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Equip yourself with the construction knowledge and management skills to successfully manage major complex construction projects or develop your business in construction management.

Who is it for?

Whether you are an engineer, architect or a construction professional, this course will add business competence perspective to your professional expertise and help take your career to the next level. The course is for those interested in studying in the heart of a global city such as London, surrounded by some of the biggest construction and technically demanding projects in the UK, which has developed the likes of The Shard and Crossrail.

This programme is designed for technically-competent construction professionals who wish to move into managerial roles within the construction sector, manage major construction projects or establish their own business in an increasingly globalised industry. The course combines business-based modules with construction-specific modules, to provide a construction-focused balance in business education.

Objectives

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

The Construction Management MSc course will help you:

  • Gain a broad foundation in technical knowledge and managerial skills for a rewarding career in construction management.
  • Acquire knowledge in finance, contracts and other areas critical to delivering large-scale projects.
  • Understand the major issues involved with collaborating and managing multiple stakeholders and applying academic knowledge to inform objective decision-making
  • Learn how information technology can increase productivity and communicate results obtained through analysis, design and management of all resources
  • Develop interpersonal skills, enhancing the ability to manage large and small teams and collaborate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders.

Accreditation

The degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators whose sponsoring institutions are the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, and the Institute of Highway Engineers together represent some 100,000 of the world's leading professional engineers.

The MSc Construction Management is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng (Hons) undergraduate first degree. See http://www.jbm.org.uk 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, while others provide 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 the 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.

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.

Career prospects

This degree will give you in-demand skills sought by firms for business management roles within all parts of construction delivery - from project supervision and engineering roles through to consultancy.

Graduates have gone into a range of multinational companies and consultancy firms: examples include Arup, AECOM, HS2, Balfour Beatty, WSP and Network Rail. Others have applied learning to managing or transforming family firms to more effectively compete in a global and fast changing sector.

Potential employers include:

  • General contractors
  • Engineering consultancies
  • Real estate developers
  • Construction management 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.

Based in the construction and architecture agency hub of Clerkenwell, City, University of London has connections with countless international firms and you will join a global alumni network of thousands.


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

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