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Construction Management MSc 2017/18 entry

Course code:

ECT109

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2018
May 2018

Fees:
Faculty:

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Overview

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Builders (CIOB), this industry-focused course is designed to have a wide appeal – for architects, engineers, surveyors, construction managers, facilities managers, legal practitioners or any construction professional seeking a management career in the industry. It is possible to become a Chartered Construction Manager on completion.

Coventry is home to the Coventry University Enterprise Simulation Centre, including the use of virtual reality simulation training for construction students. This course has been developed in conjunction with employers, such as Venetici Ltd, MottMacold,.who sit on the School’s Industry Advisory Board. It can be studied part-time if you are already working in construction.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditation & Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and offers an accredited route for holders of appropriate first degrees which are not construction-related to gain chartered status with the CIOB.

What our alumni say

“The generous commitment, dedication and encouragement of the staff have truly broadened my knowledge in the field and will benefit me for the long run in my construction career.  With their support and guidance, my colleagues and I gained invaluable tools to help us achieve our goals and enable us to make significant change. Without this dedication and encouragement, I would not be able to aim high and reach my potential.”

Khalid Aljabi, MSc Construction Management, graduated with a distinction in 2016

Course information

Developed in partnership with industry, this course aims to help you to progress your career in construction management and improve your skills in project delivery, leadership, decision making, strategic thinking and communication.

By studying theory/management practices and examining real-life case studies like the Millennium Dome and the Channel Tunnel, we cover how to manage complex construction projects from the initial planning stages, analysing corporate problems and presenting appropriate solutions, to implementation and completion, managing project teams, procurement, finance, risk, health and safety.

Our aim is to support the development of high-level knowledge, wide-ranging understanding and professional skills in both the theoretical and practical aspects of strategic management in the construction industry. We will study the economics behind construction, examining the regulatory and legal framework within which the industry operates, as well as health and safety in the construction workplace. You will also cover the corporate management processes used within the construction industry, such as procurement systems and standard forms of construction contracts. 

The course examines how the built and natural environments interact, ever conscious of the need for sustainable construction, together with the environmental principles and legislation applied to the construction industry. You will engage in topical discussions about a wide range of issues, from sustainability demands in construction to environmental and economic considerations in shaping construction trends. 

As part of your degree, you will undertake an independent research project in construction, which can be based on a topic of your choice. 

Modules

Overview

This course includes the Global Professional Development module. Each of the participating postgraduate courses have an individually tailored version of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Global Professional Development module.

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • Project and System Management 
    • Financial Management and  Control
    • Building Information Modelling and Management 
    • Global Professional Development - Consultancy
  • Semester 2

    • Research Project
    • Integrated Project (Construction)
  • Semester 3

    • Organisational Theory and Behaviour 
    • Contemporary Issues and Research Methodology    
    • Contract Management Practice and Law 

In more detail...

  • Taught by staff with professional experience, having worked for companies such as Severn Trent Water and GM Associates.
  • Regular guest speakers which in the past has included project managers from the construction industry we invited guest speakers on those module such as M04BE project system management, M84CAB Building information modelling and management some examples about Birmingham new street train station, London stadium and Birmingham library

Experience and develop advanced construction management skills and software tools, such as BIM technologies and Lean-Six Sigma Processes.

Your main study themes are: 

  • Project and system management: Develops ability to apply a range of different techniques to the management of projects in the construction industry, together with a critical understanding of the project process, including the ability to apply this to construction scenarios. The elements that make up this knowledge base include: scope, time, cost, quality, risk and soft system methodology.

  • Financial management and control: You will learn to apply accounting and financial principles and to use financial information to analyse problems and assess business performance in construction firms from a financial viewpoint, developing your ability to apply financial methods for decision-making, asset management and control within organisations.

  • Building Information Modelling and Management (BIMM): Develops the skills and ability to assess and improve project delivery through Building Information Modelling and Management (BIMM) combined with lean thinking. You will learn to appreciate the complexity of working in interdisciplinary teams and managing collaborative design and production, developing new skills which will enhance your ability to plan and execute the design, construction and operation of a building through the entire project life cycle, producing more efficient, buildable and ultimately sustainable projects. We will also consider the wider benefits of BIM, assessing the affects and consequences that BIM can have on the sustainability of projects, the design of a procurement strategy and how BIM can be used to help improve the energy performance of new and existing buildings. 

  • Contract management practice and law: You will learn how to select, use and interpret standard forms of contracts within the construction industry. You will gain a broad understanding of the legal framework within which construction firms and projects are managed, together with procurement methods, tendering procedures and contractual relationships among project participants. We will study the main standard forms of contract available and the associated contract provisions, with particular emphasis on JCT and NEC, Framework contracts and other bespoke form of contracts in use in the construction industry. You will develop critical awareness of the client and project factors that influence the choice of an appropriate procurement strategy within the changing procurement environment. The aim is to identify risks associated with contract management and procurement selection and to identify solutions. 

The course can be studied on a one-year full-time basis or over two years part-time. Each module consists of an intensive week of tuition, followed by twice-weekly seminars, an independent study and completion of assessments. 

Part-time participants study alternate modules requiring, in total, seven weeks of formal class attendance over a period of two academic years. Following the one-week intensive block of tuition, part-time participants will have a period of at least five weeks for study and assessment.  

This is followed by an Integrated Project and an individual Research Project. The integrated project provides you with the opportunity to put into practice knowledge and skills gained in previous and concurrent modules of study and, where appropriate, in the workplace, utilising these to carry out a comprehensive analysis of construction management problems. Full-time participants undertake the project over a 12-week period and for part-time participants it is work-based. The project will require group work integrating the technical, economic, socio-political and interpersonal aspects of the project process. 

Almost all of the staff who teach on the course are research active and use their research to inform teaching, for example, the course leader has previously shared papers prepared for journals and professional conferences.  A number of staff come directly from industry and continue to engage in consultancy work, as Chartered members of either the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) or the Chartered Institute of Builders (CIOB). 

Assessment includes examinations, written tests, computer modelling work, your thesis and coursework, consisting of analysis and evaluation of a number of laboratory exercises, case study assignments and projects. 
An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:•

  • Formal examinations: 30%
  • Coursework  55%
  • Practical work: 10%
  • Dissertation/project: 5%

On the successful completion of 180 level Masters credits, awards may be made with a ‘Distinction’ or ‘Merit’, based on the achievement of an average mark of at least 70% or 60% respectively. Students may be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) if they achieve 120 credits and a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) if they achieve 60 credits. Students may only progress to the final stage of Masters programmes after meeting the requirements for award of a Postgraduate Diploma.

55% assessed by coursework

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of: systems theory to the management of projects in the construction industry;  the regulatory and legal framework; procurement systems and standard forms of construction contracts; safety and health in the construction workplace; environmental principles and legislation; corporate management processes; accounting and financial principles and use of financial information related to performance in construction; principles of consultancy and the theories and practices found in leadership.
  • Analyse, interpret and present Information from construction case studies, including appropriate use of information technology, such as the internet and Blackboard.
  • Analyse and solve construction management problems of an advanced technical and managerial nature, with sound judgement.
  • Apply project management principles to construction projects.
  • Develop appropriate procurement systems for a range of construction scenarios, such as the procurement and supply management.
  • Accept professional and ethical responsibility and demonstrate problem-solving and enterprise skills, as well as teamwork and leadership.

Each module will typically involve around 150 hours of study, of which 35 hours take place within lectures and 40 hours are taught through guided study, such as

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1 hours each week
  • Medium group teaching: 1 hours of seminars or workshops
  • Large group teaching: 1 hours of lectures each week

In addition. You will be expected to undertake around 75 hours of self-guided study, for example, working on course assignments.

Construction is a global industry with the demand for building professionals overseas set to rise dramatically. The United Nations has identified nine countries, which will account for half the world’s population growth between now and 2050: India, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania, the US, Indonesia and Uganda. 

As well as having two members of staff engaged in teaching in Oman and in Dubai, who will share their own international experiences of construction practices and education within these countries, the content of the course continuously refers to the international context in which construction takes place, not least through relevant real-life case studies. This gives an international perspective to your studies and future career as a construction manager. Where possible, we also try to organise international fieldtrips so that you can experience the construction industry in another country. In the past, for example, we have undertaken an international field trip to Malta where students visited a number of project sites, some of them under construction, including both residential and commercial projects. During the site visits, they took site measurements, made various cost calculations and presented their work, drawing comparisons between Malta and the UK. 

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,264

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


What our alumni say

“The generous commitment, dedication and encouragement of the staff have truly broadened my knowledge in the field and will benefit me for the long run in my construction career.  With their support and guidance, my colleagues and I gained invaluable tools to help us achieve our goals and enable us to make significant change. Without this dedication and encouragement, I would not be able to aim high and reach my potential.”

Khalid Aljabi, MSc Construction Management, graduated with a distinction in 2016

Entry Requirements

To enter the course you should have an honours degree in any relevant area related to construction or built environment, or equivalent.

To enter the course you should have an honours degree in any relevant area related to construction or built environment, or equivalent.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.5. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

To enter the course you should have an honours degree in any relevant area related to construction or built environment, or equivalent.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.5. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

What our alumni say

“The generous commitment, dedication and encouragement of the staff have truly broadened my knowledge in the field and will benefit me for the long run in my construction career.  With their support and guidance, my colleagues and I gained invaluable tools to help us achieve our goals and enable us to make significant change. Without this dedication and encouragement, I would not be able to aim high and reach my potential.”

Khalid Aljabi, MSc Construction Management, graduated with a distinction in 2016

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£7,374 (per year)


May 2018

£7,374 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£7,374 (per year)


May 2018

£7,374 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£14,311 (per year)


May 2018

£14,311 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

What our alumni say

“The generous commitment, dedication and encouragement of the staff have truly broadened my knowledge in the field and will benefit me for the long run in my construction career.  With their support and guidance, my colleagues and I gained invaluable tools to help us achieve our goals and enable us to make significant change. Without this dedication and encouragement, I would not be able to aim high and reach my potential.”

Khalid Aljabi, MSc Construction Management, graduated with a distinction in 2016

Career prospects

This course aims to help prepare you for careers in managing companies and human resources, motivation and leadership, as well as strategic planning. It is designed help you progress to senior management roles within the construction industry.

The course aims to keep you up-to-date with current events and the latest, leading-edge industry innovations through opportunities to visit ‘live’ projects and hear from those managing them. These visits are a great way to interact with potential employers, as well as reflect on and connect past learning to real-life practice, with recent trips to, for example, Birmingham New Street train station. 

Continuing professional development (CPD) is now an essential requirement for chartered status, so you will be encouraged to reflect on your personal development planning, particularly following the assessment of your project, developing an action plan to build on your own strengths and mitigate weaknesses.

The Course Director and other members of the course team are available to play an active role in advising you of your career options; we use our course pages on Moodle to advertise employment opportunities. As a postgraduate student, you can also receive support from our award-winning Faculty careers service, EC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Many of our graduates have gone on to work in project management, construction management, architectural and engineering design management and construction site management. Recent roles have included a programme manager at Warwickshire City Council.

What our alumni say

“The generous commitment, dedication and encouragement of the staff have truly broadened my knowledge in the field and will benefit me for the long run in my construction career.  With their support and guidance, my colleagues and I gained invaluable tools to help us achieve our goals and enable us to make significant change. Without this dedication and encouragement, I would not be able to aim high and reach my potential.”

Khalid Aljabi, MSc Construction Management, graduated with a distinction in 2016
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By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.