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The MSc in Construction Project Management prepares students for a professional role in the management of construction projects by providing students with an understanding of both the people-related and technical requirements necessary for the successful management of projects, as well as the organisational and strategic aspects; it also stresses the project control mechanisms of resource management, budgeting and cost management, change control, contract management and information management.

This MSc is one of four MSc courses within the Management of Projects Group of Programmes. The other MSc courses are: Management of Projects, Commercial Project Management and Engineering Project Management.

The School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering has a long history of delivering project management related masters courses and the staff who deliver the programme are drawn for a wide variety of backgrounds and industrial experience.

Teaching and learning

The Construction Project Management MSc is a full time course which is studied over 12 months, starting in September each year. The course comprises eight taught course units, each worth 15 credits, and a research dissertation worth 60 credits. Students on this particular MSc study four core units fundamental to project management, and which are shared by students on the other MSc courses. In addition, the Construction Project Management Professional Practice unit is programme specific unit which is designed to simulate the major challenges to delivering a successful construction/civil engineering project through the medium of a `live' case study approach. Students must also select three option units and carry out a Construction Project Management based dissertation.

Assessment of the taught part of the programme is via a combination of formal written examinations and coursework assignments, which will include group work and oral presentations. Some assessment is based on online material provided by the Association for Project Management (APM) and PRINCE2 (a process-based method for effective project management).

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: 

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Construction Project Management MSc are highly regarded by industry. This course offers students a unique blend between academic excellence, problem-based learning and industry practice. During their studies, students are required to immerse their knowledge in `live case studies', where actual construction/engineering projects are selected as part of the curriculum.

Our recent graduates go on to work with large multinational organisations globally, such as:

  • Accenture, UK
  • Atkins, UK
  • Balfour Beatty plc, UK
  • BGS Ingenieros SAC, Brazil
  • Chechen State University, Russia
  • E.C. Harris, UK
  • FFC Pakistan
  • FDM Group, UK
  • Ghandara Designs, India
  • Pentecost University College, Ghana
  • Hyundai Engineering & Construction, Korea
  • Ikea, China
  • Jones Lang LaSalle, UK
  • Joannou & Paraskevaides, Cyprus
  • KPMG, UK
  • Turner & Townsend, UK
  • Sapura Crest Petroleum, Malaysia
  • Saleh Ibrahim Steel Contracting LLC, UAE
  • Sare Group, India
  • Unicon Ltd, Qatar

Accrediting organisations

The MSc in Construction Project Management is listed by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) as an Approved Further Learning Scheme for Chartered Engineer. The JBM represents the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Institute of Highway Incorporated Engineers. This means that successful completion of the MSc will enable applicants with an accredited first degree at BEng level to become chartered engineers.

The School has a Partnership arrangement with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and this MSc is accredited by the RICS Project Management Faculty.  

Students who successfully complete the unit MACE 60062 Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution option unit are eligible for associate membership of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Visit the Construction Project Management (MSc) page on the University of Manchester website for more details!




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