MSc

Project Management (Construction)

MSc Project Management (Construction)
  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught / Professional
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2020
  • Course duration: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

Project managing construction projects requires an overview of the entire process, from inception to completion. This course aims to provide you with a framework for understanding project management in the construction industry and, in particular, the role of the project manager and the associated needs of the client.

Who is this course designed for?

This course is aimed at professionals or graduates, wishing to pursue a career as a project manager in the construction industry. 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 this course?

  • Professional accreditation | Our course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), recognising the quality and relevance of the course content and representing an important step towards becoming a Chartered Surveyor.
  • NTU is renowned | We’re in the Top 10 in the UK for Building and Town and Country Planning (Guardian University Guide 2020).
  • Workshops and facilities | Benefit from our industry-standard facilities, right in the heart of Nottingham's city centre.
  • Trips and projects | Study trips to live sites in the UK and abroad are included in your course fees, designed to help develop your understanding of theory in practice. Recent study trip destinations have included visits to the Netherlands and Poland.
  • Flexible study options | Our study routes support part-time learners, who wish to balance employment with further study.

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Haji Zariful, MSc Project Management (Construction)
Haji tells us about his experience studying at Nottingham Trent University, and how he plans to use his postgraduate degree to progress in the construction industry.

What you'll study

You will increase your knowledge and understanding of the systems and processes necessary to achieve successful project outcomes, including legal and contractual constraints, and people management skills. You will cover project briefing, explore design and development issues, and develop the skills to create appropriate procurement strategies.

Course structure

The course is formed of six core modules, three of which are shared with other construction management courses. This provides the opportunity for multi-disciplinary group work, which aims to extend your knowledge and peer network. You’ll also be able to choose between a further two optional modules, offering the opportunity to pursue research or to undertake a work placement in industry.

Your seven taught modules will total 180 credit points. The modules’ credit points are weighted based on the total time you can expect to spend studying the module content, both in terms of contact hours and non-contact hours.

Course overview

Module titleCredit pointsCore or optional

Law for Construction

15 creditsCore

Construction Business and Enterprise

30 creditsCore

Collaborative Working

15 creditsCore

Project Initiation

15 creditsCore

Lean Construction

15 creditsCore

Professional Practice and Procedure for Project Management

30 creditsCore

Postgraduate Research Project

60 creditsOptional 

Industrial or Professional Internship

60 creditsOptional
  • Core module content

    Law for Construction

    15 credit points
    Total contact hours: 26
    Total non-contact hours: 124

    • This module will provide you with a framework for understanding legal processes and legal decision making in relation to the construction industry. This will provide you with a basis for understanding some key legal rights and responsibilities, and inform dispute resolution.
    • The module content includes: an introduction to the English legal systems and process, key elements of contract law pertinent to the role of the construction manager, a review of key torts, a review of health and safety law, and methods of dispute resolution, including courts, arbitration, adjudication, mediation and conciliation. You will also look at corporate social responsibility from a legal perspective, including Corporate Manslaughter legislation.
    • This module will be delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars, and be assessed via coursework and an examination.

    Construction Business and Enterprise

    30 credit points
    Total contact hours: 52
    Total non-contact hours: 248

    • This module aims to introduce you to the construction industry as a business and enterprise, and will include an international study tour. You will study three main areas: economics and finance, organisations and human resources management and marketing.
    • You will develop a critical understanding of the complex economic and financial environments that construction organisations operate within, developing the necessary skills to analyse construction company accounts. The module will also introduce you to contemporary and emerging management theories and practices. You’ll appraise social, cultural, political and organisational differences, to identify how companies operate globally.
    • You will also evaluate current and evolving human resource management issues, and develop the skills to critically review the marketing of construction organisations.
    • This module will be delivered via a flexible programme of lectures, workshops, seminar groups and tutorials, and be assessed via coursework, a portfolio and an exam.

    Collaborative Working

    15 credit points
    Total contact hours: 26
    Total non-contact hours: 123

    • The aim of this module is to explore the business case and technological concepts for using collaborative working, and its associated information and communication technologies used on construction projects, supported by case studies from industry.
    • Module content will include demonstrations and on-the-job learning of collaborative working environments, with the key aim of the module to understand and utilise the benefits provided by collaborative working, on your projects.
    • You will study the history and background to collaborative working, and assess standards and collaborative procedures. You will also be exposed to a variety of collaborative working technologies, and look at the business implication of collaborative working, including risk analysis.
    • This module will be delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars, and be assessed via coursework.

    Project Initiation

    15 credit points
    Total contact hours: 26
    Total non-contact hours: 124

    • This module examines the development of a construction project, from the point when a client identifies a need, through the development of the business case. Client value propositions are reviewed for different client types, and methods of establishing key objectives are considered. Approaches to establishing estimated costs and project duration are evaluated, both for initial capital cost, and for lifetime costs in use.
    • The module aims to develop your understanding of the role of the project manager at project initiation, and to develop your understanding of aspects of the business case for a project. You’ll develop your ability to analyse the value propositions for different clients, and to understand how project value can be established, as well as assisting your construction clients in the identification and prioritisation of key project objectives.
    • You’ll extend your knowledge and understanding of the methods of estimating construction costs and project duration, and understand their relative reliability, and develop the ability to assess project viability and achievability.
    • This module is delivered via a flexible programme of lectures, workshops, seminar groups and tutorials, and assessd via a portfolio.

    Lean Construction

    15 credit points
    Total contact hours: 26
    Total non-contact hours: 124

    • 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.
    • Using project simulations and real-life examples you’ll will be introduced to the new thinking and the key underlying principles of lean project production. The module will include likely benefits of transforming projects and organisations in accordance with the lean process.
    • This module will be delivered through a flexible programme of lectures, workshops, seminar groups, tutorials, simulations, games and case studies, and will be assessed via a portfolio and an exam.

    Professional Practice and Procedure for Project Management

    30 credit points
    Total contact hours: 78
    Total non-contact hours: 222

    • This module introduces you to project environments in which project management operates within the construction industry. The module will be based around studying a live construction project, working in teams to solve a series of problems relating to project management in the construction project life-cycle.
    • Depending on the nature of the project selected, your teams may also be cross-disciplinary, including members from the MSc Construction Management, MSc Quantity Surveying and MSc International Construction Management courses, with whom you may share some common lectures and workshops.
    • The module may also allow some personalisation of your studies, as you may be able to pursue topics or themes of your own interest and choosing within the assessment, pertinent to the project management for construction discipline.
    • This module will be delivered via a flexible programme of lectures, workshops, seminar groups and tutorials, and assessed via project work, including a submission, a portfolio and a presentation.
  • Optional module content

    You will choose to study either:

    Postgraduate Research Project

    60 credit points
    Total contact hours: 30
    Total non-contact hours: 570

    • This module will introduce you to the methodology used in build environment research, the theory behind different research methods, and practical aspects of their implementation.
    • You will be required to define a research project, in agreement with your supervisor, examining the connections between theory and principle, business or industrial practice, and research in the context of your chosen course.
    • You will own and manage a significant independent academic inquiry that will be reported in the form of a postgraduate research project, poster presentation and journal paper in the publisher’s format of an appropriate peer-reviewed academic journal. You’ll be guided through the nature of academic postgraduate work, which will include specific exercises to develop your knowledge of research methodology.
    • This module will be delivered via lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials, and assessed via a written submission. You’ll be supported throughout by regular meetings with your project supervisor to receive feedback.

    Or:

    Industrial or Professional Internship

    60 credit points
    Total contact hours: 16
    Total non-contact hours: 584
    Made up of internship (minimum 150 hours) and independent research (434 hours)

    • By choosing this option you will need to successfully secure an internship*, and complete a period of programme relevant work experience (minimum 150 hours).
    • As part of this you will be required to complete an associated research-based enquiry examining connections between theories, principles and practice, business, commercial, industrial, and professional practice and research, in the context of your course and field of internship.
    • Your Practice Research Enquiry will be reported in the form of a professional report. It is expected that this report will be underpinned by rigorous and critical examination of literature within the field. This enquiry may be based around a topic that has been pre-identified and possibly partly pre-constructed in your internship environment, and framed around an issue of organisational relevance to the internship provider.
    • Key relevant data may be readily available from or through the internship and the outcome of the study may well have direct relevance to the internship provider (although this is not a requirement). It is important to note that this study will require a focused critical literature review, and critical consideration of methodological choices, options and approaches. You will be required to specify the nature of your research enquiry at a formative stage of the investigation through the submission of a Practice Research Enquiry Proposal.
    • The report will also include a personal development plan. Assessment will be via written reports and assessments, including your Practice Research Report, your internship log and diary, and a critical reflective commentary and evaluation.

    *You will receive support in sourcing a placement through our Employability team, however it is your responsibility to source and secure your internship opportunity with a relevant company. Availability of internships is not guaranteed. If an internship cannot be secured, then you will be required to complete the Postgraduate Research Project module instead.

    It is the responsibility of non-UK students to investigate the restrictions of their student visa when seeking internship opportunities and/or employment in the UK. Visit the UKCISA website for the most up-to-date visa information.

Course specification

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Our course is accredited by two professional bodies, recognising the quality and relevance of our course content

How you’re taught

How will I learn?

  • A wide range of teaching and learning methods are used to deliver the course content. In most modules, you’ll take part in intensive sessions of key point lectures, supported by study guides and other literature.
  • Many modules include presentations by external industry specialists, to provide a real life perspective on the module content.
  • You'll experience visits to live construction projects and/or industry-related exhibitions to engage and network with professionals in the industry.
  • Non-contact hours include direct out-of-classroom reading and activities, and independent learning and reading is deemed necessary to achieve the learning outcomes for the course.

Trips and study visits

Study trips to live sites in the UK and abroad are included in your course fees, designed to help develop your understanding of theory in practice. Recent study trip destinations have included visits to the Netherlands and Poland to explore international construction markets.

During the students' recent trip to Warsaw, they met and networked with representatives from Arcadis and Turner and Townsend, amongst others.

MSc Construction Management and MSc Quantity Surveying students from Nottingham Trent University visiting Arcadis in Poland

Postgraduate construction management group during a visit to Arcadis in Warsaw

Studying part-time

The full-time route is usually studied for one year. The part-time route typically takes two to five years to complete, depending on your work/study balance and commitments. The part-time route is suitable for students in full-time employment.

Assessment methods

  • You'll be assessed via written assignments, projects, reports, presentations, learning portfolios and exams.
  • Assessment methods vary from module to module, however written assignments and case studies form a significant part of the assessment process.
  • Assignments are investigative in nature, enabling you to develop principles, analyse, critically appraise and evaluate relevant issues, demonstrating your creativity and sustainable thinking.

Benefit from UK and international study trips, the cost of which is included in your course fees

Careers and employability

Our MSc Project Management (Construction) course has an outstanding reputation for producing employable graduates. This course provides you with an accredited route towards the professional qualifications of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES).

The RICS accreditation enables successful graduates entry to the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) of the RICS. The APC is the on-the-job training scheme that graduates need to complete to qualify as a chartered surveyor. Find out more about how to complete your APC and become RICS qualified.

Where do MSc Project Management (Construction) graduates from NTU work?

The skills and knowledge gained on this course opens up opportunities for application to senior management positions. Previous graduates have expanded on existing roles to incorporate project management in a wider range of activities, and are successfully pursuing careers at senior management level on a variety of prestigious projects around the world.

Recent graduate destinations have included National Grid, Balfour Beatty, Douglas Smith Construction Consultancy Ltd, Tower Surveys Ltd, VINCI Construction Ltd., EC Harris and many more.

Several graduates have decided to continue their academic study and have progressed to PhD research programmes.

Internships

If you elect to complete the optional Internship module as part of the course, it is your responsibility to source and secure your internship opportunity with a relevant company. You will receive support through our Employability team, however availability of internships is not guaranteed.

It is the responsibility of non-UK students to investigate the restrictions of their student visa when seeking internship opportunities and/or employment in the UK. Visit the UKCISA website for the most up-to-date visa information.

Our Employability team

Our expert Employability team will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice. You can benefit from this service at any time during your studies, and for up to three years after completing your course. .

Throughout the year, our Employability team runs a series of events specifically for students studying in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment. This includes the Property, Design and Construction Fair, where employers advertise graduate positions to our students.

NTU Property, Design and Construction Fair

Entry requirements

Applying with prior qualifications

  • 2:2 honours degree in a construction-related subject such as construction management, civil engineering or property management, 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.
  • If you are applying for the part-time mode, you would typically have a minimum of three years’ experience at the appropriate level, and have the support of your employer who will wish to integrate study and projects into your day-to-day work.
  • 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.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions team or call +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Applying with prior qualifications

  • 2:2 honours degree in a construction-related subject such as construction management, civil engineering or property management 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.
  • If you are applying for the part-time mode, you would typically have a minimum of three years’ experience at the appropriate level, and have the support of your employer who will wish to integrate study and projects into your day-to-day work.
  • 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

If you need any more help or information, please contact our International team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can speak to one of our official NTU representatives for your country.

How to apply

Applications to this course can be made through our NTU Applicant Portal.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our postgraduate pages.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

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 (any documentation can be uploaded to the My Documents section of the Applicant Portal). 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)115 848 4200, or email applications@ntu.ac.uk.

Good luck with your application!

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

Applications to this course can be made through our NTU Applicant Portal.

Apply for your course as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

  • For a step by step guide on making an application to the University please visit our how to apply page.
  • For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page.
  • For advice on how to write a good personal statement please visit our personal statement page.

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 any more help or information, please contact our International team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can speak to one of our official NTU representatives for your country.

Good luck with your application!

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

Fees and funding

Fees for 2019 entry

Fees for 2020 are yet to be confirmed. The fees for 2019 entry should be used as a guidance only.

Study routeHome (UK/EU students)
Full-time (1 year)£8,000 per year
Part-time (cost per year of study)£4,000 per year

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.

There are two main costs involved with postgraduate study: the cost of your tuition fees which is paid directly to the University, and living expenses such as accommodation, travel and food.

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.

Fees for 2019 entry

Fees for 2020 are yet to be confirmed. The fees for 2019 entry should be used as a guidance only.

Study routeInternational
Full-time (1 year)£14,500 per year
Part-time (cost per year of study)£7,250 per year

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?

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