MSc in Major Programme Management | University of Oxford
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MSc in Major Programme Management

About the course

The MSc in Major Programme Management is an intellectually rich, part-time programme informed by cutting-edge research and grounded in the best of international practice. 

This specialised master’s degree combines the highest standards of academic rigour with a practical approach to managing large-scale, complex and transformational programmes, bringing together experienced programme managers to share their challenges and knowledge.

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 senior executives who may well have already undertaken a number of project management courses, this part-time programme awards a master’s degree from the University of Oxford whilst allowing participants to study alongside full-time employment.

Rigorous, selective and intellectually challenging, this part-time postgraduate degree programme consists of eight themed courses of four days each, studied in person at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School over 18 months. During these courses, students are expected to stay in or around Oxford. The courses are complemented by flexible study (reading, research, writing assignments) completed away from the business school. During the final six months of study you will write a 10,000-word dissertation on a subject of your choosing, so the total study period will be 24 months. Each module consists of approximately 24 hours of supported study. Students are advised that approximately 10 hours of self-directed study per week outside of the modules is required.

The MSc in Major Programme Management offers you:

  • the skills and ability to be responsible for programmes amongst the most expensive, complex and transformational in the world;
  • access to top-level teaching and research from world-leading experts including those from the business school and the wider university;
  • membership of a unique network of peers and practitioners from around the globe;
  • a postgraduate degree from the University of Oxford which builds on your existing professional development and experience; and
  • lifelong association with the university through the business school, university networks and college membership.

Please note that this course is paperless. This means that paper handouts will not be provided for most of your courses. All presentations will be uploaded to our virtual learning environment. For pedagogical reasons this may be in advance of, just before or immediately after teaching sessions. Handouts will be provided for certain courses based on specific requirements, eg unreliable internet availability or where handouts operate more like a textbook than slides.

Supervision

The allocation of graduate supervision is the responsibility of the Saïd Business School and it is not always possible to accommodate the preferences of incoming graduate students to work with a particular member of staff. A supervisor may be found outside the Saïd Business School. Students will generally meet with their department supervisor once a term.

Assessment

The assessment regime for the core courses consists of 100% individual assignments (formal coursework) with a final dissertation of not more than 10,000 words. Assessment is performed at the end of each course. Students who fail to achieve the required standard have one opportunity to retake/resubmit the assessments. Students may be required to make regular presentations to teachers, and business practitioners.

Students are required to pass all of the core courses and the dissertation. The Gateway and Capstone courses are not presently assessed.

Graduate destinations

Careers Development Centre

Although MSc in Major Programme Management participants are generally individuals with well-established careers and career progression plans, the Said Business School’s careers service can provide interview training, help with networking skills and assistance in the production of excellent CVs. 

Saïd Business School Alumni Relations Team 

The Oxford Business Alumni (OBA) Network is the official alumni network of Saïd Business School University of Oxford. Overseen by the Saïd Business School Alumni Relations Team, the network was established in 1997 to provide a focus for Oxonians who share a common interest in business, ensuring an active network of emotionally and intellectually engaged alumni. 

There are more than 20,500 OBA members living in over 149 countries from across both the School's programmes and the wider University. As part of this network there are 22 chapters and over 60 regional ambassadors across six continents, all offering an exciting variety of events from social gatherings to business-focused networking sessions.

Changes to this course and your supervision

The University will seek to deliver this course in accordance with the description set out in this course page. However, there may be situations in which it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, either before or after registration. The safety of students, staff and visitors is paramount and major changes to delivery or services may have to be made in circumstances of a pandemic (including Covid-19), epidemic or local health emergency. In addition, in certain circumstances, for example due to visa difficulties or because the health needs of students cannot be met, it may be necessary to make adjustments to course requirements for international study.

Where possible your academic supervisor will not change for the duration of your course. However, it may be necessary to assign a new academic supervisor during the course of study or before registration for reasons which might include illness, sabbatical leave, parental leave or change in employment.

For further information please see our page on changes to courses and the provisions of the student contract regarding changes to courses.

Other courses you may wish to consider

If you're thinking about applying for this course, you may also wish to consider the courses listed below. These courses may have been suggested due to their similarity with this course, or because they are offered by the same department or faculty.

Entry requirements for entry in 2021-22

Information regarding the entry requirements for this course can be accessed at the following location:

SBS MSc in Major Programme Management entry requirements

Resources

The Saïd Business School is one of the most modern, state-of-the-art business schools in the world. Facilities include seven horseshoe-style lecture theatres where most classes take place and a 300-seat lecture theatre opened by Nelson Mandela in 2002 to cater for larger-scale lectures and events.

A key feature of the building is the provision of informal working areas. There are numerous open spaces throughout, including cloistered walkways and a large internal courtyard – all of which help to foster interaction between students, faculty and visitors.

The Sainsbury Library is Saϊd Business School’s own dedicated resource. This state-of-the-art facility is spacious and fully equipped with desk space, wireless and networked computers, printers and copiers. Experienced library staff are available for advice and can help you use advanced search tools to carry out research for course projects.

Specialist research centres at the Saϊd Business School mirror the knowledge-intensive end of a creative economy. They are helping particular sectors to wrestle with the challenges they face and to discover new directions through research. These centres include the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation and Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, amongst many others.

Funding

The University expects to be able to offer up to 1,000 full or partial graduate scholarships across the collegiate University in 2021-22. You will be automatically considered for the majority of Oxford scholarships, if you fulfil the eligibility criteria and submit your graduate application by the relevant January deadline. Most scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and/or potential. 

For further details about searching for funding as a graduate student visit our dedicated Funding pages, which contain information about how to apply for Oxford scholarships requiring an additional application, details of external funding, loan schemes and other funding sources. Please ensure that you visit individual college websites for details of college-specific funding opportunities using the links provided on our college pages.

Further information about funding opportunities for this course can be found on the school's website.

Costs

Total course fees for entry in 2021-22

Fee status

Total Course fees

Home (UK, Republic of Ireland,
Channel Islands & Isle of Man)
£46,800
Overseas (including EU)£46,800

Course fees cover your teaching as well as other academic services and facilities provided to support your studies. Unless specified in the additional information section below, course fees do not cover your accommodation, residential costs or other living costs. They also don’t cover any additional costs and charges that are outlined in the additional information below.

Deposits

If your application is successful, you will be asked to pay a deposit against your course fees at the application stage as a condition of your offer. The deposit amount and date by which payment must be made are shown below.

Fee status

Amount of deposit

Date by which deposit must be paid

Home/ROI
(including Islands)
£7,050 30 days from the date on initial offer letter
Overseas £7,050

The department's website provides further information about deposits for this course.

For more information about course fees and fee liability, please see the Fees section of this website. EU applicants should refer to our detailed fee status information and the Oxford and the EU webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s exit from the EU.

Additional information

As part of your course requirements, you will need to choose a dissertation topic. Depending on your choice of topic and the research required to complete it, you may incur additional expenses, such as travel expenses, research expenses, and field trips. You will need to meet these additional costs, although you may be able to apply for small grants from your department and/or college to help you cover some of these expenses. Please note that this course requires that you are taught in Oxford, and you will need to incur travel and accommodation costs to attend the course if you do not live in the Oxford area.

Living costs

In addition to your course fees, you will need to ensure that you have adequate funds to support your living costs for the duration of your course.

For the 2021-22 academic year, the range of likely living costs for full-time study is between c. £1,175 and £1,710 for each month spent in Oxford. Full information, including a breakdown of likely living costs in Oxford for items such as food, accommodation and study costs, is available on our living costs page. When planning your finances for any future years of study in Oxford beyond 2021-22, you should allow for an estimated increase in living expenses of 3% each year.

If you are studying part-time your living costs may vary depending on your personal circumstances but you must still ensure that you will have sufficient funding to meet these costs for the duration of your course.

College preference

All graduate students at Oxford belong to a department or faculty and a college or hall (except those taking non-matriculated courses). If you apply for a place on this course you will have the option to express a preference for one of the colleges listed below, or you can ask us to find a college for you. The Colleges section of this website provides information about the college system at Oxford, as well as factors you may wish to consider when deciding whether to express a college preference. Please note that ‘college’ and ‘colleges’ refers to all 45 of the University’s colleges, including those designated as Permanent Private Halls (PPHs). 

For some courses, the department or faculty may have provided some additional advice below to help you to decide. Whatever you decide, it won’t affect how the academic department assesses your application and whether they decide to make you an offer. If your department makes you an offer of a place, you’re guaranteed a place at one of our colleges. 

The following colleges accept students on the MSc in Major Programme Management:

How to apply

Admission to this course is administered directly by the Saïd Business School. For further details about the course, its requirements, deadlines and how to apply, please see the course page on the Saïd Business School website (see How to Apply below).

How to Apply

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