The course

Full-time, Part-time, Per course
Course type
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.


Entry dates

This study programme has two entry points, September and January. If you are interested in applying, and would like to start in January 2021, this option will be available to new applicants and existing offer holders from mid-July.


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

Through the development of advanced knowledge and competence in business strategy and project management, graduates are equipped with a skillset attractive to any organisation across industry sectors.

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

For example, on the Strategic Change course you will examine the latest theoretical approaches to Change Management through the work of our globally-recognised Professors and lecturers. You will learn how these theories are implemented in the real world through case-study led projects which highlight the latest change management challenges facing industry, such as: the Oil and Gas market downturn, Brexit, adoption of digital, and Artificial Intelligence.

Guest lectures and internship opportunities

On MSc Strategic Project Management you will have the opportunity to learn from, and interact with, senior members of staff such as Directors and Chief Operation Officers from leading organisations.

On our Change Management course guest lectures have recently been delivered by:

  • Head of Change - Standard Life Investments
  • Senior Director of Manufacturing – Optos PLC
  • Senior Lean Improvement Management – Equiniti Group PLC
  • Design and Change Consultant – Cap Gemini PLC

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 organisations such as Mackie's Engine Transmissions, Glenmorangie Whisky, and Leonardos Aerospace and Defence organisation.

Through a unique collaboration with Scottish Manufacturing, students from our MSc Project Management, MSc Operations Management and MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management programmes can apply for internships with some of Scotland’s leading organisations, such as:

  • Glenmorangie Whisky
  • Highland Spring
  • Alex Begg, Smith Anderson
  • Johnstons of Elgin
  • Mitsubishi Electric
  • Diageo.

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

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

Programme duration

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


Project Management Institute

Heriot-Watt University's masters degree in Strategic Project Management is accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI) who have recognised the programme’s commitment to educational excellence in the area of project management.

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

Semester 1 (Sept - Dec) Semester 2 (Jan - April)
Strategic Project Management Project Management
Business Models Quality Management & Engineering
Leadership Research Philosophy and Practice
Strategic Change

One from:

  • Demand and Inventory Planning
  • Finance
  • Green and Sustainable Logistics
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Marketing
  • Managing Diversity in Business
  • Systems Thinking & Analysis

Students then complete their MSc Dissertation between May and August.

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.

Business Models

Semester 1 (mandatory)

By exploring the major themes and issues in the development of business models, an understanding of the application of business models and their role in modern strategic thinking is gained. Topics covered include business models, value propositions, quality/value arguments.


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 (mandatory)

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 & techniques.

Quality Management & Engineering

Semester 2 (mandatory)

Provides in-depth understanding of the principles, concepts, tools and techniques of quality management, quality engineering and continuous improvement together with awareness of how in practice these could be integrated to design and deliver an integrated continuous improvement programme. The module also aims to introduce students how to statistically plan, design and execute industrial experiments for process understanding and improvement in both manufacturing and service environments.

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 (i.e. quantitative and qualitative techniques) in data analysis to transform the raw data into information that guides marketing management valuations.

Academic Lead

The MSc in Strategic Project Management is lead by Dr Amos Haniff, Associate Professor in Project Management. He is currently Dean of the University and sits on the Education Network Advisory Group of the Association of Project Management, he has over 20 years’ experience of  working in industry in the field of project management.

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)


Tuition fees for 2020 entry (by residency status)
Status* Full-time Part-time Per course
Scotland / Non-UK EU £7400 £3700 £925**
England / Northern Ireland / Wales £7400 £3700 £925**
Overseas £16400 £8200 £2050**

* If you are unsure which category you fall in to, you should complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess your fees.

** Fee per course (module). Refer to the Course Content to see how many courses comprise the full programme.

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.