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Project Management (MSc/PgDip/PgCert)

Course Description

MSc Project Management at Winchester equips students in both tactical and strategic approaches to project and programme management, creating opportunities for students to acquire the knowledge and skills to work effectively within organisations and the changing external context in which they operate.

Programme Content

The dynamic and challenging world of business has encouraged the increasing use of project management across all business sectors. In turn, this has created a heightened demand for qualified project managers, not only in the traditional areas of engineering and technology but also into new fields of practice. These additional areas include health and wellbeing; environmental and community development programmes; education; archaeology; and many of the creative and key service industries (including tourism and event management); inspiring innovative forms of project and programme management.

Advanced study on this programme considers and develops practical approaches to project management. Exploring and practicing traditional and contemporary approaches to the profession. This in turn supports the independent research required for the dissertation and postgraduate level of research.

See the website http://www.winchester.ac.uk/Studyhere/Pages/msc-project-management.aspx


Core modules:
- Principles of Programme, Portfolio and Project Management
- Project Life-cycle, Planning and Control and Monitoring
- Principles of Responsible Management
- Governance: Projects and Programmes
- Leadership in Organisations
- Research Methods in Business

Optional modules:
- Business Consulting
- Sustainable Innovation Management
- Enterprise and Small Business Management

Learning and Teaching

A focus of the programme is the development of the students' capacity to apply the necessary skills to solve real-life problems in management environments. A wide range of teaching and learning methods are adopted including student-led discussions, lectures and debates, presentations, workshops involving a range of active learning activities, independent study, web-based activities and a series of guest speakers throughout each semester.


There is a wide variety of assessment methods, depending on the aims of the module. Assessment methods include essays, reports, presentations, conference papers, case study analyses and research-based projects.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.


The programme develops skills and knowledge for action in the workplace. Project management is critical and useful for a wide variety of careers in the public, private and third sectors. The programme provides a firm foundation for undertaking postgraduate research at PhD level.

Visit the Project Management (MSc/PgDip/PgCert) page on the University of Winchester website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Sandrine Longolongo

MSc Project Management

“Winchester’s track record and standards are recognised worldwide; studying here sets me apart from other graduates. The course has been an eye-opener to fundamental principles of business management and it is relevant as the world moves to a more project-based way of working.

“The lecturers have presented the course with such passion and enthusiasm – it has helped me to engage with what is being taught.

“I have now started my dissertation, which is an empirical study of stakeholder management in mining companies in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is my home country. I wanted to focus on a developing country as I am interested in how stakeholder management can be used for improvement when it comes to ethical considerations. I
am aiming for a career in the mining industry and construction so this is a good start to gain an insight on what is going on in the business in theDemocratic Republic of Congo.”


Entry Requirements

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree or professional experience in management. Students with professional Project Management status and who hold appropriate Level 7 qualifications such as Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management (or its international equivalent) are eligible for entry with advanced standing. If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (including 6.0 in academic writing) or equivalent.

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