MSc Strategic Project Management

The course

Delivery type
Weekday evenings and Fridays
1 year (full-time) / 2 years (part-time)
Intake date



Strategic Project Management at Heriot-Watt University differentiates itself from other project management programmes by putting a greater emphasis on the strategic requirement in managing a portfolio of projects to deliver organisational goals.

In this way, Strategic Project Management encompasses both project management as a process to deliver end products and change management as a process to capture the rational and emotional buy-in of the people affected by change to ensure its success. A postgraduate qualification in Strategic Project Management can benefit individuals in business, engineering, IT or science whose job involves managing or directing work that has a strategic focus and a defined end goal.

This programme reflects the content of the Project Management Institute’s Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge.

January entrants

Students starting the programme in January should note that it runs full-time for 2 semesters (12 months) + dissertation (February to April, 3 months) (total 16 months), or part-time runs for 4 semesters (24 months) + dissertation (March to August, 6 months) (total 30 months). 

Students enrolling for the January intake programmes are not required to be be on campus during the summer break.


The programme is accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC), the world’s leading specialised accrediting body for project management higher education degree programmes.

PMI has recognised the programme’s commitment to educational excellence and continuous improvement in the area of project management.

The Dubai Campus is accredited by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and fully licensed to teach its degrees in Dubai.  All graduates receive a British degree that is accredited by Royal Charter in the UK.

The mission of our programme is to equip graduates with the best available tools, techniques and expertise to further and strengthen the practice of strategic project management across all industries.

Course content

Students will study 8 key themes, which are:

  • Strategic Project Management (Semester 1)
  • Business Models: Themes & Issues (Semester 1)
  • Strategic Change (Semester 1)
  • Leadership (Semester 1)
  • Research Philosophy & Practice (Semester 2)
  • Quality Management and Engineering (Semester 2)
  • Project Management (Semester 2)
  • Leadership and Organisational Performance Dissertation (Semester 3)

Optional taught courses include:

  • Systems Thinking and Analysis
  • Demand and Inventory Planning
  • Human Resource Management
  • Finance
  • International Marketing

In addition to these taught courses, students pursuing the Masters qualification undertake a dissertation/research project.


Graduates who have achieved this degree over the past eight years have reported a significant impact on their career development. Project management opportunities include those in financial services, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, and construction. Graduates may also progress to portfolio management, event management and change management roles.

Entry requirements

For MSc entry, a good relevant Honours degree (first or second class) or equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered. Given the clear practical element of the programmes, we will also consider non-graduate candidates holding less than a good Honours degree, or its equivalent, but with compensating qualifications or experience may be admitted to the Postgraduate Diploma programme. Transfer to the MSc will be possible later on if exams and course work are at MSc level.

To find out about the entry requirements for this programme, please send an email to

English language requirements

Where English was not the medium of instruction at secondary school, applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 (with all elements passed at 6.0 or above). Applicants who have completed secondary and tertiary education will need to provide documentary evidence. A minimum of one year full-time study in English will be required.

Fees and funding

  • AED 78750*

* All tuition fees inclusive of VAT

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