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Course content

Programme Background

The MSc in Architectural Project Management is delivered jointly by Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh:

It draws from the expertise in Architecture and Construction Project Management from both institutions to create a programme providing a unique overview and insight into design and management of construction projects. It has been designed for those who have a construction project background and who wish to learn more about design aspects, or those who have a design background and who wish to gain an understanding of project management.

The programme provides students with the opportunity to understand key factors that have influenced contemporary design and its practice, the process of design generation and its constraints in terms of shape and character of urban development and the need to develop in a sustainable manner given the conflicting demands of industrialisation and emergent building technology.

The concepts, practices and strategic issues related to construction project management are examined so as to provide an understanding of how project management professionals can add value and provide a service to their clients. The courses will develop understanding of issues related to management of clients and other stakeholders involved in the delivery of a project within the overarching constraints of time, quality, costs, sustainability and safety management. The suite of courses provides the student with the necessary knowledge to contribute effectively as a lead consultant delivering project management services to clients.

Our Students

The programme is aimed at professionals from all backgrounds currently working in the construction industry, recognising that Postgraduate study for graduates in early or mid-career is often difficult. Therefore the programme is offered by attendance-free distance learning, allowing students a considerable degree of flexibility. Students can study at a pace to suit their work or personal commitments and it is also possible to take a break in study between courses. Students receive comprehensive materials for each course through an online Virtual Learning Environment.

Programme Content

Students study three core courses and choose five from a range of optional courses. MSc students must also complete a research dissertation. Assignments and examinations are used to assess courses. Where an examination is set for a course, arrangements can be made for distance learning students to sit these at a number of centres throughout the world.

Course Choice

Students study the following three core courses at the University of Edinburgh:

· Design Values and Architecture
· Architecture and Sustainability
· Architecture, Construction and Industrialisation

Students study the following four mandatory courses at Heriot-Watt University:

· Value and Risk Management
· Contracts and Procurement
· Project Management: Theory and Practice
· Project Management: Strategic Issues

They then choose an additional course from a range of options including:

· Construction Financial Management
· People and Organisational Management in the Built Environment

Visit the MSc/Dip Architectural Project Management - distance learning only page on the Heriot-Watt University website for more details!

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