MSc Construction Project Management

Postgraduate, Online learning

Construction Project Management MSc

Any construction project needs to be expertly managed to ensure its successful completion.


The role of a Construction and Project Manager is to take responsibility for this outcome, managing all elements of the job, including contractors, materials, budgets and timelines.

A complex and often high-pressure role, requiring a methodical mind and excellent coordination skills, it's also one that can be hugely satisfying.

You'll graduate ready to take on major ventures, and be able to co-ordinate them efficiently and effectively.

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. As such, there is a requirement for formal moderated examinations for three of the modules. You will be required to make arrangements to sit these examinations in your country and be responsible for any costs involved. 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.

Funding Available

Thanks to the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal, there are a limited number of fully-funded postgraduate scholarships available at Edinburgh Napier University for qualified Scottish, British and EU students studying full-time, part-time or via distance learning, interested in leading innovation within construction and the built environment. To receive the funding – which will pay for your postgraduate tuition fees – you must agree to engage with an industry partner to identify and develop solutions to construction challenges as part of your Masters studies.
To qualify for the funding, you must identify as someone underrepresented in the construction industry, especially those identifying as women, BAME, with caring responsibilities, and/or with a disability. You must also live in Edinburgh, Fife, East Lothian, West Lothian, Midlothian or the Scottish Borders.
If interested, please email Kirsty Connell-Skinner who will register your interest and share more information regarding the scholarship application process.

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Mode of Study:

Online learning (available as Part-time | Full-time)


21-33 months

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Course details

This course is ideally suited to individuals who want to balance their personal and professional commitments with their academic development through a Masters degree. It offers a well-balanced blend of theory and practice which prepares you for work as a Project Manager in the construction industry.

What you study

You'll study seven modules in total, with a maximum of two modules at a time over each trimester. The order taken will depend upon when you start this course. 

Trimester 1 of academic year:•Project Management •Procurement Strategy

Trimester 2 of academic year:•Project Risk Management •Project Appraisal and Finance

Trimester 3 of academic year:•Strategic Management •Production Management

The Dissertation module (60 credits) is run each Trimester and can only be taken after successful completion of the above modules.

For the award of MSc Construction Project Management you must successfully pass all  seven modules, giving a total of 180 credits. All modules are 20 credits, except where indicated.

You can pay for this course flexibly on a module-by-module basis and this means that you do not have to pay the full course cost upfront.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    This online programme develops you as an independent learner. The online materials have been constructed in a way which will facilitate a structured order to your learning process allowing you to study at a place and pace which suits your needs. . Teaching and assessment approaches are employed which facilitates deep rather than surface learning; active engagement on the part of the student and the achievement of higher level learning outcomes.

    Information on Term dates can be found here.

  • note and pen Assessments

    Assessment methods include:

    • Formal moderated end of trimester examinations for three modules: Project Risk Management, Project Appraisal & Finance, Production Management
    • Report writing
    • Case-study assignments
    • Time constrained assessments
    •  Research Dissertation

    Exams: You will be required to make arrangements to sit these examinations in the country where you are based and be responsible for any costs involved. UK based students are expected to sit the examinations at Edinburgh Napier University. Details of exam weeks are available on the intranet.

    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.

    Full details of the assessment strategy for each module can be found in the module catalogue by clicking on ‘further information’ for modules listed and then click on the down arrow beside the delivery date of the module.

    If there is any question regarding the authorship of any submitted assessments, we reserve the right to require students to undertake an online viva.



Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Placement and study abroad opportunities are subject to UK and Scottish Government health and travel advice.

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for this course is a UK Honours degree at 2:2 or above. We welcome applicants with an Honours degree in any discipline. 

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 that can be considered is 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 international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MSc Nursing (Pre-registration) (Adult or Mental Health)
  • 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.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

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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
All Students 2019/20 2020/21
All students *£770 *£770
Modules are purchased via our online store and paid for in full at time of enrollment. Rate shown above is for 20 credits*; as course comprises 180 credits, total cost is currently £6,930

Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next.
For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees

Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

This course is accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). As such, there is a requirement for formal moderated examinations for three of the modules. You will be required to make arrangements to sit these examinations in your country and be responsible for any costs involved.


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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