Construction Management MSc

Entry requirements:
2:1 +
Full-time:
1 year
Part-time:
2-5 years
Start date:
October 2018
UK/EU fees:
£9,500
International fees:
£21,000
Location:
Loughborough

Achievements

1st

in the UK for Building

Times Good University Guide 2018

3rd

in the UK for Building

Complete University Guide 2018

87%

of the School’s research was scored as ‘World Leading’ or ‘Internationally Excellent’

Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014)

Overview

Our Construction Management MSc programme enjoys a great heritage, being the longest established in the UK and the second oldest in the world. The programme evolves and is taught in close cooperation with industry practitioners and is accredited by all the relevant professional bodies.

Society continues to value and shape the built environment resulting in both public and private investment in construction assets and the successful completion of construction projects.

As these projects become more socially and technically complex in a changing world dominated by a concern for sustainability, there has been a growing challenge to develop existing and new skills and expertise in construction management.

Teaching is research-informed: all staff undertake research and apply it to their teaching.

Our School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering has a world leading reputation for its research and strong collaborations with industry and commerce. Our School is one of four Royal Academy of Engineering Centres of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design, and one of the six most highly funded EPSRC-funded groups working on Built Environment topics. We are also a corporate affiliate member of the Association of Project Management. 

AMP corporate affiliate

In the UK Government’s 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), our School was the highest ranked and most research intensive building energy research school in the UK. 87% of the School’s research was scored as ‘World Leading’ or ‘Internationally Excellent’. ‌

In addition to state-of-the-art teaching facilities, the School houses our own design studio and computer laboratory. Our 3,000m2 open-plan laboratory includes concrete, geotechnics, strength of materials, hydraulics, structures, surveying, public health and building services engineering laboratories along with support workshops. You will benefit from access to our High Performance computing facility – one of the UK’s fastest clusters. The School hosts BISPA – Building and Industrial Services Pipework Academy. It is a collaboration with global steel manufacturer Tata Steel and its Tubes business, and CIBSE – Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers.

What makes this programme different?

  • Longest established course of its kind in the UK
  • Collaboration with global steel manufacturer Tata Steel
  • 3,000m2 open-plan laboratory

Who should study this programme?

If you're a recent graduate from construction and related disciplines, our Construction Management MSc programme is designed for you; it introduces the fundamentals and challenges faced by contemporary construction management. It’s also perfect if you have a strong technical background which you want to complement further with requisite management know-how – essential if you want to develop your national and international careers in the construction sector.

Entry requirements

An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in a relevant subject.

English Language requirements

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not. Find out more.

IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum score of 6.0 in all elements.

What you'll study

The modules on our Construction Management MSc programme are designed to deliver a high quality educational experience that develops and sustains your knowledge, skills and aspirations in the further advancement of your career within the construction industry.

Modules

Our Construction Management MSc course covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.

Compulsory modules

ICT for Construction Projects

This module provides students with the fundamentals of information and communication technologies in construction and their operation within construction organisations and projects. It covers Project information flows, e-business, database technologies, emerging technologies, building information modelling technologies, groupware and collaborative systems.

Research and Communication

This module are provides the student with an overview of sources of information in construction. It explains how to conduct a literature review and introduce students to the principal methods of investigation in construction research; and provide an opportunity for each student to develop professional and academic skills in oral and written communication.

Principles of Design and Construction

This module provides students with the fundamental principles of managing a project during the design and construction phases. It covers principles of design management, construction technology, estimating, planning, and health and safety.

Principles of Project Management

The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of construction project management principles and techniques. It includes material on Project Management Principles; Project Quality and Improvement; Construction Mega Projects; Understanding Project Failure; Investment Appraisal; Sensitivity and Risk Analysis; Corporate and Project Finance; Entrepreneurship, Motivation, Incentives, Behaviour and Leadership.

Postgraduate Research Project

This module is provides the student with experience of the process and methodology of research by defining and studying (on an individual basis) a complex problem in a specialised area relating to their degree. Each student (supervised by an academic who is an expert in the field) writes a dissertation worth 60-credits.

Optional modules

Design Management

The aim of this module is to develop students' understanding of the principles of design management and techniques for cost and value management. It covers topics such as: Managing the design team; Value management; Briefing; Roles and workings of Conceptual, Schematic and Detail design phases; Process protocol; Process mapping techniques; Dependence structure matrix; Design economics.

Sustainability in the Built Environment

This module enables students to understand the principles and practice of sustainability issues as they relate to the built environment and its many stakeholders. It allows students to appreciate the application of a building sustainability assessment scheme, and specifically work towards becoming a BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) Accredited Graduate.

Management of Construction Processes

This module develops students' knowledge of cutting edge contemporary management concepts and innovations and how these contribute to successful construction projects. It covers Site strategy, risk management, innovation, building process, off-site production, and logistics.

Federated 3D Building Information Modelling (BIM)

The creation, deployment and use of aggregated and integrated (Level 2 and 3) models are key goals of collaboration through BIM. This module aims to deliver hands-on practical skills on the use of BIM technologies (i.e. design software and collaboration tools) for real-time collaboration of federated/aggregated 3D BIM models. The theories of group working; workspace awareness and shared situational awareness within design teams/processes will be explored.

Strategic Management in Construction

The aim of this module is to introduce the student to the fundamental concepts of strategic management and the tools for formulating and implementing strategies within the construction sector. This module will provide an introduction to Strategic Management within a construction context. This will involve the development of organisational plans, an Introduction to Strategic Management Concepts, Strategy Formation and Implementation, External and Internal Environment Analysis, Financial Strategies, Decision and Analytical Tools, Corporate Strategic Events, Strategic Risk Management, Leadership and Decision-making (The role of team charters and framework agreements), Corporate Social Responsibility, Case Analysis of Corporate Strategy.

People and Teams

This module introduces students to the range of techniques and strategies for managing people and teams within the context of the construction sector, and enables students to apply this knowledge within individual and team-based exercises. Topics covered include: Challenges of managing people in construction; overview of organization and management theory; introduction to organizational behaviour (individuals and teams); motivation; leadership styles and skills; teamwork and team development; Human Recourse Management theory; strategic HRM approaches; conflict management; culture and ethics.

Procurement and Contract Procedure

The aims of this module are for the student to be introduced to and provided with an in-depth knowledge of current and emerging practices of the Quantity Surveyor in the following areas: (1) fulfilling client needs and ensuring that project criteria are satisfactorily achieved; (2) ensuring the validity of contract documentation; (3) management of the final account.

How you'll be assessed

You will be assessed by a combination of examination, coursework and class presentations as well as a dissertation on an agreed topic.

How you'll study

Seminars
Lectures
Tutorials
Independent study
Group work
Practical sessions
Supervision
Workshops

Your personal and professional development

Our School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Future career prospects

Our graduates are sought after by a wide range of companies including:

  • Arup
  • Atkins
  • Bauer Technologies
  • Carillion plc
  • Eurovia Group
  • Kier Group
  • Morgan Sindall
  • Skanska
  • Vinci Construction

Many of these organisations engage with the University in both collaborative research and in delivering lectures on our programmes. This provides an ideal opportunity for you to engage in discussions about employment opportunities.

Your personal development

On successful completion of this programme, you should be able to:

  • Communicate effectively using a variety of media
  • Collate and critically review data and present findings
  • Work effectively as a team member to achieve goals
  • Participate in interactive sessions
  • Interact and liaise effectively with staff, colleagues and industrial contacts
  • Effectively manage own time within a team environment

Fees and funding

UK/EU:
£9,500
International:
£21,000

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

Our students

Lelia Mbabazi

Construction Management MSc student

I decided to do an MSc to develop my career, and to develop my leadership and management skills.

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