The University of Wolverhampton

PG CertPostgraduate Certificate Construction Project Management

Why choose this course?

This postgraduate certificate is the initiator and comprises 60 credits of study towards the MSc Construction Project Management course. Learners will be introduced to 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. As a student you will experience structured learning with problem-based scenarios and research that will develop your capabilities for critical thinking, argument, creativity and encourage innovation, all of which may be brought into the practical decision making processes encountered in built environment projects.

This course will introduce you to the art and science of construction project management covering areas that may include strategy, control, technical, commercial, legal, financial and organisational issues. You will begin to 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.

The modules that may be included in this flexible course can enable progression to qualification at post graduate diploma and masters levels on successful completion of a requisite number of modules and credits. Individual modules may also be used as part of Continuous Professional Development courses offered by the University.

What happens on the course?

This course comprises 3 x 20 credit modules taken from the MSc Construction Project Management. Lectures and tutorial sessions currently run on Thursday afternoon and evening (first year part time) and Wednesday afternoon and evening (second year part time). This enables self-directed study to be programmed by the student to complete the study requirement. Modules are timetabled for completion in one year. If you have been out of studying for a long time or unsure about the commitment it is possible to study for the PG Certificate (60 credits) or the Diploma (120 credits) and upgrade to the full MSc if successful and before accepting the lesser degree. You will take three of the modules studied for the MSc Construction Project Management giving a total of 60 credits. The modules are as follows and the choice will depend upon the timetable operating at the time:

Advanced Construction Project Planning and Control (sem1)

Operational Project Management (sem 1)

Strategic Project and Programme Management (sem 2)

Forms of Contract (sem1)

Contemporary Issues in Construction (sem 2)

Research Methods (sem 1 and 2)

Why Wolverhampton?

You 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 clients business.

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.

We are currently developing the Springfield Campus which will be Europe’s largest construction centre of excellence. Join us as the exciting development takes shape and from 2019/20 students in the School of Architecture and the Built environment will be taught from the new campus.

Find out more about Springfield Campus.

Career path

Students successfully completing this course may be well placed to pursue their membership aspirations with a number of professional bodies including the RICS, CIOB and APM.

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.

Graduates from the PG Certificate can progress to the MSc Construction Project Management course if they achieve a satisfactory performance.

What skills will you gain?

At the end of this course, you 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.

Entry requirements

For 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 Master’s programme )

A pass at degree level or relevant experience which will be determined through the process of application and interview.

Students applying for individual modules will be required to demonstrate the ability to absorb technical concepts and detail, possibly by way of their previous industrial or commercial experience.

Minimum English competency is the standard Postgraduate entry: IELTS 6.0 or equivalent

Course fees and finance

2019/0 Home/EU International
Full time £2,084 - *
Part time £2,084

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2019/0. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

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 (//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 (//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

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* We are currently unable to confirm these fees.

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