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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.

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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.

Visit the Construction Management (MSc) page on the City, University of London website for more details!






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