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Course content

The Construction Management programme offers a challenging academic route to becoming a qualified construction management professional. It provides an exciting and dynamic learning experience, building on your existing experiences and background.

This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) 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.

Our cutting edge expertise in engineering, construction and sustainable development enables students to develop their research and analytical capabilities at masters level. The course provides the requisite knowledge for understanding construction management as a profession. You will refer to how people, resources, organisations, built environment and the natural environment interact and take account of the unique needs and characteristics of construction projects in an environmentally sustainable fashion.

Emphasis is given to the knowledge and skills required to manage the operations on site and to report both to the client's representative and the employing organisation. You will explore site management proposals that can be used to efficiently and effectively deliver construction projects in the shortest possible time. You will also develop effective methods of conducting and controlling the execution of work to an agreed quality and accepted safety standards.

Accreditation

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Course structure

Course delivery is divided into two main parts: 

  1. Taught portion at the university for lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, laboratory classes, individual supervision sessions and team working.
  2. The masters project – an individual research programme enabling you to broaden your learning and develop research skills directed at critical appraisal, examine innovative solutions to the problem at hand, and to produce and defend a written thesis on a selected construction engineering, technology or management topic.

A typical 20-credit module normally requires a total of 200 hours of study time. The timetabled contact time for these modules is normally a minimum of four hours per week for 13 teaching weeks. A minimum of eight hours per week per module is used for directed self-study, structured assignments, open-ended assignments and team working.

Taught modules are assessed based on their learning objectives using coursework, presentations, oral and/or written examination at the end of the semester.

Areas of study

Core modules

  • Construction Management
  • Project Planning and Analysis
  • Construction Law and Procurement
  • Management of People and Organisations
  • Project Risk and Financial Analysis
  • Sustainable Construction 
  • Masters project

Options

  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Systems of Environmental Management
  • Environmental Policy and Law
  • Case studies in Environmental Assessment and Management
  • Bridge Loads and Analysis
  • Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
  • Water Resources Management
  • Water Treatment Technology
  • Wastewater Treatment Technology

Employability

The course serves as a training and proving ground for the next generation of construction managers and researchers, equipping graduates to act as leaders in the construction management profession, or for further study at doctorate level.


Visit the Construction Management (MSc/PGDip/PGCert) page on the University of Brighton website for more details!

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