MSc Project and Innovation Management


Program Description

Key information

  • Duration: 1-year full time
  • Start date: January 2021
  • Apply by: 1 month before the course start date (UK applicants), 2 months before the course start date (International applicants)
  • 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.


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.

Pathway to doctoral study

This master is recognised by the ESRC-funded South East Network for Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership as a pathway to doctoral study.

We have reviewed all our courses to ensure the best possible learning experience for September, taking account of the latest information and advice in relation to COVID-19. For updates on changes that may affect contact time, assessments, fieldwork and study abroad, check Course changes for 2020-2021. These changes are not yet reflected in the prospectus information here and, of course, may be revised as the situation evolves.

Entry requirements

UK requirements

Degree requirements

  • You should have a lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Subject-specific requirements

  • Your qualification can be on any subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

International requirements

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic): Standard level (6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 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.

Personal statement

  • Yes. You must submit a personal statement as part of your application. 


These modules are running in the academic year 2020/21. However, there may be changes to these modules 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 changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

Core modules

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.

Spring teaching

Summer teaching

Autumn teaching


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.

Summer teaching

This course is currently subject to validation, in line with our procedures for assuring the quality of our degrees. This means that some course detail may change. The validation process will be concluded before the course starts.

Fees and scholarships


  • UK/EU 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

Note that your fees, once they’re set, may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

You can borrow up to £11,222 to help with fees and living costs if your course starts on or after 1 August 2020. Loans are available from the Student Loans Company if you’re from the UK or if you’re an EU national studying for a Masters.


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
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Management in large, multinational organisations.
Last updated Nov 2020

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