MSc Project Management

Summary

Study level
Award
Full time
1 year
Part time
1 year+
Location
London, Berlin or Online
Faculty of Business

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Education
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You decide how and where to study
We offer a wide range of flexible undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in both our online and blended study modes.
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We're also proud to offer non-standard entry, meaning your work experience and previous qualifications are taken into account when assessing your application.
Employability
Strong focus on employability
You will gain in-depth subject knowledge and transferable skills that employers from a huge range of industries will value. Many of our courses at Arden are also accredited by leading professional bodies in the UK.

Course Overview

Designed for anyone who wants to fast-track their career in the sector, our MSc Project Management course is enables you to take on greater challenges in project management and increase your competitive edge in the eyes of employers. 

On the course, you’ll develop strategic project management skills that are highly sought after in sectors across all areas of international business – from project analytics and data handling to managing teams and understanding Big Data. The syllabus has been designed to reflect upon and consider contemporary project management practice and the challenges facing the global business environment right now, as well as providing the strategic leadership and management skills that every business needs. To support your career development, this course is accredited by the Chartered Association of Project Management (APM), and is the only project management master’s degree in the UK offering a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership*.

With this in mind, our master’s in project management will bring you up-to-speed with the latest project management practices, trends, and developments. As an example, the recent coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated the importance of project management in finding solutions to unprecedented challenges. In fact, project management skills are vital in fields including engineering, technology, education, healthcare, events management, as well as tourism and many more creative and service fields. Because of this, your degree qualification will have wide reaching employer-appeal and is your ticket to a highly rewarding career.

*Correct at the time of publishing

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This course is accredited by both the Association for Project Management (APM) and Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

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Course details and modules

Our project management degree will provide you with the knowledge and confidence required to execute large scale global projects. You’ll become a forward-thinking project manager who understands the importance of data metrics in project analysis and future planning. Each of our postgraduate level modules are informed by professional and academic expertise, helping you to become better equipped to lead and manage high-level projects.

Project management is a valuable role, helping daily operations run more smoothly. Let’s look at some high profile failures in project management that could have been avoided with better planning.  

  • Management of traditional projects
  • Project analytics
  • Agile methodologies in the digital business environment
  • Project management tools and techniques
  • Developing people, leadership, and capabilities. 
  • Managing cloud-based business solutions  
  • Managing customer and user experience
  • Analysing big data  
  • Introduction to Supply Chain Management
  • Business Transformation Project

*The order and availability of the optional modules within each level may vary depending on intake and subject to demand.

How do we assess you?

The assessment strategy centres on a strong alignment with real world project management issues and embraces a range of group and individual based assessment types including: 

  • Reflective analysis
  • Portfolio development
  • Work products
  • Narrated presentations
  • Case study reports
  • Risk assessments
  • Proposals for agile implementation
  • Digital business transformation project (as above)

Students are expected to apply knowledge and theory explored in the modules and produce assessments that simultaneously focus on real business situations and demonstrate the high levels of critical and diagnostic thinking required to meet the standards of a Level 7 business qualification.  

The programme culminates in the submission of the independent study assessment (Business Transformation Project) that builds upon content examined in the other modules and requires students to develop a digital transformation project plan.
 

Study options

This course is available to study full time through our blended learning study mode at our campus in Berlin, Germany. The course is also available to students via online learning. This gives you the convenience of being able to study from anywhere in the UK or worldwide, providing you with the same high standards of teaching but with lower tuition fees. 

This course is being offered via full-time attendance for a May 2022 intake from our Tower Hill study centre. The intake is currently full but you can still register to study the programme online. Find out more here.

Oscar Bustillo

I have enjoyed doing my master’s here because it’s not like a traditional university where you sit in a classroom and a lecturer talks and you write down everything. I like that when we come here there’s actually a discussion and we do a lot of analysis.

Oscar Bustillo
MSc Project Management student, Arden University Berlin

Full-time blended learning

How does it work?

When you choose our blended learning study mode, you’ll have eight hours of timetabled classes spread over two days at the Arden study centre of your choice. This is combined with around 25 hours of independent study, which takes place through ilearn, our university campus in the cloud.

Blended learning is the best option for students who prefer the structure of regular face to face classes with their tutor and fellow classmates, and is particularly suited to students who live within commuting or driving distance of one of our UK study centres.

If you're a student from England who is enrolling on a blended learning course with Arden (based in one of our UK study centres) then you can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan to help pay for your living expenses. You can find more information on our fees and funding page. If you're a student from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you can find information about obtaining a student loan to cover your costs from your student finance body.

This course is also available to study full-time at our campus in Berlin, Germany.

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Part-time online learning

How does it work?

Studying your degree online with Arden means you can earn your anywhere in the world without the requirement to attend classes in a physical location. Our online students study their degree through iLearn, Arden’s university campus in the cloud.

Online learning students resident in the UK can apply for a Maintenance Loan if they cannot attend their course in person because of a disability. Please find more information on our fees and funding page. If you're a student from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you can find information on Living Cost Loans from your student finance body.

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Student Route – Full-time in attendance

Available for overseas students who want to study in the UK, full-time in attendance study with Arden gives you face-to-face teaching with timetabled classes for your chosen subject at our study centres at Tower Hill, London, or Lock 14 in Birmingham. You’ll also have full access to ilearn and our extensive online library throughout your studies.

You will study your course through a blend of face to-face seminars with your course lecturers at your study centre, combined with independent online learning activities which you can fulfil in your own time.

  • Each module of your course is completed over a 9-week period.
  • Each week will require a minimum of 33.5 hours of study time, which comprises:
  • Eight hours of timetabled face-to-face teaching each week based at our study centre
  • A minimum 25.5 hours independent online learning.

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Ilearn

Our online students study their degree through iLearn, Arden’s university campus in the cloud.  iLearn provides everything you need to study at University. It offers an integrated virtual learning experience, including your virtual classroom, lecture theatre, and access to our Library Portal.

Library portal

The library portal includes an extensive digital library including thousands of journal titles, eBooks, and academic and industry databases which you can use to research your assignments and projects. All of these materials are provided to you free of charge, and contain all the research information you’ll need to complete your degree with us.

Entry requirements

At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.

Eligibility

To be eligible for this MSc project management course at Arden University, you must normally have:

  • A UK Honours Degree at a minimum of second class (2:2) or equivalent. Some of our students decide to join us straight after they complete their undergraduate students. 
  • Or, for those joining us after time in the workplace, we recommend that they have five years of experience as a manager of people or projects.

English Proficiency

  • IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 90; or equivalent
  • Alternatively, evidence you have previously studied in English; a letter to show that the Medium of Instruction was in English can be accepted

We also offer an internal English test for applicants who are unable to provide an English Proficiency letter. More information on this can be found here.

We are happy to consider an application from you if you can show us you have the motivation to study this project management degree.
 

Before you start studying

Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

Course fees and funding

Funding and Scholarships

The Arden University Postgraduate Merit Scholarship offers UK Online Learning students with a 2.1 undergraduate degree or higher £2,000 off our postgraduate tuition fees. You can also apply for up to £11,836 funding from Student Finance England fund your studies.  

If you’re an international student, we have a number of Regional Offers that can help you save money on your tuition fees.

Refer a Friend

When you help a friend or family member to study with Arden through our Refer a Friend programme, both you and the person you refer will receive a £500 Amazon e-voucher or £500 tuition fee credit.

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Meet the faculty

Dr Serkan Ceylan

Arden is your education provider of choice when it comes to real-world project management application. We have programme accreditation from the Chartered Body for the Project Profession (APM), giving you a fast-track route to become a Chartered Project Professional (CHPP). This makes our BSc Project Management truly unique. No other University currently offers APM programme accreditation combined with the CHPP recognised assessments in technical knowledge. 

Dr Serkan Ceylan
Head of School of Project Management

Career prospects

Project management expertise is required in nearly every business and in every sector, so your future career opportunities are almost limitless. This master’s degree will give you the skills you need to demonstrate senior-level project management expertise, greatly enhancing your employability in the eyes of global organisations. Wherever you want to take your career next, you’ll have the knowledge to achieve your ambitions to the fullest. 

What will a master’s in project management do for my career?

Our master’s in project management has been designed with industry in mind and is updated regularly to ensure the experience and skills that you gain can be applied to the workplace when you graduate. You’ll get the skills required to be an efficient, digitally savvy, and agile project manager. Because we focus on the practical application of what you learn, you’ll find that this knowledge and expertise is valuable to a range of different roles. Whilst studying, you’ll:

  • Gain critical and detailed analysis of the theory and practice relating to the role of project management within organisations.
  • Practice management theory related to project management within a global context.
  • Tackle data metrics and analysis from real life business scenarios and use data analytics to drive project management decisions and processes. 
  • Complete a detailed piece of research relating to a project management issue.  
  • Explore sustainability and business ethics.  
  • Apply knowledge of project management theory and models to complex issues, both systematically and creatively, to improve business and management practice
  • Utilise a stimulating online academic environment, which is based upon the values of academic openness and critical appraisal.  
  • Develop a variety of transferable skills suited to an extensive range of project management roles

What can I do after Arden University?

This course will help you develop the right skills and knowledge to accelerate your career to a senior leadership role. Whether you want to join an already established business, start your own company or become a consultant, this degree can give you everything you need to explore any avenue. Some roles you might want to consider are: 

  • Operations Project Manager
  • Project Director
  • Project Executive
  • Technical Project Manager
  • Technical Project Lead
  • Business Project Lead
  • Programme Manager
     

Industry skills

The Chartered Association for Project Management (APM)

The Chartered Association for Project Management (APM) is a body committed to developing and promoting project management excellence. The organisation is the only chartered body for the profession, and has more than 30,000 members and over 500 organisations participating in its partnership programmes.
 
Arden’s MSc Project Management is accredited by the APM, which means you’ll graduate with a certificate that recognises your knowledge in both academic and professional circles. The APM is also your gateway to discovering further training opportunities in project management, as well as networking and employment opportunities. 

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

Arden University is only UK University currently offering a CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership on an MSc Project Management degree*. 

Upon completion of this course you’ll attain dual qualifications, receiving both a master's degree and a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership. Completing this level 7 diploma independently can cost upwards of £2,000. You can also fast-track to Chartered Manager status through the CMI at an additional cost of only £150, instead of a standard assessment fee of £612**.
 
The CMI badge is a mark of quality to show that you have both exceptional experience in your area of study as well as all the relevant skills and experience in leadership and management to progress your career to a senior level role.
 
CMI membership comes with a wealth of additional resources, including ManagementDirect, an online learning portal with hundreds of thousands of high-value leadership resources and materials, as well as access to professional events and countless mentoring and networking opportunities.

You'll also be eligible to apply for a £1,000 per year bursary from the CMI for a maximum of 3 years, providing greater access for students looking to enhance their professional development.

Upon completion of one of Arden University’s CMI accredited courses, you will be automatically awarded the CMI Foundation Chartered Manager (fCMgr) status. This professional status recognises that you have the foundation skills needed to be an effective manager, helping you to stand out from the competition and start your management career journey - with a clear pathway to achieving full Chartered Manager status.

*Correct at time of publishing
** Prices (including VAT) are correct at time of publishing but may be subject to change

Business Graduates Association (BGA)

The BGA is a membership and quality assurance body. As a member, Arden University have signed up to the BGA Charter, committing their institution to responsible management practices and lifelong learning, positively impacting their students, communities, and the economy. This shows our students that we are demonstrating responsible management ourselves, as well as it being a central theme that runs through our own courses.

As Arden University is a member of the Business Graduates Association (BGA), students will receive complementary BGA student and graduate membership. Through this membership, current students will have access to the BGA Career Development Centre, packed with interactive tools, e-learning content, partner discounts and the latest job opportunities. This is a lifetime access, which means students will continue to have access to these services even after they graduate.