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Construction Project Management MSc

Overview

This accredited postgraduate course is for those wishing to further their careers in client organisations or consultancy. It gives aspiring professionals the opportunity to network with other ambitious and successful people within the construction and development industries.

You'll focus on both practical and theoretical aspects of management in organisational and project-based contexts. Management subjects are supplemented by advanced financial appraisal techniques and finance, law is specifically related to construction and development.

This course meets all Continuing Professional Development requirements and provides evidence for upgrading professional institution membership. The afternoon/evening study mode is suitable for even the busiest of construction professionals and is an excellent opportunity to network with other ambitious professionals and their organisations.

Excellent scholarship opportunity

Students who have accepted an offer for a place on this course are encouraged to apply for LSBU's Stuart A Johnson scholarship. Find out more about the Stuart A Johnson scholarship.

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
1 year + dissertation
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time
Duration
2 years + dissertation
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Case studies

  • Linda Chard, alumna , MSc Construction Project Management

    Linda Chard, alumna , MSc Construction Project Management

    From an interest to expertise: Linda Chard tells us about the experience of both undergrad and postgrad study at LSBU

  • Building Information Modelling (BIM) Centre

    Building Information Modelling (BIM) Centre

    LSBU is helping transform the construction industry through its Building Information Modelling (BIM) Centre. The BIM Centre acts as a hub for innovation, professional training and networking amongst practice experts in the built environmental sector. These facilities are used by students and for short courses.

Modules

Core module descriptions

  • Procurement and management of construction
    This module focuses on developing an awareness of the issues which need to be considered when deciding how to procure and manage construction projects.
  • Corporate and project finance
    The module is concerned with the financial management of firms related to the construction industries and the appraisal of investment in these firms and in construction projects. It deals with financial structure, stock market appraisal, accounting conventions and appraisal, project evaluation applied to capital investment and development opportunities, and management of project cash flow and risks.
  • Construction law
    This module examines the various types of construction contracts, including families of standard construction contracts, and the common law, legislation and administrative procedures that govern them. It provides a working knowledge and understanding of construction contract legal problems, and related applicable law, such as non-contractual liabilities. It examines when a dispute arises in legal terms, and how dispute resolution methods may be employed to resolve problems and disputes.
  • Management of people and information
    This module examines the concepts of managing people and information for strategic project management, and to provide the skills to diagnose, analyse, and apply appropriate people and information strategies for effective project management.
  • Project evaluation
    This module focuses on the range of techniques used by construction professionals to appraise and manage cost and value in construction projects.
  • Dissertation
    The module provides the opportunity for students to undertake an independent piece of research, investigating in depth a subject, in which they have a particular interest and of their own selection. Each student will submit a dissertation of between 15,000- 20,000 words. The module includes teaching of research methods.

Options module descriptions

Please be aware that option selection is subject to availability.

  • Advanced measurement and documentation
  • Behavioural finance
    The module develops a comprehensive understanding of the decision-making process in any real estate decision and it transition mechanism to market prices.
  • Building control
    The module focuses upon the control and enforcement of the Building Regulations and associated legislation, along with supporting technical documents and alternative solutions, to meet specific regulative requirements as they apply to various building schemes.
  • Building Information Modelling and Collaborative Working
    A module to provide a general understanding of the role that BIM can play throughout the design, construction and operation of building assets. It looks to identify and develop the necessary managerial, technical and interpersonal skills required to deliver better value through a collaborative BIM approach.
  • Health and safety management in construction
    This module focuses on the management of safety on site – a process that can be applied to a wide range of work settings and project types.
  • History of architecture and construction
    This module examines the inter-relationship between building design and production as it occurred throughout historical time. Particular attention will be paid to those periods in history when major transformations occurred in architectural style and the building process. Other historical themes will also be pursued.
  • International real estate and construction
    This module introduces students to the international context of real estate markets, construction industry and project development. It specifically focuses on the activity of international real estate investors and large construction companies. The module also provides students a comparative perspective on real estate markets and construction process.
  • Legal resolution of property and construction disputes
    This module focuses on the range of dispute resolution techniques used by construction and property professionals to resolve and manage disputes in the construction and property industries.

Structure of qualification

Modular structure (full-time mode)
Semester 1 Semester 2
Corporate and Project Finance
Procurement and Management of Construction Management of People and Information
Construction Law Option Module
Project Evaluation Dissertation
Modular structure (part-time mode Year 1)
Semester 1 Semester 2
Corporate and Project Finance
Procurement and Management of Construction Management of People and Information
Modular structure (part-time mode Year 2)
Semester 1 Semester 2
Construction Law Option Module
Project Evaluation Dissertation

Employability

Employment prospects are excellent. Successful students enter a variety of roles in client organisations, professional practices, local authorities, housing associations and major contracting companies.

On the course you'll develop of a number of transferable skills in oral and written communications, analytic thinking and research skills, as well as advanced IT.

The department has recently set up a Building Information Modelling (BIM) Centre to provide a research and enterprise facility linking the University with industry. It is designed to foster knowledge creation and exchange in BIM by connecting staff and students with practitioners in an increasingly interdisciplinary world.

LSBU Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
  • Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
  • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
  • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
    It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
  • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
  • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university

Find out about any of these services by visiting our student employability page

Placements

Construction project

Our construction project managers look at financing a project, procuring construction work, financial management and the entire construction process. 

Their work will take into account current construction technologies, energy efficiency solutions and environmental and sustainability issues. The project is very detailed and is carried out across site visits, analysing on-going construction projects and an appraisal of eco-technologies. These factors can be influenced by a construction's location so our field trips can take our students both overseas to expanding countries like Dubai or round the corner to building developments happening on our own campus. 

Market report and case study analysis

Students on our MSc Construction Project Management course can choose to study International Real Estate and Construction as an optional module. For this complex module students need to go on a study visit to an international city which has an emerging real estate and construction market. 

Past students have gone abroad to take in either Dubai in the United Arab Emirates or Shanghai in the People's Republic of China. The field trip includes visits to real estate companies and construction firms, site visits and meetings with various professionals. From these briefings, students need to produce a country report that includes a detailed strategy including how they could break through in the real estate or construction market in these overseas destinations.

Staff

Kate Ellis

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Construction, Property and Surveying
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Kate Ellis teaches Construction Law and Property Law to construction and property professionals.


Dr Guowei Gu

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Construction, Property and Surveying
Job title: Course Director - MSc/PgDip Property Development and Planning

Guowei began his academic career when he joined LSBU in 2006, after working in the professional real estate industry for 15 years.


Margaret Hollins

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Urban, Environment and Leisure Studies
Job title: Associate Professor

Margaret's areas of interest include sustainable development and climate change, human rights and international environmental law.


Darren James

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Construction, Property and Surveying
Job title: Senior Lecturer in Construction Technology

Darren's specialisms include construction, surveying, environmental issues in construction and surveying, and educational paths into the built environment sector.


Steve Pittard

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Construction, Property and Surveying
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Steve is an active member of the RICS, chairs the QS and Construction IT Business Group, and is a member of the QS & Construction Professional Group Board, as well as the more recently formed BIM Steering Group.


Facilities

Teaching and learning

Entry requirements

You should normally have one of the following qualifications:

  • A good Honours degree in a discipline relevant to the Built Environment, for example Estate Management, Quantity or Building Surveying, Building, Architecture, Town Planning, Housing or related discipline; or
  • Corporate membership of a professional body concerned with property or construction, for example, RICS, CIOB, RIBA, RTPI, CIOH, or other relevant body of equal standing; or
  • A qualification regarded as equivalent to the above; or
  • A good Honours degree in a non-construction subject and some experience in the construction and development fields. 

Applicants should normally have at least two years relevant experience since their initial academic or professional qualification. All students at entry to the course are expected to have competencies in building construction and the legal backgrounds necessary for professional practice in the UK. Evidence of professional study covering this field or of professional experience will be sought at the practice in the UK. Evidence of prior academic or professional study covering this field or of professional experience will be sought at the time of interview. Where deficiencies of knowledge exist, the successful completion of an agreed programme of directed study will be a condition of entry onto the course. 

Part-time applicants 

Part-time students normally will be currently employed in a surveying or construction related office. Applicants must normally be able to show that their employers support their application and that attendance on a regular basis will be possible over the duration of the course. Students who experience temporary unemployment during the duration of their studies will be permitted to continue with the course.

Interviews 

Candidates who meet the entry requirements will not necessarily be called for interview. However, all applicants will be given the opportunity to discuss the programme of study with the Course Director prior to commencement. 

Overseas applicants 

Applicants are expected to have competency in spoken and written English. Oral presentations are an integral part of the course. Written English should be at the British Council/Cambridge IELTS Level 6.5 or above.

APEL

An applicant who is offered a place on the Course may seek credit for recent prior academic qualification or professional experience. The applicant should expect to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Course Director and Module coordinator substantial relevant knowledge and skills at least equivalent to Level 7 as appropriate to those modules for which credit is being sought. Applications should be made before the commencement of the semester in which the particular modules are being offered.

How to apply

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
1 year + dissertation
Start date
September
Application code
1225
Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
2 years + dissertation
Start date
September
Application code
1226
Application method

Full-time/part-time postgraduate students and research students apply through the UK Postgraduate and Statistical Service (UKPASS). Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

Postgraduate applicants are required to provide up to two references as part of their application.

Accommodation

Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as a postgraduate student.

Postgraduate Application Service

Book a session with one of our specialist Postgraduate Advisors. Over a one on one Advice Session they'll advise you on postgraduate degrees at LSBU that match your interests and experience. Book an Advice Session.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursary Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £8700International fee: £13125
AOS/LSBU code: 1225Session code: 1FS00
The fee shown is for 2017/18 and is given as a guide. The fee for 2018/19 will be published shortly. Please visit again soon for the updated fee.
UK/EU fee: £2766.67International fee: £4166.67
AOS/LSBU code: 1226Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £8300
International £12500

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

Possible fee changes

Current regulatory proposals suggest that institutions will be permitted to increase fee levels in line with inflation up to a specified fee cap. Specifically, LSBU may be permitted to increase its fees for new and existing Home and EU students from 2017/18 onwards. The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4 per cent.

Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study

If you are starting a postgraduate course, studying for a Masters-level qualification either full- or part-time from 1 August, you may be entitled to apply for a £10,280 postgraduate study loan. Find out more at our postgraduate fees and funding section.

Postgraduate Advice Service

You are invited to book a one-to-one appointment with one of our Postgraduate Advisors. They offer a 30 minute face-to-face session where you can get tailored advice on fees and funding. Book a 1-2-1 Advice Session.

Scholarships

We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct Tuition Fee discounts.

Overview of scholarships and fee discounts for postgraduate students. Key scholarships and discounts below.

Vice-Chancellor Scholarships

Students holding an offer of a place on a postgraduate course will be invited to apply for a Vice-Chancellor Scholarships.

LSBU Graduate Loyalty Scheme

This scheme gives eligible undergraduate students and alumni a discount of their taught postgraduate tuition fees when they enrol on one of our postgraduate taught courses starting this year. Read more about the Graduate Loyalty Scheme.

International students

As well as being potentially eligible for our undergraduate scholarships, International students can also benefit from a range of specialist scholarships. Find out more about International scholarships.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Stuart Johnson scholarship

We are able to offer a subject scholarship from the generous donations of alumnus Stuart Johnson. Read more about the Stuart Johnson scholarship.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

  • Linda Chard, alumna , MSc Construction Project Management

    Linda Chard, alumna , MSc Construction Project Management

    From an interest to expertise: Linda Chard tells us about the experience of both undergrad and postgrad study at LSBU

  • Building Information Modelling (BIM) Centre

    Building Information Modelling (BIM) Centre

    LSBU is helping transform the construction industry through its Building Information Modelling (BIM) Centre. The BIM Centre acts as a hub for innovation, professional training and networking amongst practice experts in the built environmental sector. These facilities are used by students and for short courses.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read How to apply tab for this course.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

 
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