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.
We’re the number one London modern university for overall score in Building (Complete University Guide 2021).
We offer different course options, depending on your circumstances:
Cognate version: If you hold an undergraduate degree in a Surveying subject or corporate membership of a professional body concerned with property or construction, you should apply for the ‘Surveying graduates’ route as you will study fewer modules; your previous study will be taken into account.
Non-Cognate version: If you do not hold an undergraduate degree in a Surveying subject, you should apply for our ‘Conversion’ course. Three supplementary modules at the beginning of the course bring you up to speed in relation to Project Management, Construction, and Institutional & Legal Context for Construction before you embark on the masters level modules. These supplementary modules are a distinguishing feature of the course and are highly valued by students and their employers. There is a higher fee for this course because you will be studying more credits.
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.
You should normally have one of the following qualifications:
2:1 degree or above 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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)
Corporate and Project Finance
Procurement and Management of Construction
Management of People and Information
Modular structure (part-time mode Year 1)
Corporate and Project Finance
Procurement and Management of Construction
Management of People and Information
Modular structure (part-time mode Year 2)
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
Free employability workshop and events for student all year round, more details can be found on our event section.
Online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
LSBU Careers Hub offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and support, guidance on future careers, as well as loads of career resources, connecting you with employers, exciting events, 1-1 support and relevant workshops.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
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.
The PgDip Construction Project Management is fully accredited by the Association for Project Management, the MSc is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building, and the MSc is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (this will allow entry to RICS Project Management Faculty through the Assessment of Professional competence).
The Association for Project Management is committed to developing and promoting project and programme management through its five dimensions framework – breadth, depth, achievement, commitment and accountability for career development. It's currently applying for Royal Charter.
The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) focuses on those entering and already in a management career in construction. It delivers qualifications and certifications that meet the needs of a changing industry.
London South Bank University has a long history of educating professionals for the building-related industries. With roots in London Council School of Building (1904), Brixton School of Building (1940) we have been offering training for this sector for over 100 years.
Today we are expert at attracting property and construction students from the UK and around the world. Much of this is down to the highly successful links we have with major real estate consultancies, property companies, contractors, cost consultants and developers to ensure our courses are highly relevant for the current market.
Today, according to the Guardian PG subject tables 2013 we are the largest School of Building and Town Planning in the UK (combining full-time and part-time modes of study) and our building graduates have the best employment prospects in London (Complete University Guide 2014).
Our current students and alumni hold key positions in their organisation, often as senior managers and business owners.