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Project Management MSc

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Degree awarded
Master of Science
Maximum of 72 Months. [Part-Time]
Entry requirements

Once potential delegates have been approved by their company, The University of Manchester admissions policy applies:  For Direct MSc entry to the course delegates must have an Upper Second Class Degree or international equivalent, in a relevant subject.

Delegates with no first degree, but with additional relevant qualifications or professional experience may be offered a Certificate or Diploma level registration initially.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

The PM PDP is an industry led partnership concerned with practice based learning for project management development. The course embodies critical thinking and reflective practice, both through the dissertation phase and throughout the taught modules. PM PDP promotes and supports a community of practice (CoP) for delegates, enabling networking and communication with their peers; sharing experiences and practices across a wide array of project environments. The course is increasingly becoming sustainable across various sectors with the curriculum and delivery methodology continuously improving.

The Taught Component

Throughout the taught component of the course there are two study cycles per year April - October and October - April. In each six month period there is a plenary session and 2 midterm sessions .

The Dissertation Component

After all the 8 taught modules are completed, delegates start the dissertation. This takes 12 months to complete. There are 2 routes: Research or Reflective.

The dissertation delegates that choose the traditional research route will be allocated a research supervisor. Delegates maintain contact with their supervisor through the year on a one to one basis. The alternative route is the reflective dissertation route. In this option the supervisor arranges meetings or workshops normally three times during the dissertation phase.

Open days

In recent years we have held an  open day for postgraduate study  in the autumn. A decision has not yet been made about holding an open day in 2014; we'll post further information here as soon as it's available.

Study fairs in the UK We attend several  study fairs in the UK  each year. Further information is not yet available for events for 2014/15 entry; we'll post it here as soon as it's available.

Education fairs overseas We attend many  education fairs worldwide  each year, giving you the chance to meet representatives from The University of Manchester near you.

Further information


Fees are paid via company sponsorship. Please contact your company representative, if your employer organisation is part of the PM PDP consortium for fee and programme information.

A list of the PM PDP consortium members can be found at the How to apply page.

Please email  to request further information about PM PDP and the course fees associated with each module if your employer organisation is not currently part of the PM PDP consortium.

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.


The University does not offer scholarships for this course.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering
Contact name
PM PDP Programme Manager
Academic department overview
See: About Us .

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