This course is taught jointly with the University of Edinburgh.
The course is intended for building professionals from all backgrounds. Postgraduate study for graduates in early or mid-career is often difficult, therefore the programme is offered by distance learning, allowing students a considerable degree of flexibility. As there are no formal classes, students can study at a pace to suit their work or personal commitments. It is also possible to take a break in study between modules. The programme can be completed after two years or up to a maximum of five years. It is also possible to take individual components as CPD.
Students receive comprehensive course materials and study packs for each module by post and also available online. Course materials include written guidance on completion of assignments and dissertations. Students are in regular contact with tutors via email, telephone or post.
The programme will be jointly delivered with the School of Arts, Culture and the Environment at the University of Edinburgh taking advantage of the different skills available in each institution using a distance-learning mode.
The total credit weighting for the MSc course is 180: 60 credits from modules offered by Heriot-Watt, 60 credits from modules offered by the University of Edinburgh and 60 credits from a dissertation supervised by either institution. Students on the Diploma course do not undertake the research dissertation. Students can opt to complete 60 credits and graduate with the Heriot-Watt University Postgraduate Certificate.
Students study the following three core modules:
* Design, Values & Architecture
* Project Management Theory and Practice
* Project Management: Strategic Issues
Students then choose other modules from the following list to make up the required credits:
* Architecture and the City
* Architecture and Sustainability
* Architecture, Construction and Industrialisation
* People and Organisational Management in the Built Environment
* Business Management for Built Environment Professionals
* Contracts and Procurement
* Value and Risk Management
* Construction Financial Management 2
* Microeconomics in the Built Environment
Students choose a topic for their dissertation/project report that aligns with the research interests of staff at Heriot-Watt or Edinburgh University and/or relates to aspects of their employer; or interests that they wish to develop further.