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Construction Project Management requires highly skilled individuals with the ability to lead and integrate a multi-disciplinary team of professionals. This challenging, industry-focused course will help you to develop not only the academic and technical knowledge required for this role, but also the interpersonal skills that are essential for success in this career.
The course will build on the knowledge and experience you gained in your first degree, or in your work environment, and prepare you to take strategic responsibility for the management of construction projects. We will equip you with a strong understanding of the academic knowledge, theories, concepts and principles required, as well as the intellectual, practical and technical skills vital in this career.
The course is built around the Chartered Institute of Building’s definition of construction project management which encompasses the whole life cycle of a construction project from ‘inception to recycling’. Sustainability is a key element of this and an important focus of this course.
About the course
Managing construction projects from design through to occupation requires a wide range of skills and involves many people. The University of Bolton leads the way in offering professional courses which are designed with the current and future needs of employers and your career in mind. Our MSc in Construction Project Management is designed to give you the edge in a demanding marketplace.
Staff have industry experience and have developed their teaching expertise with a strong commitment to research and their own professional development. Most are members of relevant professional bodies and through their research are actively involved with industry, both locally and internationally. Many staff are also qualified to doctoral level.
By studying this course you will gain the excellent management, communication and interpersonal skills that are essential in this role. You will explore strategy and control as well as technical, commercial, financial, legal and organisational issues. Your ability to solve problems using creative and innovative thinking underpinned by strong research and information evaluation skills will be developed. You will also gain the lifelong learning skills that will help you keep abreast of developments in the industry, including how to satisfy ever more demanding safety, sustainability and technological criteria.
- Teaching staff are drawn from industry and academia and have a wide range of experience, leading the field in the study of and research into the built environment and construction.
- You will benefit from regular small group tutorials with professional staff, and have the opportunity to ask for one-to-one advice from subject experts.
- Course content is supported by guest speakers from industry.
- You will have the opportunity to submit drafts of your assessed coursework for feedback from tutors, before your final submission.
- Our staff are committed to mentoring you after graduation and into employment.
What you will learn
As a future construction project manager you will be guided to develop the management, procurement and technology-related skills and knowledge essential for managing people and projects in the construction and property sectors.
You will develop excellent communication and presentation skills and learn the technical (hard) and social (soft) management skills that will underpin your career. The course will enhance your research skills and challenge you to develop creative solutions to the problems posed by complex construction scenarios. You will work individually and as part of a team, taking the lead role where required. There will be many opportunities for discussion and debate, and in those situations you will be required to use evidenced based material to come to judgements about the importance and impact of political, social and environmental factors.
You will also be guided towards membership of a professional body, where upholding appropriate ethical values is a precursor to practice.
You will be expected to take a proactive approach to your learning, taking responsibility for your personal and professional development towards senior management level. Successful managers in the construction industry share a commitment to lifelong learning as this rapidly evolving industry requires you to keep up with ever more complex technological, environmental and safety considerations.
What you will study
You will study the following modules:
- Construction Management (CPM7001 – 30 credits);
- Project Management (CPM7002 – 30 credits);
- Sustainable Construction (CPM7003 – 30 credits);
- Group Project (CPM7004 – 30 credits);
- Dissertation (CPM7005 – 60 credits).
The 30 credit modules will provide you with a clear understanding of management principles as well as the technical and practical skills and knowledge required by professional construction project managers. On completion of these modules you will then undertake an extensive piece of individual research for the dissertation module (worth 60 credits).
Many students find the dissertation the most rewarding part of the course. While challenging, it allows you to apply the full weight of your knowledge and skills to an area of personal interest in construction project management. This consolidates your learning and allows you to demonstrate your abilities to both your tutors and potential employers.
You should have:
- an honours degree in an appropriate construction discipline (or a comparable relevant qualification from a UK or overseas institution); or
- professional body membership in an appropriate construction discipline e.g. Chartered Construction Manager, Chartered Builder, Chartered Surveyor, Chartered Architect, Chartered or Incorporated Engineer; or
- qualifications and/or experience equivalent to (1) and (2), e.g. Higher National Certificate or Diploma and substantial experience at a senior level in construction; or
- a non-cognate degree, and experience working over a long period in construction, e.g. construction lawyer.
If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent). If you do not have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent).
We are more than happy to have an informal chat with you about this course, either over the phone or in person. If you wish to meet in person please contact the programme director to arrange a mutually convenient time. (While we reserve the right to interview it is not our usual practice for this course.)
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Last updated September 28, 2017