MSc Project & Programme Management (Practice Based)

Postgraduate, Part-time

Project & Programme Management (Practice Based) MSc

This course builds on existing competencies and develops new skills, knowledge and best practice around project and programme management


This work-based degree aims to deliver maximum impact for both you and your organisation. The majority of learning takes place at work or draws on your workplace experience.

You will develop competencies in project and programme management methodologies, explore the role of leadership, risk management and governance as well as set a vision for projects in your organisation.

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Mode of Study:



2 years

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Course details

This course makes use of Edinburgh Napier University’s close contacts with industry and draws on our extensive experience of advising businesses and organisations.

This course will suit you if you are:

  • A project or programme manager aiming to improve your own and your organisation’s performance.
  • Aiming to make a strategic contribution and challenge traditional thinking through projects.
  • Looking for ways to address problems and manage change in the modern fast paced, dynamic environment.
  • A professional who wishes to move into project or programme management related roles and requires a robust rounded set of skills, knowledge and experience.
  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    You will be mentored and supported by a dedicated programme team to deliver a package of work drawing on your current projects/activities.

    Overall, you’ll attend campus one day per month and receive at least three workplace mentoring visits.

  • note and pen Assessments This programme is assessed by written course works and the submission of a portfolio of work. There are no exams.


Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Placement and study abroad opportunities are subject to UK and Scottish Government health and travel advice.

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above in any discipline with at least 3 years relevant work experience and be currently employed in order to be eligible for this programme. You must be a professional, managing or working with projects or programmes or have a role related in some way to project or programme management. You will have aspirations to improve your own and your organisation’s project/programme management performance.

Students with recognised prior learning will be considered on an individual basis.

The University does not sponsor students to study on part-time programmes in the UK under the Student Visa route. International Applicants must therefore have other valid immigration leave to study on this programme.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pagesto find out if this applies to you.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MSc Nursing (Pre-registration) (Adult, Mental Health, Child, Learning Disabilities)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

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Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2021/22 2022/23
All students - Taught modules *£990 *£1,020
All students - Dissertation £1,205 £1,245

Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next.
For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees

Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*. The total fee you will pay is dependant upon the exit award you wish to achieve.
The University offers a 20% discount on Postgraduate Taught Masters programmes to its alumni. The discount applies to all full-time, part-time and online programmes.


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