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MSc in Major Programme Management

MSc in Major Programme Management

How to apply

Admissions requirements
Application deadlines

Admissions requirements

An undergraduate degree or equivalent professional qualification

Your university degree academic transcripts/mark-sheets need to be uploaded to the online application form. These must outline the subjects studied or grades obtained from each academic year. A certificate of completion is not sufficient. In terms of grades achieved, we look for a 2:1 or higher (or equivalent).

Relevant professional experience

We ask for a minimum of seven years' relevant work experience. Please note the specialised nature of this degree programme and contact us if you have any queries about the relevance of your professional experience.   

A TOEFL or IELTS if English is not your native language

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Test Scheme (IELTS) must be taken, and all minimum scores met, if you are not from a majority English speaking country, as defined by the UK Border agency; Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Belize, Guyana.

Please check with a member of the admissions team if you have not already taken one of these tests as you may be eligible to apply for a waiver. 

How to apply

Contact the MMPM team to discuss your suitability for the programme and find out more about the application process.

Complete your application online including the following elements: 

  • Supply transcripts of your previous higher education qualifications. A transcript is an official document showing the modules taken and the marks/grades awarded. A certificate of completion is not sufficient. Proof of test scores is also required where applicable.
  • Supply the details of at least two referees. Ideally one should be your current line manager; the second can be a professional or academic reference. We are unable to accept previously prepared reference letters.
  • Complete 3 essays, giving you the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge, insight and curiosity within the field of major programmes.

The 3 essay titles are: 

  • Major Programmes are large-scale, complex and transformational. Describe two examples of major programmes that interest you and explain why. Approximately 2000 words
  • What qualities are essential in a major programme manager? Approximately 500 words
  • What unique contribution will you make to the MSc in Major Programme Management if you are offered a place on the programme? Approximately 500 words

Please note if you refer to or use any material from other sources (print/online) please reference the source in the document somewhere. The essays are uploaded into the online application form once you have completed them. You will also find the essay titles listed above within the online application form.

We are looking for you to demonstrate your own knowledge and opinions but references to support your arguments are encouraged. If you use material not originally your own, you will need to reference the source (print or online) within the essay. References will not count as part of your essay word limit. 
Every piece of written work is put through plagiarism detection software. More information on how to avoid similarities when writing your essay.

Next steps

  • Applications are reviewed by the Admissions Committee.
  • Successful applicants at the first review stage are invited for interview. Interviews usually take place by Skype or via telephone. You will be notified of the admissions decision as soon as possible following your interview.
  • If you are offered a place we will talk to you about selecting a college. Visit the College Membership page
  • To secure your college place, you will need to provide a Financial Guarantee to the University. Visit the Dates & Fees page
  • Please note as part of the initial application stage you need to pay a non-refundable processing fee of £150.
  • We operate a rolling admissions process and reserve the right to utilise a waiting list or close admissions when the programme becomes full.

Please ensure your application is complete upon submission. We can only consider a candidate once all supporting documentation has been received.

We conduct spot checks on a regular basis to ensure the authenticity of applicants' references, work experience and academic background. We also reserve the right to ask for additional supporting evidence if necessary.

Selection criteria

Download selection criteria 


Application deadlines

Applications are considered on a rolling basis with offers going out to successful candidates from November 2017 onwards. The deadlines below act as a guide and we are likely to reserve additional interview slots around these dates. 

Please note that the final application deadline has now passed. We may be able to accept additional applications for the 2018 intake; please contact Sarah Hayton to check availability of places.

Application deadlines for September 2018 entry:

4 December 2017

29 January 2018

26 March 2018

30 April 2018

11 June 2018 – 'Scholarship for Women' deadline: Applications must be submitted on/before this date in order to be considered for the scholarship

16 July 2018

As places are limited we recommend you apply as early as possible. Once all places are filled we will operate a waiting list.   

Successful applicants will only be able to select a college once they have met the conditions of their offer. Places in some colleges are limited therefore early application to the MMPM is advised if you wish to be considered for a particular college. Read more here. 

Please note: You can only apply once in an admissions year. If you would like to re-apply, you are welcome to do so in the following admissions year.

For an informal discussion about the MSc and the application process please contact Sarah Hayton (T +44 (0)1865 610084).

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