The Construction Project Management MSc prepares you for complex construction projects in a constantly changing globalised industry. Such an industry calls for skilled professionals who can deal with the challenges ahead.
Accredited by RICS and CIOB, this course gives you a broad yet rigorous grounding in the fundamentals of organising and managing construction projects, and provides you with the knowledge and skills needed as a project manager. Our Construction Project Management postgraduates are highly sought-after and have secured positions with companies such as Turner & Townsend, Miller Construction and Acivico.
The MSc Construction Project Management course will enable graduates with degrees in surveying, construction, architecture, civil engineering and real estate to enter the construction management profession. Practitioners with extensive construction work experience but without a first degree will also be considered, subject to entrance exam and interview.
The course gives you a broad knowledge of the challenges of a changing construction industry. You’ll cover law and contract, sustainability, business management, project management and innovation. Building Information Modelling (BIM) is embedded in the course for integrated project delivery.
Professional staff with industry experience will offer support and guidance. We are constantly reviewing and researching the most up-to-date construction developments to be able to pass on the latest industry knowledge. This is supported by guest speakers such as Andrew Hornby, one of our graduates, who now works for Arcadis. We also have excellent links with companies in the region, including Willmott Dixon, Galliford Try and Birmingham City Council.
This course is located in the prestigious £114m Millennium Point building – part of our City Centre Campus – with technology and facilities that reflect advanced professional practice. Our City Centre Campus location is an inspirational place to learn. Birmingham’s Big City Plan, regenerating and developing the city, means there are plenty of opportunities within the built environment. And you’ll have the added advantage of being based near construction sites, including our new Conservatoire development and the new high speed rail track, HS2, giving you invaluable insight into the construction industry.
I have enjoyed the course and because of the experience, I really see my future in project management. Shane Madzima
My experience in this course is more than I expected, and is good for life. It makes me more mature and more confident. May Zaw Maung Maung
Our next Open Day for this course will take place on Saturday 30 June 2018. Book your place to see our facilities and speak to our staff and students.
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If you’ve got any questions about the course, we’d love to hear from you. Please email the Course Director: Hong Xiao.
Alternatively, you can register for our next postgraduate open day.
Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:
You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,609 available for postgraduate study.
A good UK honours degree at 2:2 or above/equivalent in surveying, construction, civil engineering, real estate or any other construction subject.
In exceptional circumstances, students who have relevant professional experience maybe invited to an interview and take a test, at which you will be required to demonstrate the necessary knowledge and understanding for entry onto the course.
An equivalent overseas qualification in surveying, construction, civil engineering, real estate or any other construction subject.
Non-EU students need to demonstrate a good command of English. IELTS 6.0 or equivalent is needed before you can enrol in this programme.
|MSc||Sep 2019||FT||12 months||TBC||Register your interest|
|MSc||Sep 2019||PT||24 months||See below||Register your interest|
|MSc||Jan 2020||FT||15 months||TBC||Register your interest|
|MSc||Jan 2020||PT||28 Months||See below||Register your interest|
|MSc||Sep 2019||FT||12 months||TBC||Register your interest|
|MSc||Jan 2020||FT||15 months||TBC||Register your interest|
Fees for 2019/20 will be published as soon as possible. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.
Please note, there are no taught classes over the summer months (June to August) for postgraduate courses, so the total time spent in University for this course is:
UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*
Your postgraduate personal statement is going to shine a light on your personal experience, academic success, personal skills and any other factors that will support your application for further study.
Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:
Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?
Show that you’ve researched the course offering. What is it about this particular course that appeals to you? Is it the lecturers? The modules? Etc.
Tutors want to know that you can handle postgraduate study, so show them how your undergraduate experiences or work life has equipped you for a more advanced level of study. Key areas to address are research and group work but this can vary depending on your chosen course.
Add anything relevant that relates back to your chosen course and shows how your skills will contribute towards your learning. What extra-curricular activities have you taken part in? What awards have you won? What employment or voluntary experience do you have that has helped you develop transferable skills? How do these specifically relate to the course you are applying for?
You should also mention your future plans and how a postgraduate qualification fits in. Try to look beyond your postgraduate study – do you plan to jump straight into a specific career or follow your studies with a research degree? Lastly, use plain, professional English and, where possible, utilise the language of your chosen industry.
Get more information on writing personal statements.
*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.
If you study this course part-time or via distance learning, you will be charged on a pro-rata basis. This means your fee will be calculated per module.
There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements). If your course includes a residential study session, the accommodation costs for this are already included in your course fee.
Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.
The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.
The additional costs listed here are to be used for indicative purposes only and are based on the additional costs for the 2018/19 academic year. The additional costs for 2019/20 will be published as soon as possible.
We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.
Did you know that you will soon be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000 for some courses and options?
Integrated Project Delivery
In this module you will take a production process view of design, construction, and operation, examining developments in effectiveness and efficiency, and how these can be managed and applied to construction projects. Key aspects of the module include design and construction management; integrated procurement strategies; managing human and technological resources; BIM processes, standards and their implications on construction projects; creating and executing plans using workflow and responsibility matrices. You will consider concepts such as transformation, flow, and value creation in order to develop fundamental intellectual and technical skills, as well as an understanding of the notion of integrated project delivery.
Construction Law and Contract
This module will provide you with an understanding of construction contracts, their application and execution, and the legal aspects of working in construction. You will examine the issues and opportunities that arise in construction project management, as well as the legal and organisational factors at play in the industry. Studying real-life projects and case studies, you will explore forward-thinking approaches to identify and apply best practice to problems in construction projects, particularly relating to commercial and contractual aspects, and you will develop interpersonal, communication, and leadership skills to prepare you for managerial roles.
In this module you will explore the effect that construction activities have on the environment, and examine the environmentally sound construction methods and innovative management practices that are required to work sustainably. You will develop your awareness of sustainable construction through evaluating industry responses to climate change and sustainability, critically reflecting on what constitutes good practice, and developing creative solutions to the challenges faced. This module will give you a rigorous grounding in the fundamentals of organising and managing construction projects within the changing global construction industry, enabling you to become a more capable, creative, reflective, and critical construction professional.
Project Management Methods
This module explores various methods of project management within the context of construction. You will learn about the practical aspects of the development and construction process, and in particular, those areas over which a project manager would expect to have some control. Themes such as project specifications, programming, costings, stakeholder management, risk assessment, and project control are addressed, and practical solutions are explored. Lectures from industry experts will introduce the latest practices and discuss topical issues, and collaborative group workshops will foster a strong global perspective and intercultural experience.
In this module, you will explore strategic and operational business issues in the construction environment such as economics, accounting and finance, market development, corporate social responsibility, and resource management. As well as lectures, seminars, and workshops, you will have the opportunity to apply your skills to the Enginuity Construction Business Simulation project, in which you will work collaboratively with other students to form and manage a virtual construction company. This module will develop your systematic understanding and critical awareness of the global construction industry, developing your professional competencies and helping to prepare you for employment.
Innovation in Construction
This module creates effective, efficient, and creative construction project managers, focussing on innovation throughout the design process from planning to implementation. Innovation is a key skill in the conception and development of new approaches, as well as when implementing improvements and overcoming problems. This module explores strategies for implementation and success within different contexts, with a focus on the differences in international locations. You will apply innovative thinking to the real world, considering risks, rewards, application and evaluation. Creative thinking skills developed in this module will also be put into practice in other modules, especially the Individual Master’s Project.
Individual Master’s Project (Dissertation)
This project is the culmination of your Master’s study; using your previous studies and current modules as a foundation, you will carry out research into a practice-based problem, and develop your ability to theorise and conceptualise. This project will allow you to build understanding and expertise in a selected area of specialised study relating to construction and project management, providing you with a good foundation to build a career in the area that most interests you. In the first semester you will explore research methods that will guide your project, and you will then work with your assigned supervisor to develop your ideas.
The overall teaching, learning and assessment strategy of this course is that you are at the centre of learning and teaching, which has a particular focus on the reflective learner and the development of professional skills and applied research. To achieve this and to ensure that you are exposed to a wide range of learning and teaching methods, we use lectures, seminars, workshops, action learning sets, group work, problem based activities, guest speakers, on-line learning via Moodle, site visits and discussion forums.
Our teaching is very interactive, and you are encouraged to share your experience and opinions with your peers. Critical thinking is vital in Master’s study, and you are required to develop your own ideas and come up with solutions to problems based on solid evidence and logical analysis. You’ll also be expected to complete reading and assignments outside of class hours.
Although this programme is module based, each module forms part of one of the programme themes. This ensures that module design and associated teaching and assessments link together in progressive subject development. Our part-time students attend lectures on day-release basis, and share the modules with our full-time students.
Various assessment will be used in this course:
|Construction Law and Contract||Essay|
|Project Management Methods||Portfolio|
|Innovation in Construction||Essay + Individual presentation|
|Business Management||Essay + Group presentation|
|Integrated Project Delivery||Essay|
|Dissertation||Research proposal + Dissertation|
The course is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Successful completion of the course will lead to Professional Membership after the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).
The Chartered Institute of Building is at the heart of a management career in construction. Its focus is on those entering and already in a management career in construction, by delivering qualifications and certifications that meet the needs of a changing industry. It works with members, employers, academia and governments across the globe to drive forward the science, practice and importance of management in construction.
Funded PhD research opportunities are available in the school.
This course is fully accredited by both The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). All their required competences / learning outcomes are covered in this course.
We have a very close working relationship with our accreditation professional bodies RICS and CIOB. We have annual partnership meetings with them to steer the development of our course. You can participate in regional events such as seminars and site visits as a student member to not only get updated industry knowledge but also network with the practitioners.
We also work very closely with our industrial partners such as Willmott Dixon, Galliford Try and Birmingham City Council. They are not only actively involved in our course development, teaching and assessment but also contribute in various ways as guest speakers, as well as offering site visits, summer placements, research projects and employment.
Students from this course have worked with lecturers on two SAP (Student Academic Partnership) projects. They have used audio and video recordings to capture alumni’s learning experience and have engaged overseas alumni in the internationalisation of the curriculum through the collection of project case studies.
There is also an e-mentoring system in place: we can assign a previous student who has successfully completed this course with a similar background to mentor another student electronically (by email, telephone and social media).
Having studied Construction Project Management at Birmingham City University and graduating in 1997, Eamonn Kerr has gone on to build a successful career in the field, which has taken him to the UK, USA, South America and Middle East.
After leaving Sweett Group he set up his own consultancy firm, Eamonn Kerr Consulting Ltd, to provide help and advice to companies operating in the construction sector.
Nearly all our graduates go straight into well-paid and challenging jobs. You may start as an Assistant Project Manager and then progress to Project Manager, Construction Manager and/or Design Manager, up to more senior positions such as Company Director. You could be employed in professional practice in consultancy, contracting and subcontracting organisations, commercial organisations, local authority and central government, insurance companies and utility companies.
Part-time student Ricki Goode graduated with Commendation in 2010, and is now the Head and Director of Building and Property Services (BPS) Limited, a nationwide building and property services company.
Part-time student Tim Noble graduated with Distinction in 2013, and is now working for HS2 as an Enabling Works Project Manager.
Full-time student Sandeep Tura graduated with Commendation in 2013, and is now working in Turner & Townsend Project Management as an Assistant Project Manager responsible for contract administration.
Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.
The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.
Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:
Each year, over half of our students are international students. They come from countries such as India, China, Nigeria, Thailand, Russia, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Pakistan, Myanmar, Spain, Sweden, Jordan, Lebanon and Sudan. Our students are from different disciplines within the construction industry such as civil engineering, architecture, quantity surveying, building surveying and construction management, and many of them have rich construction working experience. The diversity of our students means that you can work with people from different cultural backgrounds, share your experience and understand construction project management from different perspectives. You are encouraged to investigate your own home country’s construction practices for your assessment and dissertation research so you can be better prepared for employment and career development after your study.
Indian graduate Sahib Nazir believes the course helped him gain his career success. He took an entrance examination for the government of Jammu and Kashmir (roads and buildings works). Almost 8,000 students applied and Sahib was one of 300 engineers accepted.
He said course leader Dr Hong Xiao had a major role to play in the encouragement and support of each and every student.
International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.
BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.
This course will be taught at Millennium Point at the City Centre Campus. We offer a wide range of technology to help you with your studies.
We have an ongoing strategy to upgrade and further develop our well-equipped laboratories. These plans are supported by global technology providers such as PTC and Technosoft. These two companies alone have recently donated more than £11 million worth of computer aided design, product lifecycle management and knowledge-based engineering software.
In addition, more than £750,000 worth of capital investment has been made in upgrading our engine emissions test facilities, environmental laboratory and thermodynamics equipment.
The key features of our test cell include:
The key features of our exhaust analysis facilities include:
The environmental lab is part of the Centre for Low Carbon Research (CLCR) and is home of the bioenergy and bioprocessing research group at the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment.
The suite is divided into three main areas a wet lab/pilot facility a fully equipped analytical suite and a microbiological lab. This newly refurbished facility offers state of the art analysis and testing of environmental samples as well as scientific evaluation of lab scale and pilot scale technologies and processes.
Our academics have worked alongside small, medium and large companies and bring to the table expertise from within the automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, ICT, environmental and health sectors.
Hong obtained his BEng in Industrial and Civil Buildings in 1985, and MSc in Construction Management in 1988 from Hunan University, China. He lectured there until 1998. He came to Britain in 1998 as an academic visitor sponsored by the Chinese Government, and then began his PhD study at the University of Wolverhampton. His PhD research project was ‘A Comparative Study of Contractor Performance Based on Japanese, UK and US Construction Practice’, and he obtained his PhD in 2002.
On June 2003, Hong joined the Birmingham City University as a Research Assistant to conduct a DTI sponsored research project, ‘An approach to knowledge management for SMEs’. Upon the successful completion of the research project, he moved to a lecturing post and has been teaching and researching since.