MA Production Management

Learn to understand and manage the entire production process, from development and planning, to working on location and overseeing creative post-production work.

Please note that this course is not recruiting for September 2022 or January 2023 entry. Please register your interest and we will let you know when applications open for September 2023 entry.

Why study MA Production Management at BU? 

  • Foster a network of creative collaborators that will become the foundation of your future career 
  • Learn from media professionals who have expertise and experience of working in the industry
  • Analyse the different skills and approaches necessary to manage both scripted and unscripted productions 
  • Develop important soft skills around Conflict Resolution and Project Management that will enhance your ability to manage people as well as logistics 
  • Work across multiple projects to build your CV and hone your skills for an area of the industry looking for fresh talent 
  • Learn in an environment that balances the need for both technical and soft skills in managing productions 
  • Have access to industry-standard Production Management software Movie Magic Scheduling 6 and Movie Magic Budgeting 10

Work within our Master's Framework 

BU’s MA Framework brings together students from across 7 specialisms - Scriptwriting, Producing, Production Management, Directing, Cinematography, Post Production Editing and Sound Design for Screen – to work on collaborative production projects across the 1-year degree. Cross-degree collaboration imitates a professional environment in which to hone your production management skills. 

Key information

Next start date:

September 2023, January 2024


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


1 year full-time (September start). 20 months part-time (January start)

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject, or equivalent. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in writing, speaking, listening and reading. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

Download the programme specification (pdf 221kb)

Your application

For MA Production Management, we are looking for applicants who: 

  • Have some work experience within a media environment, ideally within production 
  • Display the ambition, commitment, and team working skills required to manage audio-visual productions 
  • Are creative and enthusiastic 
  • Can adapt to varying demands and workloads 
  • Are organised, detail-oriented and flexible

Entry requirements


As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on entertainment, the industry has a renewed appreciation for the vital role this department plays in realising finished projects; Screenskills has identified Production Management as an industry shortage area, so job prospects in this area are currently very good for individuals with the right skills. 

Beyond the entertainment industry, production management skills have a broad applicability in areas like event planning and management, and any roles that require strong coordinating or organisational skills. 

Costs and fees

You can find full information about the deposits required and how to pay your fees in our postgraduate fees and funding section, including details of the Postgraduate Loan (subject to fee status).

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course.

Find out more about living expenses for postgraduate students

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