MSc Construction Project Management - University of Portsmouth
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MSc

Construction Project Management

Part Time2yrs

Full Time 1yr

Become an effective project manager for large-scale building developments

Course Overview

Why take this course?

This course defines the concepts and the processes associated with being a project manager within the construction industry.

It will enable you to manage every aspect of the project lifecycle from inception to completion. You will also master the technical, organisational, commercial, legal and financial issues involved in achieving a project’s successful execution.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Visit sites and study locally based case studies that will introduce you to the professional markets and environments
  • Apply your skills to real-life practical problems as part of our partnership schemes with local and global organisations
  • Attend lectures and seminars given by practitioners from client, contracting and consulting organisations

 

What opportunities might it lead to?

This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng (Hons) undergraduate first degree.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • construction companies
  • commercial companies
  • consultancy
  • project management

 

Carmilla Barnard, MSc Construction Project Management student 2017

The diversity of participants and the variety of course material made my experience particularly enjoyable. The staff are incredibly supportive and they helped me hone and craft my dissertation which has led me to look at other options such as doing a PhD. I now feel I have many options to pursue.

Carmilla Barnard, MSc Construction Project Management student 2017


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Structure & Teaching

The course is divided into three stages, the first two stages are generally taught through formal tuition, with stage three covering independent research in an academic or industrial setting.

You will build upon established fundamental construction engineering and project management principles in order to confidently apply them to a range of complex construction projects. You will gain a deep understanding of the social, economic and environmental issues that can affect such projects along with the expertise to tackle them.

Here are the units you will study:

  • Construction Law, Contracts and Dispute Resolution: In this unit you will study the legal system within which construction projects are undertaken. You will also cover contracts' formation and performance issues, contracts' documentation and dispute resolution methods.
  • Project Management and Software: This unit introduces you to the Project Management Institute’s model, known as the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK), and industry-standard project management software.
  • Project Management Tools, Techniques and Processes: You will gain project management tools, techniques and processes in the construction industry.
  • Strategic and General Management: In this unit you will cover management in the construction industry, and the development of organisational and project strategic direction, taking into account internal and external environments.
  • Independent Research Project: This covers the generic research framework within which new knowledge is discovered, and involves the practical application of research skills and techniques to a chosen system within the construction industry.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching on this course will focus on small lectures, seminars and discussion groups. It will also centre on supporting your independent learning strategies, which tutorials will help to develop.

How are you assessed?

Assessment can take many forms and is geared towards the subject matter in a way that encourages a deeper understanding and allows you to develop your skills. It includes:

  • examinations
  • coursework
  • projects
  • a dissertation


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Facilities & Features

Project Office

Offering a range of consultancy services to clients, the Project Office gives you access to real clients and live projects. This is a great means to gain real hands-on experience in order to support your design development and professional capacity. In the past we have overseen or managed major building or design works in the city including the Hilsea Lido, the Isle of Wight Zoo, the University’s own 3rd Space and the Bursledon Brickworks.

Maths Café

Drop in any time and get one-to-one help with that tricky maths or stats problem. With handouts on key topics to take away and computer-aided learning packages, we can get the problem solved and help you improve your numeracy skills.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.

Other costs to consider

We provide you with hard hats and Hi-Vis vests. However, you will need to buy your own safety boots which cost approximately £35.


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Careers & Opportunities

Career prospects

A construction project manager is the individual responsible for ensuring that teams meet their objectives, the project meets its requirements and the execution of the project is kept as succinct as possible.

This course will therefore equip you to manage construction projects in client (private and public) construction and consulting organisations, engage in construction and other business, or alternatively, pursue further studies or research in academic and research institutions.

Previous graduates have gone on to work for client, contracting and consulting organisations in the construction industry in a variety of roles.

Career planning

One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the support that we provide to our Master's and Research Degree students in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. Help is also available if you wish to find a part-time job while studying your degree.

We offer our postgraduate students and alumni one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser, or an online service for those not able to travel back to the University. Our alumni can call on our career services for five years after graduation.

In addition, regular employability events offer you the chance to meet employers, find out about different career sectors and improve your applications or CV. The Graduate Summer Programme provides a range of guidance and employability seminars and workshops.

Benefits of Postgraduate Study

Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your achievement record.

  • Postgraduate study may greatly improve your chances of getting that first break.
  • Many graduate employers prefer the higher intellectual rigour displayed in postgraduate students.
  • Recruiters for roles requiring specialist knowledge or research particularly target those with higher level qualifications.
  • Postgraduate study shows you can take the challenge of in-depth study; acquiring transferable skills in team working and problem solving techniques.
  • If you have a passion for a particular subject, postgraduate study can also be something undertaken as part of your own development at an appropriate time in your life.


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