Spotlight on our MSc Project Management online course

A Project Management MSc can equip you with invaluable skills and experience that can be applied across various roles and industries. Project management is all about managing budgets, time constraints, resources, and more, helping to ensure a team can deliver a successful project on time. We are going to take a look at the Master’s in Project Management course and the many ways it can be beneficial to your career and personal development. Our fully online part-time Project Management MSc at the University of Liverpool means you can achieve this postgraduate qualification while still working and from the comfort and convenience of your own home.

Who is a master’s in project management for?  

A Project Management MSc is a postgraduate degree designed to equip you with the skills, tools, and experience to deliver projects successfully. This course would be ideal for graduates who either are looking to start a career in project management or have already embarked on their careers, have some professional experience, and are looking to advance their skills and promotion prospects. Your own professional context will help to inform your studies and allow you to test the theories you learn, creating valuable learning experiences that you can apply in your current and future roles. 

Project management applies across many different industries and types of business, so this master’s degree can be suited to many different professionals looking to enhance their skills. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis; however, applicants require a minimum of a 2:1 class degree in any subject, equivalent to a UK Bachelor’s degree, or professional work experience in a related field. 

Why should I study a master’s in project management?

Studying for a master’s in project management can generate all sorts of career prospects, from advancing through managerial positions to changing industries and roles. The most common industries for those with a master’s in project management are healthcare, government policy, construction, manufacturing, engineering, information technology, finance, and insurance. 

The leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills you will acquire during the program are highly transferable across all industries, giving you more flexibility and choice when it comes to seeking a new career opportunity.   

This course also gives you access to expertise and methodologies from leading professional bodies, including the Association for Project Management (APM) and the Project Management Institute (PMI).   

You will learn the essential project planning, risk assessment, timescale, and budget management skills to successfully achieve specific project objectives, from overseeing a new building development to rolling out a new information technology system. 

Furthermore, the program aims to offer students the opportunity to build professional networks with leading academics in the University of Liverpool’s AACSB, AMBA andEQUIS accredited Management School. In addition, students will connect virtually with like-minded students, some of whom already have established careers in the project management field. 

What are the educational aims of this MSc? 

The master’s degree provides the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required for a successful career in project management.   

Using evidence-based management tools, students will undertake both reflective and reflexive learning practices to critically analyse and develop their project planning skills. 

The course aims to provide students with opportunities for high-quality professional development. Students will test out the theory and knowledge they have acquired to plan and respond to real-life problems they have experienced in either their current or previous organisational experience.  

As this course is entirely online, students can study at a time convenient for them. All program resources, including interactive study materials, virtual classroom discussions and an extensive catalogue of eBooks and journals, will be available to students 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  

By the end of this MSc course, students will be proficient in the core fundamentals of project management, including:

  • Contemporary Project Management  
  • Risk and Uncertainty in Project Planning  
  • Portfolio, Programme, and Project Execution 
  • Leading and Managing Project Teams  
  • Strategic Procurement Management  
  • Supply Chain Operations Management  
  • Finance and Data Analysis for Managers  
  • Research Methods  
  • Dissertation

What are the benefits of studying for an MSc? 

In the competitive field of project management, it is increasingly common for employers to request a master’s degree as a minimum requirement. Therefore, studying for a master’s degree significantly increases your career prospects, giving you the edge when it comes to recruitment.  

Advancing your project management skills with an MSc allows you to increase your specialist knowledge, connect with other project management professionals and boost your earning potential.  

Studying an MSc through the University of Liverpool’s state of the art online learning platform gives you the flexibility to continue working alongside your studies at a time and place convenient for you, which means you do not have to compromise your current lifestyle in order to advance in your career.  

If you are interested in learning more about the University of Liverpool Project Management MSc course, head to our programme page for further information on course content, fees and structure.

What can you do with a master’s in project management?

Now more than ever, project managers are in high demand. A recent report from the Project Management Institute has estimated that on an annual basis, employers will need to fill nearly 2.2. million project orientated roles each year from now until 2027. Evidently, there has never been a better time to undertake a master’s in project management.

What is a master’s in project management? 

In today’s competitive business market, companies continually seek ways to improve their efficiency and profitability.  

An MSc in Project Management from the University of Liverpool will provide students with the tools and knowledge they need to confidently deliver projects on time and within budget, whether just starting out or looking to advance their career in project management.   

Designed by leading academics at the University of Liverpool’s AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS accredited Management School, this postgraduate programme will explore the fundamental methodologies of leading professional Project Management bodies. Students will test out theory and knowledge within their own organisational setting by combining action and practice-focused learning. 

During this master’s degree, students will acquire technical competence in contemporary project management’s core principles, including risk and uncertainty in project planning, project execution, managing teams and data analysis. 

Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis; however, applicants require a minimum of a 2:1 class degree in any subject, equivalent to a UK Bachelor’s degree, or professional work experience in a related field.  

Graduates will be equipped with the appropriate knowledge and expertise to excel in their project management careers.

What jobs can you get with a master’s in project management? 

The extensive set of skills you acquire from completing a master’s in project management will make you a desirable candidate for roles across a broad range of industries. Project management roles are most popular in finance, insurance, manufacturing, construction, government, healthcare, and information technology industry. 

As a project manager, your primary responsibility is to plan and develop a strategy to meet a particular goal for an employer or business. Depending on the industry in which you work, you may be tasked with developing and marketing a new product, managing a construction project, or facilitating a new government initiative rollout.   

The ability to quickly adapt to change, manage teams, and implement and deliver projects efficiently and cost-effectively make you a desirable candidate for a wide range of positions. The most common job titles for those holding a master’s in project management are Project Manager, Planner, Facilitator, Risk Manager, Senior Project Manager and Executive Project Manager. 

With a growing number of companies recognising the benefits of seeking external expertise of a Project Manager, an increasingly popular role is that of a freelance Business Change Manager. This position holds the responsibility of negotiating between a project and company operations to implement innovative changes and improvements to help drive businesses forward. 

How do you get a job in project management? 

Possessing a master’s in project management is an increasingly common minimum requirement for many project manager positions. Therefore, securing this qualification will significantly boost the opportunities available to you across various industries, whether pursuing project management as a career change or advancing in your current occupation. 

If you are a postgraduate with limited experience, do not let this affect your confidence when applying for roles, as you may already have several transferrable skills, such as the ability to work under pressure. In addition, applying for roles such as project coordinator or scheduler usually involves assisting project managers, which will give you the practical experience needed to progress. 

However, if you seek to advance in your current profession, seek out senior or even executive project manager positions. You may manage several projects at once or oversee groups of project managers and their respective portfolios.   

Job descriptions for project management roles may vary between industries, but a master’s degree in project management will equip you with the tools you need to succeed. 

For more information about the MSc in Project Management, including fees and how to apply, take a look at our course summary or download a prospectus.