MSc Construction Project Management

Postgraduate, Full-time

Construction Project Management MSc



A well-balanced blend of theory and practice, which prepares you for work as a project manager in the construction industry

Overview

Project managers are responsible for controlling and coordinating the development process from concept through to construction and are in high demand across a number of industries.

Normally students will take three years to complete the programme if they undertake one module per week but the length of the course can be reduced to two years, if two modules are taken each week. Many part-time students undertake projects in their place of work.

You will gain an industry-recognised qualification as the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) accredit this course. Combined with a suitable BEng accredited undergraduate degree, the course will then satisfy the academic requirements of the UK Engineering Council for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

Mode of Study:

Full-time (available as Part-time)

(available as Online-learning)

Duration:

1 year

Start date:

JanSep


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Course details

You will study six taught modules. A standard module is equivalent to 200 hours of learning and on successful completion of each module, you will achieve 20 credits towards your chosen award. 

You will also undertake personal research and complete a dissertation to gain 60 credits towards your masters degree.


  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    You will learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials and independent study.

    Lectures present concepts, theory, techniques and background information.

    Coursework provide opportunities for practical application and experience and, together with seminars these cover subject specific skills as do the integrating projects (individual and group).

    This is a full-time course and is split up into three trimesters. You can choose to start in either January or September.

    Duration:

    • September starts: 12 months
    • January starts: 18 months with a three-month break over the summer (after the first taught trimester)
  • note and pen Assessments

    Assessment methods include:

    • Report writing
    • Case-study assignments
    • Research proposal
    • Time constrained assessments
    • MSc Construction Project Management Dissertation

    You will be provided with formative feedback throughout the module with self-assessment questions and case studies, most of which have outline solutions.  These will enable you to assess your progress and level of understanding.

    Appropriate feedback will be available automatically and immediately once the task is completed. 

    Reflective exercises within each unit will also enable you to apply theory to practice – this is not assessed, but it will support your personal and professional development. Assessment will be provided throughout the module usually in the form of two components:

    Mid module assessment: All assessments are described in the approved module descriptors.

    End of module assessment: All assessments are described in the approved module descriptors.

    Some modules also may use end of unit tests to provide formative assessment.

  • briefcase Work placement

    There is no credit bearing work placement element, however students are encouraged to seek work placements and there is a school unit available to assist the student.

  • library Facilities All teaching will take place at the Merchiston Campus of Edinburgh Napier University. This is situated at the heart of the beautiful city of Edinburgh allowing the student easy access to one of the most desirable cities in the world.

    The campus is a modern and vibrant facility with state of the art teaching and student support facilities.

Modules

Modules that you will study* as part of this course

Dissertation ( BSV11120 )

Research methodology, developing a proposal, designing a research strategy, literature reviews, data gathering, analysis, presentation, writing up and presentation.




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Procurement Strategy ( BSV11104 )

The module addresses three areas of procurement, strategic issues, selection and decision making, operational and practical considerations, and performance measurement. The content covers aspects of the decision to build and procurement method selection on objective basis, use of professional advisors, procurement management, relative procurement efficiency, procedural stages and their discrete objectives, priorities and risks, project maintenance profiling. EU procurement directives and procurement abroad -commonality and divergence. Client value for money philosophy and techniques. Decision making process. Key performance indicators applied to procurement methods.

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Production Management ( BSV11103 )

Production Management – analysis of construction strategies, physical production systems, on and off site production.
Production planning and programming: phase planning, progressive planning; programming techniques.
Analysis of work study techniques and their use in productivity studies.
Resource Management: manpower planning, plant management; sub-contractor selection, control and co-ordination; materials purchasing and control system; supply chain management and lean construction.

Further information

Project Appraisal and Finance ( BSV11102 )

Project life cycle. Feasibility Studies. Techniques of Economic Project Appraisal. Required Rates of Return on Project Investments. The Capital Asset Pricing Model. Identifying and Valuing Options. Cost Benefit Analysis of Public Sector Projects. Multi-criteria Analysis. International Capital Budgeting. Projects and Environmental Effects.

Project Finance. Domestic and International Financial Institutions. Multilateral Agencies. Financial Instruments. Syndicated Lending. Bonds. Financial Engineering. Derivative Products. Financial Options, futures and swaps. Costs of Raising Project Finance. Financing Infrastructure in Emerging Markets. Financing PFI/PPP Projects. Case Studies.



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Project Management ( BSV11101 )

1. Introduction to project management, what it involves in the modern construction project, and its evolution. 2. The contemporary construction client; why an understanding of clients is vital to successful project management. 3. Project Organisation. 4. Power, Authority, Politics and Responsibility in Project Management. 5. Project Planning using Work Breakdown Structures and Network Analysis techniques. 6. Project Control using Variance Analysis and Earned Value Analysis.

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Project Risk Management ( BSV11105 )

Philosophy of risk. Risk Management Methodology. Risk Identification. Risk Analysis. Management Response to Risk. Major Sources of Risk and Uncertainty.
Expected Monetary Value, Decision Tree Analysis. Sensitivity Analysis. Value of Perfect Information. Elicitation of Probabilistic Information. Utility Theory. Multi-attribute Utility Theory. Risk In Bidding Decisions. Reverse auctions. Risk and Property Auction Design. Risk Analysis Software. Monte Carlo Simulation. Human Aspects in Risk Analysis.
Risk Allocation in Contracts. Insurance and Bonds. Risk in PFI/PPP Projects. Risk in International Project Investments. Portfolio Theory and Practice. Firm-wide Risk Management.
Role of a risk Manager. Case Studies.




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Strategic Management (Built Environment and Engineering) ( BSV11100 )

Management Theory: Motivation; Behavioural aspects of the individual and interaction of groups.
Leadership Theory and styles; Communication; Conflict; Delegation; Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Organisational Theory: Objectives, operational principles, structure characteristics, inception and growth. Systems approach to organisation.
Corporate Planning-Formulation of company policy: models for strategic planning; evaluation and implementation of strategy; managing change.




Further information

* These are indicative only and reflect the course structure in the current academic year. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

RECOGNISED BY

School of Engineering & the Built Environment

The School of Engineering & the Built Environment gives you the skills needed to innovate, create, respond to and provide solutions for a technically-demanding society. We have a broad range of courses that have been designed with employment in mind.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for this course is a UK Honours degree at 2:2 or above. We look for applicants to have a background in any discipline in order to be eligible for the programme.

We may also consider applicants who have completed a Bachelor (Ordinary) degree if they have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry. There may also be an additional essay requirement if they apply with less than an Honours degree, this would be confirmed on submission of the application to the Admissions Team.

As this course is accredited by Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the minimum level of qualification to be considered will be at Bachelor (Ordinary) degree level.

English Language requirements 

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

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Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2018/19 2019/20
Home/EU £5,850 £6,084
Overseas £13,000 £13,520


Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

Careers

You will graduate into an industry where your skills are in high demand. With the resurgence in the property market and investment both by the private and public sector in capital projects and infrastructure, there is an increasing demand for Construction Project Managers to service the numerous projects coming on-line across the UK and further afield.

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