Civil Engineering Project Management MSc

 

Course Code

EECT108

Location

Coventry University (Coventry)

 

Study mode

Full-time
Part-time
Sandwich

Duration

1 year full-time
2 years part-time
2 years full-time with work placement

Start date

September 2022
January 2023


Course overview

Study level: Postgraduate

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

Work placement option

This master's programme provides you with the additional option2 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.

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Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

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Teaching excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

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Employability

Career ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Why you should study this course

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.

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.

The course offers access to the University’s Simulation Centre, which is the most advanced interactive people training and development centre in the UK. Its bespoke programmes, combined with cutting-edge technology which is unique in the UK, helps students, companies, and organisations across a range of sectors in training and development.

The use of the centre’s Learning Curve interactive screen and real-life scenarios using specially trained actors, not only improve skills but helps develop new ways of working by engaging our students in role play to develop their leadership and management skills. A control room in the simulation centre monitors the activity of students via cameras allowing staff to provide immediate feedback.

We currently have extensive links with industry. The course is developed and delivered by academic lecturers and guest speakers in collaboration with civil engineering employers, such as Underground Professional Services and Morgan Sindall.

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited1 and recognised by

CMI 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 2022-23 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 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 you'll study

Modules

  • This module aims to assist and prepare you in the transition to postgraduate education by developing your academic skills to improve and enhance your personal effectiveness as a learner. The module will look at areas such as critical reading, academic writing and referencing skills.

    Compulsory

  • This module aims to introduce the fundamental theory and practical knowledge, at the appropriate depth, to develop the critical thinking and independent problem-solving skills necessary for learners in various aspects of design, analysis, and operation.

    Compulsory

  • This module aims to provide you with 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 transferable skills to enable a leading career in Civil Engineering (Geotechnical Engineering).

    Compulsory

  • This module is designed to refresh and extend your previously acquired theoretical knowledge in hydrology, hydraulics, flood risk assessment and Modelling; and develop the comprehensive knowledge and understanding of catchment hydrology, river Hydraulics and flood modelling.

    Compulsory

  • This module will extend your previously acquired knowledge of structural mechanics and design principles for the plastic analysis of structures, including steel beams, steel frames and concrete slabs.

    Compulsory

  • This module aims to develop your understanding and critical awareness of the selection, use and interpretation of standard forms of contracts within the construction industry.

    Compulsory

  • This module aims to develop your ability to understand and apply accounting and financial principles, and to use financial information to analyse problems and assess business performance in construction firms from a financial viewpoint.

    Compulsory

  • This module aims to develop your understanding, critical awareness, and the ability to apply a range of different techniques to the management of construction projects within the global construction industry.

    Compulsory

  • This module is designed to provide additional support to undertake your final research project. It provides a mechanism to support the scoping of the research and will reinforce knowledge of research design and methods and aim to ensure their effective application to your area of interest.

    Compulsory

  • The project calls for the application of academic knowledge (some gained during master’s level study, some from previous education), engineering judgment, professional skills, and personal resourcefulness to analyse challenging civil engineering / construction problems in a comprehensive manner and propose well justified and presented solutions.

    Compulsory

  • This module aims to provide you with a framework of knowledge and understanding of how to effectively lead and develop people in a strategically diverse and inclusive way.

    Compulsory

  • This module is specifically designated to satisfy the requirement of accreditation for a Technical MSc course as specified by the Joint Board of Moderators. This module will develop your research and investigative skills by carrying out an independent investigation into a technical area of Civil Engineering under the supervision of a member of academic staff experienced in the field.

    Compulsory

With work placement pathway

The ‘With work placement’ opportunity2 enables you to apply in semester 1 for an optional work placement of up to 12 months, extending the duration of your master’s 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. The work placement would take place in semesters 3, 4 and 5.

Please note that the optional placement modules incur an additional tuition fee of £4,000. Placement opportunities may also be subject to additional costs, visa requirements being met, subject to availability and/or competitive application. 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.

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. Part-time students should be aware that not all modules run every semester; your study plan for the course will be arranged between yourself and the Course Director and is subject to module availability.

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.


How you'll learn

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 opportunity2 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.


Assessment

Assessment includes examinations, written tests, computer modelling work, your thesis and coursework, consisting of analysis and evaluation of several laboratory exercises, case study assignments and projects.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.


International experience opportunities

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.


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’s 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.

We recognise a breadth of qualifications, speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you. 

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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’s 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 a ‘professional/industrial experience and/or training’ please fill in our request information form.

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.

Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5.

If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course. 

For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.

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Fees and funding

2022/23 Tuition fees

Student Full time Part time
UK £10,600 | £4,000 (Work placement option additional fee) per year Not available
International £16,950 | £4,000 (Work placement option additional fee) per year Not available

For advice and guidance on tuition fees3 and student loans visit our Postgraduate Finance page.

We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.


Facilities

Our aim is to offer you sector-leading facilities4:

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The Library

The Lanchester Library is open 24/7, 364 days a year and has 1,400 study spaces, including group and silent areas. It also currently offers more than 550 computers and an additional 120 free-to-loan laptops.

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Jaguar Centre

Our refurbished Jaguar Centre has been specifically designed to provide facilities and services to support our postgraduate students including: social spaces, computer suites and separate areas for small group study.

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TheHub

TheHub is the centre of student campus life. It's also home to: The Health and Wellbeing Centre, The Spirituality and Faith Centre, The Tank Studio, The Careers and Add+vantage Office and the Enterprise Hub.


Careers and opportunities

On successful completion of the course a student 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.

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

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.

Where our graduates work

Some of our postgraduate civil engineering 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.


How to apply

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  • 1Accreditations

    The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

    2UK and international opportunities

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee any UK or International opportunities (whether required or optional) such as internships, work experience, field trips, conferences, placements or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable travel COVID and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the visa requirements, please contact the International Office.

    3Tuition fees

    The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated in the above table for the first Academic Year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For Home Students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University 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.

    For International Students, we may increase fees each year but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.

    4Facilities

    Facilities are subject to availability. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

    Student Contract

    By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. The 2022/23 Contract is currently being updated so please revisit this page before submitting your application. 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.