MSc Construction, Business and Leadership (with specialist management pathways) at Ulster University gives you the unique opportunity to master the twin tracks of managing the construction process and leading a business organisation.
Construction professionals must perform well as leaders and managers in all sectors of the industry. This programme provides a vehicle for you to further your construction knowledge as well as hone your management and leadership skills to enhance your ability to deliver both project and business objectives.
Construction firms and Consultants are increasingly seeking highly qualified employees who can respond to client demands in a diverse range of areas from seeking out commercial opportunities, managing and delivering the project to operation and maintenance of the built asset. This programme provides you with the opportunity to specialise in one of three management areas to meet your career objectives:
The programme is suitable for both graduates and working professionals from a range of fields including architecture, building, engineering, quantity surveying, structural engineering, facilities maintenance and town planning, amongst others.
Given the increasing demand for suitably qualified and skilled professionals in the industry, career opportunities are extensive within the public, private and voluntary sectors and previous graduates have been successful at local, national and international levels.
For the award of Master of Science in Construction Business and Leadership (with specialist management pathways) you will have:
….GAINED a general understanding of the fundamental tenets of management through the study of core disciplines (organisation and management, business management and finance, leadership, procurement, legal studies) and an in-depth comprehension of your chosen specialist pathway;
….ACQUIRED the necessary skills to undertake both independent and peer group learning; in the case of the former this will demand to review literature, data collection and the integration of theory and practice necessary for managerial reports, academic assignments and student presentations; in the case of the latter this will require working as part of a group to undertake the same tasks and possible assessment by peers;
….DEVELOPED skills in communication, teamwork, problem-solving, organisation (time management and task management), personal (self-awareness and self-appraisal) skills and information technology which will allow you to engage in interactive learning and the dissemination of information based on the acquisition and application of knowledge in your specialist area;
….APPLIED and integrated your knowledge of the core disciplines and option choices to a better understanding of the issues arising in the construction sector generally and in the sector or service in which they are employed. Specifically, this will involve you developing new theoretical and empirical perspectives and “testing” ideas for validity and robustness of peers and module tutors;
….CRITICALLY REFLECTED on existing management practice and suggest change in your areas of expertise; real-life topical managerial problems will provide the substance for case-study material in which analytical and conceptual skills acquired during the course will be utilised to improve practice.
The course is offered in both full-time and part-time mode in block learning format and
each has a specific attendance pattern:
The full-time mode requires all modules to be taken within one academic year (50 weeks) including the dissertation which is taken in Semester 3 (between May and September). In full-time block mode students attend 4 blocks of 5 consecutive days at approx. 3 week intervals across semesters 1 and 2 with attendance required for oral presentations and/or coursework submissions during the examinations period between semesters.
The periods between blocks are used to undertake assignments and coursework during which the student is encouraged to maintain contact with the Module Coordinator and classmates via on-line discussion forums such as Blackboard Collaborate.
Your course is professionally accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
In addition, the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Association for Project Management (APM), the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), and Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineering (CIBSE) have considered the award to be of significant assistance for individuals in gaining professional qualifications on a case by case basis.
Students who successfully complete this demanding programme will enhance their business leadership and management skills and competencies, and in doing so, will offer employers what they, and their clients, require.
Whilst most of our postgraduates find employment at local and national levels (Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland), increasingly opportunities are arising with international construction, consulting and client organisations.
Alumini of the programme are working as far afield as Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, China, Australia, New Zealand, Butan, Nepal, India, Pakistan, the Caribbean, Mexico, Guatemala, Venezuela, Peru, Israel, Jordan, Qatar, Bahrain, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Nigeria, Botswana, Kenya, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Estonia, Azerbaijan, Canada and the United States of America.
Others have opted to pursue a research path and have successfully obtained doctorates before embarking on an academic career.
The HEC Paris Executive MBA (EMBA) is aimed at senior managers and executives who want to give their career a new lease of life by developing a strategic vision and strong leadership skills.
The program is available in 5 different modular formats in France and Qatar. This allows you to continue working and directly apply everything you have learned in your company or in an entrepreneurial project.
The EMBA is much more than a management toolbox. It is a unique experience that will transform your career and how you view the business world.
The learning methods, exchanges and meetings between participants, professors and experts will enable you to discover and apply the very latest management theories and techniques, develop a global vision within your organisation, and to play a key role in the strategic decision-making and change management processes of your company:
The strong focus on Leadership and Strategy that runs throughout the core courses will enable you to acquire the skills that are essential for any manager. You will not only develop your expertise in these two vital areas, but will also master all the other key aspects of management...
International mobility option
You can take advantage of our International Mobility option and follow modules in Paris and Doha, but also in China and ad hoc locations with strategic international partners.
The Majors enable you to specialize in a field of management or industry of your choice and network with key players and decision-makers in the sector.
Each Major can be taken as a stand-alone Executive Certificate.
The Capstone is a challenging individual or team project that enables you to apply everything you have learned during the program and reposition your career. Some of our participants choose to address an issue of strategic importance for their companies while others opt to develop the business plan of their future start-ups.
The Capstone project can therefore open up new career opportunities - a stepping stone to promotion or the successful launch of a new business venture.
The aim of our innovative, hands-on action-based learning approach is to strike the right balance between theory and practice. We combine:
CASE STUDIES, WORKSHOPS AND INTERACTIVE ROLE-PLAYS to simulate real-life business situations and develop strong analytical and decision-making skills.
DIGITAL LEARNING Up to 12% of the program is now delivered via distance learning solutions and online resources. This allows you to explore or complete certain aspects of the program in greater depth.
TESTIMONIALS FROM SENIOR EXECUTIVES AND INDUSTRY EXPERTS to not only provide valuable insights but to enable you to bridge the gap between theory and practice.
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Through our personal and professional development program, we aim to provide you with the skills, motivation and confidence to take your career to the next level.