Taught course

Leading Major Programmes

University of Edinburgh · College of Science and Engineering

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent. Applicants will normally be expected to have a minimum of five years’ project management experience at middle or senior management level.

As part of the application process, you must submit a personal statement and CV. Your personal statement should demonstrate your motivation to study this programme.

If you do not meet the minimum academic requirement, you may still be considered if you have other relevant qualifications or experience.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme will equip you with the formative knowledge and skills required by successful leaders of major programmes. It will cover all the basics for programme management and provide fundamental insights into the political and relationship management capabilities that are essential for Chairs, CEOs, COOs, CFOs, client sponsors and supply chain leadership teams to navigate risks in a major programme context.

Uniquely, the programme will also innovatively cover topics of contemporary relevance, providing you with knowledge and techniques in:

  • Data science and AI to enable you to develop effective digital strategies;
  • Negotiation to enable you to craft better deals, as well as manage teams and other project relationships more efficiently;
  • Resilience, to develop personal, collective and project resilience to help cope with uncertainty and change at all these levels; and
  • Philosophy to realise the value of right types of thinking and thought-ecosystems to successful leadership.

The programme will best suit mid-career professionals working as clients, project managers, engineers, delivery agents, contractors or project reviewers/auditors. It will be taught by a mix of academics and senior programme managers with hard-won lessons learned to pass on.

You will be taught through classroom and studio-based lectures, tutorials and student-directed learning.

Intensive 3 to 5-day blocks of on-campus activities (lectures, tutorials, workshops and seminars) will be complemented with meaningful online teaching.

Overall, you will be required to be on campus for 10 blocks of 3 to 5 days over the two years of your studies.

Assessment is by individual and group project reports and coursework, and your dissertation (if studying for the MSc).

Throughout the programme support will be provided by programme staff and course tutors through informal and formal communication channels.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)131 651 3565