Overview

BUILT FOR LIFE

Construction managers have the critical role of organising and planning complex construction projects, ensuring that safety standards and procedures are met. Construction managers are highly trained professionals who are involved in a wide spectrum of projects ranging from simple residential dwellings to complex infrastructure projects. This profession involves a suite of skills which are essential to transforming the client’s brief through the management of the construction process up to the readiness for operation of that project.

This is an industry-recognised qualification that provides you with the academic preparation you need for a career as a construction professional. It is a fully supported online programme with great flexibility to earn while you learn, giving you the ability to study anywhere in the world.

THIS PROGRAMME IS FOR YOU IF:

  1. You want to begin or enhance your career as a professional construction manager
  2. You want to study an accredited programme and gain professional membership
  3. You want to specialise in construction management

About your programme

The details

This programme will enable you to acquire skills and competencies which will enable you to face the challenges of a rapidly changing world. It also provides a platform to further enhance your professional and technical skills to enable you to move into a more senior position within construction management.

The MSc Construction Management programme is a fully supported online programme that offers great flexibility for you to earn while you learn and study wherever you are based in the world. Many of our students often already work in, or are associated with, the property and construction industries.

This programme is designed to align your skills to the educational requirements of the industry’s professional bodies. It provides a rigorous understanding of the principles and practice involved in construction management.

This conversion MSc Construction Management programme enables graduates from disciplines unrelated to construction and real estate to obtain an accredited degree covering the core technical disciplines of the construction management specialism and their role within the wider context of built environment professional disciplines.

  • This postgraduate degree programme comprises eight modules including a project
  • Our programmes are flexible and can be started in either autumn or spring
  • You may be able to get apprenticeship funding through your employer to study this programme
  • All modules are worth 20 credits, except the project module which is worth 40 credits
  • Accredited by globally renowned professional bodies RICS, CIOB, CABE and HKICM

The modules

You’ll study

How you’ll learn

Study methods

Studying online means taking control of when and where you study so you can study at your own pace, no matter where you are in the world. It means being able to balance your home and work life with your education so you can earn while you learn.

When you study at UCEM, you’ll be using our state-of-the-art Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), a specialised resource which provides you with everything you need to keep on top of your studies and succeed.

You’ll be guided through your learning with weekly study schedules and course guides, which you can adapt to suit your needs, pace and lifestyle. Studying online doesn’t mean studying alone as you’ll be fully supported by tutors and a community of students throughout your journey.

The online learning experience

Your learning experience with UCEM will be fully supported through a range of activities on our VLE. You’ll also have access to UCEM’s valuable and comprehensive e-Library service, providing you with a wealth of subject-specific materials to support you throughout your studies.

Your learning will be broken down into the following (on average):

Directed study time (30%)

Participating in webinars and online discussion forums

Watching videos and voice-over presentations

Undertaking exercises and quizzes linked to programme material

Self-directed study time (35%)

Reading text books and study papers to develop your subject knowledge

Assessment study time (35%)

Planning and writing coursework

Each 20-credit module equates to a total of 200 study hours broken down between directed online learning, self-directed learning and assessment.

The types of assessments used on this programme will include coursework (such as essays, reports, portfolios, reflections, problem or short questions or video presentations), computer-based assessments and computer-marked assessments (CMAs). The exact combinations of assessment will vary from module to module.

YOUR COMMITMENT

The expected time commitment for the standard route is around 15-20 hours per week (based upon studying two modules per six-month semester).

Support

How you’ll be supported during your studies

PROGRAMME LEADER

CHRISTINE GAUSDEN – RD FCIOB

While studying with UCEM, you’ll be fully supported on your programme by our friendly and informative academic and support teams who will be there to guide you from the moment you enrol until the day you graduate. They’ll assist you with your online learning experience, provide you with academic support and be there for you if you have any disability or wellbeing support needs.

Student engagement team

This team is your first point of contact as a student. They will support you in your studies and queries, ensuring you are put in touch with the right teams and services within UCEM.

Support tutors

This team will help you navigate the world of online learning and the VLE. Whether you need help with online learning or managing your workload, this team is here to support you all the way through your journey.

Academic support

Our academic staff are experts in their fields and are here to make your studies with UCEM stimulating and inspiring whilst offering vital support and guidance along the way.

Apprenticeship Outcomes Officers (AOO)*

This team will support you throughout your apprenticeship journey. They will provide you and your employer information, advice and guidance and monitor the progress made against the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the apprenticeship standard.

*Only applicable for apprentices.

Module team

Your module leader is assisted by a team of module tutors to provide support via discussion forums and webinars.

Disability and wellbeing team

This friendly team is here to listen and provide expert guidance, support and assistance at any time throughout your studies.

Christine is an experienced practitioner across several decades, with experience in project, construction and facilities management within the public and private sectors and she has been responsible for the delivery of a variety of modules and programmes.

She is a senior trustee of the CIOB, past chair of London and Dubai hubs, and chair and member of a mix of CIOB boards, committees and working groups, alongside being chair of the UKBIM Alliance, BIM4FM Community Hub and a member of the Communities Leadership Team.

Christine is an experienced CIOB mentor seeking to support members in the attainment of chartered membership and is also a regular STEM ambassador for HE, FE and educational providers, who has received recognition and awards as a university and industry role model.

She is a UCEM alumni, undertaking distance learning when studying for the RICS building surveying professional exams.

“I chose to study the MSc Construction Management programme as the areas covered within the programme are relevant to all aspects of construction management. I already feel more confident and knowledgeable in my current working role, and will have a solid foundation to progress professionally. The best thing about UCEM is the flexibility and support. Even though I live in Cornwall, I feel connected and involved in the UCEM student community.”

Bex Gibson, MSc Construction Management
Project Manager, LiveWest, Exeter. UK

Entry requirements

and access options

Don’t meet the entry requirements below?

If you do not the meet the entry requirements but would like to be considered for this programme, please get in touch with our friendly admissions team. Your application may still be considered or an alternative programme offered. We also offer a Postgraduate Access Programme which helps those who don’t currently meet the entry requirements to progress onto their chosen degree on completion.

Providing evidence

Evidence is required in the form of certificate or statements. You should send photocopies that have been verified by someone in a professional occupation.

Applications are assessed in accordance with the UCEM Code of Practice on Admissions and Recognition of Prior Learning.

Standard Entry

Academic requirement

A Bachelor’s degree with honours at lower second standard (2:2) or equivalent

English language requirement

All UCEM programmes are taught and assessed in English. In addition to the programme entry requirements listed above, all applicants will therefore be required to demonstrate adequate proficiency in the language before being admitted to a programme.

You should have:

  • GCSE Grade 4 (or C) or above in English Language or English Literature or an equivalent qualification
  • Grade 6.0 or above, with at least 6.0 in the reading and writing modules, in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic test administered by the British Council
  • 88 or above in the internet option, 230 or above in the computer-based option or 570 or above in the paper-based option of the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test
  • Grade 4 (or C) or above in English (Language or Literature) at A/S Level
  • HKDSE (Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education) Grade 3, or HKALE (Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination – Advanced Level & Advanced Supplementary Level) Grade E, or HKCEE (Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination) Grade 3-5* or Grade A-D (Syllabus B only).

* Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree that has been taught and examined in the English medium can be considered for entry in the absence of the qualifications detailed above.

Alternative entry

Academic requirement

A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent plus experience in a relevant field

Or

A level 5 qualification as defined by the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications for England, Wales and Northern Ireland (FHEQ) plus five years’ relevant experience

Or

A professional qualification plus five years’ relevant experience

English language requirement

All UCEM programmes are taught and assessed in English. In addition to the programme entry requirements listed above, all applicants will therefore be required to demonstrate adequate proficiency in the language before being admitted to a programme.

You should have:

  • GCSE Grade 4 (or C) or above in English Language or English Literature or an equivalent qualification
  • Grade 6.0 or above, with at least 6.0 in the reading and writing modules, in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic test administered by the British Council
  • 88 or above in the internet option, 230 or above in the computer-based option or 570 or above in the paper-based option of the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test
  • Grade C or above in English (Language or Literature) at A/S Level
  • A cognate sub-degree (Level 5) qualification taught and assessed in English from the University of Hong Kong or City University of Hong Kong

Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree that has been taught and examined in English can be considered for entry in the absence of the English language qualifications detailed above.

Fees and funding

Financial options

2021/22 academic year

£1,175 per module x 8 modules (usually students undertake 2 modules per semester).

Total programme fee £9,400

You can pay in a one-off transaction, per semester or per month. You can find out more on our payment options page.

You may be eligible for funding for your studies. This programme is designated for Student Finance, and students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland may apply for a Postgraduate Loan. Eligible students can apply for funding each academic year. The loan is then paid in three instalments throughout the academic year. It is also registered with the Skills Funding Agency for Professional and Career Development Loans. You can find out more on our student finance page.

Your programme fees are fixed for the duration of your studies. This means that the fee you pay per module will not increase from one year to the next, as long as you remain registered on the same programme. All learning resources required for successful completion of each module are provided as part of your fee. The core reading resources within each module and additional reference material and supplementary resources to support your studies will be provided via the specific VLE module pages and within the e-library.

Need a helping hand with your fees?

 
Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme

UCEM will fund up to 50% of the UCEM postgraduate programme fee for a limited number of new students who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability and financial need.

You can find out more and apply for the Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme on our financial support page.

UCEM Centenary Fund

The UCEM Centenary Fund is designed to enable new students who may not otherwise have access to, or be able to progress, a career in the built environment to embark on a programme of academic study with us.

You can find out more and apply for the Centenary Fund on our financial support page.

Your career

Unlock your potential

As a graduate with a construction management Master’s degree, you’ll be highly sought after by employers for your wide range of technical and managerial skills. Your career options will be incredibly diverse, and no two days will be the same.

YOUR CAREER AT A GLANCE:

  • Construction site management
  • Estimation
  • Site engineering
  • Contracts surveying
  • Planning
  • Local authority surveying
  • Maintenance management
  • SME building company ownership/management

This programme is designed to align your skills to the educational requirements of the industry’s professional bodies and allows entry to:

You can find out more about your potential with our careers service.

Student

98% of UCEM graduates are working in the property and construction industry 15 months after graduation

Graduate

This postgraduate programme offers a fantastic array of opportunities across the built environment and beyond

Ethical

You’ll also have UCEM career support for the three years after graduating so you can have confidence in taking the next steps in your exciting career

“Our MSc Construction Management programme prepares you for an exciting career in construction by developing the specialised knowledge and skills required to interpret project designs, and plan, manage and implement the construction cycle from inception to practical completion in a sustainable manner. Our graduates are highly recognised in industry and our programme qualifies you to gain accreditation of the widely recognised CIOB and RICS professional bodies.”

Christine Gausden
Programme Leader, MSc Construction Management

Application process

It’s time to apply

Autumn 2021

Apply by 2 August 2021 to start on 27 September 2021

Spring 2022

Apply by 31 January 2022 to start on 28 March 2022