MSc/PG Diploma/PG Cert in Place Management and Leadership - next intake January 2020

MSc Place Management and Leadership now eligible for Government's Post-Graduate Masters Loan

 The Place Management and Leadership programme at Manchester Metropolitan University is a part-time taught course that is predominantly for existing practitioners in the place management sector. Place management encompasses a range of professions internationally, including town and city centre management, market management, Downtown and Mainstreet management, destination management and marketing, Business Improvement District management and city marketing and branding. It may also involve civic and and community organisations, or even individuals who share a passion for local places, and who wish to make their communities more sustainable and liveable.  

The aim of the qualification is to develop confident, highly reflective and respected place managers, capable of strategic thinking and transformative but inclusive place management.

In addition to the full MSc (comprising 180 credits - 4x30 credit taught units plus 60 credit dissertation), we offer a PG Diploma (4x30 credit taught units), and a PG Cert (2x30 credit taught units).

Place management is an open and dynamic process, embracing new approaches to place change and governance.  For this reason, the course is also suitable for local politicians and local community members leading or contributing to place initiatives.


The programme will introduce students to contemporary and critical perspectives about place management and development covering: principles of place management, marketing and branding, governance and partnership development, place planning and development, place operations management and an independent research project.

Structure and delivery

Students are required to study four 30 credit units, plus dissertation, over two years (full MSc).  Each unit will provide a 3 day block of master classes taught in the Business School’s £75 million teaching and research headquarters on the All Saints Campus in Manchester. Each unit will also provide an online programme of distance learning and tutor support.  In addition to the taught units, students are required to complete a 60 credit independent research project in their final year.  Delivered by a team of internationally renowned academics and practitioners, all assessments are designed to have impact on specific locations and you will be able to network with managers and leaders in a variety of places.

Over 100 students have studied Place Management with us, from 22 different countries

Upon successful completion of the course students will receive an MSc in Place Management and Leadership.

Career prospects

Two thirds of over 400 surveyed UK town centre managers have identified that they want additional development in this area, and this need has also been mirrored in research undertaken in Europe, Australia and USA. Accordindly the programme is designed around the professional standards developed by the Institute of Place Management  to support those that are already in, or wish to move into a strategic role in place management.

Graduates can expect to combine their Place Management qualification with their current qualifications and personal achievements to develop a unique profile that stands out internationally

MMU is the only university to offer postgraduate qualifications in Place Management and Leadership. 

The course is fully accredited by the Institute of Place Management.  Successful  completion of the MSc in Place Management and Leadership enables graduates to apply for Fellow status.


Fees for 2020 (commencing January) have been set at £1542 per 30 credit unit. This fee applies to all home/EU and overseas students. This equates to the following course fees (which you can pay in instalments). Fees for 2020 will be available shortly.
£3,084 Postgraduate Certificate in Place Management and Leadership
£6,168 Postgraduate Diploma in Place Management and Leadership
£9,252 Masters of Science in Place Management and Leadership
If you are interested in studying for the Masters of Science in Place Management and Leadership, are a UK or EU national living in Engalnd, then you are likely to be eligible for a Postgraduate Masters Loan.
As part of our agreement with Manchester Metropolitan University, it is a requirement that in order to be enrolled on to the course all students must be members of IPM. Therefore if you are applying to join the programme, you must be a member of the Institute in order to enrol on the programme.  As we are approaching the deadline for applications then we would encourage interested applicant to submit course applications as soon as possible and, if necessary, apply for IPM membership at the same time.

Outline Calendar

Our 2020 course dates are just being finalised but will be very similar to those below from 2019.

- Induction day (16th January 2019)

- Principles of Place Management, Marketing and Branding (17th/18th/19th January 2019)

- Principles of Place Leadership, Governance and Partnership Development (16th/17th/18th May 2019)

- Place Development Theory and Practice (3rd/4th/5th October 2019)

- Place Intelligence and Forecasting/Research Methods (22nd/23rd/24th/25th January 2020)

- MSc Dissertation (May 2020- December 2020)


To discuss the course with the Course Leader, Professor Cathy Parker, please email 

For more details on course content follow this link