The course

Delivery
Online learning
Course award
MSc
Location
Online
Entry date
September, January, April

Rated 1st in UK for Building, the online Construction Project Management MSc equips you with the practical skills and knowledge to manage people and projects within the construction industry while meeting the educational criteria of CIOB and RICS.

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Overview

Construction Project Management at Heriot-Watt University is one of the longest-running courses of its kind in the UK, equipping graduates with the theoretical knowledge and practical and technical skills to manage people and projects within the construction industry.

A range of core modules covering management, procurement and technology-related subjects will give you a foundation in management principles while providing practical skills relevant to professional practice in construction.

You will also choose an optional module from a range of subjects drawn from our built environment courses, providing you with a broader understanding of built environment issues and an opportunity to tailor your studies to fit your interests and professional needs.

Programme duration

Online Learning: The fastest this MSc can be completed is in 2½ years. The maximum completion timeframe is 8 years. On average, most students complete a MSc in 3-4 years.

Why choose Heriot-Watt

As well as being one of the longest-running and reputable programmes in the UK, the Construction Project Management degree also offers students a truly global experience. The programme has students from approaching 40 countries and online programme assignments frequently encourage students to collaborate on topical issues and discussions. Other key features include:

  • Rated 1st in UK for Building by The Complete University Guide 2020.
  • The programme is regularly informed and reviewed by industry leaders through the Strategic Advisory Board to ensure the content is up-to-date and relevant.
  • It’s accredited by three industry bodies including the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
  • This programme is delivered by the Royal Academy of Engineering Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design. It is one of only four Centres established at UK universities and the only one in Scotland.
  • An online degree maintains the same outstanding and strict academic quality procedures as an on-campus degree.

Flexible study options

The online Construction Project Management programme has been designed with flexibility in mind. It is ideal for those in employment or with other commitments, providing flexible study options that fit around work or family. Some features that our students value include:

  • MSc degrees can be completed between 2½ - 8 years, depending on your pace of study.
  • You have up to two years to complete an individual course (or module) after registering for the course.
  • You can choose to sit exams in one of 450 exam centres around the world. Exam centres are present in most major cities.
  • Courses are paid for on a ‘pay-as-you-study’ basis, allowing you to spread the payments across the duration of your degree.

The MSc Construction Project Management can also be studied on-campus full-time or part-time.

Delivery of online programmes

Our up-to-date and progressive course materials are made available online through the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The VLE links you with our expert academics and course materials through videos, webinars, articles, journals, assessments and discussion boards. Tutors will provide you, by phone, Skype or email, with academic support similar to that received by our on-campus students.

To find out more about time requirements, support and exams, view our How online learning works pages to find out more. 

Our students

We have students from all ages, cultures, backgrounds and walks of life but there are two distinct and common motivations: Some students come to advance their existing careers within the construction industry, where they are already employed. Others are from different educational or professional backgrounds and wish to enter the construction industry using this qualification. The programme is designed and sought after to serve both purposes.  To read about what our students and graduates think about studying online visit our Meet our students pages.

Industry links

Three institutes accredit this MSc in Construction Project Management:

The University is also a Corporate Member of the Association for Project Management. All these professional bodies offer our students free student memberships, study help and networking opportunities to support the process of becoming a future leader of the profession.

This course is delivered by the Royal Academy of Engineering Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design. One of only four Centres established at UK universities and the only one in Scotland, forming a national network to demonstrate and exchange best practice in teaching and research for the sustainable built environment.

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Course content

Programme Leader: Turker Bayrak

The programme comprises of eight taught courses. Heriot-Watt Online students must first take exams in two entry courses* of the programme, Project Management: Theory & Practice and Value & Risk Management. Based on the results from these courses students continue on the programme at MSc or at PG Diploma level. Students study seven mandatory courses and choose one optional course from a choice of electives.

All courses have written examinations and some have compulsory coursework elements. MSc students are also required to complete a Masters dissertation.

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
Online entry courses* Online entry courses* Online entry courses*
Project Management: Theory and Practice Project Management: Theory and Practice Project Management: Theory and Practice
Value and Risk Management Value and Risk Management Value and Risk Management
Mandatory courses Mandatory courses Mandatory courses
Contracts and Procurement Construction Financial Management Construction Financial Management
  Construction Practice and Information Technology Contracts and Procurement
  People and Organisational Management in the Built Environment People and Organisational Management in the Built Environment
  Project Management: Strategic Issues  
Optional courses   Optional courses
Construction Technology 3   Construction Technology 3
Environmental Geotechnics    
Environmental Hydrology and Water Resources    
Real Estate Economics    
Spatial Planning    
Sustainable Design and Development    
Sustainability in Civil Engineering    

Project Management: Theory and Practice

(mandatory and online entry course)

This module aims to provide the student with an understanding of the concepts and practices of construction project management used to provide value added services to clients. The course develops understanding of the issues related to the management of construction clients and other project stakeholders and how their needs can be co-ordinated, managed and delivered from the project’s design stage through production to occupation and maintenance within the context of client satisfaction and the overarching construction project constraints of time, cost, quality sustainability, health and safety management.

Value and Risk Management

(mandatory and online entry course)

The module aims to introduce the concepts of value & risk management, apply them to strategic and tactical problems and illustrate their tools and techniques through case studies.

Construction Financial Management

(mandatory)

The aim of the module is to enable students to appreciate and make an intelligent contribution towards the managerial and financial aspects of construction companies in general and construction projects in particular. This includes developing awareness and understanding of the need for financial planning and monitoring and the cost control process.

Construction Practice and Information Technology 

(mandatory)

The overall aim of this module is to provide an insight into the development of information systems in the construction industry. The course will help students to evaluate the use of modern ICT means and their impact on business performance in construction; study relevant IT concepts and appraise its applicability to construction process re-engineering and develop adequate research skills in reviewing and preparing academic publications.

Construction Technology

(optional)

The overall aim of this course is to provide students with a basic understanding of the different elements that make-up a building so that they can communicate effectively with construction professionals in the design and construction of buildings.

Contracts and Procurement

(mandatory)

The aim of this module is to help students understand advanced procurement practices, the situations in which their use is appropriate and the contractual principles upon which they are based. The course will also introduce students to the mechanisms used by a typical standard form of construction contract (from the JCT05 suite) to control the risk exposure arising from the liabilities of contracting parties created by the contract and common law, as well as the flow of money and information between contacting parties.

Environmental Geotechnics

(optional)

This module aims to give students an appreciation of the role of contaminated land within geotechnical engineering, developing understanding of current UK legislation and government policy relating to methodologies for dealing with contaminated land. In this regard, the course enables learners to understand the practical relevance of the remediation technologies within the context of site contamination and to gain knowledge of the engineering measures adopted at landfill sites for the safe disposal of waste.

Environmental Hydrology and Water Resources

(optional)

The aim of this module is to provide the students with a thorough understanding of the hydrological basis of water resources assessment, planning and management. In this regard, the course is designed to provide the learners with a board introduction to hydrological modelling.

People and Organisational Management in the Built Environment

(mandatory)

This module aims to develop a high level of interdisciplinary understanding about complex organisational and personal management processes and how important they are in underpinning technical skills to deliver high quality services as a professional. Students will learn about and explore management theory and practice and will have a chance to reflect on their own personal development in a synoptic way. This will be valuable in terms of career development, as management competences and self-reflection are increasingly sought in practice.

Project Management: Strategic Issues

(mandatory)

This module aims to further develop the learners theoretical and practical knowledge in the implementation of Project Management Principles in the construction industry. The course is designed to raise student awareness as to why the construction industry under-performs when compared to other industries. This enables learners to appraise and critically analyse the performance of the project management discipline in order to explore what is needed to improve this performance, with emphasis on the UK construction industry.

Real Estate Economics

(optional)

This module aims to introduce students to an economic analysis of real estate markets. The course will help students to understand land and property markets from an economic perspective; to examine land and property as a set of linked markets and to consider regulatory constraints on real estate in economic terms including planning.

Spatial Planning

(optional)

This module aims to help students to develop a critical understanding of: spatial planning agendas; sectoral and spatial policy frameworks at national, strategic and local levels; legal and ethical frameworks; implementation mechanisms; development management issues; relationships between land and property and planning, including development rights and property rights.

Sustainable Design and Development

(optional)

This module aims to help students develop a critical understanding of the complexity of urban and housing design and development, including the importance of people and process. The course will help students to gain professional knowledge about urban design principles and practice, including sustainability issues.

Sustainability in Civil Engineering

(optional)

This module aims to equip students with the interdisciplinary attitudes, skills and knowledge necessary to allow them to contribute to the delivery of sustainable development within the civil engineering industry. This will include a broad introduction to the concepts, drivers and definitions associated with sustainability, as well as an overview of the history of sustainable development.

Assessment

PG Diploma students may choose to transfer to the MSc if they meet the following progression standards: average mark of 50% or higher and no course marks below 40%.

Programme leader

Dr Turker Bayrak, CIOB, is an Architect and Construction Manager with industry background. He has research interests in Construction IT and has teaching experience in Site Management, Design, Health and Safety, Automation, Project Management and Construction Technology subjects.

Career

This industry-focused programme ensures graduates are quickly able to make a positive and effective contribution to their working environment, and as such are in great demand by construction industry employers.

All heriot watt students have access to our award-winning Careers Advisory Service. Our students benefit from professional, impartial and confidential careers advice and guidance from specialist Careers Advisers who focus on specific subject areas related to their disciplines.

Entry requirements

Masters (MSc) level entry applicants must have:

  • Minimum of 2:2 honours degree or equivalent academic qualification in a related subject area.
  • Corporate (or chartered) membership of relevant professional institutions will also be considered.

PG Diploma level entry applicants must have:

  • An honours degree in a related subject area plus a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience post qualification.

Candidates who do not meet the above entry requirements or have no formal academic qualifications will be considered individually based on their CV and interview. Admission via this route will be at the discretion of the Director of Admissions and the number of successful applicants will be restricted.

Recognition of Prior Learning

We are committed to providing study opportunities to applicants who have a wide range of prior experiences through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). For more information on RPL, please contact the Online Admissions Team (egis-idl-apps@hw.ac.uk) ahead of application. We can only consider requests for RPL at the time of application to a course of study. 

English language requirements

If English is not the applicant’s first language a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is required with all elements passed at 6.0 or above.

Applicants who have previously successfully completed courses delivered in the medium of English language may be considered and will be required to provide documentary evidence of this. Examples would be secondary school education or undergraduate degree. A minimum of at least one year of full time study (or equivalent) in the medium of English language will be required.

We offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme:

  • 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no more than one skill at 4.5);
  • 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills);
  • 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)

Online learning students

Heriot-Watt Online students will need access to a PC/laptop and internet during their studies.

Fees

Tuition fees for 2020 entry
Status Per course Dissertation
UK / EU / Overseas £1400 £1800

Additional fees information

Students pay £1400 per course and £1800 for the Dissertation. This programme consists of 8 courses (modules). MSc students are also required to submit a Masters dissertation.

For questions about Heriot-Watt Online fees, please contact hwonlineapps@hw.ac.uk

Financial support

Tuition fee loans of £5,500 are available to Scottish distance learning students on taught postgraduate courses. Full-time distance learning postgraduate students can also access a £4,500 living cost loan. Find out more from the Students Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS)

Scholarships and bursaries

We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.

View our full range of postgraduate scholarships.