Industrial Project Management - Level 7 Degree Apprenticeship

Course fact file

Course type

Postgraduate, taught, blended learning


2 years part-time

Fees and funding

The Degree Apprenticeship will be paid for through your employer, there will be no costs incurred by you.

Start date


Study options

Postgraduate part-time

The programme is delivered in a blended learning format (a combination of online learning and in-person activities and sessions)

Contact Details

For all enquiries relating to this programme please contact our Degree Apprenticeship team at:

Study for a Postgraduate Diploma in Industrial Project Management through our Degree apprenticeship scheme.

Degree Apprenticeships are a new education route bringing together university study and the invaluable on-the-job training typical of an apprenticeship.

Our aim at the University of Birmingham is to support participants with the practical knowledge and understanding required for a thorough grounding in common practice and the confidence to continuously improve practices and critically evaluate new ideas. Our Industrial Project Management Level 7 Degree Apprenticeship, aligned to The Post Graduate Engineer Apprenticeship Standard, allows learners to gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Industrial Project Management funded by the Apprenticeship Levy.

You can find details of this standard on the Institute for Apprenticeships website where the skills, knowledge and behaviours for the standard are outlined.

As a Russell Group University our levy-funded Degree Apprenticeship programmes are developed with research-informed teaching at their heart, bringing together world-class research and experienced practitioners to produce exceptional learning outcomes.

Why choose this programme? 

  • This part-time programme combines self-paced online learning with annual in-person hub workshops
  • Equips learners to take an independent critical perspective on how projects are implemented, and to develop the ability to assess and critique perceived ‘good practice’
  • Covers the complete project from the client’s perspective – not only the implementation/construction stage, and goes beyond the coverage of project management Bodies of Knowledge
  • Designed for working project managers, allowing them to implement their learning and create business benefit during the programme
  • Facilitated by a faculty that combines academic rigour with decades of experience of managing industrial project implementation
  • The Postgraduate Diploma in Industrial Project Management can be topped up to a full Masters level qualification outside of an employer’s apprenticeship levy where desirable.


Whether developing new products, expanding manufacturing capacity, or responding to a competitive threat, projects lie at the heart of business strategy in many industries. Businesses need not only predictable outcomes, but also high levels of overall performance, innovation and creativity. But how do you achieve this? Project management is a complex endeavour. Despite well-defined bodies of knowledge, overall performance of projects is highly variable, suggesting there is more to project management than completing templates and delegating work.

This course uniquely prepares learners for this world. Founded upon the core disciplines of project management, it will not only give learners a thorough grounding in common practice, but will also develop the insight and skills needed to challenge these practices and critically evaluate new ideas. Participants will be stretched and challenged to master the art of strategic project delivery. The programme has been developed in collaboration between the University and industry experts, and in addition to the University faculty, the programme has contributions from over 20 experienced project practitioners from our industrial partners, and we regularly add new presenters and contemporary content from around the world.

The programme is a two-year, part-time course, combining supported online learning with annual in-person hub workshops. It has been designed for STEM graduates working in project-based roles to develop and enhance their project management capabilities.  Students have the option to undertake a 12-month research project after completing the degree apprenticeship, which would lead to the award of a full MSc in Industrial Project Management.The University of Birmingham has been challenging and developing great minds for more than a century. With over 35,000 students and 8,000 staff, today we are one of the world’s leading universities. Characterised by a tradition of innovation, research at the University has broken new ground, pushed forward the boundaries of knowledge and made an impact on people’s lives – a tradition that this programme proudly continues.


Fees and Funding

The Degree Apprenticeship will be paid for through your employer, there will be no costs incurred by you.

All employers who have a payroll over £3 million pay an Apprenticeship Levy. They can use this levy to fund your enrolment on the programme.

Entry Requirements

  • To be working in a project environment.  To get the best out of this course you need to be able to relate your academic learning and research to the real-life of projects. 
  • A good academic standard of education.  A good first degree is ideal, though we will consider applicants without a degree where they can demonstrate work experience at a reasonable senior level.
  • Applicants without a first degree, or with little work experience will be considered, but will be required to attend a video interview as part of their application process.

How to apply

You will need to apply for the Degree Apprenticeship through your employer, who will have their own selection criteria.

For all enquiries relating to this programme please contact our Degree Apprenticeships Manager:

Tel: +44 (0)121 414 4271
Mob: +44(0)7976 230204