Module Descriptors

Qualitative Research Methods and Paradigms

This module covers the underlying theory and forms of qualitative research approaches, methods and ethics as they apply to the context of the programme.  This includes acquiring a critical and interpretive understanding of qualitative research approaches, theories and concepts, as well as methods and techniques that constitute the qualitative research realm.

Quantitative Methods

This module introduces students to a wide range of methods of data collection, analysis and interpretation. It will consider the strengths and weaknesses of experimental and quasi-experimental approaches, the proposal and testing of hypotheses, and the suitability of such methods. It will introduce students to a range of descriptive and inferential statistical techniques used for interpreting numerical data.

Research Design and Planning

This module concentrates on the development and design of the students’ own research proposals, consisting of two main sections: firstly, developing the research question and objectives and designing the theoretical framework; secondly, designing the research methodology including the research approach, methods, instruments or information gathering guidelines, and method of results analysis.

Management of Knowledge in Projects

The module covers the fundamental concepts in the study of knowledge and its creation, representation, dissemination, use and re-use, and management. The focus is on methods, techniques, and tools for computer support of knowledge management, knowledge acquisition and knowledge sharing in project-based organisations.

Evolutionary Research Themes in Project Management

This module aims to examine project management theories and introduce students to key research themes in project management.

Special Topics in Project Management

This module provides students with an opportunity to gain an in depth understanding of advanced sectoral and intersectoral issues in Project Management. The module would cover new theories, research themes and specific sectoral and intersectoral issues that are not offered in the current modules descriptors.

Organisations, Projects and Sustainability

This module is designed to provide advanced knowledge and higher-level of understanding of the concepts of an organisation in relation to the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. The focus of interest is on projects and their implementation for achieving goals of strategic alignment, knowledge management, sustainability and corporate social responsibility.

Managing Large Programmes

This module addresses the special requirements of large programmes and mega-projects. A distinguishing factor is the inherent increase in complexity that requires a different, more advanced, skill set. The module draws from international large project and programme case studies in the public and private sectors that cover manufacturing, construction, and service industries.

Managing Projects for Innovation

This module addresses the need to manage projects to deliver innovations as well as provide the knowledge that helps students understand the purpose of projects and their relationship to corporate strategic objectives. Project managers need to understand the drivers for change and innovation in the way projects are managed and how to use different models of innovation and change and their applicability in a project environment.

Thesis (360 credits)

This element of the programme comprises the planning, development and submission of a doctoral research thesis of 60,000-80,000 words. The student will carry out a major research investigation. The student will work under the supervision of a Director of Studies and second supervisor from BUiD and an external academic advisor. The PhD thesis will be expected to make a distinct and original contribution to the knowledge of the topic addressed.

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