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The European Master in Strategic Project Management, known as MSPME, is a unique double degree masters programme offered in partnership by Heriot-Watt University and the University of Umea.

MSPME takes an international perspective to the strong and growing demand for strategic thinkers who can deliver core business activities and realise competitive strategies through the implementation of strategic projects. Specifically, students on MSPME develop competencies to facilitate business transformation, continuous improvement, organisational change, value creation and strategy implementation.

Commencing at Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh, students will spend the first semester focused on Strategic Project Management and associated theories and concepts which support sustainabile delivery of positive outcomes.

In semester two, students will have the opportunity to either continue their studies in Edinburgh or transfer to either Heriot-Watt Dubai or Heriot-Watt Malaysia. Students will thereafter have the opportunity to undertake an industry project prior to completing their programme in Umea, Sweden, where they will study for a Masters in Business Administration. 

Successful candidates will achieve an MSc in Strategic Project Management (European) from Heriot-Watt University as well as a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Umea.   

Heriot-Watt is delighted to be the lead partner institution for this unique programme. For full details of the programme, including application and admissions procedures please visit the MSPME web site.

Programme duration

Commencing in September each year the programme lasts 16 months.

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Course content

Detailed course guide

The programme has been developed round three interconnected themes which form the basis for each of the study periods. These themes also reflect the core academic strengths of each University.

  1. Strategy (Heriot-Watt University)
  2. Project Control (Heriot-Watt University)
  3. Integration (University of Umea)

Study period 1 (Heriot-Watt University)

  • Business Models: Themes and Issues
  • Leadership
  • Strategic Change
  • Strategic Project Management

Study period 2 (Heriot-Watt University)

  • Quality Management & Engineering
  • Project Management 
  • Research Philosophy and Practice
  • Option

Optional Courses Include: Demand Invenetory & Planning; Green and Sustainable Logistics; Finance; Human Resource Management; International Marketing, or Systems Thinking and Analysis. 

Study period 3 (University of Umea)

  • Perspectives on Strategy
  • Strategic Project Management Decision Making
  • Masters Thesis

Entry requirements

  1. High quality Bachelor degree in a related or semi-related discipline (or equivalent academic degree) of minimum three years duration and 180 ECTS credits.
  2. Student motivation and relevance of this Masters course to students' professional experience to date, and future career aspirations.

English language requirements

IELTS minimum score of 6.5 (with no individual component lower then 6.00); CAE (with all components min. borderline) and Pearson test total min. 62 (with no subject lower than 57).

Please note The University cannot accept TOEFL or TOEIC tests as proof of English language.


Fees for this course can be found on the tuition fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.

View our full range of postgraduate scholarships.