MSc Construction Management

Programme overview

Construction Managers are highly trained professionals who are involved in a wide spectrum of projects ranging from simple residential dwellings to complex infrastructure projects. Construction Management 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. Our MSc Construction Management is designed to develop these requisite skills for the smooth administration of the project through its lifecycle. It is a fully supported online programme that offers great flexibility for you to earn while you learn and study where ever you are based in the world.

This is one of a suite of MSc conversion programmes that enable graduates from disciplines unrelated to Real Estate and Construction to obtain a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) / Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) / Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) accredited degree, giving access to professional membership.

If you would like to find out more about this programme, sign up for our postgraduate webinar on 28 November 2018 here or sign up to our open morning in Bristol on 10 November here. See our full list of open events here.

Why study this programme?

  • Develop technical and leadership skills in the development and delivery of innovative international construction projects
  • Explore the financial, legal and management solutions to complex construction problems at both strategic and operational levels
  • Obtain a professionally recognised and accredited degree with progression to membership of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE)
  • Achieve your ambitions for a Master’s Degree with a leading provider of Construction Management education that allows you to work and study internationally through a fully supported online programme

 

MSc Construction Management

Programme outline

The modules included in this programme, the assessment method for each module and the structure which they follow is available below, according to your start date.

Module information and structure for your start date:

Please note that from autumn 2020, UCEM will be making changes to its semester structure and module delivery as part of an ongoing commitment to provide an excellent student experience. If you enrol prior to autumn 2020, you will experience these changes as we move to a new structure and delivery model. You can find more information about the Transform Project here.

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

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
  • implementfeedback 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)

MSc Construction Management

Career & study progression

This programme enables students to acquire 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 to enable them to move into a more senior position within construction management.

There are a broad range of careers that UCEM students undertake whilst/after completing this programme which include; construction site manager, estimator, site engineer, contracts surveyor, buyer, planner, local authority surveyor, maintenance manager and SME building company owner/manager.

This programme will provide a route for both non-cognate and semi-cognate graduates, into careers associated to membership of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

MSc Construction Management

Entry requirements:

Entrants to this programme are normally* required to have attained one of the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree with honours at lower second standard (2:2), or equivalent
  • A bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, plus experience in a relevant field
  • 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
  • A professional qualification plus five years’ relevant experience

And one of the following:

  • Grade C or above in English (Language or Literature) at GCSE or its equivalent
  • Grade 6.0 or above, with at least 6.5 in the reading and writing modules, in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test administered by the British Council in the academic test
  • 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 Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Grade C or above in Use of English at A/S Level

Note: 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.

*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.

MSc Construction Management

Testimonials

“UCEM offered a flexible learning approach I could fit in with my full-time job and came highly recommended by colleagues.

Supported online learning works very well for me. All webinars and learning materials can be accessed at any time so I am able to fit my studies around my life. I use the VLE daily and find it a very useful tool for discussion and clarification. The module and programme discussion forums are a good substitute for face-to-face support and the Tutors have always been quick to respond to any queries.

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.

Having been out of education for almost 10 years, the thought of writing essays initially terrified me. However, I was given support and encouragement by the Tutors and Module Leaders, and it made me feel a lot more comfortable submitting that first assignment!

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 Officer
FX Plus, Cornwall, UK

Award:

MSc Construction Management

Duration:

2 years

Fees:

£8,800

This programme is delivered by supported online learning and can be studied in any location.

MSc Construction Management

Key information

Application and start datesaccordion-arrow

2019:

Apply by 4 February 2019 to start 4 March 2019

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2018/19 academic year:
£1,100 per module x 8 modules (usually students undertake 2 modules per semester).
Total programme fee £8,800

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 £5,304.50 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.
Find out more here >

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.

You may be required to pay an additional retake fee if you are unable to pass a module at the first attempt, and are then offered a further attempt. The retake fee is 50% of the full module fee in each case.

UCEM provides examination centres all over the world in addition to the UK. You should expect to incur travel costs to attend your nearest examination centre, for those modules which contain examinations.

All learning resources required for successful completion of each module are provided as part of your fee. The core texts within each module will be provided via an e-book platform, hard copy books will only be supplied if the core text is not available as an e-book. Additional 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.

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).

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Route & durationaccordion-arrow

  • Duration: 2 years
  • Time commitment: 15-20 hours of study a week for 42 weeks per annum
  • You will study two modules per six-month semester

Changes from Autumn 2020: Transform Projectaccordion-arrow

From autumn 2020, UCEM will be making changes to its semester structure and module delivery as part of an ongoing commitment to provide an excellent student experience. If you enrol prior to autumn 2020, you will experience these changes as we move to a new structure and delivery model. You can find more information about the Transform Project here.

The changes you can expect to see will include:

  • A simpler, more focused semester structure, where modules will be studied one at a time, in 9-week blocks
  • More down-time from study
  • A shift away from traditional methods of examination, towards online assessment in line with industry practice
  • Visibility of assessment results prior to starting the next module, and the availability of in-year re-sits
  • Improvements to how our modules are designed using the latest online learning approaches
  • Single start and re-registration dates across all our programmes, and automatic re-enrolment for continuing students

Exactly how you will be affected by the changes will depend on where you are in your studies by autumn 2020. As you progress through your programme, we will provide you with more information about how the changes will work for you and your particular situation, and how you will be supported during the transition to the new semester structure.

Expected workload and contact hoursaccordion-arrow

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 such as planning and writing coursework, revising for examinations and taking the exams themselves.

How the programme will be assessedaccordion-arrow

Assessment consists of a mix of homework and examinations. The module information sheet provides details of the assessment method for each module.