Postgraduate MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Project Management in Construction

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

Distance Learning

With placement

Course

One year

Two year

Two year

Two year

Next enrolment

September 2021

Introduction

In a nutshell

Throughout architecture, engineering and construction industries, effective project managers balance processes, technology and people, to successfully deliver developments and infrastructure projects. Build a highly-desirable skillset for career opportunities in this field with our Project Management in Construction postgraduate degree.

Developed for individuals and organisations managing change in a fast-paced environment, the course places emphasis on integration in projects and leadership in performance improvement throughout. Led by academics and industry practitioners,  you will learn to plan, organise, secure and manage people and technological resources. You will understand how to manage control mechanisms, stakeholders, budgeting, contracts and information.

Designed to prime you for a senior project management role, you'll be educated to the highest industry and professional standards. The MSc in Project Management in Construction is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Association for Project Management (APM).

'With Industry Placement' pathway

Full-time applicants starting in September can now include an industry placement as part of their studies - visit the module section below for further details.

You will:
  • Learn to critically evaluate current construction processes and practice, and have the confidence to propose alternative improvements
  • Understand how analyse organisation challenges in delivering projects, and apply your knowledge to design and implement strategies for change
  • Build the skills to plan and manage construction projects and project information, and understand what is needed to lead and work effectively in project teams
Placement

options available

International

students accepted

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

This is for you if...

1.

You want to develop the skills needed to manage change in fast-moving business and project environments

2.

You're a graduate seeking to expand your skills and knowledge for a future project-based career role

3.

You're already working in the built environment and want to formalise your knowledge for career progression

Course details

All about the course

The Project Management in Construction postgraduate degree meets industry needs by providing formal qualifications for built environment professionals looking to develop a project management skill set.

The course is delivered through a range of industry-aligned modules. The 180-credit MSc award comprises eight taught modules plus a research-based project. The 120-credit PgDip comprises eight taught modules. The 60-credit PgCert award comprises four specified taught modules.

Flexibility is at the heart of our learning approach. You can choose to study this postgraduate course full-time or part-time on campus, or part-time via distance learning. Full-time students can now choose the industry placement pathway, and combine study with real-world practice.

  • 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 the dissertation online, with tutor support.
'With Industry Placement' pathway 

Full-time students starting in September now have the option to include a nine month industry placement as part of their studies. Refer to the module section below for further details.

Trimester One (and Trimester two for part-time and distance learning)

Culture and Change Management

Acquire a critical understanding of the importance of culture in the management of project teams, and an awareness of the role of learning and networking to personal and organisational development. You will also become aware of the tools and techniques used for managing organisational change, appraising various change management strategies, developing appropriate implementation plans, and evaluating cultural differences in the construction industry and their impact on professional practice.

Procurement

Through this module, you will learn to critically evaluate client objectives, and determine the appropriate selection of procurement systems for design and construction services, as well as assess supply chain relationships to develop strategies for stakeholders in the construction industry. The module will provide you with the skills to advise clients on the selection of appropriate procurement routes; recommending relevant parties on the rationale regarding early strategic procurement decisions.

Construction Teams

Through this module, you will be able to critically evaluate the factors related to the team formation, development, and improvement whilst analysing the influence of team dynamics upon team management, performance and culture. You will also be capable of describing team roles, responsibilities and the causes of conflict in order to discuss the impacts upon the performance and cohesion of the team and the appropriate techniques for resolution.

Contracts Management and Practice

Develop a critical awareness of contractual provisions relating to various standard forms of contracts with this module, as you examine and explore the practicalities of contract administration, including commercial management of contracts. You will also gain a systematic understanding of various mechanisms for the avoidance, management and resolution of disputes in construction projects. Upon completion, you will have a high level of competence in advising clients on selecting the appropriate contract and warranties for the chosen procurement route.

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

Process Management in Construction

Develop a practical understanding of planning and modelling software, process modelling, analysis and planning. You will also become acquainted with the tools and techniques used in project management and comprehend the process of improvement, innovation and redesign. The module will provide you with a number of skills, from evaluating the efficacy of processes, to developing process maps which effectively analyse and describe construction projects.

Lean Production and Construction Principles

Develop your knowledge and understanding of Lean production and construction principles and their importance to the successful management of projects. You will also critically appraise the foundational concepts underlying traditional and Lean managerial methods before identifying the opportunities in construction and project organisations for Lean improvement.

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.

BIM for the Built Environment

You will develop a systematic and critical understanding of the data structures and standards used to inform data exchange, and of the various technological tools used to facilitate the construction of sustainable buildings, including communication with all project stakeholders. You will also recognise and critically appraise the role of BIM in collaborative built environment processes and practices as you interpret the benefits of adopting the software into collaborative projects.

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

Dissertation

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.

'With Industry Placement' pathway

Include an industry placement with your studies

If you are applying to study our MSc Project Management in Construction postgraduate degree full-time, you can now include an industry placement as part of your studies.

Two-year masters courses with placements are an increasingly popular choice because they can provide you with invaluable work experience.

How does it work?

  • All students are initially registered on the standard MSc Project Management in Construction course. Full-time students starting in September have the option to include the industry placement and will be will be offered support to find one.
  • Once your placement is secured, your registration will be transferred to the MSc Project Management in Construction with Industry Placement programme - you can only apply for this pathway with a guaranteed placement.
  • On completion of the taught elements, you will transfer and progress to your industry placement (9 months).On completion, you will return to the University to complete your final dissertation

Are there any additional costs?

Yes, if you are accepted onto a placement, there will be additional associated costs. As of April 2021, the Industry Placement fee is £1,700.

Information for international applicants

If you are an international student, and are accepted on to the industry placement pathway, you will need to extend your visa, and there will be additional processes and costs associated with this.

You can apply for your visa extension from the UK. You should do this three months before the placement is due to start, so that you have enough time for your visa to be processed.

For more details, visit our Immigration and Visa FAQ page – read the section on extending your visa.

The additional costs are outlined below and are correct as of April 2021:

  1. Visa application fee (standard service): £475*
  2. Visa biometrics enrolment fee: £19.20*
  3. Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) fee for 12 months: £470*
  4. Admin fee for Industry Placement - £1,700.

*These costs are for your visa extension only, if you have a partner/child you will need to also pay these costs for their visa extension.

Remember, during the industry placement, you may earn a salary from the employer.

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?

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Coursework

TEACHING

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

Assessment is typically written coursework and on-going tutor feedback.

For full-time students, some modules are assessed using presentations.

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Rising to the challenge of a changing world, our postgraduate courses are designed to shape the next generation of urbanists, scientists, engineers, consultants and industry leaders.

Driven by industry, and delivered by supportive programme teams, you can develop the knowledge and skills to take your career potential further.

FACILITIES

On campus, you will experience a modern learning environment, enriched with accessible lecture theatres and AV-equipped classrooms, computing suites and multimedia libraries featuring industry journals, databases and software. Online, you will experience Collaborate Ultra, our virtual learning environment, with real-time and on-demand materials. 

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 Project Management in Construction 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.

Location

There are few better places to study building surveying than the University of Salford. Located just over a mile from Manchester city centre, we're at the heart of the UK's largest architecture, engineering and construction market outside of London, with plenty of live case studies and a strong network of industry partners where you can grow your career.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

EMPLOYMENT

In the construction industry, project management has increasingly moved away from traditional approaches to be more integrated, fusing together the design and construction elements once viewed as separate management disciplines. For a graduate entering the construction management career field, you will need to be equipped to cope with high industry demands and expectations of a project manager.

By providing you with both technical knowledge, and crucial skills in stakeholder management, strategic planning, communications and problem-solving,  our MSc Project Management in Construction course is ideal preparation for roles working in the architecture, engineering and construction industries.  This course has an exceptionally high graduate employment rate, with alumni now working in the built environment, civil engineering, heavy engineering, offshore and petrochemical industries.

As a construction project manager, you can expect to find roles in a wide range of organisations, including construction companies, project management consultancies, and government departments.   

FURTHER STUDY

Globally, the urban built environment is becoming the predominant place for livelihoods. Many project management postgraduates choose research to further their knowledge of key construction and 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 both the local, national and international scales. 

A taste of what you could become

A project manager

A construction manager

A development lead

A project strategist

And more...

Career Links

  • The University enjoys excellent links with the local, national and international architecture, engineering and construction industries.  These networks provide context for your studies and inform curriculum development.
  • Industry guest lecturers from professional with expertise in relevant areas are embedded throughout the duration of the course. We also organise site visits with local construction companies - these give full-time students the opportunity to visualise what is learnt and apply it to a real-world context.
Requirements

What you need to know

APPLICANT PROFILE

This postgraduate course is recommended for graduates from a broad range of subject areas, including the arts, sciences, law or business, as a gateway to a future construction sector career. 

This course is also relevant for current architecture, engineering and construction professionals as preparation for future senior roles in industry.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

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

COURSE ACCREDITATION

The full masters award in Project Management in Construction is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Association for Project Management (APM).  Accreditation by the RICS allows exemption from their academic entry requirements.

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

You 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.

Additional cost for 'With Industry Placement' pathway

If you are accepted onto a placement, there will be additional associated costs. International students will also be required to apply for visa extensions.  The costs are outlined below and are correct as of April 2021:

  1. Visa application fee (standard service): £475*
  2. Visa biometrics enrolment fee: £19.20*
  3. Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) fee for 12 months: £470*
  4. Admin fee for Industry Placement - £1,700.

Remember, during the industry placement, you may earn a salary from the employer.

*These costs are for your visa extension only, if you have a partner/child you will also need to pay these costs for their visa extension.   

Find more information on our Immigration and Visa FAQ page – read the section on extending your visa.

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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