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MSc Project Management (1 year)

Learn essential knowledge and gain confidence to manage the most complex projects.

Introducing your degree

The programme is normally completed on a full-time (12 months) basis. The first nine months of the programme involves taught study, divided into two semesters, each followed by assessment. In the following description, the term 'module' is taken to mean a discrete component of the programme with its own learning outcomes and assessment requirements. All modules are at masters level.

The taught component of the programme consists of modules worth 60 ECTS/120 CATS points in total. Of those, 30 ECTS/ 60 CATS compulsory modules and 30 ECTS/60 CATS credit points are optional modules chosen from a range of modules to suit your individual needs and interests. All optional modules are offered subject to availability and timetabling constraints. Modules are delivered typically over six half-day sessions. The final dissertation project completes the MSc requirement of 90 ECTS/180 CATS points overall.

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Project management is a fast growing field with more and more private and public organisations moving towards managing their businesses through projects. In the UK, for instance, 95% of the government policies are delivered through major projects. This exciting and pan-sector field has unlimited applications in any industry, discipline and geographical region.

The MSc Project Management at Southampton Business School aims to equip our students with the relevant theoretical and practical knowledge needed for a progressive and successful career in modern project management environments.

The degree analyses the key concepts and various perspectives on the management of projects, with a focus on their strategic value and relevance to the project and programme management practices in the real world.

The academics at Southampton Business School are world experts in risk management and decision analysis, and are at the forefront of project management, internationally renowned for producing top-quality research founded in real-world experiences.

View the programme specification document for this course.

Programme Structure

Compulsory modules introduce you to the concepts, tools and techniques used in various project management knowledge areas. These are put into context using case studies, examples and class discussions. Contents of the optional modules vary depending on the field and nature of the subject area they cover.

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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Bachelors degree

2:1 classification UK bachelors degree or equivalent

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Acceptable subjects: A wide range of subjects accepted in Business, Economics, Science, Engineering, IT, Management and Marketing, Communication, Education, Political Science, and Sociology

Required module areas: Evidence of essay based study

Excluded subjects: English translation, Art/Performing Art, Vocational Studies


Mature applicants:

Work experience in general and specifically in the field of Project Management are not requirements but are highly desirable and can be used to compensate for less related degree subjects.

Pre-masters course

You are able to progress to this MSc programme via the University's Pre-masters programme.

Selection process

The University’s Admissions Policy, available at, applies equally to all programmes of study. These are the typical entry criteria to be used for selecting candidates for admission. The University’s approved equivalencies for the requirements listed will also be acceptable. The entry criteria for our programmes are reviewed annually by the Faculty. Those stated were correct as of July 2015. Applicants should refer to their specific offer conditions on their offer letter.

Your application will be carefully considered and we will weigh up many factors; not only your academic achievements, interests and aptitude, but also your motivation and your references.

International applicants

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate that you have reached a satisfactory standard in an approved English language test.

The following scores are accepted for direct entry:

  • IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in reading and writing, 6.0 in listening and speaking

All tests must be no more than two years old at the time of enrolment.

For more information visit a list of equivalent English language tests that are also accepted.

If you do not quite meet our English language requirements for direct entry, you may be eligible to apply for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. Please visit the Centre for Language Studies website for further information.

Visit our International Office website or the NARIC website for further information on qualifications.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

If you have professional experience, or credit through prior learning at another institution, you may be eligible to use this experience against some of the programme requirements for period of study. You will need to present evidence that you have met the learning outcomes of the programme. Read the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy.

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Typical course content

All Core and Compulsory modules must be taken.

You must choose 30 CATS/15 ECTS of Option modules in Semester 1 and 30 CATS/15 ECTS of Option modules in Semester 2. All option modules are offered subject to availability and timetabling constraints.

MANG6095 Dissertation supervision starts in Semester 2 and should be submitted in September.

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

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Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items (eg pens, pencils, notebooks, etc). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However, due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
Printing and copyingIn most cases, written coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations are submitted online and by hard copy. The costs of printing a hard copy for submission of such coursework will be the responsibility of the student. The cost of photocopying will also be the responsibility of the student. For more information about University printing costs, visit
TravelSome modules may include optional visits. You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.
OtherCandidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Career Opportunities

Due to the pan-sector nature of projects and project management and their vital and inevitable applications in any industry, discipline and company, there are unlimited opportunities for postgraduate jobs, whether you have already acquired some work experience before your studies or you look for your first graduate job right after your degree. Industries have started to realise the impacts and significance of recruiting educated project managers versus randomly assigning untrained employees to manage their projects.

Each year, a good number of the students of the programme are offered part-time positions in companies besides opportunities for doing their dissertations. Some of these positions have continued as full-time jobs after students' graduation. Major employers frequently make contacts to introduce and offer their employment opportunities to the graduates of this programme.

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