Project Management MSc - University of Sunderland

Course overview

According to the PMI, project management is one of the fastest growing professions worldwide and the need for project management professionals is growing on every continent. Regardless of where you are from, our MSc in Project Management will equip you with both intellectual and practical skills to allow you to become a project management professional in virtually any field of work.

This course is designed to teach project management to people from any discipline. Unlike many other project management courses, you do not need an engineering or technical background to apply. A large number of our students are from business, arts and other backgrounds.

The course covers a comprehensive range of project management topics, utilising lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. You will also be given the chance to put your newly learnt skills into practice in an extended project management business game over a six-week period.

Various other modules ensure that you will develop a well-rounded set of project and general management skills, including International Project Management, Managing People and Project Leadership, Decision Support for Management and Project Risk and Quality Management. Speakers from outside the University also contribute to the course, providing real-world case studies.

When you have completed the course, you will be ready and confident to take place in the world of work and project management.

Arthur talks about his experience as a postgraduate student at the University of Sunderland:

Course content

Modules on this course include:

  • Project Management and Control (30 Credits)

In this module you will develop the building blocks of successful project management. Topics include project selection, feasibility, whole life costing and sustainability; the impact of risk, quality and people; effective monitoring and control to ensure successful delivery; and the use of project management software. You will undertake an extensive case study/business game to develop your skills in team working and decision making.

  • Commercial and Contractual Issues (15 Credits)

This module explores commercial and contractual aspects in more detail. Topics include contractual negotiation and obligations within a project; managing the legal side from a non-legal perspective; the impact of corporate policy and strategy; the creation and role of business plans in project management; the role of strategic management; and the entrepreneurial project manager.

  • Research Skills and Academic Literacy (15 Credits)

This module covers research methods including qualitative and quantitative approaches. You will carry out literature surveys, data collection, data analysis, critical evaluation and appraisal of published work and data sets. You will also learn how to research and write a technical paper.

  • Managing People and Project Leadership (15 Credits)

This module covers organisational structure, team leadership, group dynamics, training and development of project team members, subcontractors, and joint/multiple ventures. You will also cover managing change; conflict and politics; power, decision-making, negotiation and collaboration in project teams; communication in project management including briefings and meetings; and the role of the project manager as co-ordinator and facilitator.

  • International Project Management and Practice (15 Credits)

This module explores the management of projects in other countries and across multiple geographies. Topics include successful communication that overcomes language barriers; the impact of different cultures and work practices; and a comparison of international commercial and non-governmental projects. There is a student-led practical element that allows you to develop skills such as effective presentations.

  • Decision Support for Management (15 Credits)

You will study risk analysis including: risk definition, certainty, uncertainty, risk management methodology and risk identification and quantification. You will also cover the applications available for decision support relating to project management problems.

  • Project Risk and Quality Management (15 Credits)

You will analyse the pathology of information systems and reported cases of systems success and/or failure to determine key factors and techniques such as post-implementation reviews and risk checklists. You will also cover risk identification, analysis techniques, and generic risk management frameworks as well as evaluating the relationship between risks and opportunities.

  • Masters Project (60 Credits)

You will undertake a real world project with the support of a sponsor. It will include both a research and a practical element.

Teaching and assessment

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, group work, research, discussion groups, seminars, tutorials and practical laboratory sessions.

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters requires a higher level of independent working.

Assessment methods include individual written reports and research papers, practical assignments and the Masters project.

Information about our policies relating to student experience and quality assurance processes can be found on the Academic Services website.

Facilities & location

Sunderland’s outstanding IT facilities include the David Goldman Informatics Centre, which has hundreds of computers so it’s easy to find a free workstation with the software you need. 

We are an accredited Cisco Academy and have two laboratories packed with Cisco networking equipment including routers, switches, terminals and specialist equipment for simulating frame relay and ISDN links.

We host high-performance computing platforms, including a Big Data machine and a High Performance Computing Cluster system, for concurrent processing of complex computational tasks. We also have the equipment and licences for our own public mobile cellular network.

University Library Services

We’ve got thousands of books and e-books on computing topics, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles.


The David Goldman Informatics Centre

The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's,
St Peter's Way, Sunderland, SR6 0DD

Entry requirements

We usually require applicants to hold at least a 2:2 honours degree in any subject. We will also consider applicants who have other qualifications and substantial work experience.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

If you feel you already know some of the topics covered in this course, either due to previous learning or from experience of work, then you may not need to study all of the course.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) is the name given to the process of gaining credit towards a qualification because of something you have learnt in the past. If you are eligible for APL you won't have to learn the same topic again, and so you can be exempt from a module, set of modules or year of a course. 

Read more about APL in the Quality Handbook (.pdf). If you think you may be eligible for APL, please contact the course leader.

Fees & finance

Postgraduate loans

From 2016/17, tuition fee loans will be available to UK/EU postgraduate students for the first time. Find out more about the eligibility criteria.


The annual fee for this course is:

  • £4,750 if you are from the UK / EU
  • £11,500 if you are an International student

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or International student, please see the International section of this website.

Employment & careers

Project managers have skills that are relevant to most industries. The sectors where project managers are most commonly employed include construction, engineering, digital media, IT and telecoms.

Potential roles include:

  • Project manager
  • Engineering manager
  • Digital and print production manager
  • IT manager
  • Construction manager

Senior and experienced project managers can earn around £60,000, with potential for higher salaries depending on the situation.

A Masters degree will also enhance career opportunities within Higher Education and prepare you for further postgraduate studies.

Representatives from Nissan, Hitachi & GlaxoSmithKline talk about employment opportunities and recruiting University of Sunderland graduates:


Support for your learning

From the start of the course you will be allocated a Personal Tutor who will meet with you at agreed times throughout your course. Personal Tutors encourage your personal development and are a useful point of contact for any queries about your course, extracurricular activities and issues where they can point you towards specialist services at the University. These include student counselling, financial advice and chaplaincy support.

Further support is provided by our technicians who help you make the most of the University’s equipment and software.

Support for your development

To help ensure the course is meeting aspirations for personal development, we invite students to fill in questionnaires at the end of modules. This provides a structured way for you to keep us up-to-date with your views.

During your course, and particularly towards the end of it, we encourage you to make full use of the resources at our Careers & Employability Service. The Service helps you explore your options, clarify your ideas, develop a career focus and make effective applications.

Extracurricular activities

The University supports student-led initiatives that enhance the extracurricular activities available to you. Some of these are related to particular subjects while others allow you to pursue interests and social activities. It’s all part of the vibrant and life-changing atmosphere at the University of Sunderland.

Apply for this course

You can apply online using the link below.

    Next Open Day

  • Date: Thursday 16th February 2017
  • Time: 2:00pm-7:00pm
  • Type: University Open Day
  • Location: Gateway, City Campus, University of Sunderland

Contact Sunderland

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Telephone: 0191 515 3000 

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The details

Course Name Project Management
Classification MSc
Course Mode Full-time
Course Level Postgraduate
Duration 60 weeks
Study Location On-campus (Sunderland)
Starting 6 February 2017
16 October 2017
UK/EU Fee £4750
Intl Fee £11500

Entry requirements

2:2 or above in any subject

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