Taught course

Project Management

Northumbria University · Faculty of Engineering and Environment

Entry requirements

The programme is demanding and is designed to stretch the intellectual, communication and personal capabilities of those who are selected and also to build upon their professional practice experience. Normally, applicants will be required to have at least a 2.2 classification undergraduate degree or an equivalent professional qualification with professional practice experience in a subject area agreed as appropriate by the Programme Leader. Applicants with other qualifications and relevant professional practice experience will be considered on merit by the Admissions Tutor, but should demonstrate at least 5 years’ full-time experience in a relevant industrial context at a professional level. Admissions procedures normally include an interview for home students.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Project Management is the application of appropriate management strategies in order to effectively coordinate the realisation of complex and dynamic projects. The applied skills and competencies of a project manager are necessary for the successful completion of large and complex projects, particularly within the ever-changing marketplace. This postgraduate programme is aimed at those seeking to acquire the management skills required to progress towards senior management positions. These skills include knowledge and understanding of communication, organization and marketing concepts: both at a strategic level and in people / project team management. The discipline and practice of project management therefore provides exciting challenges and fresh opportunities for management practitioners from a variety of professional backgrounds.

This programme aims to develop knowledge of project management practice in terms of a synergistic and logical approach to defining and achieving project objectives. It engenders a holistic approach to the role of the project management discipline within industry, business and society, and promotes the ability to identify factors that impact most on project success whilst operating in single, multi-disciplinary or multi-cultural project teams. The project management programme is ideally suited to a wide range of professions and is an effective management strategy which presents exciting challenges to ambitious individuals. The development of knowledge and understanding is derived from the study of key areas, including: decision making, risk and value management; financial management and project economics; procurement and business strategies; law and project information systems; and project and people management. Knowledge of these subject areas is developed within the context of differing project environments and the importance of people and project teams in achieving success.

The Project Management Dissertation module builds upon the concepts and theories presented during the Applied Research Methods module. The module requires students to further develop, consolidate and apply research skills that are expected from a postgraduate student when investigating a relevant issue in the field of project management. Students are required to undertake a piece of analytical, reflective academic research that results in the production of an original 20,000-word Masters dissertation relevant to the core philosophy of the programme.

The assessment of the learning outcomes of individual modules reflects the varying subject-related needs of those modules, and focuses upon the relationship between theory and professional practice. The programme consists of 120 Level 7 credit points of taught modules and 60 Level 7 credit points from the Project Management Dissertation module. The taught modules are assessed by a combination of examinations, assignments, time-constrained assignments and presentations.

This is an ideal postgraduate programme for graduates who want to progress within generic project-based industries. It is ideally suited to relatively new graduates with restricted work experience and also highly experienced practitioners. The programme may be followed to enhance existing career opportunities within many industrial sectors; as preparation for transfer from one industrial sector to another; or as preparation for further postgraduate study, i.e. Ph.D. Demand for managers who can demonstrate the skills to effectively management projects continues to grow both nationally and internationally. Indeed, opportunities for a varied, well-paid, challenging and international career are significant.

Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for the purpose of graduate membership.

This course is also available at the London (full and part time) and Amsterdam (1 year full time) campuses.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum score in each component of 5.5. Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
full time
12-16 months
distance learning
36 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
0191 227 4453