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Course content

This is a fast-track conversion course for first degree holders from an unrelated disciplines and existing practitioners who want to become a Chartered Surveyors through the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB

Throughout the course you develop your practical and theoretical knowledge and critical understanding of issues and subjects relevant to your chosen field for study and your personal, interpersonal and professional skills and capabilities, including those of self-direction and self-management. You develop the skills to operate as independent reflective practitioners and you gain transferable and specific vocational skills, which can be used to gain professional employment in a rapidly changing environment.

On the course you strengthen your knowledge of theory, contracts and practice through activities such as case studies and simulations. You also complete an individual in-depth dissertation that requires a critical and evaluative approach to professional practice and theory. Through your dissertation you complete technical and professional tasks, and apply contractual solutions, while drawing on your developing knowledge.

You benefit from a range of teaching, learning and assessment techniques which allow you to work on complex, professional briefs that have an emphasis on the latest thinking from the construction project management sector.

Areas studied on the course reflect the wide and varying nature of the construction project management profession and include economics in relation to the construction industry and how it impacts on the profession, as well as construction law and dispute resolution methods. You also learn to carry out the health and safety management of construction works, and gain knowledge of building technology and sustainability.

The course also enables you to study and appraise the project planning and programming requirements of projects, so that you can actively plan, monitor and control the construction works during the life of a project. You gain evaluation skills on the construction production management module, and discover the procurement methods used in the industry and gain knowledge to be able to advise and appraise on the contract administration requirements and choices for a wide range of different projects.

You study and complete research of a particular area of interest in order to produce a dissertation. In addition to this, the course also includes an interdisciplinary development task in a different country. On this task you work with students from across related subjects to increase understanding of the other roles in the profession that interact on a day-to-day basis and how the role of a construction project manager fits in with these roles. It also develops the skills and knowledge that are essential to becoming an effective professional practitioner.

Our course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and is also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).The course’s reputation means many international surveying firms recruit students for roles spanning the globe.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

Course structure


  • Economics and market context
  • Law and professional context
  • Sustainable building technology
  • Health and safety management
  • Project planning and contractual issues
  • Sustainable development and refurbishment
  • Applied research methods and dissertation


  • individual coursework
  • group projects
  • examinations


After completing the course, you will be able to proceed to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Assessment of Professional Competence or the Chartered Institute of Builders professional development programme.

There are many employment opportunities for construction project managers with regional, national and international construction and civil engineering contractors.

Visit the Construction Project Management MSc page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!




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