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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Business & Management

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    MSc: Up to five years part-time. PgDip : Up to four years part-time. PgCert: Up to 3 years part-time

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip, PgCert

  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    08 April 2019

This course will help you to extend your knowledge and skills in the field, enabling you to operate at a more strategic level, and giving you the confidence and enthusiasm to challenge traditional project management thinking.

Who is it for?

This three-year part-time course is for MOD personnel, delivered over a series of three-day residential modules and is designed for:

  • Experienced project and programme managers who want a "real-world" education delivered by faculty who are actively engaged with business
  • Ambitious professionals who are keen to develop themselves, enhance their skills, knowledge and abilities, and take their career to the next level
  • Rounded individuals who want to combine their knowledge of processes, tools and techniques with an understanding of strategy and an ability to make projects work in practice.

Why this course?

Our Executive MSc in Programme and Project Management is distinctive as it spans both programme and project management.

The first two years are built around a series of nine intensive residential modules that are delivered over a series of three-day residential periods. You will also work on a group action consultancy project, spending three days working as a team, investigating current programmes within a modern organisation. The final year will be focused on your thesis.

Designed for business managers, civil servants and serving military officers, this course will develop reflective professionals who look at programme and project management from a 21st century perspective. 

Graduates of our programme are able to come up with creative solutions to previously unsolved problems, and recognise that cross-functional knowledge and strategic vision are vital to success.


Our MSc in Programme and Project Management is accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM). Cranfield is also a member of the Major Projects Association (MPA) and the Global Alliance for Project Performance Standards (GAPPS).

Your career

The programme is designed for experienced professionals working in programme and project management. It will help you to progress your career in the field by:

  • Teaching you how best to provide effective leadership throughout project or programme lifecycle.
  • Encouraging you to take a holistic approach to managing projects by exploring behavioural and strategic aspects.
  • Ensuring you feel confident to take on more senior roles and more challenging projects.
  • Giving you the opportunity to carry out a project of real value to your organisation.

This programme will enhance your prospects when applying for senior positions within management as the in-depth academic and practical knowledge gained will be evident to your prospective employer.

It also opens up opportunities outside your chosen programme of study as it demonstrates both your ability to learn and your intellectual capacity.

To support your career goals Cranfield provides opportunities for you to network with fellow professionals, leading figures from industry and academic experts. Find out more about the Cranfield Network and the services we provide whilst you're here and for the rest of your career.

Visit the Programme and Project Management (Defence) (MSc) page on the Cranfield University at Shrivenham website for more details!




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