Project Management MSc

Project Management Degree

1. Overview

Our MSc Project Management degree is fully accredited by the APM and PMI and can be studied full time or online.

This reflects the quality of the structure and content in the course which is transferable to a variety of industries including oil and gas, engineering, construction, information technology, healthcare, and many other industries.

The Project Management MSc 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.

Read some of our recent Graduate Testimonials

2. What you will study

Stage 1

Exit Award: PgCert Project Management

Stage 2

Exit Award: PgDiploma Project Management

Stage 3 (MSc Full Time On Campus Mode)

Stage 3 (MSc Part Time by Distance Learning Mode)

Award: MSc Project Management

* Elective modules will only run where there are sufficient numbers.

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course disclaimer for more information. 

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.

English Language Requirements

5. Placements and accreditations

Consultancy Project (full-time only)
For full-time students, there is a consultancy project opportunity which will help you gain valuable experience in real-life project management. The consultancy project will normally last between 6-8 weeks and run during the final semester, July to September.

Your consultancy project will enable you to put into practice 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 client expectations. You should use the opportunity to make business contacts for networking in your future and career.

Accreditation
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. 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 found via Postgraduate Student Finance.

Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% 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 2016/2017

All Students

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £3,150 Stage 1
  • £3,150 Stage 2
  • £2,100 MSc dissertation stage

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £4,500 entire course

International Students

Full-time

  • £11,400 entire course

For Academic Year 2015/2016

All Students

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £3,900 Stage 1
  • £3,900 Stage 2
  • £2,600 MSc dissertation stage

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £6,200 entire course

International Students

Full-time

  • £12,500 entire course

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

Full-time

  • £5,500 entire course

International Students

Full-time

  • £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

Full-time

  • £5,000 entire course

International Students

Full-time

  • £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

Full-time

  • £4,625 entire course

International Students

Full-time

  • £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. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages

 

8. How to apply

Course Enquiries

If you have any course related questions, please contact the course leader - managementops@rgu.ac.uk

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:

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. 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

ICRGU

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

Academic school
Aberdeen Business School
Association for Project Management
GAC
Project Management Institute

The PMI Registered Education Provider logo is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

  1. MSc Project Management Case Study

    An MSc Project Management graduate reflects on the course.

    Neil McLauchlan Project Management MSc


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