Taught course

Project Management

University of Sussex · School of Business, Management and Economics

Entry requirements

A lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above with at least an average mark of 55%, or equivalent professional qualification.

Months of entry


Course content

Develop a set of critical skills to help you manage projects in today’s dynamic business and economic environment.

You are based in SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit, which is the longest-established and largest academic body studying science, technology and innovation in the world.

Organisations in both the public and private sectors rely on innovation to survive, grow and transform their business. Project management has also become a highly sought-after capability for business innovation.

This MSc equips you with specialist skills and knowledge in innovation and project management, enabling you to compete effectively in the fast-paced world of business and become an effective leader in innovation-driven businesses and project-led organisations.

You will be taught by leading academics and experts who link cutting-edge research and practice, allowing you to develop a deep understanding of organisations, their management and the environment in which they operate.

You will be able to demonstrate a systematic and conceptual understanding of traditional and advanced approaches to innovation and project management. The course also helps students to critically examine the theory, models and tools, as well as to develop selfdirection and original thinking when applying their knowledge of innovation and project management in complex and uncertain situations.

It offers a range of core modules and options, plus a dissertation, enabling you to pursue different interests and develop your skills and knowledge. You may also have the opportunity to carry out research for your dissertation in companies, providing networking opportunities and invaluable work experience.

Our MSc and research courses have extensive links with business and policy-making organisations, and emphasis is given to strengthening your skills and competencies for employment. Feedback from employers who have undertaken projects with SPRU students is extremely positive.


Modules are assessed by a combination of coursework, essays, group and individual reports, and presentations. There are also unseen examinations.

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2017 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules list. Modules may be subject to change.

Core Modules:

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

  • Advanced Project Management
  • Business and Project Management
  • Change and Leadership
  • Management of Risk
  • Managing Innovation
  • Project Management in Practice (PMIP) Research Project.
  • Perspectives, Methods and Skills for Project Management


Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

  • Accounting for Decision Makers
  • Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Business Communication Skills
  • Energy Policy and Sustainability
  • Energy and Development
  • Global Business
  • Governing Energy Transitions
  • Governing and Using Technology for Development
  • Information and Communication Technology Policy and Strategy
  • Infrastructure and Innovation
  • Innovation for Sustainability
  • Innovation in the Creative Economy
  • Intercultural Business Communication
  • International Human Resource Management
  • Introduction to Statistical Research Methods
  • Managing Complex Projects, Products and Systems
  • Managing Intellectual Property
  • Managing Knowledge
  • Managing Virtual Projects
  • Marketing Management
  • Network Analysis and Infographics
  • New Venture Creation and Simulation
  • Strategic Management - Business Management Course

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Please visit our website for latest fees information: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/2017/business-management-and-economics/project-management-msc

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study. For full details of our scholarships please visit: Masters Scholarships

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations40
Written coursework / continuous assessment60

Course contact details

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