The MSc in Construction Economics and Management equips graduates with the skills to become senior managers, policy advisers and decision-makers in any branch of the construction industry. It can also provide teachers and researchers in these subject areas with professional academic development.
This RICS accredited programme aims to develop students' knowledge and skills under two mutually supporting themes, for which the School of Construction & Project Management has an international reputation:
Construction is taken in its widest sense to include design, infrastructure and the supply chain.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional/elective modules (60 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma, four core modules, four optional modules (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.
Optional module choices will include:
*Students choose at least one
**Students choose at least two
The fourth optional module is selected from the remaining choices displayed above.
All MSc students submit a 10,000-word dissertation related to the main themes of the programme, under the guidance of an individual supervisor.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and group work on case studies, exercises and problems. Lectures include industry guest speakers. Assessment is through written examination, term papers and the dissertation.
Fieldwork contributes to primary research for the dissertation
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Construction Economics and Management MSc
The career options for graduates are varied, and many students go on to work for construction, engineering and design enterprises, professional consultants and commercial research organisations, and client enterprises with significant project portfolios such as retailers or banks. Graduates are keenly recruited by many of the UK's very best construction-sector firms. The MSc can be used as a foundation for MPhil/PhD research.
Recent career destinations for this degree
The programme offers an understanding of financial and other kinds of management within the context of the project, the project-based firm and the construction industry in its widest sense. There are some elements which can be put to use straight away while other elements of a strategic nature will prove useful as graduates move into more senior management roles. It is an attractive graduate qualification either for those trained in a technical discipline without previous economic training or those trained in economics or finance without previous exposure to construction.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
Our school is part of The Bartlett, which is the UK's largest multidisciplinary faculty of the built environment. It brings together scientific and professional specialisms required to research, understand, finance, design, procure, construct/refurbish and operate the buildings, infrastructure and urban environments of the future.
Outside the faculty we have links within UCL with those involved in engineering, computing and other areas of management.
Located in central London, UCL is at the heart of a large cluster of architectural, engineering, surveying, real estate and management consultancies, major construction/infrastructure clients, contractors and financial institutions. The UK's centre of government and all the resources of a world city are also to hand.
RICS Project Management pathway
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management
81% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
For professionals who aspire to lead in the management of projects and programmes, this intensive executive development MSc will enable you to move into executive roles in shaping and delivering corporate and project strategy.
The programme helps you develop a critical understanding of the challenges that project executives face in designing and implementing strategy, explores how the Management of Projects approach leads to improved value-creation and effective outcomes, and provides tailored, one-to-one professional advice that focuses on your career development specifically.
- You will learn how to make difficult decisions.
- You will develop lifelong relationships with peers who will move into executive roles in project-based organisations around the world, or start their own business.
- You will master the area of strategic and project management through a wide range of readings in the areas of business and organisation studies, political philosophy, sociology and economics.
The programme consists of ten taught modules, with assessment on eight (120 credits), and a research report (60 credits).
Four modules are optional and students have to select two.
A Postgraduate Diploma consists of ten taught modules, with assessment on eight (120 credits). It is available on a full-time basis over nine months or on a modular/flexible basis over 1-5 years.
Of the ten taught modules, students are assessed on six core modules and select two modules from the remaining four (marked with an asterisk) for assessment.
All MSc students submit a 10,000-word report on a topic related to the main themes of the programme. The topic should help enhance your career development and the knowledge that is most relevant in your field.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of case-based learning, interviews, peer-based learning and lectures and workshops from leading practitioners, policymakers, entrepreneurs and academics. Students are required to have sufficient breadth and depth of knowledge to challenge and inform others. Assessment is primarily through written coursework and the research report.
Student work of the highest calibre is published in the SMPJournal - a collection of student thoughts and ideas developed throughout their studies on the MSc in Strategic Management of Projects. The SMPJournal is an ISSN publication and is listed in the relevant libraries Cambridge and Oxford Universities and the British Library. This will increase your credibility as a professional in the strategic management of projects.
You will be required to lead discussions with academics, fellow classmates, alumni and guest speakers and be able to explore the areas that are of interest to your career and professional development plans specifically.
As part of the 10,000-word report you will conduct primary research and will need to abide by the UCL Research Ethics Framework.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Strategic Management of Projects MSc
Recent graduates of the programme have changed their career, industry and/or sector, have started their own companies, are involved in the government, and are changing the way the corporate world thinks and works.
Following graduation you will join the SMP Alumni - a community of established, experienced and aspiring project executives where you will find support from wherever you are based in the world. Our graduates have built and lead their own companies, are involved in strategic positions in major multinational organisations across sectors and industries in the world, and have changed industries/careers based on our academic and professional support.
The MSc in Strategic Management of Projects brings together distinguished, thoughtful professionals, academics, and policymakers from across sectors and industries who share the ethos and philosophy of the programme and UCL. With their guidance you will explore the key political, strategic and relational challenges that project executives face and develop your own unique competitive approach in strategically managing projects in the context of international geopolitics, climate change, and evolving power relations within and beyond project teams and organisations.
The class is a space where you will have the opportunity to reflect on your previous experience and discuss with your peers, tutors, alumni and experts, how to manage difficult decisions.
Studying in London's centre of excellence for the management of projects and our progressive teaching and learning culture will help you create your own unique, professional approach to managing capital investment and strategic change across a wide range of industry sectors.
This is an executive education programme designed for developing today the project and programme leaders of tomorrow. Our alumni influence the corporate world, are involved in social enterprise and frequently become entrepreneurs, or change their careers entirely.