Construction Project and Cost Management MSc 2020/21 entry

Course code:

EECT020

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020
January 2021

Fees:
Faculty:

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Course code:

EECT020

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020
January 2021

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321
Request information

Course code:

EECT020

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020
January 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 both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), this practice-led course 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.

Coventry University has been educating construction professionals for over half a century. Our courses are developed with direct input from members of our current Civil Engineering and Building Advisory Boards including 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 a global industry which is expected to record a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.5% to reach US$ 10,835.6 billion by 2023.

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 and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

This course is currently accredited by The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The accreditation of this course is perpetual (continuous) and is not subject to annual renewal process.


Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

This course is currently accredited by The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) for 2020-21 entry, 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.

*subject to additional costs


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.

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 aim to 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 your 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.

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. You should also develop your interpersonal skills in areas such as communications, presentation, conflict avoidance, negotiation, persuasion, management and dispute resolution.

You will have the opportunity to 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 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 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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Modules

Overview

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

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • Global Project Management Practice
    • Financial and Asset Management
    • Construction Cost Management
    • Strategic Management for Construction and Engineering

  • Semester 2

    • Pre Contract Management Practice
    • Contract Management Practice and Law
    • Integrated Project (Construction)
    • 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...

  • Coventry University is home to the Simulation Centre
  • Visiting lecture programme (subject to availability, free to attend) which in the past has featured the chairman of Geotechnical Ltd, Baily Garner LLP, BRE, RICS and CIOB
  • 92% of construction project and cost management students believe that staff were enthusiastic about what they were teaching (2018 Advance HE Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES))
  • Collaborative links with universities in 20 countries around the world, including Malta and Valencia
  • Potential to 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: You will have the opportunity to explore the concepts, theories and principles relevant to preparing budget costs with the aim of gaining an understanding of the cost control techniques used for monitoring project cost and the progress of projects. You will have the opportunity to 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 will 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. You 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 current 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’s 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.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include formal examinations, practical or project work, coursework, essays, group work, presentations and posters.

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 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 will 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.

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 17 contact hours per week.

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 field trips* 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.

*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


Entry Requirements

To enter the course you should have a minimum of a second class honours degree in an appropriate discipline.

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 an ‘appropriate discipline’ please contact postgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

To enter the course you should have a minimum of a second class honours degree in an appropriate discipline.

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 an ‘appropriate discipline’ please contact postgraduate@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 a minimum of a second class honours degree in an appropriate discipline.

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 an ‘appropriate discipline’ please contact postgraduate@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

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)


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)


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)


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.

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.

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.

Upon successful completion, this degree should prepare you for a rewarding 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 for a wide range of possible 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 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 with the aim of giving 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

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

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.