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Course content

This MSc aims to equip students with an advanced understanding of management thinking relating to the management of enterprises and projects, particularly with regard to the roles that enterprises play in construction; and to give students a sound appreciation of the way projects should best be defined, developed, and delivered.

Degree information

The programme teaches concepts, tools and techniques employed in managing projects from their earliest stages through to operations and maintenance. Projects will primarily be in construction (building, civil engineering, process engineering), but there will also be reference to other projects, including aerospace, automotives, electronics, organisational change, pharmaceuticals, software and IT.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits). In addition, there are two non-assessed, but compulsory modules in management and research methods. A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.

Core modules
-Project Management
-Owner-Based Management of Projects
-Principles of Enterprise Management
-Projects, Economics, Sectors and Behaviour

Optional modules - a full-time student must choose at least two modules from the project-based optional modules, and at least one module from the enterprise-based optional modules. A student's fourth module can come from any of the three (project-based, enterprise based or economics-based) sets of modules.
-Managing the Enterprise-Project Relationship
-The Procurement of Construction, Engineering and Professional Services
-Organisations and People in Projects
-Managing Construction
-Environmental Sustainability in the Construction Sector
-Supply Chain Management: Principles and Case Studies
-The Management of Large Project and Programmes
-Social Networks in Project and Enterprise Organisations
-Integrating Project Information Systems with Building Information Modelling
-The Management of Value
-The Management of Innovation in Construction Firms
-Contractual Claims and Dispute Resolution
-Transforming Projects into Business Operations
-Managing Professional Practice
-Relationships Between Firms
-Capturing and Delivering Value
-The Construction Firm: Contractors and Sub-Contractors
-Marketing and Project Business Development
-Managing Change in Organisations
-The Economics of Speculative Construction Development

Dissertation/report
All MSc students submit a 10,000-word dissertation on a topic related to the main themes of the programme. The topic can be chosen to enhance career development or for its inherent interest.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of formal and interactive lectures, small-group seminars, tutorials, workshops, visiting speakers and site visits. Assessment is through coursework, essays, written papers and examinations, and the dissertation.

Fieldwork
Half-day site visits will be undertaken.

Careers

Graduate career options are varied. Students are expected to go on to work in many related areas: public sector infrastructure client organisations, construction, engineering and design enterprises, professional consultants and commercial research organisations, and client enterprises with significant project portfolios such as large manufacturing, transport, financial, electrical, gas, water, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, defence enterprises as well as government departments and agencies. A number of students use the MSc as a foundation for MPhil/PhD research.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Business Manager, China Water Electricity International Investment Corporation
-Procurement Specialist, Procter & Gamble
-Graduate Project Manager, AECOM

Employability
A comprehensive and stimulating programme, delivered by leading academics and with RICS accreditation, this MSc also offers each student the opportunity to tailor their study to those areas which are of most interest, by choosing from a wide range of optional modules. In addition, there is a strong focus on student career progression. Each year the school hosts a series of networking events and presentations attended by professionals from industry/organisations and UCL Careers also offers a regular programme of careers fairs and practical sessions on careers advice.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL is one of the best universities in the world and is located in the heart of London.

The UCL Bartlett is the UK's largest multidisciplinary Faculty of the Built Environment with an excellent global reputation for both research and teaching across the many areas that comprise the built environment. The programme is taught by academics with current research and publications, experienced practitioners and guest speakers from industry.

The MSc programme prepares you for a dynamic career within some of the world's most successful organisations.

Visit the Project and Enterprise Management - MSc/PGDip page on the University College London website for more details!

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