Start date(s)
September 2024
Study Mode
Full time (1 year)
Leeds City Campus

Course overview

Do you want a career in the increasingly in-demand area of project management? Would you like to develop your ability to plan, execute and manage projects?  

Our MSc Project Management programme aims to equip you with the advanced knowledge, understanding, skills and strategic thinking required to successfully manage projects in a variety of sectors with complex and different business contexts. 

The course is suitable for graduates keen to pursue a career in the project management profession and for professionals with relevant industry experience looking to undertake project management roles and responsibilities within their organisation. It also offers the opportunity to access new career opportunities in this growing global job sector. 

The Student Contract

About this course

Projects play a vital role in many organisations' change initiatives; organisations introduce change through projects. The aim of this programme is to offer you the essential knowledge and understanding, skills and experience required to operate effectively and successfully in a variety of project environments.

You will focus on contemporary project management issues, the understanding of complex and innovative project environments, managing diverse project teams, innovative project management processes, change control and risk management. The development of employability skills such as communication, presentations, teamwork, leadership, problem-solving, analysis and decision-making will also feature highly throughout the degree. 

The programme offers the opportunity to access the most recent research related to project management and includes internationally relevant and applicable theory, drawing on a range of UK and international case studies and research. 

Our expert lecturers will use an integrative approach to help develop your analytical skills and ability to address complex management and business problems. They will also help you implement appropriate solutions across a variety of sectors. You’ll explore international perspectives on project management, to ensure your knowledge has relevance in today's global economy.  

We place a particular focus on your professional and personal development to support your strategic career planning and leadership capabilities. You will be encouraged to reflect on your own career and study plans.  

By the time you graduate, you should be able to demonstrate an advanced knowledge and understanding of how projects are planned, executed and managed in a variety of contexts and industries.

Why study with us

  • Learn directly applicable skills for the workplace in project planning, execution and delivery.
  • Understand the key principles of managing projects across different organisational structures. 
  • Draw upon a wide range of knowledge from experienced lecturers that have worked at a high level in relevant organisational roles. 

Career progression

Graduates will be advised on how to apply for the Association of Project Management (APM), Project Management Institute (PMI) and other professional body membership, for example, becoming a Certified Associate in Project Management is an asset that helps distinguish graduates in the job market.

The project environment spans public, private and third sectors in industries as diverse as banking, insurance, government, healthcare, retail and transport. Increasingly, organisations employ project managers to improve processes or implement change in order to become more efficient and effective.

Course Modules

You will study a variety of modules across your programme of study. The module details given below are subject to change and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

Year 1

You may study the following modules throughout your degree. View the Course Structure tables relating to the different start dates.

Principles of Project Management (Core)

Successful project delivery is founded on the principles of project management. How project objectives are determined and how to establish and differentiate between project success factors and success criteria will all be explored in this module. You'll develop your knowledge of the processes involved in planning, managing, controlling, coordinating and closing a project, as well as the creation of a project plan based on a given brief. The topics will include the selection and justification of various tools/techniques and methodologies essential for professional project planning, implementation and evaluation of associated benefits and costs. 

You#ll develop an understanding of the significance of the project lifecycle and its role in aiding project management and the application of established and innovative processes and methodologies used for project planning, execution and control will be explored. This includes the applicability and effectiveness of the use of Business case, various PM tools, configuration management, project closure and reflective practice.

Professional Development and Leadership (Core)

This module allows you to reflect and evaluate your own styles and approaches before developing your own leadership style, based on a professional development model. You’ll also focus on the critical overview of traditional approaches to leadership, such as trait, situational and process theories, as well as wide-ranging consideration of new approaches, which conceptualise leadership as separate from authority and management, such as Connective Leadership, Shared/Distributed Leadership, Servant Leadership, VUCA and Narrative Leadership.

Managing Risk, Uncertainty and Complexity in Projects (Core)

This module will give you the ability to apply risk management techniques to various project settings. Techniques such as identifying risks and differentiating threats and opportunities, causes of risk and risk measurement will be applied at a more advanced level and will be analysed using their application in various project settings. Uncertainty in projects and how it can be successfully managed, including the theoretical framework to reduce certainty (Contingency theory), will also be taught.

The complex project environment and how it differs from traditional projects will be discussed and will cover systems integration, project complexity model, advanced project planning and control techniques such as Earned Schedule Management and Critical Chain Scheduling. The extent to which complex projects could be managed and controlled will also be explored.

Business Research and Analytics (Core)

You will focus on a real-life business and management issues and present it in the form of a project proposal. Research, data analysis, communication and networking between the client/research sponsor are all focal points of this module. Learning how to combine and balance theoretical (academic) and practical/applied business requirements will also be taught.  

The project proposal preparation will include a problem definition in the light of a business context/issue, potential client needs/benefits, business and research aims and objectives, a literature review and a research methodology.

Research Project (Core)

This module extends the Business Research and Analytics module by focusing on an in-depth investigation of real-life business issues, which includes organisation-based projects, desk-based research, analytics, and presenting it in the form of a report producing recommendations for business on the basis of original findings.

You'll build your in-depth knowledge and understanding in core subject areas depending on the area of your interest, as well as the practical application of methods and techniques relevant to your subject. 

Learning and Teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and provide you with the tools and support to help you achieve your academic, personal and professional potential.

Our Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy delivers excellence by providing the framework for:

  • high quality teaching
  • an engaging and inclusive approach to learning, assessment and achievement
  • a clear structure through which you progress in your academic studies, your personal development and towards professional-level employment or further study.

We have a strong reputation for developing student employability, supporting your development towards graduate employment, with relevant skills embedded throughout your programme of study.

We endeavour to develop curiosity, confidence, courage, ambition and aspiration in all students through the key themes in our Learning and Teaching Strategy:

  • Student Involvement and Engagement
  • Inclusion
  • Integrated Programme and Assessment Experience
  • Digital Literacy and Skills
  • Employability and Enterprise

To help you achieve your potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and real-world activities. This approach ensures that you fully engage in shaping your own learning, developing your critical thinking and reflective skills so that you can identify your own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape your own development.

We believe the secret to great learning and teaching is simple: it is about creating an inclusive learning experience that allows all students to thrive through:

  • Personalised support
  • Expert lecturers
  • Strong connections with employers
  • An international outlook
  • Understanding how to use tools and technology to support learning and development


We use a range of assessment methods throughout the course, which include:

  • Presentations (individual and group)
  • Essays
  • Reports and case studies
  • Dissertation
  • Workplace/consultancy project

Entry Requirements

Leeds Trinity University is committed to recruiting students with talent and potential and who we feel will benefit greatly from their academic and non-academic experiences here. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

The following information is designed to give you a general overview of the qualifications we accept. If you are taking qualifications that are not included below, please contact our Admissions Office who will be happy to advise you.

  • An honours degree (2:2 or above) in a related subject area such as any built environment-related field (civil engineering, quantity surveying, estimating, construction management, architecture, etc.), accountancy, finance, business, management, etc.

For more information on meeting English language requirements and academic requirements by country, visit our International Applicants page.

Please contact us for personalised advice on 0113 283 7123 or

Fees and finance


UK Home Students:

For information about our tuition fees please visit our Student Fees and Finance pages.

If you studied your undergraduate degree at Leeds Trinity University, you may be eligible for a discount of up to 50% on the cost of your tuition fees.

International Students, including EU Students:

Visit our web page for international students.

Leeds Trinity Alumni Discount

Some Leeds Trinity graduates are eligible for a tuition fee discount on postgraduate courses of up to 50%, excluding PGCE Delivery Partner Model and Lead Partner Model, and Masters by Research courses. You will need to achieve a 2:2 or above in a Leeds Trinity undergraduate course to qualify.

Postgraduate courseDiscount
MSc programmes 50% for graduates with a 1st class honours degree
MSc programmes 35% for graduates with a 2:1 honours degree
MSc programmes  20% for graduates with a 2:2 honours degree

How to apply

There is no official closing date for applications, but the course will be closed when it is full. We therefore encourage you to make your application as early as possible.

Please ensure you complete the application form in full and supply all the required supporting documentation when you make your initial application. Incomplete applications may be rejected.

If you need advice on your application, please contact our admissions team on 0113 283 7123 (Monday to Thursday, 9.00am to 5.00pm, or Friday 9.00am to 4.00pm) or

Home applicants - How to apply

Applicants who require a Student Route Visa

If you require a Student Route Visa in order to study in the UK, then you must apply to us by Wednesday 31 July 2024. You must also meet all the conditions of your offer and present all supporting documentation required for the visa application no later than the end of June 2024. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Student Route Visa.

To view academic requirements by country, visit our International Applicants page

International applicants - How to apply

What happens next?

Our admissions team will acknowledge receipt of your application by email. Where applications are submitted but references are still in progress, admissions will wait for the reference(s) to be received and then will process it, and forward to the relevant Programme Leader within five days of receipt of the reference(s).

The Programme Leader will make a decision based on your application. You may be asked to provide a reference to demonstrate your academic and non-academic experiences, or you may be invited to attend an interview. If you are successful and made an offer, the conditions will be outlined in your offer letter. 

Applications will be acknowledged within five working days. Applicants will be contacted within 15 working days with a request for additional information, invite to an informal interview or an application decision.

Made an offer?

You should accept or decline your offer by emailing

If you accept, you'll need to prove you satisfy the conditions outlined in your offer letter.

You may be asked to present the relevant supporting documentation in person to the student information point on campus, if originals are not needed you’ll be contacted and given details of how to provide the supporting documentation.