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MSc Construction Management

Course Description

The MSc Construction Management course provides graduates and professionals with an engineering background in the built environment (civil engineers, architects, quantity surveyors, contractors and consultants) with the knowledge and skills needed for a rewarding management career in the infrastructure construction industry. The course includes a significant proportion of management modules delivered by academic staff members of Cass Business School, complemented with modules delivered by senior professional engineers heavily involved in addressing the practical aspects of planning, financing and delivering large scale civil engineering projects in industry.

City's MSc Construction Management is featured in the Institute of Value Management magazine as part of Securing the Future of Value in Construction.

Course Content

The taught part of the course is based on 10 modules, of which five are carefully chosen to provide a broad foundation in various aspects of the theory and practice in the field of general management. These modules are delivered by academic staff members of Cass Business School. They constitute part of the curriculum for the Cass MSc in Management, a degree run by Cass Business School. The five management modules are complemented by five construction-oriented modules delivered by senior professional engineers with wide experience in the construction industry. The latter set of modules cover important aspects in the practice of planning, financing, and delivering large scale civil engineering and infrastructure projects. These modules focus on the development of practical management skills within a construction context.

The culmination of the course is the Project: a major individual research exercise on a topic within the broad area of construction management conducted under the direction of a supervisor. The major product of the Project work is a written report (dissertation). The topics/titles for this major Project can be chosen from: (a) a list suggested by the lecturers of the course, (b) students' own ideas/initiatives, or (c) where applicable by a student's sponsoring company/industrial partner.

Course Structure

* Organisational Behaviour and HRM
* Operations and Information Management
* Project planning and management
* Project Finance and infrastructure funding
* Corporate governance
* Advanced practice of management
* Sustainable development, and corporate social responsibility
* Leadership and management skills
* ICT for construction management
* International construction contracts and arbitration

Completion of modules and examinations will lead to the award of a Post Graduate Diploma. The completion of modules, examinations and a dissertation will lead to the award of the MSc.

The MSc comprises 180 credits, with 60 credits awarded to the Project. Attendance is required to obtain 120 credits from the taught modules. This can be achieved by one of two methods:


A 12-month Full-Time option during which students attend all the taught modules during Semesters 1 & 2, and complete their Project within the 12-months period of the degree


A 24-month Part-Time option during which a student attends half the modules in a first 12-month period, followed by the other half the next year. Students are expected to complete all the modules in this two year period. The teaching periods are structured to deliver core modules in a sequence which permits engagement by P-T students alongside F-T students. The Project is undertaken by Part-Time students in the second year.

Teaching takes place on 2 full days per week, with some lectures (Law) taking place in the evening. In addition there is a small number of team-working weekends, plus a Foundation Week at the start of the programme each year, which is attended by all (Full- and Part-Time) students. This method of delivery is designed to be attractive to students working full-time within reasonable commuting distance of City University (probably within the M25 cordon), as well as to Full-Time students, by concentrating tuition into two days per week on average, and encouraging flexibility for independent study.

Teaching and Assessment

A mix of approaches is used in the delivery of the Construction Management postgraduate course. For some modules a traditional lecture format prevails; in others there is a greater emphasis on case studies and learning through active participation. In general, considerable team-work in various practical exercises and group assignments is required.

All modules involve undertaking a certain number of individual and/or group assignments (coursework) during the teaching terms. Many of these assignments involve essay writing. Furthermore, four modules are additionally assessed by comprehensive final examinations.

Career Prospects

Graduates have a variety of employment opportunities as project managers in construction and engineering consultancy firms and as managers/leaders of construction business units both public and private. Potential employers include:

general contractors
real estate developers
construction management firms
architectural engineering firms.
Furthermore, graduates have the opportunity of seeking employment with prominent global architectural, engineering, and construction firms based in London through the well-established links of City University London with the industry.

City boasts a proactive and supportive careers team which can help you get the most of our unique connections within the industry. Based in the heart of London, City University London has connections with international firms and you will join a global alumni network of thousands.

Visit the MSc Construction Management page on the City University London web site for more details!

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The School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences Scholarship - 20+ Awards

To qualify for a scholarship, an applicant (UK or EU) will need to fulfil all of the following criteria.

Successful applicants must:

- Ensure that their application reaches the University by the advertised deadline. Applicants and not the University (or its staff) are entirely responsible for meeting this element of the criteria
- Be in possession of a good honours degree (or equivalent qualifications/relevant professional experience). Note - applications from students with qualifications gained from outside the UK will be considered on a case-by-case basis
- Be offered a place on an eligible taught Masters course, accept this offer and enrol on the course within the appropriate timeframe.

Terms and conditions:

- The scholarship will take the form of fee-waiver applied against the last payable instalment in any academic year
- Applicants wishing to enrol on to a full-time course may apply for a scholarship worth £1500; applicants wishing to enrol on to a part-time course may apply for a scholarship worth £750 per year
- You can apply for the scholarship before the announcement of your degree results but the scholarship will only be confirmed following acceptance by the student of a place on an eligible course, and provision of suitable evidence clearly demonstrating a good honours degree
- To be considered for the scholarship, applicants must have a good honours degree (or equivalent qualifications/relevant professional experience). Equivalence will be determined by City University London whose decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into
- Students repeating a course at City University London will not be eligible for a scholarship. (Students granted mitigating circumstances by the University will be considered on an individual basis).
- Students who have previously received or are due to receive any payment from a City University London postgraduate scholarship, will not be eligible to apply for another scholarship to study a different course
- This scholarship scheme is not open to current or former City University London graduates applying for or in receipt of a School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences "Loyalty Bursary"
- City University London reserves the right to change these terms and conditions (including the list of eligible courses and application criteria) without notice.

Value of Scholarship(s)



UK and European Union graduates with a good honours degree (or equivalent qualifications/relevant professional experience) can apply for a non means-tested scholarship worth up to £1,500. The scholarship applies to most of our full-time and part-time taught Masters courses* within the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, City University London, starting autumn 2012. Please note that scholarships are limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. The deadline for course applications is 30 August 2012 and applicants will automatically be considered for a scholarship as part of the application process.

Application Procedure

*Eligible courses:

MSc Analysis and Design of Structures for Fire, Blast and Earthquakes
MSc Automotive Engineering
MSc Civil Engineering Structures
MSc Construction Management
MSc Clinical Engineering with Healthcare Technology Management
MSc Energy and Environmental Technology and Economics
MSc Mechanical Engineering
MSc Power Systems and Energy Management
MSc Professional Engineering (Civil Engineering)
MSc Signals and Sensor Systems
MSc Systems and Control
MSc Telecommunications and Networks

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold a lower second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution in civil engineering, architecture, surveying or construction-related subjects.Alternatively, applicants should hold chartered engineering status or an equivalent international status.

Course Fees

FT: £12,000 (UK/EU); £15,000 (International) PT: £6,000 (UK/EU); £7,500 (International)

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