Postgraduate Factfile: Construction Project Management MSc

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Course at a glance

Mode of study: Full Time (1 year) & Part Time (2 years)
Start date: September

  • Fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
  • Strong emphasis on developing the professional and transferable skills required by industry
  • Direct links with leading practitioners through case study material and practitioner led seminars
  • Industry Liaison Group ensures the course is kept up-to-date and reflects the changing needs of industry
  • Part-time, day release, study option for students already in employment
  • Graduates eligible for direct entrance on to the RICS APC professional training programme and CIOB PDP if employed.


Course overview

Project management is a highly challenging role, requiring skilled individuals with the ability to lead and integrate a multi-disciplinary team of professionals. Increasingly complex organisational structures coupled with rapid technological change require project managers to be aware of, and appreciate the need for sophisticated communications systems.

This master’s course will give you the knowledge and practical skills required to undertake a variety of Project Management roles in the construction and property sectors after graduation. As the course addresses projects from the perspectives of both demand and supply, it is also ideally suited for individuals from other sectors involved in the procurement of built assets, for example, on behalf of project sponsors in the public sector.

Close partnerships with industry and practice ensures the course – and our graduates – are responsive to the changing needs of industry, government, local communities and professional practice.

The course is taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, seminars, projects and field study visits. Modules include: Project Management Theory and Practice, Construction Contract Administration, Sustainable Construction, Supply Chain Management, Construction Industry Environment, Project Performance Management and Research Methods. You will also be expected to complete a dissertation.

Module information:                                                     

  • Research Methods 
    It is a University requirement that all taught Masters have an element of Research Methods within them. This module is to provide an understanding of the academic research process and the differing techniques, strategies and methods used to undertake research in the built environment. This module is studied before the Dissertation module.
  • Dissertation 
    To develop and test students' ability to prepare a dissertation based on a study in appropriate depth, of a subject of some significance in relation to their own discipline within the built environment. This is very much an independent module and guidance is provided by an allocated Supervisor. The dissertation submission should be anywhere between 15-18,000 words depending on the subject area.
  • Project Management Theory and Practice
    To develop the requisite project management skills and knowledge necessary for the successful strategic and operational management of complex construction modules via the appraisal and application of current theory and principles. This module includes the use of current methodologies such as Prince 2 and the use of software such as Last Minute Planner.
  • Construction Contract Administration
    To develop a knowledge and critical appreciation of legal studies to enable the student to consider in detail the application of the law in relation to the construction and property industry.  The emphasis is on the Construction Contract and the new forms of contracts used within construction both in the UK and globally.
  • Supply Chain Management  
    To equip the student with a thorough understanding of the nature and operation of the construction supply chain, both traditional and modern variants, and the frameworks within which project participants work taking into consideration appropriate risk and value management regimes.
  • Construction Industry Environment
    This module looks at the environment that the construction industry has to operate within.  It considers aspects of structure including stakeholders, economics both impacting on the industry and how the industry impacts on the UK economics.  It also considers these factors impact on projects.
  • Project Performance Management
    This module introduces the student to aspects of project performance and how these factors impact on the overall success of the project.  Aspects include management systems with regards to all resources in particular people, also considering quality, health and safety, planning and control.  The emphasis is very much on the production phase.
  • Sustainable Construction
    This module concentrates on how to identify and critically appraise how environmental sustainability can be incorporated into a more modern and innovative construction organisation and industry. The role of construction being more ethically and socially responsible is also covered.                                                  

Your academic team is based in the School of the Built Environment, a sector leader for postgraduate education in property and construction. The School has a growing international reputation for its impactful research focusing on exploring all aspects of sustainability. This research drives and informs the master’s programme, ensuring graduates can contribute to the development of long-term sustainable solutions.

Many of your tutors will be actively involved in research managed under the aegis of the Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies Research Centre (BEST). This Centre is supported internationally by the EU, UK and USA, Ministry of Defence, Carbon Trust and Technology Strategy Board as well as by industrial partners including United Utilities, NHS, Tarmac and Taylor Woodrow.

The degree has a high standing both academically and professionally and the quality of the programme and the School is recognised by the Chartered Institute of Building with Accredited Centre status and by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors as a Partnering Establishment. This means students graduating with the MSc Construction Project Management are exempt from the educational requirements for both the CIOB and the RICS and can apply for the professional training needed for full membership.

Introduction to the School

The School of the Built Environment delivers an exciting range of professionally-accredited postgraduate programmes designed to develop innovative and creative professionals equipped to react to the challenges of the modern global built environment.

Our portfolio of programmes includes courses for experienced practitioners who want to enhance or refocus their skills to secure promotion or enter a new area within this fascinating profession. We also run courses specifically designed to equip aspiring entrants to the sector with the skills and competencies they need to succeed.

Whatever your ambitions are for the future, our postgraduate qualifications will ensure you enjoy excellent career prospects both in the UK and internationally and enable you to provide ‘real world’ solutions to the challenges of sustainable global development.

World-class research

The School of the Built Environment is recognised as one of the UK’s leading research departments for built environment and sustainability research and we are ranked in the top 15 higher education institutions working in this field.

Around 70% of all research carried out by our Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies (BEST) Research Institute is judged to be ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. This work, combined with our extensive links with professional bodies and employers, ensures that all of our postgraduate degrees are industry-focused, globally relevant and at the forefront of knowledge development in this field.

To find out more about the School of the Built Environment read our brochure or go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/blt/

Employment and careers

This programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Students graduating with the MSc Construction Project Management are exempt from the educational requirements of both the CIOB and the RICS and can apply for the professional training programmes needed for full membership.

As a postgraduate student you will be able to take full advantage of the extensive range of advice and guidance available in our World of Work Careers Centre, including our Ready for Work training courses, which cover everything from interview skills to preparing for assessment centre tests.

LJMU also has a dedicated Centre for Entrepreneurship, offering business advice and start-up funding, to students and graduates interested in setting up their own companies or working freelance.

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International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.

Scholarships

LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University from September 2014 onwards.

These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.

You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international

Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:

  • new international applicants
  • current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
  • LJMU international alumni
Name of scholarship Level of study Value of scholarship Number available Additional eligibility criteria
John Moores International Undergraduate Scholarship Postgraduate taught and research degrees (MSc, MA, MRes, MPhil / PhD) A full tuition fee waiver worth up to £12,000 8 You must:
  • have an English IELTS score of 7.0 (with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component) or recognised equivalent
  • be a self-funded student
  • have a valid offer to study a masters programme at LJMU in September 2014
  • submit a completed scholarship application form
Developing Global Citizens Postgraduate Scholarship Postgraduate taught degrees (MSc, MA, MRes) A one-off £4,000 fee waiver 20 You must
  • be a self-funded student from Africa, the ASEAN countries, the People’s Republic of China or Commonwealth country
  • have a valid offer to study a masters degree or research programme at LJMU in September 2014
  • submit a completed scholarship application form

English for Postgraduate courses bursary

A bursary will be available for students who must complete the six week English for Postgraduate Studies course to improve their IELTS score by 0.5 prior to enrolling on their postgraduate taught or research degree at LJMU.

This bursary is worth £700 and takes the form of a tuition fee waiver, which will be deducted from your tuition fee when you enrol on your degree programme. You do not need to complete the online scholarship form in order to receive this bursary. Please note: If you are awarded this bursary you are not eligible to apply for an international scholarship.

English language requirements

IELTS

6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Entry requirements

An Honours degree in a relevant subject with a minimum 2.2 classification or a professional qualification of equivalent standing together with such relevant professional experience as deemed appropriate by the School. 

Non-UK applicants will be expected to have demonstrated competence in English language equivalent to a minimum of IELTS 6.5.  Applicants who have studied and successfully achieved a UK degree within 24 months of the start of the MSc are exempt from this requirement.

Fees information

Tuition fees for full-time home and EU students for the academic year 2014-2015 are £5,000.00
 
Part time fees are charged by the number of credits you are registered for per annum, at a rate of £28.00 per credit.
 
Tuition fees for International students for the academic year 2014-2015 are £12,000.00
 
Students residing in the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey are classified as international students for fee purposes.

Financial support

Tuition fees

All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please talk to LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible: , 0151 0151 231 3153/3154.

Sources of funding

LJMU Alumni Award

Final year undergraduates and alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 15% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*).  Please go to  for more details.

Postgraduate International Scholarships

LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants. For further details, go to:

English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary

A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre (

Earn While You Learn

Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.

LJMU’s Vacancy website () can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships/ summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.

Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)

Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs. Go to  for more details.

Employer sponsorship

Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.

Support for disabled students

Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.

Council tax exemption

All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.

How to apply

Further information

Please contact the Faculty of Technology and Environment on:
tel: 0151 231 2777
fax: 0151 231 2879
email: taeadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk
web: Faculty web site

If you have any queries relating to LJMU or university life in general please contact:

Course Enquiries
tel: +44(0)151 231 5090
email: courses@ljmu.ac.uk
web: www.ljmu.ac.uk

Please apply via the online application form

LJMU's Admissions policy is in line with the University's Equal Opportunities Policy and applications are welcome from all candidates who fulfil the entry criteria. The university has a commitment to equality of opportunity and welcomes application from everyone regardless of age, disability, race or sex. The University is committed to widening participation and therefore will actively consider applicants who do not have a relevant degree but who are able to provide satisfactory evidence of their knowledge in the area. All applicants will be considered by the Recruitment and Selection Panel, if shortlisted applicants will be asked to attend for an interview.

International students

LJMU offers an extensive support system through its international office and study centre. An equivalence to the normal entry requirements is needed for entry. Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example with an IELTS tests or equivalent. Please note that because of UK visa restrictions, International students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis. Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.


Please Note: The University reserves the right to cancel, suspend or modify in any way the information contained in this leaflet.


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