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Project Management

The MSc in Project Management will equip you with practical skills in project planning, organising, and leadership, within a framework informed by both academic research and practical experience.

This course prepares you for a career in management of projects in different industries and types of organisations. Real-life case examples and group projects are used as examples to reinforce your understanding. You will also be given the opportunity to carry out projects with various types of organisations 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 skills you will develop and practice will open doors for you in a wide range of industries and fields of work. From existing projects to the implementation of new products, facilities, infrastructure, organisational change, technological change, all are achieved through projects and need skills and knowledge of management of projects.

The full-time option of this Masters is suitable for graduates from all academic backgrounds and disciplines.

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?
Students will acquire a broad knowledge of project management via real-life examples, as well as having the opportunity to develop and test their own knowledge and skills via a wide variety of own projects.

1. A blend of concrete skills, theoretical grounding, and best practices designed to train students for effective planning, organisation, and execution in the project context.

2. A thorough acquisition of essential interpersonal, leadership, stakeholder management, and problem-solving skills via group- and case-based learning, presentations, simulation exercises, and real-life projects to deliver services and products.

3. The acquisition and development of vital presentation, communication, and reporting skills and analytical techniques.

How will I benefit?
The curriculum has been devised to either kick-start graduates at the beginning of their career or accelerate the trajectory of those already working.

1. The course favours an academically-grounded, hands-on experience, enabling students to experience the reality of management of projects and the skills and knowledge required in all kinds of organisational contexts.

2. Students gain first-hand insight into how to communicate with stakeholders at all levels, and master the organisational and human issues involved in managing projects.

3. A springboard to employment by a range of prestigious companies, including Accenture, Microsoft, PwC and Vodafone.

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

The course content and teaching approach draws upon for the Project Management Institute (PMI) Body of Knowledge.

Vision/Values Statement
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.

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.


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

Careers or further progression

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.

Potential careers for our graduates include:
•Programme Planner
•Project Engineer
•Development Manager
•Management Consultant
•Infrastructure Development

Further enquiries

The Admissions Office can be contacted at
Phone (01) 716 4321

Subjects taught

Autumn Trimester
•The Project Management Lifecycle
•Projects and Organisational Dynamics
•Projects & Organisational Dynamics

Spring Trimester
•Project Scope and Feasibility Evaluation
•Procurement and Contract Management
•Project Management Tools and Techniques

Summer Trimester
•Project Risk Management
•Research Report

Note: option modules listed are indicative of what has been delivered in previous years. What is offered each academic year is subject to change.

Application date

How To Apply
Step 1: Collating Documentation
The first step is to collate the required documentation needed to assess your application*.

These can include but are not limited to:
English Language Test
Additional Documentation

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:
We are open for applications for the academic year 2020/21. 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

(Note: The application deadline for the MSc Marketing Practice is March 31st 2020)

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.

Course fee

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 and start dates

Starting: September 2020.

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