Duration: 1-year full time, 2 years part-time
Start date: September 2021
Apply by: 1 August 2021 (international), 1 September 2021 (UK)
Top 10 in the UK for Business and Economics (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020)
3rd in the UK for annual research income in 2015-2019 (Chartered Association of Business Schools)
1st in the UK and 3rd in the world among science and technology policy think tanks for SPRU (Global Go To Think Tank Index Report 2018)
Become a first-rate project manager. You’ll develop the critical skills to help you manage projects in today’s dynamic business and economic environment.
You’re taught and supervised by leading project management experts at the University of Sussex Business School. This course draws on expertise from SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit. Within an environment that values innovation and sustainability, you’ll learn to plan and manage projects effectively and efficiently. Gain a comprehensive understanding of, and develop core competencies in:
Managing complex projects
Managing risk and innovation
Applying design thinking for project management
Applying advanced project management practices.
Joining the University of Sussex Business School, you benefit from extensive career support and business connections, including employer mentoring, networking, talks and guest lectures. The Careers and Employability Centre can help you find and prepare for internship opportunities through skills workshops, employer events, an employer database, live vacancies and CV reviews. You can also tailor your degree to your career path by choosing options in areas such as agile project management, innovation and sustainability.
Our Project Management MSc has been accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM), the chartered body for the profession.
The University of Sussex Business School is accredited by EQUIS, the most comprehensive institutional accreditation system for business and management schools. Accreditation ensures rigorous quality control, benchmarking against international standards and is acknowledged worldwide.
We’ll make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described in this prospectus. However, we may need to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.
"I learned the latest theories and best practices in managing projects from professors who are experts in the field."
Aina Emmanuelle Cruz
Project Management MSc
You should have a lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above.
Your qualification can be in any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.
English language requirements
IELTS (Academic): Standard level (6.0 overall, including at least 5.5 in each component).
English language support
If you don’t meet the English language requirements for your degree, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course.
Admissions information for applicants
How to apply
You apply to Sussex using our postgraduate application system.
Yes. You must submit a personal statement as part of your application.
Full-time and part-time study
Choose to study this course full time or part-time, to fit around your work and personal life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.
We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2021/22. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.
Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.
Business and Project Management
Management Research and Practice Skills
Project Design Thinking
Advanced Project Management
Management of Risk
Managing Complex Projects, Products and Systems
Research Project (Project Management in Practice)
Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests. This list gives you a flavour of our options, which are kept under review and may change, for example in response to student feedback or the latest research.
While it’s our aim for students to take their preferred combinations of options, this can’t be guaranteed and will be subject to timetabling. Options may be grouped and if so, students will be able to choose a set number of options from the selection available in any particular group.
Agile Project Management
Artificial Intelligence and Policies for Technological Revolutions
Energy and Development
Infrastructure, Innovation and Sustainability
Innovation for Sustainability
Innovation in the Creative Economy
Introduction to Quantitative Research
Strategic Management (Business & Management)
Fees and scholarships
Home students: £12,450 per year for full-time students
The Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £12,450 per year for full-time students
International students: £22,500 per year for full-time students.
If you’re a self-funded international student, you’re required to pay a tuition fee deposit.
How can I fund my course?
Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.
Working while you study
Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study.
Our graduates have gone into careers in business, technology, government, regional, international and not-for-profit organisations, as well as academia.
This MSc gives you sought-after skills for a professional career in:
Project and programme management in the public and private sector
Management or business consultancy
Business or technology analysis
R&D and innovation management
Management in large, multinational organisations.
"I developed skills fundamental to my job role – managing organisational change, measuring and reporting on risks and tracking and reporting a project.”
Katherine Rose Johnson
Commissioning Business Support Officer, Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group (NHS Organisation)