Management - Project Management

MSc Project Management.

Do you want some of the most in-demand skills sought by business today? Project Management is one of the top three most sought-after skillsets across all business areas, industries, and organisations worldwide as most types of change are accomplished through projects.

This MSc provides you with the knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to plan, develop, and execute projects to achieve specific objectives within given time and cost constraints, and will make you highly attractive in the global market. Both full and part-time options are suitable for students from all academic backgrounds, so this is an ideal programme for those new to project management and current professionals wishing to progress in their career.

This course develops well-rounded graduates who think and act both strategically and operationally – key and in-demand skills. You master topics such as leadership, negotiation, strategy, procurement, decision-making, and stakeholder management. You develop cutting-edge, practical skills through two company projects in the for-profit and non-profit sectors and learn about the latest developments in project management, such as AGILE, sustainability, and project finance.

All students are entitled to Graduate Membership of the IMCA (Institute of Management Consultants & Advisors in Ireland) for the duration of the course and one-year post-qualification.

This Masters is also offered in a 2-year part-time format, taught via twice-weekly evening classes and is intended for students with relevant work experience. Learn more about our Part Time option.

What will I learn?
The MSc in Project Management develops students' practical and conceptual knowledge of the activities and techniques required for the management of projects and project-based organizations. During the programme students apply these in both commercial and non-profit projects giving them real experience to bring to the market after college. Application and practice of skills is a key element of this programme. You gain:

1. An understanding of the activities, skills, techniques, and best practices required for the effective planning, organisation, and execution of projects in a wide range of organisations and industries.

2. Consolidation of any prior project management knowledge and skills and valuable, market-relevant experience via two company projects in the profit and non-profit sectors.

3. The ability to manage the environmental, sustainable and social aspects of the life cycle of a project's resources, processes, and objectives in addition to economic aspects.

How will I benefit?
A balance of practice and theory within the MSc in Project Management makes it a highly attractive option for students looking to boost their recruitment opportunities after graduation.

1. The programme delivers cutting-edge knowledge facilitated by globally experienced project managers, leading academics as well as external industry speakers. You will also experience the reality of the management of projects in a broad range of organisational and industry contexts.

2. You develop the ability to make effective decisions in project planning, organising, executing, and reporting using a broad and flexible toolkit of up-to-date techniques.

3. You apply this knowledge, mastering the strategic, organisational, and human issues involved in managing projects before the completion of the course via two applied projects working with real company and charity issues.

4. Graduates secure sought-after job opportunities as project managers and business consultants in a range of prestigious companies, including Accenture, Bank of Ireland, Deloitte, PwC and Salesforce.

The MSc in Project Management equips our graduates with practical skills in planning, organizing, and leadership in the project context, within a framework informed by both academic research and practical experience; facilitates our students to learn, practice, and master the discipline of Project Management in order to effectively manage projects over their lifecycle; and allows our students to experience and practice new skills and knowledge in a safe yet challenging multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary learning environment. The programme values honesty, integrity, hard work, a collegiate and open-minded attitude to new ways of working, multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teamwork, and constant striving for excellence.

This course prepares our students for a career in management of projects in different industries and types of organizations. Real-life case examples and group projects are used as examples to reinforce the understanding. Our students are also given the opportunity to carry out projects with various types of organizations and experience the reality of achieving the project goals and managing different stakeholders, using the knowledge as well as tools and techniques acquired during the course.

The programme provides a challenging yet safe learning environment which puts students into real project environments and allows them to practice and experience the complexities of dealing with all the varied and often competing forces inherent in such situations.

The focus of the programme is to develop effective, usable skills and thought-processes, leveraging a wide variety of both academic and business knowledge, in order to manage projects in an effective and value-added manner for all the stakeholders involved. The programme incorporates a range of approaches to teaching, learning and assessment, including lectures, individual and group projects, case studies, and service learning type projects. Experiential learning is a key element of the programme, together with group work and individual assignments.

Programme Outcomes - see website.

Subjects taught

The curriculum is built around a theoretical and practical grounding in management of projects and is taught via a cluster of core modules and a Capstone project.

Autumn Trimester:
- An introduction to Management of Projects & Change
- Strategic Management of Projects and project-based organizations
- Leading Project Teams

Spring Trimester
- Company Project
- Project Governance and Stakeholder Management
- Decision Making & Negotiations in Projects

Summer Trimester
- Hot Topics in Project Management
- Capstone Project

Please be advised that option modules listed are indicative of what has been delivered in previous years. What is offered each academic year is subject to change.

Note that on-campus teaching is delivered under prevailing public health guidelines. In the event of a required change to planned delivery, further information about alternative delivery methods (including online delivery) will be confirmed with prospective and incoming students.

Entry requirements

Please review the entry requirements below. The UCD Smurfit Admissions Office staff have expertise in reviewing international qualifications from around the world and will be able to assess your application's comparability to the Irish entry requirement.

Entry Requirements
A minimum second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in in Business / Commerce, Computer Science, Engineering, Social Science, Economics, Science, Physics, Architecture or a related discipline


A primary degree (or equivalent) with a minimum of three years' relevant business work experience.

English Language requirement
If English is not your first language, an english language qualification is required for admission to all of our programmes. the exception to this rule is if you have completed your primary degree or an entire third level qualification through english, in an english speaking country.

Visa Requirements
Some students might have to get a student visa in order to come and study in Ireland. Please check the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Services website to see if you require a visa.

The Smurfit Admissions Department comprises a dedicated team who are available to answer any questions you might have in relation to the wide range of Business Masters programmes. If you would like to find out more about our programmes or the application process, then please don't hesitate to contact us.

Application dates

How To Apply
STEP 1: Collating Documentation
The first step is to collate the required documentation needed to assess your application. Please ensure that you have clearly scanned, titled and collated your documents in numerical order.

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Step 2: The Application Process
Once you have collated the required documentation and reviewed the entry requirements for your programme of interest, you can now apply online.

Apply Online
You must apply online using our dedicated student information portal. You will be required to enter contact details, upload your documents and answer two essay questions (each approximately 300 words). We would ask that you seriously consider both essays and answer these in the context of the programme you are applying to. Try to not replicate your CV and demonstrate what makes you different from other applicants. There are no right or wrong ways to complete these essays.

Application Deadlines:
Applications are assessed on a rolling basis and courses will close once they are filled. We advise you to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Please note certain scholarships may require you to apply before a certain date – please refer to our scholarship page here. If you have any questions in relation to deadlines or availability please email

Application Fee
You will then be asked to submit your application and pay the €50 application fee. No application can be assessed until the fee has been paid. You can apply for multiple programmes with the one application fee, but please be sure to mark your preferred course.

Application Review
Once submitted, it usually takes 2-3 weeks before a decision is made on fully completed applications. This time period can sometimes be longer and can vary at different times in the year and in different regions. We may offer you a conditional place based on the completion of a number of criteria, such as degree, English test, or another qualification. This reserves you a place on the course and once you have fulfilled this criteria we will issue you a full offer.

Acceptance is completed by paying a non-refundable deposit (varies from either €500 or €1000 depending on the programme. Most of our programmes require a €500 deposit). Your offer email will detail the exact deposit amount required. Once you have accepted you will then be supported by the Programme Office who will contact you with further course and start details.


1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.


Fees Full-Time EU:

Fees Full-Time EU:
€14,460 (academic year 2020/2021)

Full-Time Non-EU:
€19,900 (academic year 2020/2021)

Important Note: Tuition fees and other charges are subject to change each year.

Enrolment dates

Starting: September 2020.

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Career opportunities
As a graduate of the MSc in Project Management, you will be equipped to manage projects in a variety of areas, such as business change, as well as new products, facilities, and technology.

83% of our graduates from this programme were employed after 6 months across a range of industry sectors. (Source: Latest Graduate Outcomes Survey, published November 2021. Response rate 48%)

Potential careers for our graduates include:
Project Manager
Business Consultant
Project Engineer
Client & Industries Analyst

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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