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MSc Project Management

Developing the next generation of professional project managers.

About The Course

Many companies are now organised around projects rather than operations. Delivering one-off projects is exciting because of its uncertainty. This conversion programme will give you the skills to manage small projects or to be part of a project team on larger projects in any industry.

As one of a small group of international students, our tutors get to know you as individuals through group work and contact time. All our tutors have industry experience, which influences the programme’s direction. You will also benefit from our connections with the Association of Project Management. In fact our Professor Darren Dalcher led the re-writing of their most recent Body of Knowledge publication.

We will teach you how to investigate the new and how to navigate it. You will learn about work breakdown structures, risk management and Gantt charts. We will also look at managing people from a psychological and sociological perspective, including relationships with stakeholders. We carefully balance academic perspective, experiential learning and practical application.

Key Facts

12-month course, starts in October

Designed for recent graduates in any degree discipline aiming to build careers in project management and consulting

Course Content

The MSc in Project Management comprises seven taught modules and an applied project management research project. In the first term you build up your knowledge of the fundamental principles of the discipline; in the second and third terms you are increasingly exposed to the contexts and realities of practical project management, through interaction with professional project managers and through action-based projects.

During your first term from October to December, you will study the below modules:

  • Project Management Tools, Techniques and Theories

    This module presents the techniques and methods needed to effectively initiate, plan and manage a project through to successful completion. The approach is primarily practical and pragmatic, providing an integrated planning process that supports the production of a holistic and robust project plan. Examples from a broad range of industries are introduced throughout the module.

The second part of the course runs from January to March, and includes the below modules:

  • Business, Benefits and Strategy

    This module develops prior learning about working in projects into a broader appreciation of how projects exist within organisations and how they contribute to commercial value. The module content revolves around and contributes to the development of a Business Case that involves group work to develop a realistic case for a business problem. Students have the opportunity to investigate a specific aspect of how projects contribute to business value.

  • Advances in Project Management

    In this module we go beyond the scope of straightforward projects to look at Programmes and Portfolios of projects, some specific techniques such as PRINCE2 and Critical Chain and the nature of Complex projects. Additionally, this mofdule brings together ideas from other modules to show how project management methods can inform a complex situation from a real consultancy project.

From May to September you will work on a project or dissertation to put your theory into practice. You will submit it at the start of September, at the end of your Masters programme. 

  • Dissertation (Action Project)

    One of the options for the dissertation is to undertake a summer project in a real company that requires a real outcome. The challenge in this module is to create a project that will deliver that outcome, then to plan and manage that project to completion. The dissertation is a critical reflection on your learning about project management from that experience.

  • Dissertation (Research Project)

    The second option for the MSc dissertation is to undertake some significant research about a project management topic.


Our programme-specific scholarship for 2019 entry include the Academic Excellence, UK-EU and International scholarships aimed at high-achieving students, and the Nom Habu Scholarship in honour of a former staff member and student. We'll automatically consider you for these scholarships when you apply and if you are shortlisted we'll be in touch with the next steps. We also offer other scholarships - visit our Apply for Masters page to find out more.

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The Department of Management Science provides an extensive careers service and postgraduate students may expect to be eagerly sought after by employers. More than 40 major employers normally contact the Department each year to recruit. Many former students now hold senior positions in their organisation – as management scientists or as managers.

The Department has strong links with companies and organisations, many of which employ our alumni. Companies visit the department to make presentations and interview students as part of their selection process. In other instances, opportunities are advertised via the noticeboards and electronically on the student VLE. You are also asked to contact company recruitment offices directly.

Management Science, Operational Research, Logistics, Supply Chain and Market Analysis are seen by leading companies as the start of a fast track to promotion for high flyers with a numerate or scientific background. Experience has shown that if you have a postgraduate qualification, you will not only obtain a better starting job but will also receive more rapid promotion.

Organisations in which students have been offered jobs in the last three years or so include:


Accenture, Calanais Energy, Cap GeminiHartley McMasterKMPGIndiciaOEE Consulting LtdPA ConsultingQinetiQ.

Financial services

SantanderBarclaycardHalifax plcHSBCLloyds TSBNatWest ConsultancyPricewaterhouseCoopersRoyal Bank of ScotlandWoolwich.

Transport and communications

AEA Technology - RailBritish AirwaysBT, Digital, London UndergroundNational Air Traffic ServicesT-MobileRoyal Mail, Post Office Consulting.

Retailing and distribution

Allied Domecq plc, Great Universal Stores, LittlewoodsJ SainsburyTescoUnipart.

Manufacturing and energy

Corus, Coats Viyella, GlaxoSmithKlineNestle, Procter & Gamble, Scottish Courage.


CIS Consultancy - Metropolitan Police, Ministry of Defence - DSTLHome Office, North Essex Health Consortium, Oxfam.

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