MSc Construction Project Management

Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

Program Description

MSc Construction Project Management

Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

The MSc in Construction Project Management (CPM) uses an innovative structure and integrative use of the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to deliver a flexible and exciting programme of study. It is designed to meet the challenging demands of the modern learner and the rapidly evolving needs of the construction industry.

We continuously and extensively consult with construction companies and organisations in order to make sure that the course content remains practically relevant for the modern construction manager.

The MSc is available both as a one year full-time programme, and in open-learning mode normally taken over two years (extendable up to 5 years).

Why choose this course?

  • Accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) demonstrates professional recognition of the quality of our programme.
  • Strong links with prominent companies in the sector, such as Mace, Willmott Dixon and BAM Construction who are all represented in our Professional Liaison Group (PLG), which exists to provide advice on existing and proposed courses of study, on research activities and consultancy work.
  • The programme adopts an applied learning approach to ensure that it is real-world focused and holistic. Not only is this more effective, it is more fun than the traditional study and examination approach.
  • Students develop a broad range of management skills and knowledge including Building Information Modelling (BIM), project finance, technology, and procurement by working on real-life or realistic problems as experienced by the construction industry, consultants and clients. Students are also exposed to behavioural aspects of managing projects, which most construction project managers only experience when their careers in the construction industry are well-advanced.
  • There are four intensive study periods during the programme where full-time and open-learning students come together on campus to attend lectures, seminars and workshops and share experiences.
  • The course is directly tailored to students with a background in the construction industries who want to develop their careers as Construction Managers. Whether you have a degree in a construction related discipline such as Civil Engineering or Architecture, or have a strong background working in construction, if you want to be a Construction Project Manager this is the course for you.
  • Our graduates have an exemplary employment record and now span the globe, working in countries including India, Pakistan, South Africa, Canada, Australia, Peru, Middle East and China.
  • Our teaching is backed up by strong research activity. Many of our academic staff are involved in academic research and/or professional or commercial consultancy work. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, approximately 80% of our research, with our colleagues in other Built Environment areas, was judged to be of ‘international’ quality, with approximately 40% rated as ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world leading’.
  • Many members of staff are part of Brookes' Oxford Institute of Sustainable Development (OISD), a leading research and promotional organisation noted for its work on sustainable technology in buildings and sustainable urban form.
  • Our staff have strong links with local companies and sit on professional committees including CIOB and Constructing Excellence.

This course in detail

There are two modes of delivery for the MSc CPM: full-time on campus or open-learning, and there are two entry points - September or January.

Extensive on-line learning material is provided to all students via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) - our own intranet site to which students have access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The course is assessed by 100% coursework submitted via the VLE. Module leaders can be contacted via the VLE, e-mail, telephone and Skype.

Intensive Study Periods - all students attend four intensive study periods during their programme and these are normally around 3 days long. Students (and staff) enjoy these intensive sessions as they are able to share experiences and knowledge as well as renew friendships and make connections within the industry and the open-learning students get the opportunity to meet face-to-face with staff.

The organisation and the collaborative nature of these intensive study periods is always praised by our students who particularly like the site visits, workshops and guest lectures from industry experts that are some of the major features.

Field Trips and Site Visits - there are a number of field trips and site visits which take place mainly during the intensive study periods. There is one European field trip during the MSc programme and this takes place at the end of January each year - usually to the Netherlands.

As well as bringing together full-time and open-learning students, the aim of this field trip is to integrate knowledge gained in the early part of the programme, to develop team skills and to build relationships. With the European field trip we also expose students to project management practices outside of the UK and assess the ability of students to observe and report on the different approaches to project management in the UK and overseas.

Applied or Problem Based Learning - We have responded to requests from industry to make our postgraduate education more practical by using an ‘applied’ approach to learning, sometimes called “Problem Based Learning” or PBL. This approach encourages learning by allowing students to actively puzzle through problems that are adapted from complex real situations.

As real problems cross discipline boundaries and require research and collaboration, we use our links with industrial practitioners to help devise the problems we use in class. This leads to a more exciting and relevant student experience.

Programme Structure – See downloads (right) for diagrams showing the structure of the programme for full-time and open-learning students starting in September 2014. January entrants will start at the beginning of Semester 2 and continue onto Semester 1 in September 2015. For further information on January 2015 entry please contact the Programme Administrator.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Cost & Fees

Home / EU full-time on-campus fee: £5,500.
Home / EU open learning fee: £3,025 Year 1, £3,025 (+ % increase relating to inflation)Year 2.

International full-time on-campus fee: £12,100.
International open learning fee: £5,310 Year 1, £5,310 (+ % increase relating to inflation) Year 2.

Entry Requirements

The MSc in Construction Project Management is open to students who hold a good undergraduate honours degree (2.1 or above) in a construction related discipline.

Please note, we will also consider applications from candidates with relevant experience in construction, (or an alternative qualification) and demonstrable ability to study at master's level.

International applications

Preparation courses for International and EU students We offer a range of courses to help you to meet the entry requirements for this course and also familiarise you with university life. You may also be able to apply for one student visa to cover both courses.

Take our Pre-Master's course to help you to meet both the English language and academic entry requirements for your master's course. If you need to improve your English language, we have pre-sessional English language courses available to help you to meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s.

Duration & Price
This course is Campus or Online
Start Date
Start date
Jan. 2017
Sept. 2016
1 - 5 years
Part time
Full time
5,500 GBP
Start date Jan. 2017
United Kingdom Oxford, England
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Duration 1 - 5 years
Price 5,500 GBP
Start date Sept. 2016
United Kingdom Oxford, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 1 - 5 years
Price 5,500 GBP