Project Management - MSc

Full Time, Part Time
September 2016, January 2017
£5,500 for UK/EU Full Time 2016 entry (view all fees)

Our Project Management PGCert/PgDip/MSc programme is designed to equip tomorrow’s managers with the necessary skills for managing and contributing to successful projects, and tackling complex problems.

The course will also provide a solid foundation in essential management skills and teach you how to effectively implement a project lifecycle.

You should hold a minimum Second Class Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline. However, if you can provide evidence of the necessary knowledge and skills you need to successfully complete the course, we can consider your application without a degree-level qualification. Bursaries are also available for suitably qualified candidates.

What's covered in the course?

Our highly regarded course is directly relevant to industry’s current and expected future needs and aims. This means it equips you with the skills and knowledge needed to become a capable manager who can administer major projects within and across organisations, utilising the latest tools and technologies.

You’ll be able to tackle complex problems while understanding how to manage and guide the company and you will explore project lifecycle from start-up to effective implementation. You will examine commercial and contractual issues, consider financial and risk management and develop your skills so that you can manage across the extended enterprise.

The Master's project will give you the opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge to practical problems and to investigate a research topic.

You’ll receive the support of expert staff, who have a wide range of academic, research and industrial experience in sectors such as electronics and manufacturing systems, as well lean and agile operations in manufacturing.

Why Choose Us?

  • We are a recognised leader in education, training and business solutions, offering a wide range of courses that benefit from active engagement with regional, national and international industry.
  • You will be based at the impressive City Centre campus, which boasts a wide range of industry-standard facilities, software and equipment.
  • The School is the first UK-based academy for PTC Inc – a major software solutions provider to international business and the US Government, giving our students access to industry-standard tools such as ProE.
  • As part of the programme you will receive the industry recognised project management certification, Prince 2 included in the course fee, saving you £325.
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Postgraduate Open Day

Our next Postgraduate Open Day will be on Wednesday 26 April 2017, between 3pm and 8pm. Come along to find out more about our courses and see our facilities. You can't book your place just yet, but register your interest and we'll send you an email when you can book.

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This course is open to International students

£1,500 scholarship for all international students
who enrol full-time on this course starting Jan 2017
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Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • Dynamic Network Maintenance
  • University Birmingham Hospital Trust

And in jobs such as:

  • Communication Assistant
  • Clinical Auditor in HIV

New £10,000 postgraduate loans

You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,000 available for postgraduate study.

More about postgraduate loans

This course is accredited by:

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Entry Requirements

UK students

We would normally expect you to hold at least a Second Class Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline.

We can also consider your application without standard entry qualifications if you can provide evidence of the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully complete the course.

International Students

Entry requirements here

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc Sep 2016 FT 13 months £5,500
PT 29 months £2,750 per year
Jan 2017 FT 17 months £5,500
PT 29 months £2,750 per year

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
MSc Sep 2016 FT 13 months £12,000
Jan 2017 FT 17 months £12,000

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Personal statement

UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*

The personal statement gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.

Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements). If your course includes a residential study session, the accommodation costs for this are already included in your course fee.

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

This course is available part-time

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Did you know that you will soon be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000 for some courses and options?

Postgraduate loans

Semester one

Postgraduate Certificate - 60 Credits

Operations and Supply Chain Management

You will focus on an organisation’s business process and operations, providing you the opportunity to develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of operations, sales order management and the procurement cycle.

You’ll explore:

  • operations and productivity
  • operations strategy for competitive advantage
  • operations in the global marketplace
  • forecasting
  • interfaces between MRPII and PLM
  • other key ERP techniques. 
Operations and Process Management

You will develop your skills and knowledge of operations management within the context of project management. 

It aims to give you both practical application and theoretical underpinning of the management of business operations and will include:

  • planning tools and techniques
  • demand theory
  • lean operating principles
  • quality systems.
Developing Human Capabilities

You will gain an understanding of:

  • organisations
  • organisational behaviour and design
  • roles and interactions
  • teamwork
  • project leadership.

You will also look at the development of interpersonal competencies, including self-management and initiative, effective communication, customer relations, effective collaboration, introduction to human capital development and change management.

Developing Financial Capabilities

This module will focus on developing an understanding of financial and management accounting methods and techniques utilised by managers, which facilitates decision-making and control within the organisation as well as performance monitoring externally.

This will include:

  • financial accounting
  • management accounting
  • financial methods and techniques.

Semester two

Postgraduate Diploma - 120 Credits

Business and Information Strategy

The programme offers a curriculum incorporating the development business strategy and using information systems as resource to enhance competitive advantage for innovative organisations.

  • The essence of corporate/business strategy
  • IS strategy from both practical and theoretical perspectives and related issues
  • The integrated nature of corporate/business strategy and information systems
  • The process of change management and implementation of information system strategy
Project Management for Practice

You will use project management methodologies and have an overview of sequential phases, from concept to termination.

You will also study:

  • project lifecycle
  • an introduction to project timing for initial appraisal and control
  • constructing/analysis of a network
  • legal and regulatory issues within project management.
Research Methods and Professional Development

This module aims to prepare you for your Master’s level dissertation.

You will focus on:

  • research philosophies
  • research methods
  • quantitative and qualitative data acquisition
  • academic writing
  • professional practice
  • research ethics
  • literature review, referencing and bibliographies, and academic journals and electronic resources.

You will enhance your knowledge, professionalism and research skills by selecting and applying appropriate research methods. You will present a literature review as an academic poster.

International Business and Marketing

You will develop an understanding of market-led sustainable competitive advantage in pursuit of wealth creation, through the development of international business.

Considerations could include:

  • economics relating to international trade
  • resource inequality and sustainability
  • laws relating to trade, liability, IP, contract
  • international standards related to quality
  • multinational project development
  • international logistics
  • globalisation and the developing economies of BRIC nations
  • regional and national cultures.

Semester three

MSc Award - 180 Credits

Masters project

The course is divided into eight taught modules and a Masters project of 60 credits. Students complete 60 credits for Postgraduate Certificate, 120 credits for Postgraduate Diploma and 180 credits for MSc.

The MSc programme is normally studied over one year full-time or two years part-time (one year and one term full-time for January start). You may move between full and part-time modes of attendance.

You will be encouraged to undertake your Master’s project in a work-based environment where you can identify problems and specific solutions. You will include a proposal, methodology, research analysis, evaluation discussion, conclusion and recommendations, dissertation write-up, summarised in a viva-voce presentation.

You will study four modules per semester which are assessed deploying a range of assessment methods appropriate to the content in each module.

Assessment methods

Effective communication is key in a professional environment. For this reason, we use project reports, record keeping and oral presentations extensively in our assessments, although we may use time-constrained tests where appropriate. Assessment focuses largely on projects and case studies and we make personal development planning an integral part of the learning process.

You will study four modules per semester which are assessed deploying a range of assessment methods appropriate to each module content.


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APM Academic Accreditation

This course has achieved Academic Accreditation from the Association of Project Management. APM Academic Accreditation helps students and professionals choose the best education in support of their project management careers.

Further Study

The University has a range of research (MPhil and PhD) postgraduate programmes. Details can be found on the postgraduate section of the website.

Student stories

Ronny Tigere

Student Ronny Tigere was offered a job with Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust Procurement Department looking after capital projects before he’d even handed in his dissertation.

He’d got a good academic record and found himself a placement in the finance department at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham as part of his studies.

This programme will offer a route towards membership from APM (Association of Project Management) and PMI (Project Management Institute).

You will be an in-demand graduate because you will be equipped with project management capabilities that are valued by a wide range of organisations and business.

You will be able to demonstrate that you are a professional who understands the needs of the whole organisation and beyond. Typical roles and potential roles undertaken by successful graduates include project managers and project/product development managers.


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Graduate jobs

Examples of career outcomes are varied for many of our past MSc students but include:

  • Logistics Manager, WEG Electric Motors (U.K.) Ltd.
  • Logistics Manager, Ishida Europe.
  • Head of Sales & Product Development, DHL Manufacturing Logistics Services.
  • Logistics Operations Manager, Palletways UK.
  • Regional Manager (Middle East & Africa), APL Logistics.
  • Procurement Manager, BAE Systems
  • Supply Chain Manager, Staffordshire Perkins UK

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

£1,500 scholarship for all international students
who enrol full-time on this course starting Jan 2017

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.


BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our project management course is most popular with international students from:  

Our Facilities

This course will be taught at Millennium Point at the City Centre Campus. We offer a wide range of technology to help you with your studies.

We have an ongoing strategy to upgrade and further develop our well-equipped laboratories. These plans are supported by global technology providers such as PTC and Technosoft. These two companies alone have recently donated more than £11 million worth of computer aided design, product lifecycle management and knowledge-based engineering software.

In addition, more than £750,000 worth of capital investment has been made in upgrading our engine emissions test facilities, environmental laboratory and thermodynamics equipment.

Test Cell Facilities

The key features of our test cell include:

  • 340 kW fully transient dynamometer
  • Full exhaust gas analysis both pre and post after treatment system
  • Ammonia slip analyser, EGR CO2, THC and non-methane HC

Exhaust Analysis

The key features of our exhaust analysis facilities include:

  • Signal Group Analysers in 3 racks with heated sample systems
  • Sierra BG-3 particulate mini-tunnel
  • AVL 415S smoke meter

Environmental Lab

The environmental lab is part of the Centre for Low Carbon Research (CLCR) and is home of the bioenergy and bioprocessing research group at the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment.

The suite is divided into three main areas a wet lab/pilot facility a fully equipped analytical suite and a microbiological lab. This newly refurbished facility offers state of the art analysis and testing of environmental samples as well as scientific evaluation of lab scale and pilot scale technologies and processes.

More about our facilities

Jahangir Akhtar

Associate Professor

Jahangir Akhtar is an associate professor in the School of Engineering and the Built Environment.

Jahangir worked in the electronics industry and manufacturing systems, prior to moving into the public sector to work on accessing European funds for the City Council and provide training support local businesses. He worked with Rover Group and their supplier development programs and later joined Birmingham City University formally University of Central England (UCE), initially as consultant to external bodies and then moved in teaching in 2004 on postgraduate programs.

Christine Lloyd

Senior Lecturer and Researcher, Centre for Low Carbon Research

Christine started teaching at the University in 2008 but before this, she spent most of her career in Higher Education in research, ranging from lean and agile operations in manufacturing whilst at the Universities of Swansea, Cardiff and Bath. Here she was engaged with many different companies including Ford, Johnsons, BAT, Balfour Beatty, Nissan, and Boots.

Christine’s interests emanating from her MPhil in economic development and innovation led to an appointment as a Research Fellow for the Centre for Regional Economic Development at the University of Central Lancashire based in Carlisle.  

Again working with businesses Christine helped provide support for a range of funded projects ranging from research into rural diversification post-foot and mouth to local government procurement. When she was appointed at the University of Swansea on an all-Wales sustainability project, she became interested in bioenergy and how this could become a viable business.

Christine’s MSc dissertation on reverse logistics considered recycling methods, generating value from ‘waste’ and how this generates value. This led to her current PhD research in supply chain integration in bioenergy which has subsequently led to her involvement with two Interreg IVB projects in bioenergy within the Centre for Low Carbon Research at the University.

Christine teaches mainly on postgraduate programmes in logistics and supply chain management. I have also taught other PG courses at Cardiff, Bath, Ulster and on the Engineering Diploma at EIGSI, La Rochelle.

UK prospective students:

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+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

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