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MSc Construction Project Management

Course Description

Key Facts

The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and we are seeking accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). Successful accreditation of the course will lead to Professional Membership after completion of the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). The University has excellent partnerships with industry, ensuring that you will find the course relevant and enhancing your job opportunities. Similarly, the staff’s industry contacts and experience ensure the course is professional and teaching is industry-focused. This leads to a lively and challenging approach to teaching which you will experience within an exciting and stimulating group of fellow students from diverse backgrounds.

Course overview

The course is specifically designed as a route into the construction management profession for graduates with degrees in surveying, construction, civil engineering, real estate and other cognate degree courses. The course is also open to you if you have relevant professional experience. It provides a rigorous and coherent education that provides a broad base of knowledge and an appreciation of the many and varied factors, including legal, economic and social issues and trends, that influence the international construction industry and construction process. On completion of the course you will have covered both the ‘core’ and ‘areas of specialism’ needed to enable you to register for membership of the RICS. However, you will still need to undertake the necessary work-based learning (e.g. assessment of professional competence - APC) before you can become a fully fledged member.

Course Structure

Through a rigorous and coherent programme of study, the course seeks to:
• Produce capable, creative, reflective and critical professionals for the construction industry who can deal with complex issues systematically and creatively in order to make sound judgements and reach conclusions that are clearly and concisely communicated
• Develop a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of the problems, issues and opportunities for the construction industry
• Develop you rapidly as an independent and critical learner with personal and social awareness
• Enable you to consider, and critically comment on, the range of conflicting interests within a political, social, economic, technological, environmental and legal context
• Enable you to undertake a critical evaluation of the knowledge base and operation of the industry and to create new knowledge and practice
The course will achieve these aims through the development of four main areas:
• Acquisition of knowledge
• Intellectual skills
• Vocational competencies
• Research and learning skills
Teaching methods are based on interaction with you, where you are encouraged to develop your own approaches to problems rather than being presented with standard solutions. Outside of the formal class hours, you are expected to complete reading and assignments.

Further Study

The University has a range of research (MPhil and PhD) postgraduate programmes - details can be found at: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/postgrad


Nearly all our graduates go straight into employment, where they are well paid and work in challenging jobs Roles such as surveyor, construction manager or project manager are likely careers for you as a graduate. You could be employed in professional practice (individual firm), contracting and subcontracting organisations, commercial organisations, local authority and central government, insurance companies and utility companies. Quantity Surveyors can be found working on projects such as motorways, railways, oil rigs, hospitals, schools, power stations, chemical plants, housing, hotels, banks, offices, heritage and conservation projects.
The higher standard of education in this boom area of employment enables you to move into a new career with real expectations of progression and development opportunity. Employment opportunities exist in both the public and private sector and in consultancy, both in the UK and overseas.

Visit the MSc Construction Project Management page on the Birmingham City University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Sarah Brookbank

Sarah Brookbank is no stranger to the University. Working full-time in our busy Estates Department, she knew just how much the University had to offer. So where better to study for her part-time, RICS accredited postgraduate qualification?

Demanding …. but rewarding
“I really did not know what to expect from a postgraduate construction degree but I knew it would be a big jump up from the HNC I completed in 2006, in terms of studying time and dedication,” says Sarah. “It has taken up a lot of time as you are expected to do a lot of self-taught study, but I have enjoyed this.”

Real experience – a real benefit
“I work full-time on the University's City Centre Campus project alongside doing this course,” explains Sarah. “It has been very beneficial doing this as I have been able to use a lot of my work experience as case studies in my academic coursework.” She’s found her work experience “extremely useful in all aspects of the course, which requires a consistent blend of theory, literature and practice.” Lively discussions on construction’s cultural, social, technological and legal issues with fellow students were a valuable part of the learning process.

Expert and approachable staff
Sarah is full of praise for her course staff. “I can honestly say that all the staff I have met are very approachable. The support we receive for completing our dissertation is also excellent… and we’re given tutors whose expertise suits the topic we have chosen. It is a proactive faculty, constantly reviewing and researching into the most up-to-date construction news to enable them to pass the latest industry knowledge onto the students. Birmingham City University is very focused on the student experience and employability.”

Awards and ambitions
Sarah’s clearly doing something right. She’s recently received an impressive Urban Design for Excellence Award in ‘Issues and Culture in Design and Construction Management'. So what’s next? “After completing my accredited course I am hoping to work towards my professional accreditation with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors,” says Sarah.


Entry Requirements

A good UK honours degree at 2:2 or above/equivalent in surveying, construction, civil engineering, real estate or any other construction subjects.

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