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Commercial Management in Construction PgDip/MSc

Course Description

Commercial Management in Construction is the strategic initiatives adopted by contracting organisations aimed at realising its corporate objectives. It is an application of logical and analytical approaches to create efficient mechanisms in the management of project processes to enhance the financial performance of construction projects from inception to completion. The programme aims to give construction and [or] surveying graduates the opportunity to specialise in the important and developing field of commercial management in construction.

Key benefits

- Lecturers on this programme have a wide range of industry experience, working in both pre and post contract roles as quantity surveyors, project managers, contract managers and commercial managers.

Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/201617/commercial-management-in-construction-9047

Course detail

- Description -

The role of the Commercial Manager in construction includes strategic bidding, financial and business management, procurement and contract management, risk management, dispute resolution, sustainable development and building information modelling applications among others. The role is highly varied depending on whether the Commercial Manager works for a small, medium or large contracting organisation.

It is designed to provide:
• Students with a systematic and comprehensive postgraduate specialist training in commercial management in construction
• Students with the skills and expertise to enable them to develop and apply appropriate techniques to function effectively as commercial managers or to enhance their career in that role.

- Teaching and learning assessment -

Teaching will be delivered using a variety of methods, both to enhance the flexibility of the programme and to suit your individual learning style. The methods used include traditional lectures, tutorials, computer laboratory work, group work and seminars. Your learning will be advanced by your involvement in further reading, research projects, case studies, oral and visual presentations and debates. It is normal practice now to support learning with a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), which will be emphasised during induction, especially with regards to on-line management.

A variety of assessment methods will be used to match and underpin the knowledge, understanding and skills required in the MSc Programme. The method of assessment is influenced by various factors including, subject, and learning methods. As the programme is a vocational one at the postgraduate level, it is considered that the majority of the practical and transferable skills to be assessed will be better assessed using a variety of coursework patterns. Whilst using this form of assessment, the knowledge and intellectual skill set would also be equally assessed.

Career options

A postgraduate degree in Commercial Management in Construction will prepare you for the very important and developing career of Construction Manager or Commercial Director in the construction sector of the economy. Graduates of the programme will be able to enter into or progress in a rewarding career in the small, medium or large scale contracting organisations.

An MSc graduate of the course will also have the opportunity to undertake a PhD in this growing and dynamic field of study.

How to apply: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply#pg

Why study at Ulster?

1. Over 92% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation.
2. We are a top UK university for providing courses with a period of work placement.
3. Our teaching and the learning experience we deliver are rated at the highest level by the Quality Assurance Agency.
4. We are an international university with more than 2,000 international students from over 80 countries and Alumni from 121 countries.
5. More than 4,000 students from over 50 countries have successfully completed eLearning courses at Ulster University.

Flexible payment

To help spread the cost of your studies, tuition fees can be paid back in monthly instalments while you learn. If you study for a one-year, full-time master’s, you can pay your fees up-front, in one lump sum, or in either five* or ten* equal monthly payments. If you study for a master’s on a part-time basis (e.g. over three years), you can pay each year’s fees up-front or in five or ten equal monthly payments each year. This flexibility allows you to spread the payment of your fees over each academic year. Find out more by visiting http://www.ulster.ac.uk/learnyourway


A comprehensive range of financial scholarships, awards and prizes are available to undergraduate, postgraduate and research students. Scholarships recognise the many ways in which our students are outstanding in their subject. Individuals may be able to apply directly or may automatically be nominated for awards. Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/scholarships

English Language Tuition

CELT offers courses and consultations in English language and study skills to Ulster University students of all subjects, levels and nationalities. Students and researchers for whom English is an additional language can access free CELT support throughout the academic year: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/english-language-support

Visit the Commercial Management in Construction PgDip/MSc page on the Ulster University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a degree or equivalent, or demonstrate their ability to undertake the course through the accreditation of prior experiential learning. The specific requirements for admission are detailed below:(a) Applicants should normally possess: An Honours or non-Honours degree in an appropriate construction and [or] surveying related discipline [or] an equivalent standard in a Postgraduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate in an appropriate construction and [or] surveying related discipline or an approved alternative qualification and satisfy the University’s general entry requirements including evidence of the required level of numeracy (GCSE grade C or equivalent). English language entry requirements: View Website

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