MSc Project Management

Postgraduate degree

Develop your career as a highly efficient and effective project leader with our Association for Project Management (APM) accredited Master's degree.

  • 100% online learning gives you the flexibility to fit learning around other commitments
  • Learn from our expert teaching team to master the key concepts of project management
  • Open up career opportunities in a wide variety of project management roles
  • Be part of the University of the Year (THE)

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About your masters in project management

Our Project Management MSc is specifically designed to help you develop a deep knowledge and understanding of a project manager's role. You'll master a broad range of management processes and practices to help you lead complex projects, as well as the skills to apply your expertise in a range of sectors.

The course is ideal if you're a graduate or professional looking to kickstart your career or enhance your existing project management experience. Your studies will take place entirely online, giving you the flexibility to advance your career around your other commitments.

Course highlights

  • Learn to apply sound management practices and develop your specialist project management skills to master effective project management
  • Develop your own individual approach to managing projects and teams
  • Work-based approach allows you to deliver impact in the workplace as you learn
  • Professional recognition – accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM)

How you'll study

This course is studied 100% online
Course length

Study this course over 3 years

Start dates

Start in January, May or September

Application deadlineOur next deadline is

27th March 2024

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Course overview

Our online MSc Project Management recognises that every individual’s approach to management is personal and unique, and every manager handles the innate challenges of leading teams and projects in their own way. Consequently, we encourage and enable you to develop your own individual approach to managing projects, based on good management practices as well as specialist project management skills.

In addition to developing your own unique management style, you will also learn how to lead and manage projects and project teams effectively, as well as mastering a range of specialist project management principles, systems and techniques.

Project Managers are highly sought after in many industries and organisations, both nationally and internationally. We'll provide you with the supported learning you need to develop the necessary knowledge, transferable skills and confidence to access these exciting career opportunities.

Project Management skills are transferable across multiple industries, making graduates of this course highly desired by a wide range of organisations, and our Project Management MSc is accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM) who are the chartered body for the project profession.

While studying on this course you will be eligible for a free student membership of the APM. Being a member offers you a range of benefits designed to help you get the most out of the project management community.

Benefits include

  • Knowledge resources
  • Project journal archive
  • Networking at events
  • Involvement in APM branches and Specific Interest Groups (SIG)
  • Preferential rates on APM qualifications
  • Digital badge
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Due to the structure of this course, there will be instances where you will study two modules simultaneously during a trimester. You will be supported by your tutors to help manage your workload and assessment deadlines.

Please contact one of our advisers to discuss the pacing of this course and the options available to match your circumstances.

Management Theory

This module is designed to build your knowledge of management and help you develop your own unique approach to managing projects and teams. You’ll learn about the key principles and practices of management, including organisational structures and leadership. You’ll also explore the principles and practices of management and organisational success.

Management Practice

Organisational performance is largely dependent on the performance of people, which in turn is determined by the quality and effectiveness of their management. Therefore, it is crucial that managers are able to effectively manage teams and individuals. You’ll learn about people management, HR policy and practices, and how managing performance, motivation empowerment and the development of commitment are crucial to organisational success.

Project Management Systems

You’ll develop a thorough understanding of the process of project management, together with the diverse range of resources and activities that the project manager must plan, coordinate and control to achieve a successful project. This module establishes a framework for the management of projects through a comprehensive understanding of the role and functions of project management throughout the project life cycle, from inception through all its stages to completion and use.

Project Management Context

This module will give you a sound understanding of the context for project management and how projects relate to organisations and the larger organisational environment. You’ill explore contemporary project management by looking at examples from a wide range of organisations and industries.

Project Management Techniques

You’ll develop a systematic understanding of a number of key tools and techniques used in the management of projects, enabling you to critically evaluate project needs and to select and apply appropriate techniques for your project. With the demand for continuous improvement, production systems such as lean and agile will be explored as well as other performance improvement tools and techniques, including risk and risk management, to identify and manage risk throughout the project life cycle.

Cost and Financial Management

You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the financial, commercial and cost aspects of projects and project management. You'll explore the business and commercial environment in which projects exist, and critically evaluate the factors that influence the strategic and financial rationale for projects. You’ill learn how the business case for projects is developed, established and evaluated, together with the processes involved, supported by an understanding of financial and accounting protocols and practices.

Project Planning and Control

You'll develop a systematic understanding of the principles, practices and systems used to plan and control projects. You'll develop a critical insight into integrated planning and programming software and information systems and the potential of Project Management Information Systems [PMIS] to provide effective management of all aspects of a project, especially resources, time and cost.

Research Design and Methods

This module is designed to equip you with an in-depth understanding of the theories and methods of research and research design. You'll develop a theoretical and practical foundation from which to develop your Master's Level Major Project/Dissertation.

Major Project/Dissertation

This module provides the opportunity for you to undertake a significant piece of independent research using appropriate, recognised methods. You’ll identify and pursue a topic relevant to project management that is of interest and in which you wish to develop a significant level of expertise. You'll develop and refine the theme for the project together with your course tutor, who will support you during the research and writing process. This module is your opportunity to put your newly acquired skills and knowledge into practice and to showcase them to current and prospective employers.


You’ll be assessed in a number of different ways including research projects and reports, written coursework including essays and case studies, group work and presentations, examinations and a dissertation.

How you'll study

Our MSc Project Management is studied 100% online, making it ideal for UK and international students.

You’ll study through Canvas, our world-class online Learning Management System (LMS), which can be accessed from your phone, pc or tablet at home or on the move. Canvas provides instant access to study materials, forums, and support from tutors and classmates, as well as enabling easy submission of your assignments.

On successful completion of your studies you’ll be invited to attend a graduation ceremony on campus. If attending the ceremony in person is not possible then we’ll arrange to have your certificate sent to you.

Supported distance learning

We understand that distance learning is different to traditional campus study and if you’re new to online study you may have concerns or apprehensions about studying your MSc Project Management online, and that’s natural.

To help put your mind at ease we have a dedicated Distance Learning Support Team to help and support you throughout your time at ARU, starting with your first online induction and staying with you right through to graduation. In addition, you’ll also be supported by specialist project management tutors, well experienced in supporting distance learning students. They'll be on hand to guide you through both the taught modules, and the different assessment methods.

Once you start your MSc Project Management, we encourage the creation of online communities and many of our learners find these connections with others invaluable, helping them to stay motivated, share concerns or make new friendships.

Contact us to talk through any questions or concerns or visit our support page for more information about the support services available.

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Be part of the University of the Year

We're proud to be the Times Higher Education (THE) University of the Year 2023.

The prestigious THE awards honour ’exceptional performance during the 2021-22 academic year, and reflect ARU’s success in delivering high-impact projects during this period, despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The award recognises the difference we make in the region and our communities – while also acknowledging the broader impact of our world-leading research, and the contributions our students and graduates make to society.

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Professional recognition

Our MSc Project Management is accredited by the Association for Project Management. APM accreditation is a widely recognised mark of quality for organisations, training providers and academic institutions. It demonstrates alignment to the APM Body of Knowledge and offers assurance for those wanting to access the best project management professional development services available.

Accreditation also means you will be eligible for free APM Student Membership, offering access to APM events and a range of other benefits.

APM Academic Accreditation


To help you land your dream job, our Employability Service will work with you throughout your time at ARU and after you graduate.

We offer:

  • careers advice, including one-to-one online and telephone appointments with our experienced advisers
  • help with your CV, job searches, applications and interview preparation
  • an online portal packed with useful careers resources
  • our Employability Programme, which helps you hone the skills employers say they want in graduates.

Entry requirements

To gain entry, you'll need a good honours degree from a recognised university.

Alternatively, if you have a degree or degree equivalent qualification and/or appropriate work experience at a suitable level within an organisation, and for an appropriate length of time, you may be considered.

You may be interviewed prior to acceptance. Qualifications from an approved professional body will also be taken into account.

If English is not your first language, you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

As a distance learner, you'll also need a suitable computer with internet connection, together with sufficient IT competence to make effective use of our online learning management system (LMS) with high-speed internet and email.

Fees & funding


The full tuition fee for this online Project Management MSc is £7,701.

The tuition fees you pay each year will be £2,567. The course will take 3 years to complete for September starters and 2 years 8 months for students starting in January or May.

Accredited Prior Learning may reduce the tuition fees. This will be confirmed once your application has been submitted.


Your masters in project management may be eligible to be fully funded by the Postgraduate Student Loans now available (subject to start date and eligibility).

We offer payment by instalments, so you can spread the cost of studying with us.

For military students: You can use your ELCs towards this course. Anglia Ruskin University is a recognised ELCAS provider (number 1007). Please contact your Learning Centre for details of ELC, eligibility and how to apply.

For more information on how you fund your studies please see our funding page or contact us.

What our students say

Mari - ARU Student

As an international student I feel lucky to have chosen ARU. The lecturers have been very supportive and the content of the modules were extremely interesting.

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Michael - ARU Distance Learning Student

The support I received was thorough and greatly appreciated, from top tips, online presentations and one-to-one sessions through skills study plus. The online facilities were excellent and easy to navigate and obtain valuable information.

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Mark - ARU Student

I'm gaining an in-depth knowledge of project management that will enable me to progress my career to a level I never thought possible a few years ago.

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Dio - ARU Distance Learning Student

ARU was a great choice that allowed me to achieve my personal and professional ambitions. I felt supported, empowered, and accomplished.

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Next application deadline:

27th March 2024

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