Project Management


Study level
1 to 5 years
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MSc Project Management

Course Overview

Arden’s established MSc in Project Management is undergoing some changes. From April 2021, students who are joining Arden University for this programme of study will follow the programme detailed below. This programme is geared towards being digital first, giving you: the knowledge and hands on experience of relevant software, a critical understanding of digital business solutions, and strengthened digital project management techniques. Designed for anyone who wants to fast-track their career, this project management course will provide you with the knowledge needed to excel in your chosen industry, giving you employment opportunities across a range of sectors.

Joining us before April 2021? Details of the modules and course are available here

We know how important digital skills are to employers, which is why we have built a master’s in project management that is geared to the digital business environment, to increase your competitive edge. During this course, you’ll develop strategic project management skills that are highly sought after in sectors across the world – from project analytics to data handling and decision making. 

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Our project management degree will provide you with the knowledge and confidence required to execute large scale global digital projects. By studying at Arden University, you’ll become a forward-thinking project manager who understands the importance of data metrics in project analysis and future planning. We work with industry to create programmes that are real-world relevant, helping you to become better equipped to lead on high-level project strategy and management.

Throughout your studies, the learning will keep coming back to a digital context, ensuring you are getting hands-on experience of relevant software, big data, and agile methodologies. 


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Core modules (20 credits each)

  • Management of projects
  • Project and agile methodologies in the digital business environment
  • Project management techniques
  • Project analytics
  • Project risk management

Elective, choose one (20 credits)

  • Managing cloud-based business solutions  
  • Acquisition, conversion & retention strategies 
  • Managing customer and user experience
  • Analysing big data  

Final project (60 credits)

  • Digital 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 analyses
  • 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.

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.

What do you need to study with us?

Our aim is to make learning as accessible as possible by ensuring that you can join us, wherever you are.

That's why we keep our requirements simple. All you need is a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

With this one tool, you'll be able to access information, advice, support, learning materials and our online library, as well as create assignments, keep notes, and collaborate with other students effectively.


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 students decide to join us straight after they complete their undergraduate studies. For those joining us after time in the workplace, we recommend 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.

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Use the dropdown above to find course fees and funding information for your country. If you can’t find information for your country in the dropdown, visit our International support page.

Arden’s MSc in Project Management is taught by the Arden Faculty of Business. Dr Alison Watson , Head of the School of Leadership and Management, is one of the designers of our digital first business degrees. Alison is passionate about guiding businesses through change and has taught business for nearly 20 years. Our business team are a group of forward-thinking academic professionals, that place an emphasis on applied teaching and giving students the opportunity to solve real-world problems with innovative solutions. The course programme is designed with a focus on business applications and our graduates’ career progression.

The need for project management is found in nearly every business – in every sector. So the opportunities are endless! Our master’s degree will give you the skills you need to demonstrate senior-level management expertise, enhancing your CV for future employers. So, wherever you want to take your career next, the choice is yours.

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

Prepare for the next step in your career

Achieving your project management master’s degree will help you to accelerate your progression into your ideal career. Beyond the core MSc itself, Arden students can also benefit from 1-2-1 support and online learning resources, enhancing their CVs even further.

Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to student support advisors. They’ll help you to enhance your academic skills, guide you with your orientation and offer tailored career support. This means you’ll have guidance at every stage of your degree from our extensive community of students and fellow alumni, who can offer 1-2-1 advice for your future beyond Arden University.

Outside of this, you’ll also have unlimited access to our online platform, iLearn – providing you with all the learning resources and tools needed to excel in your studies. 

You’ll have the complete your MSc Project Management degree via online learning providing you with the opportunity to learn anytime anywhere. 


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Online Learning

How does it work?

With online learning, you decide when and where you work through your self-guided learning materials, without being held to a set lecture timetable. If you’re interrupted during a lesson, simply pause the materials and continue later. You can also communicate and collaborate with your tutor and classmates through live online forums and email. 

Find out more about how online learning works.