MSc Management of Projects / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course description

Take the lead, with our flagship Management of Projects course.

Informed by insight into the organisational and strategic aspects of industry today, as a graduate of this MSc you enter the professional world equipped with an enviable blend of both technical and interpersonal skills.

Spanning from environmental assessment to contract management and project finance, each of our optional modules is designed to help you tailor your skillset to your desired sector and area of interest.

One of four within the MSc Management of Projects suite: you can also choose from Commercial Project Management, Construction Project Management, and Engineering Project Management – each establishing an invaluable head-start in their field.

Our department has an especially pioneering history in the delivery of project management master's courses. The staff you will work with during your study not only draw from a wide variety of industrial experience and backgrounds but are continually recognised for their contribution to the field.

Teaching and learning

The Management of Projects MSc is a full time course which is studied over 12 months, starting in September each year. The course comprises eight taught course units, each worth 15 credits, and a research dissertation worth 60 credits. In addition, the Applied Project Management unit is course-specific unit which uses simulation exercises supplemented by guest speakers to provide students with hands-on practical experience of managing a project throughout its life cycle. Students must also select three option units and carry out a Management of Projects based dissertation.

Assessment of the taught part of the course is via a combination of formal written examinations and coursework assignments, which will include group work and oral presentations. Some assessment is based on online material provided by the Association for Project Management (APM) and PRINCE2 (a process-based method for effective project management).

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
People and Organisations ENGM60011 15 Mandatory
Project Management Research Methods ENGM60050 15 Mandatory
Management of Projects ENGM60061 15 Mandatory
Applied Project Management ENGM60262 15 Mandatory
Project Planning and Control ENGM62012 15 Mandatory
MoP Dissertation ENGM63000 60 Mandatory
Environmental Assessment CIVL61141 15 Optional
Risk Management ENGM60032 15 Optional
Project Finance for Infrastructure Projects ENGM64011 15 Optional
Conflict Management & Dispute Resolution ENGM66061 15 Optional
Contract Management ENGM66062 15 Optional
Managing Projects with ICT ENGM67061 15 Optional
Displaying 10 of 12 course units

Additional fee information

Deposit to accept your offer

Due to the competition for places and limited availability, if you are made an offer to study this course we require a deposit of £1,000 to secure your place. The deposit amount will be deducted from your tuition fees when you register on the course.

You will have 6 weeks from the date on your offer letter to log in and accept your offer and make the £1,000 deposit payment to secure your place.

Refund Policy

The deposit is non-refundable, except in the following situations:

  • you fail to meet the conditions of your offer (see below for further information); and/or
  • you are refused a visa or entry clearance to enter the UK (proof must be submitted)

Proof required for Refund

If an offer has been made specifying an English Language condition which you do not meet, the Admissions Team will require the official certificate of an English Language test taken  after  the date of offer as evidence that you have attempted to meet your offer conditions for a refund to be approved. Any English Language certificate provided with your initial application (which is below our minimum requirement) will not be accepted as proof that you have attempted to meet your offer conditions, as this certificate will predate the offer.

If an offer has been made specifying an academic condition, the Admissions Team will require an official transcript/document showing that you have not met this academic condition, as evidence for a refund to be approved.

The Admissions Team reserves the right to refuse to refund any deposit payments that do not fall within the exceptions outlined above.

Scholarships and bursaries

Across our institution, we offer a number of postgraduate taught scholarships and awards to outstanding UK and international students each year.

The University of Manchester is committed to widening participation in master's study, and allocates £300,000 in funding each year. Our Manchester Masters Bursaries are aimed at widening access to master's courses by removing barriers to postgraduate education for students from underrepresented groups.

For more information, see the Fees and funding page or visit the University of Manchester funding for masters courses website for more information.


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