MSc Project Planning and Management

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Course Overview

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

Why Bradford?

  • The course will introduce you to emerging techniques and approaches to project management such as PRINCE2 (TM). We also provide familiarisation with Microsoft Project software for project management.
  • This MSc provides you with knowledge and skills for successful project design, implementation and management. It provides you with the knowledge base on which to develop your professional skills and recognition in the field of project management.
  • All BCID students are able to choose an optional placement module, and will be supported by Division staff to find an appropriate placement.

Career prospects

Many BCID postgraduates have experience in development and related areas of the public, private and voluntary sectors. This degree course provides the skills and knowledge required to become a development professional.

Entry Requirements

A typical application would include a good Honours degree or equivalent. However the University welcomes applications from all potential students regardless of their previous academic experience; offers are made following detailed consideration of each individual application.

English language requirements:

IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.


Fees & Finance


  • Home / EU: £5,400
  • International: £13,250

(A small increase can be expected for the subsequent year)

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

Modules: (C) = Core, (O) = Option

Semester 1 (60 Credits - 2 x (C) Modules and 1 x (O) Module):

  • Project and Programme Management (20 Credits) (C)
  • Project Planning, Design and Appraisal (20 Credits) (C)
  • Issues in Development Theory (20 Credits) (O)
  • Organisations and Capacity Enhancement (20 Credits) (O)
  • Public Sector Management in the Public Sector (20 Credits) (O)
  • Strategic Management in the Public Sector (20 Credits) (O)

Semester II

Semester 2 (60 Credits - 1 x (C) Module and 2 x (O) Modules):

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

Semester III

End of Semester 2 onwards (60 Credits - 1 x (C) Module):

  • Dissertation in Project Planning and Management (60 Credits) (C)

How to Apply

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

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This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.