Full-time: one year; Part-time: Up to three years
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
September and January
Globally recognised for its quality and expert delivery, our MSc Construction Project Management is an extremely popular course which is well respected in industry. The themes of sustainability, enterprise, employability and internationalisation are central to the programme of study and by focusing on these specialised areas, you’ll become fully equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary for forging rewarding and successful careers. The development of leadership and team building skills is a cornerstone of the course: you’ll attend a bespoke residential workshop hosted by an internationally renowned management development company situated in the heart of the Lake District National Park.
Specific entry requirements for this course are an Upper Second Class Honours degree or higher in Construction Project Management, Construction Management, Construction, Building Management, Building or related award title.
The course comprises a total of nine modules, with modules arranged into the following three awards: Postgraduate Certificate in Construction Project Management; Postgraduate Diploma in Construction Project Management and MSc in Construction Project Management.
The Postgraduate Certificate, comprising three modules - Risk & Value Management, Project Planning, Control & Analysis and Project Team & Leadership Development. These provide a common skills set for all candidates.
The Postgraduate Diploma, comprising six modules, presents a move to towards more specialist knowledge by completion of two modules in Strategic Project Management and Advanced Construction Technology. These modules feature a study of the technical tools and solutions for achieving project success, including studies of typical projects and consideration of current issues relating to the practice and process of construction. A final module necessary is Health & Safety Management.
A triple dissertation module completes the full nine module MSc. It is the final phase of study and promotes philosophical approaches to research and investigation. You can select your own research focus for the dissertation and this commonly relates to topic areas that are both of personal interest and helpful for career development.
Project Planning, Control and Analysis
This module is concerned with developing the planning, control and analysis skills of the student in the context of scheduling resources in complex projects. It presents a holistic view of planning complex projects, and focuses on the selection and application of internationally accepted tools, technologies, and techniques requisite for sustainable planning. This module includes computerised planning utilising industry standard applications such as Microsoft Project/Primavera P6, and includes advanced simulation and planning methodologies. The skills developed within this module are directly transferable in to the international workplace.
Risk and Value Management
This module is intended to build upon, and add to, your knowledge gained in the study of other units in order to develop a co-ordinated professional approach to the assessment and management of risk and value in relation to engineering and management processes, security and insurance.
Health and Safety Management
This module will consider the requirements and applications of health, welfare and safety legislation relevant to the construction, engineering and associated industries. The module will seek to analyse and appraise the development of systems and cultures in the management and control of safety and health with particular emphasis upon human factors and continuous improvement processes.
Advanced Construction Technology
This module considers the development of construction techniques and processes with regard to the production of buildings subject to contemporary industry and project environments. It will seek to extend knowledge of sustainable practices with regard to the use of materials, advanced technologies and the assembly of components. It will seek to develop the study and analysis of the production process and debate how the use of technology can reduce failures and defects, increase efficiency and ensure zero carbon construction.
Project Team and Leadership Development
This module will provide the opportunity to evaluate the role of the Project Manager regarding human aspects of project management, including team skills and leadership. The module incorporates reflective learning for personal, educational and career development where you are supported in developing your understanding of the contribution that reflective review and action planning may make to your learning and personal development, with emphasis placed upon transferability into the workplace.
Strategic Project Management
This module aims to develop generic and specific advanced project management skills covering both the production and business management remits. It provides a basis for critical thinking and analysis, cognisant of the three core drivers of: sustainable development, internationalisation, enterprise and employability. In this respect, a series of project-driven simulated exercises are used to critique extant production and project management theories and concepts in order to not only procure strategic and financial awareness, but also holistically evaluate outcomes against conventional thinking.
The aims of the module are to develop research skills. You will be required to carry out an in-depth study, on an individual basis, which includes theoretical, experimental or investigative analysis or a combination of these. Part of this study requires the preparation of a research proposal that sets out the aim and objectives, and formulates a research problem or hypothesis related to the programme’s subject specialism. The work should: be based on proven research/investigative techniques; make an original contribution to knowledge; and demonstrate advanced scholarship of the research discipline.
The course seeks to develop the skills of postgraduate managers and engineers in the following areas:
The following learning outcomes are intended to be met by those students who successfully complete the course programme:
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Full-time: £6,900 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £765 per 20 credits (UK/EU)
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.
If you're thinking of studying a master's or doctoral degree you could be eligible for a loan from the Government to help you study.
For additional help with financing your studies, UCLan offers a range of Postgraduate scholarships, studentships, bursaries and the Alumni loyalty discount.
We have excellent links within the building, construction and project management industries.
This course has been accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM) - the only chartered professional body in the world for project management - since 2016 for both the Preston campus and Mauritius.
Throughout the course you will develop your knowledge and understanding through a series of lectures, seminars and practical workshops. These contiguous teaching methods are supported through directed study of text books, research papers/journal articles, case study materials, workshops, and assignments or project work.
Subject specific skills are developed through opportunities to practise such activities in an appropriate learning context (e.g. seminars, tutorials and workshops). Web-based materials and practical manuals are used where appropriate to support structured learning. Other skills are developed through naturally arising opportunities in the curriculum.
Knowledge and understanding is assessed through written assignments, the research dissertation and oral presentations. The assessments are all designed for you to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding and meet the various module learning outcomes. Within each module the assessment methods are designed to contribute to your continuing development. Feedback is provided on a regular basis, identifying opportunities for improvement and providing periodic evaluations of progress.
We have an established reputation for academic excellence and this is reflected in the high calibre of teaching staff within the School. Our highly qualified academic team includes a selection of professors, lecturers, research staff and industry experts; ensuring the course provides a coherent professional, academic and intellectual experience for students.
Meet your course team:
Dr Adebayo Oladapo - Course Leader and Senior Lecturer
Dr Godfaurd John - Lecturer in Construction Management
Dr Champika Liyanage - Lecturer in Quantity Surveying
Dr Farzad Pour-Rahimian - Senior Lecturer in Construction Technology
Without UCLan, I would not be where I am today…The course diversity gave me a solid grounding in the field, reinforced by their strong links to industry.
The development of leadership and team building skills is a cornerstone of the course, and you’ll attend a bespoke week-long residential workshop hosted by an internationally renowned management development company situated in the heart of the Lake District National Park.
This course helps to hone and develop construction project management skills in a manner that enhances a graduate’s ability and confidence. By attaining this higher level of qualification, our graduates are able to forge a more diverse and fulfilling career path. Since the course’s inception, our part-time students have witnessed an immediate positive impact within the workplace, whilst our full-time students have found that the MSc qualification has opened many new doorways of opportunity.
The course is designed primarily as a vocational course; it also provides people with the experience to embark on an academic career in construction project management. The majority of our students do tend to be vocationally motivated.
Postgraduate students at UCLan have the option to develop their knowledge in a subject they enjoy or gain further research based skills to enhance their career, by undertaking a PhD in their chosen field.
To enhance your work experience you will have an opportunity to undertake a professional placement as part your MSc. This will extend your study time by six to twelve months depending on the length of the placement. Alternatively, there are opportunities to choose an industry-based project.
You are responsible for finding your own placement. We will support you in preparation for this with the Faculty Placement Team and UCLan Careers, who can help you plan and develop your CV and applications, and have practice interviews.
During your studies at the UCLan Preston campus you’ll benefit from our new £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC).
Located within one of the most intense engineering and manufacturing areas in the UK, the EIC provides an integrated space for teaching and research with direct links to industry enabling you to work on live, real-world projects with commercial partners in state-of-the-art facilities. Find out more.