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Our accredited MSc Project Management course you will gain:

  • the necessary skills and confidence to guide and manage projects to successful completion
  • key skills for employment in the field of, and associated fields of, project management
  • an enquiring, analytical and creative approach to managing projects

Industry practitioners will deliver lectures on key topics and there are also work-based opportunities.

In every business, and in every industry, effective project management is essential. Project managers plan and organise resources and people to ensure projects finish on time, within budget and meet the requirements of the business. This MSc prepares you for a rewarding career in project management.

Career prospects

Graduates will be able to gain employment as project managers in a wide field of organisations such as consultancy firms, construction, manufacturing, events and service organisations. Graduates have found employment in companies such as DXC, SPX Clyde Union as well as Local Authorities.

Dr Les Hutchison Postgraduate Scholarship

This scholarship scheme will see £5,000 being awarded annually to one student to support academic, career and personal ambitions. To find out more about eligibility criteria or to apply click here.

Start Dates & Duration

There are two award options for this master's degree: MSc Project Management and MSc Project Management (Professional Practice). In addition, there are two start dates: January and September each year. Full details on the satrt dates and typical durations are as follows:

  • MSc Sept entry: 1 year full-time, typically 2 years part-time 
  • MSc Jan entry: 1.5 years full-time, typically 2-3 years part-time 
  • MSc Project Management (Professional Practice) Sept entry: 1.5 years full-time, typically 2-3 years part-time 
  • MSc Project Management (Professional Practice) Jan entry: typically 2 years full-time and 2-3 years part-time 
  • Variable duration for online study option

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Professional Approval and Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM). Accreditation is designed to help students and professionals choose the best academic education in support of their professional project management career. Students are entitled to free membership of the APM.

Placement Opportunities

Work-related learning opportunities are available if you are a face-to-face student and are delivered through field trips, case studies and a 'live' project at the postgraduate diploma level.

For those successfully completing the MSc Project Management, there is the option to undertake a professional practice placement at the end of their studies. Please note though that this will extend the duration of the course by an additional three months. However, you will exit with the degree MSc Project Management (Professional Practice).


Graduates are satisfied overall in this course (iGrad Survey 2017/18)


of our students would recommend us to a friend (Postgraduate Taught Postgraduate Survey 2016)

The University’s MSc Project Management was excellent and enabled me to develop both personally and professionally. I was able to study 100% online, meaning it was possible to manage studying around my work schedule and family commitments. This course has opened up opportunities for career progression that would otherwise have been unavailable. In addition, it allowed me to refine my existing skillset whist expanding my knowledge base and learning new ways of doing things. This increased my confidence and gave me the self-belief to peruse a promoted post.

- Kate Henderson, who has been working for NHS Scotland since 2004, recently secured the post of Service Redesign Implementation Lead.

Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience

If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Postgraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

Academic Requirements

You should normally possess an Honours bachelor degree or an equivalent qualification.

Your application will also be considered if you posses an Ordinary bachelor’s degree, or an equivalent qualification, plus relevant industrial experience.

Applicants without either of the above may be considered with extensive relevant industrial experience at managerial level.

Students who have previously completed a PgDip in Project Management may be admitted to the MSc at the appropriate stage.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
  • PTE Pearson Academic English: An overall score of 54 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5). An overall score 61 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)


IELTS Score Exceptions (Research degrees, Nursing & Midwifery degrees with NMC registration, Certificate of Higher Education, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0

For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS or Occupational English Test (OET)*.

For such courses, the IELTS score is as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • score of at least 7.0 in reading, listening and speaking and no less than 6.5 in writing

* Note that the Occupational English Test (OET) will now be accepted in addition to IELTS as proof of a Nurse's English Language Competence (Nursing & Midwifery Council, 2019). 

For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5



TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:

  • Reading: 17;
  • Listening: 17;
  • Speaking: 17;
  • Writing: 17

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.


West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE)

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*

  • C6 or above in English

*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.


Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

    • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
    • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
    • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Find out more about our English lanaguage Courses.

Course details

Our course not only develops technical knowledge in project management but also employability skills such as:

  • Critical thinking 
  • Analysis 
  • Problem solving 
  • Communication
  • Research 
  • ICT

After successful completion of the first term of studies at Paisley (Postgraduate Certificate) there is also the option to transfer to the MSc Project Management (International) which offers a dual award with the University of Angers, France (NB: classes in France will be taught in French).

Find out more about our MSc Project Management (International)

For the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) stage, you will study the following core modules:

  • Case Studies in Project Management (core, 20 credits)
  • Postgraduate Research Methods (core, 10 credits)
  • Project Management Fundamentals (core, 20 credits)
  • Projects in Practice (core, 20 credits)
  • Project Risk Management (core, 20 credits)
  • Strategic Management & Sustainability (core, 10 credits)

To complete the PgDip stage, you will select a further 20 credits from the following optional modules:

  • Any UWS module at SCQF level 11 (optional, 10 credits)
  • Change Management and Leadership (optional, 20 credits)
  • Interpersonal Skills & Change Management (optional, 10 credits)
  • Professional Practice (optional, 60 credits)*

Successful completion of the PgDip allows you to proceed to the master's module:

  • MSc Project Management Dissertation (60 credits)

Successfully completing the dissertation results in the award of MSc Project Management.

* For those students seeking to undertake the Professional Practice element they would undertake the following core module after their studies were complete over another term:

  • Professional Practice (60 credits)

Successfully completing this module plus the dissertation results in the award of MSc Project Management (Professional Practice).

Teaching & Assessment

A wide range of teaching and learning approaches are used to facilitate and enhance your learning.

Depending on whether teaching is face-to-face or online, examples include:

  • Lectures 
  • Tutorials 
  • Computer laboratories 
  • Seminars 
  • Team work 
  • Case studies

Our Project Management degree uses a variety of assessment methods. The below list provides a guide to the types of assessment methods you can expect: 

  • Coursework assignments 
  • Unseen examinations 
  • Oral presentations 
  • Final MSc dissertation

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

MSc Project Management Course Structure

Postgraduate Tuition Fees

Postgraduate fees for this course 2020/21

Scottish & EU

£6,500 cost of study

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£6,500 cost of study

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£6,500 cost of study

International (Non-EU)

£13,000 cost of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Postgraduate fees for this course in London 2020/21

Scottish & EU

£8,500 cost of study

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£8,500 cost of study

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£8,500 cost of study

International (Non-EU)

£8,500 cost of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Postgraduate fees for the Prof. Practice version of this course 2020/21

Scottish & EU

£8,500 cost of study

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£8,500 cost of study

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£8,500 cost of study

International (Non-EU)

£19,000 cost of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Postgraduate fees for the fully online version of this course 2020/21

Scottish & EU

£6,500 total cost of study

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£8,500 total cost of study

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£8,500 total cost of study

International (Non-EU)

£8,500 total cost of study

More on Current & Future Tuition Fees

Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) postgraduate tuition fee and living cost loans may be available for eligible (Scottish/EU) students. Check SAAS website for more information.

Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.

In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.

Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses

The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.

You can also find additional information in our Postgraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.

Additional Costs

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

Tuition Fees & Living Cost Support

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as a postgraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for English, Welsh & Norther Irish Students

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at postgraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for EU Students

EU students studying at postgraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find our more.

Funding for International Students

There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at postgraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find out more.

Other Financial Support

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

Find out more.

Benefits & Tax Credits

Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.

Find out more.

Additional Financial Support

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

Find out more.

Money & Debt Advice

Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.

Find out more.

How to apply

Postgraduate courses (MA, MSc, MEd, MBA, DBA, PG Cert, PG Dip, etc.) & Post-experience courses (BA, Grad Cert, Grad Dip, etc.)

All students should apply directly to the University through our online application system. Before you apply, you should check that you meet our entry requirements and you should have all your supporting documents ready.

The first stage of the process is to create a profile; you don't have to complete the application in one session - you can complete it in stages by saving each section and return to complete it at a later date.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but they will close when they are full; apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

Before you begin your application, it is important to read the Postgraduate & Post-Experience application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.


An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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