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About the course

Ready to take your career to the next level? Solent’s project management master’s programme is a professionally tailored course aligned to the Association for Project Management’s Body of Knowledge. You will study different methodologies, techniques and processes of project management and the chance to gain professional qualifications such as Agile Project Management™ (Foundation and Practitioner level)*.

The course is split into eight distinct modules, divided into three levels of postgraduate qualification. To find out more about the content of each specific module, 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, and develop management accounting skills.

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.

*Subject to Solent University professional course guidelines, for example passing Solent's mock exams. For further clarification, please contact the course leader.

This course offers additional qualifications for you to obtain with your degree.
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This course has been accredited by a professional body.
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You can apply direct to Solent University for this course.
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You can study this course part-time.
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Solent is the one of the few universities in the UK to offer and combine internationally recognised Agile Project Management™ accreditation opportunities*.

What does this course lead to?

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.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for project management professionals who wish to enable the enhancement of their career in project management with a higher-level qualification.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £8,220
International full-time fees: £13,905

The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £8,460
International full-time fees: £14,300
UK, EU and Channel Island part-time fees: £4,230 per year
International part-time fees: Students from outside the EU are usually unable to obtain a visa for part-time study. Please visit our visas and immigration page for more information.

Students in receipt of a postgraduate loan from the Student Loan Company are typically able to pay their tuition fees via instalments.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 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. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

An honours degree at 2:2 or higher.

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University.

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
  • 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.


Solent alumni save up to 50% on their tuition fees

Study location

East Park Terrace

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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

2019/20 entry


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2020/21 entry



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Alumni discount

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 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 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

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What you'll study

Step 1 – PgCert Project Management

Project Management in Context: This module 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 module 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.

Step 2 – PgDiploma Project Management

Project Management Tools and Techniques: On this module 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 module 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 module 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.


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

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Meet the course team

Paul Summers academic profile Paul Summers Course Leader View profile
Andrëa Faustino academic profile Andrëa Faustino Senior Lecturer View profile
Steve Robinson academic profile Steve Robinson Senior Lecturer View profile
David Grindel academic profile David Grindel Senior Lecturer View profile
Dr Pavlos Arvanitis academic profile Pavlos Arvanitis Senior Lecturer View profile
Harjinder Virdee academic profile Harjinder Virdee Senior Lecturer View profile
Whysnianti Basuki academic profile Whysnianti Basuki Senior Lecturer View profile
Akash Puranik academic profile Akash Puranik Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

Solent’s on-campus facilities include a 24 hour library, comfortable group work spaces and a range of high-end IT equipment.

Your future

The MSc Project Management course is delivered by a team of academics with strong links to the project management profession and the wider industry. The course content aligns with requirements for the Association for Project Management’s (APM) Body of Knowledge and 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.

This will put you in an excellent position to start, or further, a career in project management.

Industry links

This course has input from the Association of Project Management (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.

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