Construction Project Management

AIMS

This course aims to meet the growing need within the built environment sector for professionals with a thorough understanding of the management of the construction process from inception to completion. The focus on following the process through inception, feasibility and planning of projects differentiates this course from operational construction management. As a student you will experience a combination of structured learning with problem-based scenarios and research that will develop your capabilities for critical thinking, argument, creativity and encourage your innovation all of which are brought into the practical decision making processes encountered in built environment projects.

This course will enable you to appraise, analyse and evaluate the art and science of construction project management covering the areas of strategy, control, technical, commercial, legal, financial and organisational issues. You will reflect on and make cases for the integration of the technical (hard) and social (soft) management styles required within the context of strategic and operational construction projects.

This flexible course can enable qualification at post graduate certificate and diploma levels on successful completion of a requisite number of modules and credits. Individual modules may be used as part of Continuous Professional Development courses offered by the University and its partners.

EMPLOYABILITY

Students successfully completing this course will be well placed to pursue their membership aspirations with a number of professional bodies including the RICS, CIOB and APM. During the course they will have opportunities to gain training qualifications with external providers such as PRINCE2, foundation and practitioner level and CSCS certification.

Employment opportunities in construction project management may be found within both consultancy and contracting companies in the strategic and operational contexts of building and business projects in the areas of architecture, civil engineering, construction, services engineers, structural engineers, quantity surveyors, building surveyors, construction management teams.

The emphasis on the business planning, feasibility and planning stages expands the focus of the construction contract and opens up the possibilities for consultancy and operational management.

TYPICAL MODULES MAY INCLUDE:

• Advanced Project Planning and Control
• Construction Project Procurement and Contracts
• Strategic Construction Project and Programme Management
• Operational Construction Project Management
• Work Based Learning Project
• Contemporary Issues in Construction
• Research Methods
• Dissertation or Research Project

ENTRY

Normally, you should have a good honours degree or equivalent in a construction-related subject. Substantial professional experience can substitute for graduate status.

Course length: 
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Full-time/part-time: 
Both possible
Qualifications: 
MSc