About This Masters Degree
This innovative postgraduate construction course is aimed at graduates who are already in, or have been in, construction-related employment, and who aspire to senior positions in the field of commercial management. The course aims to develop your awareness of the importance of construction projects to clients, and the context and constraints within which projects are procured and undertaken.
You will gain greater knowledge and understanding of the theories, concepts, principles, techniques, and intellectual and practical skills needed for the commercial management of construction projects. You will have the opportunity to plan and implement a personal research project related to commercial management. The course utilises web based technologies in the delivery and extensive use is made of enquiry based learning to enhance lifelong learning skills.
The blended learning approach offers flexible access to the core content, while still providing the discipline and structure of regular attendance at the University. The design of the part-time course recognises the significant challenges of combining postgraduate-level study with full-time professional employment.
Core modules•Commercial Management
You will investigate the commercial considerations for the optimisation of financial performance of organisations, the role of owners, partners and stakeholders, and the successful management of major construction projects.
•Construction Dissertation or Work-related Project
In this module you will identify a topic or project directly related to construction management which will provide a basis for a research study. You will develop explicit goals and devise an appropriate methodology, undertake the research study and produce a dissertation/project.
•Construction Law for Contract Management
Through this module you will examine the legal context within which construction projects are procured, managed and delivered. The module investigates the key areas of the law that affect contract management including Tort, Contract, Statutory Legislation and Dispute Resolution.
In this module you will investigate strategic management issues in relation to organisations that commission and deliver construction projects.
•Economics of the Construction Industry
In this module you will look at the economics of the construction sector, the economic environment in which construction firms operate, and the economic role of the construction industry both nationally and internationally.
In this module you will look at the key stages in the process of procuring consultants and contractors for construction projects, the critical success factors, client requirements, the statutory and legal framework, the concept of best value, shortlisting and pre-qualification.
•Risk Management for Projects
In this module you will investigate the management of uncertainty and risk in a construction project environment, examining qualitative, but mainly quantitative, techniques.
Option modules•Building Design Management
You will gain an understanding of the function of design management and its efficient integration into project management processes. You will examine devising and applying techniques for the design of major construction projects, taking particular account of client needs, future proofing, procurement structure and adaptability.
•Construction Project Planning
This module covers the key principles of construction project planning, from initial briefing to managing the construction process. You will consider the analysis of management systems in the context of successfully co-ordinating and delivering a construction project, and monitoring and control systems.
•Developing Effective Construction Teams
In this module you will look at the selection, development and maintenance of effective and efficient teams throughout the duration of the construction project. You will study the principles of team selection, group dynamics and appraisal, and the process of identifying client requirements for team deliverables.
Any other 20 credit, Credit Level 7 core module from the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment can also be taken as an option module on this course, subject to timetabling constraints and the agreement of Course and Module Leaders.
Associated careersThis course is aimed at graduates who are already in, or have been in, construction-related employment who aspire to senior positions in the field of commercial management.
Construction Commercial Management (MSc)
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Applicants to the full-time course should typically have a minimum Upper Second Class Honours degree in a related subject area such as construction, architecture or civil engineering or a minimum Lower Second Class Honours degree in a related subject area, and be in, or have been in, relevant employment in a professional or managerial capacity. Applicants to the part-time course should have a minimum second class honours degree in a related subject area and be in, or have been in, relevant employment in a professional or managerial capacity in a construction related post.