MSc Project Management
The MSc Project Management was the first of its kind in Wales to be officially approved by the Association for Project Management (APM).
Our Project Management course develops a deeper understanding of both theoretical and practical aspects of project, programme and portfolio management. It facilitates the essential skills and competences necessary to plan, monitor, control and deliver successful projects.
It focuses on developing skills for careers in project management, including both theory and applied aspects, and is mapped against key professional body competencies.
If you have a relevant professional qualification and have three to five years' industry experience, you may be eligible for exemptions to fast track your studies. Please note that the fast track route does not attract government student finance as you will need to be sitting the whole course, not a lesser amount of credits due to previous study/experience.
Please note this course is closed to new international applications for September 2022 entry due to high interest in the programme. We remain open to Home and EU applicants. For more information, please visit our International website. Any international applications received for the September 2022 intake will be withdrawn. We are now accepting international applications for the February 2023 (if this course is available in this intake) and September 2023 intakes.
The knowledge, understanding and skills gained during the MSc Project Management course can be applied to a range of environments. It brings together resources, skills, technology and ideas, to realise benefits or achieve objectives, and operates within the multiple project constraints of cost, scope, time and quality requirements. Students on the MSc Project Management course will become familiar with leading thinking and emerging research in the field of project management to benefit their continued professional development.
- Accounting and Financial Control (20 credits)
- Global Strategy and Emerging Markets (20 credits)
- Research Methods (20 credits)
- Leadership and Management Theories and Practices (20 credits)
- Legislative and Professional Issues (20 credits)
- Managing Projects and Programmes (20 credits)
- Dissertation (60 credits)
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ)
Students on the MSc Project Management degree have the option to compliment their studies by undertaking the five day APM Project Management qualification at the University.
Subject to revalidation from 2021
This course is subject to revalidation, this means it is under review as part of the University’s standard quality assurance and enhancement processes. Course and module content is indicative and may change through the revalidation process. As soon as the course is revalidated, the details will be confirmed and published on the University website.
In the unlikely event the course does not go ahead as planned, or is significantly amended, we will write to inform you. If this happens, we’ll help you to find a suitable alternative course either at USW or at another provider.
Students will attend a combination of taught lectures and tutorials.
A mix of assessment methods are used, including individual essays and reports, group projects and reports, presentations, seminars and an individual dissertation or project.
Chris Lee – Course Leader, MSc Project Management
APM academic accreditation is the mapping of course content against the APM Body of Knowledge (BoK). The APM BoK is widely used within industry, and is a key resource for all corporate organisations accredited by the APM and is the primary resource referenced in the APM IC and APMP qualifications.
APM Accreditation is a mark of quality which means that the content for this course is of industry standard and with learning content that actually relates to how project management is practiced within industry.
We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement
At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.
If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.
An undergraduate honours degree from a recognised or accredited university with a minimum 2:2 or equivalent
Relevant project management related work experience will also be considered
MSc Project Management (Exemption route)
If you can demonstrate extensive practitioner experience in managing and delivering projects coupled with the APMP level 7 qualification, you may be able to study the exemption route for this course.
Eligible students will be required to complete the Managing Projects and Programmes and Research Methods modules, plus a dissertation or business research project in order to gain the full Masters qualification.
The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.
Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.
August 2022 - July 2023 Fees
Full-time UK: £9250
Full-time International: £14500
Part-time UK: £1030 per 20 credits
August 2023 - July 2024 Fees
Full-time UK: TBC
Full-time International: TBC
Part-time UK: TBC
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Graduates from this MSc Project Management course may:
- Develop a career in a project management based role or environment
- Already work in such an environment but seek to formally recognise their work
- Have the knowledge base, organisational and analytical skills to pursue a career as a project or programme manager, portfolio manager, working in a project management office (PMO), or as project administrator or project worker
- Have developed applied research skills in order to pursue advanced research study and further professional qualifications
Graduates can also progress to a PhD or research degree.
Our Careers and Employability Service
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.