September 2020 delivery

Important information for those considering starting the MSc in Major Programme Management in September 2020

With government guidelines continuing to evolve here in the UK and further afield, we have been working to determine how we can safely deliver the programme from September in a way that is in keeping with the unique experience that comes from joining our institution.

The September 2020 cohort 12 will be very diverse, with students coming from all over the world. Given the different travel and quarantine regulations in each country and the dynamic of how they and the overall situation are developing, we have decided to start the 2020 MSc in Major Programme Management cohort online for the first two modules. We have done so with the aim to provide planning security in this fluid environment and to offer a level playing field for all students at the start of their journey.

Digital learning

Our faculty have come together to innovate, developing an enhanced digital learning experience for you that reflects the new circumstances we all face. A substantial portion of the first two modules will be delivered synchronously online during module times, considering the different time zones, complemented by an asynchronous digital learning experience between modules.

In addition to the academic courses, we are aware of the importance of the co-curricular, personal development and networking activities that are part of the experience. Our teams are fully focussed on creating ways to deliver this to our students.

In-person teaching

We are looking forward to welcoming our MSc in Major Programme Management cohort 12 in person from 23 February 2021 onwards. Our priority is the safety of our community and we are making extensive plans to prepare the School to accommodate any health-related requirements, all the while anticipating the need to respond and adapt as the situation evolves including assessing an earlier welcome in person if possible. We are fully committed to learning and to making sure all students feel part of our University of Oxford community that is committed to preparing leaders to meet the complex challenges we face across the globe.

Module changes

As part of our strategy to continuously review and improve the programme, we will be renaming the 'Systems Engineering' module to 'Systems Thinking'. This change is largely based on student feedback, with the new title aligning with the module’s intent.

We have also decided to change the order of module delivery this year, so that  Module 2, 1-4 December 2020 will be ‘Systems Thinking’ and Module 3, in the week commencing 22 February 2021 will be ‘Major Programme Risk'. This change is being made as the online delivery of ‘Systems Thinking’, lends itself to synchronous with asynchronous delivery.  

It is anticipated that the February 2021 in-person delivery of ‘Major Programme Risk’, will enhance the student experience as it maximises student access to the Academic Director of the programme, Professor Bent Flyvbjerg.



How have you already delivered the programme online and facilitated interaction between students?

Current MSc in Major Programme Management students have been taught online since March when lockdowns began across the globe. Investment has and is being made in this area. Additional content has been made available to current students in the form of a Masterbuilders Masterclass series with experts from a variety of backgrounds and industries, giving additional sessions that augment the modular learning of the programme.

We recognise that peer-to-peer interaction and availability of the myriad resources across the entire University are important parts of your Oxford experience so this is being facilitated wherever possible. It is also worth noting that the MSc is a two-year programme, so there will be plenty of time to access those elements in-person after the first two online modules. More than that, it is a life-long investment to be connected to the University and join this global network

What has been the recent experience for current students?

The current class have found that they have been united by Covid-19 and the move to online learning in ways that they did not anticipate, they have written a blog post describing their experience, which we encourage you to read.