Construction Management with BIM MSc 2020/21 entry

Course code:

EECT011

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020
January 2021
May 2021

Fees:
Faculty:

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Course code:

EECT011

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020
January 2021
May 2021

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321
Request information

Course code:

EECT011

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020
January 2021
May 2021

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321
Request information

Overview

Currently 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.

This course contains Building Information Modelling (BIM).

Coventry University is home to the Simulation Centre, which us currently the most advanced interactive people training and development centre in the UK for construction students. This course has been developed in conjunction with potential employers, such as Venetici Ltd, MottMacold, who currently 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.

To ensure an optimised and continual student experience, the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. For courses due to start in September 2020, in light of Covid-19, we are currently preparing for courses to be delivered in a variety of forms, subject to Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority will be staff and student safety.

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)

Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

This course is currently accredited by The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) until 1 April 2023, having been judged to meet the CIOB Education Framework. Prospective members holding these qualifications will have full academic exemption and once they have gained three to five years’ relevant work experience, may enter CIOB membership as an applicant to progress towards Chartered Membership without the requirement for an Individual Assessment.


Chartered Management Institute

Chartered Management Institute

As part of this course you will undertake a professional development module which is currently accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) for the 2020-21 intake. Upon successful completion of the module, you will gain the CMI Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice at no additional cost. Further details can be found under the ‘course detail’ tab and on the Professional Development module homepage.

Coventry University’s accreditation with CMI is currently ongoing for the relevant modules and is regularly reviewed and monitored by the CMI through their quality systems. Whilst Coventry University anticipates that these reviews will continue to be successful, if they were to be unsuccessful, the relevant module in this course would no longer be accredited and we would notify applicants and students of this change as soon as possible.

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, you will be taught how to manage complex construction projects from the initial planning stages; analysing corporate problems and presenting appropriate solutions from implementation and completion, managing project teams, procurement, finance, risk and 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. You 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 be encouraged to 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.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

This course includes the Consultancy Global Professional Development module developed in partnership with the Chartered Management Institute.

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • Project and System Management
    • Financial and Asset Management
    • Building Information Modelling Foundation
    • Building Information Modelling and Sustainability Practice

  • Semester 2

    • Integrated Project (Construction)
    • Organisational Theory and Behaviour
    • Contract Management Practice and Law
    • Contemporary Issues and Research Methodology

  • Semester 3

    • Research Project
    • Global Professional Development - Consultancy

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • Taught by current staff with professional experience, having worked for companies such as Severn Trent Water and GM Associates
  • Regular guest speakers (subject to availability) which in the past has included project managers from the construction industry discussing Birmingham new street train station, London stadium and Birmingham library
  • Opportunities to experience and develop advanced construction management skills and software tools, such as BIM technologies and Lean-Six Sigma Processes
  • Opportunities to visit ‘live’ projects (subject to availability, additional costs may apply) and hear from those managing them

Your main study themes are: 

  • Project and system management: Aims to develop your 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 should 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): Aims to develop your skills and ability to assess and improve project delivery through Building Information Modelling and Management (BIMM) combined with lean thinking. You should learn to appreciate the complexity of working in interdisciplinary teams and managing collaborative design and production, developing new skills which may 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 should learn how to select, use and interpret standard forms of contracts within the construction industry. You should 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. You 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 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. 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 current 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 current 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).

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include coursework, formal examinations, practical work and dissertation/project. This course is predominantly assessed by coursework.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes.

On successful completion, you will 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.

Actual teaching contact hours will vary depending on the requirements of a particular semester. In a typical week your contact hours will be divided amongs tutorials and small group teaching; medium group teaching (e.g. seminars, tutorial sessions and lab sessions); and large group teaching (lectures).

In addition, you will be expected to undertake significant self-directed study each week, depending on the demands of individual modules. The number of contact hours may vary from semester to semester, however, on average, it is likely to be around 14 contact hours per week.

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 the Congo, Ethiopia, the United Republic of Tanzania, Indonesia, Egypt and the United States of America

Currently, two members of staff are engaged in teaching in Oman and in Dubai, and they will share their own international experiences of construction practices and education within these countries (subject to availability).

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 aims to give you an international perspective to your studies and future career as a construction manager. Where possible, we also try to organise international field trips* 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.

*Please note that field trips may be subject to additional costs, competitive application, meeting any applicable visa requirements and availability.

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.

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)


3,482

Student experiences

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


21,000

and counting

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

12

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.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to a ‘relevant discipline’ please contact ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

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

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to a ‘relevant discipline’ please contact ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. 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 overseas undergraduate honours degree in any relevant area related to construction or built environment, or equivalent.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to a ‘relevant discipline’ please contact ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. 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


September 2020

£9,200 (per year)


January 2021

£9,200 (per year)


May 2021

£9,200 (per year)


UK 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


September 2020

£9,200 (per year)


January 2021

£9,200 (per year)


May 2021

£9,200 (per year)


Scholarships

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

Starts

Fee


September 2020

£16,600 (per year)


January 2021

£16,600 (per year)


May 2021

£16,600 (per year)


Scholarships

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

  • Please note: field trips and site visits may be subject to addition costs.

EU student fees

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

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

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

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 to 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 (subject to availability, additional costs may apply) 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 current 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 the student intranet to advertise employment opportunities. As a postgraduate student, you can also receive support from our employability and placements unit the Talent Team, 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 aim to give you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The university’s Talent Team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Many of our successful 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
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2020/21 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.