Our MSc Project Management programme is unique and distinctive as it is designed and developed in alignment to key professional bodies in Project Management, APM (Association of Project Management) and PMI (Project Management Institute) knowledge areas and competencies framework which applies for any project domains, size and context. Students will have an ability to transfer and apply the knowledge, skills and competencies acquired from the MSc Project Management into wider context and various project, program and portfolio environment.
This MSc Project Management builds theoretical and contextual knowledge but more eminently prepares students a career in a collaborative world.
•Project Management Theory and Practice (20 Credits)
•Project Leadership (20 Credits)
•Strategic Project Management (20 Credits)
•Project Risk Management (20 Credits)
•Project Commercial Management (20 Credits)
•Management of Mega and Complex Projects (20 Credits)
•Project Management Innovations (20 Credits)
•Caps tone Project (40 Credits)
Learning & Teaching
The MSc Project Management will be delivered through a mixture of lectures, seminars, group work, practical sessions and resources through the Moodle, Cardiff Met's Virtual Learning Environment.
Postgraduate programmes within the School operate on a semesterised basis with 180 credits of taught modules being delivered over three teaching semesters.
Modules are led by experienced members of staff and, in some instances, professional practitioners from industry and for each 20 credit module students will normally have:
48 hours of face to face contact and 152 hours of self –managed (tutor directed) learning.
We are a Registered Education Provider – Global Provider – with the Project Management Institute (PMI) the largest project management professional body in the world. Students will have the opportunity to attend PMI meetings and events locally and nationally and to develop their own personal professional networks and contacts. They are also able to claim PDUs (Professional Development Units) through the modules offered within this MSc to upkeep their professional qualifications and certifications with PMI. We also work closely with Agile South Wales who encourage professional contact at events and have input to course teaching.
Advice and guidance is available via the course tutors or through the extensive personal tutoring service available in the school should students are keen to pursue their professional development and affiliation with PMI and APM.
The MSc Project Management is assessed using a variety of methods including individual coursework, presentations, group practical assessment and debates. Extensive project management resources are available in the library and via the electronic catalogue as well as curated by individual tutors and made available through Moodle, the university virtual learning environment.
Employability & Careers
Projects are key to the successful implementation of organisational strategy and those people with the right skills are increasingly seen as vital to success. Global demand for project managers is increasing to such an extent that demand is seriously outstripping supply.
On successful completion of the MSc Project Management you will be equipped to take on a challenging career in project management across a range of sectors from IT to construction, third sector, business and government. You will also be able to develop your current project management skills and experience to be able to specialise in such areas as risk management, finance and contract management or to take on more of a leadership role of your organisation’s portfolio of projects and programmes.
Upon completion of the MSc you can undertake further study at doctoral level via research or professional routes.
Entry Requirements & How to Apply
Prospective students should hold an undergraduate degree (normally of classification 2:2 or above), or:
A Higher Apprenticeship in Project Management with two years relevant work experience in a project team role, or:
Five years relevant work experience in a project team role.
In some instances those with higher level professional qualifications may be exempt from certain taught modules. Such exemptions would be discussed on a case by case basis with the Program Director.
Students whose first language is NOT English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard.
Application form/personal statement and if necessary an interview.
How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made direct to the university via our self-service facility. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply.
Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Management
Course Length: One year full-time
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit
Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available. Please refer to www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/fees.
Charges are per Single Module unless specified:
Undergraduate = 10 Credits; Postgraduate = 20 Credits
Generally we find most students will complete 60 credits per year for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate study; to obtain a true costing please clarify this by contacting the Programme Director directly.
The university also offers a postgraduate scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/scholarships.
BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering, MSc Civil Engineering, PgCert HELT, FHEA, C Build E FCABE (Chartered Fellow Building Engineer), MRICS (Chartered Surveyor), CQP MCQI (Chartered Quality Professional), CITP MBCS (Chartered IT Professional), MCILT (Chartered Logistician), FCMI (Fellow), MAPM, PMP
I started my career in mega projects, super structures, construction projects and contract management before moving to oil and gas projects and operations, procurement, contract, supply chain management and quality management. My portfolio of super structure and mega construction projects includes the PETRONAS Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, PUTRAJAYA (New Super Administrative City for Malaysia, tallest twin towers in the world) and Universities (Energy Company - Tenaga National Berhad in Malaysia). I have been involved in the concept, design and project management of various Mega Turnkey EPC, EPIC, FIDIC, EPCC, EPCM, EPCIC projects and programmes.
I then moved into academia having trained and delivered successful MSc, MA and MBA Programmes in 32 countries worldwide. I have trained and delivered advanced business and management courses for wide range of professionals from organisations such as BJ Services, Baker Hughes, Total, Oman Oil Company, NNPC, Sonatrach, ADCO, Sonangol, Marafiq, Qatar Petroleum, KNPC, and Kuwait Oil Company.
Appointed by Project Management Institute (PMI), US Standards to serve as a Core Committee member on the PMCDF- 3rd Ed (Project Management Competency Development Framework). This committee has been commissioned to develop and write content for Project Management Institute (PMI) Global Standard entitled Project Manager Competency Development Framework – Third Edition.
A Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the PMI’s Construction Extension to PMBOK Guide update.
Currently a SME for PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge) Guide 6th Edition, as a reviewer.
A member of the ECITB (Engineering Construction Industry Training Board, UK) Offshore Project Management Working Group.
Project Management Institute (PMI) OSV (Onsite Team Member/Team Lead) to accredit and validate GAC’s (Global Accreditation Centre) Project Management Education and Curriculum.
Previously in the ECITB (Engineering Construction Industry Training Board, UK) Offshore Project Management Working Group
Serves as Project Management Institute (PMI) OSV (Onsite Team Member/Team Lead) to accredit and validate GAC’s (Global Accreditation Centre) Project Management Education and Curriculum.
I teach Project Leadership and Project Innovations on the MSc Project Management.
I am currently working with the University's Business Improvement Services (BIS) Unit to give students the opportunity to contribute to 'live' projects in Higher Education. Recent connections I have made with Welsh National Opera and Infineon Technologies are further opportunities for students to engage in project management activity outside of the classroom.
These connections with business build upon the work in developing Project Management study in Cardiff School of Management (CSM). Working closely with Mike Snelgrove and Eric Deeben (PMI), the Project Management Summer School was developed and in my role as Head of the MBA I was able to form partnerships with Hochschule Merseburg, Polytechnika Gdansk, Siberian Federal University and the University of Nicosia. These links have led to successful Project Management summer schools also running overseas where there have been close links with industry partners. Visits overseas on student field trips and attending the PMI exhibition at EDEXcel in London have been rewarding experiences offering insights into project management and access to information on project management developments worldwide.
My work overseas both for Cardiff Met and externally informs international examples in my teaching. I have worked in curriculum development and in the assessing of quality in Ireland, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam. I am currently a Visiting Professor at Assumption University, Bangkok, Thailand where I instruct doctoral students and supervise PhDs.
My research interests currently address governance in Project Management and a study is taking place in the Ionian Islands, Greece. I have recently led a short course in lean leadership for a collaborative partner college in Oman and engage in other CSM enterprise activities.
I have spent 16 years in the software and computer services industries working in a range of project roles including product and project management. My project management contexts included banking, government and public utilities, delivering and maintaining a range of departmental, audit and back office systems. I have been teaching in higher education since 1997, focusing on strategic management, leadership and project management. I currently lead Cardiff Met's Project Management pathway on the highly successful and internationally franchised MBA programme and lead the Risk Management and 'Capstone' modules on the MSc Project Management. I also lead the delivery of the Higher Apprenticeship in Project Management – the first in Wales.
I am co-Director of the International Network for Project Management – an association of Universities across Europe with the aim of developing project management benchmarks and standards and delivering high quality project management education in a truly international classroom. To this end, the network runs a successful annual International Project Management Summer School hosted at a different international partner institution each year and attracting postgraduate students from across the world.
I have a particular interest in engaging with industry to develop project and strategic management expertise and to better inform the student experience, and have worked with companies on consultancy and Knowledge Transfer projects; including Atkins, Cardiff Airport and Compass. My research interests currently focus on Project Management Governance and I am currently working on papers in collaboration with Atkins and with colleagues on the governance of tourism development projects in Corfu.
Mike has developed strong links with the PMI – the world's largest project management professional organisation – and led the successful bid for Cardiff Met to become a Registered Education Provider – Global Provider.