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Programme Background

Construction Project Management at Heriot-Watt University is one of the longest-running programmes of its kind in the UK, equipping graduates with the theoretical knowledge and practical and technical skills to manage people and projects within the construction industry. A range of core courses covering management, procurement and technology-related subjects will give you a foundation in management principles while providing practical skills relevant to professional practice in construction. You will also choose an optional course from a range of subjects drawn from our built environment programmes, providing you with a broader understanding of built environment issues and an opportunity to tailor your studies to fit your interests and professional needs.

Students tend to come from the construction industry, bringing with them practical experience in a variety of built environment roles, or from other professional backgrounds but with an interest in converting to a career in the construction industry. Students from all over the world study this programme both on campus and by Independent Distance Learning (IDL).

Professional Recognition

The MSc is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), demonstrating its professional recognition and industrial relevance. The University is a Corporate Member of the Association for Project Management.

Programme Structure

This programme is composed of seven mandatory courses and one optional course. For those looking to complete the programme at MSc level research projects are also required. Students are assessed through a combination of examination and coursework.

Semester 1

Project Management: Theory and Practice - Mandatory
Value and Risk Management - Mandatory
Contracts and Procurement - Mandatory
Sustainability in Civil Engineering - Optional
Construction Technology - Optional
Environmental Hydrology and Water Resources - Optional
Real Estate Economics - Optional
Spatial Planning - Optional
Sustainable Design and Development - Optional
Environmental Geotechnics - Optional

Semester 2

Project Management: Strategic Issues - Mandatory
Construction Financial Management - Mandatory
Construction Practice and Information Technology - Mandatory
People and Organisational Management in the Built Environment - Mandatory

Visit the MSc/Dip Construction Project Management page on the Heriot-Watt University website for more details!

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