Construction Project Management Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma/MSc

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This course has two intakes per year, one in September and one in January.

Project management is an exciting and effective management strategy which presents challenging opportunities to the ambitious construction management professional. The applied skills and competencies of a construction project manager are necessary for the successful completion of complex construction projects, particularly within the ever-changing context of the construction industry. This programme is aimed at those looking for the management skills required to progress towards senior management positions within construction-related organizations, particularly internationally-driven contracting companies. These skills include knowledge and understanding of communication, organization and innovative construction practice and concepts: both at a strategic level and in construction project team management.

This programme aims to extend knowledge of construction project management practice in terms of delivering effective and efficient construction-related projects. It engenders an understanding of the role of the construction project manager in capturing client and stakeholder values and translating them into successful construction practice. The generation of a comprehensive understanding of the construction project life-cycle from inception to completion, commissioning, operation and maintenance will be established. Students will be encouraged in their ability to operate and lead in a range of team settings across disciplines and cultures, whilst evaluating and managing innovative construction practice and resolving unforeseen production-related problems. 

The MSc Construction Project Management Dissertation module builds upon the concepts and theories presented 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 in the field of project management.  Students are required to undertake a piece of analytical, reflective academic research that results in the production of an original 20,000-word Masters dissertation relevant to the core philosophy of the programme.

The assessment of the learning outcomes of individual modules reflects the varying subject-related needs of those modules, and focuses upon the relationship between theory and professional practice. The programme consists of 120 Level 7 credit points of taught modules and 60 Level 7 credit points from the MSc Construction Project Management Dissertation module. The taught modules are assessed by a combination of examinations, assignments, time-constrained assignments and presentations.

This is an ideal postgraduate programme for graduates who want to progress within the project-based construction industry. It is ideally suited to relatively new graduates with restricted construction-related work experience and also highly experienced construction-related practitioners. The programme may be followed to enhance existing career opportunities within the construction industry; as preparation for transfer from one industrial sector to the construction industry; or as preparation for further postgraduate study, i.e. PhD. Demand for construction project managers who can demonstrate the skills to effectively manage construction projects, particularly international projects, continues to grow both nationally and internationally. Indeed, opportunities for a varied, well-paid, challenging and international career in construction project management are significant.


Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), having been judged to meet the CIOB Education Framework. Prospective members holding these qualifications have full academic exemption and may enter CIOB membership without the requirement for an Individual Assessment.

Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for the purpose of graduate membership.


Facilities InformationWhether you are modelling mathematical problems or developing information systems that will help an organisation manage their staff, our range of specialist and general use facilities will support you. Throughout your work, whether undergraduate, postgraduate or research, you will be able to analyse, test, model and build solutions to solve complex real-world problems. 


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Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 16 months full-time for January starts or 12 month full-time for September starts

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2016 or January 2017

Construction Project Management Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma/MSc

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