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Course content

The PMPDP is an industry-inspired partnership concerned with practice based learning for project management development. The course embodies critical thinking and reflective practice, both through the dissertation phase and throughout the taught modules. PMPDP promotes and supports a community of practice (CoP) for delegates, enabling networking and communication with their peers; sharing experiences and practices across a wide array of project environments. The course is increasingly becoming sustainable across various sectors with the curriculum and delivery methodology continuously improving.

The Taught Component

Throughout the taught component of the course there are two study cycles per year April - October and October - April. In each six month period there is a plenary session, 1 midterm session and 1 study day session.

The Dissertation Component

After all the 8 taught modules are completed, delegates start the dissertation. This takes 12 months to complete. There are 2 routes: Research or Reflective.

The dissertation delegates that choose the traditional research route will be allocated a research supervisor. Delegates maintain contact with their supervisor through the year on a one to one basis. The alternative route is the reflective dissertation route. In this option the supervisor arranges meetings or workshops normally three times during the dissertation phase.



The PMPDP has the following objectives:

  • To provide education in the management of projects;
  • To continuously improve  the competence profile of both delegates and their organisations;
  • To support professional career development in the management of projects;
  • To raise the profile of Project Management in participating organisations;
  • To create a group of project management professionals and develop and sustain communities of learning and practice.

Special features

How can I benefit from blended learning?

  • You can accommodate studying with your busy lifestyle
  • You will enjoy a mix of face to face on online learning
  • Your residential sessions consist of lectures, leading industry speakers, workshops, seminars and case studies. The aim is to help ground all new knowledge and ideas in context.
  • Your assessments focus on experience and application, rather than just demonstrating knowledge acquisition.
  • You can easily access materials and engage with colleagues and members of staff, via our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The VLE is also used as a means of allowing virtual groups to work on tasks and collective assessments.

How will part-time study support my work and development?

  • Both you, as employee, and your employer, as sponsor will benefit - your assignments are focused on your real work. Your final dissertation is practise-based to add value to practitioner and sponsoring organisation alike.
  • Tangible benefits for the participant's company can be delivered as an additional outcome
  • You will be working with leading experts in their field, generating new ideas and knowledge through coursework and assessment.

Coursework and assessment

In any six month study period delegates can study one or two modules. Module 1 must be taken first and Module 8 last, but Modules 2 through to 7 can be taken in any order, subject to advice on combinations. The taught modules are assessed by 100% coursework.

The coursework assignment/s for each Module are issued, submitted and marked during the 6 month study period. End of cycle module assessments take place at the end of the 6 month study period.

Following successful completion of 4 taught Modules, delegates may exit the course with a Post Graduate Certificate in Project Management (60 credits). Successful completion of all 8 taught Modules will give delegates sufficient credits for the Post Graduate Diploma award in Project Management (120 credits). Successful completion of the 8 taught modules and a dissertation (worth 60 credits) will give delegates an MSc award in Project Management (180 credits).

Course unit details

The 8 compulsory modules are: 

  • MACE 60071 - Module 1: Introduction to Project Management
  • MACE 60072 - Module 2: Integration Management, Integrated Master Scheduling, and Governance
  • MACE 60073 - Module 3: Project Planning and Resource Management
  • MACE 60074 - Module 4: Project Cost, Risk and Benefits Management
  • MACE 60075 - Module 5: Project Contract, Commercial and Procurement Management
  • MACE 60076 - Module 6: Project Scope and Quality Management
  • MACE 60077 - Module 7: People, Organisation and Culture
  • MACE 60078 - Module 8: Managing Research Projects

Following the successful completion all 8 modules delegates undertake the dissertation.

  • MACE 61110 - PMPDP Dissertation


The School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering has modern facilities and a strong professional support staff. The delegates on this programme are not based at the University but do attend for plenary and midterm events. 

Plenary and midterm events normally take place in the Manchester Conference Centre (MCC) which is located adjacent to the School. The delegates have access to the University's librarys both when they are here and remotely. They have full access to any information on the University 's and School  web. Additionally all student facilities are available to PM PDP students when they are in attendance at the University.

Disability support

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

CPD opportunities

Delegates have the opportunity to study one module which can be undertaken for 15 credits. This is classed as a Continual Professional Development (CPD) qualification.

CPD qualification shows a commitment to structured skill enhancement and personal or professional competence. If delegates chose to study for a CPD module they would initially have to complete module 1 which fundamentally acts as an overview to industry related project management. Then any of the modules from 2 - 7 can be taken depending on what is most relevant to the individuals professional development within the project management sector.

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




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