Construction Project 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

2nd

in the UK for Building Engineering

The Times Good University Guide 2017

9th

in the UK for Civil Engineering

Guardian University Guide 2018

Overview

Our Construction Project Management MSc programme is tailored for construction professionals looking for a more holistic perspective of construction project processes and the challenge of project management in complex building and infrastructure projects.

Competency in project management has become a key part of the skills-set of every construction professional and executive, with many construction project managers functioning in a strategic and coordinating role in the delivery of the client’s physical development and investment programme.

The Construction Project Management programme includes accredited online content to prepare students to sit the “PRojects IN Controlled Environments” (PRINCE2) Foundation exam or the 'Association for Project Management Project Fundamentals Qualification' (APM PFQ). This online content is provided by a third-party provider: Training ByteSize. We are also a corporate affiliate member of the Association of Project Management.

AMP corporate affiliate

In addition to state-of-the-art teaching facilities, the School houses its 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 also 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?

  • Accredited by The UK’s Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • Accredited by The Engineering Council
  • Accredited by The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

Who should study this programme?

Whereas the sister MSc programme in Construction Management offers a wider module selection, this programme in Construction Project Management is more focused on project management and is arguably more suitable for those with some postgraduate professional experience.

An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in a relevant subject and/or full membership of a relevant professional institution.

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 here.

IELTS: overall 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component.

What you'll study

The modules on our Construction Project Management MSc course 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 Project 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

This module provides you 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.

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.

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.

The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of construction project management principles and techniques. It includes materia 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.

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.

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.

This module develops your 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.

This module is provides you 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 your degree. Each student (supervised by an academic who is an expert in the field) writes a dissertation worth 60-credits.

Optional modules

The aim of this module is to introduce you 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.

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.

The aims of this module are for you 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.

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.

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
Practical sessions

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 previous students have gone on to work for a variety of organisations nationally and internationally.

Graduate destinations

These include:

  • Arup
  • Atkins
  • BAM Nuttall Ltd
  • Balfour Beatty
  • Kier Group
  • Morgan Sindall
  • Skanska
  • Transport for London

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, students 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

Stephen Ray Emer

Construction Project Management MSc student

I am happy to be taught by the leading academicians in the construction industry. They are helpful and always available for consultation.

Xiaowei Guo

Construction Project Management MSc

I can combine theory with practice. All the content of the programme could be applied in my future job, it is designed for practitioners.

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