Postgraduate Factfile: Construction Project Management MSc
Modes of study: Full Time (1 year) & Part Time (2 years)
Start date: September
- The Programme
- Supporting info
- Entry requirements
- Finance / fees
- How to apply
- Employment / careers
- LJMU and Liverpool
At a glance
- Fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
- Strong emphasis on developing the professional and transferable skills required by industry
- Direct links with leading practitioners through case study material and practitioner led seminars
- Industry Liaison Group ensures the course is kept up-to-date and reflects the changing needs of industry
- Part time, day release, study option for students already in employment
- Graduates eligible for direct entrance on to the RICS APC professional training programme and CIOB PDP if employed.
Project management is a highly challenging role, requiring skilled individuals with the ability to lead and integrate a multi-disciplinary team of professionals. Increasingly complex organisational structures coupled with rapid technological change require project managers to be aware of, and appreciate the need for sophisticated communications systems.
This master’s course will give you the knowledge and practical skills required to undertake a variety of Project Management roles in the construction and property sectors after graduation. As the course addresses projects from the perspectives of both demand and supply, it is also ideally suited for individuals from other sectors involved in the procurement of built assets, for example, on behalf of project sponsors in the public sector.
Close partnerships with industry and practice ensures the course – and our graduates – are responsive to the changing needs of industry, government, local communities and professional practice.
The course is taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, seminars, projects and field study visits. Modules include: Project Management Theory and Practice, Construction Contract Administration, Sustainable Construction, Supply Chain Management, Construction Industry Environment, Project Performance Management and Research Methods. You will also be expected to complete a dissertation.
Module information: Research Methods It is a University requirement that all taught Masters have an element of Research Methods within them. This module is to provide an understanding of the academic research process and the differing techniques, strategies and methods used to undertake research in the built environment. This module is studied before the Dissertation module.
Dissertation To develop and test students' ability to prepare a dissertation based on a study in appropriate depth, of a subject of some significance in relation to their own discipline within the built environment. This is very much an independent module and guidance is provided by an allocated Supervisor. The dissertation submission should be anywhere between 15-18,000 words depending on the subject area.
Project Management Theory and Practice To develop the requisite project management skills and knowledge necessary for the successful strategic and operational management of complex construction modules via the appraisal and application of current theory and principles. This module includes the use of current methodologies such as Prince 2 and the use of software such as Last Minute Planner.
Construction Contract Administration To develop a knowledge and critical appreciation of legal studies to enable the student to consider in detail the application of the law in relation to the construction and property industry. The emphasis is on the Construction Contract and the new forms of contracts used within construction both in the UK and globally.
Supply Chain Management To equip the student with a thorough understanding of the nature and operation of the construction supply chain, both traditional and modern variants, and the frameworks within which project participants work taking into consideration appropriate risk and value management regimes.
Construction Industry Environment This module looks at the environment that the construction industry has to operate within. It considers aspects of structure including stakeholders, economics both impacting on the industry and how the industry impacts on the UK economics. It also considers these factors impact on projects.
Project Performance Management This module introduces the student to aspects of project performance and how these factors impact on the overall success of the project. Aspects include management systems with regards to all resources in particular people, also considering quality, health and safety, planning and control. The emphasis is very much on the production phase.
Sustainable Construction This module concentrates on how to identify and critically appraise how environmental sustainability can be incorporated into a more modern and innovative construction organisation and industry. The role of construction being more ethically and socially responsible is also covered.
Your academic team is based in the School of the Built Environment, a sector leader for postgraduate education in property and construction. The School has a growing international reputation for its impactful research focusing on exploring all aspects of sustainability. This research drives and informs the master’s programme, ensuring graduates can contribute to the development of long-term sustainable solutions.
Many of your tutors will be actively involved in research managed under the aegis of the Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies Research Centre (BEST). This Centre is supported internationally by the EU, UK and USA, Ministry of Defence, Carbon Trust and Technology Strategy Board as well as by industrial partners including United Utilities, NHS, Tarmac and Taylor Woodrow.
The degree has a high standing both academically and professionally and the quality of the programme and the School is recognised by the Chartered Institute of Building with Accredited Centre status and by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors as a Partnering Establishment. This means students graduating with the MSc Construction Project Management are exempt from the educational requirements for both the CIOB and the RICS and can apply for the professional training needed for full membership.
Why study this course at LJMU?
The School has extensive and long-standing contacts with all professions in the built environment. In addition, the MSc course has its own direct links with leading practitioners through case study material and practitioner led seminars. The course team have established an ‘Industry Liaison Group’ that involves regular meetings between industry professionals and the staff involved in developing the course.
Introduction to the School
The School of the Built Environment is one of the leading providers of postgraduate teaching, learning and business focused research in property and construction. Its mission is the provision of high quality education, scholarship, research and enterprise activities to help generate business success and to create a more sustainable built environment. A fundamental philosophy underpinning the School’s study and research programmes is the need to embed a critical understanding of the issues driving the sustainability agenda to ensure graduates can contribute to the development of long-term sustainable solutions.
The School works in close partnership with industry and practice through scholarship, research, consultancy and the provision for lifelong learning, ensuring that post-graduate education is responsive to the changing needs of industry, government, local communities and professional practice. Our courses deliver a comprehensive and forward looking academic knowledge base, embedded in the professional and transferable skills required by industry.
The School of the Built Environment is recognised as a leading contributor of enhanced applied and ‘blue skies’ knowledge blending traditional built environment fields of research with innovative and highly advanced areas of engineering.
The Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies Research Centre (BEST) has been awarded Institute status in recognition of its outstanding work and is supported internationally by the EU, UK and USA Ministry of Defence, Carbon Trust and Technology Strategy Board as well as by industrial partners including United Utilities, NHS, Tarmac and Taylor Woodrow.
The School also enjoys a strong record in business partnering with several local, national and international organisations, particularly through the DTI Knowledge Transfer Partnership Scheme. These projects are aimed at adding value to the business through the delivery of innovative solutions and the provision of a creative working environment.
Staff research interests
Research covers: Environmental Technologies, Construction Management and Economics, Material Technology, Facilities Management & Property Planning and Radio Frequency and Microwave Technologies. Example of project areas include: Biofuel production from waste; water and wastewater treatments; sensor technology for non-invasive measurement and building and structure health monitoring; wave and flood effects on buildings; materials engineering; Near Zero carbon building and environment reduction.
How will I be assessed?
Students are assessed by means of a balanced combination of examinations and coursework. Assessment methods will, however, vary within each module and range from examination, assignments, essays and problem solving scenarios, to projects and case study based tasks.
An Honours degree in a relevant subject with a minimum 2.2 classification or a professional qualification of equivalent standing together with such relevant professional experience as deemed appropriate by the School.
Non-UK applicants will be expected to have demonstrated competence in English language equivalent to a minimum of IELTS 6.5. Applicants who have studied and successfully achieved a UK degree within 24 months of the start of the MSc are exempt from this requirement.
Will I be interviewed?An interview may form part of the application process
Please contact the Faculty of Technology and Environment for up to date information regarding fees. The Faculty can be contacted by email at email@example.com or telephone 0151 231 2777.
Securing funding is one of the main hurdles you may have to face when considering Postgraduate study. However there is help available and you may be able to apply for funding from the sources below.
This will normally be from a bank. The most popular of these is a Professional and Career Development Loan (PCDL). These loans are from £300 to £10,000 in value and can be used to cover up to 80% of your course fees. Further Information from www.direct.gov.uk and look for PCDL
Charities and Trusts
Trusts and charities can offer assistance to some students. Eligibility for these trusts and charities vary enormously. Your local library will have a section of books and directories of grant making trusts.
Research councils may provide support for recognised postgraduate courses. Their websites offers useful information regarding the support and funding opportunities on offer. Competition for this type of funding can be very strong. For more information about Research Councils visit: www.rcuk.ac.uk
You need to be aware that most PG courses do not attract statutory funding. The ones that do attract statutory support (grants and/or loans) that we offer at LJMU are:
- PGCE courses , for more information please vist www.directgov.co.uk and www.tda.gov.uk
- MA social work for which an NHS bursary is payable to some students. For more information please visit www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk
- PG dip in Architecture
Advice and support at LJMU
LJMU offers a Postgraduate bursary of £500 to students who go from an undergraduate course to study a taught PG course. For further information and eligibility see http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/feesandfunding/117585.htm
LJMU employs a team of staff that are experts in fees and funding who can offer advice based upon your personal circumstances. You can contact them on 0151 904 6056/6057, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance and support.
How to apply
Please apply via the online application form
LJMU's Admissions policy is in line with the University's Equal Opportunities Policy and applications are welcome from all candidates who fulfil the entry criteria. The university has a commitment to equality of opportunity and welcomes application from everyone regardless of age, disability, race or sex. The University is committed to widening participation and therefore will actively consider applicants who do not have a relevant degree but who are able to provide satisfactory evidence of their knowledge in the area. All applicants will be considered by the Recruitment and Selection Panel, if shortlisted applicants will be asked to attend for an interview.
LJMU offers an extensive support system through its international office and study centre. An equivalence to the normal entry requirements is needed for entry. Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example with an IELTS tests or equivalent. Please note that because of UK visa restrictions, International students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis. Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.
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Employment and careers
This programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Students graduating with the MSc Construction Project Management are exempt from the educational requirements of both the CIOB and the RICS and can apply for the professional training programmes needed for full membership.
As a postgraduate student you will be able to take full advantage of the extensive range of advice and guidance available in our World of Work Careers Centre, including our Ready for Work training courses, which cover everything from interview skills to preparing for assessment centre tests.
LJMU also has a dedicated Centre for Entrepreneurship, offering business advice and start-up funding, to students and graduates interested in setting up their own companies or working freelance.
Our World of Work Programme – endorsed by FTSE 100 companies and leading business organisations – offers you the chance to get an additional certificate proving to potential employers that you have the skills and experience they are looking for. No other university in the UK or internationally, offers students the chance to develop these skills and organisations backing the scheme include the Confederation of British Industry, United Utilities, Sony, Siemens, Peugeot Citroen and Marks and Spencer.
LJMU offers a superb environment for postgraduate study and top level research.
Whether you are studying on a taught master's course or embarking on a research degree, LJMU offers you a supportive, flexible academic environment, well-structured programmes and round-the-clock access to extensive resources.
Our research environment is rated as 'world-leading' in a majority of our subjects and all of our postgraduate programmes are taught by academics actively involved in research or consultancy projects with business and industry.
It is this combination of academic expertise and 'real world' experience that ensures LJMU's courses have real currency with potential employers and why over 95% of our postgraduates are in work or further study six months after they graduate (HESA 2010).
We believe this expertise – coupled with world-class academic standards – 75% of LJMU's research is rated as internationally important – puts us in a league of our own.
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