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Construction Project Management - MSc

Course Description

The Construction Project Management MSc prepares you for complex construction projects in a constantly changing globalised industry. Such an industry calls for skilled professionals who can deal with the challenges ahead.

What's covered in the course?

Accredited by RICS and CIOB, this course gives you a broad yet rigorous grounding in the fundamentals of organising and managing construction projects, and provides you with the knowledge and skills needed as a project manager. Our Construction Project Management postgraduates are highly sought-after and have secured positions with companies such as Turner & Townsend, Miller Construction and Acivico.

The MSc Construction Project Management course will enable graduates with degrees in surveying, construction, architecture, civil engineering and real estate to enter the construction management profession. Practitioners with extensive construction work experience but without a first degree will also be considered, subject to entrance exam and interview.

The course gives you a broad knowledge of the challenges of a changing construction industry. You’ll cover law and contract, sustainability, business management, project management and innovation. Building Information Modelling (BIM) is embedded in the course for integrated project delivery. An overseas study trip is an exciting opportunity to look at construction project management in a globalised construction environment.

Professional staff with industry experience will offer support and guidance. We are constantly reviewing and researching the most up-to-date construction developments to be able to pass on the latest industry knowledge. This is supported by guest speakers such as Andrew Hornby, one of our graduates, who now works for Arcadis. We also have excellent links with companies in the region, including Willmott Dixon, Galliford Try and Birmingham City Council.

This course is located in the prestigious £114m Millennium Point building – part of our City Centre Campus – with technology and facilities that reflect advanced professional practice. Our City Centre Campus location is an inspirational place to learn. Birmingham’s Big City Plan, regenerating and developing the city, means there are plenty of opportunities within the built environment. And you’ll have the added advantage of being based near construction sites, including our new Conservatoire development and the new high speed rail track, HS2, giving you invaluable insight into the construction industry.

Why choose us?

The course is fully accredited by both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). Successful completion of the course will lead to Professional Membership after the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).

On completion of the course you’ll have covered both the core content and areas of specialism needed for the opportunity to register for the membership of RICS and CIOB.

You’ll take part in workshops with students from other built environment postgraduate courses. This leads to genuinely multi-professional learning and develops your understanding of all aspects of this industry.

Our strong industry links help you make vital contacts and gain practical experience to back up theory.

Course in depth

The overall teaching, learning and assessment strategy of this course is that you are at the centre of learning and teaching, which has a particular focus on the reflective learner and the development of professional skills and applied research. To achieve this and to ensure that you are exposed to a wide range of learning and teaching methods, we use lectures, seminars, workshops, action learning sets, group work, problem based activities, guest speakers, on-line learning via Moodle, site visits, study trips and discussion forums.

Our teaching is very interactive, and you are encouraged to share your experience and opinions with your peers. Critical thinking is vital in Master’s study, and you are required to develop your own ideas and come up with solutions to problems based on solid evidence and logical analysis. You’ll also be expected to complete reading and assignments outside of class hours.

Although this programme is module based, each module forms part of one of the programme themes. This ensures that module design and associated teaching and assessments link together in progressive subject development. Our part-time students attend lectures on day-release basis, and share the modules with our full-time students.

-Construction Law and Contract 20 credits
-Project Management Methods 20 credits
-Business Management 20 credits
-Sustainable Construction 20 credits
-Innovation in Construction 20 credits
-Integrated Project Delivery 20 credits
-Dissertation 60 credits

This course is accredited by:

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
The course is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). Successful completion of the course will lead to Professional Membership after the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
The Chartered Institute of Building is at the heart of a management career in construction. Its focus is on those entering and already in a management career in construction, by delivering qualifications and certifications that meet the needs of a changing industry. It works with members, employers, academia and governments across the globe to drive forward the science, practice and importance of management in construction.

Enhancing your employability skills

This course is fully accredited by both The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). All their required competences / learning outcomes are covered in this course.

We have a very close working relationship with our accreditation professional bodies RICS and CIOB. We have annual partnership meetings with them to steer the development of our course. You can participate in regional events such as seminars and site visits as a student member to not only get updated industry knowledge but also network with the practitioners. A visit to RICS HQ during our domestic study trip will provide you with very useful insights into your future career development.

We also work very closely with our industrial partners such as Willmott Dixon, Galliford Try and Birmingham City Council. They are not only actively involved in our course development, teaching and assessment but also contribute in various ways as guest speakers, as well as offering site visits, summer placements, research projects and employment.

Visit the Construction Project Management - MSc page on the Birmingham City University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Sarah Brookbank

Sarah Brookbank is no stranger to the University. Working full-time in our busy Estates Department, she knew just how much the University had to offer. So where better to study for her part-time, RICS accredited postgraduate qualification?

Demanding …. but rewarding
“I really did not know what to expect from a postgraduate construction degree but I knew it would be a big jump up from the HNC I completed in 2006, in terms of studying time and dedication,” says Sarah. “It has taken up a lot of time as you are expected to do a lot of self-taught study, but I have enjoyed this.”

Real experience – a real benefit
“I work full-time on the University's City Centre Campus project alongside doing this course,” explains Sarah. “It has been very beneficial doing this as I have been able to use a lot of my work experience as case studies in my academic coursework.” She’s found her work experience “extremely useful in all aspects of the course, which requires a consistent blend of theory, literature and practice.” Lively discussions on construction’s cultural, social, technological and legal issues with fellow students were a valuable part of the learning process.

Expert and approachable staff
Sarah is full of praise for her course staff. “I can honestly say that all the staff I have met are very approachable. The support we receive for completing our dissertation is also excellent… and we’re given tutors whose expertise suits the topic we have chosen. It is a proactive faculty, constantly reviewing and researching into the most up-to-date construction news to enable them to pass the latest industry knowledge onto the students. Birmingham City University is very focused on the student experience and employability.”

Awards and ambitions
Sarah’s clearly doing something right. She’s recently received an impressive Urban Design for Excellence Award in ‘Issues and Culture in Design and Construction Management'. So what’s next? “After completing my accredited course I am hoping to work towards my professional accreditation with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors,” says Sarah.


Entry Requirements

A good UK honours degree at 2:2 or above/equivalent in surveying, construction, civil engineering, real estate or any other construction subject. In exceptional circumstances, students who have relevant professional experience maybe invited to an interview and take a test, at which you will be required to demonstrate the necessary knowledge and understanding for entry onto the course.

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