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Course description

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.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £11,000 
  • International students (per annum): £24,500

Entry requirements

English language

All applicants need to demonstrate competency in English language. Applicants who do not already possess a recognised English Language qualification will need to take a recognised test such as IELTS or TOEFL and attain the required English Language score.

  • IELTS  : overall score of at least 6.5, with at least 6.5 in reading and other no sub-test below 6.0
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) : overall score of at least 59, with a score of at least 59 for the Reading sub-test and no other sub-test scores below 51
  • IBT TOEFL:  overall score of at least 90, with no sub-test below 22

Pre-sessional English:  We also accept successful completion of the 10 week pre-sessional English course run by the University Language Centre to meet our English language requirements.

Please note that for entry onto this MSc we do not accept previous UK study or previous study in English to fulfill our English language requirements. We will require an approved English language qualification as listed above.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

We are introducing a staged admissions process with selection deadlines throughout the year that will benefit all applicants. 

If we make you an offer, you will have 8 weeks in which to accept. Offers that are not accepted within the 8 week period will be withdrawn so that an offer can be made to another candidate in the next application stage.

  • Stage 1 : Application received by 29/10/18; decision communicated between 10/12/18 - 14/12/18
  • Stage 2 : Application received by 1/1/19; decision communicated between 11/2/19 - 15/2/19
  • Stage 3 : Application received by 4/3/19; decision communicated between 23/4/19 - 26/4/19
  • Stage 4 : Application received 1/5/19; decision communicated between 24/6/19 - 28/6/19

We will aim to give you a decision on your application in the decision period for your application stage. However, in some instances it may be necessary to roll your application forward to the next stage due to the competition for places and the volume of applications received. We will contact you with an update on your application in the decision period if this is the case.

Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place must demonstrate that they have met all the conditions of their offer of study by Wednesday 31 July 2019.

Further details about the supporting documentation we will require can be found below.

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Advice to applicants

The following documents must be submitted with the application:

  • Latest transcripts of study showing all modules completed including credit weighting and grades achieved
  • If you have not yet graduated, a list of the modules that you will be completing in the final year of your degree together with their credit weighting
  • An official document from your university verifying your current weighted average mark if this information is not included in your transcript of study. Please note : this must be recorded as a percentage, not as a GPA grade, and must give the weighted average mark, not an arithmetic average mark
  • Two references that are dated, on official letterhead paper, and signed by the referee.

You must submit all these supporting documents with your application; if any of the above information is missing, this will cause a delay and may mean that your application will be rolled forward to the next stage or withdrawn.

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).

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.


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

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