Advanced Project Management in Construction MSc 2017-18This course also available for 2016-17 entry
About the course
This course focuses on developing and applying advanced project management strategies needed to plan, organise and co-ordinate the integrated delivery of complex projects in evolving global environments. This course is aimed at industry professionals seeking to acquire such advanced, strategic level skills as project managers in the global construction industry who are wishing to progress towards managerial positions. To take up such roles you would need to be able to apply knowledge to optimise and solve complex issues in a very dynamic industry, with a clear understanding of business implications. This course aims to enable the understanding of process and production management issues, including planning and control approaches, the management of resources, and how information technology can be applied to support successful project outcomes. The advanced level nature of the course also aims to prepare you for further research in the field, either within academia or for consultant organisations, providing the skills and competencies necessary for a project manager to successfully deliver global projects.
This Master's degree also forms part of an integrated suite of built environment postgraduate taught courses within the School of Art, Design and Architecture, which mark an exciting new development in the subject area and draws on the skills of leading researchers and practitioners.
18 / 09 / 2017
1 year full-time – September start
Part-time option also available
Candidates must be able to satisfy the general admissions requirements of the University of Huddersfield and the specific requirements of the course in the following ways.
The normal entry requirements are:
• A 2:2 Honours degree or above in an appropriate subject or equivalent.
• Alternative qualifications and/or significant experience may be accepted, subject to approval.
• For applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, will be considered acceptable, or equivalent.
• International students with qualifications in 'creative' or ‘practice' subjects should submit a portfolio of work with their application.
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This course will enable you to develop an understanding and ability to manage global projects acting for clients or co-ordinating other professional organisations, which is a key skill-set to be acquired. This sits alongside a range of advanced analytical and transferrable skills valuable across a range of built environment themes and scenarios.
The course offers the following modules:
+ Lean and BIM in Construction Projects
This module aims to discuss Lean Construction theory and practice, including its application in Building Information Modelling (BIM) enabled projects. The module discusses traditional approaches to project management and presents Lean as an innovative waste and value based approach to managing construction projects.
+ Advanced Procurement in Construction
Delivering construction projects in time, within budget and to the required quality standards is not only the key measure of global construction project success, but also the ultimate responsibility of all the construction project managers. Managing construction contracts and procurement arrangements appropriately is key to achieve such success in construction projects. This module aims to impart clear knowledge and the skills necessary to understand and apply approaches to achieving this goal.
+ Construction Project Management: Planning and Control
This module is aimed at preparing you to manage projects within the built environment through the use of advanced planning and control techniques. It will enable you to learn and apply a range of skills in project planning, scheduling, monitoring and control that includes cash flow and capital expenditure analysis, value management, risk and opportunity management and the use of software-based decision support tools as used in industry.
+ Research Methods
The research methods module introduces students to a variety of methods, approaches and practical issues involved in conducting academic research. It will give you the chance to become familiar with the key elements involved in designing, carrying out and assessing research relevant to a range of built environment disciplines. The objectives of this module are: to define a topic which is both researchable and manageable within the bounds of a Master’s dissertation/project; to conduct a preliminary literature search and synthesis, providing a background and justification to the research project; to establish clear aims and objectives for the research to specify the detailed plan to be carried out; and to produce a structure for the research which indicates the sources and methods to be employed and a feasible working programme.
+ Major Project
This module gives you the opportunity to undertake a major, in-depth piece of work along with other This includes a largely self-directed study, of what you have gained from the course and, often, to integrate it with elements from previous studies or professional experiences. It gives the opportunity for you to develop your research skills and abilities, allowing exploration of a particular and complex area covered in the taught elements of your course of study. The major project represents a study of a specified topic based on the gathering and analysis of primary and secondary data, contextualised within existing knowledge in the field and drawing conclusions to a defined research question.
Optional modules You will choose one from a list which may include:
+ Advanced Construction and Building Analysis
This module aims to address several key needs for the production and analysis of buildings designed to be efficient in construction and in operation. Reference will be made to the latest exemplars and how the lessons learned from these can be applied to future practice. Advanced construction techniques will be discussed alongside alternative forms of design. The module will consider both non-domestic and domestic examples of sustainable buildings. It will review them with a view to giving you the opportunity for critical questioning and analysis of their claimed performance. A key element of this module is the use of analytical methods including computer simulation to assess performance and how such information is integrated into other aspects of construction.
+ BIM at the Project Level: Collaborative Approaches
This module aims to address BIM at the project level. The aim is to provide understanding and support the critical evaluation of the key issues in collaborative, integrated BIM based projects. It includes a broad understanding of process change needed to enable the achievement of BIM benefits in practice.
We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.
We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.
We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.
Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.
When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.
This course can help you develop the necessary skills to lead collaborative design and construction teams, effectively manage projects, and adopt innovative approaches such as Lean Construction and Building Information Modelling (BIM). Graduates could consider careers in managing infrastructure and civil engineering projects too. The course aims to help you to develop skills that are transferable to managing these type of projects.
Teaching and assessment
Modules are assessed by a combination of written reports, presentations and examinations.
Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.
Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*
*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.
Postgraduate students are able to use all facilities within the School as well as those that are particular to your specialism. You'll be based in Queen Street Studios; a self-contained building which, as well as housing contemporary studio space, also offers advanced 3D technologies. This includes dedicated high-performance computer aided design (CAD) and 3D computer visualisation facilities, plus high definition and multi material 3D printers for the creation of 3D models. You'll also have access to the Digital Print Centre, our specialist facility capable of printing on a variety of media. All of this is supported by our expert technical staff.
In addition to having full access to the facilities during University opening hours, you'll also be able to access the specialist software licensed to the University from your own computer, whilst away from the campus out of studio opening hours.
How much will it cost me?
Tuition fees for postgraduate study in 2017/18 have not yet been set by the University. This is expected to be confirmed in May 2016 and we will update our website as soon as this information becomes available.
For information, in 2016/17, the full-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate students at the University of Huddersfield will generally be £4,950 (see Fees and Finance for exceptions). Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).
If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available. Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.
You will need to supply your own materials during the course. These include books, equipment, materials and printing. The approximate cost of these items is £250. These costs may vary based on the materials you choose and the approximate costs are given as a guide only.
Research degrees are also available in this area. Contact us for details.
A Master's course is 180 Master's level credits, which would normally take one calendar year full-time study. Interim awards are available at Postgraduate Certificate level or Postgraduate Diploma level should you decide to exit the course early.
Please contact us for details of the credits required for these interim awards.
How to apply
We hope you are interested in what you have seen and want to apply to join us.
If you are planning to study part-time, please get in touch with the contact in the 'At a glance' section above.
Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you have the opportunity to benefit and develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant.
[Innovative Design Lab Research Centre:| http://www.hud.ac.uk/research/researchcentres/idl/