Project Management MSc

Masters in Project Management

1. Overview

The MSc Project Management is designed to meet growing industry and global demand and is fully accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM) and Project Management Institute (PMI).

Our Course is the first in the UK to be accredited both by APM and PMI.  This reflects the quality of the structure and content in the course which is transferable to a variety of industries including oil and gas, renewable energy, engineering, built environment, construction, information technology, knowledge management, marketing, public sector, health care, pharmaceutical, military, education, entertainment and creative industries.  This course is designed to teach unique and transferable skills and competencies, making our graduates a valuable asset to any sector or industry across the globe.

The MSc Project Management is suitable for those already in the profession as well as those at the start of their career. It is also suitable for those who are aspiring for career change and development. It can be studied either full-time or online via distance learning.

Read some of our recent Graduate Testimonials

2. What you will study

3. How you will learn

Full-time Study
In full time mode, you will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshop sessions. These comprise of a mix of group study, discussion, simulation and presentations of findings by teams and individuals. You will work as an individual and also as part of a team on case studies, team activities, presentations and discussions. 

Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access from home to learning materials (including videos, e-books and journals).

Distance Learning
Our supported distance learning mode of delivery allows you to study online from any location and is designed to fit in around your work commitments. You will be taught and supported by experienced industry professionals who will recreate the same challenging interactive format of the on-campus courses for those studying at a distance.

Our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle offers students flexibility of where and when they can study, offering full and open access to tutors and other class members. Students have the benefit of being part of a group of learners with the invaluable opportunity to participate in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting. The online campus provides students with course materials and depending on the course it also includes:

  • Virtual tutorials
  • Live chat
  • Discussion forums - student and tutor led
  • Up-to-date web technology for delivery methods
  • User friendly material
  • Access to our online library

As online learners, students are part of a 'virtual cohort' and the communication and interaction amongst members of the cohort is a significant aspect of the learning process.

Further details are also available from our Guide to Distance Learning.

4. Entry requirements

Applicants will require a good honours degree. Those who do not possess an honours degree but have a degree, or degree equivalent qualification, and work experience at a suitable level within an organisation for an appropriate length of time, will be considered. Qualifications from an approved professional body will also be taken into account.

If you do not meet the requirements and are a non-graduate with experience in business/management insufficient to justify exemption, you may wish to consider access to the course via the Graduate Certificate in Project Management.

All international students, for whom English is not their first language, must provide evidence of linguistic ability, by gaining either IELTS 6.5 or its equivalent in TOEFL prior to receiving an unconditional offer of a place on the course.

Please note, UKVI are currently not accepting TOEFL as proof of English Language for Full Time International Student Visas.

English Language Requirements

5. Placements and accreditations

Placement (full-time only)
For full-time students, there is a placement/ consultancy project opportunity which will help you gain valuable experience in real-life project management.

There are many avenues you may wish to explore your placement which will give you the opportunity to engage with potential future employers. The placement will normally be with a local employer during the final semester, July to September.

Your placement will enable you to gain hands-on experience of a real life project and apply the knowledge you have gained during the course. Our students have found this aspect of the course to be an invaluable networking opportunity, allowing them to build and extend upon their theoretical knowledge by gaining an understanding of placement employers’ expectations including skills and competencies which are recognised by industry. You will also have the opportunity to make business contacts for networking in your future and career.

Our highly innovative degree was the first in the UK to receive full accreditation by the Association for Project Management. We are one of institutions spanning globally to be accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI) Global Accreditation Centre for Project Management Education Programs (GAC), and the first UK University to achieve this overall. This stamp of quality ensures high standards of excellence and relevance and so you can be confidence about gaining a recognised qualification which will truly enhance your professional and personal development.

Graduates of GAC accredited programmes are awarded 1,500 hours of project management experience which counts towards those required to achieve the PMI Project Management Professional (PMP) and Program Management Professional (PgMP) credentials. The GAC is a member of the Association of Specialised and Professional Accreditors (ASPA), the unified, national voice supporting professional education.

Aberdeen Business School itself is also recognised by the Project Management Institute (PMI) as a Global Registered Education Provider. Registered Education Providers (R.E.P.) are those organisations who are approved by PMI to offer project management training for Professional Development Units (PDU).

You will have the opportunity to take up membership with the APM and PMI during your studies and this can provide excellent networking and career opportunities.

Upon successful completion of the Professional Body of Knowledge in Project Management module, you will be equipped with the knowledge and expertise to go on and complete the professional exams. Our staff are able to provide information and advice about these exams.

6. Student Funding

Merit Scholarship
Aberdeen Business School offers a number of merit scholarships to our outstanding students. The scholarship is available to 

  • international students who will study the course by full time and distance learning and pay for the fees at the international rate; or
  • UK or EU students who study the course by full time and the fees are set in excess of 6,000 GBP; or
  • UK or EU students who will study the course by distance learning.

To find out more information on Merit Scholarship.

Postgraduate Funding
Applicants (Scottish domiciled and EU) to this course may be eligible for a Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan (PTFL). Full-time students can apply for a PTFL up to £3400. Part-time students can apply for up to £1700. The tuition fee loan is only available to part-time students who are undertaking at least 50% of a full-time course, and therefore, complete their qualification in 2 years.

Information on funding for postgraduate students can be seen under Postgraduate Student Finance.

Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 15% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU, further information available via the Alumni page.

7. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2014/2015

All Students

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £3,750 Stage 1
  • £3,750 Stage 2
  • £2,500 MSc dissertation stage

UK/EU Students


  • £5,500 entire course

International Students


  • £12,000 entire course

For Academic Year 2013/2014

All Students

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £3,660 Stage 1
  • £3,660 Stage 2
  • £2,430 MSc dissertation stage

UK/EU Students


  • £5,000 entire course

International Students


  • £11,000 entire course

For Academic Year 2012/2013

All Students

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £3,530 Stage 1
  • £3,530 Stage 2
  • £2,340 MSc dissertation stage

UK/EU Students


  • £4,625 entire course

International Students


  • £10,500 entire course

For Academic Year 2011/2012

All Students

  • Distance Learning - £3,440 Stage 1
  • Distance Learning - £3,440 Stage 2
  • Distance Learning - £2,280 MSc dissertation stage

UK/EU Students

  • Full-time - £4,500 entire course

International Students

  • Full-time - £9,500 entire course

All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery.

For further information see Student Finance pages


8. How to apply

All students can apply online by visiting Apply Online.

If you have any queries, please contact our Admissions Office: 

If you are an International Student and would like further information and application advice:

Further details are also available from Course Leader:

Langes Supramaniam
Aberdeen Business School
Robert Gordon University
Garthdee Road
Aberdeen AB10 7QE

Tel: +44 (0)1224 263908

9. Prospects

You will have the opportunity to take up membership with the APM and PMI during your studies and this can provide excellent networking and career opportunities.

Our strong links with industry enable us to implement practical and innovative delivery, offering students an exceptional learning experience. The inclusion of real-life client based projects and placements ensure that course content is relevant to industry needs and our project management graduates are effectively prepared for the workplace. Our reputation is built on providing employers with professional individuals who have a relevant and transferable skill set.

Our graduates have gone on to successful careers a variety of industry sectors. These include oil and gas, energy, engineering, built environment, construction, education, film, research and development, local government and financial services. Some of the roles they have gone into are -

  • project engineer
  • quality manager
  • finance manager
  • web design manager
  • contracting manager
  • procurement/purchasing manager
  • project/ programme coordinator.

University pathways at ICRGU - Pre-Master's


The International College at Robert Gordon University (ICRGU) offers entry into the MSc Project Management at Robert Gordon University for International Students.

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Start date
September or January
Course length
Full-time - 45 weeks / Online - 3 years
Mode of Attendance
Full-time / Online
More information:
Langes Supramaniam +44 (0)1224 263908
Accredited By
Association for Project Management
Accredited By
Project Management Institute
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Scholarship Competition

Aberdeen Business School, is pleased to offer a total of 50 Masters prize scholarships for postgraduate study in any subject offered by the School.

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