MSc

Online Construction Project Management

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  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught / Professional
  • Study mode(s): Distance learning
  • Starting: Entry points in January, May and September
  • Course duration: 2.5 years - maximum 5 years

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100% online degree

The RICS-accredited Online Construction Project Management MSc from Nottingham Trent University puts project management principles into practice. This 100% online degree is tailored to fit around your lifestyle and career.

The course aims to provide you with a framework for understanding project management in the construction industry and, in particular, the role of the construction project manager and the associated needs of the client. Delivered entirely online, this course is designed to enable flexible study alongside full-time work.

Visit the dedicated distance learning page for more information.

Who is this course designed for?

This course is aimed at mid-career professionals or recent graduates, wishing to pursue a career as a construction project manager. It’s suitable for professionals already working in the broad construction industries, who aspire to senior management positions. Additionally, this course is suitable for undergraduate (honours) students in related subject areas, looking to progress to study a managerial and technical postgraduate programme.

Why study a Construction Project Management degree online?

  • Benefit from access to one of the UK’s leading built environment education providers, regardless of where you’re based. The distance learning delivery method enables flexible study, and there’s no requirement to come to the University for lectures or assessments. NTU is ranked 7th in the UK for Building, a jump of ten places since 2016 (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2018).
  • Balance work and personal commitments with your studies, studying at a pace that suits you.
  • Benefit from our team of expert academic staff who have established links to industry and significant experience of working in practice.
  • Become part of a close-knit online course community. Online discussion forums allow you to speak to other students studying on the course, to offer study support and to share your research. An NTU tutor is available online 5 days a week to support your learning.
  • The intuitive and minimalist online environment enables easy navigation of the course content, and a 24/7 technical helpline will ensure that you can always access the study materials and assessment questions, regardless of your location or the time day.
  • Explore the application of complex theories and hear how principles are applied to live construction projects by hearing from industry experts. In-depth interviews and case studies with senior figures from the construction industry play a significant role in the course content.
  • Access our full range of journals and e-books via NTU’s Library One Search system, the same online system that our full-time taught students use.

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What you'll study

Project management of construction projects requires an overview of the entire process, from inception to completion. This often involves a close working relationship between the project manager and the client.

The course will cover:

  • Managing project briefing, key design and development issues at a detailed level.
  • Learning essential skills to create appropriate procurement strategies.
  • Gaining a comprehensive understanding of the organisational structures required to achieve successful project outcomes, including legal and contractual constraints and people management skills.

Course structure

The MSc Construction Project Management course is formed of thirteen modules, which follow a logical sequence, dealing with a particular aspect of project management for construction. You can step off the course after completing any of the modules, and join again when another module commences. Most of the modules are ten credits and will be studied over eight weeks.

The full Masters award requires 180 credit points, equating to 1,800 hours of study, sub-divided into the modules.

Course overview

Module titleCredit points
Contemporary Construction Themes10 credits
Procurement10 credits
Contract10 credits
Legal Rights and Responsibilities10 credits
Collaborative Working10 credits
Construction Health and Safety10 credits
Lean Project Production10 credits
Design Appreciation and Planning10 credits
Cost Studies10 credits
Managing Organisations and People 10 credits
Corporate Strategy and Finance 10 credits
Managing Construction Projects 10 credits
Postgraduate Research Skills and Dissertation 60 credits
  • Module content

    Contemporary Construction Themes

    • This module will help develop your existing knowledge and understanding of the construction industry.
    • Current developments within the sector will be studied along with their effect on the industry. This will include development and review of employability aspects of the construction sector.

    Procurement

    • In this module you will explore business case appraisal and examine the key components of the procurement path that projects take from identification of a need through to team formation.
    • You will explore ways to clarify stakeholder value and establish the key objectives embodied in the project in the business case and project execution plan. Constraints that can impact on the project will be considered to allow informed decisions to be made.
    • Successful project management requires a proactive approach to risk management; as such the module will introduce the key elements of a structured approach. In addition, approaches to procuring the design and construction of a project, including the selection of the project team, will be explored.

    Contract

    • Construction-related contracts are used widely in the industry and play an increasingly important role in your everyday working practice. You will develop your appreciation of key contract rights and responsibilities, including key cases and rules.
    • You will develop your existing knowledge so that you are able to undertake contract practice duties and give reasoned professional advice on matters relating to construction contracts.
    • Additionally, you will develop a critical awareness of current issues and development in the subject skills of analysing case law and applying it appropriately to arguments surrounding the use of contracts.

    Legal Rights and Responsibilities

    • The main aim of this module is to provide you with a framework for a critical understanding of legal processes and legal decision making.
    • This will provide you with a basis for a critical appreciation of essential legal rights and responsibilities applied to construction professionals. The module will also provide a basis for understanding dispute resolution.

    Collaborative Working

    • The module aims to develop your understanding and critical evaluation of the way parties to a project can work more effectively through collaboration, including the use of modern technology.
    • You will develop your understanding of how common goals can be achieved to create a single vision for a project team and its client in order to create effective and efficient working.
    • The module aims to improve your understanding of the advantages of using synchronous and asynchronous communication systems, particularly when there is virtual team-working in an international arena.

    Construction Health and Safety

    • This module introduces you to the importance of health and safety during planning and execution of construction projects.
    • The module has an overall aim of introducing you to the need for proactive health and safety management within the built environment. It provides a breadth of underpinning knowledge to enable construction professionals to discharge their duties by identifying hazards and advising on in risk management processes.

    Lean Project Production

    • Lean project production is a philosophy-based approach that requires a new way of thinking and a new culture in design and construction of buildings and infrastructure. With its roots in manufacturing, the current exemplar of lean is Toyota, whose Production and Product Development Systems are held up as models of lean practice.
    • Understanding and translating these lean practices into other organisations even in the manufacturing sector, continues to prove challenging, due to the need for a deep philosophical and cultural adjustment.
    • This module will introduce you to the concept of lean thinking and how it applies to construction and design in a national and international context. Using project simulations and real-life examples we will introduce you to the new thinking and the key underlying principles.
    • The module will include likely benefits of transforming projects and organisations in accordance with the lean process. This will also include the sustainability aspect embedded in lean thinking.

    Design Appreciation and Planning

    • This module aims to develop your appreciation of how project design is developed and the roles of the contributors to design realisation. You will also develop an appreciation of the influences of regulation on design and an understanding of how project design can affect project value, project cost and time to completion.
    • You will also develop knowledge of sustainable design and modern methods of construction (MMC). This module will also introduce you to planning regulations and land acquisition.

    Cost Studies

    • This module aims to develop your appreciation of how to estimate and cost a project or building at different stages. You will also develop an appreciation of the factors that will influence project value, project cost and time to completion.
    • You will also develop knowledge of whole life cost, life cycle costing and cost forecasting.

    Managing Organisations and People

    The module introduces you to the organisational and management environments in which the construction industry operates and the people within it.

    Its aims are to develop your ability to:

    • discuss the historical bases from which management theory has developed and discuss how historical perspective has influenced contemporary thought
    • critically evaluate contemporary and emergent management theory and practice
    • critically evaluate current and evolving human resource management philosophy
    • investigate human resource issues at management and operative levels within corporate and project arenas, both nationally and internationally
    • acquire human resource skills within multi-discipline intra-group and inter-group working across a range of both national and international cultures.

    Corporate Strategy and Finance

    • Provide an enhanced understanding of the complex economic and financial environments within which construction organisations operate
    • Develop your understanding of the strategic requirements and capabilities required to plan and manage a business in complex environments
    • Develop necessary skills and strengths to enable you to analyse construction company accounts financially, such as to diagnose specific financial problem areas within such companies and to prescribe satisfactory financially-based solutions for them
    • Provide you with frameworks that can be used to assess and compare practical aids to decision making in business

    Managing Construction Projects

    The module introduces you to project environments in which the construction industry operates. Its aims are to enable you to:

    • critically evaluate a range of potential project environments and the consequences of operating within those environments
    • develop competencies in the application of management to both the overall process of project management and to specific stages within that process, including knowledge and understanding of health, safety, welfare and environmental issues in the construction process
    • acquire skill in project definition, planning, implementation and completion.

    Postgraduate Research Skills and Dissertation

    • Effective postgraduate study skills and the ability to carry out research are vital attributes for success in these courses and will assist you in your future work and further study. This module aims to introduce you to the methods and methodology used in built environment research, and the theory behind different research methods and practical aspects of their implementation.
    • You will be required to define a research project which needs to be agreed with your supervisor. The research project will examine the connections between theories and principles, business or industrial practice and research in the context of your chosen course. You will own and manage a significant independent academic inquiry. Teaching will guide you through the nature of academic postgraduate work and include specific exercises to develop your knowledge of methodology.
    • You will undertake a literature review appropriate to the selected topic and develop/apply a relevant methodology and research design. The results of your research will be described, analysed, evaluated and discussed with reference to the literature review. You will be asked to draw conclusions and make recommendations for both professional practice and further research. You will report your progress in this through a portfolio of essays and reports.
    • In addition to the portfolio/dissertation you will also present your research in the form of an academic paper suitable for publication in a relevant refereed journal. You will be required to make a contribution to knowledge and to demonstrate rigorous application of research processes to your selected topic.

Our course is accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), recognising the quality and relevance of our course content.

How you’re taught

How will I learn?

  • The course is delivered through an online tool, which you will be given access to at enrolment. The interface is modern and intuitive, allowing you to browse course content, track your progress and submit assessments.
  • Benefit from a varied learning experience, with a full reading list, videos and narrated presentations.
  • You'll have access to a wealth of material from industry experts; video lectures are delivered by NTU academics and key speakers including Government advisers, senior lawyers, and practising project managers, exposing you to a range of theory and argument.
  • Become part of our vibrant online community; meet your course mates, discuss the course content and ask any questions you have via our MSc Construction Project Management online forum.
  • Reflect on your development, building a skills portfolio and CV using the employability tool in-built in the online learning system.

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'The course is very well designed and the modules are very appealing to someone in the construction or infrastructure industry, someone in a project management role. This course gives you a 360° knowledge in all aspects of Construction Project Management. '
Orlando Catinari (Italy), Online MSc Construction Project Management

Careers and employability

The construction industry is thriving and this is generating an increasing demand for project managers at a national and international level to spearhead all types of building projects, from landmark skyscrapers, to sustainable housing and commercial developments.

Where do MSc Construction Project Management graduates from NTU work?

Our MSc Construction Project Management online course offers excellent opportunities for both career development and access to construction project management jobs. Recent NTU graduates from courses such as MSc Construction Management and MSc Project Management (Construction) have pursued careers with major international construction firms such as JLL (Switzerland), Turner & Townsend, National Grid, VINCI Construction, Balfour Beatty, Clegg, and Deloitte. Positions included Construction Project Manager, Cost Manager, Site Manager and Senior Project Manager.

Furthermore, NTU is highly regarded across the construction industry for the quality of its students and has a long history of successful student placement.

Learn more about how you can build your career with NTU.

Benefit from NTU's reputation as an expert provider of construction-related courses.

Entry requirements

Applying with prior qualifications

  • 2:2 honours degree, in a construction industry-related subject; or,
  • Corporate membership of an appropriate construction industry-related professional body which has been approved for this purpose by the University, preferably alongside industry experience at managerial level; or,
  • An alternative approved construction industry-related professional qualification, together with appropriate industrial experience at managerial level in the construction industry.

Applying with non-standard entry qualifications/experience

  • Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and/or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. Assessment of your experience will confirm that you have achieved the necessary skills in the course of your general experience.
  • You will probably be employed on significant infrastructure and/or building works, either as a direct employee of local or national government, or in the private sector. You will likely have experience of developing and coordinating significant infrastructure and building projects.

Visit the dedicated online MSc Construction Project Management website for more information.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions team or call +44 (0)800 032 1180.

Applying with prior qualifications

  • 2:2 honours degree, in a construction industry-related subject; or,
  • Corporate membership of an appropriate construction industry-related professional body which has been approved for this purpose by the University, preferably alongside industry experience at managerial level; or,
  • An alternative approved construction industry-related professional qualification, together with appropriate industrial experience at managerial level in the construction industry.
  • If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Applying with non-standard entry qualifications/experience

  • Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and/or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. Assessment of your experience will confirm that you have achieved the necessary skills in the course of your general experience.
  • You will probably be employed on significant infrastructure and/or building works, either as a direct employee of local or national government, or in the private sector. You will likely have experience of developing and coordinating significant infrastructure and building projects.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

  • For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.
  • If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

Visit the dedicated online MSc Construction Project Management website for more information.

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

How to apply

To apply for this course, please email admissions@online.ntu.ac.uk, or call +44 (0)800 032 1180 to speak to our distance learning Admissions Team.  More information about how to apply can be found on our distance learning site.

Advice for non-standard applicants

We welcome applications from applicants without prior qualifications. However, in this instance, you must have proven experience in the construction industry, which demonstrates appropriate knowledge and skills at honours degree (undergraduate) standard.

If you are applying without prior qualifications, you will need to submit comprehensive details of your achievements with evidence to substantiate your claim. This type of application will be considered with respect to the University’s provision for ‘accreditation for prior experiential learning’. Decisions regarding the accreditation of prior learning are a matter of academic judgement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Getting in touch

If you need more help or support, you can call our Admissions Team on +44 (0)800 032 1180, or email admissions@online.ntu.ac.uk.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

To apply for this course, please email admissions@online.ntu.ac.uk, or call +44 (0)800 032 1180 to speak to our distance learning Admissions Team.  More information about how to apply can be found on our distance learning site.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Getting in touch

If you need more help or support, you can call our Admissions Team on +44 (0)800 032 1180, or email admissions@online.ntu.ac.uk.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

To apply for this course, please email admissions@online.ntu.ac.uk, or call +44 (0)800 032 1180 to speak to our distance learning Admissions Team.

Fees and funding

Please note that these fees are for 2018 entry and are to be used for reference only. The amounts stated below will increase each year in line with inflation. 2019-entry fees will be released in early 2019.

Fees for 2018 entry

Home (UK/EU students) and International students: £11,000.

Fees are for the 2017-18 academic year intake and will not increase, provided studied are completed within three years of enrolment. Prices are for the entirety of the course, and can be paid in modular instalments. For further information about course fees, visit our distance learning site.

Funding your studies

There are numerous sources of funding available for postgraduate students, both from external sources such as the Government and funding bodies, and from the University.

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Please take a look at our postgraduate funding page for information about sourcing grants, bursaries and scholarships, and much more.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service by calling +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Please note that these fees are for 2018 entry and are to be used for reference only. The amounts stated below will increase each year in line with inflation. 2019-entry fees will be released in early 2019.

Fees for 2018 entry

Home (UK/EU students) and International students: £11,000.

Fees are for the 2017-18 academic year intake and will not increase, provided studied are completed within three years of enrolment. Prices are for the entirety of the course, and can be paid in modular instalments. For further information about course fees, visit our distance learning site.

Funding your studies

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service by calling +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Still need help?

Admissions team
+44 (0)800 032 1180