Student research

APM is keen to support all students at all levels regarding their research into the management of projects. Our research department encourages students to submit their surveys and would like to see the project management community becoming involved by completing the surveys, if applicable, and answering questions which will assist students in their studies.

Your input will help to develop the knowledge base of project management and drive the profession forward.

List of current research by students:

The following is a list of current and recent requests from students for assistance and contributions to aid their research activities. Please note that some of these are date sensitive.

An investigation into why risk management is not utilised more extensively in engineering projects.


Most engineering projects fail or are abandoned completely leading to the losses, cost overruns, reputational risks, knock-on effects on the economy, society and the environment. Generally, engineering projects comprise of a challenging technical, engineering, inventive or tactical content, as such a methodical process has proven desirable to an instinctive approach (APM 2018). Moreover, the size and difficulty of the projects give rise to a lot of uncertainty which leads to risks throughout the project phases. Managing uncertainty as part of risk management cannot be understated; project teams must identify project’s uncertainty, estimate their impact, analyse their interdependencies and manage them within a risk management structure throughout the project life cycle. However, literature on the subject of risk management, indicates that benefits and risks are neglected as a result organisations still struggle to deliver projects on time, on budget, scope and quality.


The online survey will take 15-20 minutes to complete. Confidentiality and anonymity will be guaranteed. All the information will be only utilised for this research. There is no compensation for participating in this study. However, your participation will be a valuable addition to my research and findings could contribute to improvements in risk management practices.

Target audience

If you have once participated in any engineering project and have knowledge related to the above information, you are qualified.

Closing date

17 Mar 2020, 23:59 (GMT)

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Promote your research

APM members can promote their existing research to encourage participants by completing the form below, including your research link, end of survey closing date and membership number.

To share research outputs which may benefit the wider community please get in touch with the research manager, Daniel Nicholls:

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