UWE Bristol - MSc Construction Project Management-Distance Learning

UWE Bristol

MSc Construction Project Management-Distance Learning

A level of management expertise is critical to landing a leading role in construction. Our distance learning MSc Construction Project Management is ideal if you wish to develop your understanding and skills in managing projects for construction professionals in either practice or client organisations.

With a distance learning course, you have the flexibility to fit your studies around personal and professional commitments, with access to our learning resources any time and from anywhere in the world. Studying while you work also provides valuable opportunities to apply what you have learned directly to your role.

We use the latest online learning technology to make your distance learning experience as effective and rewarding as our traditionally taught courses.

Why choose UWE Bristol

Our MSc Construction Project Management (Distance Learning) course will help you take advantage of these growing opportunities. The course is designed specifically to enhance your understanding of managing projects, and to support construction professionals in practice and client organisations. It is aimed at architects, surveyors, services engineers, civil engineers, construction managers, and existing project managers who wish to formalise their training on the client and supply side.

The course's strengths lie in teaching and learning that meets the practising professional's needs. Module content reflects the current diversity and ongoing change in the construction industry in particular, building information modelling (BIM) as well as sustainability and health and safety. To help you gain the most benefit from the course, we also offer advanced study skills.

You'll also enjoy plenty of opportunities to network with people online working at the leading edge of research and practice whose insights feed directly into the course modules and help us shape research opportunities for your dissertation. Our staff include active researchers and consultants, through the Department's Centre for Architecture and Built Environment Research (CABER).

Entry Requirements

  • We normally require an honours degree of 2:2 or above.
  • International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component 

Career Prospects

We are here to provide you with information, advice and guidance to support you with your career development. When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work as you advance in your career.

During your study we will provide you with support in finding employment through close industrial contacts and career events and recruitment fairs.

Course Details

The course is structured to support you as you explore the nature of projects in relation to organisations, and their commercial and public environment. This includes managing teams that analyse client value and risk associated with environmental issues, and the forms of procurement and contract available.

You will consider the use of information technology in managing projects, together with organisational change and innovation, and study the planning and control of projects in relation to the organisations that contribute to and manage the process.

We review modules regularly to ensure they're relevant to the latest trends and events, but the overall aims and content themes remain the same. The following core modules are indicative of the course structure:  

Year one

  • Project Management Principles (15 credits)


    - This module gives you a holistic view of a generic project. It looks at the lifecycle of project management, and choosing project management tools and techniques strategically to suit specific situations and economic sectors.
  • BIM in Design Co-ordination (15 credits)


    - You'll develop an advanced understanding of building information modelling (BIM) approaches to retrieving, analysing and integrating information to aid and refine design decision-making. We look at a selection of BIM tools and their application to generation, review, analysis, simulation, communication and coordination of design information.
  • BIM in Construction Operations (15 credits)


    - This module applies BIM approaches to construction planning and operations, and considers a range of issues, including simulation of construction schedules and logistics, buildability scenario forecasting and clash detection.
  • Sustainability in the Built Environment (15 credits)


    - Designed to give you a greater awareness of the interplay between environmental, social and economic issues and to develop holistic thinking to identify and implement strategic decisions for the sustainability of the built environment.
  • Managerial Finance for the Built Environment (15 credits)


    - A critical evaluation of financial management from the non-financial manager's point of view. It gives you a firm grounding in the interpretation of published accounts and other financial data, and introduces management accounting in areas such as budget control, investment appraisal and cost behaviour.
  • Construction Project Management Practice (15 credits)


    - Here you begin to integrate your project manager skills and practice, by focussing on a case study of a project and analysing the environment, client objectives, feasibility, strategy and implementation of the project.
  • Construction Procurement and Law (15 credits)


    - This module covers Construction Procurement and Construction Contract Law. Standard forms of Contract are examined together with risk allocation theory and the newer forms of procurement including frameworks and alliancing.
  • Modern Methods of Construction (15 credits)


    - The module extends a basic appreciation of construction technology and environmental science principles from traditional construction to modern methods of construction (MMC). You will be looking at efficiencies and smart project delivery through MMC, which are key to secure a sustainable built environment and a net zero carbon future.

Dissertation (60 credits)

This is a major part of the course, where you plan and carry out a research project. You'll have expert supervision from a member of staff. The module also provides a critique of research methods.

This structure is for full-time students only. Part-time students study the same modules but the delivery pattern will be different.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved we will inform you.

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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