Our intensive, one-year, MSc Management with a specialism in Project Management is for graduates from a wide range of subject backgrounds. It is not necessary to have prior academic or practical experience in business or management. It will especially suit students pursuing management careers in consultancy, engineering or construction, product development, ICT, government, or not-for-profit sectors.

Our MSc Management pathways provide an introduction to management followed by a detailed exploration of a specific area of management theory and practice, in this case Project Management. The programme attracts students from around the globe and you will be part of a cohort with a variety of backgrounds and interests.

The MSc provides the theoretical foundations that enable you to critically analyse and manage projects in our increasingly complex and dynamic world. We aim to guide, teach, and nurture confident analytical and critical thinkers capable of challenging orthodox approaches to projects. You will gain insight into the nature of project management and apply theory to practice through in-class discussions of real cases and practical methods. Group projects will develop teamwork, communication, and practical skills expected in today's workplace.

You will be taught by leading academics whose research tackles the global societal issues facing modern management. 88% of our business and management research is rated as world leading or internationally excellent (REF 2021), reflecting its impact in shaping policy and practice. Bristol is a vibrant, ambitious and entrepreneurial city and home to SETSquared, the world's top university business incubator (UBI Global).

Programme structure

You will study five core units worth a total of 90 credit points and your specialist unit, Project Management, worth 30 credit points. The core units include: Management and Organisation; Strategy Finance and Accounting; Operations and Marketing Management; Research Methods; and Academic, Personal, and Professional Development.

You will start by studying subjects that are central to careers in management today, including finance and accounting, organisational behaviour, and strategic management. In the second term, you will deepen your understanding of management by studying operations and marketing management as well as management research methods. These subject areas lay the foundations for your project management specialism, with which you will conclude term two.

The final part of the MSc Management (Project Management) brings an opportunity for in-depth research and investigation into your area of interest and can be adapted to reflect your career goals. You can choose from the following routes:

  • research dissertation: a methodical exploration of a chosen area in project management;
  • applied extended research project: management research with an external partner organisation;
  • Global Challenges Team research project: group-based research that explores management knowledge with a focus on the UN Sustainability Goals.

Each route bears 60 credit points.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc in Management (Project Management).

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree or international equivalent in any discipline.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

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If English is not your first language, you will need to reach the requirements outlined in our profile level B.

Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Fees and funding

UK: full-time
£16,200 per year
Overseas: full-time
£29,200 per year

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year.

More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.

Alumni discount

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni discount.

Funding for 2023/24

Further information on funding for prospective UK and international postgraduate students.

Career prospects

We aim to develop knowledgeable, thoughtful, and ethical management practitioners who will thrive in a global environment. This degree provides excellent preparation for all careers in management, but is particularly relevant to roles in project management that are in great demand across all sectors and industries.

Our Careers Service offers support and training to help you to identify your career goals, apply for opportunities, and perfect your interview technique. You will have the opportunity to put what you have learned into practice by undertaking a group project for an industry partner. Opportunities are coordinated by the Professional Liaison Network.

Previous graduates of the MSc Management (Project Management) have gone on to work in a variety of companies and industries, including management consultancy, finance and accounting, construction, manufacturing, and government.