This course aims to meet the growing need within the built environment sector for professionals with a thorough understanding of the management of the construction process from inception to completion. The focus on following the process through inception, feasibility and planning of projects differentiates this course from operational construction management. As a student you will experience a combination of structured learning with problem-based scenarios and research that will develop your capabilities for critical thinking, argument, creativity and encourage your innovation all of which are brought into the practical decision making processes encountered in built environment projects.
This course will enable you to appraise, analyse and evaluate the art and science of construction project management covering the areas of strategy, control, technical, commercial, legal, financial and organisational issues. You will reflect on and make cases for the integration of the technical (hard) and social (soft) management styles required within the context of strategic and operational construction projects.
This flexible course can enable qualification at post graduate certificate and diploma levels on successful completion of a requisite number of modules and credits. Individual modules may be used as part of Continuous Professional Development courses offered by the University and its partners.
Indicative modules studied include:
Strategic Project and Programme Management
Operational Construction Project Management
Advanced Project Planning and Control
Students will be exposed to construction project management at a strategic and operational level. This course will expand the horizon of the construction project into the inception, concept and feasibility projects that need to take place in order to ensure that the building project meets the needs and objectives of the client and the client’s business.
The historic nature of the built environment sector and its flexibility in the face of external change is approached with industrial partners who set the scene for research and understanding in areas of challenge and interest. Uniquely industry has the chance to set the agenda for study and to take part in the research and development within topics of interest and become part of creative and innovative solution.
This course will apply a balanced hand to the art and science of project management dealing with both the technical and the softer people related attributes of effective construction project managers. Work-based projects, residential courses and the opportunity to gain ‘badged’ training alongside structured learning and research enriches the experience of students and their employers.
Students successfully completing this course will be well placed to pursue their membership aspirations with a number of professional bodies including the RICS, CIOB and APM. During the course they will have opportunities to gain training qualifications with external providers such as CSCS.
Employment opportunities in construction project management may be found within both consultancy and contracting companies in the strategic and operational contexts of building and business projects in the areas of architecture, civil engineering, construction, services engineers, structural engineers, quantity surveyors, building surveyors, construction management teams.
The emphasis on the business planning, feasibility and planning stages expands the focus of the construction contract and opens up the possibilities for consultancy and operational management.
At the end of this course you, the student, will be able to:
Appraise critique and evaluate the advantages of the art and science of effective and efficient construction project management within a variety of strategic and operational contexts.
Acquire knowledge through academic, industrial and practical research and apply solutions to a range of complex issues, adopting suitable approaches to problem solving and decision making.
Work, lead and manage within an effective team environment whilst analysing and recognising the contributions of individuals.
Apply numerical, statistical and quantitative skills within the planning and control of construction projects in order to evaluate key issues which impact on project performance.
Take responsibility for and organise your own learning through self-management and independent study and continue to advance your own knowledge and understanding, developing new skills to a high level.
Deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data and communicate conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences using a variety of skills and media appropriately
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is the leading professional body for land, property and construction. We are in partnership with the RICS to deliver this course, which upon successful completion blends with the academic requirements of the RICS and links with the RICS’ Assessment of Professional Competence (APC), the precursor to professional membership
For direct entry onto the Master’s programme:
In most cases a second-class honours degree in a construction related discipline, or equivalent, is required for direct entry onto the Master’s programme. Students are selected using application form and references in the first instance. However, if you have a compatible non-cognate degree and/or relevant industrial experience you may be interviewed and if successful offered a place on the postgraduate certificate version of the course with the potential to extend this to a full master’s degree.
A Postgraduate Certificate in a construction related discipline, or a related subject with a minimum of grade C in all modules.
For direct entry onto the Postgraduate Certificate programme (completion of which, with a minimum of grade C in all modules, will allow a student to progress to the MSc Construction Project Management)
These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.
Postgraduate Loans: A new system of loans for taught and research Masters courses for students resident in England is being introduced from September 2016. The loans will provide a non means-tested loan of up to £10,000 for Masters degrees in all subject areas and modes of study. More information can be found at www.findamasters.com/funding/guides/new-uk-postgraduate-loans-scheme.aspx
Professional and Career Development Loan: The University is a Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) registered Learning Provider, registration number . A PCDL is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.
Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites www.acf.org.uk, www.dsc.org.uk/fundingwebsites or www.family-action.org.uk. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.
University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-loyalty-discount/): If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.
Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.
If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at www.wlv.ac.uk/howtopay.