In today's ever-changing market, construction professionals need the knowledge and skills available through postgraduate study more than ever. Successful project managers need to be able to think, lead and act in an uncertain and dynamic business environment, have access to the latest information, understand the appropriate techniques and systems, and have the expertise to apply these to market needs and business opportunities.
The MSc Construction Project Management is designed specifically to enhance your understanding of managing projects and to support construction professionals in practice and client organisations. It is aimed at architects, surveyors, services engineers, civil engineers, construction managers, and existing project managers who wish to formalise their training on the client and supply side.
The full Master's course comprises 180 credits divided into three 60 credits stages: Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, and Master's. Students work incrementally through the three stages and must pass all modules at each stage in order to progress to the next.
The course is structured to support you as you explore the nature of projects in relation to organisations, and their commercial and public environment. This includes managing teams that analyse client value and risk associated with environmental issues and the forms of procurement and contract available.
You will consider the use of information technology in managing projects, together with organisational change and innovation, and study the planning and control of projects in relation to the organisations that contribute to and manage the process.
We review modules regularly to ensure they're relevant to the latest trends and events, but the overall aims and content themes remain the same
Learning and Teaching
Teaching usually takes place on two whole days a week, with lectures, seminars and other supporting activities. Each module (excluding the dissertation) has a full day of contact, with morning and afternoon sessions, and five teaching days so you engage with each module usually once a fortnight. This allows you to prepare for each module and apply yourself to the activities to consolidate your learning.
Some of your learning will be through using BIM software in computer labs, applying it to real-world scenarios and briefs.
Each module has a flexible reading programme with essential text and suggested reading lists, and some modules provide interactive learning materials. The library has a wide range of e-materials, especially e-journals and other resources you can access remotely. The course demands you develop an advanced knowledge and use of independent materials.
- Full-time (including dissertation): one year for September start and 16 months for January start. Teaching is in 40 teaching days.
- Part-time (including dissertation): two years for September start, and 28 months for January start. Teaching is in 30 teaching days in the first year, and 10 teaching days in the second year.
We provide tutorial support between teaching blocks.
You study modules between September and May, with June to September devoted mainly to your dissertation. The study begins with a short induction.
Assessment mainly avoids major exams, and many modules have mini projects that require applied research relevant to the syllabus but applied to construction project management in practice.
Careers / Further study
Clients, consultants and contractors value to project managers' role highly when it comes to optimising projects' budgets, timescales and quality. Project management roles vary, depending on the nature of the project and the working environment, but it is a generic function that many organisations' clients will specify.
We normally require an honours degree of 2.2 or above in Architecture, Architectural Engineering, Architectural Technology, Building, Building Services Engineering, Building Surveying, Building Technology, Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering, Construction Management, Construction Technology, Quantity Surveying, Real Estate, Urban, Development and Regional Planning.
We can consider applicants who have a degree in a different subject, but who do have relevant professional experience or qualifications. We can also consider applicants who do not have a degree but have significant relevant professional experience or qualifications. In your application, you should describe in detail your professional experience and qualifications.
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Last updated September 27, 2018