Construction Project Management MSc

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UKPASS code: 035849 | Institution code: W50 | Attendance mode: Full-time
Start: 15 September 2016
Duration: 1 year
Location: Central London
Campus: Marylebone

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Home/EU: £7,000.00
Overseas: £11,500.00

This innovative postgraduate construction course is aimed at graduates who are already in, or have been in, construction-related employment, and who aspire to senior positions in the fields of project management. This course aims to develop your awareness of the importance of construction projects to clients, and the context and constraints within which projects are procured and undertaken.

You will gain greater knowledge and understanding of the theories, concepts, principles, techniques, and intellectual and practical skills needed for the project management of construction projects. You will have the opportunity to plan and implement a personal research project related to project management. The course utilises web -based technologies in its delivery and extensive use is made of enquiry-based learning to enhance lifelong learning skills.

The blended learning approach offers flexible access to the core content, while still providing the discipline and structure of regular attendance at the University. The design of the part-time course recognises the significant challenges of combining postgraduate-level study with full-time professional employment.


The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.

Core modules


In this module you will identify a topic or project directly related to construction management which will provide a basis for a research study. You will develop explicit goals and devise an appropriate methodology, undertake the research study and produce a dissertation/project.


In this module you will investigate strategic management issues in relation to organisations that commission and deliver construction projects.


In this module you will look at the economics of the construction sector, the economic environment in which construction firms operate, and the economic role of the construction industry both nationally and internationally.


You will look at the key stages in the process of procuring consultants and contractors for construction projects, the critical success factors, client requirements, the statutory and legal framework, and the concept of best value, short-listing and pre-qualification.


In this double module you will examine the key stages in the lifecycle of a construction project from inception to disposal. Topics you will cover include the principles of client requirements, critical success factors, sustainability, evaluation of project options, structured methodologies, and the concept of whole-life costing.


You will investigate the management of uncertainty and risk in a construction project environment, examining qualitative, but mainly quantitative, techniques.

Option modules


You will gain an understanding of the function of design management and its efficient integration into project management processes. You will examine devising and applying techniques for the design of major construction projects, taking particular account of client needs, future proofing, procurement structure and adaptability.


This module covers the key principles of construction project planning, from initial briefing to managing the construction process. You will consider the analysis of management systems in the context of successfully co-ordinating and delivering a construction project, and monitoring and control systems.


This module looks at the selection, development and maintenance of effective and efficient teams throughout the duration of the construction project. You will study the principles of team selection, group dynamics and appraisal, and the process of identifying client requirements for team deliverables.

Any other 20 credit, Credit Level 7 core module from the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment can also be taken as an option module on this course, subject to timetabling constraints and the agreement of Course and Module Leaders.

Course team

The teaching team includes:

Professional accreditation

This course is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

Associated careers

This course is aimed at graduates who are, or have been, in construction-related employment who aspire to senior positions in the field of project management.

Length of course

One year full-time; two years part-time. Blended learning approach.

Additional costs information

To check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately, see our What tuition fees cover page.

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Professionally accredited course

The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Chartered Institute of Building.

A dynamic and flexible course

Flexible learning – our blended learning approach gives you web-based access to the core content (documents, online lectures and tutorials) while still providing the structure of regular attendance at university.

Diverse teaching methods include 'enquiry-based learning' where you engage with and problem solve complex open-ended scenarios preparing you for such situations in your career.

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Award-winning students

A student on Westminster's Construction Project Management MSc won one of two Highly Commended Awards in the Masters Dissertation category of the CIOB's International Innovation & Research Awards 2012.

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Abdulillah M Bukhary

Abdulillah M Bukhary

Subject of study: Construction Project Management MSc

The reason I've chosen Westminster is that it has a good reputation in construction studies, my area of interest. There are several things I like about Westminster: the location, facilities, staff and my course programme.
My studies here can be a tool which will help me to play a part in transferring the knowledge and techniques I have learnt. Interacting with students from different countries also helps me in changing the way I think and this will help me in my future.

Our Property and Construction students have won a wide range of awards including being highly commended in the Masters Dissertation category of the CIOB’s International Innovation & Research Awards. Read more about our students' awards.

Image: Katy Graham, a student on Westminster’s Construction Project Management MSc won one of two Highly Commended Awards in the Masters Dissertation category of the CIOB’s International Innovation & Research Awards 2012.

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