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Project Management

MSc, PGDip and PGCert

Available to study anywhere in the world

The MSc Project Management is designed by experienced industry practitioners and leading academics to provide you with a comprehensive insight into the specialism of project management.

Put your management career in the spotlight with our MSc Project Management.

By studying this degree, you will:

  • demonstrate a systematic understanding of the relevant business functions in the context of project management. e.g. finance, risk, sustainability, operations and quality control
  • gain an in-depth understanding of tools, concepts and theories relating to the chosen area of project management at an advanced level
  • develop the ability to critically analyse contrasting project management frameworks, methods and systems in relation to organisational culture, environmental factors and type/scale of projects
  • apply a range of project management frameworks in order to evaluate and solve complex project delivery problems and make informed decisions in challenging situations.

Programme details

Programme structure, modules and specification

  • For the MSc: You complete ten compulsory modules (15 credits each) and one compulsory Project (30 credits).
  • For the PGDip: You choose eight optional modules (15 credits each) excluding the Project [MSc only]
  • For the PGCert: You complete one core module (15 credits) and choose three optional modules (15 credits each) excluding the Project [Msc only].

Individual modules:
Study our modules individually to update your knowledge or sample the programme (excludes the Project module).

Modules will be available from the April 2022 intake, subject to programme module availability.

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Key dates

April 2022 intake
Applications open 01 December 2021
Application deadline 07 March 2022
Registration deadline 21 March 2022
Programme starts 04 April 2022

How you study

The MSc Project Management is offered fully online and allows you the opportunity to flexibly fit your studies around your schedule.

You can choose to study individual modules on a pay-as-you-go basis and build up your qualification at your own pace.

By studying this programme, you will develop a critical, selective and confident approach to the integration of knowledge domains and practical skills to finance, manage and execute processes and projects successfully.

You will also enhance your awareness of the specific requirements of each project, spot the potential issues in implementation and plan preventive strategies to overcome them.

Each module is run over a 10-week block followed by an assessment submission point, with the exception of the Project module which is run over two 10-week blocks

The programme is offered online and is fully supported by a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You study at a time and pace that suits you (subject to course-specific deadlines) and use the study materials provided, with support available from academic staff.

Study materials

All essential resources, activities, videos, discussions and support are provided through the VLE. This allows you to fit your studies around your work commitments. There is no need to purchase additional textbooks.

Online support

The programme is delivered online and there is no requirement to come to the UK as part of your studies. Our flexible online programme allows you to work around your own schedule and leads to a globally-recognised qualification.

When you register, we will give you access to your Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and other key resources including:

  • The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which offers online learning support, access to the student café and discussion areas, and other study materials.
  • The Student Guide provides information which is common to all students and gives guidance on a range of issues relating to your study experience.
  • The Online Library provides access to over 100 million academic electronic items comprising E-books, E-journals, conference proceedings, etc. In addition, students can request items which are not held in the library via the library's Inter-Library loans service with the British Library.
  • Senate House Library provides free reference access for all registered distance and flexible learning students.

Student Support

We are committed to delivering an exceptional student experience for all our students, regardless of which of our programmes you are studying. You will have access to support through:

  • The Student Advice Centre – provides support for application and Student Portal queries.
  • TalkCampus – a peer support service that offers a safe and confidential way to talk about whatever is on your mind at any time of day or night, access the Student Portal.

Tutor support

All students receive online tutor support while studying this programme. Tutors introduce the modules, respond to queries, monitor discussions and provide guidance on assessments.

Time commitment

The flexible approach to learning allows students to complete the MSc in a minimum of two years (subject to module availability) to a maximum of five years. You can study at your own pace, adjusting the intensity of learning to suit your needs.


The programme is assessed by a mixture of coursework and examinations, and are all submitted online. More detail can be found in the Programme Regulations.

Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

Entry route 1: Direct entry

To qualify to register for the MSc, PGDip or PGCert you will need a bachelor’s degree which is considered at least comparable to a UK second-class honours degree from an institution acceptable to the University.

If you don't have an acceptable bachelor degree but have work experience in a managerial position for at least three years, or with three years project work as junior project manager / coordinator, we will consider your application on an individual basis.

Applicants with an appropriate professional qualification from a recognised professional body will be considered on an individual basis.

Entry route 2: Performance based admissions (PBA)

If you don't meet the requirements for direct entry you can apply for the MSc via the performance based admissions route.

To qualify for entrance via the PBA route you will need:

  • a bachelor’s degree from an acceptable institution
  • an appropriate professional experience qualification from a recognised professional body
  • an aegrotat (certificate).

If you are on the PBA route you may transfer to the MSc on successful completion of two 15-credit modules.

To qualify to register for an individual module you will need a third class bachelor’s degree or aegrotat.

English language requirements

You need a high standard of English to study this programme. You will meet our language requirements if you have achieved one of the following within the past three years:

  • IELTS: at least 6.5 overall with 6.0 in the written test
  • Pearson Test (Academic): at least 59 overall, with 59+ in reading and writing and 54+ in speaking and listening
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (grade C or above)
  • TOEFL iBT: at least 92 overall, with 22+ in reading and writing and 20+ in speaking and listening
  • Duolingo: must achieve an overall score of at least 120.

If you do not meet the English language proficiency requirements but believe that you can demonstrate the requisite proficiency, the University may, at its discretion, consider your application.

Computer requirements

The University of London sets minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly.

For this programme, you will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection. For more information about specific software requirements, please see more about computer requirements.

You will also need to have access to a mobile telephone to enable multi-factor authentication, which is used to access the online software required by the programme.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

If you are registering on the MSc Project Management you may apply for RPL for up to 45 credits (three 15-credit modules).

If you are registering on the PGDip Project Management you may apply for RPL for up to 15 credits (one 15-credit module).

Applications for RPL for the Project module will not be considered.

Prior learning will not be considered or recognised for the PGCert Project Management or Individual modules.


The programme fees below are effective from 28 June 2021 and refer to the October 2021, January 2022, April 2022 and July 2022 sessions, except for the application fee which refers only to the two intake sessions in October 2021 and April 2022. On average, fees incur a 5% year-on-year increase.

The fees depend on whether you live in a developing (Band A) or developed (Band B) nation - see Countries and Regions list [PDF]

Important: the table below does not include fees payable to a third party, such as tuition costs payable to a Recognised Teaching Centre or fees charged by your local examination centre, or local VAT, Goods and Services Tax (GST) or sales tax.

Application fee 2021-2022
Application fee (non-refundable) 107

The application fee (non-refundable) is payable when you make your application for an MSc, PGDip, PGCert or Individual modules taken on a standalone basis. If your application is successful, you will receive an offer inviting you to register. The application fee is separate to other fees listed.
Offer validity: All offers for this programme are valid for the session in which you apply. If you do not complete registration for the given session then on request we will reissue your offer for the following three subsequent sessions. If you would like your offer reissued then you should contact us. After the subsequent third session the offer has expired, meaning if you would like to then complete registration you would need to submit a new application.

MSc full programme fee* 2021-2022
Band A 9000
Band B 12000
MSc indicative totals** 2021-2022
Band A 9332
Band B 12407
Pay per module (MSc, PGDip, PGCert, Individual Modules)
Band A 15 credit module 750
Band A 30 credit module 1500
Band B 15 credit module 1000
Band B 30 credit module 2000
Other fees 2021-2022
Assessment resit fee 375
Recognition of Prior Learning (per module) (non-refundable) 58

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More about programme fees.

Some fees are non-refundable. Please see the refund and compensation policy for further details.

*The full MSc programme fee is payable when you first register on the programme and includes access to study materials and your first entry into the assessments. It does not include resit fees, the module fee when repeating a module, applications for recognition of prior learning and fees payable to a University of London Recognised Teaching Centres, if applicable. By paying in full at the beginning of your programme, you avoid any annual fee increases to module fees. With pay per module, you pay for each module as you register for it.

**The indicative totals given represent the amount you would expect to pay if you commence study in October 2021 and then complete the MSc degree in the minimum period of time (as per when modules become available), without resits, and paying per module with a year-on-year increase of 5%. These totals do not reflect the cost of any additional tuition support you may choose to take, resit fees or the fee when repeating a module, or applications for recognition of prior learning.

Additional Costs

You will also need to budget for:

  • Textbooks (could extend to around £300 per year)
  • Exam centre fees, which are paid directly to the venues where you sit your exams
  • Tuition costs if you study at a Recognised Teaching Centre.

How to pay your fees.

Please note: all student fees shown are net of any local VAT, Goods and Services Tax (GST) or any other sales tax payable by the student in their country of residence. Where the University is required to add VAT, GST or any other sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the fees shown during the payment process. For students resident in the UK, our fees are exempt from VAT.

Further information on Sales Tax.

Your payment provider may apply additional transaction fees. (If in doubt, please check with them before making a payment.)

Further information about fee payment options can be found in the “How to pay your fees” link above.

Career opportunities

This MSc is suitable for people who want to move into a career in the world of project management, and for those seeking to enhance their current project management careers.

This degree is also for those wanting to transition into a different sector or professionals in management positions who will be responsible for overseeing a range of projects in their careers. This may include self-employed professionals seeking to set up a career or freelance projects.

You will gain intellectual and transferable skills that will help you evaluate and reflect critically on project management decisions.

This degree is ideal if you are interested in developing the skills and knowledge required to manage large scale and complex projects. It provides valuable skills and approaches used in project management across all sectors. The career opportunities are limitless.

In some countries, qualifications earned by distance and flexible learning may not be recognised by certain authorities or regulators for the purposes of public sector employment or further study. We advise you to explore the local recognition status before you register, even if you plan to receive support from a local teaching institution.

Academic leadership

You’ll learn from highly experienced practitioners and senior executives with portfolios covering both complex, multi-disciplinary projects and small, bespoke interventions in niche sectors, combining academic excellence with industry related knowledge and expertise.

Programme director

Steven Kendrick is the Head of the London Graduate School at Royal Holloway, University of London and a member of the Executive Board.

Before joining Royal Holloway, Steven served as a commissioned officer in the British Army for over 9 years. After leaving the military Steven became the Head of the Centre for Professional Studies at Royal Holloway and was responsible for the development of a number of practice led Master’s programmes, including the on-campus version of the MSc Project Management programme.

More recently Steven has been appointed as Head of the London Graduate School and is responsible for the development of Royal Holloway’s London Campus Postgraduate Taught programme portfolio.

Funding your study

Without the cost of moving to London, studying for your University of London degree anywhere in the world represents excellent value for money. However, there are additional sources of support depending on where you live and how you choose to study.

More on funding your study


All Royal Holloway alumni can receive a bursary to study any of the University of London online programmes including the MSc Project Management. More details about the Alumni bursary.

More about Scholarships and Bursaries

Can I get sponsored?

If you are employed, your employer may be willing to cover part/all of the programme fee if you can make a compelling case as to how this programme will boost your contribution to the workplace.

Our courses are ideal for employers because they get to retain you as an employee and benefit from your learning from the moment you begin.

How can I get sponsored by my employer?

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