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Please note we are now considering applicants for a January 2022 start.

Developing confident, highly reflective and respected place managers, capable of strategic thinking and transformative but inclusive place management.

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.

IPM offers a full MSc in Place Management and Leadership - comprising four taught units and a dissertation (total: 180 credits), in addition to a Post-Graduate Diploma (4 taught units), and a Post-Graduate Certificate (2 taught units). This provides a range of options to suit your circumstances.

Course content

The programme introduces 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

MSc Students are required to study four 30 credit units, and complete a dissertation, over two years of study (full MSc).

Each unit provides a 3 day block of masterclasses taught in Manchester Metropolitan University Business School’s £75 million teaching and research headquarters on the All Saints Campus. 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.Watch the video below where programme leader Dr. Steve Millington explains the course structure.



In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have altered the delivery method, with more content now delivered online via Microsoft Teams and Zoom. In 2021-22 we hope to return to some form of face to face teaching at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive an MSc, PG Diploma or PG Certificate in Place Management and Leadership.

Career prospects

Two-thirds of over 400 surveyed UK town centre managers have identified that they want additional development opportunties in place management and leadership. This need has also been mirrored in research undertaken in Europe, Australia and the USA. Accordingly, 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 2021 (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.

Advanced Standing

Your years of work as a place management practitioner can now earn you credits on the MSc in Place Management and Leadership offered by Manchester Metropolitan University. The most experienced practitioners will now be able to complete a Masters in just eighteen months, whilst still working full time.

The Advanced Standing admission route has been agreed upon between the Institute of Place Management and Manchester Metropolitan University. For those considering applying for the MSc in Place Management and Leadership with Advance Standing then you could be eligible for up to 90 credits of the 180 required for a Master's degree if you are a Member or Fellow of the Institute of Place Management. If you are thinking of applying to our course with advanced standing, please get in touch with our course team, who will be able to advise.

Advanced Standing is only available to applicants for the full MSc

Outline Calendar

the next cohort of students will start in January 2022. Each unit runs for 15 weeks (from the start date) and includes 2 assignments. Online classes will be hosted every week on a Wednesday from 5-7pm, this will be accompanied by weekly recommended reading for students to complete. Each unit will also include a two day residential on campus at Manchester Metropolitan University, please see the details for each unit below.

Unit title 

Start dates for unit delivery

Principles of Place Management and Leadership

19th January 2022, Residential date 24th-25th March at Manchester Metropolitan University

Place Marketing, Branding and Communication

12th May 2022, Residential date 12th-13th May at Manchester Metropolitan University

Place and Economic Development

14th September 2022, residential date 3rd-4th November at Manchester Metropolitan University

Place Research and Data Analysis

Jan 2023

Dissertation in Place Management and Leadership

Jan 2023

* The exact start dates of the first unit is affected by the pandemic, with the first unit being delivered fully remotely.

If you are interested in apply for one of our postgraduate courses, get in touch with our course team to schedule in a call

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