MSc Construction Project Management

Postgraduate, Part-time

This course offers a well-balanced blend of theory and practice which prepares you for work as a project manager in the construction Industry.

  • Napier code:

    52720MM

  • Course type:

    Part-time

  • Duration:

    2 years

  • Award:

    MSc

  • Location:

    Merchiston campus

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Course introduction

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.


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You will gain an industry recognised qualification as this course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). 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.

Subjects include

  • Strategic management
  • Project management
  • Project appraisal and finance
  • Production management
  • Procurement strategy
  • Project risk management
  • MSc thesis

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

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

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.



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.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your 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 are committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.


Tuition fees
Students from 2017/18 2018/19
Home/EU-Taught modules *£570 *£890
Home/EU-Dissertation module £350 £530
Overseas Taught Modules *£1,893 *£1,950
Overseas Dissertation £1,262 £1,300
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Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.
This course comprises of 180 credits from taught modules and a dissertation. The total fee you will pay is dependant upon the exit award you wish to achieve.

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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.

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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.