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Construction Project and Cost Management MSc 2018/19 entry

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Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

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January 2019
May 2019


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Accredited by both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), this practice-led Master’s has been developed in response to the rapid cultural changes within the global construction industry.

It recognises the growing demand for professionals to stay abreast of new, innovative and non-adversarial approaches to project management, able to address internal constraints and dynamic external situations.

Ranked among the 7th best universities in the country for ‘Building and town planning’ in the Guardian University Guide 2019, Coventry has been educating construction professionals for over half a century. Our courses are developed with direct input from members of our Civil Engineering and Building Advisory Boards, like Hyder, Arup, MottMacold and Geotechnical Ltd.

This exciting course focuses on developing the core skills and competencies identified by the professional bodies for roles as construction project managers, cost managers and quantity surveyors. It aims to prepare you to embark on or advance your career in one of the largest and most influential industries in the world today (    projected to grow from US$8.5 trillion in 2015 to US$10.3 trillion in 2020.

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


Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

Course information

The course seeks to prepare you to effectively manage projects and the budgets surrounding the development of the built environment. Encompassing physical, legal, economic and technological factors, you should gain an advanced understanding and knowledge of the theory and practice of procurement, construction economics, cost management and best practice project management within the specific context of the construction industry.

Studying theory/management practices and examining real-life case studies like the Millennium Dome and the Channel Tunnel, we’ll teach you 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 develop 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. We will also cover the corporate management processes used within the construction industry, such as procurement systems and standard forms of construction contracts. 

We aim to make you familiar with a comprehensive range of the management and appraisal tools that can aid project management functions – design, programming and planning, monitoring and project evaluation of new developments and modifications of existing buildings. We will also develop your interpersonal skills in areas such as communications, presentation, conflict avoidance, negotiation, persuasion, management and dispute resolution.

We will examine 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 be expected to undertake an independent research project, which can be based on a topic of your choice or from selected supervisors. Past students have worked on construction and project management, cost management, contract management, lean construction, production management, Building Information Modelling (BIM), theory and practice, facilities and asset management and renewable energy management.

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


  • Semester 1

    • Global Project Management Practice 
    • Financial and Asset Management
    • Construction Cost Management
    • Professional Development
  • Semester 2

    • Pre Contract Management Practice
    • Contract Management Practice and Law
    • Integrated Project (Construction)
    • Contemporary Issues and Research Methodology
  • Semester 3

    • Research Project

In more detail...

  • Home to the Coventry University Simulation Centre.
  • Ranked among the 7th best universities in the country for ‘Building and town planning’ in the Guardian University Guide 2019.
  • Visiting lecture programme which in the past has featured the chairman of Geotechnical Ltd, Baily Garner LLP, BRE, RICS and CIOB
  • High levels of student satisfaction in ‘Architecture, Building and Planning’ of 85% in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2016, compared with a sector average of 78%.
  • Collaborative links with universities in 20 countries around the world, including Malta and Valencia, which may provide you with the opportunity to spend part of your studies abroad.
  • Outstanding track record for graduate employability – 100% of graduates in work or continuing their studies within six months (DLHE 2014/15) with 100% of those employed in professional level roles.
  • Study on shared modules alongside students on a wide range of other professional disciplines, such as civil engineering, building surveying, architectural technology and construction management, reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of today’s construction industry.

Fast-track conversion course for construction project management, construction cost management and quantity surveying conversion for non-cognate graduates

Your main study themes are: 

  • Global project management practice: Aims to develop your understanding and ability to apply a range of different techniques to the management of construction projects within the global construction industry. We emphasise new philosophies, practices, process models, tools and techniques within the global framework for best practice in meeting the project objectives (time, cost, quality and managing risk). You should gain awareness of issues related to managing project resources, such as controlling project finances, managing risks, managing people, facilitating organisational change and the use of specific project planning software.

  • Construction cost management: We will explore the concepts, theories and principles relevant to preparing budget costs, gaining an understanding of the cost control techniques used for monitoring project cost and the progress of projects. We will explore the procurement and tendering principles employed, techniques used and factors impacting upon the construction estimating process; and cost management tools that are current in the industry and how these are deployed in managing construction project throughout the various stages of the project. 

  • Financial and asset management: We’ll aim to teach you how 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.

  • Contract management practice and law: You should learn how to select, use and interpret standard forms of contracts within the construction industry. You should develop 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 emphasis on JCT and NEC, Framework contracts and other bespoke form of contracts in use in the construction industry. You should 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. 

All modules are mandatory and have been designed to meet RICS and CIOB competences requirements. 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. 

Throughout the course, we will relate theory to real-life practice, drawing from actual case studies. For example, when studying pre-contract management and cost management, we will look at real-life project drawings. 

You will have the opportunity to access to the University Simulation Centre, which incorporates best practice building information modelling (BIM), now used commonly across the sector to manage the information produced during a construction project, from feasibility, through construction and operation to final demolition. Using a 3D model, you can view and walk through your project to add value, realise efficiencies and ensure every member of the construction team understands what is required of them and when. 

We also try to organise site visits and fieldtrips, both here in the UK and abroad. Previous students have visited a new housing development by Barratt Homes and Morris in New Century Park, Coventry, and undertaken international fieldtrips to Malta and Valencia.

The assessment types are varied throughout the course, though most of the modules are assessed by coursework, such as professional reports and presentations.

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Formal examinations: 40%
  • Practical or project work: 20%
  • Coursework, essays: 20%
  • Group work: 10%
  • Presentations, posters etc.: 10%

20% assessed by coursework, essays

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • Application of systems theory to the management of projects in the construction industry.
  • The legal and regulatory framework within which the construction industry operates.
  • Procurement systems and standard forms of construction contracts; health and safety in the construction workplace.
  • Environmental principles and legislation applied to the construction industry.
  • Accounting and financial principles and use of financial information to analyse problems and assess performance of construction projects.
  • Theoretical and practical aspects of strategic management and leadership.
  • Gendering systems and documentation for quantification and costings of construction projects.
  • The professional and ethical responsibilities of a property professional working within the built environment.


On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Select and apply appropriate technical methods for appraising, testing and analysing built environment scenarios.
  • Analyse, synthesise and interpret information, data and scenarios and apply a range of management theories to identify causes of problems.
  • Develop arguments and show reasoned evaluation and judgement in choice of solutions to a range of complex and varied situations 
  • Develop appropriate procurement systems for a range of construction scenarios.
  • Apply numerical skills of budgeting and financial management to analyse complex problems and appraise performance.
  • Provide comprehensive presentations using technical aids and providing information in a logical and confident manner.
  • Research for information to develop and critically appraise ideas. 
  • Apply techniques used for analysis of tender bids and project evaluation.
  • Apply project management techniques to aid planning, controlling and monitoring performance of construction projects and preparing project evaluation reports.

The course is designed for both full and part-time study, so teaching takes place in one-week blocks. 

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 35 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. 

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 20 hours of self-directed study each week, eg. Revising, using guided handouts, online activities etc.

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. 

The content of the course continuously refers to the international context in which construction takes place, which gives an international perspective to your studies and future career as a project manager, cost manager or construction manager. For example, we draw on case studies such as European fortification projects, Malta; RICS RICS and CIOB standards. 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 visited Malta for project and cost management field work in collaboration with MCAST, Malta.

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 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

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 2016/17)


Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


and counting

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


global programmes

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

Entry Requirements

To enter the course you should have at least a 2:2 honours degree in an appropriate discipline.

To enter the course you should have at least a 2:2 honours degree in an appropriate discipline.

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.

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To enter the course you should have at least a 2:2 honours degree in an appropriate discipline.

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.

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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.



January 2019

£7,750 (per year)

May 2019

£7,750 (per year)


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.



January 2019

£7,750 (per year)

May 2019

£7,750 (per year)


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!



January 2019

£15,050 (per year)

May 2019

£15,050 (per year)


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!

Career prospects

This degree helps prepare you for a career as a chartered surveyor or project management surveyor.

The complexity and scale of modern construction projects requires construction professionals with expertise in construction management, who can work either on site or within an office to ensure they are delivered safely, within budget, on deadline and to the highest possible quality.

The vocational nature of this programme provides a sound basis a wide range of career opportunities managing the construction of building projects at home and abroad, for large multinational companies or regional businesses. You could find yourself working as a construction supervisor, general contractor, project manager, constructor, project engineer or site manager. Many construction managers are self-employed, but others are employed by construction management or contracting firms, property owners, developers or consulting firms.

When you are ready to find permanent employment, 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

Recent graduates have found employment with companies such as Barratt and David Wilson, National Grid, and Baily Garner. 


By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will contain the obligations that the University will owe to you. The 18/19 PG Contract will be published shortly.