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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.

On our 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.

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. 

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Professional Approval and Accreditation

Our course is accredited by the Association for Project Management (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.


Students in work and/or study 6 months after graduating (HESA performance indicator 2014/15)


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

Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

A first degree, or equivalent, in an appropriate discipline from CNAA, a UK university or equivalent institution.

Direct entry to the MSc will require you to have completed a PG Diploma in an appropriate discipline or equivalent. Entry to the postgraduate course (other than Masters direct) may be open if you have an HND or DipHE award in an appropriate discipline, or a professional qualification accepted as of equivalent status and usually at least three years’ relevant experience.

If you are without formal qualifications and possess extensive professional experience you may also be admitted to the course. You may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent.

Our course is available to EU and overseas students (full-time only).

If you are an overseas student then you must also meet UWS English language.



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


IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, 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 score as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0

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


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).

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

You will develop these skills through the study of the following modules:

  • Postgraduate Certificate 
  • Project Management Fundamentals
  • Project Methodologies and Technologies

Plus one or two modules (depending on their credit weighting) from those listed below under the Diploma.

  • Postgraduate Diploma 
  • Risk Management
  • Change Management and Leadership 
  • Case Studies in Project Management

Plus one from: 

  • Advances in Project Management 
  • Financial Resources 
  • Research Design and Methods

(all 10 point modules)

Upon successful completion of the taught modules listed above you will undertake the MSc research project.

Learn a language (Optional)

This course also gives you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level. View the language modules on offer.

Teaching and 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.

Course Structure (17/18)


You should apply for all UWS postgraduate courses using our online application form.


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

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.

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

You can find out more here in our Postgraduate Application Guide.

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


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