This course has been created to help construction professionals develop and enhance the project management skills required in the construction industry.
You’ll prepare for the challenges of the changing and increasingly global construction industry with a focus on the financial, planning and management aspects of a project life cycle. You’ll explore construction processes from inception and feasibility, design, contact and construction through to commissioning, maintenance, renewal and decommissioning. The philosophy of the course is to develop a “whole life” understanding of constructed facilities and infrastructure.
A choice of optional modules will allow you to strengthen existing technical and engineering skills, or gain an understanding of a new topic. You’ll benefit from the expertise of our Institute for Resilient Infrastructure, the Institute for Public Health and Environmental Engineering and the active research groups across the Faculty of Engineering.
Our specialist facilities will also support your studies, such as bench-top testing facilities to look at the fundamental behaviour of material soils and testing rigs for full-scale structures. We have all the specialist software you’ll need for your programme, and you’ll have access to a dedicated study suite for Masters students.
The programme also offers you the opportunity to undertake projects in a multi-disciplinary environment, with access to the expertise in both the Institute for Resilient Infrastructure and the Institute for Public Health and Environmental Engineering.
This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree.
This course is also accredited by EUR-ACE, the European quality label for engineering degree programmes at Bachelor and Master level.
Throughout the programme you’ll gain an understanding of the different aspects of project management within the construction industry. You’ll learn about common project management tools and techniques, then put this into the “whole project” context and consider when and how to use them.
At the same time, you’ll consider risk management and its role during the project lifecycle. Whole Life Asset Management examines the “whole life management” of infrastructure, with additional focus on operations, maintenance, renewal and decommissioning.
The Applied Construction Management module explores the management process during the execution phase of projects. Another core module will introduce you to a variety of procurement strategies to keep projects running effectively. You’ll also choose from a range of optional modules to focus on topics that suit your interests and career plans.
Over the summer months you’ll work with your supervisor to complete your independent research project – a chance to demonstrate the knowledge and skills you’ve gained and perhaps specialise in an area that relates to your career ambitions.
Want to find out more about your modules?
Take a look at the 2016 International Construction Management and Engineering module descriptions for more detail on what you will study.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
You’ll take seven compulsory modules and select 30 credits of optional modules.
|Compulsory modules||Optional modules|
|- Applied Construction Management (15 credits)|
- Project Management (15 credits)
- Advanced Project Management (15 credits)
- Risk Management (15 credits)
- Procurement Management (15 credits)
- Whole Life Asset Management (15 credits)
- Dissertation (60 credits)
|- Strategic Management in Construction (15 credits)|
- Funding for Projects (15 credits)
- Value Management (30 credits)
- Deterioration and Maintenance of Pavements (15 credits)
Learning and teaching
Our groundbreaking research feeds directly into teaching, and you’ll have regular contact with staff who are at the forefront of their disciplines. You’ll have regular contact with them through lectures, seminars, tutorials, small group work and project meetings.
Independent study is also important to the programme, as you develop your problem-solving and research skills as well as your subject knowledge.
You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including case studies, technical reports, presentations, in-class tests, assignments and exams. Optional modules may also use alternative assessment methods.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) in civil engineering or a related subject.
Industry experience is preferable.
We will also consider applications from professionally qualified and experienced candidates.
All applicants will need to have GCSE English Language at grade C or above, or an appropriate English language qualification.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.
English language requirementsIELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component.. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Improve your English
If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies. This can help if you:
- don't meet the English language requirements for your course or
- want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.
Our pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to the degree programme and are tailored to the subject area. For information and entry requirements, read Language for Science and Engineering B (6 weeks) and Language for Science and Engineering A (10 weeks).
How to apply
This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Documents and information you’ll need
A personal statement detailing your academic background and experience in any aspect of the construction life cycle - this may include aspects of investment decision making, design, procurement, project execution or operational management.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
For fees information for international taught postgraduate students read Masters fees.
Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.
Scholarships and financial support
The School of Civil Engineering offer a range of scholarships for Home, EU and International students.
Find out more about our Scholarships
Upon graduation you may expect to find employment in a range of roles across the construction industry, as a construction manager, planning engineer or project manager among many others. Opportunities also exist with multidisciplinary consulting organisations, while many of our graduates return to work for government agencies and other large client organisations.
Our graduates have gone on to develop careers with organisations worldwide including Ministry of Prisons KSA, Ove Arup and Partners Hong Kong, African Development Bank, Ghana Highways Authority, TATA Steel, Network Rail, Turner & Townsend, Mace Group, M+W Shanghai Co., Damac Properties, China State Railways and Keller Ground Engineering.
You’ll have access to the wide range of engineering and computing careers resources held by our Employability team in our dedicated Employability Suite. You’ll have the chance to attend industry presentations book appointments with qualified careers consultants and take part in employability workshops. Our annual Engineering and Computing Careers Fairs provide further opportunities to explore your career options with some of the UK's leading employers.
The University's Careers Centre also provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
The dissertation project is one of the most satisfying elements of this course. It allows you to apply what you’ve learned to a piece of research focusing on a real-world problem, and it can be used to explore and develop your specific interests.
Most projects are experimentally based and linked with companies within the oil and gas industry to ensure the topic of research is relevant to the field whilst also addressing a real-world problem.Recent projects for MSc International Construction Management and Engineering students have included:
- International trends in infrastructure asset management
- Integrated project delivery and the BIM environment
- Risk in megaprojects
- Social Return on Investment in Infrastructure projects
- Trends in the concepts of value and value management
- Future-proofing and infrastructure resilience.
A proportion of projects are formally linked to industry, and can include spending time at the collaborator’s site over the summer.