Our Project Management higher education courses have been specifically designed for professionals who want to enhance their existing project management skills or pursue a career in the IT, engineering, manufacturing, construction or nuclear industries.

Project management is a fast growing profession with employment opportunities locally, nationally and internationally. These programmes develop project management skills that are appropriate for projects in all business sectors. We have programmes designed for new entrants to the profession alongside courses for more experienced project and programme managers wishing to further develop their skills.

Our courses

Foundation and BSc (Hons) Degrees in Project Management

The FdSc and BSc Project Management have been designed around established bodies of knowledge from the Association for Project Management (APM) and the Project Management Institute (PMI). The programme delivers an integrated curriculum that clearly links projects, programmes and portfolios into organisations and the development and improvement of their business-as-usual activities.

Students will begin by looking at project management methodologies, case studies and risk management, as well as studying the role of projects in enabling strategic change and enhancing leadership skills. They will have the chance to examine project management practice within a specific context, providing real-life examples to enhance their studies further.

The programme shares many modules in common with our degree apprenticeship in Project Management, and students on the Foundation Degree and BSc will study alongside apprentices on this programme. The programme normally starts in September each year.

Find out more about each programme, including content and entry requirements:

FdSc Project Management   BSc (Hons) Project Management    BSc (Hons) Project Management (top up)


Project Management Degree Apprenticeship

Our project manager apprenticeship course has been designed around the requirements of professional bodies, including the Association for Project Management (APM), so apprentices learn all the profession-relevant skills that they need for a career in project management. As part of this qualification they will achieve the Association for Project Management Project Management Qualification (PMQ) and a BSc Hons degree in Project Management.

Studying alongside students on the FdSc and BSc degree programmes, apprentices learn about the foundations of project management and the business environment, and develop their skills in using project management techniques and software. The course also focuses on personal development with opportunities to improve communication and leadership skills to develop the confidence apprentices will need as practising project managers.

Find out more about the programme, including content and entry requirements:

Project Management Apprenticeship


MSc in Project Leadership

We will launch our new MSc in Project Leadership in 2021. This is a unique professional development programme designed and delivered by the University of Cumbria in collaboration with the Project Academy Ltd. and aligned to the Association for Project Management's (APM) Chartered Project Professional Standard.

The programme aims to enhance candidates’ knowledge and experience of fundamental project management topics from the position of project leadership, exploring the role and responsibilities of project leaders in managing key processes, delivering outputs, and ensuring project success.  As well as exploring a range of topics, both functional and behavioural, students will engage in reflective practice and expand their skills as critical professionals throughout the course through the application of taught content directly to the workplace environment. 

The MSc in Project Leadership has been aligned to the APM’s Chartered Project Professional Standard and this programme will also provide students with the option to collate their work-based reflections into a professional portfolio which can be submitted to the APM for professional chartership at the end of the programme.

For more information as the programme develops, please contact project.academy@cumbria.ac.uk.


Certificate courses

These courses focus on a specific area of project and programme management and are typically studied over a period of 6-12 months.

University Certificate in Project Controls

There is a growing demand for suitably qualified project controls professionals in a range of different sectors and industries. This programme will provide students with an understanding of the use of the business case throughout the project life cycle, and how project controls are applied in different sectors, and will equip learners with the tools and techniques required to become a project controls technician.

Find out more about the programme, including content and entry requirements:

University Certificate in Project Controls


University Certificate in Project Scope Baseline Management

This programme will provide students with an understanding of how projects are delivered within a programme environment with respect to baseline setting and management, and of the extended project life-cycle and the relationship between projects, programmes and portfolios in the context of baseline setting and management; and will equip learners with the tools and techniques required for baseline scope definition and management and control of projects using the baseline.

Find out more about the programme, including content and entry requirements:

University Certificate in Project Scope Baseline Management


Graduate Certificates in Applied Programme Management and Applied Business Change Management

These new programmes are designed to develop Business Change Managers and Programme Managers as effective and reflective practitioners. A unique feature of this programme is that it utilises industry standard training and assessment as the basis for developing the core knowledge and understanding whilst developing students' metacognitive skills to enhance their practice. Whilst engaging in agreed CPD activities, students develop and keep a reflective learning log which requires embedding, application, reflection and evaluation of the CPD content in the workplace.

Find out more about each programme, including content and entry requirements:

Graduate Certificate in Applied Programme Management  Graduate Certificates in Applied Business Change Management


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