About this course
This UK master’s in project management explores key concepts and techniques that can be applied across a range of sectors.
MSc Project Management offers a modern perspective on the field and uses current theories and practices to prepare you for a career in this growing profession.
On this master’s degree in project management, you’ll learn management skills and apply key techniques, preparing you for a career in any organisation across a range of sectors.
Skilled project managers are in demand as more companies are running parts of their business in project form. For example, In the UK, 95% of government policies are run through major projects.
MSc Project Management is a flexible course, you’ll choose modules that are relevant to your interests and career aims. This MSc includes a decision making module, where you’ll study material not taught on other UK based project management degrees.
This master’s encourages you to analyse key concepts and consider different perspectives on managing projects in a supportive environment. We will focus on strategic value and relevance when exploring practices in the field.
This project management course focuses on developing your critical and analytical skills and strengthening your collaborative team working skills. These are essential in starting a career as a project manager. As part of your learning you’ll plan a real-life project, giving you vital hands-on experience.
You’ll be a part of Southampton’s Business School and taught by leading academics including Professor Chris Chapman, an expert in project risk management.
We welcome students from all academic and professional backgrounds to join our diverse learning community. Typically this course is made up of recent graduates and graduates with work experience, from countries across the world.
Dr Ramesh Vahidi created and leads MSc Project Management. She teaches the project management module and supervises dissertations at different levels. Dr Vahidi is an experienced practitioner who has held project manager, project consultant, project auditor and senior analyst positions in a number of industries. Find out more about Dr Vahidi’s work by visiting their staff profile.
This course is accredited by:
This course is based at Highfield.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
Download the programme specification
The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
You’ll need a 2:1 degree with evidence of essay based study.
Find the equivalent international qualifications for your country.
Recognition of professional experience
If you don't have the exact entry requirements, but you have significant work experience in this sector we’ll assess your relevant professional experience, your subject knowledge and your aptitude for learning.
Your application will be considered on individual merit and you may be asked to attend an interview.
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You'll study this full-time master’s course over 12 months.
In the first 9 months (semesters 1 and 2) you'll study the taught part of your course.
This is made up of modules that everyone on the course takes, and modules we’ll ask you to choose from a list of options covering topics like:
- systems thinking and problem structuring
- knowledge management or accounting and control
- enterprise, entrepreneurship and new business venture
During semester 2 you’ll begin preparing for your dissertation.
For the last 3 months, you’ll work independently to research and write your dissertation. You’ll have one-to-one meetings with your supervisor during this time to discuss your progress.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules in year 1:
You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:
Learning and assessment
You’ll learn through lectures, seminars, group work and practical exercises. Our academics use real-world case studies for you to analyse encouraging you to explore new concepts and apply your learning.
Guest speakers from the private and public sector and from professional bodies will give you an insight into current practice and career options.
You’ll also have the opportunity to take part in a unique Project Management competition with APM.
Assessment methods vary depending on your chosen modules, typical methods include:
- group presentations and projects
- dissertation project
As part of this course, you’ll complete a 15,000 word dissertation project on a topic of your choice. This will enable you to specialise in an area of interest and put research skills into practice with the support of an academic.
You academic support will begin in semester two and the final project should be submitted in September.
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.
Project management has become an essential skill across many sectors and this degree prepares you to enter a career in any fields.
Popular careers students go on to include management consultancy or a project management role in the following sectors:
Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations such as:
- Hewlett Packard Enterprise
- The Oxford Group
- Dassault Systèmes
- Peter Charles Limited
- Finning South America
- Galaxy Futures
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £11,950.
- International students pay £20,728.
When you accept your offer to study on this course you’ll be asked to pay a deposit. This is non-refundable. The deposit amount is:
- UK/EU students: £250
- International students: £1,000
Full terms and conditions and details of how to pay this deposit will be sent to you in your offer letter.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK and EU nationals only)
This can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master's course. Find out if you're eligible.
This course is part of the Shared Scholarship Scheme, an initiative between the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and UK universities to support students from developing commonwealth countries.
You may be eligible for this scholarship if you are:
- from a developing commonwealth country
- would not be able to study a master’s degree in the UK
Other postgraduate funding options
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least two weeks before starting your course.
We recommend you apply at least 6 weeks before the start of the course to ensure you're able to meet our requirements and apply for a visa in time.
We cannot guarantee students who do not meet these deadlines will be able to begin their course.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000