Postgraduate MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Construction Management

School of Science, Engineering and Environment




Distance Learning


One year

Two year

Next enrolment

September 2020


In a nutshell

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.  This course offers a structured route to obtaining the knowledge and understanding required to practice construction management. Emphasis is on developing practical skills and tools for a rewarding career in construction.It provides hands-on training in the use of state-of-the-art software tools and techniques.

This full master's 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.

You will:
  • Learn how to successfully organise and plan complex construction projects and you will gain an understanding of international markets
  • Learn how to diagnose corporate problems and manage a multitude of areas including people, finance and risk
  • Be taught to recognise the significance of processes, technology and people to the success of projects in the construction industry

students accepted

Course accreditations
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) logo
Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) logo
Association for Project Management logo

This is for you if...


You have strong leadership skills and want to join the construction industry


You want to enhance your current knowledge and develop a career in the area of construction management


You want to build on the experience you already have in the built environment sector and gain a formal qualification

Course details

All about the course

The 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 master's award consists of eight taught modules followed by a Research Methods module and Dissertation. The PgDip requires the completion of the eight taught modules. The PgCert requires the completion of four taught modules.


You will study four 15 credit taught modules in each of your first two trimesters, these are designed to give you the core knowledge required in construction management. In the final trimester, you will undertake a dissertation worth 60 credits.


You will study two 15 credit taught modules in each of your first four trimesters, these are designed to give you the core knowledge required in construction management. In a final trimester you will undertake a dissertation worth 60 credits.


Two 15 credit taught module are studied in each trimester 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.

Trimester one

Construction Health and Safety and Environment

Develop your knowledge of Health, Safety and Environment management, with specific reference to construction sites. You will gain a systematic understanding of the industry, from the structure of the law to the methods of assessing risks to the concepts of sustainable construction. Upon completion, you will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the key techniques used to implement improvements and apply your knowledge to real world cases.


Critically examine strategic procurement approaches for effective and efficient design and construction project solutions. You will learn to critically evaluate client objectives to determine an appropriate selection of procurement systems for industry systems prior to advising them on the most appropriate route. You will also learn to assess supply chain relationships and partnering schemes, develop strategies for stakeholders, and inform relevant parties on the rationale regarding procurement decisions.

Corporate Construction Finance

Apply the processes of financial management to construction and property activity on this module as you explore the new and emerging processes and practices related to these sectors. On successful completion, you will possess the ability to analyse the techniques used in the appraisal of developments; critically evaluate alternative developments; propose development budgets; and create and implement solutions to improve the effectiveness of financial management in the construction industry.

Integrated Design and Delivery Systems

Acquire a systematic understanding of the tools, techniques and key issues found in integrated design and delivery systems (IDDS), using BIM and enabling technologies. This module will allow you to demonstrate your knowledge of IDDS as you examine the purpose of enabling collaboration, the benefits of integrating BIM into a construction firms’ business processes, and critically evaluate emerging innovations.

Trimester two

Project and Production Management

Develop a critical awareness and knowledge of construction planning, resource and cost planning, monitoring and control. You will critically appraise and evaluate the concepts of lean production, the six sigma techniques, and the planning, monitoring and control systems used for project budgets. This module will encourage you to create and implement appropriate monitoring and tracking systems to manage change whilst monitoring the efficacy of quality management.

Construction Scheduling and Control

Expand your understanding of construction programme scheduling and demonstrate your awareness of the different techniques by applying them appropriately. During this module, you will also develop your knowledge of project control methods and learn to apply them to construction activities. You’ll critically analyse every element of a project, from the resource management to resource estimate techniques to assessing current project programme management.

Value and Risk Management

Develop your knowledge of value and risk management in construction with this module as you apply relevant processes to construction activities. You will explore new and emerging practices whilst critically analysing the concepts of risk, hazard and uncertainty. Learn to appraise risk assessment techniques and processes as you evaluate current practice in industry.

Project Management Practice

This module will provide you with a practical understanding of the tools and techniques used for assessing risk and the environmental impact of construction projects. Through this module you will learn to address challenges associated with coordinating production; organising design for manufacturing, assembly and sustainability; managing project handovers and using feedback for improvements and writing reports for senior management.

Trimester three


This module enables 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.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?




Campus-based 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.


You will be assessed through written coursework and through continuous informal assessments by your tutor. 

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Dr Kaushal Keraminiyage

Dr Kaushal Keraminiyage is the course director for MSc Construction Management at the University of Salford.

Kaushal is an experienced researcher and an academic, working as a Reader at the School of the Built Environment and the Centre for Disaster Resilience at University of Salford. Dr Keraminiyage has a strong publication profile and funded research projects. In recent years,  he has actively engaged in organising high-profile research conferences at international locations, developing strong links with Built Environment and Disaster Management experts and stakeholders. 

Outside of his daily role, Kaushal is developing web applications and he is an advocate of open source software and educational resources. He is keen to use his knowledge to create better virtual collaborative environments to address teaching, learning and research needs in the field.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?


Many graduates use this course to gain the skills and knowledge required to advance their careers and undertake a senior management role. Some choose 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.  Many have achieved notable success, with numerous winners of the Whiting Award and also several awards in the CIOB Building Manager of the Year competition.


Globally, the urban built environment is becoming the predominant place for livelihoods. After completing this course, you will be well-placed to progress to doctoral level study. Salford’s centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructure and Sustainable Environments (UPRISE) works across a range of subject areas to identify how we might design, deliver and experience cities differently, considering issues that impact at both the local and global level. 

A taste of what you could become

A project manager

A construction manager

An architectural designer

An engineering designer

A surveyor

And more...

Career Links

This course has been extensively informed by collaboration between the university’s academics and industrial partners from the built environment. You will benefit from field visits, practitioner-led lectures and real-world problem-solving work developed for and by industry.  You will receive actual practical experience and have the opportunity chance to network with key stakeholders.


What you need to know


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.


International applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (with no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

Applicants of this course must have a minimum of a second class honours degree.

Alternative entry requirements

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

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).

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2020/21 £8,460per year
Full-time international 2020/21 £13,320per year
Part-time 2020/21 £1,410 per 30 credits
Distance learning 2020/21 UK/EU: £1410 per 30 credits. International: £1,845 per 30 credits
Additional costs

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

Scholarships for international students 2020/21

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our international scholarships worth up to £5,000. Our international scholarships include the Salford International Excellence Scholarship and the Built Environment Postgraduate Silver Award

To find out more information, visit our International Scholarships page.

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Enrolment dates

September 2020

January 2021

September 2021