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Successful and effective project managers recognises the significance of processes, technology and people to the success of construction projects. By studying project management in construction at a postgraduate level, you'll learn to effectively lead projects and implement strategies, in preparation for future senior roles in the construction industry.

This course will equip you with the knowledge and expertise needed to plan, organise, secure and manage resources to bring about the successful completion of projects to the client’s expectations and satisfaction. Course content is designed for individuals and corporations managing change in a fast-moving business and project environment.

Throughout the programme, emphasis is placed on integration in projects and leadership in performance improvement. You will also learn to recognise the significance of processes, technology and people to the success of projects in the design, property and construction industries.

The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Association for Project Management (APM), so you'll be educated to the highest industry and professional standards.

You will:

  • Learn how to plan and manage construction projects and project information
  • Learn how to critically evaluate current construction processes and practice, and propose alternative improvements
  • Learn how to analyse corporate problems, and design and implement strategies for change
  • Learn how to lead and work effectively in project teams, and communicate effectively

This course is for you if:

  • You want to develop the skills needed to manage change in fast-moving business and project environments
  • You're a graduate seeking to expand your skills and knowledge for a future project-based career role
  • You're already working in the built environment and want to formalise your knowledge for carer progression

Course Details

Project Management in Construction emphasises the need for integration in projects and leadership in performance improvement. You will develop an understanding of project and process management, and recognise the significance of process, technology and people to the success of projects in the design, property and construction industries.

The course can be studied full-time or part-time on campus, or part-time via distance learning. Course entry is available in September and January. The master's award consists of eight taught modules followed by a dissertation. The PgDip requires the completion of four taught modules. Two specified taught modules must be completed for the PgCert award. 

Full-time study:

You will study eight 15-credit modules in each of your first two trimesters on campus. These modules are designed to give you the core knowledge required for project management in construction. In the final trimester, you will undertake a dissertation worth 60 credits.

Part-time study:

You will study two 15-credit modules in each of your first four trimesters on campus. These modules are designed to give you the core knowledge required for project management in construction. In two final trimesters, you will undertake a dissertation worth 60 credits.

Distance learning study:

You will study two 15-credit taught modules per trimester. Teaching is delivered using a virtual learning environment supported by interactive online sessions. In two final trimesters, you will undertake a dissertation worth 60 credits, which is also delivered online.

Visit the website for further information on modules.

Teaching and Assessment

Campus-based study will develop your knowledge and skills through a blend of theoretical, collaborative and practical methods, including:

  • Project work
  • Lectures and tutorials
  • Directed study
  • One-to-one tutorials (by appointment)

Lectures introduce the core knowledge for each module. Tutorials provide a forum for discussion and debate with personalised instruction from tutors, and the project work is your chance to employ research and other techniques to develop solutions to prescribed tasks.

If you’re studying via distance learning, you’ll enjoy access to an internet-based learning environment backed up by intensive tutor support. Weekly online tutorials are led by tutors with student interaction. Our online repository of learning material enables you to undertake self-directed study at your own convenience. Learning is driven by real-world problems with application to your workplace and job role.

Written coursework and on-going feedback by your tutors.

For full-time students, some modules are assessed using presentations.

The School of Computing, Science and Engineering

The School of Computing, Science and Engineering (CSE) seeks to improve lives through proactive collaboration with industry and society. Our stimulating, industry-accredited courses and research programmes explore engineering, physics, acoustics, computing, mathematics and robotics. Through our award-winning lecturers, world-class facilities and research-led teaching, CSE produces highly employable graduates ready for the challenges of today and tomorrow.

Careers

Learning emphasises the need for integration in projects and leadership in performance improvement, with a focus on enabling you to develop a deep understanding of project and process management. You will recognise the significance of process, technology and people to the success of projects in the design, property and construction industries, and will leave with the knowledge to plan construction projects and manage project information and lead and work effectively with project teams, as well as the skills to analyse corporate problems, alternative strategies, and to implement these changes.

The construction industry has witnessed a marked change over the last few years, increasingly moving away from the traditional approach to project management in construction to a more integrated approach, fusing together the design and construction elements where once they would be viewed as separate management disciplines. Therefore a graduate entering the construction management arena must be well equipped to cope with the demands of the construction industry and its expectations of project management. Salford has an exceptionally high graduate employment rate for Project Management in Construction, with our graduates employed in the built environment, civil engineering, heavy engineering, offshore and petrochemical industries.


Visit the Project Management in Construction - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Salford website for more details!

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