MSc Construction and Project Management with Industrial Internship

General

Program Description

These programmes have been designed to:

  • Develop the intellectual, practical and professional skills of the learner in the critical acquisition, analysis, interpretation and understanding of the management of construction projects and organisations.
  • Apply appropriate theoretical and practical management methods in the analysis and solution of design, engineering and construction problems.
  • Develop a holistic approach to the planning, monitoring and control of construction projects by integrating the technical knowledge of design, engineering and construction with financial, legal, IT, commercial leadership and managerial skills of business administration in the management of simple to complex projects through their various stages from inception, feasibility, strategy, design, construction, commissioning and into maintenance; and in construction organisations; eg construction economics and finance, strategic management, information systems, construction law, international construction markets and competitive advantage.
  • Develop critical and analytical problem-solving skills across a broad range of subjects and transferable skills that relate to literacy, numeracy, computing, teamwork, group work, and personal presentations and interactions to prepare graduates for more general employment.

Please note:

Applications for this course, received after 30th June may not be accepted. A deposit will be required to secure a place.

Highlights

Professional Accreditations

MSc (Technical and non-technical) This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree. See www.jbm.org.uk for further information. The degree has been accredited by the following: The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

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Course Structure

Students on the Construction and Project Management with Industrial Internship programme will undertake the second year of study on an Industrial Internship with a construction employer.

The University does not organise or provide Industrial Internships. It is the student's responsibility to arrange their own Industrial Internship (anywhere internationally) that can be approved by the University in line with agreed Health, Safety and Welfare requirements and with specifically approved induction criteria.

See also the University requirements for supervisors/mentors (Details in Assessment, below). Please note that only those who achieve an average of 55 per cent in Year 1/Semester 1 taught modules will be allowed to progress into the Year 2 Internship. Students who do not meet this criterion will complete the one-year MSc in Construction and Project Management.

Modules

  • Construction Economics and Facilities Management
  • Construction Law: Contract Law, Tort and Evidence, Dispute Resolution
  • Project Planning for Sustainability
  • Procurement and Contract Administration
  • Project Management, Planning and Control
  • Research Methods for Managers
  • Strategic Management and International Construction
  • Individual Research Project (Dissertation)

For full-time students, the final four months of the programme (Semester 3) will be dedicated to an individual research project. Part-time students may arrange their programme, subject to timetabling and arrangement with the Programme Co-ordinator. Students matriculating from the joint programme with other universities will be granted programme credit for four modules taken at that university.

Teaching Times

Semesters 1-2: Monday and Friday, 12 weeks/semester, lectures 1.00 pm - 7.30 pm Monday and 11.00 am - 5.00 pm Friday. Will include team-working for coursework preparation outside of lecture times, and may involve optional self-funded UK/International Study Tours.

Career Prospects

There are excellent career opportunities for our graduates as project managers, contract managers, design managers, project architects, project engineers, planners, etc., within project management consultants, construction companies, property developers and government agencies, amongst others. Graduates are also well prepared for PhD research, which may lead to careers in research establishments and universities.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts help our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Assessment

Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:

Assessment is carried out in January (CIV 7069, Research Methods for Managers) and in May (all other taught modules).

All taught modules are assessed on submitted individual written coursework and in some instances on group written coursework. Group coursework will also include group presentations to the judging panel. Individual coursework may, where required, be further presented at a panel Q&A session.

Written dissertation/thesis is submitted and assessed at the end of September for all full-time MSc students.

MSc students who have achieved a minimum of 50 per cent in the compulsory modules and an average of 50 per cent or above overall in the taught programme, are required to undertake an individual research project and submit a dissertation in September. This dissertation must be passed at 50 per cent for the award of the MSc.

Students who achieve an overall average for their taught modules and dissertation in the range of 60 per cent to 69 per cent will be awarded a Commendation. Students who achieve an average of 65 per cent or above in the taught programme and 70 per cent or more for the dissertation, with an overall average of 70 per cent or more, will be awarded a Distinction.

MSc with Industrial Internship students will maintain regular monthly contact with their University academic supervisor. Students will also have a supervisor/mentor appointed by their Internship provider and approved by the University. Progress milestones will be agreed ahead of the Internship with supervisors/mentors who will send regular progress reports to the University academic supervisor. Students submit an interim report half-way through and then a final report at the end of the Internship. They also prepare and deliver a 30-minute presentation, which will include a question and answer session. Where students successfully complete their Industrial Internship, having met the assessment requirements, they will be entitled to graduate with the MSc in Construction and Project Management with Industrial Internship.

Where students fail to meet the assessment criteria for their Internship but have otherwise fulfilled all other requirements for the one-year MSc programme, they may still graduate with the MSc.

Entrance requirements

Graduate

Normally a 2.2 Honours degree or above in a relevant Science, Engineering, Architecture, Management or Social Science discipline or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.

Applicants who do not meet the above academic requirements but hold a relevant professional qualification and can demonstrate appropriate experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy provides guidance on the assessment of experiential learning (RPEL).

International Students

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for the English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering Academic English and Pre-sessional courses online only from June to September 2020.

  • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

Tuition Fees

Northern Ireland (NI) £6,140
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £6,900
Other (non-UK) EU £6,140
International £16,900

All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2020-21. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase unless explicitly stated otherwise.

Terms and Conditions for Postgraduate applications 

  • Due to high demand, there is a deadline for applications. 
  • You will be required to pay a deposit of £400 pounds to secure your place on the course.
  • This condition of the offer is in addition to any academic or English language requirements.

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.

Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.

If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.

Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.

There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

Construction and Project Management with Industrial Internship costs

Students may choose to take two optional field trips to Toronto and London. Students undertaking these field trips must purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) which includes, safety boots at a cost of approximately £35, a high visibility vest at a cost of £10 and a safety helmet at a cost of £20. Students are responsible for funding travel, accommodation and subsistence costs for these trips and should budget for approximately £1,000 for the Toronto field trip and £400 for the London field trip. There is also an additional mandatory contribution payable to the University of Toronto of approximately £350, which the student is responsible for paying.

Students undertaking a professional internship are required to pay a placement charge of £845 to the University in Year 2.

How do I fund my study?

The Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study.

A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,609 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

Last updated Jun 2020

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