Postgraduate MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Construction Management

School of Science, Engineering and Environment




Distance Learning


One year

Two year

Next enrolment

January 2021


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 MSc degree 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:
  • 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 Construction Management postgraduate degree course comprises eight carefully-designed modules plus one research-based dissertation project.

The MSc award comprises eight taught modules plus a dissertation. The PgDip comprises eight taught modules. The PgCert award comprises four specified taught modules.

You can choose to study the course full-time or part-time on campus, or part-time via distance learning.

  • Full-time students will complete four 15-credit taught modules in each of of the first two trimesters on campus.  In the final trimester, you will complete a dissertation worth 60 credits.
  • Part-time students will complete two 15-credit modules in each of of the first four trimesters on campus. In two additional trimesters, you will complete a dissertation worth 60 credits.
  • Distance learning students will complete two 15-credit taught modules in each of your first four trimesters. In two additional trimesters, you will complete your dissertation online, with tutor support.
Trimester one (and Trimester two for part-time and distance learning)

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 (Trimesters three and four for part-time and distance learning)

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 (Trimesters five and six for part-time and distance learning)


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 teaching and learning will develop your knowledge and skills through a blend of theoretical, collaborative and practical methods, including:

  • Lectures and tutorials
  • Project work
  • Directed study
  • One-to-one tutorials (by appointment)

Typically, lectures will introduce the core module knowledge with tutorials designed to provide a forum for tutor-led discussion and debate. Project work is your chance to conduct research and other techniques that will help you to develop solutions to prescribed tasks.

Distance learning students will experience our online learning environment and intensive tutor support. Weekly online tutorials are delivered to encourage student participation.

Our online learning materials enable you to complete self-directed study at your own convenience. Learning is driven by real-world problems in workplaces and job roles.


Assessment methods include written coursework (100%) and continuous informal assessment by your tutors.

Dissertations delivered online receive extensive tutor support.

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Rising to the challenge of a rapidly changing world, our multi-disciplinary courses will shape the next generation of urbanists, scientists, engineers, consultants and conservationists. Shaped by industry and delivered by supportive programme teams, you can develop the skills to become unstoppable in your career.


On campus, you will experience a modern learning environment, enriched with accessible lecture theatres and AV-equipped classrooms, computing suites and multimedia libraries, with access to industry journals, databases, and simulation software. Online, you will experience our sophisticated virtual learning environment.

As a built environment student, you might encounter Energy House – the only fully climate controlled terraced-house in the world, or THINKlab, our virtual research and collaboration ecosystem.

Programme Team

The Construction Management postgraduate programme is delivered by an academic team with extensive research and subject knowledge. The team is part of a global built environment community with prominence in shaping construction industry best practice.

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 construction management role. Some graduates choose careers in the industry that specialise in project management, architectural management and engineering design management.

Other graduates have used the course to branch out into parallel careers in civil engineering, financial, legal and business sectors.  Some alumni 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. Construction management postgraduates can choose research to further their knowledge of key built environment challenges. Learn more about postgraduate research opportunities available through our Doctoral School.

The Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructure and Sustainable Environments at Salford hosts a community of academics, practitioners and researchers at the forefront of exploring how we can enhance our built environments at local, national and international scales. 

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 recommended for applicants with a desire to enhance construction knowledge, and with an aspiration to develop a successful career in construction management. You will have a strong academic and/or professional background in the built environment. Having leadership skills and knowledge of construction processes will be an advantage.


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 2021/22 £8,640per year
Full-time international 2021/22 £15,030per year
Part-time 2021/22 £1,440 per 30 credits
Distance learning 2021/22 UK: £1,440 per 30 credits. International: £1,890 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

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships.
We have a range of scholarships available for students applying for courses in 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. Our Global Gold Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,500 and our Global Silver Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,000 - both are available for students studying in our 2021/22 intakes.

We also offer the Salford International Excellence Scholarship which offers up to £5,000 discount on tuition fees. As this is a prestigious award we have a limited number of these scholarships available.

See the full range of our International Scholarships.

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Enrolment dates

January 2021

September 2021