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Programme and Project Management (Defence) (MSc/PgDip/PgCert)

Course Description

Course Description

The Cranfield three-year part-time MSc in Programme and Project Management will help you to extend your knowledge and skills in this field, enabling you to operate at a more strategic level, and giving you the confidence and enthusiasm to challenge traditional project management thinking.

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.

Course overview

The MSc in Programme and Project Management is a three-year part-time programme that begins in January each year. 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.

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

This three-year part-time course is 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.

Group project

The group action project gives you the chance to apply the knowledge and skills you have learnt to a specific business issue. You will spend three days, working as a team, investigating current programmes within a modern organisation. You will collect data, conduct analysis and report on the findings, and you will produce recommendations how the organisation can improve its core capabilities in programme and project management.

Individual Project

The thesis is an opportunity for you to carry out rigorous research in programme and project management that is of particular interest to you and your organisation. Integrating the skills and knowledge you have acquired with new research, you can apply them to particular challenges your organisation is facing. You will work closely with a supervisor who will provide expert guidance, insights and support throughout the project, from the planning stage through to delivery.


The course is delivered in nine core modules with remote study in between, and includes a group action project and an individual thesis.

Core -

Business Case and Financial Management
Foundations of Programme and Project Management
Group Action Project
Organisational Learning and Leading Transformational Change
Planning, Control, and Performance Measurement
Research Methods
Risk and Opportunities
Strategic Management and Supply Chain Management
The Reflective Manager


Each module will be assessed through assignments, exams or both. The residential modules will help to prepare you for the assessments but you will be expected to conduct private study in order to complete the assessments.


Cranfield School of Management Executive MSc Colleague Bursary - https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/Study/Postgraduate-degrees/Fees-and-funding/Funding-opportunities/school-of-management-corporate-bursaries

For organisations wishing to sponsor their talent to study on one of our specialist masters programmes, there is a Colleague Bursary available from the Cranfield School of Management.

Career opportunities

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.

Further Information

For further information on this course, please visit our course webpage - http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/masters/programme-and-project-management-executive-3-year.html

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

Entry Requirements

A first or second class UK Honours degree (or equivalent) ideally in a related subject. Other recognised professional qualifications or several years relevant industrial experience may be accepted as equivalent; subject to approval by the Course Director. For further and specific information please visit the course page.

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