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MSc Project Management (1 year)

With modules designed by experts with extensive professional and research experience in the field, this masters degree covers key project management concepts and techniques that can be applied across a range of sectors. It offers a contemporary perspective on project management that will prepare you for success in this fast-growing profession.

Due to high demand, this course is now closed to international applicants. We have a range of other related postgraduate courses that you may want to consider. The course remains open for UK and EU applicants.

Not sure if you classify as an international applicant? Check our fee status page.

Introducing your degree

Across the public and private sectors, more and more organisations now recognise the value of running aspects of their business in the form of projects, managed using project management concepts, tools and techniques. This has led to a growing demand for skilled project managers. With comprehensive modules designed by academics with extensive professional and research experience, this evidence-based MSc draws on current theories and practices to prepare you for a successful career as a project manager. It also offers a high level of flexibility; you’ll be able to choose modules that are relevant to your sector or your career aims. Unlike many other masters courses in this field, you don’t need to have an engineering or technical background to join the course.

Project management is a fast-growing field with more and more private and public organisations moving towards managing their businesses through a project framework. In the UK, for instance, 95 per cent of government policies are delivered through major projects. On this specialised MSc you’ll learn how to manage projects effectively, preparing you for a career in any type of organisation and in any sector.

Unlike some project management MScs, which require previous study in subjects such as engineering or information systems, we welcome students from a range of academic or professional backgrounds. Our students are a mix of recent graduates and graduates with work experience. Students come from a number of different countries, creating a diverse and enriching learning community. Our modules consistently receive the highest scores for student satisfaction, quality of feedback they receive and engagement in lectures feedback.

MSc Project Management is one of 10 University of Southampton masters degrees to be selected for the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship programme. This offers generous financial support to high achieving applicants from commonwealth countries. This is a very generous financial support for an outstanding applicant from eligible commonwealth countries. Please note this Scholarship programme is very competitive and receives many high quality applications.

View the programme specification for this course for 2019/20 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for 2020/21 entrants


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Programme Structure

This is a one-year, full-time masters course taught through core and compulsory modules over two semesters and a dissertation. The modules draw on the latest research and professional practice to ensure your learning is up to date, and there is an emphasis on the development of critical and analytical skills that you can apply within any project management framework.

Four compulsory modules cover the essential concepts, tools and techniques on some of the main areas that you’ll need to know to become an effective project manager. You’ll explore relevant organisational and management issues, such as leadership, team development and stakeholder management, as well as risk management. There is also a module on decision making in project management – a crucial skill that is not covered in depth on many other masters programmes of this kind.

You’ll learn about project management practice, including defining, planning and implementing projects and ways to identify address and analyse the challenges posed by large, complex projects. You’ll gain hands-on experience by planning a real-life project enabling you to apply your knowledge, develop the relevant skills and learn from the process.

The wide variety of optional modules recognises the diverse backgrounds and aspirations of our students and the broad applications of project management. You can tailor the course to develop your management capabilities or gain specialist knowledge that will help you to achieve your future ambitions. For example:

  • you could learn more about analytical concepts and techniques such as systems thinking and problem structuring
  • you could explore specialisms such as knowledge management or accounting and control
  • if you are looking to start your own business, you could take Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and New Business Venturing

 The dissertation is another opportunity to take your studies in a direction that suits your interests and future career aspirations, as you’ll be able to choose a topic to examine in depth, with guidance from your academic supervisor.

Industry links 

Academics’ links with companies and public sector organisations mean you’ll be exposed to the latest professional issues through guest lectures and engagement with professional bodies including the opportunity to take part in a unique Project Management competition.

  • Programme leader Dr Ramesh Vahidi closely collaborates with representatives of Project Management Association (APM) and Project Management Institute (PMI). This allows her to tap into a network of project management professionals from a wide range of sectors who contribute to the course by giving lectures and running workshops.
  • The links with APM also open up extra-curricular opportunities, such as an annual student competition in which university and industry teams deliver a real-life project. This gives students a chance to put their skills into practice with mentoring from a professional project manager. Our teams have been the winners of the competition since they started to take part.
  • Our reputation for high quality means we are frequently approached by companies offering internship opportunities, which can provide invaluable work experience for our students. A London-based company has recruited interns from the programme for a couple of years and supported some students during their dissertations by providing interviewees and data for their research. They have also offered full-time jobs to some of the interns following graduation.
  • This degree course was also one of the few project management masters degrees to be selected by the developers of the Fast Stream Scheme of the UK Cabinet Office’s Major Projects Authority (a four-year civil service graduate programme in project management), in order to introduce their scheme and potentially attract our graduates. Representatives from the Authority visited the Business School to introduce the scheme to MSc Project Management students and discuss the challenges of major project delivery.


The course is taught by academics who are at the forefront of contemporary approaches in project management, including world leaders in the areas of risk and decision making. They bring their research expertise and professional experience to the course. For example:

  • Professor Chris Chapman, who leads the Project Risk Management module, is an internationally renowned expert in risk and uncertainty management. He has been a consultant to major organisations and his leading publications on project risk and uncertainty management (some co-authored with Professor Stephen Ward) are among the core project management textbooks used worldwide.
  • Dr Ramesh Vahidi is an experienced practitioner who has held project manager, project consultant, project auditor and senior analyst positions in a number of industries. The content of her Decision Making in Projects module reflects the cutting edge academic research enriched with practical experiences gained in the real project world.
  • Dr Ian Cammack worked as a project manager in the IT service industry, the telecoms sector and the professional services sector before joining academia. His research interests include the actuality of management practice, problem structuring in a project environment and the social construction of leadership.

Key Facts

Draws on current research to give you a contemporary perspective on project management issues.

You’ll learn principles and techniques that can be applied in any sector or organisation, opening up career possibilities.

A wide choice of options means you can tailor the course to suit your interests.

Includes a module on decision making in project management, covering material not taught on many similar UK masters courses.

The programme is open to applicants from almost any disciplinary background; prior study of technical or engineering subjects is not required.

Taught by leading academics including Professor Chris Chapman, a world-renowned expert in project risk management.

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It has been an intellectually stimulating and rewarding journey; to be in an international learning environment with mixtures of cultures and be exposed to the pan-sector world of project management.
Nur Farahin PuasaMSc Project Management,
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Life sometimes disguises opportunities as risks, and it is only through taking these risks that we unmask the underlying opportunities.
Harrison PhillipsMSc Project Management,

Programme Leader

Typical entry requirements

Bachelors degree

2:1 classification UK bachelors degree or equivalent

Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

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.

Selection process

The University’s Admissions Policy, available on the University Admissions Policy page, 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.

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

Pre-sessional courses

Our pre-sessional English language courses are the best way to prepare for study at the University of Southampton. The courses will improve your capability and confidence in using English language in your studies.

Pre-masters course

If you do not meet our entry requirements for direct entry to one of our MSc programmes, you could progress to one of them via the University's Pre-masters course

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.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

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.

Year 1

Semester One
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Semester Two
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

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).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
Course TitleAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Project ManagementMSc 2020Full-time£11,950£20,728
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With modules designed by experts with extensive professional and research experience in the field, this masters degree covers key project management concepts and techniques that can be applied across a range of sectors. It offers a contemporary perspective on project management that will prepare you for success in this fast-growing profession.

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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

Our academics use a variety of teaching methods to engage with students and provide a stimulating learning experience. You’ll learn through lectures, seminars and group work as well as practical exercises. You’ll be encouraged to explore new concepts and apply your learning by analysing real-world case studies. Guest speakers from the private and public sector and from professional bodies will give you an insight into current practice and career options.

You will be assessed in different ways depending on your choice of module; the main forms of assessment are individual or group coursework (for example, preparing analytical essay or reports), group presentations and some exams.

Student support

You’ll have access to plenty of support during your studies should you need it. Every student is allocated a personal academic tutor who can advise on course-related matters, and you’ll be invited to information-giving meetings at key stages of the course. In addition, the University offers a range of learning and welfare support services. 

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