MSc in Project Management


Program Description

Effective project management is vital to organisations of all shapes and sizes. Develop the skills to thrive in this critical area of business.


During this course, you’ll learn how to plan, organise and control a project’s progression, quality and performance and discover techniques to maintain its momentum. You’ll master systems thinking and develop essential skills such as the ability to manage strategic procurement.

People play an integral role in the delivery of any project. On this course, you’ll learn the essential skills to overcome a range of common issues, from managing power disputes between colleagues to maintaining motivation within a team during long-term projects.

Shaped by Industry

The MSc Project Management is accredited by the Association of Project Management, which means the content you study reflects the latest developments in the industry.

You’ll also get unique insights into the energetic world of project management through a number of guest lectures. These experienced professionals come from a range of different sectors and will help demonstrate the critical role project managers play in the operation of modern organisations.

Features and Benefits

  • Taught by experts - This course is delivered by leading academics who bring their experience as project management practitioners into the classroom.
  • Real-life learning – Sharpen your new skills outside your course, with an opportunity to take an optional short-term internship with employers in the city.
  • A global city of opportunities – Manchester is one of the fastest-growing economies in Europe, with large capital projects shaping the region’s development. It’s a great lab for your studies.
  • Industry insight – Learn from professional guest lecturers. You’ll get a unique insight into a number of different industries.
  • Professional development – Attend a series of key industry events throughout your course and network with recruiting businesses.
  • Boost your employability – Develop vital leadership and management skills in demand by employers. This course can open doors into a number of different industries.

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

  • The Business School is accredited by the Association of MBAs. AMBA accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement in postgraduate business education.
  • Association for Project Management
  • The Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. This means we are internationally recognised for meeting global standards of excellence in business and management education.

Career Prospects

This course has a practical, professional focus, giving you the leadership and management skills you’ll need to succeed as a project manager.

With the expertise and qualification this course offers, you could chart a path in a wide range of different sectors, including:

  • Construction and Property Development
  • Healthcare
  • Retail Operations
  • Charity and Foreign Aid
  • Publishing
  • Manufacturing
  • Engineering
  • Defence and Transport

Today, you’ll find our graduates working across these areas and more – working as planning engineers, e-business project managers and business analysts. By the time you leave us, you should be ready to join them, whether that means working for an employer, becoming a freelance consultant, or starting your own business.

95% of graduates go straight into employment or further study within six months of graduating.

DLHE survey 2017, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

You should have a good UK honours degree (minimum 2:2), or equivalent (including international), in any subject. We also consider applications from candidates who have equivalent professional qualifications or significant, relevant management experience.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.

Please note: to apply for this course, you only need to provide one reference.

Meet the Experts

"The courses we have at the Business School have a real-world application. The operations degrees reflect contemporary business challenges that business managers have to face every day."

Course Details

Project Management is vital to organisations of every size and sector – driving growth, ushering in change and delivering value. So the skills to lead people and achieve aims are truly transferable, making you a valuable asset to a huge range of employers, looking to navigate an uncertain and digital world.

The course is open to graduates in any discipline, or professionals with the kind of business experience we can build on. You’ll learn from experts in the field, with research-active academics who are shaping the way we think about project management, together with experienced professionals who have worked in the field and can offer a valuable perspective from the world of project management.

Year 1

You’ll study seven core topics, building an in-depth understanding of project management frameworks, systems and techniques, together with two option units – so you can tailor the course to your interests. From there, you’ll learn the masters-level study skills you’ll need to tackle a major piece of work, before going on to complete your dissertation project.

The units below indicate the course content for entry in September 2020.

Core Units

Portfolio and Project Management in Organisations

Project management has emerged as a contemporary key management discipline supporting organisations to achieve their strategic goals in a constantly evolving business ecosystem, complicated by risks, uncertainties and competitor pressures. The globalisation of businesses and economies introduce additional complexity levels intrinsic to the management of large-scale geographically distributed project teams. This unit introduces students to the latest principles and cutting-edge thinking relating to the management of projects within and across organisations. It also covers how project and programme management can be adopted as a strategic tool in organisations to provide value-added services within the context of innovation, value, client satisfaction within common overarching constraints of time, cost and quality. Students are given the opportunity to study risk, change management, resource and budgetary management as well as quality assurance from a project lifecycle perspective.

Industry 4.0

This unit introduces the students to contemporary developments in the field of technological advancements and societal development driven by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0. It reviews the disruptive and transformative technologies, which are underpinning Industry 4.0 and are currently changing and developing new socio-economic, political and societal models. Industry 4.0 is global in nature, and increasingly impacts all levels of society, requiring us to adopt new paradigms for shaping, and harnessing this inevitable transformation.

Dissertation - Project Management

The unit provides students with the opportunity to read extensively and apply research and analytical skills to a chosen area of study. As part of this unit, students produce a 15,000-word dissertation that identifies and investigates a specific question(s) in an area appropriate to their degree of discipline over a sustained period.

Planning Projects and Managing Risks

It is impossible to eliminate risks while managing projects however, effective planning offers mitigating opportunities. In this unit, students develop the skills and knowledge necessary to manage the key processes of planning projects and the management of risks by thoroughly analysing the project environment.  Thus, the unit provides exposure to detailed risk management strategies that should be addressed in any formal risk management procedure and other key project planning considerations such as: implementing effective quality processes and establishing effective communication systems.

Executing Projects in Uncertainty

Uncertainty is an inevitable aspect of most projects and the management of uncertainty in any organisational context rests upon a broad-ranging skillset comprising an understanding of relevant concepts and an ability to think critically about management procedures. This unit equips students with this versatile skillset and helps orient them to execute project plans created during the planning phase, under uncertainty and with inherent complexities that are inevitable from a variety of sources and stakeholders. This unit complements the unit Planning Projects and Managing Risk and introduces students to the planning processes, tools and techniques as identified by the professional bodies (PMI and APM) knowledge areas. While project plans are being executed, monitoring and controlling structures are established to handle issues that could influence successful deliverables being output by the project.

Leading and Managing Project Teams

The specific nature of projects as temporary and unique activities have implications on managing project teams and the behavioural aspects of project-based organisations. This unit explores different aspects and approaches to managing and leading projects and project-based organisations and resolving the potential conflicts within the team and among other stakeholders. Delivering complex projects is predominantly a team effort. Leading and managing project teams can pose a formidable challenge – with a high level of personal responsibility for outcomes. As such, this unit covers the linkages between effective and appropriate leadership and project delivery.

Systems Thinking and Sustainability

Systems thinking is a way of looking at the forest rather than the trees, a helicopter view of parts of organizations relate and work together to form the “whole”. Systems analysis, hard & soft, social & technical, complex & linear, is influencing how organisational analysis is done in consultancy, medicine, engineering, science and art industries. This unit introduces holistic systems concepts, techniques, tools and ideas, and then applies systems-based approaches to facilitate sustainability in project delivery.

Assessment Weightings and Contact Hours

10 credits equate to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A Masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:


  • Full-time: 50% lectures, seminars or similar; 0% placement; 50% independent study


  • Full-time: 94% coursework; 0% practical; 6% examination
Placement Options

While this course doesn’t include any placement opportunities, you can gain useful work experience through the Business School’s Postgraduate Internship Programme. With a short-term internship, you’ll not only show potential employers that you’re ready to get to work, but you’ll also gain some vital experience and make some valuable connections for your professional network.

While an internship involves at least 100 hours of work – starting any time between November and early August – how you do those hours is flexible. You could work full time during a break in your studies, or you might do a day or two a week throughout term time, fitting it around your studies.

Department of Operations, Technology, Events and Hospitality Management

Our Operations, Technology, Events and Hospitality Management Department combines technology with creativity in a state-of-the-art learning environment.

The department stays closely linked with professional institutes, associations and businesses, as part of its founding principle of education working with industry to produce career-ready graduates.


UK and EU Students
  • UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Non-EU and Channel Island Students
  • Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £16,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional Costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5 pence per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop, up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Last updated Sep 2019

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Manchester Met has a proud heritage dating back to 1824. We are also one of the largest universities in the UK with over 38,000 students. We have over 3,500 international students from more than 140 countries. We are ranked amongst the world’s top 200 universities under 50 years old according to the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2019 which is a measure of our commitment to delivering and supporting quality research and teaching. Read less


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