How to apply

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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

College information

Apply now to join the September 2020 class.

Covid-19 UPDATE: We remain committed to supporting applicants looking to join the September 2020 class and we are working hard to ensure our admissions processes can continue to run as close to normal as possible.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis with offers going out to successful candidates from November onwards. They can and should be submitted at any time. The deadlines are a guide for the approximate timing of interviews.

Application deadlines for September 2020 entry:

  • 2 December 2019
  • 27 January 2020
  • 23 March 2020
  • 27 April 2020
  • 1 June 2020 - (Women’s Scholarship Deadline)
  • 20 July 2020

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 an early application to the programme is advised if you wish to be considered for a particular college.

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.

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.

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English language proficiency

If English is not your native language, you may need to provide proof of your English language proficiency.

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we recognise that it is currently difficult to take English language tests. If you have studied before in English or use English regularly in your work and are fluent, it is likely that you will be able to apply for a waiver from these requirements. 


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

The requirement to provide proof of English language proficiency may be waived, at the discretion of the University, in the following circumstances:

  1. You have successfully completed a full-time degree-level course of a minimum of nine months at a recognised institution where the medium of instruction and assessment is entirely in English.
  2. You have completed extensive work experience within an English speaking country, or a company that uses English as its language of communication.

English language waiver

If you wish to apply for a waiver to the English language requirement, you must click on the ‘waived’ option in the TOEFL section of the application form.

As evidence, we require one of the following:

  1. The transcripts you submit with your application state that the sole language of instruction was English; or
  2. An official letter from your university stating that the medium of instruction throughout your course was English. This letter must be also be uploaded to the TOEFL/IELTS section of the online form; or
  3. A written statement outlining your experience working in an English speaking country or a company that uses English as its language of communication. This statement must be uploaded to the TOEFL/IELTS section of the online form.

* List of majority English speaking countries as defined by the UKBA: 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

Exchange programmes/ distance learning/ online courses will not be considered for the waiver.

More on TOEFL and IELTS

The institution code for ordering your official TOEFL score sheet from ETS is 0807. There is no department code, this can be left blank. If you choose to take the IELTS you need to sit the academic test. If you sit the TOEFL it must be the general test. TOEFL and IELTS scores will not be valid if they are more than two years old on the application deadline date of the stage in which you are applying.

Please note that we reserve the right to request a test of English to be taken at any time.


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 2020 scholarship is 1 June 2020.