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Accredited by both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), this practice-led Master’s has been developed in response to the rapid cultural changes within the global construction industry.

It recognises the growing demand for professionals to stay abreast of new, innovative and non-adversarial approaches to project management, able to address internal constraints and dynamic external situations.

Ranked among the 7th best universities in the country for ‘Building and town planning’ in the Guardian University Guide 2019, Coventry has been educating construction professionals for over half a century. Our courses are developed with direct input from members of our Civil Engineering and Building Advisory Boards, like Hyder, Arup, MottMacold and Geotechnical Ltd.

This exciting course focuses on developing the core skills and competencies identified by the professional bodies for roles as construction project managers, cost managers and quantity surveyors. It aims to prepare you to embark on or advance your career in one of the largest and most influential industries in the world today projected to grow from US$8.5 trillion in 2015 to US$10.3 trillion in 2020.

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

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

The course seeks to prepare you to effectively manage projects and the budgets surrounding the development of the built environment. Encompassing physical, legal, economic and technological factors, you should gain an advanced understanding and knowledge of the theory and practice of procurement, construction economics, cost management and best practice project management within the specific context of the construction industry.

Studying theory/management practices and examining real-life case studies like the Millennium Dome and the Channel Tunnel, we’ll teach you 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 develop 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. We will also cover the corporate management processes used within the construction industry, such as procurement systems and standard forms of construction contracts. 

We aim to make you familiar with a comprehensive range of the management and appraisal tools that can aid project management functions – design, programming and planning, monitoring and project evaluation of new developments and modifications of existing buildings. We will also develop your interpersonal skills in areas such as communications, presentation, conflict avoidance, negotiation, persuasion, management and dispute resolution.

We will examine 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 be expected to undertake an independent research project, which can be based on a topic of your choice or from selected supervisors. Past students have worked on construction and project management, cost management, contract management, lean construction, production management, Building Information Modelling (BIM), theory and practice, facilities and asset management and renewable energy management.

Career prospects

This degree helps prepare you for a career as a chartered surveyor or project management surveyor.

The complexity and scale of modern construction projects requires construction professionals with expertise in construction management, who can work either on site or within an office to ensure they are delivered safely, within budget, on deadline and to the highest possible quality.

The vocational nature of this programme provides a sound basis a wide range of career opportunities managing the construction of building projects at home and abroad, for large multinational companies or regional businesses. You could find yourself working as a construction supervisor, general contractor, project manager, constructor, project engineer or site manager. Many construction managers are self-employed, but others are employed by construction management or contracting firms, property owners, developers or consulting firms.

When you are ready to find permanent employment, you can also receive support from our award-winning Faculty careers service, EEC 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 Project and Cost Management - MSc page on the Coventry University website for more details!

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