Postgraduate study2016

MSc

Construction Management

School of Civil and Building Engineering

Year of entry: 2016

1 year full-time or 2-5 years part-time

Professionals in construction management are at the heart of the delivery phase of buildings and infrastructure in every economy, and play an essential part in the realisation of the physical development aspiration of clients.

MSc

Construction Management

School of Civil and Building Engineering

Year of entry: 2016

1 year full-time or 2-5 years part-time

Professionals in construction management are at the heart of the delivery phase of buildings and infrastructure in every economy, and play an essential part in the realisation of the physical development aspiration of clients.

Programme information

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. This challenge is not only national but global as the need for construction management skills continues to grow internationally. Indeed, our student cohorts reflect this global challenge with students from across multiple continents. 

This particular programme benefits from being rooted in a long 40 year history of delivery. It has evolved and aligned itself with the challenge above to reinforce it as one of the most long-standing and successful Construction Management Masters programmes of its kind. The programme has and continues to be the flagship of our postgraduate programmes and is heavily subscribed and endorsed by the global construction management community.

The programme is designed for recent graduates from construction and related disciplines and introduces the fundamentals and challenges to contemporary construction management. It is also ideally suited to those who have a strong technical background and need to complement it with requisite management know-how for developing their national and international careers in the construction sector.

Students on the programme significantly benefit from the programmes strong connection with the expertise of the UK’s longest-established research group ‘Construction Technology and Organisation’ and the Royal Academy of Engineering Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design.

Accreditation of the programme is provided by the UK’s Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Engineering Council and The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

Key facts

  • An outstanding place to study.  The School of Civil and Building Engineering is ranked 2nd in the UK for Building in the Times Good University Guide 2015
  • Research-led teaching from international experts.  75% of the School’s research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in the latest Government Research Excellence Framework.
  • Fully accredited by the UK's Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Engineering Council and The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). 

Entry qualifications

Upper second class (2:1) honours degree in a relevant subject …considered on an individual basis

Careers and further study

Graduates are sought after by a wide range of companies including Arup, Atkins, Bauer Technologies, Carillion plc, Eurovia Group, Kier Group, Morgan Sindall, Skanska and Vinci Construction. Many of these organisations engage with the University in both collaborative research and in delivering lectures on the courses. This provides an ideal opportunity for students to engage in discussions about employment opportunities.

Programme modules

Semester one, compulsory modules

ICT for Construction Projects

This module introduces managers to a wide range of tools and technologies appropriate for their role and projects.  The module covers a range of topics including project information flows, e-business, database technologies, emerging technologies, building information modelling technologies, groupware and collaborative systems. 

Research and Communication

The aims of this module are to provide the student with an overview of sources of information in construction; to explain to students 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 teaches students the fundamental principles of managing a project during the design and construction phases.  The module develops knowledge and understanding of the role and principles of the estimating, tendering and planning of construction projects and the importance of health and safety in relation to design and construction activities.

Principles of Project Management

Students will gain an understanding of construction project management principles and theory.  Specific areas covered include management responsibility for running construction projects; contemporary issues facing the construction industry; cultural complexity and the impact of behaviour and motivation on performance; and applying appropriate project management techniques for the different project phases.

Postgraduate Research Project

The aim of this module is to provide 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 Construction Management.

Option Module (part-time students only)

Management and Professional Development 1

The aim of this module is to enable students to plan, develop and demonstrate progress against a suitable professional development framework, such that they become equipped with a range of transferable management and professional development skills.

Option Modules One

Choose two from:

Design Management

This module introduces various Design Management techniques and approaches.  These include process mapping techniques for design; ways to analyse and optimise the design process; and students will gain an understanding of the internal workings of a design office and their relationship with the construction team. 

Sustainability in the Built Environment

Students will gain an understanding of sustainability issues that relate to the built environment; ways in which these issues can be managed and effective communication of both strategic and technical information. 

Management of Construction Processes

This module introduces students to cutting edge contemporary management concepts and innovations; complexities of setting up and managing logistics on large construction sites; and essential project management techniques such as risk management. 

Federated 3D Building Information Modelling (BIM)

The creation, deployment and use of aggregated and integrated 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 co-creation and data sharing of federated/aggregated 3D BIM models. The concept of shared situational awareness within design teams/processes will be explored.

Option Modules Two

Choose two from:

Strategic Management in Construction

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the fundamental concepts of strategic management and the tools for formulating and implementing strategies within the construction sector.  The application of strategic management tools to develop appropriate change strategies will be explored and fundamental skills in communication, negotiation and leadership will be developed. 

People and Teams

Students will gain a knowledge and understanding of the key fundamental management principles and theory (such as motivation, teamwork, leadership, task management) and how they can be applied to managing people within the context of the construction project environment.  Students will also be able to analyse current theoretical approaches to people management, appreciate importance of ethics and cultural issues and evaluate the key factors driving HRM systems.

Procurement and Contract Procedure

This module aims to develop students understanding of procurement methods, different forms of contract and contract practice.  The module is designed to give students key practical skills including advising clients on appropriate procurement and tendering methods; selecting the most appropriate form of construction contract; and manage a construction contract effectively. 

Business Economics and Finance

Students will gain a sound understanding of macro, meso and micro economics and types, sources and management of finance relating to construction organisations and projects.  This will allow students to analyse the policies and operations of construction organisations and projects from an economic perspective to determine likely performance consequences and analyse corporate financial data for investment prospects and business management decisions.  

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. The standard tuition fees for this course are:

Taught ProgrammesUK/EUInternational
PGT Band 2 (Mid-Range) £9,000 £17,000

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.

Funding

A number of scholarships and bursaries are available (dependent on eligibility):

  • Student loans for master's degrees
  • Department-specific bursaries
  • Scholarships
  • Professional and Career Development Loans
  • External charities and trusts
  • Studentships
  • Research Council funding

Find out more about the support available for UK/EU students and international students.