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Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Builders (CIOB), this industry-focused course is designed to have a wide appeal – for architects, engineers, surveyors, construction managers, facilities managers, legal practitioners or any construction professional seeking a management career in the industry.

This course contains Building Information Modelling (BIM).

Coventry is home to the Coventry University Enterprise Simulation Centre, including the use of virtual reality simulation training for construction students. This course has been developed in conjunction with employers, such as Venetici Ltd, MottMacold,.who sit on the School’s Industry Advisory Board. It can be studied part-time if you are already working in construction.

It is possible to become a Chartered Construction Manager on completion.

Accreditation & Professional Recognition

Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

This course is accredited by The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) until 1 April 2023, having been judged to meet the CIOB Education Framework. Prospective members holding these qualifications will have full academic exemption and once they have gained three to five years’ relevant work experience, may enter CIOB membership as an applicant to progress towards Chartered Membership without the requirement for an Individual Assessment.

Course information

Developed in partnership with industry, this course aims to help you to progress your career in construction management and improve your skills in project delivery, leadership, decision making, strategic thinking and communication.

By studying theory/management practices and examining real-life case studies like the Millennium Dome and the Channel Tunnel, we cover how to manage complex construction projects from the initial planning stages, analysing corporate problems and presenting appropriate solutions, to implementation and completion, managing project teams, procurement, finance, risk, health and safety.

Our aim is to support the development of high-level knowledge, wide-ranging understanding and professional skills in both the theoretical and practical aspects of strategic management in the construction industry. We will study the economics behind construction, examining the regulatory and legal framework within which the industry operates, as well as health and safety in the construction workplace. You will also cover the corporate management processes used within the construction industry, such as procurement systems and standard forms of construction contracts. 

The course examines how the built and natural environments interact, ever conscious of the need for sustainable construction, together with the environmental principles and legislation applied to the construction industry. You will engage in topical discussions about a wide range of issues, from sustainability demands in construction to environmental and economic considerations in shaping construction trends. 

As part of your degree, you will undertake an independent research project in construction, which can be based on a topic of your choice. 

Why choose this course?

The construction industry is booming; global construction output is forecast to increase from around $8.5 trillion to $12 trillion by 2025. In the UK alone, the construction industry employs 2.9 million people across 280,000 different businesses and contributes almost £90 billion to the economy. 

As public and private investment in the built environment continues to grow, so too does the need for the specialist skills and expertise, not only to contend with increasingly complex construction projects, but also to take account of complicated regulations, technological advancements and environmental concerns.

Coventry has excellent links with employers, many of whom, like Warwickshire City Council, provide direct input into course development as members of our Building Advisory Board.

We have a strong portfolio of cutting-edge, industry-related research and expertise in engineering, construction and sustainable development, ranging from project management to supply chain management. We are home to both the Coventry University Enterprise Simulation Centre, which allows the use of virtual reality simulation training for construction students attending this course, and the Centre for Low Impact Buildings Research, which seeks to deliver solutions to close the design versus as-built performance gap found in the built environment. 

You can benefit from facilities within our £50m Engineering and Computing building, which features material and manufacturing laboratories, as well as our High Performance Engineering Centre with access to industry-standard equipment and software, such as, Micro soft project, Primavera, AutoCAD and Revit. 

Career prospects

This course aims to help prepare you for careers in managing companies and human resources, motivation and leadership, as well as strategic planning. It is designed help you progress to senior management roles within the construction industry.

The course aims to keep you up-to-date with current events and the latest, leading-edge industry innovations through opportunities to visit ‘live’ projects and hear from those managing them. These visits are a great way to interact with potential employers, as well as reflect on and connect past learning to real-life practice, with recent trips to, for example, Birmingham New Street train station. 

Continuing professional development (CPD) is now an essential requirement for chartered status, so you will be encouraged to reflect on your personal development planning, particularly following the assessment of your project, developing an action plan to build on your own strengths and mitigate weaknesses.

The Course Director and other members of the course team are available to play an active role in advising you of your career options; we use our course pages on Moodle to advertise employment opportunities. As a postgraduate student, you can also receive support from our award-winning Faculty careers service, EC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.


Visit the Construction Management with BIM - MSc page on the Coventry University website for more details!

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