MSc Project Management

Learn to plan and execute any project with practicality and efficiency.

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Ready to take your career to the next level? Southampton Solent’s project management master’s programme is a professionally tailored course aligned to the Association for Project Management’s Body of Knowledge. You’ll study the methodologies, techniques and processes of project management at a globally-accredited institution and gain sought-after PRINCE2® Practitioner and Agile Project Management™ qualifications.

  • The course is delivered by a team of academics with strong links to the project management profession and the wider industry.
  • Southampton Solent is the only university in the UK to offer and combine internationally recognised PRINCE2® Practitioner and Agile Project Management™ Practitioner accreditation opportunities.
  • The course content aligns with requirements for the Association for Project Management’s (APM) Body of Knowledge.
  • Students can convert any existing PRINCE2® Practitioner or Agile Project Management™ Practitioner accreditation into credits towards this MSc.
  • The University has strong links to APMG-International, ensuring the course team and students are kept fully up to date with current trends in project management.
  • The course concludes with a research methods unit and a dissertation.
  • For the research project, students identify their own research topic and explore the application of various management and research methods.
  • For their dissertation, students will have the opportunity to undertake in-depth study of an issue which is of personal interest and is related to the overall objectives of the project management course.

The industry

According to the Project Management Institute (2015), 80 per cent of organisations understand the value of strong project managers in a bid to reduce the money wasted on poorly managed projects. Reflecting this, the project management profession is expanding dramatically with an estimated 1.5 million additional roles expected to be created globally every year until 2020.

Studying on Southampton Solent’s project management master’s degree course can leave students well placed for a wide variety of careers in national or international businesses across all sectors.

The programme

The course is split into eight distinct units, divided into three levels of postgraduate qualification. To find out more about the content of each specific unit, please see the ‘course content’ tab.

As well as helping to equip students with specialised project management skills, the course also encourages the development of leadership abilities, financial acumen and people management techniques. Students will gain a general understanding of governance, develop management accounting skills, and explore the methodology behind the world’s most popular project management qualification, PRINCE2®.

Students will also examine the structures and processes necessary for any organisation to deliver a project effectively, explore the theories that have created advances in the fields of organisational behaviour, human resource management and leadership, and learn the Agile Project Management methodology, specifically the proven DSDM Atern framework.

Next steps

Think you’ve got what it takes to succeed in project management? With its close alignment to the APM’s Body of Knowledge and incorporation of PRINCE2 and Agile PM qualifications, Southampton Solent’s project management master’s degree can help you gain the competitive edge in your career.

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  • 1 Year Standard entry


  • 2 Years Standard entry

Typical entry requirements

An honours degree at 2:2 or above


The course is comprised of eight units, divided into three levels of postgraduate qualification:

Step 1 – PgCert Project Management

Project Management in Context: This unit will help you to gain a general understanding of governance and settings. Topics include: project management; programme and portfolio management; infrastructure; knowledge management; life cycle; success factors and maturity; sponsorship environment; operations management.

Finance for Project Managers: This unit will develop your accounting skills, with a focus on management accounting suitable for project managers. Topics include: budget and cost control; project funding; investment appraisal; provider selection and management; procurement; management accounting tools and techniques for performance measurement.

PRINCE2® Methodology: The world’s most popular project management qualification and the de-facto standard for project management in the UK, PRINCE2® provides an easily tailored and scalable methodology for the management of all types of projects.

Step 2 – PgDiploma Project Management

Project Management Tools and Techniques: On this unit you will examine the structures and processes necessary for any organisation to achieve an effective delivery of a project. Topics include: resources scheduling; time scheduling; information management; stakeholder management; benefits management; requirements management; solutions development; P3 assurance (quality); reviews (quality).

Developing Human Capabilities and Leadership Skills in PM: This unit exposes you to the theories that have created advances in the fields of organisational behaviour (OB), human resource management (HRM) and leadership. Topics include: communication; conflict management; delegation; influencing; leadership; negotiation; teamwork; communities of practise; competence; ethics framework; learning and development; HRM.

Agile Project Management: Based on the proven fundamentals within the dynamic systems development method (DSDM) Atern, this unit teaches you the Agile Project Management methodology. Agile aims to address the needs of those working in organizations requiring standards, rigour and visibility around project management, while at the same time enabling flexibility, fast delivery and personnel empowerment.

Step 3 – MSc Project Management

Research Methods: You will identify your own research topic with comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the different management research philosophies and approaches. It also explores the application of various management research methods and considers the organisation and management of research and ethical issues.

Dissertation: You will have the opportunity to undertake in-depth study of an issue or problem which is: (a) of particular interest to you and (b) is related to the overall aims and objectives of your project management course, with the potential to publish your findings.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The course is taught via workshop/structured learning, group activities, individual exercises, independent learning and work-related learning.

Assessment formats include presentations, written assignments, exams, reports, projects, vivas and dissertations.


  • 1 Year Standard entry


  • 2 Years Standard entry

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

According to the Project Management Institute (PMI) and Anderson Economic Group, 1.5m additional project management roles will be created globally every year until 2020.

Following this course, you will be well placed for a variety of careers in a wide variety of sectors.

Links with industry

This course has input from the Association of Project Managers (APM) and is aligned to the APM Body of Knowledge. The University also has strong links with APMG-International to identify current trends in project management.

Transferable skills

You will develop a range of transferable skills, encompassing group working, presentation, research and analysis, working to deadlines and applying knowledge to real-world scenarios.


Key facts


Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time, Part-time

Accreditations: Southampton Solent University is a fully accredited training organisation (ATO) for APMG-International, and is aligned with the Association of Project Management Body of Knowledge.

The course also includes accredited qualifications in: 

  • PRINCE2® (Foundation and Practitioner) 
  • Agile Project Management™ (Foundation and Practitioner).

Entry requirements

  • An honours degree at 2:2 or higher.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.5 overall with minimum of 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in reading, listening and speaking
  • TOEFL IBT 92 with minimum of 22 in writing and a minimum of 19 in reading, listening and speaking - TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a Pre-Sessional English Language Course for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.

Costs involved


Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £5,665

International full-time fees: £12,380

UK and EU part-time fees: £2,835 per year

International part-time fees: Please contact us for information

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

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How to apply


Applications for postgraduate courses can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. However, we strongly recommend you apply at your earliest convenience.

Please ensure you upload the following mandatory documents with your application.

  • Two academic references
  • Certified transcripts of qualifications, including English language proficiency if non-UK student
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of current visa (if applicable)
  • A personal statement
  • Employer sponsor form where appropriate

To apply please click the link below and complete the online application form.

Apply for full-time MSc Project Management 

Apply for part-time MSc Project Management

Solent alumni could be eligible for up to a 50% reduction of tuition fees if returning to study a postgraduate course. The discount applied will be dependent on your undergraduate degree classification as follows:

Solent Alumni with a:
• First (1.1) will be offered a 50% discount to study at PG level
• 2.1 or 2.2 will be offered a 20% discount to study at PG level

The discount applied will be based on the most recently completed course.

If you are currently a student at Southampton Solent University and are continuing on without a break in your studies, your discount will be automatically applied on your return.

If are not following directly on from a course at Southampton Solent University, but have studied with us in previous years, you will need to register for the alumni discount.

Click here to register or to find out more. 

Student support and services


Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.



  • 1 Year Standard entry


  • 2 Years Standard entry


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