Start dates:

28 September 2020 or 29 March 2021

Duration:

2 years

Fees & funding:

£10,400 Click here for more information on Fees & funding

Next MBA degree starts 28 September. Apply by 17 August 2020

MBA Construction and Real Estate

Programme overview

Industry-recognised MBA that focuses on business and management principles within the international construction and real estate sectors

Our industry-recognised specialist MBA provides a rigorous understanding of key property and construction subjects alongside core management disciplines such as finance, organisational leadership, strategic change management and marketing.

In an ever-changing and competitive environment, the UCEM MBA programme is designed for ambitious and experienced real estate and construction professionals seeking an accelerated route to senior management.

Accredited by globally-renowned professional bodies RICS, CIOB, CABE* and CMI, this leading specialist MBA offers professional body membership and a fast-track route to Chartered Manager status. The programme also leads to MRICS (Chartered Surveyor) status on passing the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).

It combines the theoretical and real-world knowledge of our industry experts with practical applied learning and attracts built environment professionals from across the globe, offering virtual networking and exchanges of experiences in different international contexts.

Our industry-leading specialist MBA is a fully supported online programme offering great flexibility for you to earn while you learn and study wherever you are based in the world.

Are you aware you can get apprenticeship funding through your employer for this programme?

This programme is also registered with the Hong Kong Non-local Courses Registry (NCR registration number 252666). It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this programme may lead.

*Requires study of the following construction electives: CON7CMC Management of Construction and QSP7SPT Procurement and Tendering

Why study this programme?

The programme is suitable for ambitious and experienced construction and real estate professionals in the public and private sectors. This stimulating, challenging and specialist MBA programme is suitable for current and aspiring senior managers who want to improve their leadership skills through strategic management and reach more senior positions. The flexible and life-changing programme increases the career options of its graduates, particularly in international markets.

“Our online MBA Construction and Real Estate programme combines quality and international excellence with the flexibility to enhance your ability to successfully perform within various business environments. The programmes will help you sharpen your existing skills and acquire new knowledge and fresh perspectives into your professional goals. You can manage your studies around other personal and professional commitments, with support from our student services’ teams and our body of experienced academic tutors and practitioners”

Marios Konstantinidis

Programme Leader MBA Construction and Real Estate

Why study with UCEM?

  • UCEM is the leading provider of supported online education for the Built Environment
  • Our programmes are recognised and accredited by professional bodies – including RICS, CIOB, CABE, ICES and HKICM – enabling students to progress to professional membership and gain Chartered status
  • You will be supported every step of the way by our Tutors, who are experienced practitioners in their respective fields, and our Matrix-accredited professional support staff
  • Designed for busy working professionals, supported online education offers the flexibility to fit your studies around your work enabling you to fast-track your career and directly apply your learning to your work
  • UCEM programmes offer a range of modules that allow you to choose a specialism to support your career path
  • Our supported online education model provides access to all your learning materials wherever you are in the world. If your work requires you to change location or travel, you can take us with you

“The programme equipped me to progress from a professional quantity surveyor into a business entrepreneur. I fully utilised the knowledge I gained from the UCEM MBA in my start-up company from setting up business strategies and team-building to marketing, accounting and financial control.”

Annie Chu, MBA Construction and Real Estate

Co-Founder, QnS Consultancy Limited, Hong Kong

Programme outline

The modules included in this programme and the structure which they follow is available below.

Yr Semester Autumn (UK) entry Spring (UK) entry
1 1 Leading and Managing People

Strategic Management of Change

Principles of Marketing

Management of Finance and Science

2 Principles of Marketing

Management of Finance and Science

Leading and Managing People

Strategic Management of Change

2 1 Planning and Development

Postgraduate Project

Planning and Development

Postgraduate Project

2

Postgraduate Project (continued)

Postgraduate Project (continued)

All modules are worth 20 credits, except the project module which is worth 40 credits.

Students can choose to start in either the spring or autumn semester.

Should you require further information about programme content please view the programme specification, which sets out aims, intended learning outcomes and assessment methods.

UCEM has the right to revise and amend the programme in order to:

  • Comply with external professional, accrediting or other regulatory body requirements
  • Implement changes for the benefit of students as a consequence of evidence from programme monitoring
  • Ensure the curriculum is current and relevant to intended learning outcomes and/or standards of any relevant professional, accrediting and/or regulatory bodies and/or requirements of employers
  • Implement feedback and other recommendations from External Examiners

All changes to the programme will be implemented in consultation with relevant students and other stakeholders, setting out the reasons for the proposed amendment(s), and compliance with the requirements of the UCEM Code of Practice on Programme Monitoring, Amendment, Review and Discontinuation. Should such an eventuality occur during the admissions and registration process, applicants will be informed immediately of any change and the alternative arrangements that have been put in place. Existing students will be informed of when the changes will be effective from, which will usually be the next academic year (commencing the 1st September).

Career and study progression

This programme enables aspiring and current leaders within the built environment to acquire management skills and competencies which will enable them to face the challenges of a rapidly changing world. The programme also provides a platform for students to further enhance their professional and technical skills in an area of the sector that will further improve their knowledge base.

There are a broad range of careers that UCEM students undertake whilst/after completing this programme which include; construction programme management,International marketing, business management, property development and management, international procurement and tendering, property management, real estate investment management and strategic, innovation and management of Change.

“Our online MBA Construction and Real Estate programme combines quality and international excellence with the flexibility to enhance your ability to successfully perform within various business environments. The programmes will help you sharpen your existing skills and acquire new knowledge and fresh perspectives into your professional goals. You can manage your studies around other personal and professional commitments, with support from our student services’ teams and our body of experienced academic tutors and practitioners”

Marios Konstantinidis

Programme Leader MBA Construction and Real Estate

Why study with UCEM?

  • UCEM is the leading provider of supported online education for the Built Environment
  • Our programmes are recognised and accredited by professional bodies – including RICS, CIOB, CABE, ICES and HKICM – enabling students to progress to professional membership and gain Chartered status
  • You will be supported every step of the way by our Tutors, who are experienced practitioners in their respective fields, and our Matrix-accredited professional support staff
  • Designed for busy working professionals, supported online education offers the flexibility to fit your studies around your work enabling you to fast-track your career and directly apply your learning to your work
  • UCEM programmes offer a range of modules that allow you to choose a specialism to support your career path
  • Our supported online education model provides access to all your learning materials wherever you are in the world. If your work requires you to change location or travel, you can take us with you

Entry requirements

You should have

 

  • A Bachelor’s Degree with honours at lower second standard (2:2) and three years’ experience

Or

  • A Bachelor’s Degree, plus experience in a relevant field

Or

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

Or

  • A professional qualification plus 5 years’ relevant experience, two of which should be at appropriate senior management level.

Applicants who do not meet the requirements stated above, but who wish to be considered for this programme should refer to the UCEM Code of Practice: Admissions and Recognition of Prior Learning for the policy on non-standard admission.

English Language Requirements

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 the English medium can be considered for entry in the absence of the English language qualifications detailed above.

Evidence is required in the form of certificate or statements. You should send photocopies that have been verified by someone in a professional occupation. Please do not send original documents. Click this link for more information on how to verify your documents.

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

Testimonials

Annie Chu

“The programme equipped me to progress from a professional quantity surveyor into a business entrepreneur. I fully utilised the knowledge I gained from the UCEM MBA in my start-up company from setting up business strategies and team-building to marketing, accounting and financial control.

I obtained useful knowledge and extended my network to other countries as well. Since graduating, I have set up a company. It seems to me that the UCEM MBA programme was tailor-made for me to acquire all the necessary skills and knowledge for overcoming the difficulties encountered during the start-up process.

My studies provided the perfect opportunity for me to rehearse my company start-up before actually doing it.”

Annie Chu 
MBA Construction and Real Estate 
Co-Founder 
QnS Consultancy Limited, Hong Kong

Key information

Application and start datesaccordion-arrow

Autumn 2020 (2020/21 academic year):
Apply by 17 August to start 28 September 2020

Spring 2021 (2020/21 academic year):
Apply by 15 February to start 29 March 2021

 

Fees & Fundingaccordion-arrow

2020/21 academic year:
£1,150 per module x 7 plus the Postgraduate Project @ £2,350
Total programme fee £10,400

This programme is designated for Student Finance and students in England and Wales may apply for a Postgraduate Loan. Eligible students can apply for funding for up to £5,611 each academic year. The loan is then paid in three instalments throughout the academic year.

This programme is now registered with the Skills Funding Agency for Professional and Career Development Loans.
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Find out more about our payment options here

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. Different fees may be applicable if you decided to transfer to a different 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 will be provided via the specific VLE module pages and within the e-Library. Additional reference material and supplementary resources to support your studies are available through the UCEM e-Library. It is a matter of individual choice whether you wish to buy your own hard copies of textbooks independently.

If you do not pass a module at the first attempt, you will normally be offered a resubmission free of charge. If you fail the resubmission, you will normally be required to pay the full module fee when you retake the module. If you suspend or defer a module you will be able to return to study that module at the next available opportunity free of charge (except for any project module where you will be charged 50% of the module fee). If you do not return to study the module at the next available opportunity, the full module fee will be charged when you do return.

Accreditationaccordion-arrow

This programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE)*.

Students who successfully complete the programme will also achieve a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 7 qualification in Strategic Management and Leadership, subject to confirmation by the student that they wish to be registered for this award and subject to an associated CMI audit of their assessments. The CMI qualification will provide students with the opportunity to achieve membership of the leading professional body for managers and enhanced access to Chartered Manager status.

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*Construction pathway only

Route & durationaccordion-arrow

  • Duration: 2 years
  • Time commitment: 15-20 hours of study a week for 42 weeks per annum

Expected workload and contact hoursaccordion-arrow

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

Each 20-credit module equates to a total of 200 study hours broken down between directed online learning, self-directed learning and assessment. The breakdown between these three types of activity may vary between modules but on average is as follows:

Directed online learning (50%)

Self-directed reading (17%)

Assessment (33%)

Directed online learning is the term used to describe a range of learning activities which you access via the UCEM Virtual Learning Environment, as this is more appropriate for an online learning programme than the term “contact hours”. As a guide it includes, for example, participating in web classes and online discussion forums, watching video material and voice-over PowerPoint presentations and undertaking exercises and quizzes linked to programme materials. Self-directed learning includes reading textbooks and study papers to develop your knowledge of the subject matter. Assessment includes all activity related to the summative assessment of the module including planning and writing coursework.

How the programme will be assessedaccordion-arrow

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.

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