Project management is an exciting and effective management strategy which presents challenging opportunities to the ambitious construction management professional. The applied skills and competencies of a construction project manager are necessary for the successful completion of complex construction projects, particularly within the ever-changing context of the construction industry. This programme is aimed at those looking for the management skills required to progress towards senior management positions within construction-related organizations, particularly internationally-driven contracting companies. These skills include knowledge and understanding of communication, organization and innovative construction practice and concepts: both at a strategic level and in international construction project team management.
This programme provides the opportunity to study in the UK and France combining a university experience with a unique work-based programme. The duration of the programme is one semester of full-time study at Northumbria University and 12 months' combined work training programme at L'École d'Ingénieurs du CESI in Paris / graduate employment with a relevant construction-related employer in France or the UK. The programme commences each September. The first semester at Northumbria University consists of taught modules while the year long programme at EI.CESI includes taught modules, a professional practice thesis and work-based reports, all of which are in English. Students seeking international careers either in the UK, France or across the world with supporting employers gain a distinct advantage from this programme. While the majority of the programme is taught in English there is the opportunity for students to acquire a working knowledge of French.
Students enrolled on the dual award programme will study the following Level 7 modules at Northumbria University:
* Project Management (Process & People)
* Decision Making, Risk and Value Management
* Project Sustainability
* Applied Research Methods
And will study the following Level 7 equivalent modules at L'École d'Ingénieurs du CESI:
* Financial Management
* Human Resource Management
* Design and Technique
* Health, Environment and Safety
* Marketing and Organizational Change
* Project Information Systems
* Construction Project Law
* Town & City Planning
* Professional Practice Placement: Work-based Learning
The Professional Practice Thesis module, which can be studied at either Northumbria University or L'École d'Ingénieurs du CESI, builds upon the concepts and theories presented during the Applied Research Methods module. The module requires students to further develop, consolidate and apply research skills that are expected from a postgraduate student when investigating a relevant issue. Students are required to undertake a piece of analytical, reflective academic research that results in the production of an original 15,000-word Masters dissertation relevant to the core philosophy of the dual award programme and related to construction professional practice.
Year 1 Modules
BE0938 Applied Research Methods (CORE, 10 Credits)
BE1013 Decison Making, Risk and Value (CORE, 20 Credits)
BE1018 Project Management (Process and People) (CORE, 20 Credits)
BE1036 Professional Practice Thesis (CORE, 60 Credits)
BE1103 Project Sustainability (CORE, 10 Credits)
COURSEWORK AND ASSESSMENT
The assessment of the learning outcomes of individual modules reflects the varying subject-related needs of those modules, and focuses upon the relationship between theory and professional practice. The dual award programme consists of 180 Level 7 (or equivalent) credit points of taught modules and 60 Level 7 credit points from the Professional Practice Thesis module. The taught modules are assessed by a combination of examinations, assignments, reports, time-constrained assignments and presentations.
The Northumbria University MSc Project Management programme is an integral part of the School's University Partnership Agreement with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). As a result, graduates from the programme are exempt from the RICS's membership examinations.
This is an ideal international postgraduate programme for graduates who want to progress within the project-based construction industry. It is ideally suited to relatively new graduates with restricted construction-related work experience and also highly experienced construction-related practitioners. The programme may be followed to enhance existing career opportunities within the construction industry or as preparation for further postgraduate study, i.e. Ph.D. Demand for construction project managers who can demonstrate the skills to effectively manage construction projects, particularly international projects, continues to grow both nationally and internationally. Indeed, opportunities for a varied, well-paid, challenging and international career in construction project management are significant.