1. To develop the intellectual, practical, and professional skills of the learner in the critical acquisition, analysis, interpretation and understanding of management of construction projects and organisations. 2. To apply appropriate theoretical and practical management methods in the analysis and solution of design, engineering and construction problems 3. To develop an holistic approach 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 (project conception, design management, procurement, construction engineering and maintenance); and construction organisations (construction economics and finance, strategic management, information systems, construction law, international construction markets and competitive advantage). 4. To develop critical and analytical problem solving skills across a broad range of subjects and transferable skills that relate to literacy, numeracy, computing, team-work, group work, and personal presentations and interactions to prepare graduates for more general employment. 5. To serve as an excellent introduction and training for further research leading to the degree of PhD and participate in the research activities of a world-class research centre of the university.
Entrance Requirements For the MSc the minimum entry requirement is a 2(ii) UK Honours-equivalent first degree in a relevant science, engineering, management or social science discipline. Additional Information for International Students For international candidates whose medium of instruction for their undergraduate study has not been English, at least a British Council IELTS qualification scored at a standard of 6.5. or TOEFL scores (less preferred) are accepted with thresholds of: 577 (paper); 233 (computer).
MSc in Construction and Project Management
-Research Methods in the Built Environment
-Procurement and Contract Administration
-Project Management Planning and Control
-Construction Law 1: Contract Law, Tort and Evidence
-Finance for Managers
-Strategic Management and International Construction
-Construction Law 2: Dispute Resolution
-Facility Management and Maintenance
-Individual Research Project (Dissertation)
The first eight months of the programme will contain taught material. The programme consists of five core modules and a menu of optional modules from which students can select modules to a minimum value of 60 CATS points.
Every module can be taken individually or as a part of an MSc degree programme or postgraduate Diploma programme. Part-time students may arrange their programme, subject to timetabling and arrangement with the course co-ordinator. The final four months of the programme will be dedicated to an individual research project. Early in the year, students will be able to designate a preferred specialist area, which they will be able to pursue in the context of their menu of optional modules and the individual research project.
Students matriculating from the joint programme with other universities will be granted course credit for four modules taken at that university.
• Overall ratio of coursework: unseen examinations 50: 50.
• Assessment is carried out in January and May
• Minimum pass mark for modules is 40 per cent
• Pass mark for MSc is 50 per cent in the compulsory modules, a pass mark in the optional modules and an average of 50 per cent over all taught modules
• Pass mark for Diploma is 40 per cent in the compulsory modules and an average of 40 per cent over all the taught modules
• Written Dissertation/Thesis.
Diploma students, who achieve at the first attempt an MSc standard of performance in coursework and examinations, will be invited by the Board of Examiners to transfer to the MSc pathway.
Students on the MSc programme, who have achieved a minimum of 50 per cent in the compulsory modules and an average of 50 per cent or greater overall in the taught programme, are required to undertake a project and submit a dissertation in September. This dissertation must be passed at 50 per cent for the award of the MSc. Students who achieved an average of 70 per cent in the taught programme and also 70 per cent for the dissertation will be awarded Distinction.
Students on the MSc who fail to achieve 50 per cent in the compulsory modules, an average of 50 per cent in the taught component, or 50 per cent in the dissertation, will be considered for a Diploma. There is no right of resit for MSc candidates.
Students who fail to achieve the award of Diploma may resit failed modules at the next opportunity.
A small number of School scholarships are available.
The degree would be considered for accreditation by the following bodies:
• Joint Board of Moderators of Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers and Institution of Highways and Transportation Engineers as a period of Further Learning (Matching Section) enabling BEng graduates to meet the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer status;
• Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) to meet the academic requirements for Chartered Membership. Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) to meet the academic requirements for Chartered Membership;
• Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) to meet the academic requirements for Chartered Membership.
Opportunities for Careers
The distinctive needs of the construction sector for management personnel at all levels offer excellent career opportunities for graduates of this programme as a project manager, contract manager, design manager, project architect, project engineer, planner or expert witness, with design and construction companies, project management consultants, real estate firms and government agencies amongst others. You will also be well prepared to begin PhD research programmes, which may lead to careers in research establishments and universities