How to apply

MMPM participant discussion

Guiding you through the application process

Admission requirements

Applicants need to meet the following criteria:

  • A 2:1 or higher undergraduate degree or equivalent international qualifications. We will consider applicants who do not hold such a qualification but can demonstrate a particularly strong employment record and/or hold certain professional qualifications.
  • At least 7 years' relevant professional experience.
  • English language proficiency (either TOEFL or IELTS, with minimum scores met if English is not your first language). A previous degree or work experience in English may be sufficient.

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

I can quite honestly say that the MSc in Major Programme Management 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, Europe, Middle East & UK, Arcadis UK

When to apply

Apply now to join the September 2021 class.

We are now accepting final applications for the September class. If you are considering applying and would like to discuss this in person, please contact a member of our team as soon as possible using the details below.

Sara Nema -
Laura Loudon -

How to apply

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

You will need the following to complete your application:

  • Transcripts of higher education qualifications – your official record of modules and grades. A certificate of completion is not sufficient and proof of test scores are required in certain instances.
  • At least two referees – current line manager and professional or academic reference. We are unable to accept previously prepared reference letters.
  • Three essays.

Your application essays give you the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge, curiosity and insight within the field of major programmes. The essay topics are:

  1. Major Programmes are large-scale, complex and transformational. Describe two examples of major programmes that interest you and explain why. (Approximately 2000 words)
  2. What qualities are essential in a major programme manager? (Approximately 500 words)
  3. 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. 

We are looking for you to demonstrate your knowledge and opinions but also encourage you to include evidence to support your arguments. Be sure to include references for any quoted material within your essays. References will not count as part of your essay word limit. 

Every piece of written work is put through plagiarism detection software. Read the University's guide on how to avoid similarities when writing your essay.

Selecting your college


The collegiate system makes studying at Oxford a truly special experience.

Eight colleges currently accept MSc in Major Programme Management students.

Once you have received an offer and paid your deposit you can select your college preference. Although we cannot guarantee you will be accepted at your preferred college, we can guarantee you will receive membership at one of the above colleges. 

MMPM lecture

English language proficiency

If English is not your first language or you are not from a majority English speaking country, you must take a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or an International English Language Test Scheme (IELTS) and meet all minimum scores.

Alternatively, you must have a Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) or a Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE).

Your test must have been taken no more than two years before the start date of your course.


Minimum score 110

Minimum required on each component

  • Listening: 22
  • Reading: 24
  • Writing: 24
  • Speaking: 25


Minimum score 7.5

Minimum required on each component 7.0

The Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) 

Minimum score of 191

Minimum required per component: 185

The Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)

Minimum score of 191

Minimum required per component: 185

English language test waivers

At the discretion of the academic department, the requirement to provide English language test scores may be waived.

You may apply for a waiver if you have completed, or are currently completing, a degree-level course that is:

  • Full-time
  • At least nine months in duration
  • Undertaken at a recognised institution where teaching and assessment throughout the course is undertaken entirely in English; and
  • Has been completed no more than 2 academic years before the start date of the course to which you are applying.

You may also apply for a waiver based on substantial professional experience if:

  • You have worked for a minimum of two years in a majority English speaking country where the main language for the role was English;
  • Your role involved daily professional use of each of the four language components (reading, writing, listening and speaking);
  • You worked in an appropriately technical context to demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in an academic environment; and
  • Your role has ended no more than two years before the start date of the course to which you are applying.

If you meet either the criteria based on your previous education or your professional experience, you will need to indicate this by answering yes or no to the English language waiver questions on the ‘Languages’; tab of the application form. If you choose the professional experience option, you will need to summarise your role and use of English to enable the assessors to judge whether it meets the criteria.

The academic department will consider your request if you are offered a place. If your request is accepted, you won't be required to provide English language test results as a condition of your offer. Otherwise, you will still have to provide English language test scores at the required level for your course, by a deadline stated in your offer letter.


If you require a visa to enter the UK, please allow sufficient time for your visa to be processed.

Scholarships for women

Female participants

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

One of the ways we are showing our support for greater diversity is through scholarships offered to outstanding female candidates, designed to increase the flow of talented women into senior roles in the industry.

Two scholarships will be awarded per class. These will cover 50% of the total programme fee. The deadline to apply for the 2021 scholarship is 7 June 2021.