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Course content

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.


Visit the Construction Management MSc page on the University of Reading website for more details!

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