Postgraduate study

Leading Major Programmes MSc, PgDip, PgCert

Awards: MSc, PgDip, PgCert

Study modes: Full-time

Programme website: Leading Major Programmes

This programme will equip you with the formative knowledge and skills required by successful leaders of major programmes. It 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.

In addition, the programme will 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.
  • Creativity to develop personal and team capabilities to identify those obscure but highly valuable solutions to complex problems.
  • Resilience, to develop personal, collective and project resilience to help cope with uncertainty and change at all these levels.

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 residential periods will be complemented with innovative online teaching. You will also take part in project work, workshops and collaborative problem-solving sessions and online activities. Assessment is by written assignments and examinations, project reports and your dissertation.

This programme comprises taught courses run over a two-year period, followed by a research project and dissertation tailored either to the needs of your corporate sponsor or to you individual interests. Three courses will be covered each of the first four semesters, and the research project and dissertation will be conducted during the last two semester. The research project and dissertation will be a major research exercise exploring an aspect of the leadership of major programmes.

The courses on the programme include:

  • Systems [Engineering] (10 credits)
  • Programme Design, Governance and Managing for Complexity (10 credits)
  • Procurement and Programme Delivery (10 credits)
  • Strategic Risk Analysis (10 credits)
  • Project Controls, Data Visualisation and Reporting (10 credits)
  • Oversight, Assurance and Managing Stakeholders (10 credits)
  • Negotiation (10 credits)
  • Philosophy and Engineering (10 credits)
  • Data Science and Digital Strategy (10 credits)
  • Creativity (10 credits)
  • Resilience (10 credits)
  • Research Methods and Project Proposal (10 credits)
  • Leading Major Programmes Dissertation (60 credits)

Application, Progression and Graduation Levels

This programme allows for three levels of study:

  • Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip)
  • Master of Science (MSc)

The Postgraduate Certificate lasts two semesters (Year 1 autumn and spring) and is made up of six 10-credit courses that are all compulsory. Similarly, the Postgraduate Diploma part of the programme lasts two semesters (Year 1 summer and Year 2 autumn) and is made up of six 10-credit courses that are all compulsory. The MSc part is dedicated to the research project to be written up as a dissertation.

You can initially apply at any of the three levels of study (PgCert, PgDip and MSc) and can also exit the at any level with a PgCert, PgDip and MSc. Extending your studies after completing aPgCert or PgDip is conditioned by meeting the progression requirements.

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

The MSc programme will beneficial to existing or aspiring major programme leaders in any field where complexity and change need to be managed, such as infrastructure, defence, information technology, healthcare, big science or large scientific infrastructures.

No entry requirements are currently available as this programme is undergoing the final approval process. We anticipate entry requirements will be published in November/December 2019.

International qualifications

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English language requirements

No English language requirements are currently available as this programme is undergoing the final approval process. We anticipate requirements will be published in November/December 2019.

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Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • Postgraduate Taught Student Conversion Officer, Flora Reynolds
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 651 3565
  • Contact: LMPEnquiries@eng.ed.ac.uk
  • Senior Lecturer in Infrastructure Programme Management, Dr Frederic Bosche
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 651 3525
  • School of Engineering
  • Faraday Building
  • The King's Buildings Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH9 3JL

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible.

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Further information

  • Postgraduate Taught Student Conversion Officer, Flora Reynolds
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 651 3565
  • Contact: LMPEnquiries@eng.ed.ac.uk
  • Senior Lecturer in Infrastructure Programme Management, Dr Frederic Bosche
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 651 3525
  • School of Engineering
  • Faraday Building
  • The King's Buildings Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH9 3JL