Project Management MSc

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Whatever your degree topic you can join this course and so take your first step to becoming a project management professional and joining one of the world’s fastest growing professions. There is a need for project management professionals on every continent and in virtually any field of work.

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This MSc Project Management course is designed to teach people from any discipline or degree background, unlike other project management courses, whether you are from a business, arts or technical background this course is for you. 

The course has been designed in line with the requirements of both the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the Association for Project Management (APM).

The taught modules ensure you develop a well-rounded set of project and general management skills, including Project Management Basics, Project Delivery Methods including agile, International Project Management, Managing People and Project Leadership, Understanding Organisations, Project Funding and Tendering, Project Risk Management and Quality Management. Speakers from outside the University also contribute to the course, providing real-world case studies.

Upcoming start dates
27 January 2020
14 September 2020

Why us?

  • Innovative teaching designed to ensure you finish your course with the skills needed to work in real world project management
  • We have over two decades of experience teaching Project Management at MSc level here at the University of Sunderland
  • Teaching that is up to date and based around recent research in the various course subjects
  • Masterclasses from various speakers from organisations, government and industry
  • All MSc Project Management student get a free copy of the latest Microsoft Project Professional
  • Project management is one of the fastest growing professions worldwide

Course structure

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, class discussions, case studies, a project management business game, group work, presentations and applied study. 

Your progress will be assessed with individual written reports and research papers, practical assignments and finally your masters dissertation.

The programme has no assessment by examination.

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


Modules on this course include:

  • Project Management and Control (30 credits)

Develop the building blocks of successful project management. Study topics such as 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. Undertake an extensive case study/business game to develop your skills in team working and decision making.

  • Project Delivery and International Project Management (30 credits)

Consider some of the issues facing project managers who must efficiently and effectively oversee the delivery of projects, to include consideration of a range of international contexts.

  • Commercial and Contractual Issues in Project Management (15 credits)

Learn about the importance of commercial and contractual issues in projects. Cover the role of Strategy and Strategic Management, Business Plans, Legal Issues, Commercial Relationships and Financial Management and Tendering.

  • Leaderships and Management of Project Risk, Quality and People (30 credits) 

Explore the role of leadership and people management in ensuring a successful outcome to a project. Investigate the issues and strategies in managing risk and quality and how these can be deployed to provide a successful project outcome.

  • Understanding Organisations and Systems (15 credits)

Explore how organisation and systems can be understood to help facilitate their design, change and management. Investigate various methods of organisational analysis and modelling, including both hard and soft-system modelling.

  • Project/Dissertation (60 credits)

Using your research and critical analysis skills, draw on the knowledge you have gained during the course of the programme to address a real engineering problem or research question at the forefront of the discipline.

Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

  • You can access free Wi-Fi throughout the University campus, so you can work from anywhere. If you don't want to carry a laptop around, just use one of the University’s PCs or Apple Macs. We have hundreds of computers for you to use in the Murray Library, St Peter's Library, and the David Goldman Informatics Centre. If you ever have any technical problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

    IT provision
  • The St Peter’s Library contains over 31,000 books related to project management, business, economics, management, human resources, marketing and strategy, 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.

    Library Services - Project Management
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You’ll be based at The David Goldman Informatics Centre, on the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. The David Goldman Informatics Centre is an impressive, modern, purpose built University building with views of the River Wear, and just a short walk to both Sunderland town centre and Roker beach and the sea. 

On the Sir Tom Cowie Campus, you will find all you need for your studies including:

  • A range of teaching rooms and spaces that cover all your course needs
  • Numerous open access computers
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • IT help desk
  • A comprehensive library
  • Various catering options

Entry requirements

Our typical offer is

  • GPA 2.40 from a Canadian bachelor's degree
  • GPA 2.5 from a USA bachelor's degree

We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or an equivalent qualification, for example; a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language we will require an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall score of 6.0 and at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. An alternative approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) can also be considered if the applicant's element scores are equivalent to those required for IELTS.

Fees and finance

2019/20 annual fees are:

  • £6,000 if you are from the UK or EU
  • £12,500 if you are from outside the EU

2020/21 annual fees are:

  • £6,250 if you are from the UK or EU
  • £13,000 if you are from outside the EU

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

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The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's by night


A masters degree in project management will open up a wide range of employment opportunities for you. Project Managers can be found in most sectors of industry, governments, consulting, non-profit organisations, the arts and many other sectors. Past graduates of our MSc in Project Management can be found in all of these sectors developing successful and dynamic careers.

Project managers have skills that are relevant to most industries and it is one of the fastest growing professions worldwide.

In addition, the knowledge you will gain and the skills you will acquired on this programme are all very transferable to other sectors of employment and management.

Guest speakers

We invite experienced project professionals and project managers into the University to share their experiences with students. Past speakers have included the Chief Information Officer of BT, a senior NHS project manager and senior project management consultants.

We also have close links with the PMI and APM in the North East England and the events organised by them provide students with excellent networking opportunities.

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  • Studying at the University of Sunderland was indeed a life-changing experience for me.
     Otlaadisa Naane Project Management Graduate

    Otlaadisa Naane

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