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Construction Management

MSc/PgDip/PgCert

School - School of the Built Environment

Subject area - Built Environment

Start Dates(s): September; January

Duration:

September intake

MSc (one year full-time or two years and four months distance learning/part-time)

PgDip (eight months full-time or one year and eight months distance learning/part-time)

PgCert (four months full-time or eight months distance learning/part-time) 

January intake

MSc (one year and four months full-time or two years and eight months distance learning/part-time)

PgDip (one year full-time or two years distance learning/part-time)

PgCert (four months full-time or one year distance learning/part-time)

Fees:

Part-time - £1,300 per 30 credit module

UK - £7,800

International - £12,300

Distance Learning - £1,300 per 30 credit module

In Brief:

  • The full Masters degree is RICS, CIOB and APM accredited
  • Course development has been led by industry to ensure that material is relevant to current industry trends and emerging future skills areas in construction management
  • Gain knowledge of advanced construction management skills and software tools, BIM technologies and Lean-Six Sigma Processes
  • Part-time study option
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

An effective construction manager understands how to successfully organise and plan complex construction projects, diagnose corporate problems, and manage project teams, procurement, finance and risk. Many graduates use this course to gain the skills and knowledge required to advance their careers and  undertake  senior management positions.

The development of this course has been led by industry to ensure that it covers current industry trends and emerging future skills areas in construction management. Emphasis is on developing practical skills and tools for a rewarding career in construction. Additionally this course provides hands-on  training  in the use of state-of-the-art software tools and techniques.

This course will teach you how to successfully organise and plan complex construction projects and you will gain an understanding of international markets. You will also learn how to diagnose corporate problems and manage a multitude of areas including people, finance and risk. Additionally, you will  be  taught to recognise the significance of processes, technology and people to the success of projects in the construction industry.

This full Masters degree is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Association for Project Management (APM); educating you to the highest industry standards.

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Awards and Accreditation

Course Details

  • Course development has been led by industry to ensure that material is relevant to current industry trends and emerging future skills areas in construction management
  • Emphasis is given to practical knowledge, skills and tools for a rewarding career in construction
  • This course offers a structured route to obtaining the knowledge and understanding required to practice construction management.
  • This course provides hands-on training in the use of state-of-the-art software tools and techniques.

Course Structure

This course can be studied full-time, part-time on campus, or part-time by online distance learning. Admission onto the course is in September or January.

The Masters award consists of four taught modules followed by a Research Methods module and Dissertation. The PgDip requires the completion of the four taught modules. All modules are delivered over a 15 week period and are assessed through written coursework.

For the full-time study option:

You will study two 30 credit taught modules in each of your first two semesters, these are designed to give you the core knowledge required in construction management. In the final semester you will undertake a dissertation worth 60 credits.

For the distance learning study option:

A 30 credit taught module is studied in each semester for the first 24 months. Assessment of these modules is driven by real-world problems aligned to your workplace and job role. Teaching is based around a virtual learning environment supported by interactive online sessions.

For the part-time on campus study option:

Part-time students attend the University one day per week, usually on day release from employment in industry. A 30 credit module is studied each semester. Throughout the final two semesters you choose to undertake a dissertation or research by design project.

Full-time September Start    

September - January    

  • Managing teams and individuals          
  • Enhancing working relationships and developing staff          
  • Managing disputes and Integration management          
  • Using BIM technology and processes to enhance performance          
  • Project partnering          
  • Managing invited tenders          
  • Contracts and negotiation          
  • Contractual frameworks          

January - May    

  • Managing health, safety, welfare and environmental factors          
  • Controlling projects          
  • Managing project design          
  • Production management for advanced manufacturing          
  • Managing project handover and evaluating feedback          
  • Project and Production Management Software Tools          
  • Managing project risks, opportunities, systems and teams          
  • Managing factors affecting project feasibility          
  • Managing bids and tenders          
  • Managing financial expenditure and recovery          

June - September    

This module allows you to develop a research proposal with clear aims and objectives related to your study. You will undertake critical analysis of existing research and engage in various forms of recognised research in order to produce a sustained, sophisticated, and logical argument in the form of a written dissertation.

Entry Requirements

Applicants of this course must have a minimum of a second class honours degree. We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

International students must provide evidence of proficiency in English - IELTS 6.0 with no band below 5.5 or an equivalent qualification are proof of this.

Suitable For

This course is suitable for working professionals from the building and engineering sectors. Students come from a broad range of associated backgrounds including: contract management, operations, estimating and commercial management, policy-making, project direction and specialist construction management.

Applicant profile

This course is for you if you have a desire to enhance your current knowledge base and develop your career in the area of construction management. You will have a strong academic and/or professional background in the built environment, enabling you to build on the experience you already have. Strong leadership skills and good knowledge of construction processes are a must.

Fees 2017-18

Type of StudyFee
Full-time£7,800
Part-time£1,300 per 30 credit module
Full-time International£12,300
Distance Learning£1,300 per 30 credit module
International Distance Learning£1,717 per 30 credit module

Additional Costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We offer awards to help you study through our:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • University of Salford student loyalty discount
  • Country bursary scheme for International students only

There are also other sources of funding available to you.

For more information please see our funding section

Teaching

On campus study is delivered through a variety of learning and teaching methods. Lectures introduce new material and provide the core knowledge base for each module. Tutorials offer the opportunity for discussion and debate with personalised instruction from lecturers. Project work is an important aspect of the course enabling you to initiate and control research or other techniques to develop solutions to prescribed tasks. Throughout the course expert guest lecturers in relevant fields are invited to deliver lectures.

Distance learning uses an internet-based learning environment backed up by intensive tutor support. Weekly online tutorials are led by tutors with student interaction. Our online repository of learning material enables you to undertake self directed study at your own convenience. Learning is driven by real-world problems aligned to your workplace and job role.

Contact Time

Full-time: Approximately two days per week 

Distance Learning: Two to three hours online contact time with up to five hours personal study time per week

Assessment

You will be assessed through:

  • Written coursework (100%)
  • Continuous informal assessment by your tutors

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Dr Zeeshan Aziz
Course Director: MSc Construction Management

Zeeshan is the course director for MSc Construction Management at the University of Salford

Dr Zeeshan comes from a Civil Engineering background and has been involved in construction management teaching and delivery of large scale projects in UK and USA. His research interests are in the area of Computer Integrated Construction Management, Building Information Modelling, Knowledge Management and Integrated Design and Delivery Systems. He has received research grants from Royal Academy of Engineering, British Council, HEA,  and the Qatar Foundation.

Employability

This course will prepare you for a management position in the construction industry. Graduates have gone on to roles in project, construction and architectural / engineering-design management. They include winners of the Whiting Award and the CIOB Building Manager of the Year competition.

Career Prospects

Many graduates use this course to gain the skills and knowledge required to advance their careers and undertake a senior management role. Previous graduates have followed careers in the construction industry in project management, construction management, architectural and engineering design management. However, a significant number have also branched out into parallel careers in the civil engineering, financial, legal and business sectors. Our graduates work across the globe for many of the world's leading built environment organisations. Many graduates have gone on to achieve notable success, with numerous winners of the Whiting Award and also several awards in the CIOB Building Manager of the Year competition.

More and more in today's corporate environment, successful organisations are viewing real estate and facilities management as an integral part of their strategic business plan. Real estate facilities management is a vital strategic discipline because it "translates" the high-level, strategic change required by senior decision-makers into day-to-day reality for people in their work or living space.

Alumni Profile

Trevor Gardner, Senior Construction Manager, Bovis Lend Lease

"I have just completed this course and I feel I have been able to broaden my horizons and gain some valuable academic practice. There were times when I felt I had been taken out of my comfort zone with regard to learning, but crucial to this was the support of the lecturers who really put themselves out to make sure I understood and could confidently move forward.

The modules were all based around putting into place what I knew from my experiences of working on construction projects so it wasn't entering 'unchartered' territory completely and the course aspiration is to develop 'reflective practitioners'. I can honestly say that I have thoroughly enjoyed the course and it has without doubt made me a far more capable person, both within work and for life outside work.

Above all I would like to thank the course leader and his module delivery team who could not have done more to help and support me throughout the duration of the course."

Links with Industry

The full Masters award is accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Association of Project Management (APM) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), allowing exemption from their academic entry requirements as well as ensuring that you are educated to the highest industry standards.

Course content was developed in cooperation with some of the leading construction companies in the UK to address the training needs of aspiring construction managers, therefore ensuring that you are equipped with the relevant contemporary skills and knowledge to thrive in practice. In addition, guest lecturers from industry with expertise in relevant areas are invited to give lectures throughout the duration of the course.

Further Study

The School of the Built Environment has an exciting and vibrant research community engaged in advanced research in the built environment, please see www.salford.ac.uk/research/best and www.salford.ac.uk/research/uprise for more information.

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