Postgraduate MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Project Management in Construction

School of Science, Engineering and Environment




Distance Learning


One year

Two year

Next enrolment

January 2021


In a nutshell

Successful and effective project managers recognises the significance of processes, technology and people to the success of construction projects. By studying project management in construction at a postgraduate level, you'll learn to effectively lead projects and implement strategies, in preparation for future senior roles in the construction industry.

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 the client’s expectations and satisfaction. Course content is designed for individuals and corporations managing change in a fast-moving business and project environment.

Throughout the programme, emphasis is placed on integration in projects and leadership in performance improvement. You will also learn to recognise the significance of processes, technology and people to the success of projects in the design, property and construction industries.

The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Association for Project Management (APM), so you'll be educated to the highest industry and professional standards.

You will:
  • Learn how to plan and manage construction projects and project information
  • Learn how to critically evaluate current construction processes and practice, and propose alternative improvements
  • Learn how to analyse corporate problems, and design and implement strategies for change
  • Learn how to lead and work effectively in project teams, and communicate effectively

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...


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


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


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

Course details

All about the course

Project Management in Construction emphasises the need for integration in projects and leadership in performance improvement. The course is designed to help you develop your understanding of project and process management, and recognise how process, technology and people are integral to project success.

The postgraduate degree course comprises eight carefully-designed modules and one research-based 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 the dissertation online, with tutor support.
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.


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)


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 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 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 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.

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What about after uni?


Learning 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. Salford has an exceptionally high graduate employment rate for Project Management in Construction, with our graduates employed in the built environment, civil engineering, heavy engineering, offshore and petrochemical industries.


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 site manager

And more...

Career Links

The full master's 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.


What you need to know


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 professionals as preparation for future senior roles in the construction industry.


International applicants must 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

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 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
Full-time home 2021/22 £8,640per year
Full-time international 2021/22 £15030per 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