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 ‘what you'll study’ 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 and paying the appropriate fees. For further clarification, please contact the course leader.
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Why choose this course?
This course offers additional qualifications for you to obtain with your degree
This course has been accredited by a professional body
You can apply direct to Solent University for this course
You can study this course part-time
This course is 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.
What this course leads to
To put you in an excellent position to start, or further, a career in project management
- Requirements for the Association for Project Management's Body of Knowledge.
Meet the team
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.
Step 1 - PgCert Project Management modules
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 modules
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 Project Management
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 modules
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.
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.
At Solent, our aim is to deliver innovative, inclusive and intellectually stimulating teaching to develop self-confident and highly employable graduates. All our courses are designed with employability in mind, which makes industry-based learning a priority.
Assessment formats include presentations, written assignments, exams, reports, projects, vivas, and dissertations.
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.
Learn 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.
The tuition fees for the 2023/24 academic year are:
- UK and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,000 per year
- International full-time fees: £15,300 per year
For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.
Extra course costs
While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2023/24 optional costs are not yet available. For guidance, the 2021/22 costs were:
Undertaking the optional professional qualifications will require examination fees to be paid.
- AgilePM Foundation: £150
- AgilePM Practitioner: £250
- Project Management Qualification for the Association of Project Management: £400
Solent alumni are eligible for a 20% reduction of tuition fees if returning to study a postgraduate course.Find out more
Bursaries, scholarships and financial support
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.
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 is currently £15. 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.
Key entry requirements
If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please contact admissions.
Note to all international students requiring a visa
All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend 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 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.
Your application checklist
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.
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 a minimum of 22 in writing and a minimum of 19 in reading, listening and speaking
- Duolingo English Language Test - 115 overall with minimum of 100 in each component
Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.
Pre-Sessional English programme
The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.
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