MSc Project Management
Please note this course is closed to new International and EU applications for September 2022 entry. We remain open to Home, Home EU and Home Offshore applicants.
This course has earlier application, acceptance and deposit (for International and EU students) deadlines due to high interest in the programme. For more information please visit Early application deadlines
Applications for January 2023 will open in July 2022. Any applications received before then will be withdrawn and will need to be submitted again once the intake opens. If you would be interested in receiving notification of when the intake opens please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Page last updated 27 April 2022
MSc Project Management is a practice focused course that is diverse and vibrant in an inspirational learning environment that embeds internationalisation, employability and professionalism you'll need to succeed as a project manager.
Why study project management?
The course will provide you with the relevant knowledge, understanding and experience of applying practical skills in project management, which will equip you to succeed as a project manager.
Whilst you will specialise in project management, the characteristics of the course will also provide a focus on the interdisciplinary nature of the subject and how project management is integrated within organisations and latest methodologies applied in practice.
In demand across almost every type of business, skilled project managers are needed to lead on projects of different types and scale, to ensure they are delivered on time, in scope and budget.
Project managers with a strong grasp of the latest methodologies and frameworks, who can help companies embrace different approaches and strategies, are particularly sought after.
This work is well suited to individuals who enjoy seeing tasks through to completion and thrive on organising resources and people. You will be on the front line of managing teams, making strategic decisions and using skills that add value across many areas of business.
Why UWE Bristol?
Studying with us at this level will put you in a strong position to secure work and progress into project management roles.
We'll support you to build the skills to work as a highly competent project manager, as you learn to apply the latest techniques and systems to market needs and business opportunities.
Covering all the relevant methodologies and frameworks, we'll explore the importance of data metrics to project analysis and planning and encourage you to apply project management values and models to your own work.
You'll collaborate with leading practitioners and researchers and as the course progresses, you will be equipped to advise on project management strategy, as you build your communication and research skills and develop the necessary skills and knowledge to become a project team member, manager, or project leader.
Where can it take me?
The course will put you in a strong position to pursue a career in project management within any business sector.
Businesses require strong project management expertise in many other areas, too. You could work as a supply chain manager, project engineer, project analyst, environmental manager or programme manager.
Your skills will also be beneficial in senior consultancy and management positions.
You will study the following modules:
- Project Management Fundamentals - explores the key principles, concepts, tools and strategies of project management. You will learn how to effectively plan and execute a project.
- Project Management Methodologies - explores various project management methodologies and frameworks. You will learn how to effectively implement the Agile and Prince2 methodologies in an organisational context.
- Projects in Global Environments - addresses the knowledge, skills and competencies required to successfully manage International and global projects which are inherently complex by nature; language, culture, and logistics among other issues.
- Leadership - covers the application of theories and concepts of leadership that reflects a sensitivity to issues relating to ethics, culture, strategy and governance.
- Project Management in Context - explores the fundamental principles of managing portfolios and programmes and their relationship and strategic alignment and to understand project management in an organisational context.
- Sustainable Development: Principles and Practice - explores the fundamental nature, causes and consequences of sustainable. It will also introduce some of the key frameworks that have been used to explain and implement sustainable development.
- Masters Project - the culmination of the MSc is the Masters Project, which provides an opportunity for you to demonstrate your independent research, and creative and planning skills.
This structure is for full-time students only. Part-time students study the same modules but the delivery pattern will be different.
The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.
Learning and Teaching
The course is taught through a mix of lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars, project work and case studies, with class discussions, business games and group work all embedded into the delivery, to consolidate learning.
With a focus on developing practical project management skills, you'll gain a grounding in all the core areas of project management, such as project planning and control, risk management, and leading and managing project teams.
We'll look at the part projects can play in managing technology, delivering change and transforming business processes, products and services.
Work on live project issues with organisations and collaborate and network with people working on the latest research, as well as leading practitioners.
The course culminates in your dissertation, which you'll write on a chosen topic of interest within current or future project management practice.
See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.
Full-time (over one year): 15 hours a week of teaching and related activities, and 30 hours a week on independent learning.
Part-time (over two years): 7.5 hours a week of teaching and related activities, and 15 hours a week on independent learning.
You will be assessed via a mix of coursework reports, presentations reflective essays, group work, and your final Masters project.
See our full glossary of assessment terms.
You'll find everything you need for your studies on our Frenchay Campus, including open access computers and an IT helpdesk.
You'll have access to the UWE Bristol library, including access to leading resources, specialist journals and publications through our online portal.
Graduate students have a dedicated space on the main campus, with teaching rooms and informal areas. Each course has a student adviser who provides pastoral support and general advice.
Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.
Careers / Further study
Businesses value good project managers in almost every sector, so the career opportunities open to you will be extensive.
You could pursue project management and consultant-type roles, or take your skills into related areas, such as supply chain management, project engineering, project analysis, environmental management or programme management.
Your project management skills are in high demand across the public, private and third-sector.
We normally require an honours degree of 2:2 or equivalent.
We can consider applicants who do not meet the normal entry requirements, but who do have relevant professional experience or qualifications. In your application, you should describe in detail your professional experience and qualifications.
We are not able to offer deferrals for this programme. However, we appreciate there may be extenuating circumstances to consider and therefore we will consider requests on a case by case basis.
English Language Requirement
International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).
*The University accepts a large number of UK and international qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit English language requirements.
How to apply
For further information
- Email: Admissions@uwe.ac.uk
- Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 83333