MSc in Project Management in the Built Environment
The Oxford Brookes MSc in Project Management in the Built Environment aims to fulfill the needs of the industry by improving the appropriate project, people and business management skills of current and future practitioners.
The MSc in Project Management in the Built Environment (PMBE) is designed to meet the growing demand for project managers in the construction industry who can oversee the entire life cycle of any project, including unique and specialist developments. It is ideal for anyone with ambitions for project management within the construction sector.
The programme adopts a problem-based learning (PBL) 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.The MSc is available as a one-year, full-time programme or as a distance learning programme (normally taken over two years). There are four intensive study weeks during the programme where full-time and distance-learning students come together on campus to attend lectures, seminars and workshops and also to share experiences.
This approach will enable you to develop a whole range of management skills and knowledge including project finance, technology, law and contract. You will do this through working on real-life or realistic problems as experienced by the construction industry, consultants and clients. You will also be exposed to behavioural aspects of managing projects, which most project managers only experience when their careers in the construction industry are well-advanced.
We consult extensively with people from a wide spectrum of companies and organisations in order to make sure that the course content remains practically relevant. For example, prominent companies in the industry are represented in our Professional Liaison Group.
Teaching learning and assessment
Teaching, learning and assessment methods are to a considerable degree determined by the use of problem-based learning (PBL) which leads to a more challenging and industrially relevant course than the traditional lecture approach. Learning takes place through groups of students puzzling through problems, often adapted from real situations with much of the complexity and context intact, using published resources, or reference to experts who are available to offer advice.
Assessment is 100% coursework, which includes a great variety of types of work, including quizzes taken remotely on Brookes Virtual. Material can be downloaded from our virtual learning environment and closed discussions can take place. It also enables on-campus and distance-learning students to remain in contact with each other.
In full-time mode, the delivery of new material is generally bi-weekly with intermediate tutorial or seminar sessions. The intensive study weeks and a European field-trip, when students in both modes of study come together, complement this delivery pattern. Outside these periods, online learning is the primary mode of learning for distance-learning study. Communication with distance-learning students will be supplemented by email and telephone during the periods off-campus.
The Department of Real Estate and Construction has an outstanding employment record for its graduates. Local and national construction companies, developers, project managers, house-builders, surveyors and housing associations regularly recruit our graduates.
Many of these companies visit the department annually to meet students for graduate positions. Our graduates are recognised as having an excellent level of communication, presentation and problem-solving skills.
All of our distance-learning students are employed full-time by prominent companies in the sector. Full-time students find similar employment shortly after graduation. They typically hold (Assistant) Project Manager positions. However, the breadth of knowledge that our students gain gives them the flexibility to function effectively in a number of different roles.
The MSc in Project Management in the Built Environment is open to students who hold a good undergraduate honours degree (2.1 or above) in any discipline.
We will also consider applications from candidates with relevant experience (or an alternative qualification) and demonstrable ability to study at master's level.
Normally, applicants for distance-learning study should also have at least six months' work experience in a sector of the construction industry and are normally required to be in full-time employment.