Entry requirements


You will need at least a second class honours degree or overseas equivalent qualification in order to apply to study the programmes. If you have appropriate professional qualifications or relevant work experience you may also be considered.


Anyone applying from a country where English is not the first language is required to take an official test of English language obtaining at least IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each subtest.


The Keele University International College offer a one semester Pre-Master's in Business programme for international students who do not meet the traditional entry requirements for a postgraduate business degree at Keele University.

Please visit the Keele University International College for more information on how to apply, entry requirements and course details.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Acquire the knowledge and aptitude required to strategically drive the success of diverse and complex projects on our Project Management MSc. A discipline which blends planning and analysis, you will develop a range of leadership and management skills and gain an insight into the latest concepts and theories on the subject. Individuals with project management expertise are in high demand and the profession offers a versatile range of career opportunities.

Effective project managers must be equipped with the appropriate skill set to successfully deliver a project on time and on budget. From technical know-how and people skills to enhancing your business acumen, our Project Management MSc has been designed to allow you to gain a thorough appreciation of the subject and develop a package of core project management techniques.

What you’ll learn

Our programme will enhance your critical understanding of the foundations of project management within diverse global business environments. You will explore the different project management strategies, methods, software, tools and competencies required to effectively manage diverse and complex projects.

Contemporary theories and concepts are integrated into the curriculum to provide you with a solid and up-to-date grounding in the subject. These currently include agile project management, a systems-thinking holistic approach that can assist with managing projects, project management 2.0 - which has seen the enhancement of project management for the 21st century, and the use of the latest project management software.

During your studies you will be able to apply your knowledge in practice and develop a portfolio of project management best practice by engaging in short projects with businesses in the region. Additional opportunities on the programme may include visiting appropriate organisations and engaging in networking events to strengthen your business insight and capabilities.

A vital part of managing projects is assessing the potential risks involved, and on this programme you will analyse how you can utilise different techniques to mitigate these. You will analyse the multiple challenges you might face as a project manager when looking at the potential impact of internal and external influences on managing a specific project. You will also investigate what the ethical and environmental aspects of managing risk in projects are and how incorporating the use of an organisation’s internal systems could potentially control risk.

There is a focus on the theme of leadership to improve your awareness of leadership theories, conflict and conflict resolution. You will evaluate your own capabilities in managing yourself and your team, and how to lead on projects. Team motivation, contemporary working behaviours such as virtual teams and autonomous working, together with culture and diversity in organisations is also studied.

You will be able to select from a variety of optional modules to customise your studies in line with your own particular areas of interest. This could include themes such as entrepreneurship, contemporary challenges in global business and strategic human resource management.

Fees and funding

Please note, if your course offers a January start date, the January 2023 start date falls in the 2022/23 academic year. Please see the 2022/23 academic year fees for the relevant fees for starting this course in January 2023.


It's important to plan carefully for your funding before you start your course. Please be aware that not all postgraduate courses and not all students are eligible for the UK government postgraduate loans and, in some cases, you would be expected to source alternative funding yourself. If you need support researching your funding options, please contact our Financial Support Team.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12-20 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

1 year full time or up to 20 months with entrepreneurship or placement pathway. 2 years part time or up to 24 to 36 months depending on pathway.

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