Civil Engineering Project Management MSc 2021/22 entry

Course code:

EECT108

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply

Location:

Coventry University (Coventry)

Starting:

May 2022

 

Fees:

£10,400 | £4,000 (Work placement option additional fee)

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Course code:

EECT108

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply

Location:

Coventry University (Coventry)

Starting:

May 2022

 

Fees:

£16,600 | £4,000 (Work placement option additional fee)

Find out more

Faculty:


Get in touch


Overview

The MSc Civil Engineering Project Management aims to help you establish or advance your career in the global construction industry. Designed with input from industry, the course teaches an innovative mix of technical and construction project management, applicable to civil engineering contexts.

From concept to construction, we aim to cover the technical skills required to analyse, design and develop sound solutions to civil engineering projects. Using case studies, practical sessions, simulation labs and site visits to live projects, you will apply engineering principles and use computer modelling techniques to analyse complex engineering systems, gaining valuable experience of the work you will carry out in an industrial context.

The course is intended for those seeking professional qualification as Chartered Engineers who are holders of an overseas or UK bachelor’s degree accredited as part of the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (e.g. BEng.) or an Incorporated Engineer e.g. BSc in civil engineering. A technical focused MSc research project is mandatory only for overseas and UK Incorporated Engineer (IEng) e.g. BSc graduates.

Work placement option

This master's programme provides you with the additional option to apply for a 'work placement' opportunity during your first semester with us for up to 12 months, extending the duration of your degree to 24 months. The 'work placement', which if secured, can be carried out in the second year and is designed to further develop your skills, knowledge and professional experience, with the aim of maximising your employability prospects upon successful completion of the course. Please note that the optional placement modules incur an additional tuition fee of £4,000, payable on completion of placement. Work placement opportunities are not guaranteed, and while you will be responsible for sourcing any opportunity, you will have the support of our Talent Team in doing so. Find out more about the work placement pathway.

Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that any such opportunities referred to on this webpage may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

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

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 2021-22 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 takes a multidisciplinary approach, aiming to equip you with clear educational and technical knowledge of how advanced engineering planning, analysis and design, contract law, finance, procurement, and project management interrelate in the modern construction industry.

There is a broad engineering element to the course, such as developing and implementing advanced analytical methods to geotechnical, pavement, hydraulic and structural aspects of civil engineering projects. Similarly, the course aims to develop a range of project and construction management with BIM skills, preparing you for future employment in the global construction industry.

You will have the opportunity to learn the laboratory testing procedures and technics used to assess material and structural performance, using modern and upgraded loading equipment automated with data loggers, saturated and unsaturated stress path soil testing apparatus and commercial civil engineering material mixing and synthesising equipment.

The course culminates in a research project, during which you should be able to apply the theoretical and practical knowledge acquired so far from your academic training on real structural problems.

Modules

Overview

  • Supporting Transition to Postgraduate Study
  • Geometric and Pavement design
  • Soil-Structure Interaction
  • Catchment Hydrology, Hydraulic and Flood Modelling
  • Plastic Theory of Structures
  • Contract Management Practice and Law
  • Financial and Asset Management
  • Global Project Management Practice
  • Preparing to Research
  • Integrated Project
  • Global Professional Development - Leading Diverse Workforces
  • Technical Research Project

All modules are mandatory. 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.


Work placement pathway

The ‘work placement’ opportunity enables you to apply in semester 1 for an optional work placement of up to 12 months, extending the duration of your Masters to 24 months. The placement provides an opportunity for you to develop expertise and experience in your chosen field with the aim of enhancing your employability upon graduation.

Please note that the optional placement modules incur an additional tuition fee of £4,000.

Work placements are not guaranteed but you will benefit from the support of our Talent Team in trying to find and secure an opportunity. Find out more about the work placement option.

Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that any such opportunities referred to on this webpage may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

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...

  • Access to the University’s Simulation Centre, one of the most advanced interactive people training and development centres in the UK.
  • In-depth modules covering a range of structural concepts to management and contract issues.
  • Expert visiting lecture programme (subject to availability) which in the past has featured the chairman of Geotechnical Ltd.
  • Study in our state-of-the-art £50m Engineering and Computing building, which features our High Performance Engineering Centre incorporating teaching rooms, computer rooms, presentation and conference rooms, desk top PCs on all floors and laboratories.

Our main study themes are:

  • Soil-structure Interaction: Aims to share the technical knowledge and skills to develop the analytical, decision-making and critical powers required to solve soil-structure interaction problems with ground engineering, along with the transferrable skills to enable a leading career in Civil Engineering (Geotechnical Engineering).
  • Plastic Theory of Structures: We will aim to improve your previously acquired knowledge of structural mechanics and design principles for the plastic analysis and design of steel structures. There will be opportunities to develop knowledge and understanding of advanced techniques, such as optimisation analysis and reliability analysis of structures and demonstrate expertise in their application.
  • 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. 
  • Financial & Asset management: 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.
  • Global Project management practice:  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.

The MSc Civil Engineering Project Management may be studied full-time or part-time. Part time students study alongside full time students. Each module consists of 12 weeks of tuition coupled with independent study and completion of assessments. Part-time participants study alternate modules over a period of two academic years. (Part-time participants who wish to extend their study over a longer period may do so subject to University regulations).

You will also have the opportunity to be given training in research methods to prepare you for the Integrated Project and individual Research Project.

The Integrated Project is normally team-based and investigates a real engineering problem. In the past, students have revaluated the £55-60 million projects at the Coventry A45/A46 By-pass and the I54 Wolverhampton Junction Technopark.

Partners such as Underground Professional Services, currently involved in HS2 rail projects, often suggest research topics for our MSc students. For example, one such project is on the method of monitoring strength gain in sprayed concrete at the tunnel’s crown, comparing thermal imaging (SMUTI) and penetrometer methods.

You may have the opportunity to attend Midlands Civil/Structural Engineers and Geotechnical Engineers workshops and visit constructions sites organised in conjunction with industry partners. You will also be invited to special visiting researcher seminars and talks. Workshops and field trips may be subject to additional costs and are subject to availability.

Whilst we would like to give you all the information about our part-time offering here, it is tailored for each course each year depending on the number of part-time applicants. Therefore, the part-time teaching arrangements vary. Please request information about studying this course part-time.

The University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2020/2021 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.

Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to Covid-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

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.

  • Coursework/ Practical work: 40%
  • Formal examinations: 24%
  • Individual Dissertation/Group project: 36%

 

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge and wide-ranging understanding of health, safety & environment principles and legal framework within which the construction industry operates, and undertake full ethical and professional responsibilities in the discharge of their duties;
  • Demonstrate an applied in-depth knowledge and detailed understanding of cost, structural and hydrological analysis, highway, pavement and hydraulic design, innovative construction and maintenance techniques to civil engineering infrastructure;
  • Apply innovative and advanced computational methods and simulation tools to model and analyse complex environmental systems;
  • Apply wide-ranging understanding of experimental, analytical & numerical techniques for investigative studies in hydrological, structural, environmental & geotechnical engineering;
  • Apply critical understanding in proposal development and writing; use innovative knowledge in sourcing, analysing and presenting data; and apply research methodologies to undertake independent investigation and academic writing of a specialised topic;
  • Demonstrate personal abilities in teamwork, leadership and communication;
  • Critically evaluate and apply corporate strategy and systems theory to the management of projects in engineering and construction industry;
  • Demonstrate knowledge & understanding of the principles of consultancy and the theories and practices found in 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 amongst 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 12 contact hours per week.

The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials. As an innovative and enterprising institution, the University may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the University may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.

Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to Covid-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

Civil engineering is a global industry and this course has attracted students from around the world, including Europe, China, Africa, India, Brunei, Malaysia and the Middle East, providing a multicultural learning experience.

As part of the Global Professional Development module, you will have the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of international, cultural and ethical issues, coupled with the principles of consultancy and the theories and practices found in leadership. We will also draw on best practice transport projects from around the world.

*Please note that all international experience opportunities may be subject to additional costs, competitive application, availability and meeting applicable visa requirements.

Entry Requirements

Normal entry requires a minimum 2.2 UK or overseas undergraduate honours degree in Civil Engineering.

Holders of CEng accredited Bachelor’s degree can enrol on the course provided they meet the entry requirements. This will automatically meet the educational base for Chartered Engineer status.

Holders of an IEng accredited or an overseas Bachelor’s degree will need to apply for an academic assessment to be formally approved for CEng. They may be required to complete extra modules if their Bachelor degree is deemed to be not technical enough.

Applicants with professional/industrial experience and/or training, but not meeting the normal entry requirements will be considered on their merits, with the understanding that on completion of the award they may not be eligible for Chartered status as they will not be fulfilling the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) requirements. Applicants are therefore strongly advised to check with the JBM and Engineering Council before committing to the course.

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 ‘appropriate industry experience’ please request information.

Normal entry requires a minimum 2.2 UK or overseas undergraduate honours degree in Civil Engineering.

Holders of CEng accredited Bachelor’s degree can enrol on the course provided they meet the entry requirements. This will automatically meet the educational base for Chartered Engineer status.

Holders of an IEng accredited or an overseas Bachelor’s degree will need to apply for an academic assessment to be formally approved for CEng. They may be required to complete extra modules if their Bachelor degree is deemed to be not technical enough.

Applicants with professional/industrial experience and/or training, but not meeting the normal entry requirements will be considered on their merits, with the understanding that on completion of the award they may not be eligible for Chartered status as they will not be fulfilling the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) requirements. Applicants are therefore strongly advised to check with the JBM and Engineering Council before committing to the course.

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 ‘appropriate industry experience’ please request information.

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


May 2022

£10,400 | £4,000 (Work placement option additional fee)


Scholarships

We offer a variety of scholarships to students at Coventry University to help fund the cost of your study. Eligibility may depend on your circumstances and academic achievement.

Starts

Fee


May 2022

£16,600 | £4,000 (Work placement option additional fee)


Scholarships

There are a number of scholarships available to international students at Coventry University.

You can study this course on a part-time basis. The cost is based on the credits studied per year. For further information please contact our Admissions team.

Field trips may be subject to additional costs. Students are also expected to be equipped with appropriate fieldwork clothing and footwear. This course may incur additional costs associated with any equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire. Subject to a successful application for the optional work placement, a £4000 placement fee is payable in semester two.

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.

The engineering sector generated 25% of the UK’s total GDP in 2015 (£420.5 billion) (Engineering UK 2018).

You may want to apply for this course if you are considering specialising in structural engineering, or require further qualification to advance your career within the public and private sector as a civil or structural engineer. If you are already working within the profession, the course provides an opportunity to enhance previously acquired knowledge regarding the latest issues and technological advances. For example, all design-related modules are taught in accordance with the new structural Eurocodes. In addition, we employ civil and structural engineering software, such as ANSYS and MIDAS for teaching and learning; you should also be able to download these computer applications to undertake your coursework.

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 Talent Team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Some of our graduates have gone on to work for Jacobs, Atkins and AECOM as structural/civil engineers. You could also move into construction, design, project management or go on to pursue an academic or research-oriented career.

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 2021/22 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.