The course

Delivery
Full-time, Part-time, Per course
Course type
Taught
Location
Edinburgh
Entry date
September, January

Edinburgh Business School's MSc Strategic Project Management is designed and taught by experts in strategy, management and organisational performance. It will equip you with the skills to become a successful leader in a global project-based environment.

Contact

Entry dates

This study programme has two entry points, September and January. 

Overview

MSc in Strategic Project Management is designed with industry in mind. Our course aims to offer practitioners in project management with an advanced level set of courses culminated by a final research-based dissertation that combines strategy with project management.

Our unique combination should equip you with the necessary concepts, tools and techniques to enhance your project management skills based on up-to-date theory, best practice standards and methodologies.

The strategic management component of our the degree will help you to develop an additional skill which is essential for senior managers; the ability to to formulate strategy and then implement it through a strategic project management vehicle that comprises portfolios, programmes and projects.

Throughout our degree programme, the industry-relevant courses aim to stimulate your understanding, critical thinking and develop experience of enterprise-wide applications of strategic project management.

This is a conversion MSc

MSc Strategic Project Management is a conversion degree programme led by academics from Edinburgh Business School. 

This programme introduces project management and strategic management to those who have not yet studied the subjects in-depth, making it suitable for individuals with undergraduate degrees from different disciplines such as engineering, construction, business, or finance.

As with all of our MScs, this programme re-introduces the principals of higher education to professionals who have been in work for some time and wish to advance their career by acquiring sought after management expertise.

The Edinburgh Business School approach

Our MSc in Strategic Project Management develops strategic awareness and the relevant competencies to form and implement competitive strategies for organisations within the public and private sectors.

From a strategic management perspective, particular focus is placed on learning how to build sustainable competitive advantage by finding opportunity in uncertain or growing economic environments.

Within the subject of project management, you will learn how to establish quality and monitor performance of projects through the latest applied project management and leadership techniques.

You will learn through a combination of individual and group work, and demonstrate your expertise through written reports, presentations, and exams – ensuring that you develop advanced skills across:

  • Analysis
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Conflict resolution
  • Business reporting
  • Presentation delivery.

This master’s degree in Strategic Project Management will expose you to best practices and the latest ideas around strategic thinking, innovation, and project and programme management.

Guest lectures and internship opportunities

As a student of our programme, you will have the opportunity to learn from, and interact with, senior members of staff such as directors and chief operating officers from leading organisations.

On Business Models your learning will be illuminated by industry with guest lectures from managing directors and CEOs, organisation case-studies, and site visits to businesses such as Mackie's Engine Transmissions, Glenmorangie Whisky, and Leonardos Aerospace and Defence organisation.

You will also have opportunities to apply for internships, participate in industry projects and network with potential employers through social events and career-focused activities which are integrated into the programme throughout the year.

As a result of our industry-led approach and the opportunities our links to businesses offer, many students gain employment prior to graduation, and overall employability from the programme is very high.

Programme duration

Mode of Study MSc PG Diploma
Full-time 12 months 9 months
Part-time 24 months 21 months

Accreditation

new pmi

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.

Course content

Semester 1  Semester 2
Strategic Project Management Project Management

Leadership

Research Philosophy and Practice
2 Options from: 2 Options from:
  • Business Models
  • Competative Strategy
  • Managing Digital Transformation
  • Manging Disruptive Innovation
  • Operations Management
  • Strategic Change
  • Finance
  • Green and Sustainable Logistics
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Marketing
  • Managing Diversity in Business
  • Quality Management
  • Systems Thinking and Analysis

Students then complete their MSc Dissertation in Semester 3

Strategic project management

Semester 1 (mandatory)

Evaluating project success through strategic alignment and developing knowledge to translate and implement business strategy through portfolio management, programme management and projects.

Leadership

Semester 1 (mandatory)

Understand the role of leadership in business, and specifically in commercial projects. Examines the linkages between effective & appropriate leadership and organisational strategy.

Strategic change

Semester 1 (Option)

Looking at organisational change from a strategic perspective, this course differentiates between the concepts and models of change management and consider their application to a variety of situations and environments.

Project Management

Semester 2 (mandatory)

Examines monitoring and controlling projects. Develops competence in use of quantitative and qualitative project planning and control tools and techniques.

Research Philosophy and Practice

Semester 2 (mandatory)

Provides an understanding of the social science research process, as well as theory and approaches to research. Develops practical skills (quantitative and qualitative techniques) in data analysis to transform the raw data into information that guides marketing management valuations.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree (first or second class), or its non-UK equivalent, in a relevant subject from a recognised British or overseas university.

Work or project experience in a related role will be of further advantage.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we’ll need to see evidence of your English language ability.

The minimum English language requirement for entry to this programme is IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) with no component lower than 6.0.

If you do not have IELTS 6.5, we offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement for this programme prior to commencing your studies:

  • 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills)
  • 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)
  • 6 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum 5.5 in all skills)

Fees

Tuition fees for entry
Status Full-time Part-time Per course
UK / EU £7400 £3700 £925
Overseas £16400 £8200 £2050
Tuition fees for entry
Status Full-time Part-time Per course
UK £7552 £3776 £944
Overseas £16728 £8364 £2091

Footnotes

  1. If you are unsure which residency status category you fall in to, you should complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess your fees.
  2. Fee per course (module). Refer to the Course Content to see how many courses comprise the full programme.
  3. Overseas includes applications from European Union countries who do not hold Pre-Settled or Settled status in the UK. Read more about the application process for EU nationals.

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.