MSc Construction Project Management

Why study MSc Construction Project Management?

The discipline of project management has become central to the management approach adopted by numerous UK and international industries in both public and private sector. From the construction and property industries to information technology and heavy industry, there is growing recognition of the benefits strategic project management can bring.

SHEL engages in collaborative arrangements with partner institutions based in the UK and overseas.  There is a primary and ultimate responsibility for academic standards and quality across all its provision. It works collaboratively with other bodies whose roles include accreditation, licensing and regulation in the UK and overseas.

The MSc is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Chartered Institute of Building. The University is a Corporate Member of the Association for Project Management.

A MSC CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGER WILL BE ABLE TO:
  • Plan the delivery of the project at hand.
  • Manage the day-to-day working, utilisation, implementation and technical consultants engaged on client assignments. From ensuring the correct material turns up before a job, to explaining the work ethics and activities to colleagues.
  • Report progress on projects by suitable media to sector management, maintain and update project reporting, checkpoints and financial reporting to a high standard.
  • Plan and arrange visits to existing and new potential clients, ensuring every client receives sufficient support to enhance their relationships.
  • Develop contacts with senior staff, directors, and other influential staff within each account during the implementation phase.
  • Co-ordinate required support levels and training.
  • Produce reports on each project at agreed intervals, and whenever substantive actions are required.
ON GRADUATING FROM THIS COURSE YOU WILL:
  • Develop a successful career as professional project managers in the construction industry and beyond
  • Provide a competitive edge in a fierce employment market
  • For architects, engineers and other professionals it can provide a move into project management
  • Manage, procurement and technology strategies in practical project management
CONTENT OF MODULES:
  • PROJECT MANAGEMENT THEORY AND PRACTICE
    Student will have an understanding of the concepts and practices of construction project management used to provide value added services to clients. The course develops understanding of the issues related to the management of construction clients and other project stakeholders and how their needs can be co-ordinated, managed and delivered from the project’s design stage through production to occupation and maintenance within the context of client satisfaction and the overarching construction project constraints of time, cost, quality sustainability, and health and safety management.
  • PEOPLE & VALUE AND RISK MANAGEMENT
    This Course aims to introduce the concepts of value and risk management, apply them to strategic and tactical problems and illustrate their tools and techniques through case study.
  • CONTRACTS AND PROCUREMENT
    Helps students understand advanced procurement practices, the situations in which their use is appropriate and the contractual principles upon which they are based, and introduces students to the mechanism used by a typical standard of construction contract to control the risk exposure arising from the liabilities of contracting parties created by the contract and common law, as well as the flow of money and information between contracting parties.
  • PROJECT MANAGEMENT: STRATEGIC ISSUES
    Raises students awareness as to why the construction industry under-performs when compared to other industries. Enables students to appraise and critically analyse the performance of the project management discipline as this has been implemented in recent years in the UK construction sector and to explore what is needed in order to improve this performance. While the focus of the module is the application of the PM discipline in the UK and concentrates on some of the practical obstacles and performance difficulties encountered in the UK, there will be similarities between the problems encountered in the UK and in other countries. At the end of this unit students should be able to fully appreciate key problems and challenges facing the PM in the construction industry. Appreciate the extent and magnitude of the challenges facing Project Management in the construction industry, together with the implications of these challenges on project management as a discipline and on the industry’s practitioners. Become familiarised with principals concerning lean construction, process mapping, performance measurement, benchmarking, explanations for PM failure, Leadership and Influence, Supply Chain Management, and Strategic Partnering.
  • CONSTRUCTION FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
    The aim of this module is to enable students to appreciate and make an intelligent contribution towards the managerial and financial aspects of construction companies in general and construction projects in particular. This includes developing awareness and understanding of the need for financial planning and monitoring and the cost of control process.
  • PEOPLE & ORGANISATION MANAGEMENT IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT
    Develops an understanding of people management in both personal and organisational objectives
    Develops an understanding of the principles of management in organisations and of management techniques
    How management relates to organisations and individuals in managing change.
    Develops an understanding of contemporary good practice in management concepts, including recent initiatives.
  • CONSTRUCTION PRACTICE AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
    Provides an insight into the development of information systems in construction industry
    Evaluates the use of modern ICT means which have an impact on business performance in construction
    Studies relevant IT concepts and appraise its applicability to construction process re-engineering
    Develops adequate research skills in reviewing and preparing academic publication.
  • CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY
    Aims to provide postgraduate students with a basic understanding of the structural elements in a building in order to enable them to work efficiently with other construction disciplines in the design and construction of buildings.
Dissertation

DISSERTATION

Students choose a topic for their dissertation/project report that aligns with the research interests of staff in the School and/or relates to aspects of their employer; or interests that they wish to develop further. Some examples of past project titles are listed in a later section.
Distance learners are likely to develop something based in their country of residence with advice from staff in the School. This may well include work with an employer, a local company or may involve independent study. Students receive academic supervision throughout the project period from Heriot-Watt staff. Individual arrangements will be set up with each student. Presentation arrangements will also be set up individually.

UNIVERSITY

Heriot-Watt University

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
  1. Advanced National Diploma in Civil Engineering plus 8 years relevant experience.
  2. Advanced Diploma – City & Guilds plus 8 years relevant experience.
  3. Relevant First Degree.
  4. Mature Entry Route (to be assessed individually)
GRADUATE OPPORTUNITIES

This industry-focussed programme ensures graduates are quickly able to make a positive and effective contribution to their working environment, and as such are in great demand by construction industry employers. Our graduates are employed at management level in major companies in the UK and worldwide including Network Rail, Bechtel and Atkins.