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Project Management (MSc)

Course Description

Effective project management skills are in great demand in an increasingly complex global organisational environment. This MSc in Project Management aims to provide graduates with a broad range of specialist technical (hard) and interpersonal (soft) skills that will equip them to develop successful careers in this demanding and rapidly expanding field.

A strong theme of project and programme complexity will weave throughout the course and will provide a framework to explore fundamental and contemporary theory relating to leadership, cultural diversity, operational management, strategy, systems and complexity itself. This coupled with an in depth exposure to cutting edge practice across a range of sectors will enable graduates to deliver successful projects in an increasingly uncertain and complex global organisational context.

The structure of the course reflects the need for graduates to be adaptive practitioners by removing the barriers between technical and interpersonal skills and focusing on equipping them with the tools to recognise and understand the need to adapt practice, both in terms of leadership and management, to different contexts and demands. To this end the course structure will span leadership, management & strategy, risk management, contract negotiation, project finance, current issues, tools & techniques and law. The course will culminate in a final project – the Capstone Project – that will challenge students to investigate and report on a topic of relevanc​e to their work or to more general practice.​

*This programme is subject to validation and the information may be subject to change. All new programmes at the University must undergo validation, the purpose of which is to ensure that the proposed programme is aligned to the University's Mission and its content reflects appropriate levels of academic standards and quality.​

Course content

Our MSc Project Management programme is unique and distinctive as it is designed and developed in alignment to key professional bodies in Project Management, APM (Association of Project Management) and PMI (Project Management Institute) knowledge areas and competencies framework which applies for any project domains and context. Students will have an ability to transfer and apply the knowledge, skills and competencies acquired from this Programme into wider context and various project, program and portfolio environment. ​

This MSc Project Management programme while building theoretical and contextual knowledge but more eminently prepares students a career in a collaborative world.


Project Management Theory and Practice (20 Credits)
Project Leadership (20 Credits)
Strategic Project Management (20 Credits)
Project Risk Management (20 Credits)
Project Commercial Management (20 Credits)
Management of Mega and Complex Projects (20 Credits)
Caps​tone Project (40 Credits)​

Learning & teaching

The course will be delivered through a mixture of lectures, group work, practical sessions and distance learning via the Moodle Virtual Learning Environment.

Postgraduate programme within the School operate on a semesterised basis with 140 credits of taught modules being delivered over two teaching semesters.

Modules are led by experienced members of staff and, in some instances, professional practitioners from industry and for each 20 credit module students will normally have:
48 hours of face to face contact and 152 hours of self –managed (tutor directed) learning.

We are a Registered Education Provider – Global Provider – with the Project Management Institute (PMI) the largest project Management professional body in the world. Students will have the opportunity to attend PMI meetings and events locally and nationally and to develop their own personal professional networks and contacts. We also work closely with Agile South Wales who encourage professional contact at events and have input to course teaching.

Advice and guidance is available via the course tutors or through the extensive personal tutoring service available in the school.


A variety of assessment methods are used including individual coursework, presentations, group practical assessment and debates. Extensive project management resources are available in the library and via the electronic catalogue as well as curated by individual tutors and made available through Moodle, the university virtual learning environment.

Employability & careers

Projects are key to the successful implementation of organisational strategy and those people with the right skills are increasingly seen as employees vital to success. Global demand for project managers is increasing to such an extent that demand is seriously outstripping supply.

On successful completion of this MSc you will be equipped to take on a challenging career in project management across a range of sectors from IT to construction, third sector, business and government. You will also be able to develop your current project management skills and experience to be able to specialise in such areas as risk management, finance and contract management or to take on more of a leadership role of your organisation’s portfolio of projects and programmes.

Upon completion of the MSc you can undertake further study at doctoral level via research or professional routes.

How to apply

Selection Procedure:
Application form/personal statement and if necessary an interview.

Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service facility. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply.

Key facts

Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Management
Llandaff Campus

Course Length: One year full-time or two years part-time.

International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/international.

Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available. Please refer to http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/fees.

Postgraduate Scholarships:
The university also offers a postgraduate scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/scholarships.​;

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email .

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Langes Supramaniam:
Email: ​​

Full terms and conditions in relation to accepting an offer to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University can be found by visiting http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/terms

Visit the Project Management (MSc) page on the Cardiff Metropolitan University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Prospective students should hold an undergraduate degree (normally of classification 2:2 or above), or a Higher Apprenticeship in Project Management with two years relevant work experience in a project team role, or five years relevant work experience in a project team role. In some instances those with higher level professional qualifications may be exempt from certain taught modules. Such exemptions would be discussed on a case by case basis with the Program Director. Students whose first language is NOT English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard.

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