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Construction Management
Postgraduate course
MSc

Construction Management

International Scholarships available

Overview

The construction world is witnessing a transformation to become a smart and technologically innovative industry. This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to deliver effective innovation and successfully manage projects in this ever-evolving field.

You could already be working as a construction professional and be aiming to enhance your knowledge, or you could be from a technical background, including engineering or architectural technology, and want to build your business acumen and management skills. This course will help you gain the expertise to manage smart construction and innovation, project procurement and the commercial and financial management of construction. It will also enable you to play a key role in shaping the future of a smart and innovative industry.

You will be able to use your experiences in the workplace to enhance your learning and in turn, you will be encouraged to reflect on challenges and problems with your course peers, and learn how theory can help you to improve your practice.

This course offers a range of option modules allowing you to study a broad spectrum of construction management topics in areas such as project management, construction law and dispute resolution and smart construction. It also provides the opportunity to focus on one of these areas as part of the degree.

This course combines academic expertise with its professional application. We are committed to providing you with opportunities to network with industry specialists and practitioners through our series of guest lectures and activities involving construction experts. The lecturers who will lead your studies are respected professionals, many of whom continue to practise. Staff on the course team include Dr Saheed Ajayi, a chartered construction manager with research expertise in the use of digital technologies in Construction, Martin Green, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and John Heathcote, an experienced project manager practitioner and chair of the Value Management Special Interest Group for the Association for Project Management.

The School of Built Environment & Engineering is home to the Centre for Knowledge Exchange (CKE), an enterprise hub that connects our university with the regional built environment sector through seminars, workshops and networking events.

The CKE also runs two business networks, which support and enhance the activity of the school and help us to ensure the course meets the rigorous standards expected in industry: Constructing Excellence Yorkshire & Humber and ThinkBIM.

In addition, our university is playing a key role in accelerating innovations in the industry through cutting-edge research into smart construction. We are home to the Leeds Sustainability Institute, which aims to tackle the challenge of creating more sustainable places, communities and economies to enable society and its infrastructure to become sustainable.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Course Features

  • 24/7 Library
  • Expert careers service
  • January start
  • Part-time study available
  • TEF Silver Award

Entry Requirements

Requirements


Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in a cognate subject, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu. If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website. Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Requirements


Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in a cognate subject, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.
More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Construction Management

Careers

Teaching and learning

We regularly review our courses to ensure we are offering you the best educational experience. This course is currently being reviewed for 2019 entry, therefore the information below is correct for students joining us in 2018/19 but there may be changes for students who wish to join us in 2019/20. These will be confirmed in the course specification made available to new applicants on this page from February 2019.

This course aims to provide an effective, coherent and intellectually challenging postgraduate education in construction management. It will enhance your abilities in the identification and evaluation of appropriate decision-making strategies and it will allow you to develop research capability and cognitive skills, enabling you to analyse problems and identify effective solutions in their professional context.

Develop in-depth knowledge of procurement strategies and their impact on stakeholders' priorities and the ability to manage related risks effectively. Gain a critical understanding of complex contractual issues and the processes and tools to analyse those issues. You will also critically evaluate innovative practices in construction project procurement and professional knowledge of new developments in construction contracts law.

Develop a critical understanding of the concepts, methodologies and techniques involved in the management of teams at project and corporate level to deliver successful innovation.

Develop a critical and in-depth knowledge of the changes imposed to the industry as a result of digital technologies and smart functionalities, and the integrated management processes to deliver socially responsible and sustainable construction projects.

Equips you with various tools, techniques and theories to assist you in senior management roles and enables you to direct corporate policies in property and services related areas.

Develop a properly structured dissertation on a topic relevant to your course. You will formulate and execute a plan for legal research and we will provide you with individual supervision to support you as you undertake your dissertation.

Gain an understanding of the project organisational and strategic issues critical to the successful delivery of construction projects. Strong emphasis will be placed on the integration of theory and practice.

Gain an advanced level of understanding and critical analysis of portfolio and programme management and its relationship to projects in a strategic environment.

Develop a critical understanding of the concepts, methodologies and techniques involved in risk and value management at construction project and corporate levels. You will learn to analyse, critically appraise and perform complex project decision-making and associated risk and value management in construction projects.

Gain an understanding of the planning and control techniques suitable for the management of projects. You will cover planning, monitoring and control of various project aspects including project definition, programming, budgeting and quality management.

Study the law and practice of adjudication as a method of dispute resolution as it applies to construction contracts and as defined in the amended Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996.

Study the function and effectiveness of legal principles in the resolution of design/construction problems and learn how to apply these principles to avoid or resolve such difficulties.

An introduction to the principles and practice of commercial mediation, this module will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the main elements of commercial mediation, conciliation and expert determination, enabling you to play an effective role in resolving disputes using these methods.

Studying the background to tortious and contractual claims, you will learn how to best present a claim in arbitration, adjudication or litigation.

Address the technological aspects of construction primarily related to structure, fabric and finishes, including sustainability issues that apply to the built environment.

This module will provide you with an understanding, awareness, evaluation and critical perspective of new products and processes as well as significant technological changes that are capable of enhancing the management of design, construction and building infrastructures.

Gain an awareness of the theory and practice, including management, of Building Information Modelling (BIM) as well as its origin, role and significance within the construction industry. You will be able to develop relevant professional skills required of construction professionals for effectively executing a project that involves the use of BIM.

Leeds Beckett University
Mohammed Dulaimi
Professor
Professor Mohammed Dulaimi is a senior academic and industrialist with extensive research experience in project management, innovation management and construction management. He is director for the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction for the Middle East and North Africa (CIB MENA) regional network and a member of the CIB board, the leading international forum in construction and building innovation. Having delivered presentations, keynote speeches, seminars and training courses around the world, Professor Dulaimi boasts a significant international profile. He has also published extensively in internationally refereed journals, with more than 100 papers published worldwide.
The construction industry is facing a significant challenge to align its culture, management practices and tools, as well as its technology and products, with that of an economy that is increasingly smart and innovative. Such an industry requires leadership that is able to accelerate the pace of innovation.

Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2019/20 is £6500. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation. See further information on financing your studies.
The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2019/20 is £14000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course. See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Facilities

  • Northern Terrace
    Northern Terrace

    Based at our City Campus, only a short walk from Leeds city centre, Northern Terrace is home to our School of Built Environment & Engineering.

  • 24/7 Library and learning spaces
    24/7 Library and learning spaces

    Our online library is a vital resource, allowing you to access tens of thousands of digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals, subject-specific web pages and databases, from any machine anywhere in the world. Our split-site Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, so you will always find space to work, whether that is in our silent study areas or social learning spaces.

Location

Northern Terrace

Northern Terrace

Our grade 2 listed buildings are located opposite the new Leeds Arena and overlooking Queen Square. Located close to Millennium Square this is a quiet leafy location, just a ten minute walk from the main train station. The square is also home to the Wellness Centre; our Osteopathy teaching clinic.

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