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PPM is designed for graduates who want to move into project management, either in their current technical and business field, or into a new field of expertise.

MSc in Programme and Project Management at Warwick will provide you with a broad set of skills which have wide application. During the course of the year, you’ll gain practical experience through applied syndicate activities and current case studies, delivered by professionals in the field.

You will develop a methodical approach to the management of financial aspects of projects and programmes and will learn about the strategic management of people in organisations and how this relates to the wider business strategy.

You will learn the methodologies, tools, principles and philosophies to effectively contribute to the development and management of small and large scale projects, multiple projects and programmes.

Watch our video explanation of MSc Programme and Project Management below:


This course is accredited by the Association for Project Management

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Course content

Course modules

You'll be required to take the following modules as part of this MSc programme:


Elective modules

You will need to choose two elective modules from the full module list, which should be chosen to supplement your course modules above. Elective modules are subject to availability and restrictions apply.

You are required to pass nine modules in total for this MSc course.

Please note: the modules outlined above represent those available for this course in the 2020/21 academic year. They should be regarded as an illustrative guide to modules available in future years.


Your project is worth 50% of your final grade and supports you in developing your personal research skills.

For Programme and Project Management the project can be related to projects in a number of different industrial sectors and can address many different aspects of project or programme management.

Learning style

The taught component of the course is a mixture of lectures, seminars, syndicate/group work, practicals, online learning and forum activities. Module leaders are experts in their fields and are supported by external speakers working in organisations at the forefront of their fields.

The taught component of the course is assessed primarily through written assignments, although some modules include assessed in-module exercises. There are no written exams.

Each module usually lasts one week. Read more information about the course structure.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

In order to meet our academic entry requirement, you should have obtained the minimum of a UK second class honours degree (or equivalent) in a variety of disciplines.

PPM is designed for graduates who want to move into project management, either in their current technical and business field, or into a new field of expertise. Students on this course can have a very wide range of academic and professional backgrounds. Typically we receive graduates from civil and other engineering streams, architecture and design, IT, finance, accounting, business, sciences and social sciences.

English language

For non-native English speakers, we require an IELTS score of 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any one component).
What you will need to apply
  • A completed application form and application fee.
  • A Personal Statement, which can be included in the online application.
  • A scan of your transcript (marksheet). If you are still studying, send us your transcripts to date. NB: if you are made an offer, we will then require your original degree transcripts and certificate in hard copy format to clear your conditions.
  • English test result (if applicable) - this can be submitted after you have an offer.
  • One reference. If you completed studies less than 2 years ago, this should be an academic reference. If you graduated more than 2 years ago, we will accept professional references. We contact your referee directly, so please include their valid professional email address on your application form.

You can read more about the application process on our how to apply page.

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Student views

What our students say...

PPM-student2Shaila Jahan Mona

"The tutors made the modules stimulating and absorbing. We didn’t just spend our time listening to lectures. As well as the group discussions, there were case studies and simulations to work on in teams. These helped to embed the theory we were being taught – and explore how it can be applied in real life business situations". ~ Read more from Shaila

PPM-student3Martin Ou

"The lecturers share their personal experience in industry, which brings each subject to life and makes it relevant to the workplace. The group work and simulations were also excellent and through these, I learned more at WMG than I ever expected to". ~ Read more from Martin

Want to read more student views?

Find out what our current students think about studying at WMG Master's, by checking out our blogs and vlogs page. You can also read our alumni stories by taking a look at our alumni profiles page.

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Employability and career prospects

As a graduate of the MSc in Programme and Project Management, you will be highly employable. A lot of companies look for candidates with excellent project management skills and many organisations have specific roles in Project Management, Project Planning, Programme Planning and Management, or as a Project Lead, Project Engineer, or Project Officer.

Of course, the industry you go on to work in will often depend on your background studies or experience before your Master’s, and your own individual interests. We have seen our Warwick PPM graduates move into a range of project management roles within very diverse sectors, a few examples of which are listed below:

  • Architecture and Design (Reliance, Architectural Services Dept, Arup)
  • Construction (Pick Everard, Chongqing International Construction Corporation)
  • Consultancy (Deloitte, KPMG, PWC, Reed)
  • Consumer goods (Unilever, Helen of Troy Ltd)
  • Education (Al-Farabi Kazakh National University)
  • Engineering (BAE Systems, Renault, Jaguar Land Rover)
  • Finance (HSBC, Bank of China, Central Bank of Oman)
  • Food and Drink (Whitbread Plc, Bakkavor)
  • Government (UK Civil Service, Cambodia National Assembly)
  • Healthcare (IMS Health, Legato Health Technologies)
  • Information technology (Dell, IBM)
  • Manufacturing (Siemens, Whirlpool)
  • NGOs (World Food Programme)
  • Oil and Gas (ExxonMobil, Shell)
  • Telecommunications (BT, Ericsson)
  • Theatre, Arts and Media (Vogue, Disney)

Graduates from this course often also go on to secure other management-level positions, for example within HR, Consultancy, Risk Management, or Business Intelligence. The PPM modules ensure you acquire the right theoretical base and skills to be a proficient Project Manager, and through your dissertation you’ll focus on your own specialisation or area of interest.

Botan Rasool“Having the MSc PPM from Warwick helped my CV stand out from the crowd. I have been contacted by as many headhunters as jobs I applied for myself, and I have no doubt that my degree at WMG was one of the key factors.”

After graduating from MSc PPM, Botan Rasool initially went on to work as a Lead Project Engineer for AMTS, an oil and gas field equipment services provider in Iraq, where he led and managed several projects for clients such as BP and Shell. He now works for Indra as a Deputy Project Manager on a major smart grid utility project in Iraqi Kurdistan.

“What I learned about stakeholder management has been on the table on a daily basis, since my company is a supplier to the Ministry of Electricity. Managing our client satisfactorily has been top of our top agenda, and my senior management highly appreciates my skillset from MSc PPM in dealing with this.”

You can read more about how MSc PPM helped Botan secure these roles by visiting his alumni story.

WMG: a department embedded in industry

You'll be studying in an environment surrounded by professionals from a range of industries and sectors; including hearing directly from industry experts and guest speakers in many of our modules.

Throughout the year, we also host activities and events that will help you to understand potential career pathways including; seminars; external speakers; industrial visits; alumni talks and more. We encourage our students to make the most of the opportunities available to learn about career options for the future.

Warwick Careers Service

The University of Warwick's Careers Service offers specific careers support to WMG students, through a dedicated Careers Advisor, Siobhan Qadir. The service provides practical workshops and 1-1 appointments for our students covering many aspects of career choice and development, including: how to build a strong CV and write job applications; effective career planning and guidance; and how to enhance your interview and networking skills.

Additionally, each year, employers have a presence on campus, with careers fairs, presentations and guest lectures happening on a regular basis; meaning you'll have lots of exposure to potential employers.

There are also various events run throughout the year to develop your skillset and teach you how to market this to employers. Individual workshops are hosted on a variety of topics, such as networking and time management. Or for those interested in a more complete programme, you can partake in awards such as WMG Skills+ to develop your core employability skills, or the Intercultural Training Programme to strengthen your intercultural awareness. In addition, there is a wealth of online material available to help strengthen your industrial knowledge and build on employability skills, such as the WMG Virtual Careers Programme. Find out more about the support available to you by visiting our Careers and Employability page.


We hope that your relationship with WMG and the University of Warwick will continue long after your graduate. The university and the department both have vast alumni networks and, upon graduation, you'll be a member of this ever-growing community of professionals working in countries around the world. You'll have access to our alumni support; events; e-mentoring scheme; amongst many other opportunities.

You can read about more about the careers and experiences of our alumni on our alumni profile web pages.

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      Please note, this is course information for 2021 entry. We will be updating our web pages at the end of September to reflect the latest course information for 2022 entry. Applications for 2022 entry will open from mid-October.

      Companies are often strategically organised through a series of projects, programmes, and portfolios, which enables them to focus clearly on specific objectives and manage resources effectively to achieve them.


      *Applications will close prior to the deadline if capacity on this course is reached. Early application is strongly recommended.