Mode of StudyFull-time
Duration1 year full-time, 16 months full-time (January start)
Start dateJanuary 2024, September 2024
Where do you want to study?
Establish professional project management skills for the construction sector, under a city skyline that hosts the UK’s tallest skyscraper.
On this MSc Construction Project Management degree, you’ll study the organisational and technical methods to lead a large-scale, high-cost project and the multi-functional teams that work on them. Studying construction projects from drawing board to final sign-off, you’ll gain the expertise to grasp legal and financial issues, while understanding the social and environmental impact of your work.
You’ll graduate with the skills and understanding to take on construction project management jobs in London, the UK, and beyond.
This course accepts UK, EU, and International students.
- Combine the leadership abilities of a project manager with knowledge of the modern construction industry’s technical needs
- Get to grips with new construction practices, such as 3D planning software and Building Information Modelling (BIM)
- Focus on live business case studies, preparing for the issues you’re likely to face in future construction project management jobs
- Study in our purpose-built London campus, as part of a friendly international community
What you'll study
- BIM Theory and Practice – 20 credits
- Construction Law, Contracts and Dispute Resolution – 20 credits
- General Management – 20 credits
- Construction Management and Safety – 20 credits
- Project Management Tools, Techniques and Processes – 20 credits
- Strategic Management – 20 credits
- Dissertation – 60 credits
Changes to course content
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. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
Careers and opportunities
Careers this Master’s prepares you for
Careers site Glassdoor quoted an average salary for construction project managers in London of over £50K in 2022. As a graduate of this Master’s programme, you’ll be able to demonstrate your skills for careers in this sector, from the commercial and legal aspects at the planning stage to the technical and environmental aspects on site.
You’ll also have the knowledge and skills to pivot to any new sector that has project management needs, or to go into further research.
Graduates of this course on the Portsmouth campus have gone onto roles such as:
- Project director
- Project manager
- Design manager
How you'll spend your time
We recognise that you'll probably be juggling more demands when you do your Master's degree, as you may be working or you may have family responsibilities.
We'll give you as much indication here as we can of how much time you'll need to be on campus and how many hours you can expect to spend in self-directed study, but please note that these indications are always subject to change. You should receive your full timetable several weeks before you start with us.
This Master's degree will take 1 year. You can expect:
- 8-12 hours of teaching time every week
- 20 hours of independent study each week
In the last 3 months of the course you'll be focusing on your research project.
Master's study is deeper and more specialised than an undergraduate degree. This means you'll focus on something that really matters to you and your career as you work closely with academics committed to the subject.
Most of your timetabled teaching will be face-to-face and will include:
- one-on-one tutorials
- practical sessions
- group discussions
You'll also enhance your studies with online sessions and materials that blend with your face-to-face learning.
You'll be assessed through coursework and exams. Coursework may take the form of essays, reports, portfolios, presentations and may include group work assessment.
You'll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
The Master's academic year runs from September to the following September. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter. Over the summer you'll be writing your project / dissertation.
Courses that start in January have the same amount of teaching as September-start courses, but they normally run over a longer time period.
January-start courses normally run between 14–18 months, beginning in January and ending in the spring / summer of the following year. There are breaks at Christmas, Easter and in the summer. In the last few months you’ll be writing your project / dissertation.
Joining us as an international student
You'll feel at home in our international community in London.
Learn more about international student life and how we can help you with visas, applications, arrival and settling in.
Supporting your learning
Master's study is more focused on independent learning than undergraduate study, but you'll get lots of support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff at our London campus to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. You can build your personalised network of support from the following people and services:
- academic writing (such as essays, reports, dissertations, projects and literature reviews)
- reflective writing
- critical thinking skills
- delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
- understanding and using assignment feedback
- managing your time and workload
- revision and exam techniques
You'll also have access to a personal tutor to support you in your studies.
If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.
Course costs and funding
Tuition fees (January 2024 start)
- £9,900 (may be subject to annual increase)
- £20,800 (may be subject to annual increase)
£20,800 (may be subject to annual increase)
Funding your studies
Explore how to fund your studies, including available scholarships and bursaries.
You may be eligible for a Government Postgraduate Master's Loan, which you can use to help with course fees and living costs.
These course-related costs aren't included in the tuition fees, so you'll need to budget for them when you plan your spending. Additional costs could include:
- Accommodation: Accommodation options and costs can be found on our accommodation pages.
- Recommended reading: You can borrow key texts from the library and if you choose to purchase these texts they may cost up to £60 each.
- General costs: Such as photocopying, memory sticks, printing charges, binding and specialist printing. We suggest budgeting £75 per year.
- Final project transport or accommodation: where necessary, which related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
This course accepts UK, EU, and International students.
January 2024 start
- A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, or equivalent industrial and work experience in construction management or other related field.
Please get in touch if you're not sure if your undergraduate subject is relevant to this degree.
Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will also be considered, such as previous study, employment, voluntary work and training courses, including courses and qualifications you didn't complete. Learn more about our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
If you're applying as an international student with a non-UK degree, you’ll need to show you meet the UK entry requirements listed above.
To find out if your non-UK degree or other qualification is accepted, please visit our page for your country and view the UK equivalent of your qualification.
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
You do not need an IELTS or equivalent certification if:
- you have a UK degree
- you have a degree from a majority English speaking country (not taught by Distance Learning)
- you are a national of a majority English speaking country
Degrees taught solely in English from non-majority English speaking countries will be considered on a case by case basis. Find out more about our English language requirements.
If you do not meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
How to apply
Unlike undergraduate applications, which go through UCAS, applications for this Master's course are made directly to us.
There's no deadline for applications to this course. We accept applications right up until the start dates in September and January, as long as there are places available. If you wait until your start month to apply, you may find that the course is full.
If you're applying as an international student, remember that you'll need to leave plenty of time to get your visa organised.
You can find more advice about applying in our Master's application checklist. International students, current students and recent graduates of the University of Portsmouth also have some different application options, which are detailed below.
Extra information for international students
If you're an international student, you can apply directly to us using the same application form as UK students.
You could also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.
Ready to apply?
I'm a current Portsmouth student, or a recent Portsmouth graduate
If you're currently in your final year of study at Portsmouth, or you graduated since July 2022, you're eligible to make a fast track application. You'll have:
- a shorter application form to complete
- access to the 20% Alumni fee discount
- a guaranteed conditional offer, for most Master's courses
After you apply
Once we receive your application, we may ask you for further information. We will then either make you an offer or suggest alternatives if your application is unsuccessful.
You'll usually get a decision within 10 working days, so you shouldn't have to wait too long. Some courses have an interview stage – we'll let you know if you need to prepare for one.
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.