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Course description

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.

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.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £11,000 
  • International students (per annum): £24,500

Entry requirements

English language

All applicants need to demonstrate competency in English language. Applicants who do not already possess a recognised English Language qualification will need to take a recognised test such as IELTS or TOEFL and attain the required English Language score.

  • IELTS  : overall score of at least 6.5, with at least 6.5 in reading and other no sub-test below 6.0
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) : overall score of at least 59, with a score of at least 59 for the Reading sub-test and no other sub-test scores below 51
  • IBT TOEFL:  overall score of at least 90, with no sub-test below 22

Pre-sessional English:  We also accept successful completion of the 10 week pre-sessional English course  run by the University Language Centre to meet our English language requirements.

Please note that for entry onto this MSc we do not accept previous UK study or previous study in English to fulfill our English language requirements. We will require an approved English language qualification as listed above.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

If we make you an offer, you will have 8 weeks in which to accept. Offers that are not accepted within the 8 week period will be withdrawn so that an offer can be made to another candidate in the next application stage.

  • Stage 1: Application received by 29/10/18; decision communicated between 10/12/18 - 14/12/18
  • Stage 2: Application received by 1/1/19; decision communicated between 11/2/19 - 15/2/19
  • Stage 3: Application received by 4/3/19; decision communicated between 23/4/19 - 26/4/19
  • Stage 4: Application received 1/5/19; decision communicated between 24/6/19 - 28/6/19

Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place must demonstrate that they have met all the conditions of their offer of study by Wednesday 31 July 2019.

Further details about the supporting documentation we will require can be found below.

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Advice to applicants

The following documents must be submitted with the application:

  • Latest transcripts of study showing all modules completed including credit weighting and grades achieved
  • If you have not yet graduated, a list of the modules that you will be completing in the final year of your degree together with their credit weighting
  • An official document from your university verifying your current weighted average mark if this information is not included in your transcript of study. Please note : this must be recorded as a percentage, not as a GPA grade, and must give the weighted average mark, not an arithmetic average mark
  • Two references that are dated, on official letterhead paper, and signed by the referee.

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).

Additional fee information

You will have 8 weeks from the date on your offer letter to log in and accept your offer and make the £1,000 deposit payment to secure your place.

The deposit is non-refundable, except in the following situations:

  • you fail to meet the conditions of your offer (see below for further information); and/or
  • you are refused a visa or entry clearance to enter the UK (proof must be submitted)

Career opportunities

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

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




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