Taught course

Project Management (formerly titled Managing Innovation and Projects)

University of Sussex · School of Business, Management and Economics

Entry requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree or equivalent professional qualification.

Months of entry


Course content

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 2016 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 tab.

Autumn term: you take Business and Project Management • Managing Innovation. You also choose one from Accounting for Decision-Makers • Global Business • Marketing Management • Supply Chain Management.

Spring term: you take Managing Complex Projects, Products and Systems • Management
of Risk • Perspectives, Methods and Skills for Science, Technology and Innovation Studies. You also choose one from Infrastructure and Innovation • Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility • Managing Intellectual Property • Strategic Management • ICT: Policy and Strategy • Innovation for Sustainability
• The Political Economy of Science Policy • Governing Energy Transitions • Energy Policy and Sustainability • Energy and Development • Managing Knowledge • Governing and Using Technology for Development • International Human Resource Management.

Summer term: you carry out a research project.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit:www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/

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

Student Recruitment Services
+44 (0)1273 872668