This postgraduate degree is designed by experienced industry practitioners and leading academics to provide you with a comprehensive insight into the specialism of project management.
By studying this degree, you will:
demonstrate a systematic understanding of the relevant business functions in the context of project management. e.g. finance, risk, sustainability, operations and quality control;
gain an in-depth understanding of tools, concepts and theories relating to the chosen area of project management at an advanced level;
develop the ability to critically analyse contrasting project management frameworks, methods and systems in relation to organisational culture, environmental factors and type/scale of projects;
apply a range of project management frameworks in order to evaluate and solve complex project delivery problems and make informed decisions in challenging situations.
Programme structure, modules and specification
For the MSc: You complete ten compulsory modules (15 credits each) and one compulsory Project (30 credits).
Individual modules: Study our modules individually to update your knowledge or sample the programme (excludes the Project module).
Introduction to project management (PMM010)This module introduces you to the fundamental concepts, tools and techniques for planning and managing the delivery of projects. Can also be studied as an individual module
Operations and quality management (PMM020)This module provides students with an understanding of operations, strategy, process and quality management within the overall context of the supply chain. Can also be studied as an individual module
Information technology project management (PMM030)This module aims to provide you with theoretical and practical knowledge of IT projects planning, estimation and evaluation. Can also be studied as an individual module
International strategic technology management (PMM040)This module introduces you to the fundamental concepts, tools and techniques for planning and managing the delivery of projects and corporate strategy. Can also be studied as an individual module
Advanced applied project management (PMM050)This module provides students with the theoretical and practical knowledge to identify and manage the risk resulting from project blockers or issues. Can also be studied as an individual module
Advanced project funding, finance and risk management (PMM060)This module looks closely at corporate finance and project funding practices, and the principles of financial risk management. Can also be studied as an individual module
Corporate governance, ethics and sustainability (PMM070)In this module, you will develop an understanding of the nature and application of corporate governance in modern organisations. Can also be studied as an individual module
International management of megaprojects (PMM080)This module provides students with a clear understanding of the international management of megaprojects. Can also be studied as an individual module
Managing and financing projects in the TV and film industries (PMM090)This module will provide students with an in-depth understanding of the implementation of projects in the TV and film creative industries. Can also be studied as an individual module
Accounting and finance (PMM100)This module introduces you to the fundamentals of practical accounting and finance for managing projects. Can also be studied as an individual module
Project (MSc only) (PMM500)Bring together all the knowledge and skills you have gained from the modules to showcase your academic talents in your chosen subject area.
2021 season dates
13 September 2021
27 September 2021
11 October 2021
How you study
The MSc Project Management is offered fully online and allows you the opportunity to flexibly fit your studies around your schedule.
You can choose to study individual modules on a pay-as-you-go basis and build up your qualification at your own pace.
By studying this programme, you will develop a critical, selective and confident approach to the integration of knowledge domains and practical skills to finance, manage and execute processes and projects successfully.
You will also enhance your awareness of the specific requirements of each project, spot the potential issues in the implementation and plan preventive strategies to overcome them.
Each module is run over a 10-week block followed by an assessment submission point, with the exception of the Project module which is run over two 10-week blocks
The programme is offered online and is fully supported by a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You study at a time and pace that suits you (subject to course-specific deadlines) and use the study materials provided, with support available from academic staff.
All essential resources, activities, videos, discussions and support are provided through the VLE. This allows you to fit your studies around your work commitments. There is no need to purchase additional textbooks.
The programme is delivered online and there is no requirement to come to the UK as part of your studies. Our flexible online programme allows you to work around your own schedule and leads to a globally recognised qualification.
When you register, we will give you access to your Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and other key resources including:
The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) offers online learning support, access to the student café and discussion areas, and other study materials.
The Student Guide provides information that is common to all students and gives guidance on a range of issues relating to your study experience.
The Online Library(Opens in new window) provides access to over 100 million academic electronic items comprising E-books, E-journals, conference proceedings, etc. In addition, students can request items that are not held in the library via the library's Inter-Library loans service with the British Library.
Senate House Library provides free reference access for all registered distance and flexible learning students.
We are committed to delivering an exceptional student experience for all our students, regardless of which of our programmes you are studying. You will have access to support through:
The Student Advice Centre – provides support for application and Student Portal queries.
TalkCampus – a peer support service that offers a safe and confidential way to talk about whatever is on your mind at any time of day or night, access the Student Portal.
All students receive online tutor support while studying this programme. Tutors introduce the modules, respond to queries, monitor discussions and provide guidance on assessments.
The flexible approach to learning allows students to complete the MSc in a minimum of two years (subject to module availability) to a maximum of five years. You can study at your own pace, adjusting the intensity of learning to suit your needs.
The programme is assessed by a mixture of coursework and examinations, and are all submitted online. More detail can be found in the Programme Regulations.
What qualifications do you need?
Entry route 1: Direct entry
To qualify to register for the MSc, PGDip or PGCert you will need a bachelor’s degree which is considered at least comparable to a UK second-class honours degree from an institution acceptable to the University.
If you don't have an acceptable bachelor degree but have work experience in a managerial position for at least three years, or with three years of project work as a junior project manager/coordinator, we will consider your application on an individual basis.
Applicants with an appropriate professional qualification from a recognised professional body will be considered on an individual basis.
Entry route 2: Performance-based admissions (PBA)
If you don't meet the requirements for direct entry you can apply for the MSc via the performance-based admissions route.
To qualify for entrance via the PBA route you will need:
a bachelor’s degree from an acceptable institution
an appropriate professional experience qualification from a recognised professional body
an aegrotat (certificate).
If you are on the PBA route you may transfer to the MSc on successful completion of two 15-credit modules.
To qualify to register for an individual module you will need a third class bachelor’s degree or aegrotat.
English language requirements
You need a high standard of English to study this programme. You will meet our language requirements if you have achieved one of the following within the past three years:
ELTS: at least 6.5 overall with 6.0 in the written test
Pearson Test (Academic): at least 59 overall, with 59+ in reading and writing and 54+ in speaking and listening
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (grade C or above)
TOEFL iBT: at least 92 overall, with 22+ in reading and writing and 20+ in speaking and listening
Duolingo: must achieve an overall score of at least 120.
If you do not meet the English language proficiency requirements but believe that you can demonstrate the requisite proficiency, the University may, at its discretion, consider your application.
The University of London sets minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly.
For this programme, you will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection.
This MSc is suitable for people who want to move into a career in the world of project management, and for those seeking to enhance their current project management careers.
This degree is also for those wanting to transition into a different sector or professionals in management positions who will be responsible for overseeing a range of projects in their careers. This may include self-employed professionals seeking to set up a career or freelance projects.
You will gain intellectual and transferable skills that will help you evaluate and reflect critically on project management decisions.
This degree is ideal if you are interested in developing the skills and knowledge required to manage large scale and complex projects. It provides valuable skills and approaches used in project management across all sectors. The career opportunities are limitless.
In some countries, qualifications earned by distance and flexible learning may not be recognised by certain authorities or regulators for the purposes of public sector employment or further study. We advise you to explore the local recognition status before you register, even if you plan to receive support from a local teaching institution.