Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £775 *
International Fees £1,300 *
Alumni Discount See details
Duration 2 years

* Price per 20-credit module

Course summary

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.

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.The programme below is for a three-year course. If you study part time you will study the same content, spread over four years.Please note, each Level corresponds to one Year in the full-time version of the course (Level 4 is equivalent to Year 1, Level 5 is equivalent to Year 2, and Level 6 is equivalent to Year 3).

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.

Professional accreditation

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

Entry Requirements

Applicants to the part-time course should have a minimum Second Class Honours degree in a related subject area and be in, or have been in, relevant employment in a professional or managerial capacity in a construction related post.

Alternatively, you may hold membership of a recognised construction-related professional body achieved through examinations and/or professional interview, and have professional or managerial experience in a construction-related post. Exceptionally, consideration will be given to applicants who lack standard qualifications but have significant relevant professional or managerial experience. 

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of at least 6.5 (or equivalent) with a minimum score of 6.0 in each component.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process.

Applicants to the part-time course should have a minimum Second Class Honours degree in a related subject area and be in, or have been in, relevant employment in a professional or managerial capacity in a construction related post.

Alternatively, you may hold membership of a recognised construction-related professional body achieved through examinations and/or professional interview, and have professional or managerial experience in a construction-related post. Exceptionally, consideration will be given to applicants who lack standard qualifications but have significant relevant professional or managerial experience. 

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of at least 6.5 (or equivalent) with a minimum score of 6.0 in each component.

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Careers

Many of our students have already started on a career path in the construction industry. Whether they are architects, interior designers, surveyors, engineers, construction managers or property developers, what they have in common is that they aspire to move to more senior management positions in the construction industry. Some wish to become Chartered Surveyor or Chartered Builders.

Many of our students are employed or are taking sabbatical years from their work, however, others who are not employed have quickly found employment with major consultants and contractors including companies such as Turner and Townsend and Mace.

Virtually all of our staff have previously worked in the construction industry and therefore have well-established network of links with the construction industry and the professional bodies throughout London and the UK.

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

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Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £775 (Price per 20-credit module)

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about postgraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

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.

International tuition fee: £1,300 (Price per 20-credit module)

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

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.

Course Location

Our Marylebone Campus has benefitted from a multi-million pound refurbishment resulting in new workshops, digital studios and development of the Marylebone Library. The campus is home to the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment and Westminster Business School. For more details, visit our Marylebone Campus page.

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