Masters in Project Management (MPM)

The Open University Of Tanzania

Program Description

Masters in Project Management (MPM)

The Open University Of Tanzania

The Master of Project Management is a professional qualification that will provide a student with a sound educational platform for a career in project management. The programme aims to create reflective project management professionals, with enhanced knowledge competence and multiple skills. This cutting-edge interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral programme, designed with inputs from the relevant industries, will significantly strengthen and develop existing project management professionals’ expertise besides meeting the needs of new entrants or aspiring professionals.

General Objectives of the MPM Programme

The education aims of the programme are:

  1. To prepare and equip students with knowledge, skills and competence to the level where they can make a professional contribution to the project management in an organization.
  2. To assists, students develop practical skills in the analysis of concepts and practices related to project management
  3. To prepare students to undertake higher and professional roles in managing projects, thus enhancing their career opportunities and achieving self-development.

Entry Qualifications

The programme is open to candidates with a variety of backgrounds. However, prospective candidates must satisfy the following minimum requirements:

  1. Must hold for a first or second class honours degree of the the Open University of Tanzania or, have an equivalent honours degree from other universities or recognized/accredited higher learning institutions.
  2. Applicants holding an advanced diploma in project management or in a related field of at least upper secondary level.
  3. Applicants holding lower classes of advanced diploma or pass degrees may be considered for admission if they have satisfied the faculty of their academic potentials through GMAT, its equivalent or additional training at a diploma level and approved by the faculty board.
  4. Applicants holding recognized professional qualifications of CPA (T), ACCA, CPSP etc, obtained through sitting formal examinations, may be considered provided they pass additional criteria as specified in OUT prospectus.

MPM Programme Structure

The programme is structured to be completed within a maximum of five (5) years under the Open and Distance learning mode, and 18 months for the Evening or Executive modes. Student of Master of Project Management shall be required to undertake six (6) core, and two (2) elective courses carrying a weight of two units each. Upon successively completion of taught courses a candidate will be required to take a research methodology course with an academic dissertation which carries six(6) units to make a total of twenty-two (22) units to complete the programme.

The Core Units
Code Title Units Credits
OLG 642 Project Process, Planning and Control 2 20
OLG 643 Project Human Resource Management 2 20
OAF 644 Finance for Project Management 2 20
OME 644 Project Procurement and Contracting 2 20
OAF 645 Quantitative Methods for ProjectManagement 2 20
OLG 644 Project Sustainability, Monitoring and Evaluation 2 20
Any Two of the Electives below
OME 645 Project Total Quality Management 2 20
OLG 648 Managing Successful Information Technology (IT) Projects 2 20
OAF 646 Project Portfolio and Risk Management 2 20
OLG 649 Management of Strategic Operations 2 20
OBM 699 Research Methodology/Dissertation 6 60

Programme Delivery

MPM by coursework and dissertation is offered in three different delivery modes, namely; distance, evening and executive modes. Candidates in the regions, as well as those in Dar es Salaam who for one reason or the other could not opt for the evening or executive modes, are advised to pursue the MPM distance programme.

Distance Mode:

This is the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode, the mainstay of OUT. Students will start the academic year (usually in October) by an orientation week whereby they will also register themselves. They will be provided with course outlines and proceed to study the registered courses. They will be expected to register for a minimum of 8 units from the core units. After the registration, they will also be required to register their readiness to sit for the January/February main tests (MTTS) the following year for the courses in which they had registered.

Around April, during a face to face session, they will have their Students Progress Portfolio (SPP) signed for the subject they registered for after assuring the lecturers that they have gained the knowledge and understanding as expected from the course learning outcomes. They will then register for the final examinations for the subjects signed in the SPP. The final examinations will be held in May/June. Special TTs will be held in May/June before the final examinations for those who missed them in January/February session and special and supplementary final examinations will be held in January/February session the following year. The process will repeat in the second year for the remaining units. During the time on the programme, students are advised to attend research methodology course in a face to face session where they will come up with research proposals. This course is run twice a year (April – May and November-December) at selected zones. It is organized by the Directorate of Research, Publications and Postgraduate Studies (DRPS). After completing the coursework, each student will be assigned a supervisor who will guide them through the process of finalizing the research and producing the final dissertation for examination. This mode is available anywhere in Tanzania and abroad. Current centres abroad are in Nairobi (at Egerton University), Namibia (at Triumphant College, Windhoek) and Rwanda.

The Evening Mode:

This is a full-time face to face mode of delivery and classes are held at Kinondoni Regional Centre in Dar es Salaam. Students will attend lectures from 17.00 to 20.00hours, two days per week, covering three of the core courses for 15 weeks. Respective instructors will give them timed tests during lectures and the final examinations will be scheduled after the 15 weeks. After a brief break, the remaining two core courses will be taken up and finally the electives in the third trimester. After completion of all courses, the students will be taken through a research methodology course in a face to face session where they will come up with research proposals. They will be assigned a supervisor for the dissertation and finalize the research and produce the final dissertation for examination. A variant of this mode is customized to suit the needs of a segment of students in Rwanda and is delivered at the OUT centre in Kigali.

The Executive Mode:

The core unit courses will be conducted in the MBA Executive centres (currently Dares Salaam Arusha, Mbeya, Mwanza, Shinyanga and Zanzibar) or as it may be directed otherwise by the office of the Dean. The electives will be done at Kinondoni Regional Centre Dar es Salaam. There will be a two months break between sessions. Each course will be covered in five days at the end of which a Timed Test carrying 30% will be done. The final examinations (70%) for courses completed will be done on the first two days of the subsequent session.

Research Methodology course will be taught immediately after doing the final examinations for the elective courses which will be conducted in the various centres, and students are expected to end up with research proposals. Students will be assigned supervisors for the dissertation and finalize the research and produce the final dissertation for examination. A variant of this mode is customized to suit the needs of a segment of students in Rwanda and is delivered at the OUT centre at Kibungo, Ngoma District.


The dissertation is an independent study done by the student under supervision. This is now combined with the Research Methodology course whereby face to face lectures will be conducted to the students after they have completed the rest of the courses. During this time the students are expected to come up with their dissertation proposal in an acceptable and complete form, and this will be assessed and contribute 30% with the remaining 70% coming from the final dissertation. Then each candidate shall be allocated a Supervisor with whom he/she shall have regular contacts during the period of research. The proposals, duly signed by both the candidates and their supervisor shall be submitted to the coordinator of Postgraduate Studies. A candidate shall undertake an applied research and submit a dissertation of approximately 15000-20000 words in partial fulfilment of the Master's Degree requirements. In evaluating the dissertation, the approved regulations regarding dissertations shall apply.

Assessment Regulations

The following regulations shall apply

  1. Assessment of examinations and coursework.
    • Each course carries 100% marks. The final examinations count for 70% of the total marks. The remaining 30% comes from continuous assessment.
    • A candidate shall not pass the course unless he/she attains a minimum of 50% (B) in each course.
  2. Before the candidate is allowed to start writing a dissertation, he/she must successfully complete the coursework part with a mean overall grade of “B” or above in all chosen/pursued core modules listed, or as the University regulations may provide.
  3. The mode of evaluation for the dissertation comprises 30% for proposal development and 70% for the final report and shall be evaluated internally and by external examiners.
  4. A Candidate who fails in ONE or TWO of the THREE courses undertaken in a year shall be allowed to do a supplementary examination.
  5. A candidate who fails in a repeated subject shall be requested to pay an appropriate fee and repeat the subject.
  6. A candidate whose overall grade point is below “B” in the coursework part shall be requested to pay an appropriate fee and repeat the course.

Duration of the Course

MPM students are given a maximum registration period of five years. However, there is nothing to prevent a candidate from completing their courses of study within the minimum of 18 months after registration. In fact, students are encouraged to complete their studies earlier to reduce costs and ensure quality and usefulness of the acquired knowledge.

Evaluation of Coursework

The evaluation of the programmes will be through coursework and examinations. The pass mark for each examinable course shall be 50%. No candidate will be allowed to proceed with the dissertation stage formally if he or she has more than three-course work courses uncompleted.

Award of Degrees

Regardless of the mode of learning or area of specialization a candidate chooses, Master of Project Management shall be awarded and conferred on candidates who satisfactorily completed all the requirements for the award of the respective degree registered for. Neither of the degrees is classified.

Exit Award

If a student in any of the Master's degree programme completes all courses but for one reason or the other cannot proceed to the dissertation stage, he or she can apply for an exit award to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) through the Faculty of Business Management and Directorate of Research, Publications and Postgraduate Studies. Upon approval by University Senate, such student will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in the respective degree programme. This is different from the taught PGDBS detailed in Section 3.1.

Cost & Fees

Non Tuition Fees

Application fee 30,000 30 30
Registration fee 50,000 100 100
ID processing 20,000 20 20
Student Organization fee (paid annually) 20,000 20 20
Quality assurance fee (paid annually) 20,000 20 40
Coursework Examination fee per paper 20,000 40 60
Plagiarism fee 20,000 20 20

Tution Fee per Unit for Taught Masters Programmes

Blended mode 220,000 100 200
Facilitation fee 50 50
Dissertation fee 220,000 100 200

Note: Facilitation is meant to cater for taxes, levies, postage cost, courier services, and phone call charges.This fee is also paid by Tanzanians residing outside Tanzania.

Other Recommended Direct Student Cost For Masters by Coursework/Dissertation Students

Research/Field Costs & Consultations 1,500,000 1,000
Books 300,000 300
Stationery 100,000 100
Dissertation production 300,000 300
TOTAL 2,200,000 1,700
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Last updated January 29, 2018
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