Project Engineering

MSc / Postgraduate Diploma / Postgraduate Certificate

The Project Engineering curriculum is relatively unique in two ways: it adopts an engineering as opposed to a management approach to achieving success in complex projects, and it assembles academic and professional bodies of knowledge to treat the scope and depth of issues encountered in today’s complex project environments.

This course is a part of the joint initiative of the University of Chester with Oxford Academics and Highware. Details on these outstanding international programmes are available at

Applications for any programme of the initiative is exclusively located at

Campus Parkgate Road Campus, Chester or Thornton Science Park
Course MSc / Postgraduate Diploma / Postgraduate Certificate
Length 1 Year full-time, 2-6 Years part-time
Start date September 2016

The distinction between Project Engineering and Project Management is deliberate and meaningful. Our experience indicates that adopting an engineering approach to complex projects leads to the development of analytical, pragmatic logics in diagnosing project situations and applying appropriate methods, tools and techniques. In contrast, a management approach is more given to relatively stable environments and favours the application of standardised methods, tools and techniques.

Our course is aimed at professionals with project management background facing a gap in project complexity – from expert projects to team projects, from team projects to multiple management levels, or when there is a sudden increase in the number of management levels.

Postgraduate students with a technical, scientific or technology degree may supplement their professional offer with management skills which are internationally valued.

Our programme has been developed over more than 20 years in both professional and academic settings. Professional, recurring deployments include EADS, Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, Ariane 4 launch campaigns for CNES (French space agency), and CERN. Ongoing academic deployments include postgraduate and MBA programmes at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, HEC-Supaéro, and the Collège de Polytechnique/Ecole Hassania des Travaux Publics.

The overall aim of the Project Engineering curriculum is to enable students to define, optimise and operate project management in an effective and efficient way; to develop analytical, pragmatic logics in diagnosing project situations; and to apply appropriate methods, tools and techniques.

The course is delivered at the University of Chester in the UK over four full days each month (Friday to Monday), and can be studied on a full-time or part-time basis.

There is a weekly tutorial class to guide students through the assessment for each module, and a full programme of self- and guided study to support each module.

Assessment is generally via essays, group work and presentations.

A first degree is required, although people with extensive programme management and/or project management experience will also be considered.