Study this programme anywhere in the world and receive a fully accredited University of London degree

MSc Project Management DRAFT

MSc / PGDip / PGCert / Individual modules

Available to study anywhere in the world

This postgraduate degree is designed by experienced industry practitioners and leading academics to provide you with a comprehensive insight into the specialism of project management.

Two architects discussing a build project
Develop an advanced skillset relevant to the growing demand from multiple industries and organisations seeking professional project managers.

By studying this degree, you will:

  • demonstrate a systematic understanding of the relevant business functions in the context of project management. e.g. finance, risk, sustainability, operations and quality control
  • gain an in-depth understanding of tools, concepts and theories relating to the chosen area of project management at an advanced level
  • develop the ability to critically analyse contrasting project management frameworks, methods and systems in relation to organisational culture, environmental factors and type/scale of projects
  • apply a range of project management frameworks in order to evaluate and solve complex project delivery problems and make informed decisions in challenging situations.

Programme details

Programme structure, modules and specification

  • For the MSc: You complete ten compulsory modules (15 credits each) and one compulsory Dissertation module (30 credits).
  • For the PGDip: You choose eight modules (15 credits each) excluding Dissertation [MSc only]
  • For the PGCert: You complete one core module (15 credits) and choose three optional modules (15 credits each) excluding Dissertation [Msc only].

Individual modules:
Study our modules individually to update your knowledge or sample the programme (excludes the Dissertation module).

Modules will be available from the April 2022 intake, subject to programme module availability. Please refer to the module availability schedule [PDF].

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Key dates

2021 session dates
Application deadline  06 September 2021
Registration deadline  11 October 2021
Programme starts October 2021

How you study

The MSc Project Management is offered fully online and allows you the opportunity to flexibly fit your studies around your schedule.

You can choose to study individual modules on a pay-as-you-go basis and build up your qualification at your own pace.

By studying this programme, you will develop a critical, selective and confident approach to the integration of knowledge domains and practical skills to finance, manage and execute processes and projects successfully.

You will also enhance your awareness of the specific requirements of each project, spot the potential issues in implementation and plan preventive strategies to overcome them.

Each module is run over a 10-week block followed by an assessment submission point, with the exception of the Dissertation module which is run over two 10-week blocks

The programme is offered online and is fully supported by a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You study at a time and pace that suits you (subject to course-specific deadlines) and use the study materials provided, with support available from academic staff.

Study materials

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Online support [Check this]

When you register, we will give you access to your Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and other key resources:

  • The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) enables access to course materials, resources, and forums to discuss course material and work collaboratively with others. Tutors are available to answer queries and promote discussion during the study year through the VLE.
  • The Online Library provides access to over 100 million academic electronic items comprising E-books, E-journals, conference proceedings, etc. In addition, students can request items which are not held in the library via the library's Inter-Library loans service with the British Library.
  • Senate House Library provides free reference access for all registered distance and flexible learning students.

Student Support

We are committed to delivering an exceptional student experience for all of our students, regardless of which of our programmes you are studying and whether you are studying independently or with a Recognised Teaching Centre.

You will have access to support through:

  • The Student Advice Centre – provides support for application and Student Portal queries.
  • TalkCampus – a peer support service that offers a safe and confidential way to talk about whatever is on your mind at any time of day or night.

Time commitment [Check this]

To complete the programme in the minimum study period (2 years), we estimate that you will need to study for approximately 24 hours per week during the academic session [Month to month?].

Students who study alongside full-time working commitments often take four years to complete. This amounts to around 12 hours of study per week during the academic session.]


Examinations are completed via online submission.

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Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

Entry route 1: Direct entry

To qualify to register for the MSc, PGDip or PGCert you will need a bachelor’s degree which is considered at least comparable to a UK second-class honours degree from an institution acceptable to the University.

If you don't have a first degree but have work experience in a managerial position for at least three to five years, or with three to five years project work as junior project manager/coordinator, we will consider your application on an individual basis.

Applicants with an appropriate professional experience qualification from a recognised professional body will be considered on an individual basis.

Entry route 2: Performance based admissions (PBA)

If you don't meet the requirements for direct entry you can apply for the MSc via the performance based admissions route.

To qualify for entrance via the PBA route you will need:

  • a bachelor’s degree from an acceptable institution
  • an appropriate professional experience qualification from a recognised professional body
  • an aegrotat (certificate).

Applicants with an appropriate professional experience qualification from a recognised professional body will be considered on an individual basis.

If you are on the PBA route you may transfer to the MSc on successful completion of two 15-credit modules.

English language requirements

You need a high standard of English to study this programme. You will meet our language requirements if you have achieved one of the following within the past three years:

  • (IELTS) International English Language Testing System - overall score of at least 6.5 and at least 6 in each test.
  • (TOEFL) Test of English as a Foreign Language - overall score of 92 or above with at least 22 in the Reading and Writing sub-tests and at least 20 in the Speaking and Listening sub-tests.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (at grade C or above).
  • Duolingo: must achieve an overall score of at least 120.

If you do not meet the English language proficiency requirements but believe that you can demonstrate the requisite proficiency, the University may, at its discretion, consider your application.

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Computer requirements

The University of London sets minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly.

For this programme, you will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection. For more information about specific software requirements, please visit:

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Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

If you are registering on the MSc Project Management you may apply for RPL for up to 45 credits (three 15-credit modules).

If you are registering on the PGDip Project Management you may apply for RPL for up to 15 credits (one 15-credit module).

Applications for RPL for the Dissertation module will not be considered.

Prior learning will not be considered or recognised for the PGCert Project Management or Individual module/s.


The total fee payable to the University of London for 2021-2022 will be published on our website once confirmed. On average, fees incur a 5% year-on-year increase. For the latest information on programme fees, please visit:

Academic year 2021-2022
Application fee (non-refundable) 101
The application fee (non-refundable) is payable when you make your application for an MSc, PGDip, PGCert or Individual modules taken on a standalone basis. If your application is successful, you will receive an offer inviting you to register. The application fee is separate to other fees listed.
Offer validity: All offers for this programme are valid for the session in which you apply. If you do not complete registration for the given session then on request we will reissue your offer for the following three subsequent sessions. If you would like your offer reissued then you should contact us(Opens in new window). After the subsequent third session the offer has expired, meaning if you would like to then complete registration you would need to submit a new application.
Band A Project fee (MSc only) 9000
Band b Project fee (MSc only) 12000
Per module MSc / PGDip / PCCert Individual modules:
Band A 15-credit module fee 750
Band B 15-credit module fee 1000
Band A 30-credit module fee 1500
Band B 30-credit module fee 2000
Assessment resit fee 375
Other fees  
Recognition of Prior Learning [per module] [non refundable] 58

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Additional costs

You will also need to budget for exam centre fees, which are paid directly to the venues where you sit your exams. [CHECK]

How to pay your fees

Please note: all student fees shown are net of any local VAT, Goods and Services Tax (GST) or any other sales tax payable by the student in their country of residence. Where the University is required to add VAT, GST or any other sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the fees shown during the payment process. For students resident in the UK, our fees are exempt from VAT.

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Career opportunities

This MSc is suitable for people who want to move into a career in the world of project management, for those seeking to enhance their current project management careers.

This degree is also for those wanting to transition into a different sector or professionals in management positions who will be responsible for overseeing a range of projects in their careers. This may include self-employed professionals seeking to setup a career or free lance projects.

Gain intellectual and transferable skills that will help you evaluate and reflect critically on project management decisions.

This degree is ideal if you are interested in developing the skills and knowledge required to manage large scale and complex projects. It provides valuable skills and approaches used in project management across all sectors. The career opportunities are limitless.

In some countries, qualifications earned by distance and flexible learning may not be recognised by certain authorities or regulators for the purposes of public sector employment or further study. We advise you to explore the local recognition status before you register, even if you plan to receive support from a local teaching institution.

Academic leadership

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, combining academic excellence with industry related knowledge and expertise.

Programme director

Steven Kendrick is the Head of the London Graduate School at Royal Holloway, University of London and a member of the Executive Board.

Before joining Royal Holloway, Steven served as a commissioned officer in the British Army for over 9 years. After leaving the military Steven became the Head of the Centre for Professional Studies at Royal Holloway and was responsible for the development of a number of practice led Master’s programmes, including the on-campus version of the MSc Project Management programme.

More recently Steven has been appointed as Head of the London Graduate School and is responsible for the development of Royal Holloway’s London Campus Postgraduate Taught programme portfolio.

Funding your study

Without the cost of moving to London, studying for your University of London degree anywhere in the world represents excellent value for money. However, there are additional sources of support depending on where you live and how you choose to study.

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All Royal Holloway alumni can receive a bursary to study any of the University of London online programmes including the MSc Project Management. More details here [link]


If you're based in the UK, the Department for Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) offers tuition-fee scholarships.

More about the DCMS Scholarships.

Can I get sponsored?

If you're employed, your employer may be willing to cover part/all of the programme fee if you can make a compelling case as to how this programme will boost your contribution to the workplace.

Our courses are ideal for employers because they get to retain you as an employee and benefit from your learning from the moment you begin.

How can I get sponsored by my employer?

Academic excellence

Royal Holloway, University of London
The programme has been developed with Royal Holloway, University of London, a UK top 25 university (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021).

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