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International Construction Management and Engineering MSc (Eng)


Course Description

This course has been created to help construction professionals develop and enhance the project management skills required in the construction industry.

You’ll prepare for the challenges of the changing and increasingly global construction industry with a focus on the financial, planning and management aspects of a project life cycle. You’ll explore construction processes from inception and feasibility, design, contact and construction through to commissioning, maintenance, renewal and decommissioning. The philosophy of the course is to develop a “whole life” understanding of constructed facilities and infrastructure.

A choice of optional modules will allow you to strengthen existing technical and engineering skills, or gain an understanding of a new topic. You’ll benefit from the expertise of our Institute for Resilient Infrastructure, the Institute for Public Health and Environmental Engineering and the active research groups across the Faculty of Engineering.

Our specialist facilities will also support your studies, such as bench-top testing facilities to look at the fundamental behaviour of material soils and testing rigs for full-scale structures. We have all the specialist software you’ll need for your programme, and you’ll have access to a dedicated study suite for Masters students.

The programme also offers you the opportunity to undertake projects in a multi-disciplinary environment, with access to the expertise in both the Institute for Resilient Infrastructure and the Institute for Public Health and Environmental Engineering.

Accreditation

This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree.

This course is also accredited by EUR-ACE, the European quality label for engineering degree programmes at Bachelor and Master level.

Course content

Throughout the programme you’ll gain an understanding of the different aspects of project management within the construction industry. You’ll learn about common project management tools and techniques, then put this into the “whole project” context and consider when and how to use them.

At the same time, you’ll consider risk management and its role during the project lifecycle. Whole Life Asset Management examines the “whole life management” of infrastructure, with additional focus on operations, maintenance, renewal and decommissioning.

The Applied Construction Management module explores the management process during the execution phase of projects. Another core module will introduce you to a variety of procurement strategies to keep projects running effectively. You’ll also choose from a range of optional modules to focus on topics that suit your interests and career plans.

Over the summer months you’ll work with your supervisor to complete your independent research project – a chance to demonstrate the knowledge and skills you’ve gained and perhaps specialise in an area that relates to your career ambitions.

Want to find out more about your modules?

Take a look at the International Construction Management and Engineering module descriptions for more detail on what you will study.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

  • International Construction Management and Engineering/ Engineering Project Management Dissertation 60 credits
  • Project Management 15 credits
  • Advanced Project Management 15 credits
  • Risk Management 15 credits
  • Management of Human Resources and Communications in Projects (MSc) 15 credits
  • Procurement Management 15 credits
  • Whole Life Asset Management 15 credits

Optional modules

  • Strategic Management in Construction 15 credits
  • Funding for Projects 15 credits
  • Value Management 30 credits
  • Deterioration and Maintenance of Pavements 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read International Construction Management and Engineering MSc(Eng) Full Time in the course catalogue

For more information on typical modules, read International Construction Management and Engineering MSc(Eng) Part Time in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

Our groundbreaking research feeds directly into teaching, and you’ll have regular contact with staff who are at the forefront of their disciplines. You’ll have regular contact with them through lectures, seminars, tutorials, small group work and project meetings.

Independent study is also important to the programme, as you develop your problem-solving and research skills as well as your subject knowledge.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including case studies, technical reports, presentations, in-class tests, assignments and exams. Optional modules may also use alternative assessment methods.

Projects

The dissertation project is one of the most satisfying elements of this course. It allows you to apply what you’ve learned to a piece of research focusing on a real-world problem, and it can be used to explore and develop your specific interests.

Most projects are experimentally based and linked with companies within the oil and gas industry to ensure the topic of research is relevant to the field whilst also addressing a real-world problem.

Recent projects for MSc International Construction Management and Engineering students have included:

  • International trends in infrastructure asset management
  • Integrated project delivery and the BIM environment
  • Risk in megaprojects
  • Social Return on Investment in Infrastructure projects
  • Trends in the concepts of value and value management
  • Future-proofing and infrastructure resilience.

A proportion of projects are formally linked to industry, and can include spending time at the collaborator’s site over the summer.

Career opportunities

Upon graduation you may expect to find employment in a range of roles across the construction industry, as a construction manager, planning engineer or project manager among many others. Opportunities also exist with multidisciplinary consulting organisations, while many of our graduates return to work for government agencies and other large client organisations.

Our graduates have gone on to develop careers with organisations worldwide including Ministry of Prisons KSA, Ove Arup and Partners Hong Kong, African Development Bank, Ghana Highways Authority, TATA Steel, Network Rail, Turner & Townsend, Mace Group, M+W Shanghai Co., Damac Properties, China State Railways and Keller Ground Engineering.


Visit the International Construction Management and Engineering MSc (Eng) page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

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Head of School Scholarship - Civil Engineering (International applicants) - 5 Awards

To be selected for this award, students must demonstrate exceptional academic achievement and industrial experience on the application form. Applicants must be self-funding, full time, classified as international for tuition fee purposes and not be in receipt of any other University of Leeds award.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,000

Eligibility

Any international applicant who has been offered a place on any of the postgraduate masters courses within the School of Civil Engineering (the applicant must be liable to pay full fees at the international rate of £16,800 and not be in receipt of any other University of Leeds award).

Application Procedure

Application deadline - 30th June 2014 (for 2014 entry). Applicants will need to download and complete an application form. Successful applicants will be notified within two weeks of the deadline and must respond accepting the scholarship within 14 days.

Further Information

http://www.engineering.leeds.ac.uk/civil/postgraduate/masters-courses/scholarships.shtml


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First Class Scholarship (International applicants) - 20+ Awards

This is an automatic scholarship awarded on condition of you achieving a first class degree, or equivalent. Applicants must be self-funding, full time, classified as international for tuition fee purposes and not be in receipt of any other University of Leeds award.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,000

Eligibility

Any international applicant who has been offered a place on any of the postgraduate masters courses within the:- School of Civil Engineering
- School of Mechanical Engineering
- School of Process, Environmental and Materials Engineering (the applicant must also be liable to pay full fees at the international rate of £16,800 and not be in receipt of any other University of Leeds award).

Application Procedure

No deadline - automatic

Further Information

http://www.engineering.leeds.ac.uk/faculty/postgraduate/masters-courses/fees-scholarships/index.shtml


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Alumni Bursary - 20+ Awards

The University will pay 10% of your fees for each year of the course. If no fees paid then no bursary is awarded. This bursary is open to students who are commencing their studies from September 2013 and can not be awarded retrospectively. To receive this bursary you must not be in receipt of any other Faculty of Engineering award or scholarship.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% of your fees for each year of the course

Eligibility

Any former student of the University of Leeds who studies a postgraduate qualification in the Faculty of Engineering.

Application Procedure

This is an automatic bursary but you have to inform us and provide evidence that you are former students of the University of Leeds.

Further Information

http://www.engineering.leeds.ac.uk/faculty/postgraduate/masters-courses/fees-scholarships/index.shtml


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Head of School Scholarship - Civil Engineering (Home/EU applicants) - 10 Awards

To be selected for this award, students must demonstrate exceptional academic achievement and industrial experience on the application form. Applicants must be self-funding, classified as home/EU for tuition fee purposes and not be in receipt of any other University of Leeds award.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,000

Eligibility

Any home/EU applicant who has been offered a place on any of the postgraduate masters courses within the School of Civil Engineering.

Application Procedure

31st July 2014. Download an application form.

Further Information

http://www.engineering.leeds.ac.uk/civil/postgraduate/masters-courses/scholarships.shtml


(Scholarship)

First Class Scholarship (Home/EU applicants) - 20+ Awards

This is an automatic scholarship awarded on condition of you achieving a first class degree, or equivalent. Applicants must be self-funding, classified as home/EU for tuition fee purposes and not be in receipt of any other University of Leeds award.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,000

Eligibility

Any home/EU applicant who has been offered a place to study on any of the postgraduate masters courses within the Faculty of Engineering.

Application Procedure

No deadline - automatic

Further Information

http://www.engineering.leeds.ac.uk/faculty/postgraduate/masters-courses/fees-scholarships/index.shtml



Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) in civil engineering or a related subject. Industry experience is preferable. We will also consider applications from professionally qualified and experienced candidates. All applicants will need to have GCSE English Language at grade C or above, or an appropriate English language qualification. We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component.

Last Updated

09 August 2017

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