International Construction Management and Engineering MSc

You will study 180 credits in total during your International Construction Management and Engineering MSc(Eng). A standard module is typically worth 15 credits and the research project is worth 60 credits. These are the modules studied in 2017. If you are starting in September 2018, these will give you a flavour of the modules you are likely to study. All Modules are subject to change.

Compulsory modules

Research project/dissertation - 60 credits
You will undertake a project during the summer months.

Recent examples include:

  • Potential impacts of climate change on wastewater treatment
  • The effects of shale gas fracking on water industry assets
  • The use of recycled glass in wastewater treatment

Advanced Project Management - 15 credits
Takes the key aspects of project management to an advanced level, fully embracing complexity and uncertainty.

Management of Human Resources and Communications in Projects - 15 credits
An introduction into organising, managing and leading project teams as well as managing communications and project information using management tools and strategies.

Procurement Management - 15 credits
Introduction to procurement management, alternative procurement strategies, partnering, client supply chain management and procurement, contracting strategies, procuring multi-projects and a programme of projects.

Project Management - 15 credits 
Covers the major concepts of project management and the role of the project manager, appreciation of investment appraisal, risk techniques and planning techniques.

Risk Management - 15 credits 
Covers risk management theory, risk management processes, Monte-Carlo simulation, risk registers and uncertainty, and opportunity management.

Whole-life Asset Management - 15 credits  
The concept of whole-life management (WLM) and best value are introduced in the context of infrastructure project management, procurement routes and the project chain value.

Optional modules 

Deterioration and Maintenance of Pavements - 15 credits
The highway network is a major economic asset of any country. This is an intensive four-day module, which is delivered largely by practising engineers. Includes the design of pavements, pavement materials, highway management, forms of deterioration and associated investigative techniques, repair and maintenance and strengthening of pavements.

Funding for Projects - 15 credits
Addresses the current methods of financing major national and international projects. Provides a review of funding practice and policy, relevant appraisal methods, public sector finance, private sector finance, concession contracts, UK Private Finance Initiative, and allocation of risk and private finance in developing countries. 

Strategic Management in Construction - 15 credits
Addresses the strategic planning process, change, culture, organisational learning, international business strategy, alliances and joint ventures, international marketing and knowledge management.

Value Management - 30 credits
This is a double-weighted module and introduces value engineering (VE) and value management (VM) through its operation at the outline sketch and scheme/schematic design stages of a project. The concept of the client value system is introduced, and the design of VM and VE studies and the approaches to teams and facilitation are explored.