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In light of the growing need for specialists in architectural project management to lead the design and construction stage effectively, Solent’s new, forward-thinking… Read more

In light of the growing need for specialists in architectural project management to lead the design and construction stage effectively, Solent’s new, forward-thinking architectural project management master’s degree is designed to produce graduates with the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to manage both the design and construction stages of complex buildings, while dealing effectively with the technological challenges in the building industry.

An architectural project manager ensures projects are designed and built on time and to budget while protecting the integrity of the design and ensuring full compliance with regulations and sustainability standards and benchmarks. Using current knowledge in project management theory and practice, this course aims to produce these specialist managers equipped with the vision and skills to shape the future of the construction industry in the UK and internationally.

During your studies you’ll apply the same tools and techniques used by the construction industry and learn the most up-to-date procurement routes to gain the skills to be able to deal with risks arising from liabilities of contracting parties. The programme will help you demonstrate a good understanding of Building Information Management (BIM), and you’ll employ advanced design techniques coupled with knowledge of project management at both a technical and strategic level to produce high-quality designs that meet the industry’s environmental requirements.

Graduates will be equipped with the necessary skills to rethink design processes using value management principles. The course also places great emphasis on sustainable design, and you’ll use the internationally recognised environmental and sustainability assessment methods BREEAM and LEED for planning projects, buildings and infrastructure.

The BRE Academy recognises the high level of real-world teaching at Solent. This means students on this course will be eligible to be fast-tracked to take the BREEAM AP qualification, and at a reduced fee. The qualifying period of three years’ work experience will also be waived. 

What does this course lead to?

Architectural project management is a fast growing area, with potential employment in small, medium, and large companies, including contractors, developers, architectural practices, and building owners.

Who is this course for?

This innovative course is designed to appeal to those from a wide range of built-environment related disciplines who wish to learn and apply project management principles in an architecture and construction environment. Candidates must submit a portfolio and should be prepared to attend an interview for enrolment. 

Your future

Graduates from this course will be well placed to pursue roles such as project manager, design manager, sustainability champion, strategic advisor, BIM manager/coordinator in architectural and construction organisations, leading the production of building projects. The course could also lead to further research opportunities at PhD level.

Industry links

Students will benefit from the extensive and established links staff have within industry, based on many years of delivering professionally accredited courses (eg, CIAT, CIOB, SBID and CABE). Practitioners from a cross-section of the built environment industry regularly contribute to the University’s architecture and construction programmes by providing real-world-based projects, guest lectures, and site visits.



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Programme description. The MSc in Architectural Project Management is delivered jointly by the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University. Read more

Programme description

The MSc in Architectural Project Management is delivered jointly by the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University.

It draws on the expertise in architecture and construction project management from both institutions to create a programme providing a unique overview and insight into design and management of construction projects.

It has been designed for those who have a construction project background and who wish to learn more about design aspects, or those who have a design background and who wish to gain an understanding of project management.

The aim of this programme is to offer graduates working in the construction industry the opportunity to develop project-management skills in the context of large-scale contemporary architectural projects. The programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Online learning

This programme is delivered online making it ideal for those in employment or with other commitments, providing flexible study options that fit around work or family. Students receive comprehensive materials for each course through an online virtual learning environment.

Programme structure

The programme will be jointly delivered with the School of the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University, taking advantage of the skills available in each institution using a distance-learning mode.

Learning outcomes

Graduates from the programme will be able to understand and apply:

  • current theories and practice in project management
  • construction economics
  • finance and risk management
  • human resource management
  • corporate strategy and procurement

Graduates will also understand the context and factors that inform contemporary architectural design, the influence of sustainability and industrialisation of construction on building design, and contemporary ideas on the development of cities.

Career opportunities

This qualification demonstrates to employers that you have gained a high degree of understanding of the processes involved in architectural project management and shows commitment to your chosen career path.



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The MSc in Architectural Project Management is delivered jointly by Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh. Read more

Programme Background

The MSc in Architectural Project Management is delivered jointly by Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh:

It draws from the expertise in Architecture and Construction Project Management from both institutions to create a programme providing a unique overview and insight into design and management of construction projects. It has been designed for those who have a construction project background and who wish to learn more about design aspects, or those who have a design background and who wish to gain an understanding of project management.

The programme provides students with the opportunity to understand key factors that have influenced contemporary design and its practice, the process of design generation and its constraints in terms of shape and character of urban development and the need to develop in a sustainable manner given the conflicting demands of industrialisation and emergent building technology.

The concepts, practices and strategic issues related to construction project management are examined so as to provide an understanding of how project management professionals can add value and provide a service to their clients. The courses will develop understanding of issues related to management of clients and other stakeholders involved in the delivery of a project within the overarching constraints of time, quality, costs, sustainability and safety management. The suite of courses provides the student with the necessary knowledge to contribute effectively as a lead consultant delivering project management services to clients.

Our Students

The programme is aimed at professionals from all backgrounds currently working in the construction industry, recognising that Postgraduate study for graduates in early or mid-career is often difficult. Therefore the programme is offered by attendance-free distance learning, allowing students a considerable degree of flexibility. Students can study at a pace to suit their work or personal commitments and it is also possible to take a break in study between courses. Students receive comprehensive materials for each course through an online Virtual Learning Environment.

Programme Content

Students study three core courses and choose five from a range of optional courses. MSc students must also complete a research dissertation. Assignments and examinations are used to assess courses. Where an examination is set for a course, arrangements can be made for distance learning students to sit these at a number of centres throughout the world.

Course Choice

Students study the following three core courses at the University of Edinburgh:

· Design Values and Architecture
· Architecture and Sustainability
· Architecture, Construction and Industrialisation

Students study the following four mandatory courses at Heriot-Watt University:

· Value and Risk Management
· Contracts and Procurement
· Project Management: Theory and Practice
· Project Management: Strategic Issues

They then choose an additional course from a range of options including:

· Construction Financial Management
· People and Organisational Management in the Built Environment

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Focus on the strategic management of projects, programmes and portfolios, and become a project leader in construction. Read more

Focus on the strategic management of projects, programmes and portfolios, and become a project leader in construction.

Project management is traditionally described in terms of the overall planning, control and co-ordination of a project from inception to completion, aimed at meeting a client's requirements and ensuring completion within specified constraints of time, cost and quality.

While this definition continues to provide a good starting point, the reality of modern project management is extremely complex. Client organisations are often pluralistic, comprising multiple stakeholders with different objectives. The complexity of the construction process thus leads to inherent uncertainty.

The role of the project manager is to integrate the various sectors of the industry in order to manage key interfaces throughout the project supply chain. Therefore, the successful project manager must have the ability to integrate and lead an interdisciplinary team in uncertainty. Effective leadership and sensitivity to human issues are vital. Modern clients demand an integrated and effective approach to the management of their construction projects. The discipline of project management continues to evolve and our MSc in Project Management is at the forefront of these developments.

The distinctive focus of the course is on the strategic management of projects, programmes and portfolios.

The aim of the course is to provide a coherent framework for the discipline and practice of project management. Each module includes a number of sessions delivered by leading practitioners. The course is continually informed not only by the latest developments in industry, but also by on-going international research.

A recurring theme throughout the course concerns the dynamic nature of construction projects. Not only is it necessary to set clear objectives at the beginning of a project, it is also important to update them continually as the project unfolds.

A further theme is provided by the need for project managers to provide leadership. This requires a high level of interpersonal skills to motivate diverse team members towards the realisation of project success. Effective project management requires a sound knowledge of tools and techniques. It also requires an ability to think strategically. Traditionally, notions of command and control have to be matched with an ability to manage 'soft' issues. People management is central to the art of project management.

A particular emphasis is given to the early stages of construction projects and the interface with complex clients; projects are rarely carried out in isolation.

What will you study?

Sample modules

  • Principles and practice of project management
  • Construction contract law
  • International construction
  • Strategic management
  • Innovative developments in construction

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

Dissertation

The dissertation is a major individual research project. Guidance will be given on choosing a research topic, research techniques and the style and presentation of the finished document. Classes in research skills are provided as part of the dissertation module. Students will have their own carefully selected dissertation tutor whose role is to help them plan and successfully execute this key part of the programme.

Full-time

We offer a one-year, full-time modular course. It is taught with ten, one-week attendance periods at the University. The full-time programme starts in September each year.

Flexible part-time

We also offer a two-year, part-time modular course. It is taught with ten, one-week attendance periods at the University. The duration of the flexible route is strongly recommended as two years, but this is not fixed. The flexible course starts in September each year.

What career can you have?

The course is intended for those who wish to progress to a project management role, or acquire a broader understanding of the project management process. The course will appeal to professionals from a variety of backgrounds, including:

  • Client representatives
  • Project sponsors
  • Architects
  • Civil engineers
  • Structural engineers
  • Quantity surveyors
  • Management consultants
  • Construction managers
  • Specialist contractors
  • Facilities managers.

The course will benefit anyone who wishes to improve their understanding of project management and underpin their practical experience with a robust conceptual framework.

Graduates will typically find employment as a project manager with public and private sector clients, consultants, architectural practices or contractors in the building, civil engineering or oil and gas sectors.



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About the program. The combined Masters degree in Architecture and Project Management enables students interested in integrated design management to gain specialised knowledge related to the coordination of the design process and the maximisation of client satisfaction. Read more

About the program

The combined Masters degree in Architecture and Project Management enables students interested in integrated design management to gain specialised knowledge related to the coordination of the design process and the maximisation of client satisfaction. The blurring of boundaries between the built environment disciplines is occurring as a response to client demand for more complex designs involving specialist knowledge. This is an international trend, underpinned by the need to deliver projects that ultimately reflect long life, loose fit and low energy. Graduates may also be involved in design optimisation, process re-engineering and value management within the confines of economic, social and environmental criteria. The combined degree provides a unique blend of studio-based architectural design and generic project management problem-solving abilities. A distinct feature of this program takes place during the final semester where students undertake work-based learning in an integrated design environment either in Australia or overseas. Studies can be achieved within three calendar years part-time given recent or concurrent employment. Upon completion of the combined program, graduates receive two separate accredited degrees.

Unique Internship Opportunities

Bond University's partnerships with AECOM and WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff will each provide six Bond University students annually with a 12-week full-time internship in integrated design management at AECOM or WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff. AECOM employs 100,000 people across the globe and reported a US$18 billion workbook in the 12 months to September 30 last year. WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff has 34,000 employees, including engineers, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors, program and construction management professionals, and various environmental experts. The firm is based in more than 500 offices across 40 countries worldwide. These are the two largest integrated design firms in the world.

Internships are available to students in the final semester of this combined degree, with students able to nominate their preferred location, meaning they can align the experience with their ultimate career goals or even future employment destinations.

Find out more about the AECOM partnership and the Integrated Design Management subject.

Professional outcomes

The combined program will be automatically accredited by the Australian Institute of Architects, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Australian Institute of Project Management. Graduates of this combined degree are also internationally recognised by the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Structure and subjects

View the Master of Architecture/Master of Project Management - Program Structure and Sequencing

​You must complete all of the following subjects:



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The MSc in Project Management in the Built Environment is designed to meet the growing demand for project managers in the construction industry who can oversee the entire life cycle of any project, including unique and specialist developments. Read more
The MSc in Project Management in the Built Environment is designed to meet the growing demand for project managers in the construction industry who can oversee the entire life cycle of any project, including unique and specialist developments. It is ideal for anyone with ambitions for project management within the construction sector.

We consult extensively with people from a wide spectrum of companies and organisations in order to make sure that the course content remains practically relevant. For example, prominent companies in the industry are represented in our Professional Liaison Group.

The MSc is available as a one-year, full-time programme or as an open learning programme (a combination of distance learning with intensive on-campus study periods) which is normally taken over two years. There are two entry points: September and January.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/courses/postgraduate/2015/project-management-in-the-built-environment/

Why choose this course?

- Accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) demonstrates professional recognition of the quality of our programme.

- Strong links with prominent companies in the sector, such as Mace, Willmott Dixon and BAM Construction who are all represented in our Professional Liaison Group (PLG), which exists to provide advice on existing and proposed courses of study, on research activities and consultancy work.

- The programme adopts a problem-based learning (PBL) approach to ensure that it is real-world focused and holistic. Not only is this more effective, it is more fun than the traditional study and examination approach.

- Students develop a whole range of management skills and knowledge including project finance, technology, law and contract by working on real-life or realistic problems as experienced by the construction industry, consultants and clients. They are also exposed to behavioural aspects of managing projects, which most project managers only experience when their careers in the construction industry are well-advanced.
- There are four intensive study weeks during the programme where full-time and open-learning students come together on campus to attend lectures, seminars and workshops and share experiences.

- Our students come from a wide range of backgrounds and locations. Many have originally studied subjects outside the realm of the built environment such as law, psychology, architecture and geography, and others have been or still are (in the case of our open-learning students) employed in project management roles. As a result, there are great opportunities to share experiences, to gain a better understanding of the industry and the range of challenges that project managers face and also to benefit from the many different approaches to problem solving that is a feature of such a diverse group of students.

- Our graduates span the globe, working in countries including Malaysia, India and USA.

- Our teaching is backed up by strong research activity. Many of our academic staff are involved in academic research and/or professional or commercial consultancy work. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, approximately 80% of our research, with our colleagues in other Built Environment areas, was judged to be of ‘international’ quality, with approximately 40% rated as ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world leading’.

- Many members of staff are part of Brookes' Oxford Institute of Sustainable Development (OISD), a leading research and promotional organisation noted for its work on sustainable technology in buildings and sustainable urban form.

Teaching and learning

Teaching, learning and assessment methods are to a considerable degree determined by the use of problem-based learning (PBL) which leads to a more challenging and industrially relevant course than the traditional lecture approach. Learning takes place through groups of students puzzling through problems, often adapted from real situations with much of the complexity and context intact, using published resources, or reference to experts who are available to offer advice.

Assessment is 100% coursework, which includes a great variety of types of work, including quizzes taken remotely on Moodle (Brookes online learning environment). Material can be downloaded from our virtual learning environment and closed discussions can take place. It also enables on-campus and open-learning students to remain in contact with each other.

In full-time mode, the delivery of new material is generally bi-weekly with intermediate tutorial or seminar sessions. The intensive study weeks and a European field trip, when students in both modes of study come together, complement this delivery pattern. Outside these periods, online learning is the primary mode of learning for distance-learning study. Communication with distance-learning students will be supplemented by email and telephone during the periods off-campus.

Field trips

A European field trip is a compulsory element of the PGCert modules. It typically takes place over a five-day period towards the end of January and is heavily subsidised by the department.

The aim of this field trip is to consolidate the knowledge gained in the early part of the course and to develop team and other relationships through exposing our students to European project management practices and to assess their ability to observe and report on the different approaches to project management in the UK and in a European country.

The field trip normally consists of visits to prominent construction/engineering projects and sites, plus architectural attractions, both en route and at the destination. You are introduced to the development and planning practices at the destination, as well as having the opportunity to visit major complex projects.

Student body

The programme attracts students from diverse backgrounds and locations.

Many of our current students already hold degrees in fields outside the realm of the built environment including law, psychology and geography, and have decided to contribute to the development of the built environment around us by effectively managing projects. They hail from as far afield as Nigeria and India, with backgrounds ranging from languages to architecture.

This diverse group of students bring with them individual responses to the PBL approach that is at the core of our course delivery.

Typically the distance-learning students are employed by a number of different organisations from the private and public sectors in different countries. They have the opportunity to share their experiences in order to gain better understanding of the industry, the range of challenges that project managers face, and therefore the breadth of skills that they need to develop in order to perform successfully.

Our full-time students benefit from contact with the open-learning students engaged in project management roles in a variety of built environment projects across many countries.

Careers

Graduates of the Department of Real Estate and Construction have an outstanding employment record. Local and national construction companies, developers, project managers, house builders, surveyors and housing associations regularly recruit our graduates.

Many of these companies visit the department annually to meet students for graduate positions. Our graduates are recognised as having an excellent level of communication, presentation and problem-solving skills.

All of our open-learning students are employed full-time by prominent companies in the sector.

Full-time students find similar employment shortly after graduation. They typically hold (Assistant) Project Manager positions. However, the breadth of knowledge that our students gain gives them the flexibility to function effectively in a number of different roles.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research highlights

Our teaching is backed by strong research activity. Many of our academic staff are involved in academic research and/or professional/commercial consultancy work.

Areas of interest include:
- sustainability, adaptation and resilience to climate change
- collaborative supply networks for procurement and delivery of project
- building economics
- forecasting techniques
- risk management
- social networks in project environments
- managing complex projects
- management of knowledge and innovation as a source of competitive advantage/li>
- adaptive re-use of existing buildings
- facilities management
- health and safety.

Many members of staff are part of the Oxford Institute of Sustainable Development (OISD). This research and promotional organisation is noted for its work on sustainable technology in buildings and sustainable urban form among many on-going projects.

A recent HEFCE report into sustainable development in higher education in England suggests that the OISD is one of the key players in sustainable development research.

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This MSc in Construction Project and Cost Management has been developed in response to a rapid cultural change in the global construction industry towards less adversarial approaches to project management and the demand for continuing professional development. Read more
This MSc in Construction Project and Cost Management has been developed in response to a rapid cultural change in the global construction industry towards less adversarial approaches to project management and the demand for continuing professional development.

The course is unique and practice led for new graduate and mid-career professionals. This course also provides a vocational conversion course for non-cognate graduates joining the construction profession in particular project management, cost consultancy and quantity surveying. Also a route has been created for individuals of a cognate award; this will appeal to a wider range of construction professionals engaged in construction/project management, civil and structural engineering, architectural technology, surveying and building services engineering.

There are free CPD modules such as fundamental construction, which allows the introduction of construction and its process to non- cognate and international students. This course combines the traditional professions of Construction management, Project/Contract Management and Quantity Surveying.

Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), the course focuses on the core skills and competencies as set out by RICS and CIOB for construction project managers and quantity surveyors. The vocational nature of this programme provides a sound basis for enhancing a wide range of skills and excellent career opportunities in the construction industry.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

The course focuses on the core skills and competencies as set out by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for construction project managers, construction cost managers and quantity surveyors. One of the modules is based on attendance at a programme of CPD sessions delivered as part of the RICS CPD foundation and these are prescribed by the programme manager. The course been designed for full time or part time study by the use of ‘one-week blocks’ of teaching.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

This course comprises nine modules in total (listed below) one of which is based on attending CPD events and the remaining being taught (each delivered in one week intensive block with the exception of the research project).
-Construction Contract Management - CPD
-Pre-Contract Management Practice
-Global Project Management Practice
-Construction Cost Management
-Financial Management and Control
-Global Professional Development
-Contemporary issues and research methodologies in construction
-Integrated Project
-Research Project

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

The Construction Project and Cost Management MSc degree is designed for graduates seeking careers Chartered (RICS) and/or CIOB as Project Management Surveyors. This degree has wide appeal across the construction industry professions. The vocational nature of this programme provides a sound basis for enhancing a wide range of skills and excellent career opportunities in the construction industry.

Those completing the course will be able to enter the profession and develop to become senior practitioners with a focus on the field of strategic Construction Project and Cost Management (CPCM).

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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Are you interested in gaining a Masters qualification that develops your professionalism in managing construction projects? With this course you’ll gain transferable skills in project management and specialist knowledge about construction projects. Read more
Are you interested in gaining a Masters qualification that develops your professionalism in managing construction projects? With this course you’ll gain transferable skills in project management and specialist knowledge about construction projects.

The course covers how to plan construction projects, how to manage supply chains, how to keep people working together, and how to use Building Information Modelling (BIM) for a more efficient construction process.

Strong demand for construction project managers means there will be significant opportunities for you to take up a well-paid, challenging and international career. The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), which gives it additional credibility in the eyes of potential employers.

The course is also available through part-time and distance learning modes, and with the option of an advanced practice element.

The course is particularly aimed at people with at least some background in construction or across the wider architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. If you have background from a different sector you may wish to consider our MSc Project Management.

This course has several available start dates and study options - for more information, please view the relevant web-page:
16 months full time January start - https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/construction-project-management-with-bim-dtfcpf6/

3 years part time - https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/construction-project-management-with-bim-msc-pt-dtpcpj6/

3 years distance learning - https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/construction-project-management-with-bim-msc-dl-dtdcpj6/

Learn From The Best

You’ll be taught by tutors whose wealth of practitioner and research expertise adds to the richness of the delivery of the course. Their expertise, combined with their on-going active research, will provide an excellent foundation for your learning.

The high quality of Northumbria’s research in Information Sciences is shown by the fact that 90% of our research impact has been judged to have very considerable reach and significance (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Our reputation for quality is reflected by the range and depth of our collaborations with industry partners. These collaborations and links help inform our curriculums and ensure input from practitioners via guest lectures and master classes.

Teaching And Assessment

Our teaching methods include lectures, small group seminars, workshops, master classes, and field visits. As this is a Masters course there is a significant element of independent learning and self-motivated reflection.

You’ll undertake a Masters project that will hone your skills in evaluating and applying research techniques and methodologies. The topic of the project will reflect your own unique interests.

Assessments are designed to give feedback as well as to monitor your level of achievement. The assessed projects will enable you to test your skills in ways that relate to current industrial practice. Specific assessment methods include assignments, written reports, exams, group presentations and debates.

Learning Environment

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research. Our use of lecture capture software will help you revise challenging material.

You’ll have access to industry-standard software such as Microsoft Project, Asta Powerproject, IBM SPSS and NVivo. You will have access to the most up-to-date versions of Autodesk BIM software and other BIM-related learning materials including the ‘White Frog’ system.

Our library, which was ranked #2 in the UK in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey for 2015, has excellent digital resources with over 100 databases for independent learning as well as half a million electronic books and another 500,000 print books.

To facilitate group projects there are dedicated student working spaces, such as ‘The Hub’, an area that is well equipped for meetings and working with IT. The Zone is another area that’s popular with students undertaking group work or individual study.

Research-Rich Learning

As a Masters student you’ll develop your research skills to a new and higher level. Your research supervisor will support you in your final independent research project, where you choose to produce either a research paper or a dissertation. Your supervisor will provide guidance from its development through to completion.

Northumbria’s strong research ethos is an essential aspect of how you will develop as a critical, reflective and independent thinker. Your project-based learning will benefit from the research activities of the teaching team.

Our specialist interests include information management, process improvement strategies, lean construction, project-driven organisations, innovation diffusion, 4D planning and scheduling, and construction project management. Northumbria University is particularly known for working on Building Information Management (BIM).

Give Your Career An Edge

The course meets a particular need for professional education in construction project management. Many of the modules involve field visits and guest lectures, allowing you to understand the processes being used to manage construction projects and to talk with experienced managers. This will give you extra insights that increase your competitive edge.

The course has the additional credibility of being accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building. This will make it easy to demonstrate that you meet the academic requirements for chartered status.

When it comes to applying for jobs, our Careers and Employment Service offers a range of resources as well as support that’s available online and on a one-to-one basis.

Your Future

This course will open up opportunities in management roles in construction-related organisations, particularly internationally-driven contracting companies. Past graduates have gone on to work for companies such as Arup, Arcadis, BAM Construct UK, BDP, Bouygues Construction, Carillion, Kier Group, Laing O’Rourke, Mace, Mott MacDonald, Ryder Architecture, Sir Robert McAlpine, Skanska and Turner & Townsend. Job roles have included BIM coordinators, design managers, digital engineers, directors, management consultants, project managers and technical specialists.

The course could also lead you to a postgraduate research degree such as an MPhil, PhD or Professional Doctorate. If you decide to start up your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university.

Whatever you decide to do, you will have the transferable skills that employers expect from a Masters graduate from Northumbria University. These include the ability to tackle complex issues through conceptualisation and undertaking research, the ability to contribute to new processes and knowledge, and the ability to formulate balanced judgements when considering incomplete or ambiguous data.

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The operational areas addressed by this Master of Science programme may be summarised in two skill profiles, gravitating around the economic-financial management (asset and property management) and technical-operational support services for the built-up environment management (facility management) areas. Read more

Mission and goals

The operational areas addressed by this Master of Science programme may be summarised in two skill profiles, gravitating around the economic-financial management (asset and property management) and technical-operational support services for the built-up environment management (facility management) areas. The objective of the course is to transmit to the student knowledge and skills in building technology and construction, in production and management engineering, in law, in economics, in information technology and in land planning; to provide methods and tools to be used for technical-economic evaluation on purchase or on designing the requalification of buildings.

See the website http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/educational-offer/laurea-magistrale-equivalent-to-master-of-science-programmes/management-of-built-environment/

Career opportunities

Potential employment contexts for graduates in Building Management are: property companies, banks, banking foundations, insurance companies and, in general, companies characterised by an extremely significant amount of property; companies and public bodies managing public and private property assets; facility management companies; property fund management companies; property consulting forms and engineering companies and professional studios.

Presentation

See http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/uploads/media/Management_of_Built_Environment_01.pdf
Strongly interdisciplinary, the Master of Science in Management of Built Environment aims at preparing experts in the field of maintenance and adaptation over time of buildings, from an engineering/architectural (maintenance and requalification) and an economic (valorization and maintenance of property values over time) perspectives. Multidisciplinary knowledge and skills in the field of technical and economic appraisal for the designing and requalification of existing buildings are developed. The teaching regards a large set of courses in different disciplines, such as building technology and construction, production and management engineering, architecture, strongly rooted in the European and Italian tradition which created cities and buildings celebrated worldwide. The program prepares students to compete in the international markets in the field of technical and economic management of existing buildings and urban environment. Two specializations are available:
1) Technical maintenance and management;
2) Economic management.

Given the multidisciplinary set of competences, a number of job opportunities arises. Private and public real estate companies, banks and insurance companies, financial industry, and facility management companies are all natural professional progressions after graduation. The programme is taught in English.

Subjects

Mandatory courses:
- Business economics
- Building types and construction methods
- Logistics and operations management
- Building and construction technologies
- Methods and tools for analysis of urban and territorial systems
- Building maintenance proceedings and methods
- Regional economics and land rent theory
- Administrative law and regulations for contracts

Two curricula available:
Technical maintenance and management
- Durability and maintenance
- Safety management in building projects
- Facility management
- Technical assessment of the built environment
- Tools and models for the design of built environment

Economic management
- Economic maintenance and management
- Valorization of historical buildings
- Valorization of cultural heritage
- Project management
- Financial management of real estate transactions
- Information systems for the maintenance and management
- Evaluation and management of real estate
- Quality facility management
- Economic assessment of urban transformations

See the website http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/educational-offer/laurea-magistrale-equivalent-to-master-of-science-programmes/management-of-built-environment/

For contact information see here http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/educational-offer/laurea-magistrale-equivalent-to-master-of-science-programmes/management-of-built-environment/

Find out how to apply here http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/how-to-apply/

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Our construction business management degree equips you for a management career in major construction projects. This course is for engineers, architects, surveyors, construction managers, facilities managers, and any construction professional, who wants a management career in construction. Read more
Our construction business management degree equips you for a management career in major construction projects.

Who is it for?

This course is for engineers, architects, surveyors, construction managers, facilities managers, and any construction professional, who wants a management career in construction. The course arms students with the business knowledge and management skills needed for a fast track career in construction management.

Objectives

This course aims to improve the rate of business return from construction professionals, by equipping them with the knowledge and skills needed to manage the construction process.

Teaching and learning

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.

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 Construction Management 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:

Full-time
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.

Part-time
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 two 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 of London (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.

Modules

The taught part of the Construction Management Masters course is based on ten 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 City's Cass Business School. They constitute part of the curriculum for the MSc 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 covers 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.

Core Modules

-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

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
-Sub-contractors
-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 of 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 of London has connections with international firms and you will join a global alumni network of thousands.

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The MSc in Construction Project Management (CPM) uses an innovative structure and integrative use of the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to deliver a flexible and exciting programme of study. Read more
The MSc in Construction Project Management (CPM) uses an innovative structure and integrative use of the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to deliver a flexible and exciting programme of study. It is designed to meet the challenging demands of the modern learner and the rapidly evolving needs of the construction industry.

We continuously and extensively consult with construction companies and organisations in order to make sure that the course content remains practically relevant for the modern construction manager.

The MSc is available both as a one year full-time programme, and in open-learning mode normally taken over two years (extendable up to 5 years).

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/courses/postgraduate/2015/construction-project-management/

Why choose this course?

- Accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) demonstrates professional recognition of the quality of our programme.

- Strong links with prominent companies in the sector, such as Mace, Willmott Dixon and BAM Construction who are all represented in our Professional Liaison Group (PLG), which exists to provide advice on existing and proposed courses of study, on research activities and consultancy work.

- The programme adopts an applied learning approach to ensure that it is real-world focused and holistic. Not only is this more effective, it is more fun than the traditional study and examination approach.

- Students develop a broad range of management skills and knowledge including Building Information Modelling (BIM), project finance, technology, and procurement by working on real-life or realistic problems as experienced by the construction industry, consultants and clients.

- Students are also exposed to behavioural aspects of managing projects, which most construction project managers only experience when their careers in the construction industry are well-advanced.

- There are four intensive study periods during the programme where full-time and open-learning students come together on campus to attend lectures, seminars and workshops and share experiences.

- The course is directly tailored to students with a background in the construction industries who want to develop their careers as Construction Managers. Whether you have a degree in a construction related discipline such as Civil Engineering or Architecture, or have a strong background working in construction, if you want to be a Construction Project Manager this is the course for you.

- Our graduates have an exemplary employment record and now span the globe, working in countries including India, Pakistan, South Africa, Canada, Australia, Peru, Middle East and China.

- Our teaching is backed up by strong research activity. Many of our academic staff are involved in academic research and/or professional or commercial consultancy work.

- Many members of staff are part of Brookes' Oxford Institute of Sustainable Development (OISD), a leading research and promotional organisation noted for its work on sustainable technology in buildings and sustainable urban form.

- Our staff have strong links with local companies and sit on professional committees including CIOB and Constructing Excellence.

Teaching and learning

Teaching, learning and assessment methods are to a considerable degree determined by the use of the applied learning approach which leads to a more challenging and industrially relevant course than the traditional lecture approach. Learning takes place through groups of students puzzling through problems, often adapted from real situations with much of the complexity and context intact, using published resources, or reference to experts who are available to offer advice.

In full-time mode, the delivery of new material is weekly with intermediate tutorial or seminar sessions. The intensive study weeks and a European field-trip, when students in both modes of study come together, complement this delivery pattern. For the open-learner, the virtual learning environment is the primary mode of delivery. Communication with open-learning students will be supplemented by email and telephone during the periods off-campus.

Approach to assessment

Assessment is 100% coursework, which includes a great variety of types of work, including quizzes taken remotely on Moodle (Brookes online learning environment). Material can be downloaded from our virtual learning environment and closed discussions can take place. It also enables on-campus and open-learning students to remain in contact with each other.

Field trips

A European field trip is a compulsory element of the PGCert modules. It typically takes place over a five-day period towards the end of January and is heavily subsidised by the department.

The aim of this field trip is to consolidate the knowledge gained in the early part of the course and to develop team and other relationships through exposing our students to European project management practices and to assess their ability to observe and report on the different approaches to project management in the UK and in a European country.

The field trip normally consists of visits to prominent construction/engineering projects and sites, plus architectural attractions, both en route and at the destination. You are introduced to the development and planning practices at the destination, as well as having the opportunity to visit major complex projects.

Student body

The programme attracts students from diverse backgrounds and locations. Students will normally hold degrees in fields within the realm of the built environment including Civil Engineering, Construction, Architecture and Building, and have decided to contribute to the development of the built environment around us by effectively managing construction projects.

Our students hail from as far afield as Nigeria, Russia and India, with backgrounds ranging from recently graduated at undergraduate level, to working with small local companies, to fully established managers in large international construction companies. This diverse group of students bring with them individual responses to the applied learning approach that is at the core of our course delivery.

Typically the open-learning students are employed by a number of different organisations from the private and public sectors in different countries. They have the opportunity to share their experiences in order to gain better understanding of the industry, the range of challenges that Construction Project Managers face, and therefore the breadth of skills that they need to develop in order to perform successfully.

Our full-time students benefit from contact with the open-learning students engaged in construction project management roles in a variety of built environment projects across many countries.

How this course helps you develop

Graduates of the Department of Real Estate and Construction have an outstanding employment record. Local and national construction companies, developers, project managers, house-builders, surveyors and housing associations regularly recruit our graduates.

Many of these companies visit the department annually to meet students for graduate positions. Our graduates are recognised as having an excellent level of communication, presentation and problem-solving skills.

Careers

All of our open-learning students are employed full-time by prominent companies in the sector. Full-time students find similar employment shortly after graduation. They typically hold (Assistant) Project Manager positions. However, the breadth of knowledge that our students gain gives them the flexibility to function effectively in a number of different roles.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research highlights

Many of our academic staff are involved in academic research and/or professional/commercial consultancy work. In the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), our Unit of Assessment (UoA 16) ranked 4th within the University in terms of its Grade Point Average (GPA). We hold the 11th position in terms of Research Impact and Power Rating (GPA x number of full-time equivalent staff submitted) among the 45 institutions that submitted to our unit of assessment.

Many members of staff are part of the Oxford Institute of Sustainable Development (OISD). This research and promotional organisation is noted for its work on sustainable technology in buildings and sustainable urban form among many on-going projects.

A recent HEFCE report into sustainable development in higher education in England suggests that the OISD is one of the key players in sustainable development research.

Research areas and clusters

Areas of interest include:
- sustainability, adaptation and resilience to climate change
- Building Information Modelling (BIM)
- collaborative supply networks for procurement and delivery of project
- building economics
- forecasting techniques
- risk management
- social networks in project environments
- managing complex projects
- management of knowledge and innovation as a source of competitive advantage
- adaptive re-use of existing buildings
- facilities management
- health and safety.

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The MSc in Construction Economics and Management equips graduates with the skills to become senior managers, policy advisers and decision-makers in any branch of the construction industry. Read more

The MSc in Construction Economics and Management equips graduates with the skills to become senior managers, policy advisers and decision-makers in any branch of the construction industry. It can also provide teachers and researchers in these subject areas with professional academic development.

About this degree

This RICS accredited programme aims to develop students' knowledge and skills under two mutually supporting themes, for which the School of Construction & Project Management has an international reputation:

  • the economics and finance of construction at project, firm and industry levels
  • the management of construction projects and enterprises.

Construction is taken in its widest sense to include design, infrastructure and the supply chain.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional/elective modules (60 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma, four core modules, four optional modules (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.

Core modules

  • The Economics of Construction: Economics, Sectors and Industries
  • The Economic Institutions of the Construction Industry
  • The Management of Construction Projects
  • The Management of Construction Enterprises

Optional modules

Optional module choices will include:

  • Construction Booms and Slumps**
  • Construction Clients and the Market for Contracts**
  • Economics of Appraisal of Construction Projects: Leading Issues**
  • Economics of Speculative Construction Development**
  • Construction Industry Development**
  • Managing Professional Practice*
  • Relationships between Firms*
  • Capturing and Delivering Value*
  • The Construction Firm: Contractors and Subcontractors*
  • Marketing and Project Business Development*
  • Managing Change in Organisations*
  • Environmental Sustainability in the Construction Sector
  • Integrating Project Information Systems with Building Information Modelling
  • Managing Construction
  • Managing the Enterprise-Project Relationship
  • Organisations and People in Projects
  • Social Networks in Project and Enterprise Organisations

*Students choose at least one

**Students choose at least two

The fourth optional module is selected from the remaining choices displayed above.

Dissertation/report

All MSc students submit a 10,000-word dissertation related to the main themes of the programme, under the guidance of an individual supervisor.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and group work on case studies, exercises and problems. Lectures include industry guest speakers. Assessment is through written examination, term papers and the dissertation.

Fieldwork

Fieldwork contributes to primary research for the dissertation

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Construction Economics and Management MSc

Careers

The career options for graduates are varied, and many students go on to work for construction, engineering and design enterprises, professional consultants and commercial research organisations, and client enterprises with significant project portfolios such as retailers or banks. Graduates are keenly recruited by many of the UK's very best construction-sector firms. The MSc can be used as a foundation for MPhil/PhD research.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Graduate Construction Manager, Balfour Beatty
  • Project Planner, Laing O'Rourke
  • Business Analyst, Lloyds Banking Group
  • Project Engineer, CMT Design & Construction
  • Structural Design Engineer, Urban Construction Architectural Design and Research Group

Employability

The programme offers an understanding of financial and other kinds of management within the context of the project, the project-based firm and the construction industry in its widest sense. There are some elements which can be put to use straight away while other elements of a strategic nature will prove useful as graduates move into more senior management roles. It is an attractive graduate qualification either for those trained in a technical discipline without previous economic training or those trained in economics or finance without previous exposure to construction.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Our school is part of The Bartlett, which is the UK's largest multidisciplinary faculty of the built environment. It brings together scientific and professional specialisms required to research, understand, finance, design, procure, construct/refurbish and operate the buildings, infrastructure and urban environments of the future.

Outside the faculty we have links within UCL with those involved in engineering, computing and other areas of management.

Located in central London, UCL is at the heart of a large cluster of architectural, engineering, surveying, real estate and management consultancies, major construction/infrastructure clients, contractors and financial institutions. The UK's centre of government and all the resources of a world city are also to hand.

Accreditation

RICS Project Management pathway

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management

81% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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IN BRIEF. The full Masters degree is RICS, CIOB and APM accredited. Course development has been led by industry to ensure that material is relevant to current industry trends and emerging future skills areas in construction management. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • The full Masters degree is RICS, CIOB and APM accredited
  • Course development has been led by industry to ensure that material is relevant to current industry trends and emerging future skills areas in construction management
  • Gain knowledge of advanced construction management skills and software tools, BIM technologies and Lean-Six Sigma Processes
  • Part-study option
  • International students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

An effective construction manager understands how to successfully organise and plan complex construction projects, diagnose corporate problems, and manage project teams, procurement, finance and risk. Many graduates use this course to gain the skills and knowledge required to advance their careers and  undertake  senior management positions.

The development of this course has been led by industry to ensure that it covers current industry trends and emerging future skills areas in construction management. Emphasis is on developing practical skills and tools for a rewarding career in construction. Additionally this course provides hands-on  training  in the use of state-of-the-art software tools and techniques.

This course will teach you how to successfully organise and plan complex construction projects and you will gain an understanding of international markets. You will also learn how to diagnose corporate problems and manage a multitude of areas including people, finance and risk. Additionally, you will  be  taught to recognise the significance of processes, technology and people to the success of projects in the construction industry.

This full Masters degree is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Association for Project Management (APM); educating you to the highest industry standards.

COURSE DETAILS

  • Course development has been led by industry to ensure that material is relevant to current industry trends and emerging future skills areas in construction management
  • Emphasis is given to practical knowledge, skills and tools for a rewarding career in construction
  • This course offers a structured route to obtaining the knowledge and understanding required to practice construction management.
  • This course provides hands-on training in the use of state-of-the-art software tools and techniques.

COURSE STRUCTURE

This course can be studied full-time, part-time on campus, or part-time by online distance learning. Admission onto the course is in September or January.

The Masters award consists of four taught modules followed by a Research Methods module and Dissertation. The PgDip requires the completion of the four taught modules. All modules are delivered over a 15 week period and are assessed through written coursework.

FOR THE FULL-TIME STUDY OPTION:

You will study two 30 credit taught modules in each of your first two semesters, these are designed to give you the core knowledge required in construction management. In the final semester you will undertake a dissertation worth 60 credits.

FOR THE DISTANCE LEARNING STUDY OPTION:

A 30 credit taught module is studied in each semester for the first 24 months. Assessment of these modules is driven by real-world problems aligned to your workplace and job role. Teaching is based around a virtual learning environment supported by interactive online sessions.

FOR THE PART-TIME ON CAMPUS STUDY OPTION:

Part-time students attend the University one day per week, usually on day release from employment in industry. A 30 credit module is studied each semester. Throughout the final two semesters you choose to undertake a dissertation or research by design project.

TEACHING

On campus study is delivered through a variety of learning and teaching methods. Lectures introduce new material and provide the core knowledge base for each module. Tutorials offer the opportunity for discussion and debate with personalised instruction from lecturers. Project work is an important aspect of the course enabling you to initiate and control research or other techniques to develop solutions to prescribed tasks. Throughout the course expert guest lecturers in relevant fields are invited to deliver lectures.

Distance learning uses an internet-based learning environment backed up by intensive tutor support. Weekly online tutorials are led by tutors with student interaction. Our online repository of learning material enables you to undertake self directed study at your own convenience. Learning is driven by real-world problems aligned to your workplace and job role.

CONTACT TIME

Full-time: Approximately two days per week 

Distance Learning: Two to three hours online contact time with up to five hours personal study time per week

ASSESSMENT

You will be assessed through:

  • Written coursework (100%)
  • Continuous informal assessment by your tutors

EMPLOYABILITY

This course will prepare you for a management position in the construction industry. Graduates have gone on to roles in project, construction and architectural / engineering-design management. They include winners of the Whiting Award and the CIOB Building Manager of the Year competition.

CAREER PROSPECTS

Many graduates use this course to gain the skills and knowledge required to advance their careers and undertake a senior management role. Previous graduates have followed careers in the construction industry in project management, construction management, architectural and engineering design management. However, a significant number have also branched out into parallel careers in the civil engineering, financial, legal and business sectors. Our graduates work across the globe for many of the world's leading built environment organisations. Many graduates have gone on to achieve notable success, with numerous winners of the Whiting Award and also several awards in the CIOB Building Manager of the Year competition.

More and more in today's corporate environment, successful organisations are viewing real estate and facilities management as an integral part of their strategic business plan. Real estate facilities management is a vital strategic discipline because it "translates" the high-level, strategic change required by senior decision-makers into day-to-day reality for people in their work or living space.



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In today's ever-changing market, construction professionals need the knowledge and skills available through postgraduate study more than ever. Read more
In today's ever-changing market, construction professionals need the knowledge and skills available through postgraduate study more than ever. Successful project managers need to be able to think, lead and act in an uncertain and dynamic business environment, have access to the latest information, understand the appropriate techniques and systems, and have the expertise to apply these to market needs and business opportunities.

The MSc Construction Project Management is designed specifically to enhance your understanding of managing projects, and to support construction professionals in practice and client organisations. It is aimed at architects, surveyors, services engineers, civil engineers, construction managers, and existing project managers who wish to formalise their training on the client and supply side.

Key benefits

The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

Course detail

The course's strengths lie in teaching and learning that meets the practising professional's needs, and with such a diverse range of applicants, it is ideal for peer learning. Module content reflects the current diversity and ongoing change in the construction industry in particular, building information modelling (BIM) as well as sustainability and health and safety. To help you gain the most benefit from the course, we also offer advanced study skills.

You'll also enjoy plenty of opportunities to network with people working at the leading edge of research and practice whose insights feed directly into the course modules and help us shape research opportunities for your dissertation. Our staff include active researchers and consultants, through the Department's Construction and Property Research Centre (CPRC).

Structure

The full Master's course comprises 180 credits divided into three 60 credits stages: Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, and Master's. Students work incrementally through the three stages and must pass all modules at each stage in order to progress to the next.

Modules

• Project Management Principles (15 credits)
• BIM in Design Co-ordination (15 credits)
• BIM in Construction Operation (15 credits)
• Sustainability in the Built Environment (15 credits)
• Managerial Finance for the Built Environment (15 credits)
• Construction Procurement (15 credits)
• Construction Project Management Practice (15 credits)
• Construction Contract Law (15 credits)
• Dissertation (60 credits)

Format

Teaching usually takes place on two whole days a week, with lectures, seminars and other supporting activities. Each module (excluding the dissertation) has a full day of contact, with morning and afternoon sessions, and five teaching days so you engage with each module usually once a fortnight. This allows you to prepare for each module and apply yourself to the activities to consolidate your learning.

Some of your learning will be through using BIM software in computer labs, applying it to real-world scenarios and briefs.

Assessment

Assessment mainly avoids major exams, and many modules have mini projects that require applied research relevant to the syllabus but applied to construction project management in practice.

Careers / Further study

Clients, consultants and contractors value project managers' role highly when it comes to optimising projects' budgets, timescales and quality. Project management roles vary, depending on the nature of the project and working environment, but it is a generic function that many organisations' clients will specify.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx

Funding

- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

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At the Welsh School of Architecture, we provide a fully accredited route to becoming a professional architect in the UK. This MArch programme is the second stage (Part 2) of this route and is intended for those who wish to continue their education towards becoming a qualified architect. Read more
At the Welsh School of Architecture, we provide a fully accredited route to becoming a professional architect in the UK. This MArch programme is the second stage (Part 2) of this route and is intended for those who wish to continue their education towards becoming a qualified architect. The course is approved by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB). If you do not already have a Part 1 qualification, please take a look at our BSc Architectural Studies.

Our MArch is a two year programme which is studied on a full-time basis. It is unique in that in the first year of study, you will predominantly be based in an architectural practice, undertaking a combination of practice-based and academic work. In your second year, you will be based in the School of Architecture’s new studio for graduate students at Friary House, in Cardiff city centre. This is within 5-10 minutes’ walk of our other site, Bute Building.

Throughout the course, we explore the full range of skills required to be an architect and enable you to develop your personal and professional experience. To prepare you for the demands of the architectural profession, we build on and extend your existing knowledge to include the design of more complex buildings and the demands of urban design. We also study the professional and legal aspects of an architect’s work. We also encourage you to pursue knowledge in a specialist area through a written dissertation project.

Distinctive features

• Study in one of the top schools of architecture in the UK.
• Accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB) at Part 2 level.
• Available as a two year full-time course with the first year mainly spent in an architectural practice.
• Learn from our academic staff and experienced tutors from leading UK architectural practices who have specialisms in a wide range of areas.

Structure

The first year of the MArch – the year of education in practice – is spent predominantly in architectural practice. It includes three short courses held in the School and has a modular structure of coursework.

The second year of the MArch is spent full-time in the School and takes students to an advanced level of architectural design. It offers an intense and lively forum for the exploration and discussion of issues in contemporary architecture. It involves a ‘Design Thesis’, a written dissertation and a module in practice management and economics.

Project work is a major component in the second year and includes a comprehensive design for a building or group of buildings selected by yourself and supervised by an appropriate member of staff. You will also complete a dissertation which allows you to pursue and specialise in an area of interest to you. Current areas you can choose from include architectural science and technology, history and theory of architecture, social issues in architecture, and professional and management studies.

Core modules:

Design in Practice
Research Preparation
Reflective Practice
Design Thesis
Dissertation
Practice, Management and Economics

Teaching

The methods of teaching we employ will vary from module to module, as appropriate depending on the subject matter and the method of assessment. We teach using a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops, study visits, project work, and group tutorials.

In lectures and workshops we aim to make appropriate use of audio-visual support to aid learning and development of subject-specific skills. You will be given access to relevant teaching materials through the University’s virtual learning environment, Learning Central.

Assessment

Taught and project-based modules are assessed in a variety of different ways depending on the module content and learning outcomes (found in the module descriptions). We use class tests, course work (both written assignments and oral presentations or critical assessments/crits), and project work, or a combination of these to assess your progress on the module.

You will also be assessed on a dissertation project, which you will complete in year two. The dissertation is a written report on a piece of research which you have carried out in an agreed subject area under supervision.

Career Prospects

The majority of our graduates proceed to a career in architectural practice, and are found in many of the top practices in the UK and across the world.

However, career paths for our graduates also include urban design, teaching and research as well as architectural practice. Other employers of our graduates include architects’ practices, building energy consultants, town planning departments, construction companies and some universities. Some graduates proceed to higher research degrees such as MPhils or PhDs.

After completing our MArch in Architecture and gaining further experience in practice, you may wish to undertake a Part 3 qualification [link to PGDip/MA in Professional Studies if possible], successful completion of which will enable you to register with the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and therefore use the title ‘architect’ in the UK.

Placements

The first year of this course is spent in practice. Students are expected to find a suitable placement in an architectural practice themselves. Our students have an excellent record in obtaining placements and many of our past graduates have taken the opportunity of the year of education in practice to spend time in practice abroad. Students should keep in contact with the School during this time and we will send a representative from the School to visit you. Your placement should last for at least 9 months.

Fieldwork

Project work in the second year of the course is based around units, which are frequently combined with study trips in the UK and/or in Europe. In the past, students have travelled to Barcelona, Venice, Rome and the Ruhr Valley, amongst other places.

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