MSc Project Planning and Management

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Course Overview

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This MSc provides you with knowledge and skills for successful project design, implementation and management. It provides you the knowledge base on which to develop your professional skills and recognition in the field of project management. 


This degree builds knowledge and skills in the planning and management of development projects and programmes. It is designed to deepen critical understanding of the strategies, processes, techniques and issues involved in taking ideas for development and turning them into practical realities with identifiable outcomes and benefits.

The degree provides an excellent basis for career enhancement or conversion for those with interest and experience in projects for development. The focus of the course is on development projects in the public or third (voluntary or community) sectors, but the underlying principles are applicable to all types of project, including those for commercial benefit.

On completion of your course, you should be able to understand and examine critically: the discipline of project and programme management, within an overall appreciation of the nature and purpose of projects; the principles and practice of project planning, design, preparation, and appraisal techniques for projects in a development context; the theory and practice of management skills for project and programme management, focusing particularly on 'hard' and 'soft' skills for successful project implementation

Entry Requirements

An Undergraduate Degree (2.2 honours or above) UK system or comparative result if outside UK. We also give serious consideration to applicants with non-traditional backgrounds and take relevant  work experience into consideration.

Level of English Required

IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent

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Fees & Finance

Tuition Fee is £4,900 per course for UK domiciled students

Financial assistance may be available for this course »

Sara La Malfa

Sara La Malfa

Bradford Centre for International Development (BCID)

“I think that choosing to study at the BCID was a brilliant decision: I learned much about development and about current issues through engaging lectures and discussions with colleagues from all over the world. ”

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Semester I

60 Credits - 2 x Compulsory Modules and 1 x Optional Module

Compulsory Optional
Project and Programme Management (20 Credits) Issues in Development Theory (20 Credits)
Project Planning, Design and Appraisal (20 Credits) Organisations and Capacity Enhancement (20 Credits)

Semester II

60 Credits - 1 x Compulsory Modules and 2 x Optional Modules

Project Management Skills (20 Credits) Human Resource Management and Development (20 Credits)
  Professional Practice (20 Credits) 
  Issues in Development Policy (20 Credits)
  Project Appraisal and Economic Analysis (20 Credits)
  Public Policy Analysis and Management (20 Credits)

Semester III

Dissertation in Project Planning and Management (60 Credits)

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This course is taught in the Bradford Centre for International Development (BCID)

Staff have a global profile and advise governments, international organisations and NGOs



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