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Project Management MSc

UCAS code
Year of entry 2017
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Course Length
1 year full time
Department Professional Studies »


In recent years, businesses of all sizes, across all major industry sectors have become project-based. Those projects can now easily span different companies, regions, time zones, and integrate diverse knowledge bases and disciplines. And business, services and governments are looking for teams that can plan, coordinate and control both the output and underlying processes of a project, made up of individuals who can make a powerful contribution to the decision making involved.

On our one-year Project Management MSc you’ll learn how to apply project management principles across a range of disciplines and business sectors, from fashion and film to the charity sector; from the sciences to working in government. We’ll equip you with practical tools and skills, plus an understanding of the academic theories underpinning them, to set you up on your future career path.

We place a strong emphasis on the scientific and technological revolutions underway and the process of technological convergence, which have had a major impact on both the older established engineering industries and the younger electronics, wireless, computer, media and creative industries and internet-based start-ups.

You’ll learn from highly experienced practitioners, including CEOs and senior executives with experience across a range of industries including manufacturing, electronics, finance, media and major consultancies (like PwC and AD Little Inc). These industry connections have informed the content and design of the course, in a way that will not only build on your existing knowledge and experience, but increase your chances of finding employment at a salary level higher than the graduate national average wage in your chosen sector.

The Centre for Professional Studies was founded in 2013, recognising that international industries, firms, organisations and governments are demanding exceptional candidates who have the knowledge base and practical skills to finance, manage and execute processes and projects successfully. It’s our ethos to combine academic excellence with industry related knowledge and expertise. 

  • Acquire the tools to succeed in today’s workplace, from applied management to financial and leadership skills in order to plan, design, execute and deliver projects on time and on budget
  • You’ll gain the practical and academic qualifications to meet demands of employers across competitive global markets, including the industry-recognised PRINCE2 qualification.
  • You’ll learn from highly experienced practitioners and senior executives with portfolios covering both complex, multi-disciplinary projects and small, bespoke interventions in niche sectors.

Core modules

Introduction to Project Management

Operations and Quality Management

Information Technology Project Management

International Strategic and Technology Project Management

Advanced Project Funding, Finance and Risk Management

Advanced Applied Project Management and Planning

Corporate Governance, Ethics and Sustainability

International Management of Mega Projects

Managing and Financing Projects in the Film and TV Industries

Business Research methods

International Accounting and Finance

Dissertation

Over the 12 months of this course, you’ll take ten taught course units, attend various seminars and workshops and complete a final project or dissertation. Each term is made up of five taught course units. The dissertation of 15,000 words will be on a project management topic.  

You’ll learn from highly experienced practitioners, including CEOs and senior executives with experience across a range of industries including manufacturing, electronics, finance, media and major consultancies (like PwC and AD Little Inc). These industry connections have informed the content and design of the course, in a way that will not only build on your existing knowledge and experience, but increase your chances of finding employment at a salary level higher than the graduate national average wage in your chosen sector. 

Entry criteria:

UK Upper Second Class (2:1) degree or equivalent.

Those with a lower second class honours degree (2:2) will be considered on a case by case basis depending on previous experience and references.

English language requirements:

IELTS  6.5 overall and no subscore below 5.5


If you require Royal Holloway to sponsor you study in the UK, your IELTS must be a UK
government-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT).

International and EU entry requirements

Please select your country from the drop-down list below




Students from overseas should visit the International pages for information on the entry requirements from their country and further information on English language requirements. Royal Holloway offers a Pre-Master’s Diploma for International Students and English language pre-sessional courses, allowing students the opportunity to develop their study skills and English language before starting their postgraduate degree.

Graduates of our Project Management courses have pursued – and been successful in – careers across a range of industries. The nature of the role gives you the flexibility to oversee the completion of a project in any sector or industry. Roles in Project Management can vary and are not limited to professionals who oversee the completion of a project.

It will be your role as the project manager to take ownership for a specific aspect of a project, making sure it’s delivered to all stakeholders’ satisfaction, individuals who provide detailed knowledge on a specific project discipline and those who provide professional support services to a range of projects.

Our alumni have successfully entered into a wide range of professions and several industries, making substantial contributions to multidisciplinary project teams and the financing, execution and delivery of projects. This has helped them progress through the organisation and into senior management positions of the firm or change career paths. Some industries you could go into include: 

  • Consumer Electronics
  • Software, Wireless and Internet based ventures
  • Information Technology
  • Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare
  • Agriculture and Food Industry and Distribution
  • Oil, Gas and Alternative Energy Industries
  • Finance and International Banking
  • International Project Finance
  • Manufacturing, Heavy Engineering and Aerospace
  • Construction, Mining and Mineral Processing
  • Automotive
  • Government Departments
  • International Organisations such as NGOs, aid agencies, UN, EU, APEC
  • Consultancy
  • Film Production
  • TV Production
  • Music industry
  • Social Media

Home and EU students tuition fee per year 2017/18*: £10,050

Overseas students tuition fee per year 2017/18*: £17,000

Other essential costs**: There are no single associated costs greater than £50 per item on this course

How do I pay for it? Find out more about funding options, including loans, grants, scholarships and bursaries.

* These tuition fees apply to students enrolled on a full-time basis. Students studying part-time are charged a pro-rata tuition fee, usually equivalent to approximately half the full-time fee. Please email student-fees@royalholloway.ac.uk for further information on part-time fees. All postgraduate fees are subject to inflationary increases. Royal Holloway's policy is that any increases in fees will not exceed 5 per cent for continuing students. For further information see tuition fees and our terms and conditions.

** These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree programme at Royal Holloway. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing, have not been included.

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