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Strategic Management of Projects MSc

For professionals who aspire to lead in the management of projects and programmes, this intensive executive development MSc prepares you for project executive roles in shaping and delivering corporate and project strategy.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Flexible: up to 5 years

Tuition fees (2017/18)

£15,730 (FT) N/A (PT)
£28,960 (FT) N/A (PT)

Application dates

Open: 3 October 2016
Close: 28 July 2017
Close: 2 September 2017

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.
Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

Evidence of achievement and/or impact in your industry (e.g. promotion, project scope, professional recognition, etc.)

A good undergraduate degree or equivalent professional qualification. Candidates with significant relevant experience and impact in their industry may be exempted from this requirement.

A minimum of two years experience in project-based work or project-based organisation.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree information

The programme helps you develop a critical understanding of the challenges that project executives face in designing and implementing strategy, explores how the Management of Projects approach leads to improved value-creation and effective outcomes, and provides tailored professional advice that focuses on your career development. You will learn how to make difficult decisions. 

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of ten taught modules, with assessment on eight (120 credits) and a research report (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma consists of ten taught modules, with assessment on eight (120 credits). It is available on a full-time basis over nine months or on a modular/flexible basis over 1-5 years.

A Postgraduate Certificate consists of a minimum of four taught modules (60 credits).

Core modules

Students attend all ten modules but choose eight for assessment:

  • Capstone Module: The Management of Projects
  • Capstone Module: Tomorrow's Company
  • Key Knowledge Areas: Supply Chain Management
  • Key Knowledge Areas: Managing Innovation and Technology
  • Project Lifecycle: The Management of Design
  • Project Lifecycle: Governance and Control
  • Key Knowledge Areas: Economics and Finance
  • Key Knowledge Areas: Relationships and Marketing
  • Project Lifecycle: Exploring Project Requirements
  • Project Lifecycle: The Project Operational Legacy

Optional modules

No optional modules are available for this programme.


All MSc students submit a 10,000-word report on a topic related to the main themes of the programme. The topic should help enhance your career development and the knowledge that is most relevant in your field. 

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of case-based learning, interviews, peer-based learning and lectures and workshops from leading practitioners, policymakers, entrepreneurs and academics. Students are required to have sufficient breadth and depth of knowledge to challenge and inform others. Assessment is primarily through written coursework and the research report.


You will be required to engage with academics, fellow classmates, alumni and guest speakers significantly and be able to explore the areas that are of interest to your career and professional development plans specifically. 

As part of the 10,000-word report you will conduct primary reserach and will need to abide by the UCL Research Ethics Framework. 


In the class you will find yourself with leading experts, academics and practitioners. This is an opportunity for you to engage their interest and work with them in significant projects. We strongly encourage you to adopt a professional approach throughout your studies, and we can support you in building a network of experts with unique experience in managing projects. 

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Strategic Management of Projects MSc


For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


Recent graduates of the programme have changed their career, industry and/or sector, have started their own companies, are involved in the government, and are changing the way the corporate world works. 

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Project Manager, Facit
  • Project Manager, Seele
  • Offshoring Analyst, Barclays
  • Project Planning and Support Professional, Telstra Global
  • Business Services Graduate, Subsea 7


Following graduation you will join the SMP Alumni - a community of established, experienced and aspiring project executives where you will find support from wherever you are based in the world. Our graduates have built and lead their own companies, are involved in strategic positions in major multinational organisations across sectors and industries in the world, and have changed industries/careers based on our professional support.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012–2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The MSc in Strategic Management of Projects brings together distinguished, thoughtful professionals, academics, and policymakers from across sectors and industries to explore the key strategic issues that project executives face and proposes strategic responses through the management of projects.

The class is a space where you will have the opportunity to discuss with your peers, tutors, alumni and experts, how to manage difficult decisions. 

Studying in London's centre of excellence for the management of projects and our progressive teaching and learning culture will help you create your own unique, professional approach to managing capital investment and strategic change across a wide range of industry sectors.

This is an executive education programme designed for developing today the project and programme leaders of tomorrow. Our alumni influence the corporate world, are involved in social enterprise and frequently become entrepreneurs, or change their careers entirely.   

The MSc in Strategic Management of Projects (SMP) delivers: 120 top-quality sessions led by leading academics, practitioners, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and students; a twin focus on strategically managing projects and critical thinking throughout the programme; personal instruction as a result of highly selective, size-limited student enrolment, so that you have the time to engage deeply with experts, academics and fellow classmates; the SMP Alumni: a community of friends and professionals that will support you in the first steps of your professional development and career following graduation.

Department: Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management

Student / staff numbers › 42 staff › 300 taught students › 20 research students

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management
74% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is designed for those currently design and deliver project-based work and who aspire to develop their own unique competitive approach to the management of projects. The programme will help you transform your career and the way you think about projects. 

Application deadlines

28 July 2017
2 September 2017

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we are interested in:

  • the type of project(s) that you have been involved in and your role in their management
  • where you see yourself professionally in 10 years
  • how the MSc in Strategic Management of Projects will help you achieve your goal.

Your personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate how the MSc in Strategic Management in Projects will help you lead tomorrow's projects.

Successful applicants to this programme will be required to pay a tuition fee deposit dependent on their mode of study and fee status as given below:

  • UK/EU full-time: £2,000
  • UK/EU part-time: £1,000
  • Overseas full-time: £2,000
  • Overseas part-time: £1,000

Further details can be found on the Fees and funding page.

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