M.Sc. Strategic Project Management

Heriot-Watt University | Edinburgh, United Kingdom
This new course (formerly Strategic Project Planning or SPP) was initiated in response to strong and consistent growth in demand for business and management skills that can help deliver core business activities in a variety of organisations.

Description of Strategic Project Management


Our MSc Strategic Project Management differentiates itself from other project management offerings by providing greater emphasis on the strategic requirement in managing a portfolio of projects to deliver organisational goals.

With ever increasing globalisation, companies need to respond rapidly to change at all levels to maintain their competitive position and sustain growth; the ability to conjoin vision, strategy and strategy implementation using a robust, flexible and responsive delivering-methodology is essential. The use of project management to do just this, by implementing strategic objectives and managing overall operations a practice often referred to as management-by-projects has seen a commensurate growth in demand for graduates with these skills and abilities who can deliver for organisations.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee Not specified
Start date September  2015
Duration full-time 12 months
  • English
Take an IELTS test
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

Course Content


  1. Business Models: Themes and Issues
  2. Business Research Methods
  3. Competitive Strategy
  4. Project Management
  5. Project Procurement and Contract Management
  6. Project Finance, Accounting and Control
  7. Strategic Change
  8. Strategic Project Management

Our MSc Strategic Project Management course is excellent preparation for any individual in or seeking work that has a strategic focus and defined end goals, for example:

  • Strategy implementation
  • Event management (sporting, festival, political, etc)
  • Developing new products and services
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Implementing a new way of working
  • IT governance and related projects
  • Performance improvement
  • Business restructuring and re-engineering

English Language Requirements

IELTS take IELTS test
CAE score
180(Grade C)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Strategic Project Management

A good Honours Degree (or its equivalent) from a British or overseas university in a cognate or semi-cognate discipline.

Work Experience for Strategic Project Management

No work experience is required.

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