A level of management expertise is critical to landing a leading role in construction. Our MSc in Project Management for Construction will help you confidently tackle the technical, commercial, organisational, financial and legal issues that can appear in a project’s lifecycle.

Course details

MSc Project Management for Construction 

Next start date: 8 February 2021

Welcome week: 1 February 2021

Application deadline: To guarantee time for your application to be reviewed, please apply by 18 January 2021

Duration: 2 years (part time)

Format: Online, with optional face-to-face events

Total course fees: £10,500 (including a £250 acceptance fee)

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Why this MSc Project Management for Construction?

If you see yourself leading multi-organisational teams on a construction project, but need to hone your management skills first, you’ve come to the right place.

On this course, you’ll examine construction project management from all angles. You’ll consider the economic, social and environmental issues that can affect various ventures.

You’ll also familiarise yourself with the main tools and techniques available for project management, including Building Information Modelling (BIM) processes and other essential software.

Whether you’re looking to improve your leadership abilities within your current role or move into a more senior position, you’ll leave this course with the skills and confidence to manage complex construction projects.

What you’ll study

This course examines whole projects from initiation through to delivery. You’ll be challenged to examine real case studies so you’re ready to face any obstacles construction projects can encounter.

On this course, you'll:

  • Learn to consider construction project management as an integrated process, starting when clients make the initial decision to begin a construction project
  • Develop a critical understanding of the economic, social and environmental issues that affect large construction projects, as well as the expertise to address them
  • Gain experience with BIM processes and Revit software, and understand the information management behind it
  • Examine the range of tools and techniques available for project management, including how to apply them and justify their use
  • Become familiar with the laws surrounding construction, including construction contract law and other forms of liability


On this module, you’ll take an in-depth look at project management processes within a project’s lifecycle. You’ll use case studies to unpack the different relationships between key participants within different project phases, and learn how to evaluate and justify the appropriate project management processes for different scenarios.

There are many tools and techniques available for managing different aspects of a project. On this module, you’ll take a closer look at how to apply them, analyse their use and justify their use for various scenarios.

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is an increasingly important process in project management, so having experience with it will help you progress your career. On this module, you’ll become familiar with using modern computer technology (including Revit and ArchiCAD) and develop your knowledge of effective workflows in collaborative BIM settings. You’ll extract and analyse data from a BIM model to make informed decisions about a project. You’ll also learn the importance of using computers to expedite tasks in the construction industry.

This module focuses on laws surrounding construction, with a particular emphasis on construction contract law and other related forms of liability. You’ll critically discuss the obligations most commonly imposed by law, and learn to manage and apply contract principles to matters that regularly occur during a project’s lifecycle. Critically, you’ll also evaluate dispute resolution methods and learn to make informed decisions when faced with contractual issues, including how to recommend the most appropriate procedures and resolutions available.

Through the analysis of case studies, you’ll develop the ability to formulate effective project management strategies. You’ll gain an understanding of the principles and processes of strategic management, and learn to evaluate strategic management policies and utilise a critical awareness of management constraints.

With the final project of this course, you’ll have an opportunity to display all that you’ve learned during your Master’s studies. You’ll develop a proposed project and consider its many facets, furthering your critical awareness, self-direction and independent learning skills.

How you're assessed

All assessments for the course are based on coursework submitted online. Your performance is assessed through coursework such as:

  • Written assessments
  • A dissertation

You’ll also receive feedback on formal and informal assessments to help you improve your work.

Dr Salam Al-Bizri

Course Leader

I have more than 30 years' experience in the Higher Education sector and the construction industry. I have teaching interests in the areas of construction project management, technology clusters, design management, supply chain management and process mapping.

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Entry requirements

In order to join this course, you must have:

  • A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or equivalent industrial and work experience in the construction industry or other related field
  • English language proficiency of a minimum of IELTS level 6.0 with no component score below 5.5 (or other acceptable proof), if English isn’t your first language
  • Experience with multi-disciplinary, complex construction projects on a small or large scale

Applicants who don’t have a degree or formal qualifications, but who have appropriate professional experience, may also be considered.

If you’re unsure whether you’re eligible to apply, please speak to one of our course advisers on +44 (0)23 9400 3692, or email info@study-online.port.ac.uk

Career prospects and opportunities

Your ability to navigate BIM processes and assess projects from a holistic standpoint are skills that are increasingly valued by employers in the construction business.

After completing this course, you can expect to manage projects for independent clients, as well as construction and consulting organisations.

With the skills and expertise you’ll gain on this course, you could go on to a career as a:

  • Project manager
  • Design manager
  • Construction manager


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