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Postgraduate online course

MSc Project Management

Study entirely online for an MSc delivered in partnership with 2020 Project Management.

three people working on a project together

Develop your strategic and practical approaches to managing projects in a range of environments. You will gain an understanding of the principles and practice of project management. We will give you the tools and techniques to contribute to the delivery of projects. You will also have the opportunity to gain professional certifications such as APFQ; APMQ; CAPM; PMP and PRINCE2® Foundation and Practitioner.

  • Online only

In partnership with

  • 2020 Project management logo
  • APM logo
  • PMI logo


  • Duration – 1 year full time or 18 months part time
  • Start date – January 2021, September 2020
  • School – York Business School

Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:2 Undergraduate degree from a UK or NARIC listed institution

    Experience current or recent relevant work experience

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £8,000

    International 2020-21 £8,000

Course overview

This programme will be delivered online. This online initiative recognises trends towards independent ways of learning and virtual forms of communicating, whilst maintaining the known benefits of sharing and disseminating experience in a group. Consequently, much of the learning is developed through the establishment of online collaborative learning communities of programme participants and tutors and you will become part of that community of learning. The learning will be led by a joint team from both York Business School and 20/20 to ensure that students are learning the most up-to-date, innovative project management solutions and in-depth, critical academic concepts.

This programme has been uniquely designed in partnership with 20/20 - the largest independent provider of project management training courses in the UK. They provide project management training solutions for companies and individuals across the UK. The client list includes British Petroleum, EDF Energy and The Ministry of Defence. This unique partnership of an academic institution and a leading project management, business and leadership training and consulting company offers students the opportunity to study both the in-depth academic content and the innovative and effective project management solutions used by some of the UK’s largest companies.

The programme is international in its design and engages with themes on an international basis. Many different cultural contexts will be utilised to help provide the setting for discussions. The distance learning element provides opportunities to grow global networks virtually, as well as creating an environment for cross cultural peer to peer learning.

We will provide you with a broad knowledge of strategic and operational processes and techniques associated with project management. The programme offers opportunities to explore and evaluate key theories of project management, bringing together relevant contemporary academic theory, research and concepts as well as encouraging creative and innovative thinking. You will explore issues that have a significant impact within organisations by working with others and building on both their experiences and your own. Your understanding is developed around the key skills, processes and practices of project management. Solutions to real problems are suggested, discussed and analysed within the learning community with the support of tutors and fellow learners. 

Special features of the programme include:

  • Flexible approach to enable you to make the best use of your time
  • Online lectures, specially tailored to help you develop your critical thinking and innovative skills
  • Input from experienced managers and professionals
  • Assessment methods used to mirror organisational based activities
  • Provides a supportive platform for critical reflection, through reflecting on the application of academic theories to real work situations
  • Participation in active and supportive forums drawing on practical expertise

Course structure

This programme will be delivered online. The programme is designed to be roll-on and, to facilitate this, the taught modules are delivered in a linear order and students may commence the programme in September and January. 

If you choose to study the two year, part time option you will study two modules per semester. Choosing the three year option will mean you study just one module per semester. 


Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module provides an overview of the key concepts and strategies of project management as well as examining the project environment and its impacts on project success. It introduces the various methodologies and frameworks that can be adopted to best suit the nature of the proposed project including the processes involved in the definition and planning of a project. as well as the various project lifecycle approaches. An important aspect to the module is the consideration of sustainability practices and how these are often at odds with the traditional triple constraints. The role of the professional associations in this emerging discipline will also be examined.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

In this module you will explore the key theories and principles of strategic project management as well as evaluating the importance of robust governance. The module will evaluate the underpinning change management theory and its relationship with delivering strategic projects. Consideration is given to the importance of decision-making throughout the project lifecycle as well as the selection of projects in order to ensure a balanced portfolio. The module will examine the crucial role of the business case in providing the rationale and identification of the benefits to be realised, as well as consideration of the use of PMOs as a strategic tool. An important aspect of the module is the consideration of regulatory aspects and the underpinning quality management and assurance.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module examines the process of risk management and the underlying psychology that impacts on our approach to project risk, giving consideration to both threats and opportunities and how they may impact on the objectives. It will differentiate between risks and hazards, and evaluate the potential sources of risk together with the various tools and techniques used to identify and analyse project risk exposure. It will also provide an overview of probability theory and how this is affected by multiple risk occurrence. The module will further consider the risk response mechanisms available to the project manager and the importance of contingency in this process.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

In this module you will explore leadership theories and how these relate to effective project team development. With a focus on the challenges encountered as a result of individual and group behaviours, this module will consider social and organisational psychology and will also consider the principles of ethics in relation to the management of projects. It will analyse the role of conflict management and critically appraise the management strategies often adopted. The importance of appropriate project communication will also be addressed, both within the project team as well as with the wider stakeholder environment and it will examine how effective engagement with all stakeholders can contribute to overall project success.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

An important aspect to any project is planning and this module provides an overview of the key planning processes, focusing on scheduling and network diagrams together with critical path analysis. It will address the important role of estimation in project planning, in particular, the pitfalls and risks. It will also consider the challenges of effective resource allocation including ongoing management through levelling and smoothing. It will further examine the crucial role of monitoring and control throughout the project lifecycle.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module provides an overview of the commercial management of projects. It will evaluate the financial appraisal techniques and consider the potential sources of funding which allow for effective project budgeting. It will also analyse the approaches to procurement including tendering and provider selection, and ultimately, the contracting strategy. The module will also consider the potential issues that may be faced and the legal recourse available to the project manager including dispute resolution.

Credits: 60

Compulsory module

The Capstone Project is designed to build on your learning throughout the programme and affords an opportunity to demonstrate its application to a current project management issue. By undertaking an independent investigation project, students will be required to develop an advanced ability to define, research and analyse a topic of their choice in order to identify potential solutions and reach evidence-based conclusions. You can opt to undertake your project either as an academic dissertation or an applied business consultancy.

Teaching and assessment


The programme delivery is based on principles of adult learning, recognising that participants are likely to bring a large amount of experience and knowledge to the group, and can share this with each other. The style of the programme is participative, and resources for learning explicitly include the knowledge, experience and skills of all participants and staff.

Some participants may not have been engaged in formal education for some time and may never have studied social sciences at postgraduate level: support with study skills, conventions of academic analysis and writing will be available for you from the first module, and will continue throughout the programme to ensure that students gain the most from their studies.


Our assessment methods mirror organisational based activities. These methods include: 

  • Reports
  • Critical essays
  • Recorded video presentations

Each module tutor will provide opportunities for practice assessment feedback and online tutorials. You will receive detailed feedback on assessments to help you develop. Advice will be provided in relation to development, further areas for research and guidance on how to enhance your subject knowledge.

Entry requirements


Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:2 Undergraduate degree from a UK or NARIC listed institution

    Experience current or recent relevant work experience

Entry onto this postgraduate degree requires a minimum of a 2:2 Undergraduate honours degree in a related discipline from a UK or NARIC listed institution.

If your honours degree is not in a related discipline but you can demonstrate extensive professional experience in the subject, your application will be considered.


Current or recent relevant work experience (within the last two years) is required to enable you to contribute to the programme. 

International Students 

If you're an international student, you'll need to demonstrate experience, or qualifications equivalent to those above.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

Accredited Prior Learning 

If you can't meet these minimum requirements it may be possible to take into account evidence of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) as an alternative method of meeting the programme’s entry requirements. In such a case, appropriate references and records of employment might be presented to support the applicant’s case for admission.

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

UK & EU 2020 - 21

The tuition fee for 2020 entry to this postgraduate course is £8,00 for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Postgraduate loans are available to help you pay for your master’s course. Find out more about postgraduate funding opportunities.

International (non-EU) 2020 - 21

The tuition fee for 2020 entry to this postgraduate course is £8,000 for international students.

More information about funding your studies is available on our International Fees and Funding page.

Additional Costs 

You will need to consider the additional costs associated with postgraduate study. These may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery. 

Core texts and academic journals can be accessed electronically via our library services once you have enrolled on the programme. 

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £8,000

    International 2020-21 £8,000

Alumni Scholarships

If you are continuing to postgraduate study directly after studying at undergraduate level with us, we offer a reduction in fees depending on the classification of degree you achieve.

If you are graduating from an undergraduate degree at York St John University this year you could be entitled to:

  • a 50% reduction in course fees if you achieve a 1st
  • a 35% reduction if you achieve a 2:1
  • a 20% reduction if you achieve a 2:2

These reductions apply to all York and London-based taught MA, MBA, MSc and MRes courses, except for Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) MSc, Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration) MSc and all PCGE courses.

All York St John University alumni are eligible for a 10% reduction on their postgraduate course fees regardless of when you graduated. The 10% alumni discount will not be added on top of these reductions.

Additional costs and financial support


You will need to consider the additional costs associated with postgraduate study. These may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery. 

Core texts and academic journals can be accessed electronically via our library services once you have enrolled on the programme. 

Apply for this course

You can apply directly to the course via our ‘Apply Now’ links. Please select the variant of the course that you intend to undertake (e.g. full time or part time) as the link will take you to a customised form for the specific course. You will need to create a login and password and complete the online form. Please contact two referees in advance of submitting your application as an automated request will go out as soon as you submit, and your application will not be reviewed until both references are in place.

September 2020

Apply Now: Part-time, 18 months (online)

January 2021

Apply Now: Part-time, 18 months (online)

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