MSc Major Programme Management

​A part-time master's degree for experienced programme managers tackling the world's greatest challenges

Start date:


  • 2 years

Time commitment:

  • Part time


  • Oxford


  • £52,560

About the programme

How do leaders face the uniquely complex challenges presented by planning and delivering major programmes?

The MSc in Major Programme Management helps you develop the understanding, ability and confidence to address these challenges and manage programmes the scale of which can transform a company, a city or even a country.

Designed for experienced project and programme managers, this part-time programme is rigorous, selective and intellectually challenging, and awards a master's degree from the University of Oxford.

You will attend eight modules of five days each in person at Oxford, beginning on a Monday and concluding on a Friday afternoon. During these taught modules you’ll benefit from discussion and networking opportunities with classmates, faculty and industry guests.

  • Designing and managing successful programmes
  • Major programme risk
  • Systems thinking
  • Governance and stakeholder management
  • Commercial leadership
  • Research methods
  • Managing performance
  • Globalisation and major programmes

On completion of the modules, eight summative assessments and a dissertation, you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to successfully deliver major programmes.

As part of our continuous review process, elements of this programme are subject to change for the 2023 intake. Any modifications to the content will be communicated at the earliest opportunity.

We live in an era of unprecedented change, and major programmes are on its frontlines. This MSc will enable you to recognise and deliver opportunities amidst such change, and nurture your creative solutions towards the grand challenges of our time.

Daniel Armanios

BT Professor and Chair of Major Programme Management

Oxford experience


Saïd Business School is an extraordinary, cutting-edge, global business school community, embedded at the heart of a world-class university.

Each module provides interaction and networking opportunities with classmates, faculty and industry guests - whilst offering you privileged access to different parts of the historic University of Oxford.

You will become a member of one of the University's colleges. This membership enables you to make wider connections with a multidisciplinary community of Oxford faculty and students.
After you have completed the programme, you will also become a member of the Oxford Business Alumni network (OBA), offering valuable ongoing networking and learning opportunities.


Find out more about the programme from our Programme and Academic Directors

Watch a recording of a webinar with Programme Director, Guy Ainsley. He gives an overview of the diversity of current cohorts and the importance of studying alongside participants from a wide-range of industries, while providing insight into the opportunities inherent in studying at Oxford and engaging with like-minded practitioners.

Our newly appointed Academic Director, Daniel Armanios, also shared his thoughts on future trends in major programmes, and the novel approaches across the engineering and social sciences that can be used to prepare for the challenges and opportunities that will arise.

Class profile 2021

The MSc draws together a truly diverse mix of project and programme managers from many employment sectors and countries.


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Employment sectors


Female students


Average years of work experience

I can quite honestly say that the MSc is one of the best things I have done in my professional career. The ideas generated by collaborating with new colleagues from different industries and different cultures from around the world were invaluable.

Peter Madden

Chief Operating Officer - Arcadis UK LLP


To you

  • Develop crucial leadership and technical skills
  • Enhance your career prospects with a masters-level qualification while working
  • Gain international insights, knowledge and skills
  • Grow your professional networks with a global, multi-industry peer group
  • Boost your confidence and credibility at board-level

To your organisation

  • Improve programme outcomes and risk management
  • Develop leaders with enhanced strategic decision-making and an international mindset
  • Retain and develop top achievers and high potential employees
  • Tap into game-changing research

Who can apply

The MSc is designed for experienced project and programme managers.

You should have strong academic and professional credentials with over 7 years' relevant professional experience.


The full cost of the 2023-2025 programme is £52,560 including:

  • Tuition, lunch, refreshments and one college dinner per module
  • University and College services

For the latest insights and views from the classroom, read our class blogs – written first-hand by students and alumni.

As a woman in programme management, it can sometimes be difficult to find role models, this programme is a really good opportunity to connect with other women who work in similar environments. Often programme management is seen as a male environment, but actually part of what we learn is the value of our own individual styles.

Daniella Jenkins

Managing Director, Projella Ltd

Meet us


We hold one-to-one meetings and information events both in-person and online. These sessions are a great opportunity to find out more about the programme.

Selected faculty

Oxford Saïd’s outstanding faculty bring access to world-class research, a wealth of industry experience and the ability to present complex concepts and lead high-level executive debate.

Scholarships and funding

Female participants in classroom

We believe that greater team diversity positively affects the outcome of a project.

We offer two Women's Scholarships to outstanding female candidates from each intake, covering 50% of the total programme fee. This is designed to further support greater diversity within the cohort and increase the flow of talented women into senior roles in the industry.

We also offer four Director's Awards, covering 50% of the total programme fee, open to candidates who can effectively demonstrate how they will enhance the diversity of their cohort, as well as exemplify the positive impact this MSc will have on their sector/country/region in the long term. 

MSc in Major Programme Management conference

MSc in Major Programme Management conference