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Programme and Project Management (PPM) MSc - PPMMSC



Start Date: Mon 8 Jan 18, study spread over 3 years.

This course is delivered by Cranfield University on behalf of Business Skills College, Defence Academy.

Although programme management has its roots in project management, the two disciplines are markedly different and good project managers do not necessarily make good programme managers. This course will develop both programme and project management competence in an environment which brings together both Ministry of Defence and public sector supplier personnel in a unique 'customer and supplier' environment. Specifically, students gain the capabilities needed for the implementation of strategic change through project management or programme leadership in a defence industry or public sector context. We provide students with an on-line learning portal, through which they can access a wide range of facilities. This portal will provide access to course material and other services including: access to the library with its series of on-line databases; course administration, news and timetables; document templates to help students set out work they have to submit and a communication and information facility.


Takes you on to further senior career opportunities in programme and project management (PPM) which are increasingly becoming an integral part of organisational or business strategy implementation.


Please contact the course administrator for more information.

Business Benefits

A key development course to support the needs of the business.
Entry Requirements


The are no restrictions for this course.


There are no exemptions for this course.


Normally a 1st or 2nd class UK honours degree or equivalent in a quantitative discipline. Alternatively, a lesser qualification together with appropriate work experience may be acceptable. Students whose native language is not English, must attain an IELTS score of 6.5.


  • British Army
    • OF-8
      • Lieutenant General
    • OF-7
      • Major General
    • OF-6
      • Brigadier
    • OF-5
      • Colonel
    • OF-4
      • Lieutenant Colonel
    • OF-3
      • Major
  • Civil Servant
    • OF-8
      • SCS Pay Band 3
    • OF-7
      • SCS Pay Band 2
    • OF-6
      • B1
      • SCS Pay Band 1
    • OF-5
      • B2
      • B2 MSF
      • B2 PR LEC
    • OF-4
      • C1
      • C1 MSF
      • C1 SNR LEC
    • OF-3
      • C2
      • C2 LEC
      • C2 MSF
  • Royal Air Force
    • OF-8
      • Air Marshal
    • OF-7
      • Air Vice Marshal
    • OF-6
      • Air Commodore
    • OF-5
      • Group Captain
    • OF-4
      • Wing Commander
    • OF-3
      • Squadron Leader
  • Royal Marines
    • OF-8
      • Lieutenant General
    • OF-7
      • Major General
    • OF-6
      • Brigadier
    • OF-5
      • Colonel
    • OF-4
      • Lieutenant Colonel
    • OF-3
      • Major
  • Royal Navy
    • OF-8
      • Vice Admiral
    • OF-7
      • Rear Admiral
    • OF-6
      • Commodore
    • OF-5
      • Captain
    • OF-4
      • Commander
    • OF-3
      • Lieutenant Commander
Suitable for senior managers and professionals in both the public and private defence sectors who are developing their roles as programme and project managers. As well as practising programme or project managers, potential applicants may currently be in strategic or senior operational roles in procurement, research and development, design and manufacturing, commerce, finance or information systems. This course is centrally funded less T&S and is primarily aimed at mid career officers (Major (OF3) rank) and above, equivalent grade MOD Civil Servants, in an associated career field or employment.
Course Details

Course Elements

Year 1 - Core Modules
  • Foundations of Programme and Project Management
  • Business Case and Financial Management
  • Planning and Control
  • Risk and Uncertainty Management

Year 2 - Core Modules and Group Challenge

  • The Organisation and the Individual
  • Strategic Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Leading Transformational Change
  • Organisational Learning
  • Developing Personal Performance
  • Group Action Project

Year 3 - Core Modules and Individual Project

  • Research Methods
  • Self-development Sessions
  • Individual Research Project or Company-based Thesis

Accreditation / Assessments

Assessment Module assessment is based on written assignments and two hour examinations. The group projects will be evaluated through presentations and a written report.

Further Course Information

This course is part time residential attendance.

For further course information please refer to flyer the below.



Application Form

Further Information

Application Process:

RN – applications through 2016DIN07-149 by 6 Mar 17.

Army – applications through Army Command Order 2017/04.  Closing date extended until 29 Apr at the request of the document Author.  Should you have difficulty accessing this document please request a copy by emailing the admin team at:    

RAF – applications through 2017DIN07-050 by 30 Apr 17.

MOD CS – applications direct to: between 1 Feb 17 and COP Fri 12 May 17.

Applications received outside of these dates will not be processed. Where the course is oversubscribed with applications a Selection Board will be convened by the Training and Education Team at the Defence Academy, Shrivenham, with academic input from Cranfield University staff to prioritise nominations. Applicants will be notified of the results by COP Fri 30 Jun 17. 


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Key Information

Delivered By

Business Skills College


Programme and Project Management, Acquisition




3 years part-time (modular):
Year 1 - PgCert
Year 2 - PgDip
Year 3 - MSc

Course Price

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Delivery Method

Blended Learning

Course Contact Details

Name: Cranfield Course Enquires
Email: email contact
Tel: 01793 785810
Mil Tel: 96161 5810
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