Project Management in Construction (Delivered in Sri Lanka)
MSc/PgDip/PgCert

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Alternative start dates available
Distance Learning
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Project Management in Construction (Delivered in Sri Lanka) at Salford

1.

The full Masters degree is RICS, CIOB and APM accredited

2.

You can stay local, still live at home to reduce your costs

3.

Meets the needs of individuals managing change in a fast moving business and project environment

Course Summary

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. It enables you to recognise the significance of process, technology and people to the success of projects; to more effectively lead, organise and plan projects; to analyse corporate practice and implement highly effective strategies for change.

This course is delivered at Colombo School of Construction Technology (CSCT), in Colombo, Sri Lanka and taught by academic staff from the University of Salford UK.

Applications can be made on the CSCT website.

Course Details

This course meets the needs of individuals and corporations managing change in a fast moving business and project environment.

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 by 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 tutor engagement and support.

Dissertation (60 credits)

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 September Start

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

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

June - September

  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Full-time January Start

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

  • No teaching

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 2, January - May

  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Entry Requirements

Applications for this course must have a minimum of a second class undergraduate honours degree in a relevant discipline, or a minimum of a second class undergraduate honours degree in an unrelated discipline and significant relevant work experience within the built environment, or a recognised appropriate professional qualification such as RICS or CIOB.

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

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.

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 by 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.

90% of students thought that subjects were enthusiastically taught by staffPGSES 2010

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Dr Chaminda Pathirage
Course Director: MSc Project Management in Construction

Chaminda is the course director for MSc Project Management in Construction at the University of Salford. He also lectures at both undergraduate and postgraduate level in the fields of construction management and financial management. Chaminda has worked in several RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) funded research projects on knowledge management and facilities management, and has developed his specific research interest in exploring the role of knowledge management in the project management context.

He is a graduate member of the Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Sri Lanka (IQSSL), a probationer member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and a student member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Chaminda’s research interests include:

  • Knowledge management
  • Human resource management
  • Disaster management
  • Project Management

For more information visit:
http://www.seek.salford.ac.uk/profiles/C.P.PATHIRAGE.jsp

Employability

This course will qualify you for a successful career as a project manager in the modern built environment. 100% of graduates have gone on to employment in a number of related fields, including the built environment, civil engineering, heavy engineering and the petrochemical industries.

Career Prospects

This course will emphasise the need for integration in projects and leadership in performance improvement, with a focus on the understanding of project and process management. It recognises the significance of process, technology and people to the success of projects in the design, property and construction industries. You will leave with the knowledge to plan construction projects and manage project information, 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 100% 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.

Alumni Profile

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 you learn 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. We enjoy a top position in the UK government national research assessment which recognises the outstanding national and international profile of our academic staff. We are also number one for research power, a position held since 1992.

Our research is conducted through our 10 research centres. For those interested in pursuing a research qualification after completion of the Masters, each centre has identified topics where they particularly welcome research proposals. Of particular interest to Project Management in Construction graduates will be the Management in Construction centre (MIC), the Salford Centre for Research and Innovation (SCRI) and the Centre for Information Technology in Construction (CITC).

Fees and Funding

Fees 2016-17

Type of StudyFee
Full-time International£7,000 (SL), £12,000 (O/S)
Full-time PgDip4667(SL), £8000(O/S)
Full-time PgCert2333(SL) ,4000(O/S)

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

Facilities

Distance learning uses an innovative virtual learning environment which allows you to download course materials, interact with tutors and fellow students, submit coursework, and check assessment results.