MSc Software Project Management

Bavnit Kaur

Obtaining my Masters from Aston University has given me the opportunity to solely manage an IT project for Aggora Group, which they have successfully implemented within their business”

Bavnit Kaur
MSc IT Project Management

Entry requirements

BSc Honours in Computing or IT (or equivalent) at grade 2:2

This course will equip you with advanced knowledge, understanding and skills in professional practice in IT management and software systems, preparing you for a successful career. 

Close links to industry
Teaching delivered by both the School of Engineering & Applied Science and Aston Business School
Practical experience of an IT project
Many MSc projects are undertaken with external industrial clients
  • BSc Honours Degree in Computing or IT, with at least grade 2:2 (or equivalent). Relevant professional experience will be taken into account.

Duration of programme: 1 year full-time - six months of taught modules on campus and a six month individual project. You may be able to undertake a project within industry.

Start date: September

Intake: Up to 25 per year


£7,600 for UK/EU students (2018/19)                             
£17,550 for Outside EU students (2018/19)


You can find out more about our Postgraduate scholarships for international students here.  If you are a UK or EU student, please email seaspgtaught@aston.ac.uk for information on funding.

Application details:
Apply for this course online

Contact us:
MSc Programmes Admissions Officer
Tel: +44 (0)121 204 3668
Fax: +44 (0)121 204 3676
Email: seaspgtaught@aston.ac.uk

Aston's team of qualified immigration advisers can advise international students on visa regulations.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

The MSc Software Project Management will:

  • advance your knowledge and understanding of professional practice in IT and management of software systems

  • prepare you for an effective career, and give you the potential to reach a leadership role

  • provide you with practical experience of IT projects - you will prepare for an industry role by learning the necessary skills to take on projects from the initial analysis of a problem, through design and planning, implementation and documentation 

This programme runs for 12 months from October to September with examinations / assessments held in December and March/April. The programme requires the student to undertake seven taught modules, which run between October and March, followed by the completion of a major six-month project of approximately 15,000 words, to be submitted by the end of September. The oral examination of the project is expected to take place within one month of submission. 

  • Foundation in Business Systems (BNM805) *
  • Software Process Management (CS4670)
  • Professional Skills in Computing (CS4680)
  • Enterprise Computing Strategies(CS4810)
  • Reliability in Software Engineering (CS4820)
  • Business Intelligence*
  • Project Management (EM4003)
  • Major project (CS4800)
  • OR Diploma Project (CS4600)

*module delivered by Aston Business School

Taught modules are complemented by a substantial 80 credit individual project. Students are allowed to decide on the particular topic for their project. All projects are supervised by an academic member of staff, providing the students the opportunity for extended application of the knowledge and skills acquired in the taught part of the programme.

Taught modules may involve lectures, tutorials, case studies, laboratories and seminars. Assessment methods are chosen in relation to the particular requirements of a module. These modules vary from 100% examination to 100% continuous assessment.  The major project accounts for 80 of the 180 credits required for successful completion of the degree. Students who do not wish to continue to the full MSc qualification may decide to undertake a smaller 20 credit diploma project, leading to a Postgraduate Diploma.

Course Director

Dr Aniko Ekart
Dr Ekart teaches Software Lifecycle and Design and Professional Skills in Computing. She is part of the ADVANCE project funded by the European Commission, which aims to develop a computer system to improve goods delivery across large-scale European transport networks. Her research interests include: data mining, machine learning, genetic programming theory and applications, evolutionary computation.
This programme is suitable for candidates seeking to develop their career towards Software Project Management, with the potential to reach a leadership role.

Interested? We'd love to hear from you.

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