UCL Centre for Systems Engineering


Programme Details

The Masters programme in Management of Complex Projects leads to an MSc (Masters of Science). The MSc Management of Complex Projects is 180 credits and consists of a taught component and a research component.

The MSc can be completed in 2-5 years part time, 1 year full time, 2 years part time. 

Taught component

6 taught modules and 4 core modules are selected from the full list of core and optional modules available.

Taught elements are assessed through a written assignment and a written examination.

Group project

Project Simulation

The Project Simulation element is an opportunity to work in teams to apply knowledge they have gained in a realistic project simulations. This simulation will draw heavily on experience we have from delivering the European Space Agency's Project Manager Training Course, and will consist of five episodes. The episodes will each last a day and will explore different challenging aspects of managing complex projects.

Research component

Project Management Research Project Concept

MSc students will be required to develop a Research Project Concept.

In many cases, students will come up with an idea for a project based on issues they face in their working environments. In other cases, tutors will help students to choose a research area where there is a common interest.

The Research Project Concept is assessed through the project plan which must be delivered by the student. This document is expected to set clear objectives for the research and detailed planning for the work activities that will deliver these objectives. 

Project Management Research Project

MSc students are required to complete a research project. Typically industry-sponsored students will perform a study that is of direct relevance and advantage to their employer. Self-funded students may take up an appropriate research problem of interest to them, or one proposed by tutors. In each case, a personal supervisor is allocated to support the research activity.

The project culminates in the preparation of a final report, the dissertation. This document, of around 12,000 words, is used to assess the capability of the student to organise and carry out an extended, independent study at postgraduate level. The student will also be required to make a presentation of the project's final results, which is assessed. This presentation will normally be the final step of the programme for MSc students.