Construction Project Management MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Construction Project Management MSc/PGDip/PGCert

School of Engineering


Post- graduate





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University of Central Lancashire
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    Full-time: one year; Part-time: Up to three years

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    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

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Why study this programme?

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.

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Entry Requirements

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.

Programme at a Glance

This innovative course includes the key characteristics of best practice and industry specific skills relevant to the process of construction project management. The course was in part modelled on a range of industrial training and management development courses, developed by the likes of Pochin Construction and GEC Tarmac, GEC Alstom, Lancashire Engineering Partnership and Leyland Product Design. 

Year 1

  • Dissertation (triple module)
  • Advanced Construction Technology
  • Health and Safety Management
  • Strategic Project Management
  • Project Team and Leadership Development
  • Risk & Value Management
  • Project Planning, Control & Analysis

Further Information

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.

Professional Accreditation

This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) comprising of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree.*

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*It should be noted that candidates completing the MSc who hold an underpinning accredited IEng degree or a nonaccredited bachelor degree will need to apply for an academic assessment to determine whether they will meet the educational base for CEng registration.

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Learning outcome & aims

The course seeks to develop the skills of postgraduate managers and engineers in the following areas:

  • Enable graduates in management and engineering disciplines to develop their project management skills.
  • Focus upon project planning and control methods within the construction project management process.
  • Extend knowledge of innovative tools, techniques and methodologies in the resolution of complex problems.
  • Develop personal, interpersonal and project-personnel skills.
  • Provide the opportunity for students to complete a range of modules that are relevant to their working environment and general interest in the context of international project management.
  • Develop the student’s research methods and applications.

The following learning outcomes are intended to be met by those students who successfully complete the course programme:

  • Review and develop the principles of construction project management as applied to the implementation process.
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of the project manager, together with the leadership and organisation skills essential to the discharge of this function.
  • Select appropriate decision-making and information management tools for project planning and project control.
  • Identify and select appropriate research methodologies relevant to advanced study in the field of project management.
  • Analyse construction project management problems and provide innovative solutions to working problems scenarios.
  • Investigate the application of quality management systems within project environments.
  • Observe and reflect upon group interaction within simulated exercises.
  • Use appropriate mathematical methods for analysing information.
  • Critically examine, discuss and apply concepts of quality, time and financial management to the process of management.
  • Apply the concepts of construction project management to contemporary projects.
  • Employ the tools and techniques of construction project management to contemporary projects.
  • Develop research proposals into written papers.
  • Organise tasks to meet priorities and deadlines within a project environment.
  • Select from a range of research strategies and tools to undertake an in-depth research project conducted in the field of project management.
  • Extract and collate information in the development and submission of research papers in the field of project management.
  • Evaluate own performance and capabilities.

How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

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Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £6,900 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £765 per 20 credits (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

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.

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Industry Links

We have excellent links within the building, construction and project management industries.

Learning Environment and Assessment

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.

Academic Expertise

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.

Kyran Chana


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.


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