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Are you interested in gaining a Masters qualification that develops your professionalism in managing construction projects? This unique international course will give you sector-specific knowledge plus skills and experiences that are widely transferable.

The course covers how to plan construction projects, how to manage supply chains, how to keep people working together, and how to use Building Information Modelling (BIM) for a more efficient construction process.

Strong demand for construction project managers means there will be significant opportunities for you to take up a well-paid, challenging and international career. The course is particularly aimed at people with at least some background in construction or across the wider architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. If you have a background from a different sector you may wish to consider our MSc Project Management.

This course also provides an exciting opportunity to study in the UK and France, combining a university experience with a unique work-based programme. The course commences each September and consists of one semester of full-time study at Northumbria University, followed by a 12-month combined work training programme at L’École d'Ingénieurs du CESI in Paris.

 

Are you interested in gaining a Masters qualification that develops your professionalism in managing construction projects? This unique international course will give you sector-specific knowledge plus skills and experiences that are widely transferable.

The course covers how to plan construction projects, how to manage supply chains, how to keep people working together, and how to use Building Information Modelling (BIM) for a more efficient construction process.

Strong demand for construction project managers means there will be significant opportunities for you to take up a well-paid, challenging and international career. The course is particularly aimed at people with at least some background in construction or across the wider architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. If you have a background from a different sector you may wish to consider our MSc Project Management.

This course also provides an exciting opportunity to study in the UK and France, combining a university experience with a unique work-based programme. The course commences each September and consists of one semester of full-time study at Northumbria University, followed by a 12-month combined work training programme at L’École d'Ingénieurs du CESI in Paris.

 

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
1 Year Full-Time

Department
Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2020

Fee Information

Module Information

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The first semester at Northumbria consists of taught modules in English, while the year-long programme at EI.CESI includes taught modules in French, work experience (likely to be in a French organisation), and the completion of a professional practice thesis.

At Northumbria our teaching methods include lectures, small group seminars, workshops, masterclasses and field visits. As this is a Masters course there is a significant element of independent learning and self-motivated reflection. The taught modules are assessed by a combination of assignments, written reports, exams, group presentations and debates, enabling you to test your skills in ways that relate to current industrial practice.

In the Professional Practice Thesis module, you will undertake a piece of analytical, reflective academic research relevant to the core philosophy of the dual award programme and related to construction professional practice. Your thesis will be supervised by CESI staff, with close mentoring from the organisation with which you will be working.

Please note that whilst some of this course is taught in English, there is the requirement for students to have a good working knowledge of French.

Programme structure

Stage 1/Semester 1 – Full-time at Northumbria
Modules: KB7030 Research Methods; KB7034 Building Information Modelling Management, Theory and Practice; KB7035 Procurement and Supply Chain Management

Stage 2 – Blended learning, alternately in CESI and in an organisation
Modules: CESI UE 1 Project Management; CESI UE 3 Construction Project Law; CESI UE 4 BIM Environment, Tools and Standards; CESI UE 5 BIM Strategy and Development

Stage 3 – Blended learning, alternately in CESI and in an organisation
Modules: CESI UE 2 Team Management; CESI UE 6 BIM Project Management; CESI UE 7 Professional Thesis; CESI UE 8 Placement Work-based Learning and Professional Skills

 

 

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Our staff are active researchers; passionate about their subject and dedicated to the discovery of new knowledge through innovative and exciting research projects.

You will learn from those at the forefront of their fields. In fact, our strength in Psychology research has significantly increased, with Northumbria ranked top 20 in the UK for research which has outstanding reach and significant impact on individuals and communities (REF 2014).

You will learn from dedicated academics extensive research and teaching backgrounds. Current staff research projects include working memory, neurocognitive performance and function, psychobiological pathways and the psychobiology of stress and the nutritional influences on performance and mood.

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Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research.

Our use of lecture capture software will help you revise challenging material. You’ll have access to industry-standard software such as Microsoft Project, IBM SPSS and NVivo, plus the most up-to-date versions of Autodesk BIM software and other BIM-related learning materials including the ‘White Frog’ system.

Northumbria’s 24/7 University Library achieves some of the highest levels of student satisfaction in the UK and holds Cabinet Office accreditation for Customer Service Excellence. It has excellent digital resources with over 100 databases for independent learning as well as half a million electronic books and another 500,000 print books.

To facilitate group projects there are dedicated student working spaces, such as ‘The Hub’, an area that is well equipped for meetings and working with IT. The Zone is another area that’s popular with students undertaking group work or individual study.

Facilities / Construction Project Management

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As a Masters student you’ll develop your research skills to a new and higher level.

The Professional Practice Thesis, which you will undertake at CESI, builds upon the concepts and theories taught at Northumbria during the Applied Research Methods module. The module requires students to further develop, consolidate and apply research skills that are expected from a postgraduate student when investigating a relevant issue.

Northumbria’s strong research ethos feeds into all of the taught modules and is an essential aspect of how you will develop as a critical, reflective and independent thinker. Your learning will benefit from the research activities of the teaching team.

Our specialist interests include information management, process improvement strategies, lean production, project-driven organisations, innovation diffusion, 4D planning and scheduling, and construction project management. Northumbria University is particularly known for working on Building Information Management (BIM).

Research / Mechanical and Construction Engineering

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This course meets a particular need for professional education in international construction project management.

Many of the modules at Northumbria involve field visits and guest lectures, giving you privileged access to experienced managers. Building on this through your work experience in France, you will graduate with a wealth of extra insights that increase your competitive edge.

This course will open up opportunities in management roles in construction-related organisations, particularly internationally-driven contracting companies. Past graduates have gone on to work for companies such as Arup, Arcadis, BAM Construct UK, BDP, Bouygues Construction, Carillion, Kier Group, Laing O’Rourke, Mace, Mott MacDonald, Ryder Architecture, Sir Robert McAlpine, Skanska, Turner & Townsend and Vinci. Job roles have included BIM coordinators, design managers, digital engineers, directors, management consultants, project managers and technical specialists.

Whatever you decide to do, you will have the transferable skills that employers expect from a Masters graduate from Northumbria University. These include the ability to tackle complex issues through conceptualisation and undertaking research, the ability to contribute to new processes and knowledge, and the ability to formulate balanced judgements when considering incomplete or ambiguous data.

By combining those attributes with your valuable language skills and professional practice in France, your opportunities for a varied, well-paid, challenging and international career in construction project management are significant.

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Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Construction Project Management with BIM at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

Full UK Fee: £6,990

Full EU Fee: £6,990

Full International Fee: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

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Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KB7030 -

Research Methods (Core,20 Credits)

Training in research methods provides researchers with an understanding of the 'dos' and 'don'ts' that are associated with employing particular approaches to the collection and analysis of data. Awareness of research methodologies and methods will enable researchers to practice appropriate techniques and to implement methods accurately. The primary aim of the module is to inform and sensitise you to the choices that are available when planning to undertake a research project. This includes making you aware of a selected range of qualitative and quantitative research methods that can be employed to collect and analyse primary and secondary data arising from studies using these methodological paradigms. Such awareness will enable you to make appropriate choices when executing your own research investigation. Of equal importance, the module will also introduce you to a range of academic skills that will support you during your programme of study in addition to the execution of your research project.

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KB7034 -

Building Information Modelling Management, Theory and Practice (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the management, theory and practice of Building Information Modelling (BIM), its scope and role within the Construction Industry and its application on construction engineering projects and their products. There is a strong emphasis on the development of BIM, the impediments of its application in practice, and the advantages to be gained from its use. Topics include:

• Context and challenges of information management within the Construction Industry business model.
• The origins of BIM in computer aided design.
• Significance of parametric modeling and interoperability.
• Barriers to and benefits of BIM adoption across the range of Construction Industry sectors and actors.
• Reflection upon lessons learned from industry case studies.

Where available on your programme, learning from this module can be reinforced through study of the related module KB7038 Integrated Building Information Modelling Project.

More information

KB7035 -

Procurement & Supply Chain Management (Core,20 Credits)

This module will enable you to explore the concept of procurement and supply chain management in the context of construction projects by considering the tools and frameworks available for effective partnerships to develop synergies across the supply chain to influence project value. You will identify and analyse key contractual issues and assess the impact of and need for contracts across the construction project supply chain. The topic areas you will study include :

• The economic and social background to inter-organizational relations.
• Stakeholder Management including ethics, quality management, organisational Culture, working relationships and collaborative working.
• The function of contracts in the context of managing construction projects across the whole supply chain.
• Contractual and commercial relationships between the all parties within the supply chain including risk; time, quality and cost management.
• Contractual issues including: performance; extensions of time, damages; negligence, termination, breach of contract and defects liability.
• Change Management including, variations; sub-contractors, suppliers.
• Procurement options and forms of tendering

More information

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

KB7030 -

Research Methods (Core,20 Credits)

Training in research methods provides researchers with an understanding of the 'dos' and 'don'ts' that are associated with employing particular approaches to the collection and analysis of data. Awareness of research methodologies and methods will enable researchers to practice appropriate techniques and to implement methods accurately. The primary aim of the module is to inform and sensitise you to the choices that are available when planning to undertake a research project. This includes making you aware of a selected range of qualitative and quantitative research methods that can be employed to collect and analyse primary and secondary data arising from studies using these methodological paradigms. Such awareness will enable you to make appropriate choices when executing your own research investigation. Of equal importance, the module will also introduce you to a range of academic skills that will support you during your programme of study in addition to the execution of your research project.

More information

KB7034 -

Building Information Modelling Management, Theory and Practice (Core,20 Credits)

You will learn about the management, theory and practice of Building Information Modelling (BIM), its scope and role within the Construction Industry and its application on construction engineering projects and their products. There is a strong emphasis on the development of BIM, the impediments of its application in practice, and the advantages to be gained from its use. Topics include:

• Context and challenges of information management within the Construction Industry business model.
• The origins of BIM in computer aided design.
• Significance of parametric modeling and interoperability.
• Barriers to and benefits of BIM adoption across the range of Construction Industry sectors and actors.
• Reflection upon lessons learned from industry case studies.

Where available on your programme, learning from this module can be reinforced through study of the related module KB7038 Integrated Building Information Modelling Project.

More information

KB7035 -

Procurement & Supply Chain Management (Core,20 Credits)

This module will enable you to explore the concept of procurement and supply chain management in the context of construction projects by considering the tools and frameworks available for effective partnerships to develop synergies across the supply chain to influence project value. You will identify and analyse key contractual issues and assess the impact of and need for contracts across the construction project supply chain. The topic areas you will study include :

• The economic and social background to inter-organizational relations.
• Stakeholder Management including ethics, quality management, organisational Culture, working relationships and collaborative working.
• The function of contracts in the context of managing construction projects across the whole supply chain.
• Contractual and commercial relationships between the all parties within the supply chain including risk; time, quality and cost management.
• Contractual issues including: performance; extensions of time, damages; negligence, termination, breach of contract and defects liability.
• Change Management including, variations; sub-contractors, suppliers.
• Procurement options and forms of tendering

More information

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