MSc Leading Major Programmes

MSc Degree Programme: 

This programme will equip you with the formative knowledge and skills required by successful leaders of major programmes. It will cover all the basics for programme management and provide fundamental insights into the political and relationship management capabilities that are essential for Chairs, CEOs, COOs, CFOs, client sponsors and supply chain leadership teams to navigate risks in a major programme context. 

Uniquely, the programme will also innovatively cover topics of contemporary relevance, providing you with knowledge and techniques in:

  • Data science and AI to enable you to develop effective decisions;
  • Negotiation to enable you to craft better deals, as well as manage teams and other project relationships more efficiently;
  • Resilience, to develop personal, collective and project resilience to help cope with uncertainty and change at all these levels; and
  • Philosophy and Engineering to realise the value of right types of thinking and thought-ecosystems to successful leadership.

The programme will best suit mid-career professionals working as clients, project managers, engineers, delivery agents, contractors or project reviewers/auditors. It will be taught by a mix of academics and senior programme managers with hard-won lessons learned to pass on.

You will be taught through classroom and studio-based lectures, tutorials and student-directed learning. Intensive 3 to 5-day blocks of on-campus activities (lectures, tutorials, workshops and seminars.) will be complemented with meaningful online teaching. Overall, you will be required to be on campus for 10 blocks of 3 to 5 days over the two years of your studies. Assessment is by individual and group project reports and coursework, and your dissertation (if studying for the MSc). Throughout the programme support through informal and formal communication channels will be provided by programme staff and course tutors.

Applications, Progression and Graduation Levels: 

This programme allows for three levels of study:

  • Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip)
  • Master of Science (MSc)

The PG Certificate requires that you pass six 10-credit courses that are all compulsory. The PG Diploma requires that you pass an additional six 10-credit courses that are all compulsory. The MSc part of the programme is dedicated to the research project to be written up as a dissertation.

You can apply at any of the three levels of study (PG Cert, PG Dip and MSc). Extending your studies after completing a PG Cert or PG Dip is allowed, only conditioned by meeting the progression requirements.

Degree Structure: 

This programme comprises taught courses run over a two-year period, followed by a research project and dissertation tailored either to the needs of your corporate sponsor or to you individual interests. The twelve courses will be covered during the first four semesters, and the research project and dissertation will be conducted during the final two semester. The research project and dissertation will be a major research exercise exploring an aspect of the leadership of major programmes.

The courses on the programme include:

  • Oversight, Assurance and Stakeholder Management (10 credits)
  • Procurement and Programme Delivery (10 credits)
  • Data Science for Decision Makers (10 credits)
  • Programme Design, Governance and Managing for Complexity (10 credits)
  • Understanding, Sustaining and Enhancing Resilience (10 credits)
  • Systems Thinking, Systems Practice (10 credits)
  • Project Controls, Data Visualisation and Reporting (10 credits)
  • Negotiation (10 credits)
  • Managing Strategic Risk in Major Projects (10 credits)
  • Design and Performance of Delivery Enterprise (10 credits)
  • Philosophy and Engineering (10 credits)
  • Research Methods in Programme Management (10 credits)
  • Leading Major Programmes Dissertation (60 credits)

Funding and Finance: 

If you receive an offer of admission you will be asked to pay a tuition fee deposit of £1,500  to secure your place on the programme.

In addition to tuition fees, you will pay for: your texts for elective courses; Capstone Project expenses; travel to and from the University; accommodation during your studies; and any travel involved in completing courses or exchanges as part the programme.
See the programme website for more information on fees and deposits:

In terms of living expenses, you do not need to provide evidence of funding, however, you should be aware that, in applying for admission, you will be taking on a major commitment in terms of both time and money. 



Graduates will be equipped with an evidence-based strategic overview of the proven techniques on how to organise for success, how to manage for success and how to nurture and develop the personal and collective qualities required to lead successful major programmes. The MSc programme will be beneficial to existing or aspiring major programme leaders in any field where complexity and change need to be managed – infrastructure, defence, information technology, healthcare, big science and large scientific infrastructures, etc.