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Course content

The MSc in Management of Projects prepares students for a professional role in a wide range of projects by providing students with an understanding of both the people-related and technical requirements necessary for the successful management of projects, as well as the organisational and strategic aspects.

This MSc is one of four MSc courses within the Management of Projects Group of Programmes. The other MSc courses are: Commercial Project Management, Construction Project Management and Engineering Project Management.

The School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering has a long history of delivering project management related masters courses and the staff who deliver the programme are drawn for a wide variety of backgrounds and industrial experience.

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).

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: 

Career opportunities

The MSc Management of Projects acquaints students with the basic processes of project management focuses specifically on the application of project management techniques and the people management challenges in application of project management techniques, using simulation exercises to provide students with hands-on practical experience of managing a project throughout its life cycle, developing team working, decision making and communication skills which employers value highly. Successful graduates of this programme find employment in a wide range of organisations including Bentley Motors, Fujitsu, Activisys FZCO, EPAM Systems, UK NHS, CGGVeritas, Siemens, Carllion, Grand Rig International, also PhD-level research in project management.

Accrediting organisations

The MSc in Management of Projects is listed by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) as being Approved Further Learning Schemes for Chartered Engineer. The JBM represents the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Institute of Highway Incorporated Engineers. This means that successful completion of the MSc will enable applicants with an accredited first degree at BEng level, to become chartered engineers.

Students who successfully complete the unit MACE 60062 Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution optional unit are eligible for associate membership of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.


Visit the Management of Projects (MSc) page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

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