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. The residential 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.
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.
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.
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 Office
The Oxford Business Alumni Network (OBA), the official alumni network of the University of Oxford Saïd Business School, was established in 1997 to provide a focus for Oxonians who have a special interest in the world of business. There are more than 16,000 OBA members living in over 140 countries. As part of this network there are 17 chapters and 65 regional ambassadors across six continents – all offering an exciting variety of events from social gatherings to business-focused networking sessions. The OBA Network is overseen by the Saïd Business School Alumni Relations Office.
Changes to the course
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. For further information, please see our page on changes to courses.
Entry requirements for entry in 2018-19
Information regarding the entry requirements for this course can be accessed at the following location:
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.
There are over 1,100 full graduate scholarships available across the University, and these cover your course and college fees and provide a grant for living costs. If you apply by the relevant January deadline and fulfil the eligibility criteria you will be automatically considered. Over two thirds of Oxford scholarships require nothing more than the standard course application. Use the Fees, funding and scholarship search to find out which scholarships you are eligible for and if they require an additional application, full details of which are provided.
A number of Research Council awards are available each year from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
Further information on scholarships and funding opportunities specific to this course is also provided on the Saïd Business School's MSc in Major Programme Management webpage.
Fees for entry in 2018-19
Total Course fees
*The figures shown in the above table have been based on two part-time college fees at 2018-19 rates (£1,556 per year). College fees are likely to increase in your second year of study. For details, please see our guidance on likely increases to fees and charges. Tuition and college fees are payable for the duration of your fee liability (your fee liability is the length of time for which you are required to pay tuition and college fees).
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.
Amount of deposit
Date by which deposit must be paid
|£6,000||Approximately 30 days after an offer is made|
The department's website provides further information about deposits for this course.
For more information about tuition fees, college fees and fee liability, please see the Fees section of this website. EU applicants should refer to our dedicated webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.
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.
In addition to your tuition and college fees, you will need to ensure that you have adequate funds to support your living costs for the duration of your course.
For the 2018-19 academic year, the range of likely living costs for full-time study is between c. £1,015 and £1,555 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. 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.
How to apply
Admission to the MSc in Major Programme Management is administered directly by the Saïd Business School. To apply and for further details about the course, its requirements and deadlines, please see the Saϊd Business School webpage on how to apply for the MSc in Major Programme Management.