Taught course

Project Management

The University of Manchester · School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering

Entry requirements

Once potential delegates have been approved by their company, The University of Manchester admissions policy applies: For Direct MSc entry to the course delegates must have an Upper Second Class Degree or international equivalent, in a relevant subject.

Delegates with no first degree, but with additional relevant qualifications or professional experience may be offered a Certificate or Diploma level registration initially.

Months of entry


Course content

The PMPDP is an industry-inspired partnership concerned with practice based learning for project management development. The course embodies critical thinking and reflective practice, both through the dissertation phase and throughout the taught modules. PMPDP promotes and supports a community of practice (CoP) for delegates, enabling networking and communication with their peers; sharing experiences and practices across a wide array of project environments. The course is increasingly becoming sustainable across various sectors with the curriculum and delivery methodology continuously improving.

The Taught Component

Throughout the taught component of the course there are two study cycles per year April - October and October - April. In each six month period there is a plenary session, 1 midterm session and 1 study day session.

The Dissertation Component

After all the 8 taught modules are completed, delegates start the dissertation. This takes 12 months to complete. There are 2 routes: Research or Reflective.

The dissertation delegates that choose the traditional research route will be allocated a research supervisor. Delegates maintain contact with their supervisor through the year on a one to one basis. The alternative route is the reflective dissertation route. In this option the supervisor arranges meetings or workshops normally three times during the dissertation phase.


Project Management Institute PMI

Association for Project Management (APM)

Information for international students

If English is not your first language The University of Manchester may require applicants to demonstrate competency in the English language. Applicants who do not already possess a recognised English Language qualification will need to take a recognised test such as IELTS or TOEFL and attain a minimum of IELTS 6.5 (with no sub test less than 5.5), TOEFL 570 with 5.0 in the TWE (Computer-based 230 or above or Internet-based 88-89 or above). Other English Language qualifications/tests can be considered including those offered by the University's Language Teaching Centre .

Fees and funding

Generally fees can be paid in one of two ways:

Via company sponsorship - please contact your company training officer for information on sponsorship schemes.

If you are a self funded delegate please make your application directly to the School.

Please email pmpdp.admissions@manchester.ac.uk to request further information about PMPDP and the course fees associated with each module.

Fees quoted will be fully inclusive of the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to annual review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36-72 months

Course contact details

School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering
+44 (0) 161 275 4548