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Project Management in Construction

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)
PgDip (eight months full-time or one year and eight months distance learning)
PgCert (four months full-time or eight months distance learning)

January intake
MSc (one year and four months full-time or two years and eight months distance learning)
PgDip (one year full-time or two years distance learning)
PgCert (four months full-time or one year distance learning)

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 accredited by the RICS, the CIOB and the APM
  • Flexible study options and intakes to allow students the opportunity to work and study at the same time
  • Aims to meet the needs of individuals managing change in a fast moving business and project environment
  • Part-time study option
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

An effective project manager recognises the significance of processes, technology and people to the success of construction projects. They effectively lead, organise and plan projects, analysing corporate practice and implementing highly effective strategies for change.

This course will equip you with the knowledge and expertise needed to plan, organise, secure and manage resources to bring about the successful completion of projects to client’s expectations and satisfaction. Course content covered on this programme meets the needs of individuals and corporations managing change in a fast moving business and project environment, and the need for integration in projects and leadership in performance improvement is emphasised throughout this course. Additionally, you will be taught to recognise the significance of processes, technology and people to the success of projects in the design, property and construction industries.

As this course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Association for Project Management (APM), you will be educated to the highest industry standards.

Awards and Accreditation

Course Details

This course emphasises the need for integration in projects and leadership in performance improvement. You will develop an understanding of project and process management, and recognise the significance of process, technology and people to the success of projects in the design, property and construction industries.

Learn how to:

  • Organise and plan construction projects and manage project information
  • Critically examine existing practice through implementing process measurement and evaluate alternative strategies for process improvement
  • Analyse corporate problems and design and implement strategies for change
  • Lead and work effectively with project teams, and communicate effectively in a variety of forms

Course Structure

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

The Masters award consists of four taught modules followed by a dissertation. The PgDip requires the completion of the four taught modules. For the award of PgCert the completion of two specified taught modules is required. All modules are delivered over a 15 week period and are assessed mostly through coursework, there are no exams.

For the full-time study option:

You will study two 30 credit taught modules in each of your first two semesters on campus, these are designed to give you the core knowledge required for project management in construction. 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 per semester. 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. In the final two semesters you undertake a Dissertation worth 60 credits which is also delivered online and incorporates extensive

Full-time September start    

Year 1, September - January    

  • Cultural change          
  • Group and teams          
  • Organisational development          
  • Effective team working          
  • Change management          
  • Contractual frameworks          
  • Procuring design and construction services          
  • Partnering strategies          
  • Supply chain management          
  • Supplier appraisal          
  • E-procurement          

Year 1, January - May    

  • Construction as a manufacturing process          
  • Lean, agile and flexible production systems          
  • Management of risk and value          
  • Generic process models          
  • Tools and techniques          
  • Integrated people, process and technology          
  • Lean construction/production          
  • Continuous improvement          
  • Process design and implementation          
  • Process mapping analysis          
  • Integrated project life cycles          

Year 1, 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.

Full-time January start    

Year 1, January - May    

  • Process and Project Systems      
  • Lean Integrated Design and Production      

Year 1, June - September    

No teaching    

Year 1, September - January    

  • Culture and People      
  • Procurement in Construction and Property      

Year 2, January - May    

  • Dissertation      

Distance learning September start    

Year 1, September - January    

  • Culture and People      

Year 1, January - May    

  • Process and Project Systems      

Year 1, June -  September    

No teaching    

Year 2, September - January    

  • Procurement in Construction and Property      

Year 2, January - May    

  • Lean and Integrated Design and Production      

Year 2, June - September and Year 3, September - December    

  • Dissertation      

Distance learning January start    

Year 1, January - May    

  • Process and Project Systems      

Year 1, June - September    

No teaching    

Year 1, September - January    

  • Procurement in Construction and Property      

Year 2, January - May    

  • Lean Integrated Design and Production      

Year 2, June - September    

No teaching    

Year 2, September - January    

  • Culture and People      

Year 3, January - September    

  • 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 applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Suitable For

Applicants who want to learn the skills needed to manage change in fast-moving business and project environments. Typically, you’ll have an academic or professional background in construction, design, property, engineering or a management discipline.

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 project 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

The Postgraduate Bursaries and Scholarships for 2017-18 entry are currently under review and subject to change. A revised schedule of scholarships and bursaries will be published in Spring 2017.

Teaching

On-campus study comprises lectures, tutorials and project work.

Lectures introduce the core knowledge for each module. Tutorials provide a forum for discussion and debate with personalised instruction from tutors, and the project work is your chance to employ research and other techniques to develop solutions to prescribed tasks.

If you’re studying via distance learning, you’ll enjoy access to 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 with application to your workplace and job role.

Assessment

You will be assessed through written coursework (100%) and continuous informal assessment by your tutors

Certain modules for full-time students have a small amount of assessment through presentations.

Contact Hours

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

Employability

Career Prospects

Learning on this courses emphasises the need for integration in projects and leadership in performance improvement, with a focus on enabling you to develop a deep understanding of project and process management. You will recognise the significance of process, technology and people to the success of projects in the design, property and construction industries, and will leave with the knowledge to plan construction projects and manage project information and lead and work effectively with project teams, as well as the skills to analyse corporate problems, alternative strategies, and to implement these changes.

The construction industry has witnessed a marked change over the last few years, increasingly moving away from the traditional approach to project management in construction to a more integrated approach, fusing together the design and construction elements where once they would be viewed as separate management disciplines. Therefore a graduate entering the construction management arena must be well equipped to cope with the demands of the construction industry and its expectations of project management. The School of the Built Environment has an exceptionally high graduate employment rate for Project Management in Construction, with graduates employed in a number of related fields including the built environment, civil engineering, heavy engineering, offshore and petrochemical industries.

Links with Industry

The full Masters award is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), allowing exemption from their academic entry requirements.

Guest lecturers from industry with expertise in relevant areas are invited to give lectures throughout the duration of the course. Site visits are organised each year in co-operation with local construction companies - these give full-time students the opportunity to visualise what is learnt and apply it to a real-world context.

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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