24 months
16500 GBP/year
12550 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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This Leading Major Programmes course from The University of Edinburgh will equip you with the formative knowledge and skills required by successful leaders of major programmes.   

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This Leading Major Programmes course from The University of Edinburgh  will cover all the basics for programme management and provide fundamental insights into the political and relationship management capabilities that are essential for Chairs, CEOs, COOs, CFOs, client sponsors and supply chain leadership teams to navigate risks in a major programme context.

Uniquely, the programme will also innovatively cover topics of contemporary relevance, providing you with knowledge and techniques in:

  • Data science and AI to enable you to develop effective digital strategies;
  • Negotiation to enable you to craft better deals, as well as manage teams and other project relationships more efficiently;
  • Resilience, to develop personal, collective and project resilience to help cope with uncertainty and change at all these levels; and
  • Philosophy to realise the value of right types of thinking and thought-ecosystems to successful leadership.

The programme will best suit mid-career professionals working as clients, project managers, engineers, delivery agents, contractors or project reviewers/auditors. It will be taught by a mix of academics and senior programme managers with hard-won lessons learned to pass on.

You will be taught through classroom and studio-based lectures, tutorials and student-directed learning.

Intensive 3 to 5-day blocks of on-campus activities (lectures, tutorials, workshops and seminars) will be complemented with meaningful online teaching.

Overall, you will be required to be on campus for 10 blocks of 3 to 5 days over the two years of your studies.

Assessment is by individual and group project reports and coursework, and your dissertation (if studying for the MSc).

Throughout the programme support will be provided by programme staff and course tutors through informal and formal communication channels.

Career opportunities

Graduates will be equipped with an evidence-based strategic overview of the proven techniques on how to organise for success, how to manage for success and how to nurture and develop the personal and collective qualities required to lead successful major programmes.

The MSc programme will be beneficial to existing or aspiring major programme leaders in any field where complexity and change need to be managed, including:

  • infrastructure
  • defence
  • information technology
  • healthcare
  • big science and large scientific infrastructures
  • finance/insurance (of major programmes)

Programme Structure

The courses on the programme include:

  • Oversight, Assurance and Stakeholder Managemen
  • Procurement and Programme Delivery 
  • Data Science for Decision Makers 
  • Programme Design, Governance and Managing for Complexity 
  • Understanding, Sustaining and Enhancing Resilience 
  • Systems Thinking, Systems Practice 
  • Project Controls, Data Visualisation and Reporting 
  • Negotiation 
  • Managing Strategic Risk in Major Projects
  • Design and Performance of Delivery Enterprise 
  • Philosophy and Engineering 
  • Research Methods in Programme Management
  • Leading Major Programmes Dissertation 

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent. Applicants will normally be expected to have a minimum of five years’ project management experience at middle or senior management level.
  • As part of the application process, you must submit a personal statement and CV. Your personal statement should demonstrate your motivation to study this programme.
  • If you do not meet the minimum academic requirement, you may still be considered if you have other relevant qualifications or experience; please contact us to check before you apply.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16500 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • National

    12550 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12550 GBP per year during 24 months.


  • Home: £8,370
  • International/EU: £11,000


  • Home: £4,185
  • International/EU: £5,500

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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