Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Part-time: 2 years
- Flexible: 3-5 years
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £15,270 (FT) £N/A (PT)
- £25,140 (FT) £N/A (PT)
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.
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.
Select your country:
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.
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, eight core modules (120 credits), full-time nine months and part-time 2-5 years, is offered.
- Students attend all ten modules but choose to be assessed on eight:
- Foundation Course: The Management of Projects
- Foundation Course: Tomorrow's Company
- Key Knowledge Areas: Relationships and Marketing
- Key Knowledge Areas: Economics and Finance
- Key Knowledge Areas: Supply Chain Management
- Key Knowledge Areas: Managing Innovation and Technology
- Project Lifestyle: Exploring Project Requirements
- Project Lifestyle: The Management of Design
- Project Lifestyle: The Project Operational Legacy
- Project Lifestyle: Governance and Control
- 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 can be chosen to enhance career development or for its inherent interest.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of case-based learning, peer-based learning and lectures and workshops from leading practitioners, policy-makers, 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.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
- £5,000 (1 year)
- UK, EU, Overseas students
- Based on financial need
- £15,000 (1 year)
- UK students
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website
Recent graduates of the programme have continued in, or progressed to roles in project-based organisations in the private, public and third sectors.
Top career destinations for this degree
- Strategic Project Manager, Fujitsu (2011)
- Project Manager, Seele (2013)
- Vice President, Khazanah Nasional Berhad (2013)
- Project Manager, Prosodie (2013)
Following graduation you will join the SMP Alumni - a community of established, experienced and aspiring project executives where you will find support in your project-based role 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.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The MSc in Strategic Management of Projects brings together distinguished, thoughtful professionals, academics, and policy makers from across sectors and industries to explore the key strategic issues that project executives face and proposes strategic responses through the management of projects.
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 approach to managing capital investment and strategic change across a wide range of industry sectors. This is a programme designed for developing today the project and programme leaders of tomorrow.
The MSc in Strategic Management of Projects (SMP) delivers: 120 top-quality sessions led by leading academics, practitioners, policy makers, entrepreneurs, fellow students and yourself; 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.
Student / staff ratios › 31 staff › 250 taught students › 20 research students
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 employed in challenging project-based employment who aspire to develop their own unique competitive approach to the management of projects and become leaders in their industry.
- All applicants
- 29 July 2016
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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.