MSc Construction Project Management (Distance Learning)
Please note that new student recruitment to this course has been suspended for the September 2022 and January 2023 intakes. Applications for September 2023 and January 2024 should be made from October 2022. If you would like information about our alternative course, please visit the MSc Construction Project Management page.
Page last updated 10 February 2022
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.
Distance Learning degree
MSc Construction Project Management at UWE Bristol equips graduates with the theoretical knowledge and practical and technical skills to manage people and projects within the construction industry.
Successful project managers need to be able to think, lead and act in an uncertain and dynamic business environment, have access to the latest information, understand the appropriate techniques and systems, and have the expertise to apply these to market needs and business opportunities.
Because the course is delivered entirely online through distance learning, you'll be able to fit your studies around other commitments. There's no obligation to live locally as your learning and assessment will take place online. Learning materials and opportunities for peer interaction are provided weekly, but you have flexibility as to when you interact.
You'll be taught by widely-published academics, who'll bring the benefit of their own industry experience as well as feeding the latest research directly into your learning.
It's suitable for professionals already working in the construction industry who aspire to senior management positions. Additionally, it is suitable for undergraduate (honours) students in related subject areas, looking to progress to study a managerial and technical postgraduate programme.
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).
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:
- 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.
Learning and Teaching
Your learning experience will be enhanced by a number of technologies, ensuring that it is as effective and rewarding as traditionally taught courses. We use a Virtual Learning Environment for online interaction and collaboration, and lecture capture is enabled through Panopto meaning you can watch lectures and engage in discussion at your convenience.
The interactive nature of the programme means you'll be part of an online community, able to develop ideas and share experiences with your peers, wherever they are in the world.
Each module has a flexible reading programme with essential text and suggested reading lists, and includes a wide range of e-materials, especially e-journals and other resources you can access remotely. The course demands you develop an advanced knowledge and use of independent materials.
You'll have access to over 100 hours of recorded lectures from academics and professionals in the construction industry. Alongside these recorded lectures, you'll be able to attend regular live online webinar workshops via Blackboard Collaborate. This comprehensive learning platform provides your entire course content, and puts you in contact with your tutor and fellow students. If the time of the webinar isn't convenient, you can easily view them as recordings at a time that suits.
The virtual learning platform allows you to:
- make video contact with your tutor
- participate in discussion groups
- access the UWE Bristol library and other resources
- get study and technical support
- submit coursework
- contact other students.
See our glossary of glossary of learning and teaching terms.
Flexible study options
The online Construction Project Management course 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:
Full-time (including dissertation): 12 months.
You should spend a minimum of 28 hours a week studying.
Part-time (including dissertation): 24 months.
You should spend a minimum of 14 hours a week studying.
The taught portion of the course is delivered in semesters; each year the first semester starts in September and ends in December with an assessment period in January, the second runs from January to April with an assessment period in May. You can start in either semester.
Assessment avoids major exams. We assess your work through a variety of coursework assignments, including reports, and presentations. Many modules have mini projects that require applied research relevant to the syllabus but applied to construction project management in practice.
See our full glossary of assessment terms.
Gaining an CIOB and RICS accredited degree will provide you with exemption from some membership requirements.Please see the CIOB and RICS websites for more details.
Whilst studying, you are eligible for a student membership of both the CIOB and RICS.
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Careers / Further study
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.
We normally require an honours degree of 2:2 or above.
We can consider applicants who do not have a degree but do have relevant professional experience or qualifications in the construction industry. In your application, you should describe in detail your professional experience and qualifications and provide one employer's reference.
English Language Requirement
International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).
*The University accepts a large number of UK and international qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit English language requirements.
How to apply
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