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The rapidly developing world and evolution of urban development have caused a massive surge in environmental pollution, energy consumption and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Read more
The rapidly developing world and evolution of urban development have caused a massive surge in environmental pollution, energy consumption and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Civil engineers should take a leadership role to promote sustainable development by providing creative and innovative solutions to the challenges associated with sustainability in civil engineering practices.

This programme provides students with technologically advanced knowledge, problem-solving skills and a comprehensive understanding of the key aspects of sustainability in civil engineering construction. It has a particular emphasis on the future trends of global sustainable development. It is intended to provide critical awareness of current and future problems associated with the intervention of sustainability strategies and their integration in the civil engineering sector, as well as prospective solutions from existing and emerging scientific technologies.

This full-time 18-month programme comprises two semesters of taught modules, assessed by coursework and examination, followed by a research dissertation during your third semester. The programme is also offered on a part-time 36-month basis for potential students currently working in industry. All the modules are delivered in English by an international academic staff who specialise in sustainability and sustainable construction.

Modules

• Sustainable Technology and Building Materials
• Sustainable Drainage Systems
• Sustainable Energy and Environment
• Integration of Energy Strategies in the Design of Buildings
• Advanced Simulation of Sustainable Structural Systems
• Sustainable Engineering with Timber
• Environmental Engineering and Management Practice
• Sustainable Urban Planning Strategies
• Dissertation

Sustainable Solutions for Construction

Civil engineering plays a dominant role in providing sustainable solutions to the construction industry. This programme focusses on all of the technologies, techniques and methods that will enable future civil engineers to incorporate an environmentally viable approach to the design of future infrastructure. These designs will be based on renewable energies, recycling of waste construction materials and industrial by-products, smart systems for the efficient drainage and utilisation of surface water run-offs, natural wastewater treatment methods as well as modern digital representation techniques and structural models.

What are my career prospects?

Graduates of this programme will be equipped to take up professional employment in the civil engineering industry and become lifelong learners with an appreciation of the value to society of an education in sustainable construction. On the basis of accreditation by the Joint Board of Moderators, the MSc programme may be used as the final element of the educational base for being a Chartered Engineer.

Part-time study option also available.

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The construction industry is a large employer, with over 100 million people worldwide believed to depend on it. Read more
The construction industry is a large employer, with over 100 million people worldwide believed to depend on it. The resulting built environment accounts for nearly 50% of carbon emissions as it consumes an equal percentage of extracted, natural materials generating large quantities of landfill waste and using vast amount of water, all valuable and increasingly scarce resources.

Course Overview

UK construction is well-placed to benefit from the opportunities presented by the global shift to a low carbon economy and green construction, but there is a continuing need to ensure investment in innovation and technology alongside increased collaboration between businesses and research institutions to enable the UK to realise this potential. There is also scope for further progress, particularly with regard to addressing evident skills shortages. The global green and sustainable building industry is forecast to grow at an annual rate of 22.8% between now and 2017 as a result of increasing low carbon regulatory requirements and greater societal demand for greener products. It seems that the market is recognising these opportunities.

According to recent research by McGraw-Hill Construction (2013), around half the architects, engineers, contractors, building owners and building consultants around the world anticipate that at least 60% of their work will be green by 2015, up from 28% of firms in 2012 and only 13% in 2009.

The UK’s existing housing stock, which accounts for over half of the greenhouse gas emissions from the built environment, presents growth and development opportunities for the UK’s low carbon and sustainable construction market.

The programme will draw upon subject expertise within the School of Architecture, Built and Natural Environments, which has been commended by Externals for its commitment to innovative teaching and learning. The programme enhances a number of advanced transferable skills and equips the student with a range of skills appropriate for a broad variety of future opportunities as well as providing skills and competencies for those students who are progressing to MPhil / PhD. Regularly, our MSc students have progressed to our PhD provision. Sustainability is seen as a priority in construction circles; the very nature of its operation places a heavy burden on the environment. The programme holds firm the sustainability concept and provides students with ‘real’ examples of established practices.

Key Features

The School of Built and Natural Environment prides itself on providing a supportive learning environment, with personal attention afforded to all students. Delivering a successful and enjoyable learning experience is at the very core of our vision to produce first class professionals.

We are situated in an urban maritime environment very close to Britain’s first designated ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and with many interesting buildings and cultural assets nearby. We are in close proximity to magnificent natural and physical resources of south, mid and west Wales and the University and its staff play a major role within the conservation and heritage management of these and other similar national assets.

As class sizes are generally less than 25, this engenders a culture and environment that listens to and supports individual student needs. Our teaching is informed by research in subject’s that extend right across our portfolio, suitably supplemented by external experts from around the world. We believe in engaging with employers to develop, deliver and review courses that enhance our graduate’s employability credentials in a manner that is central to our vision for students, the city and region. This is further reflected by recent graduate success stories that include employment in international organisations, entrepreneurship and community engagement. Our commitment is demonstrated by recent investment in facilities, staff and engagement, which means the future for our graduates, is stronger than ever. We truly look forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve your personal goals and ambitions.

Assessment

Assessments used within this Programme are normally formative or summative. In the former assessment is designed to ensure students become aware of their strengths and weaknesses. Typically, such assessment will take the form of practical exercises where a more hands-on approach shows student’s ability on a range of activities. Traditional formal time-constrained assessment is by means of tests and examinations, normally of two-hour duration. Examinations are a traditional method of verifying that the work produced is the students’ own work.

To help authenticate student coursework, some modules require that the student and lecturer negotiate the topic for assessment on an individual basis, allowing the lecturer to monitor progress. Some modules where the assessment is research-based require students to verbally/visually present the research results to the lecturer and peers, followed by a question and answer session. Such assessment strategies are in accord with the learning and teaching strategies employed by the team, that is, where the aim is to generate work that is mainly student-driven, individual, reflective and where appropriate, vocationally-orientated. Feedback to students will occur early in the study period and continue over the whole study session thereby allowing for greater value added to the student’s learning.

Career Opportunities

The MSc is widely recognised as a valuable postgraduate qualification. It demonstrates the student’s ability to commit to a programme of study and develop their knowledge within that area of academic study. The programme will help develop skills which are valuable to a wide range of employers, such as the ability to analyse complex information critically, the ability to present clear and coherent arguments and the ability to present complex information in a clear manner.

Such an education will develop an awareness of the interconnectedness of the built environment, and equip the student with a qualification relevant to a number of different vocational situations. The flexibility of the modular programme enables students to develop packages of study which satisfy specialist interests and career aspirations in the built environment.

In business many large organisations have established management systems and auditing procedures, and our former students’ career paths demonstrate opportunities at all levels of management. This degree, which was developed in consultation with the BRE and major Companies/Consultants, will help students develop a career in these areas. In fact, the integral link with the BRE is a fundamental ‘kitemark’ for students and associated employers of this programme.

The School has a long history of industrial liaison. Since the 1990s programmes have had annual industrial liaison meetings. Feedback on new policies, initiatives and issues informed the curriculum, teaching and practice, especially when providing valuable input prior to validation (in particular BRE). The links will also provide experience for students to work on ‘live’ projects.

Recommendations by BRE on the content of the proposed programme(s) include:
-Providing students with the opportunity to work on interdisciplinary projects with students pursuing other construction-related qualifications, for example, architects, surveyors, civil engineers, quantity surveyors, planners and tradespeople; this approach would simulate real-life construction projects
-Enabling students to gain practical experience, thus applying the theory they have learnt

These types of industrially-centred learning provide the opportunity to inform teaching, learning and assessment adding much value to employability.

Professional Accreditations

In progress with CIOB, RICS and CABE.

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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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Why this course?. The need for advanced technologies has become necessary to accomplish sustainable engineering projects, especially for the construction industry. Read more

Why this course?

The need for advanced technologies has become necessary to accomplish sustainable engineering projects, especially for the construction industry. Various Advanced Construction Technologies (ACT) have emerged over the last decades. With the development of Building Information Modelling, the future of construction will be transformed into a more digital industry.

Various Advanced Construction Technologies are now BIM compliant across stages such as:

  • preparation of the client brief
  • conceptual and detailed design 
  • construction and operational

These developments have provided technical and management support to solve complex and multidisciplinary problems for all project stakeholders.

There is a unique opportunity for the next generation of graduates to become highly-skilled in this field and gain further advantages in a highly competitive job market. The construction industry stakeholders are in need of high-calibre and highly-competitive candidates with knowledge and skills in construction disciplines, Advanced Construction Technologies and Building Information Modelling. 

You’ll study

This is a multidisciplinary course that aims to develop the knowledge, practical, and personal skills of graduates to work in the Architecture/Engineering/Construction (AEC) industry and to develop further research skills related to AEC fields. The course enables practitioners to gain access to a theoretical base and to appraise current and future strategies in Advanced Construction Technologies and Building Information Modelling.

Students will take taught modules and a group project in the first two semesters. MSc students then complete a dissertation project in a third semester.

Areas explored in the modules include:

  • principles and practices of Advanced Construction Technologies in the architecture/engineering/construction industry
  • new trends related to digital construction, Building Information Modelling, and construction technology
  • sustainability 
  • facilities management
  • construction management (processes, people, procurement)
  • project management (planning, financing, risk)

Open Access

Open Access modules are offered on individual modules from the MSc programme. Compulsory taught modules are delivered intensively and are accessible to part-time students and as stand-alone Continuing Professional Development (CPD) options or gradually built towards a qualification.

Open Access students may transfer onto a part-time MSc or PgDip programme to complete their studies (subject to a maximum period of time).

Guest lecturers/speakers

You’ll benefit from a large number of government, local authority and industry partners, who’ll lecture on up-to-date current practices, with diverse point of views.

Field trips

You’ll benefit from visiting various large construction sites to meet with Architecture/Engineering/Construction professionals working in projects and have the opportunity to explore how the obtained knowledge from the course is practiced in real projects.

Facilities

Studios 

There are two fully-networked design studios; one dedicated to student self-study, the other to interactive design teaching.

Library

In addition to the main University library, we have our own, on-site, reference library. Our collection is developed in direct response to the teaching delivered in the department. 

Workshop 

A full range of hand and portable power tools are available (complete with instruction).

PC Lab 

Our lab computers have the main applications required for the course. We also offer plotter printing, scanning and laser cutting services.

Learning & teaching

The course is balanced between theory and practice. It’s delivered through:

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • group project
  • seminar-led learning, by staff and visiting experts

Assessment

The Formative assessment will take place throughout the course. Some modules will also be assessed with weekly tasks, others with one/two tasks per semester. The summative assessment is usually held during the exam period as will be indicated on the University timetable. The Group Project involves one-to-one tuition and appraisals in review seminars and also through student peer group reviews. 

You will be expected to participate in:

  • studio reviews
  • individual written essays and reports
  • oral presentations
  • dissertation

Careers

The intensive market activities in Digital Construction and in Building Information Modelling show how this area is gaining momentum for job opportunities. Professionals with the relevant technology and personal skills are in highl demand. This course will help professionals and new graduates to develop specialist expertise in modern design and construction management. It also targets those who seek advanced roles in BIM. It will allow them to understand the concept of digital integrated project delivery in addition to having hands-on experience on virtual design and construction.

Sustainability is a key part of this course therefore the course is also relevant to those who seek to obtain advanced qualifications in related areas that integrate sustainability and digital construction.

Employment opportunities

Employment opportunities for graduates can be related to many construction professions in:

  • design
  • construction 
  • operation of buildings 
  • infrastructure

Careers include both general professional positions (e.g. design or project management) and specialist roles such as integrated information managers and Building Information Modelling managers. The Royal Institute of Charted Surveyors (RICS) has recently approved the latter as a new professional role.

Graduate skills

Graduates will develop technical, managerial and interpersonal skills to deliver construction projects with a more integrated approach. With the help of various digital and media technologies, they will be able to conduct design and construction activities in a more effective collaborative environment. Graduates will be able to develop BIM Strategy and Execution Plans for construction organisations. As the course is also research focused, graduates will develop research skills on a selected related topic in digital construction.

The construction market needs more Advanced Construction Technologies and Building Information Modelling experts to comply with the UK government mandate of using Building Information Modelling in all public projects from 2016 (and from 2017 in Scotland). In this regard, the course can open opportunities for graduates to start up their own business in this field. The course also helps those who are seeking to undertake a further postgraduate research degree.



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Further your knowledge, right now!. As one of the largest economic sectors in Australia, the construction industry seeks graduates with distinctive skills, knowledge and practical experience across a variety of fields. Read more

Further your knowledge, right now!

As one of the largest economic sectors in Australia, the construction industry seeks graduates with distinctive skills, knowledge and practical experience across a variety of fields. By studying a Master of Construction Practice at Bond, Australia, graduates are equipped with the necessary knowledge in management and skills to deliver complex construction projects. Graduates will gain a professionally recognised qualification and in turn, enhance their career potential in the field of construction practice.

Gain professional recognition

The Master of Construction Practice is professionally recognised by some of Australia’s leading professional bodies. This allows graduates to differentiate themselves within the industry. Graduates are internationally recognised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) as well as the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). They are also nationally accredited with the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS), and meets the educational requirement set by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) for the granting of an Open Builders Licence.

Further, the program is also delivered in intensive mode. Intensive Mode Delivery is a compact and time efficient way to complete a postgraduate qualification with minimal impact on professional and personal lifestyles. Each subject is delivered over two weekends during the semester. There are two sets of three-day sessions per subject, generally scheduled Thursday to Saturday (approximately six to eight contact hours per day) with a break of four or five weeks between session one and session two of each subject.

Participants will receive 40 hours of combined lectures, discussion groups, case studies and workshops during contact hours. International students are required to be on campus every week.

About the program

The Master of Construction Practice covers a comprehensive range of subjects in the field of construction practice, focusing on the management and delivery of complex construction projects. The curriculum addresses a range of topics including building plans and processes, building structures and soil mechanics, construction techniques, contract administration, finance and cost planning, project management, refurbishment and retrofitting, and risks. It also contains a strong sustainability theme which equips graduates with distinctive skills that are highly sought after in the built environment. 

Industry overview

Construction is a fast paced and evolving industry, with sustainability a prominent concern for both the private and government sectors. Roles within the construction industry can be applied to practitioners such as estimators or contract managers, or as professionals such as quantity surveyors or project managers. Graduates equipped with the skills to apply innovative and adaptable solutions within complex environments are highly sought after.

Structure and subjects

View the Master of Construction Practice - Program Structure and Sequencing

The structure of the Master of Construction Practice is based on both theoretical and practical subjects. This program is designed in close consultation with prominent industry professional boards to ensure the integrity and contemporary relevance of the degree.

This program enables you to exit after four subjects with a graduate certificate, after eight subjects with a graduate diploma or complete 12 subjects for a master’s degree.

Graduate Certificate in Construction Practice (4)

The Graduate Certificate in Construction Practice program comprises 4 subjects, as follows:

Required Subjects (1)

Optional Subjects (2 + 1)

Choose 2 from the below subjects:

Plus choose 1 from the following:

Graduate Diploma in Construction Practice (8)

You must complete the following two subjects:

And select six subjects from the following options:

Master of Construction Practice (12)

To complete a Master of Construction Practice, you must complete all of the subjects below:

And select two subjects from the following options:



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Available in London and Glasgow. Capable professionals with skills in commercial management and quantity surveying are always in high demand in the construction industry. Read more

Available in London and Glasgow

Capable professionals with skills in commercial management and quantity surveying are always in high demand in the construction industry. With these valuable skills, you'll play an essential role in managing costs for construction projects in the UK and overseas.

GCU's MSc Quantity Surveying is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). The programme is available at both the London and Glasgow campuses for full-time, part-time and distance learning.

The curriculum is practical and career-focused, making you a more competitive candidate for leadership roles in construction.

  • Expand your frame of reference and your understanding of construction economics and project management
  • Explore topics like risk and value management, quantification and costing of work, financial management and construction economics
  • Investigate sustainable design and construction
  • Learn how to handle construction contracts and disputes
  • Connect your expertise to the real world with industrial case studies
  • Complete a dissertation to integrate your knowledge and develop subject expertise

As the University for the Common Good, GCU's community emphasises real ways to make a positive impact. We work hard to excel at what we do so we can drive change in our communities and in our world. We're doers and builders. We hope when you graduate, you'll take that spirit with you, no matter where you go.

As a construction professional, you'll help build cities, businesses and homes; you also have the power to build the common good.

What you will study

The programme utilises a range of new and proven modules designed to enhance the skills set of construction professionals. It provides students with an opportunity to develop their abilities, frame of reference and a common understanding of construction economics and project management to work more effectively within industry. Choose from a range of potential electives that reinforce the professional requirements of the modern construction industry and help develop competencies in a range of appropriate specialist areas.

Construction Contract and Disputes

Examine the legal and contractual issues involved with projects; focusing on the critical appraisal and application of contract administration for construction projects. This includes the analysis and evaluation of approaches to the selection of appropriate procurement strategies for international construction projects. The module also considers how failures have occurred in respect to conflict in construction and proceeds to discuss methods for the management of conflict and the means of resolving disputes, from an international perspective.

Construction Economics and Procurement

Gain a full conceptual understanding of the economics of the construction industry. The module also focuses on the interaction between the national economy and the construction sector including the forecasting of construction demand. It will also cover the microeconomic issues including supply chain management.

Construction Financial Management

Provides an understanding of financial management within the wider construction industry and how this can be affected through cyclical trends. All aspects of the financial management of construction projects are considered, with particular attention paid to capital investment decisions and cash flow management.

Development and Project Economics

The management of projects from a commercial perspective, i.e. the economic appraisal of projects.

Quantification and Costing of Works

Core competencies for the quantity surveyor. The module examines the measurement and quantification of construction works using a range of measurement methods. It also examines estimating and pricing methods of construction works based upon a variety of information.

Risk and Value Management

The management of risk on international construction projects including methodologies for risk identification, analysis, acceptance and transfer - vital elements to the success of a project - using hypothetical and live projects to place the topic in context.

Sustainable Design and Construction

Core construction technology competencies related to sustainability for the quantity surveyor. Providing students with knowledge and understanding of the principles of sustainable design and construction; and introduces the main requirements, technologies, tools, methods, processes and systems required to develop a sustainable building.

International Construction Project Finance

The financial management from bid preparation to contract financing, with particular emphasis on capital investment decisions and cash flow management, all within the context of international construction projects.

Project Management

Project management concepts, the roles and responsibilities of project managers and organisational structures within which project management operates.

Masters Dissertation

An opportunity to undertake an in-depth investigation, with a strong emphasis on originality and analysis.

Assessment methods

Combination of exams, coursework, online discussions and a presentation. The university has a policy of using the Blackboard web-based virtual learning environment to complement face-to-face tuition.

Distance learning access

Quantity surveying students taking the distance learning option require their own computer and internet access. A high level of technical knowledge is not required, however you should be comfortable using a word processor package, email and have some experience of searching the web.

Accreditation

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

HM Forces

In partnership with HM Forces, GCU has identified this programme is being particularly suited to military and ex-military men and women. Visit the HM Forces Careers Zone for more information on the services we provide.

Graduate prospects

The MSc Quantity Surveying degree will prepare you for a surveying profession at a strategic level. You might find employment in areas such as project management and economics, dispute resolution and international construction.



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Capable professionals with skills in commercial management and quantity surveying are always in high demand in the construction industry. Read more

Capable professionals with skills in commercial management and quantity surveying are always in high demand in the construction industry. With these valuable skills, you'll play an essential role in managing costs for construction projects in the UK and overseas.

GCU's MSc Quantity Surveying is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). The programme is available at both the London and Glasgow campuses for full-time, part-time and distance learning.

The curriculum is practical and career-focused, making you a more competitive candidate for leadership roles in construction.

  • Expand your frame of reference and your understanding of construction economics and project management
  • Explore topics like risk and value management, quantification and costing of work, financial management and construction economics
  • Investigate sustainable design and construction
  • Learn how to handle construction contracts and disputes
  • Connect your expertise to the real world with industrial case studies
  • Complete a dissertation to integrate your knowledge and develop subject expertise

As the University for the Common Good, GCU's community emphasises real ways to make a positive impact. We work hard to excel at what we do so we can drive change in our communities and in our world. We're doers and builders. We hope when you graduate, you'll take that spirit with you, no matter where you go.

As a construction professional, you'll help build cities, businesses and homes; you also have the power to build the common good.

What you will study

The programme utilises a range of new and proven modules designed to enhance the skills set of construction professionals. It provides students with an opportunity to develop their abilities, frame of reference and a common understanding of construction economics and project management to work more effectively within industry. Choose from a range of potential electives that reinforce the professional requirements of the modern construction industry and help develop competencies in a range of appropriate specialist areas.

Construction Contract and Disputes

Examine the legal and contractual issues involved with projects; focusing on the critical appraisal and application of contract administration for construction projects. This includes the analysis and evaluation of approaches to the selection of appropriate procurement strategies for international construction projects. The module also considers how failures have occurred in respect to conflict in construction and proceeds to discuss methods for the management of conflict and the means of resolving disputes, from an international perspective.

Construction Economics and Procurement

Gain a full conceptual understanding of the economics of the construction industry. The module also focuses on the interaction between the national economy and the construction sector including the forecasting of construction demand. It will also cover the microeconomic issues including supply chain management.

Construction Financial Management

Provides an understanding of financial management within the wider construction industry and how this can be affected through cyclical trends. All aspects of the financial management of construction projects are considered, with particular attention paid to capital investment decisions and cash flow management.

Development and Project Economics

The management of projects from a commercial perspective, i.e. the economic appraisal of projects.

Quantification and Costing of Works

Core competencies for the quantity surveyor. The module examines the measurement and quantification of construction works using a range of measurement methods. It also examines estimating and pricing methods of construction works based upon a variety of information.

Risk and Value Management

The management of risk on international construction projects including methodologies for risk identification, analysis, acceptance and transfer - vital elements to the success of a project - using hypothetical and live projects to place the topic in context.

Sustainable Design and Construction

Core construction technology competencies related to sustainability for the quantity surveyor. Providing students with knowledge and understanding of the principles of sustainable design and construction; and introduces the main requirements, technologies, tools, methods, processes and systems required to develop a sustainable building.

International Construction Project Finance

The financial management from bid preparation to contract financing, with particular emphasis on capital investment decisions and cash flow management, all within the context of international construction projects.

Project Management

Project management concepts, the roles and responsibilities of project managers and organisational structures within which project management operates.

Masters Dissertation

An opportunity to undertake an in-depth investigation, with a strong emphasis on originality and analysis.

Assessment methods

Combination of exams, coursework, online discussions and a presentation. The university has a policy of using the Blackboard web-based virtual learning environment to complement face-to-face tuition.

Distance learning access

Quantity surveying students taking the distance learning option require their own computer and internet access. A high level of technical knowledge is not required, however you should be comfortable using a word processor package, email and have some experience of searching the web.

Graduate prospects

The MSc Quantity Surveying degree will prepare you for a surveying profession at a strategic level. You'll find employment in areas such as project management and economics, dispute resolution and international construction.



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Who is it for?. Whether you are an engineer, architect, surveyor, construction manager, facilities manager, or a construction professional, this course will help you take your career to the next level. Read more

Who is it for?

Whether you are an engineer, architect, surveyor, construction manager, facilities manager, or a construction professional, this course will help you take your career to the next level.

This a construction business management MSc is aimed at technically-competent construction professionals who want to move into construction management. The course arms you with the business knowledge and management skills needed for a fast-track career in construction management.

Objectives

This course aims to provide you with the highly sought-after knowledge and skills needed to manage the construction process.

The Construction Management MSc course will help you:

  • Gain a broad foundation in various aspects of theory and practice in the field of general management
  • Develop practical management skills for a rewarding career in construction management of civil structured facilities
  • Acquire skills and knowledge in the practice of planning, financing, and delivering large-scale civil engineering and infrastructure projects
  • Understand general theory and methods of modern management
  • Appreciate the major issues involved in managing projects within firms and businesses operating in the building/construction industrial sector
  • Recognise the nature, importance, and applicability of academic research and knowledge enabling informed and objective decision-making in a wide range of situations arising in the construction industry
  • Understand how information technology can increase productivity and communicate results obtained through analysis, design, and management of all resources

Accreditation

This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree. Visit the JBM website for further information.

Teaching and learning

A mix of approaches is used in the delivery of the Construction Management postgraduate course. Some modules follow a traditional lecture format. 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.

You can choose to take course full time or part time.

Full-time

A 12-month full-time option during which you attend all the taught modules during Semesters 1 and 2, and complete your Project within the 12-month period of the degree.

Part-time

A 24-month part-time option during which you attend 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 part-time students alongside full-time students. The dissertation 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 popular with 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 Construction Management MSc is made up of 180 credits, with 60 credits awarded to the Project. Attendance is required to obtain 120 credits from the taught modules.

The taught part of the Construction Management Masters course is based on ten core modules (a total of 120 credits), of which five are carefully chosen to provide you with a broad foundation in various aspects of the theory and practice in general management.

The remaining set of modules cover important aspects in the practice of planning, financing, and delivering large-scale civil engineering and infrastructure projects. During these modules, you will focus on the development of practical management skills within a construction context.

The culmination of the course is the Project: your dissertation (60 credits). This is a major individual research exercise on a topic within the broad area of construction management conducted under the direction of your supervisor.

Core Modules

  • Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management
  • Operations Management and Information Management
  • Project Planning and Management
  • Project Funding and Finance
  • 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

The culmination of the course is your dissertation (60 credits). The topics/titles for your dissertation can be chosen from a list suggested by the lecturers of the course, your own ideas/initiatives, or where applicable by your sponsoring company/industrial partner.

You are normally required to complete all the taught modules successfully before progressing to the dissertation.

Career prospects

This degree will give you in-demand skills sought by firms for business management roles within all parts of construction delivery – from client-side project supervision through to principal contractor project roles or package contractor specialist roles.

Our graduates often use this degree to add a business competence perspective to their professional contributions.

Recent graduates have secured 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, as a graduate, you will have the opportunity of seeking employment with prominent global architectural, engineering, and construction firms based in London through our well-established links with the industry.

City also boasts a proactive and supportive careers team which can help you get the most of our unique connections within the industry.



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This industry-accredited course is aimed at civil and/or structural engineers who aspire to become senior sustainability managers in both consulting engineering and contracting organisations. Read more
This industry-accredited course is aimed at civil and/or structural engineers who aspire to become senior sustainability managers in both consulting engineering and contracting organisations. It successfully balances sustainable structural engineering with advanced construction management, and is led by a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and Institution of Structural Engineers. With sustainability being a key issue for the 21st century, this course offers specialised knowledge and skills that will enhance your employability potential.

Key features
-This programme builds on the research excellence in sustainable concrete construction at Kingston University and is fully compatible with the existing Government and Foresight Strategy on Sustainable Construction.
-Input from experts at leading civil engineering, construction and related companies complements the academic teaching. This enables you to develop a wider perspective and understanding of the worldwide sustainability issues facing the construction industry.

This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators, which includes the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Structural Engineers, under licence from the Engineering Council, as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng(Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc(Hons) undergraduate first degree.

Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

What will you study?

The hands-on course focuses on the challenges and opportunities for the concrete industry in meeting the demands of sustainability. It combines concrete technology, sustainable construction, earthquake engineering, fire assessment, geo-environmental engineering and construction management.

The advanced concrete design module is assessed by coursework based on the national university competition organised by The Concrete Centre, the trade body representing the concrete industry in the UK.

Assessment

Coursework (including real-world case studies) and/or exams, practice-led research dissertation.

Work placement scheme

Kingston University has set up a scheme that allows postgraduate students in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing to include a work placement element in their course starting from September 2017. The placement scheme is available for both international and home/EU students.

-The work placement, up to 12 months; is optional.
-The work placement takes place after postgraduate students have successfully completed the taught portion of their degree.
-The responsibility for finding the placement is with the student. We cannot guarantee the placement, just the opportunity to undertake it.
-As the work placement is an assessed part of the course for international students, this is covered by a student's tier 4 visa.

Details on how to apply will be confirmed shortly.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Modules
-Management of Project Risk, Quality and Safety
-Sustainable Construction and Substructure Design
-Structural Design in Concrete and Steel
-Estimating, Tendering and Procurement
-Dissertation

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This is an international programme of advanced management studies for the modern construction industry. We develop specialist expertise on how to manage organisations engaged in construction from the multiple perspectives of the client, design team, and contractor. Read more

This is an international programme of advanced management studies for the modern construction industry.

We develop specialist expertise on how to manage organisations engaged in construction from the multiple perspectives of the client, design team, and contractor. This includes an overview of how the construction sector operates in the developed and developing world and of the macro-economic and micro-economic factors that influence the work of the sector.

The distinctive focus is on the management of the construction firm, including finance, organisation, project procurement, contracts for design and construction, information and communication technologies in the construction sector and the expectations of clients, developers, financiers and investors in a project.

The course suits those who have an interest in pursuing a career in the management of construction, whether on the supply side or the demand side. Graduates with professional experience will find this course provides a strong grounding for promotion to more senior management positions in the industry. Graduates without experience will find this course an excellent way to gain mastery of the topics relating to management in construction.

Another distinctive feature is in the application of research carried out by the staff of the School; the research informs policy nationally and internationally. All of our research is carried out through close work with industry partners and develops new ways of thinking about the management of construction. The course is constantly being updated with the latest thinking in all the various aspects of construction management.

The course is for graduates from any discipline who are seeking a professional qualification leading to employment in a dynamic, exciting profession involving the application of financial, managerial and property design skills.

The course is offered as a one-year full-time modular course or two-year flexible modular course. It is accredited by RICS and CIOB.

What will you study?

Sample modules

  • Construction contract law
  • Managing construction
  • International construction labour markets
  • Design management
  • Sustainable urban systems

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?

Graduates will follow careers in a wide range of construction-related vocations: architectural and engineering design, project management, construction management, general business management, investment appraisal and in the public sector. Some pursue a career in research. This programme is particularly attractive to international students seeking to expand their knowledge and learn about construction management in different national contexts.



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Gain specialist expertise around the implementation and use of digital technologies, such as BIM, in the construction sector. Read more

Gain specialist expertise around the implementation and use of digital technologies, such as BIM, in the construction sector.

The management of complex information, using virtual design and construction, BIM, integrated project delivery approaches and intelligent facility and asset management, is no longer simply a specialist set of activities within construction work; it is increasingly central to the design, construction and operation of buildings and infrastructure.

The management of construction is becoming inseparable from the management of information and information technologies; competitive edge, increased efficiency and productivity are being gained through the strategic use of information systems. The implementation and use of these approaches is transforming the way the built environment is delivered, and transforming the managerial competencies that the sector requires.

The distinctive focus is on the implementation and use of digital technologies in the construction sector.

Clients, both public and private, expect integrated and meaningful information to be delivered alongside the physical product. Built environment professionals need to be able to understand information requirements across the life cycle, to develop and implement project and organisational level information management processes, and to manage a diverse range of data and interfaces through the construction process.

This course provides an opportunity to develop expertise in the developing field of information management for built environment and infrastructure. It provides an introduction to fundamental academic subjects related to information management and an understanding of the latest theories and research, which inform emerging vocational practice across design, construction and operation.

The course combines internationally-renowned academic and industry expertise with intensive practical learning, using state of the art technologies within the university's dedicated BIM laboratories and virtual reality facilities. The combination of fundamental understanding, exposure to cutting edge industry practice, and hands on experience will provide you with the knowledge required to develop successful careers across the construction life cycle.

What will you study?

Sample modules

  • Collaboration practice and innovation
  • New technology, management and change
  • Financial and management accounting in construction
  • Human resource management
  • Sustainable design, construction and operation

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 develop specialist management expertise in the rapidly growing field of information systems in construction, digital project delivery and virtual design and construction. It is relevant for those seeking to move into specific roles in BIM or information management, as well as to provide a focused advanced management qualification for professionals who recognise the current and future importance of managing information effectively in the sector. This will appeal to both graduates and professionals from a variety of backgrounds, including:

  • Project managers concerned with project information management
  • Construction professionals responsible for the implementation of new technologies in projects and/or construction enterprises
  • Business leaders with an interest in digitally-enabled construction
  • Client representatives seeking to maximise the quality and value of asset information.


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Further your knowledge, right now!. As one of the largest economic sectors, the construction industry seeks graduates with distinctive skills, knowledge and practical experience across a variety of fields. Read more

Further your knowledge, right now!

As one of the largest economic sectors, the construction industry seeks graduates with distinctive skills, knowledge and practical experience across a variety of fields. The Master of Construction Practice (Professional) at Bond equips graduates with the necessary knowledge in management and skills to deliver complex construction projects. Graduates will gain a professionally recognised qualification and in turn, enhance their career potential in the field of construction practice.

Intensive mode delivery

The Master of Construction Practice (Professional) is professionally recognised by some of Australia’s leading professional bodies. This allows graduates to differentiate themselves within the industry.

Further, the program is also delivered in intensive mode. Intensive Mode Delivery is a compact and time efficient way to complete a postgraduate qualification with minimal impact on professional and personal lifestyles. Each subject is delivered over two weekends during the semester. There are two sets of three-day sessions per subject, scheduled generally Thursday to Saturday (approximately six to eight contact hours per day) with a break of four or five weeks between session one and session two of each subject.

Participants will receive 40 hours of combined lectures, discussion groups, case studies and workshops during contact hours. International students are required to be on campus every week.

About the program

The Master of Construction Practice (Professional) covers a comprehensive range of subjects in the field of construction practice, focusing on the management and delivery of complex construction projects. The curriculum addresses a range of topics including building plans and processes, building structures and soil mechanics, construction techniques, contract administration, finance and cost planning, project management, refurbishment and retrofitting, and risks. It also contains a strong sustainability theme which equips graduates with distinctive skills that are highly sought after in the built environment. Professional Portfolio is a 20 week, 45 credit point subject available to Master of Construction Practice (Professional) students in the Faculty of Society & Design. This subject is strongly experientially oriented and encourages students to develop their professional skills in a real world environment. The subject will ensure that students combine self-analysis and reflective learning skills with professional methodologies, so as to expand analytic and strategic thinking capabilities. It will provide practical experience for students to develop their skills in a profession relevant to their Master specialisation. All students will complete a 2,000-word scoping document, and either undertake a work placement in Australia for 210 hours (which includes an employer’s report) and reflective journal (up to 5,000 words) OR complete a collaborative research project totalling up to 15,000 words OR students may choose to undertake a Workshop program. The workshop incorporates, lab work, site visits, guest industry lectures and practical assessment pieces equating to the same number of hours as a placement. The workshop offers students a mix of classroom learning and practical experiences. Students will meet and work with industry professionals and undertake assessment that is practical in nature. All students will submit a final professional portfolio collection of documents, highlighting their practical and theoretical expertise in their profession of choice.

Structure and subjects

View the Master of Construction Practice (Professional) - Program Structure and Sequencing.

The structure of the Master of Construction Practice (Professional) is based on both theoretical and practical subjects. This program is designed in close consultation with prominent industry professional boards to ensure the integrity and contemporary relevance of the degree.

Master of Construction Practice (Professional) comprises 13 subjects, as follows: 

* Please note that the Professional Portfolio subject can only be commenced once all coursework subjects have been completed.

And select two (2) subjects from the following options:



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This course provides a route for new entrants to the professional practice of Construction Cost Management or Quantity Surveying, who have taken degrees in non-related disciplines. Read more

This course provides a route for new entrants to the professional practice of Construction Cost Management or Quantity Surveying, who have taken degrees in non-related disciplines. It provides an introduction to the fundamental topics related to Construction Cost Management and an understanding of the latest academic theories and research, which inform vocational practice in the financial management of construction projects. The purpose is to prepare non-cognate graduates for a career in quantity surveying or financial management in construction.

The distinctive focus is on the principles, tools and techniques of financial and cost management from inception of a project, through to design and construction.

The course is for graduates from any discipline who are seeking a professional qualification leading to employment in a dynamic, exciting profession involving the application of financial, managerial and property design skills.

Construction and property cost consultancy is a thriving business activity which is seeking to recruit ambitious graduates from all disciplines who wish to enter a career in which they will develop in a climate of self-management and progress by making their own career choices. Property and construction cost consultants operate in an industry that provides essential, innovative and exciting facilities. They provide services to clients of the construction and property industries through the professional application of economic, financial, engineering, design, management and communication skills. The MSc in Construction Cost Management is designed to provide the basis of these skills for good graduates from all disciplines.

The course is offered as a one-year full-time modular course or two-year flexible modular course. It is accredited by RICS and CIOB.

What will you study?

Sample modules

  • Construction project management
  • Construction cost engineering
  • Information systems in construction
  • Urban sustainable development in emerging economies
  • Real estate development analysis and appraisal

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 construction and property industry provides many of life's essential services. It is a large, varied and exciting industry. Cost managers in construction and property can work for consultancy practices, designers or construction firms. They provide the essential financial direction to projects while working with clients, architects, designers or building engineers. Cost managers require a unique mixture of skills, including design appreciation, financial and cost skills and management ability. The cost consultant firms associated with this established programme are looking to recruit graduates who wish to enter a demanding and rewarding profession. Those students who secure appropriate sponsorship from such firms can take the course in flexible mode while undertaking the required professional training for RICS qualification in parallel. Full-time students will carry out their professional training after completing the MSc.

Graduates will typically find employment in cost management or quantity surveying with public and private sector clients, consultants, or contractors in the building, civil engineering or oil and gas sectors.



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Develop the skills to manage international projects successfully. With growing global competition and increasingly complex regulatory structures, international project managers can make a major impact on an organisation's efficiency, and are in high demand. Read more

Develop the skills to manage international projects successfully. With growing global competition and increasingly complex regulatory structures, international project managers can make a major impact on an organisation's efficiency, and are in high demand.

GCU's MSc International Project Management was designed by senior industry practitioners and leading academic experts. It is delivered by a teaching team experienced in delivering project management expertise spanning all five continents.

Available full-time, part-time and distance learning, the programme offers an elite and highly relevant credential for international project managers. It's accredited by four prestigious international professional organisations; the Association for Project Management (APM), the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Prepare for success as a professional project manager by acquiring the tools to deliver high-quality projects on schedule, on budget and according to scope. You'll also master the skills to manage projects across international borders.

  • Learn how to work with both local and global players in a multinational environment
  • Practise navigating diverse cultural, social and economic settings
  • Develop skills in project management, project economics, construction management, risk and value management and international project finance

Choose from three areas of specialisation:

  • Energy: With energy demand set to grow 35% by 2035, and important issues to tackle such as climate change and sustainability, energy is a critical field now and in the future.
  • Construction: Investigate leading-edge topics such as environmentally sound construction and innovative management methods in a programme developed with the support of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).
  • Oil and gas: Explore key contemporary issues in the industry, including global economics, the evolving global energy mix and environmental concerns.

No matter which area you choose to emphasise, you'll develop meaningful knowledge and skills that are highly relevant to the real-world challenges faced by communities across the globe. You'll be able to help build a more successful, sustainable society, making a positive impact and contributing to the common good.

What you will study

Energy

Energy forms a critical component of our daily lives and its demand is set to grow by 35% by 2035. It is an industry that will continue to grow and evolve in the foreseeable future.A career in energy will involve tackling important issues such as climate change and improving sustainability as well as developing new sources of fuel.

Energy modules include:

Energy Audit and Energy Asset Management

This module focuses on techniques for auditing and managing the amount of energy used in a range of industrial processes. The module will provide an understanding of the strategies and procedures of energy audit and energy asset management. Using case studies throughout, the module will present energy audit, managing energy usage, factors affecting energy efficiency on plant, and cost benefit analysis of introducing alternative strategies and technologies. It will also address the efficient use of other commodities, for example water consumption.

Renewable Energy Technologies

Renewable energy is regarded as an integral part of a sustainable development strategy. This module concentrates on the renewable energy technologies most likely to succeed in the UK and other temperate countries, i.e. solar energy, energy from waste, wind, hydro and biomass. Topics for discussion include: the scale and variability of resources; technologies for exploitation; technical and economic feasibilities; integrated (hybrid) systems. Software tools will be explored for design and analysis of renewable energy systems.

Construction Management  

Developed with the support of the CITB Construction Industry Training Board, the programme is designed to meet the increasing demand for innovative and far-sighted construction managers.

It offers a choice of modules covering the wide variety of skills that modern construction professionals need. This comes from a growing drive to find sustainable and environmentally sound construction methods and innovative management practices to replace traditional procurement routes and management methods.

The programme covers the skills that modern construction professionals need in order to meet the challenges of the industry. It provides recent graduates and experienced professionals with an outstanding opportunity to upgrade their skills in order to enhance their career choices.

Construction modules include:

Strategic Management in Construction and Property Enterprise

The module develops insight into the strategic decision-making processes necessary for organisations to establish and meet organisational goals. It also examines the types of strategies and how they may be successfully utilised. Contemporary analytical techniques are reviewed and evaluated. Factors which influence Corporate Strategy are considered and contextualised in relation to the construction and property industry and constituent enterprises.

Oil and Gas 

The oil and gas industries are widely affected by a growing range of factors, including shifting global economics, an evolving global energy mix and environmental issues. There is an increasing demand for those working in the industries to develop an intelligent awareness of this complex business environment and to grasp the ways in which these changes will affect organisations.

The professional project manager must deliver projects on schedule, on budget, to scope and with the right quality. This MSc develops the multi-faceted skill set needed to successfully manage international projects in the oil and gas industry.

Oil and Gas modules include:

The Oil and Gas Industry

This module introduces the student to the fundamental principles and activities within the global oil and gas industry. This includes legal ownership of hydrocarbon reserves, strategic investments, and the processes involved in upstream and downstream activities within the oil and gas industry. Aspects of health and safety standards will also be introduced in the module.

Oil and Gas Contracts and Disputes

This module will provide the student with an understanding of procurement and contract administration in a modern international oil & gas environment based on the main contracts. The module will examine the various methods of resolving disputes arising under contracts at law, through statutory legislation and by agreement: Litigation; Arbitration; Adjudication; ADR including Conciliation, Mediation, Negotiation, Comparison of cross border/international methods of dispute resolution particularly in relation to arbitration and adjudication.



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Construction is a fast paced and evolving industry, with sustainability a prominent concern for both private and government sectors. Read more

Construction is a fast paced and evolving industry, with sustainability a prominent concern for both private and government sectors. The Graduate Certificate in Construction Practice equips students with the highly sought after skills needed to apply innovative and adaptable solutions within complex environments. 

Intensive mode delivery

Intensive Mode Delivery is a compact and time efficient way to complete a postgraduate qualification with minimal impact on professional and personal lifestyles. Each subject is delivered over two weekends during the semester. There are two sets of three-day sessions per subject, scheduled Thursday to Saturday (approximately six to eight contact hours per day) with a break of four or five weeks between session one and session two of each subject.

Participants will receive 40 hours of combined lectures, discussion groups, case studies and workshops during contact hours. International students are required to be on campus every week.

About the program

The Graduate Certificate in Construction Practice program teaches students from varied backgrounds how to manage building projects – from physical execution to financial analysis and funding. The program focuses on the organisation and management of project resources (people, process, products, energy, finance, space) to deliver building projects on time, within cost, and of the defined scope and quality. The Graduate Certificate in Construction Practice allows you to matriculate into the Master of Construction Practice or is well suited to professionals who have been working in the industry and require a tangible qualification.

Professional outcomes

This degree will provide you with access to a wide range of career pathways in the construction industry. Opportunities include building and construction management, contract administration, site management, facilities management, building services, quantity surveying, property development, project management, cost management and general management. The skill sets obtained in this degree may also be applied to related sectors such as civil engineering and mining. Graduates will be equipped with a comprehensive knowledge of sustainable development, and will be able to seek work anywhere in Australia or around the world.

Industry overview

Construction is a fast paced and evolving industry, with sustainability a prominent concern for both the private and government sectors. Roles within the construction industry can be applied to practitioners such as estimators or contract managers, or as professionals such as quantity surveyors or project managers. Graduates equipped with the skills to apply innovative and adaptable solutions within complex environments are highly sought after.

Structure and subjects

The Graduate Certificate in Construction Practice program comprises 4 subjects, as follows:

Required subjects (1)

Optional subjects (2 + 1)

Choose 2 from the below subjects:

Plus choose 1 from the following:



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