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

The Institute of Place Management is pleased to announce that its flagship MSc Place Management and Leadership programme is now accepting applicants for a January 2024 start. Please read on for details of our online taster sessions.

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Place management is an open and dynamic process, embracing new approaches to place change and governance.  Postgraduate study at IPM is designed for those in place management roles however the course is also suitable for local politicians and local community members leading or contributing to place initiatives.

The programme introduces students to contemporary and critical perspectives about place management and development, giving an opportunity to interact with a support peer group and conduct research relevant to your professional practice.

Below, IPM graduate Steph James discusses her experience studying the MSc programme:


Course schedule

Part-time, flexible study

The flexible course, created for working professionals, is studied part-time via online tutorials and with a 2-day residential workshop at Manchester Metropolitan University for each unit studied. 

The course is split into three qualifications, with all students starting the Postgraduate Certificate and having the option to continue to the Postgraduate Diploma and then a Masters qualification. The structure of the course for our 2023 cohort is shown below:


Unit Title

Unit description

Residential date

PG Cert.

Place Management and Leadership

The principles of place management from an interdisciplinary and multi-stakeholder perspective. Understand place leadership and partnership development, and governance within a variety of cultural contexts (read more)


Residential dates in Manchester

March 2024

Place Marketing, Branding and Communication

Critically explore place marketing concepts and practices, including the use of social media and the construction of digital place identity, the co-creation of place and place experiences (read more)


Residential dates in Manchester

June 2024

PG Dip

Place and Economic Development

Key theories of local and regional economic development, and an examination of place development in a global context. Critique dominant place-making practices and establish principles of effective and inclusive place development (read more)

Sept 2024

Place Research and Data Analysis

How to tackle an academic project inc. research approaches, primary and secondary data collection, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and writing up and presenting research findings (read more)

Jan 2025



Identify, structure, frame and investigate a complex issue within the context of place management, and produce a substantial written document inc. conclusions (read more)

Mid-2025 to 2026


Online taster sessions

If you are considering making an application for a January 2024 start, we will be running some online taster sessions leading up to the application deadline towards the end of November 2023.  These sessions will provide you with the information you need to decide whether the course is for you:


Title Date Booking info
Course introduction inc. video 17 May 2023, 11:00–12:00 Register here
Guest speaker: a past student’s experience 19 July 2023, 11:00–12:00 Register here
Taster session with Dr Steve Millington 4 October 2023, 12:00–13:00 Register here
Question and answer session 15 November 2023, 10:00–11:00 Register here


Study with a world-leading Institute and University

The Place Management and Leadership programme is delivered by a team of internationally renowned academics and practitioners, with residential workshops held in Manchester Metropolitan University Business School’s £75 million teaching and research headquarters on the All Saints Campus.

Throughout the online distance learning elements (between each residential workshop) students are supported by the teaching team and a tutor for each unit. In addition, all assessments are designed to be relevant and impactful to your specific role and location.




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

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



Fees for 2024 (commencing January) have been set at £1,709 per 30 credit unit.
(Overseas student fees are £2,000 per 30 credit unit)

For home students, this equates to the following course fees (which you can pay yearly in three instalments, on discussion with the student finance office).

£3,418 Postgraduate Certificate in Place Management and Leadership

£6,836 Postgraduate Diploma in Place Management and Leadership

£10,254 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 England, 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.


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