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Construction Management  MSc

Overview

The MSc Construction Management course provides graduates and professionals within the construction industry (such as engineers, architects, surveyors and technicians), from either contracting or consulting backgrounds, with the business knowledge needed for a fast track management career.

The course combines management-focused modules, delivered by lecturers from Cass Business School, with construction-focused modules delivered by experienced construction professionals. These are supplemented by senior-level guest lecturers from across the construction industry and organised site visits to current major projects and design offices.

The key feature of the course is the careful balance between the business education delivered through Cass and the construction education delivered by visiting lecturers from industry. The course teaches technically-competent students to become "business" competent within the construction world, allowing them to develop specialist knowledge and strong technical skills within all the module subjects and thus equipping them to become the construction managers of tomorrow.

The business module subjects cover leadership and management, human resources and organisational behaviour, operations management and information management, corporate governance and the advanced practice of management. All are vital parts of any business manager's tool kit.

The construction modules include information technology in construction, project planning and project management, sustainability and corporate social responsibility, project funding and finance and construction contracts and arbitration. All are key requirements for the management of any construction project.

City's MSc Construction Management is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators for the professional engineering Institutions as satisfying their requirements for the further learning needed to achieve Chartered status.

Scholarships, bursaries and prizes

The School offers generous scholarships, bursaries and prizes for this course:

Employability

Graduates have a variety of employment opportunities as project managers in construction and engineering consultancy firms and as managers/leaders of construction business units both public and private.

Duration

Full-time - 1 year

Part-time - 2 years

Accreditation

The Construction Management Masters degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an appropriate accredited undergraduate first degree.

Entry Requirements:

Applicants should hold a lower second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution in civil engineering, architecture, surveying or construction-related subjects.

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Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £12,000
  • Part-time EU: £6,000 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £16,000
  • Part-time Non EU: £8,000 per year
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Start Date:

Autumn 2016

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold a lower second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution in civil engineering, architecture, surveying or construction-related subjects.

Alternatively, applicants should hold chartered engineering status or an equivalent international status.

Other Suitable Qualifications

INTO Postgraduate preparation Programmes

If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City University London offers academic preparation programmes which focus on the skills you need. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Science and Engineering at INTO City University London means guaranteed progression to this degree.

Kaplan International College (KIC) London

Additionally, the University works in partnership with KIC London to provide preparatory courses for international students. Foundation and Pre Masters courses at KIC London offer comprehensive support to students including regular one-to-one tuition. Progression to the University is guaranteed if you complete the KIC London course at the required level.

English Requirements

For those students whose first language is not English, the following qualification is also required:

  • IELTS: 6.5 in all categories

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

INTO English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information.

English for Postgraduate Study

Pre-sessional English

Visa Requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

Course Content

The taught part of the Construction Management Masters course is based on ten modules, of which five are carefully chosen to provide a broad foundation in various aspects of the theory and practice in the field of general management.

These modules are delivered by academic staff members of City's Cass Business School. They constitute part of the curriculum for the MSc Management, a degree run by Cass Business School. The five management modules are complemented by five construction-oriented modules delivered by senior professional engineers with wide experience in the construction industry.

The latter set of modules covers important aspects in the practice of planning, financing, and delivering large scale civil engineering and infrastructure projects. These modules focus on the development of practical management skills within a construction context.

The Construction Management project

The culmination of the course is the Project: a major individual research exercise on a topic within the broad area of construction management conducted under the direction of a supervisor.

The major product of the Project work is a written report (dissertation). The topics/titles for this major Project can be chosen from: (a) a list suggested by the lecturers of the course, (b) students' own ideas/initiatives, or (c) where applicable by a student's sponsoring company/industrial partner.

Course Structure

  • Organisational Behaviour and HRM
  • Operations and Information Management
  • Project planning and management
  • Project Finance and infrastructure funding
  • Corporate governance
  • Advanced practice of management
  • Sustainable development, and corporate social responsibility
  • Leadership and management skills
  • ICT for construction management
  • International construction contracts and arbitration

Completion of modules and examinations will lead to the award of a Post Graduate Diploma. The completion of modules, examinations and a dissertation will lead to the award of the MSc.

The Construction Management MSc comprises 180 credits, with 60 credits awarded to the Project. Attendance is required to obtain 120 credits from the taught modules. This can be achieved by one of two methods:

Full-time

A 12-month full-time option during which students attend all the taught modules during Semesters 1 & 2, and complete their Project within the 12-months period of the degree.

Part-time

A 24-month part-time option during which a student attends half the modules in a first 12-month period, followed by the other half the next year.

Students are expected to complete all the modules in this two year period. The teaching periods are structured to deliver core modules in a sequence which permits engagement by P-T students alongside F-T students. The Project is undertaken by Part-Time students in the second year.

Teaching takes place on two full days per week, with some lectures (Law) taking place in the evening. In addition there is a small number of team-working weekends, plus a Foundation Week at the start of the programme each year, which is attended by all (full- and part-time) students.

This method of delivery is designed to be attractive to students working full-time within reasonable commuting distance of City University London (probably within the M25 cordon), as well as to full-time students, by concentrating tuition into two days per week on average, and encouraging flexibility for independent study.

Read the full programme specification

Teaching and Assessment

A mix of approaches is used in the delivery of the Construction Management postgraduate course. For some modules a traditional lecture format prevails; in others there is a greater emphasis on case studies and learning through active participation. In general, considerable team-work in various practical exercises and group assignments is required.

All modules involve undertaking a certain number of individual and/or group assignments (coursework) during the teaching terms. Many of these assignments involve essay writing. Furthermore, four modules are additionally assessed by comprehensive final examinations.

Read the full programme specification

Fees

  • Full-time EU: £12,000
  • Part-time EU: £6,000 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £16,000
  • Part-time Non EU: £8,000 per year

Funding

For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.

Scholarships, bursaries and prizes

The School offers a range of generous scholarships, bursaries and prizes to applicants for this course:

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

Career Prospects

Graduates have a variety of employment opportunities as project managers in construction and engineering consultancy firms and as managers/leaders of construction business units both public and private. Potential employers include:

  • general contractors
  • real estate developers
  • sub-contractors
  • construction management firms
  • architectural engineering firms.

Furthermore, graduates have the opportunity of seeking employment with prominent global architectural, engineering, and construction firms based in London through the well-established links of City University London with the industry.

City boasts a proactive and supportive careers team which can help you get the most of our unique connections within the industry. Based in the heart of London, City University London has connections with international firms and you will join a global alumni network of thousands.


Apply to study Construction Managment MSc

We encourage online applications. However, we ask that you also send two references and your original transcript by post as soon as possible after submitting your online application to:

Postgraduate Courses Offices
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