MSc Construction Project Management with Industry Placement (2 year)
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. Ranked 2nd (The Times / The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023) and 7th (Complete University Guide 2023) in the UK for Building. See our rankings for more information.
To enhance your career prospects and international experience, we are now offering our established and standard one year Construction Project Management Masters over two years through offering a ‘with Industry Placement' alternative.
This ‘with Industry Placement' option offers a practical experiential element over the traditional one-year degree structure, allowing you to reflect on theory and practice.
This degree is delivered by the Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design, a leading body recognised by the Royal Academy of Engineering. This is one of four such centres established at UK universities that jointly form a national network to demonstrate and exchange best practice in teaching and research for the sustainable built environment.
September 2023 entry
The deadline for applications from Scottish and RUK students is 31st August 2023. For EU and overseas applicants, we guarantee to consider applications submitted by 1st August 2023.
This variant ‘with Industry Placement' degree is offered over two years. The taught part of the programme is the same as its standard Construction Project Management Masters counterpart.
The Industry Placement is undertaken between the taught part of the programme and the research dissertation. If you cannot or decide not to do the placement option, then you will revert to the standard programme.
Although, the responsibility of finding a suitable placement lies with you, to support you, we are partnering with construction industry professionals and will provide advice on recruiters who offer placement opportunities. You will also have access to the University's award-winning Careers Service.
Due to the popularity of this study programme, places to study from January 2022 are full and may open again soon. Please register your interest to be notified when this programme is next open for applications.
Two institutes accredit this course:
Civil Engineering graduate Tauhida Mazumdar talks about why she chose the MSc Construction Project Management at Heriot-Watt.
Students study 7 mandatory courses and choose 1 optional course from a choice of electives. Semester 1 and Semester 2 of year 1 are the same as the standard one year Construction Project Management degree.
Students take part in a placement and complete a dissertation.
The Industry Placement
As the placement is credit bearing, to progress onto the placement year you will need to reach the designated attainment status beforehand. If you can progress onto the placement year and do not secure a placement with industry, we will either offer a University based placement (working on an ongoing research project) if possible or transfer you to our standard 1-year Construction Project Management counterpart (without placement). We will support students in finding industry placements and help them get in touch with industry partners.
A good honours degree at the equivalency of a UK first class (or high 2:1) honours degree. Due to the popularity of this programme, we prioritise offers to recent graduates as this is an opportunity to gain work experience. Where extensive work experience has already been acquired, we may offer the one-year MSc programme as an alternative.
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. Please refer to English language requirements for further details.
Some applicants may be asked for alternative evidence in line with UKVI recognised English speaking countries. 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.
All evidence of English language needs to be dated within two years of the commencement of study.
We also offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your master's programme:
- 20 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.0 with no skill lower than 4.5)
- 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.0 with minimum of 5.0 in writing and no skill lower than 4.5)
- 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no skill lower than 5.0)
- 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with no skill lower than 5.5)
- Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.
- Overseas includes applications from European Union countries who do not hold Pre-Settled or Settled status in the UK. Read more about the application process for EU nationals.
Additional fees information
Year 2 fees: Fees are payable for both years of this degree. The fees listed above apply to Year 1 of this MSc. The fees for the Industry Placement year are indicated below.
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.