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Postgraduate Course

International Project Management MSc

Increase your employability and gain the necessary skills required to work in a diverse range of international organisations and industries.

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The international business world continues to rapidly evolve, and graduates are entering volatile economies. On this course you will investigate contemporary research, address global challenges and explore business simulations and real case studies. This course will equip you to work in a diverse range of organisations and industries after graduation, in the UK or internationally, large or small, established or emerging.

London campus

  • Duration – 1 year full time, 2 years full time with Professional Experience.
  • Start date – September 2024, September 2025
  • School – London

Minimum entry requirements

    2:2 honours degree in a related subject

    Interview if your honours degree is in an unrelated subject

Tuition fees

    UK 2024-25 £9,300 full time

    International 2024-25 £11,300 full time

Course overview

The International Project Management MSc is designed to provide you with a strategic understanding of project management principles and applications in a practical and structured way.

In order to be able to make the necessary decisions of which method to use and when, project managers and project teams must have a deep knowledge and understanding of the different options available to them.

The course will provide you with core knowledge around the foundations of project management, including the tools, techniques and processes that may be required.


You will develop knowledge and solutions to ensure successful cross cultural team management and leadership, all with an international context embedded throughout.

You will mirror realistic business contexts and develop a critical understanding of strategic project management. Looking at how to add value through the knowledge of emerging business and transformational change. The course is complimented by guest speakers from a range of industry and educational organisations attending lectures and seminars, providing examples of project management within industry.

Course structure

How you will study

You can study this postgraduate course full time or part time. This allows you to fit your studies around other commitments.

If you choose to study full time the course will take 1 year to complete, or 2 with Professional Experience. You will study:

  • 7 compulsory modules

If you choose to study part time the course will take 2 years to complete and the modules will be split across both years.

You can find out which modules are available in each term in the Course Specifications.


Credits: 20

Compulsory module

It is vital to understand the principles of project management before you begin learning from an international perspective. Wherever you are in the world, projects require these foundations. On this module you will examine the life cycle of a project, including the tools, processes, and techniques utilised.

You will explore:

  • Business objectives and justification
  • Defined roles and responsibilities
  • Planning, risk identification and recognition
  • Implementation and control
  • Reviewing project status
  • Engaging stakeholders
  • Managing barriers and reviewing success.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

The business world today is substantially different and even more complex than it was in previous years. Organisations are required to continuously find innovative ways to compete in the changing global business environment. On this module you will address your ethical decision-making abilities and provide critical context around international social issues raised by rapid technology change.

You will develop an understanding of business purpose and strategy development, recognise business environment change and understand the concept of having a sustainable competitive advantage.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

The international business world today is complex, with many global organisations delivering projects in up to 150 different countries. On this module you will address the challenges and opportunities facing global organisations to deliver successful projects, in order to achieve set business strategic goals. You will examine various project management methodologies and structures in different cultural and country situations. This will highlight differences in global corporate laws and ethical considerations.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Managing risks is fundamental to the success of a project. The process of identifying, analysing, and responding to emerging risks over the life cycle of a project is key to ensure objectives are met and the project stays on track. A risk is anything that can potentially impact your projects timeline, performance, resource, or budget. Further exploration in this module will cover the psychology of risks, probability and occurrence and contingency management.

On this module you will examine:

  • Types of project risk
  • Project risk management
  • Processes and tools
  • Methods for risk assessment
  • Methods for mitigation

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Leading a cross cultural team in an international project is often overlooked. On this module you will learn to translate theories and concepts suggested by key leadership authors. You will apply a practical approach using case studies from a range of industries, countries and cultures. You will investigate cultural differences and their effects on working attitudes and practices, exploring different working, management, and communication styles. You will also address the advantages of cultural diversity in international project work to reduce cross-cultural misunderstandings.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

The ever-changing business world requires us to understand the distinct differences between Change Management and Continuous Business Improvement. Change management is a structured approach that seeks to ensure that any changes made to a business, are implemented correctly and that the ongoing benefits of a particular change are achieved over time. Continuous improvement is an ongoing, long-term approach to improve processes, products and services. On this module you will develop an understanding of the above and examine international examples of transformational change management initiatives and continuous improvement projects.

Credits: 60

Compulsory module

The Applied Research Project is designed to empower you to develop an advanced and critical ability to investigate, select, analyse, refine and develop creative solutions in order to reach evidence-based conclusions. You will be guided in your project selection and research journey, allowing decisions to be personalised to your studies, career aspirations and personal interests. You will also have the opportunity, particularly if you have embarked on the MSc International Project Management with Year in Industry, to critically reflect on personal learning experiences.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning

All of your modules will be delivered using a variety of different teaching sessions. This includes:

  • Lectures, in person and online
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Guest speakers
  • Workshops
  • Events

Each module has a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), where you and other postgraduate students will benefit from online debate and collaborative approaches to learning.

Our teaching draws on both our research and professional experience. This means your learning is informed by the most current thinking in the subject area. You can find out more about our research and backgrounds by visiting our staff pages

Professional Experience

Choosing this option can give you a competitive edge in your future career. It is an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills you have learned in the workplace. Our London Student Opportunities team will support you in your search for a placement.

You will be on placement for a full academic year, after you have successfully completed all of the taught modules.


We use a wide variety of assessment types, which help you to develop skills relevant to the workplace. This includes:

  • Presentations
  • Critical essays
  • Portfolios
  • Reflective journals
  • Case study work

You will receive feedback on your work throughout each module. This will help you to improve your work for your graded assessments. We will advise you on developing your skills, useful areas for research and how to extend your business knowledge further.

Entry requirements


Minimum entry requirements

    2:2 honours degree in a related subject

    Interview if your honours degree is in an unrelated subject

International students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

If you do not have traditional qualifications, you might be able to provide evidence of professional experience in the subject as an alternative way to meet the entry requirements. This is called Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). Appropriate references and records of employment would need to be presented to support your case for admission. 

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. You can read them on our Admissions page.

Fees and funding


The tuition fee for this postgraduate course without Professional Experience in the 2024 - 2025 academic year is:

  • £9,300 for full time study
  • £5,150 per year for part time study (£9,300 in total)

The tuition fee for this postgraduate course with Professional Experience in the 2024 - 2025 academic year is:

  • £9,300 per year for the first year full time, and £1,395 for your professional experience year (£10,695 in total)
  • £5,150 per year part time, and £1,395 for your professional placement year (£10,695 in total)

These costs apply to all UK, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

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

Funding opportunities


The tuition fee for this postgraduate course without Professional Experience in the 2024 - 2025 academic year is:

  • £11,300 for 1 year of full time study

The tuition fee for this postgraduate course with Professional Experience in the 2024 - 2025 academic year is:

  • £11,300 for your first year, and £3,600 for your Professional Experience year (£14,900 in total)

These costs apply to all students living outside the UK.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a student visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your postgraduate studies.

International Fees and Funding

Tuition fees

    UK 2024-25 £9,300 full time

    International 2024-25 £11,300 full time

Alumni Scholarships

If you are alumni of York St John University we have scholarships available to help you continue your studies.

Scholarships for alumni

Additional costs and financial support

Course-related costs

While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Accommodation and living costs

View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Career outcomes

Where could this International Project Management MSc take you?

This postgraduate course could prepare you for a project management career in any sector or industry. The leadership skills you will develop will put you in a good position to move into management roles.

This will give you an advantage in careers such as:

  • Project manager
  • Business manager
  • Business analyst
  • Supply chain manager
  • Management consultant

The course could also lead you to undertake further postgraduate study through an MPhil or PhD.

If you are considering starting your own business, The Kickstart Programme is a wide-ranging offer of support to help you develop your entrepreneurial ideas and turn them into viable enterprises. Starting a business, becoming self-employed, freelancing or having a side-hustle: enterprise can come in many forms.


Stand out from the crowd with postgraduate study.

Far fewer people have postgraduate degrees than undergraduate qualifications. This gives you something extra to set yourself apart in a competitive graduate job market. Those with a postgraduate qualification will earn an average of £7,000 a year more than those with only an undergraduate degree. (Department For Education Graduate Labour Market Report 2020)

Our careers service, LaunchPad, provides career support tailored to your ambitions. Through this service you can access:

  • Employer events
  • LinkedIn, CV and cover letter sessions
  • Workshops on application writing and interview skills
  • Work experience and volunteering opportunities
  • Personalised career advice.

This support does not end when you graduate. You can access our expert career advice for the rest of your life. We will help you gain the experience and confidence you need to succeed.

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