holders whose scholarships do not include costs of living coverage. This means that, for instance, holders of Swedish Institute scholarships and Sievert Larsson, version 2 scholarships will not be eligible to apply. In order to be eligible the applicant must have passed at least 60 credits during the first year of studies. The scholarships, which amount to 60 000 SEK each, will be awarded based on the applicants' cumulative grade point average . Around 10 to 20 scholarships will be offered in 2014. More information about how to apply, etc., will be published soon.
Adlerbert Foreign Student Hospitality Fund - Only open for international students who have been admitted to, and enrolled on, a Master's Programme at Chalmers. Thus, prospective students cannot apply. Students can be awarded the scholarship a maximum of two times. The application period opens in late January and closes in late February. Consequently, it is only possible to apply during this period of a student's first and second year.
Scholarships administered by the Swedish Institute
The Swedish Institute, a government agency, administers over 500 scholarships each year for students and researchers coming to Sweden to pursue their objectives at a Swedish university. Use their online guide in order to find out if any of the Swedish Institute scholarships are available for citizens of your country at your intended level of study.