Patrick O’Connell, a former program and strategy director of London’s High Speed Rail 2 Ltd. (HS2) rail program, has a wealth of experience leading, managing, and executing major programs for the public and private sectors. Throughout his career, Patrick O’Connell has been responsible for a number of major and transformational programs like HS2 in London and Washington D.C., mostly in the sectors of health, IT, space, defense, and aviation. A well-respected faculty member of the University of Oxford, Mr. O’Connell established the masters of science in major programme management at the university in 2008.
The part-time MSc in major programme management was developed to meet the need of senior executives seeking to build their project management skills while maintaining full-time employment. While enrolled, students apply best practices and the latest research to effectively execute highly complex, large-scale projects. The program is challenging and selective, with a total of 82 students admitted annually.
The 24-month program is divided into eight 4-day modules that are taught at the Saïd Business School for 18 months. Students spend the final six months drafting, presenting, and defending a dissertation. After completing the program, graduates have access to the 16,000 member-strong Oxford Business Alumni Network.
The chief of naval personnel for the United States Navy, Patrick O’Connell has more than three decades of public and private senior executive experience.