About your course
Learn how to lead and integrate a team of multi-disciplinary professionals on this Construction Project Management Masters. The course provides links to leading practitioners, RICS and CIOB accreditation, and direct entry to RICS APS.
- Course available to study full time (1 year) and part time (2 years)
- Fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
- Strong emphasis on developing the professional and transferable skills required by industry
- Part time, day release, study option if you are already in employment
- Graduates eligible for direct entrance on to the RICS APC professional training programme and CIOB PDP if employed
Direct links with leading practitioners through case study material and practitioner led seminars.
Introduction to the School
The School of the Built Environment delivers an exciting range of professionally-accredited postgraduate programmes designed to develop innovative and creative professionals equipped to react to the challenges of the modern global built environment.
Our portfolio of programmes includes courses for experienced practitioners who want to enhance or refocus their skills to secure promotion or enter a new area within this fascinating profession. We also run courses specifically designed to equip aspiring entrants to the sector with the skills and competencies they need to succeed.
Whatever your ambitions are for the future, our postgraduate qualifications will ensure you enjoy excellent career prospects both in the UK and internationally and enable you to provide ‘real world’ solutions to the challenges of sustainable global development.
The School of the Built Environment is recognised as one of the UK’s leading research departments for built environment and sustainability research, with 83% of research submitted to the REF 2014 considered as being of international importance or recognised internationally.
This work, combined with our extensive links with professional bodies and employers, ensures that all of our postgraduate degrees are industry-focused, globally relevant and at the forefront of knowledge development in this field.
Programme outline and structure
Project management is a highly challenging role, requiring skilled individuals with the ability to lead and integrate a multi-disciplinary team of professionals.
Increasingly complex organisational structures coupled with rapid technological change require project managers to be aware of, and appreciate the need for sophisticated communications systems.
This Masters course will give you the knowledge and practical skills required to undertake a variety of project management roles in the construction and property sectors after graduation. As the course addresses projects from the perspectives of both demand and supply, it is also ideally suited for individuals from other sectors involved in the procurement of built assets, for example, on behalf of project sponsors in the public sector.
Close partnerships with industry and practice ensures the course – and our graduates – are responsive to the changing needs of industry, government, local communities and professional practice.
The course is taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, seminars, projects and field study visits.
Your academic team is based in the School of the Built Environment, a sector leader for postgraduate education in property and construction. The School has a growing international reputation for its impactful research focusing on exploring all aspects of sustainability. This research drives and informs the Masters programme, ensuring graduates can contribute to the development of long-term sustainable solutions.
Many of your tutors will be actively involved in research managed under the aegis of the Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies Research Centre (BEST). This Centre is supported internationally by the EU, UK and USA, Ministry of Defence, Carbon Trust and Technology Strategy Board as well as by industrial partners including United Utilities, NHS, Tarmac and Taylor Woodrow.
The degree has a high standing both academically and professionally and the quality of the programme and the School is recognised by the Chartered Institute of Building with Accredited Centre status and by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors as a Partnering Establishment. When you graduate with the MSc Construction Project Management you are exempt from the educational requirements for both the CIOB and the RICS and can apply for the professional training needed for full membership.
Modules, core and optional
The modules listed here are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course.
- Research Methods: Gain an understanding of the academic research process and the differing techniques, strategies and methods used to undertake research in the built environment. This module is studied before the Dissertation module.
- Dissertation: The dissertation submission is usually between 15-18,000 words depending on the subject area.
- Project Management Theory and Practice: Develop the requisite project management skills and knowledge necessary for the successful strategic and operational management of complex construction modules via the appraisal and application of current theory and principles. This module includes the use of current methodologies, such as Prince 2 and the use of software such as Last Minute Planner.
- Construction Contract Administration: You will study the application of the law in relation to the construction and property industry, with an emphasis on the construction contract and the new forms of contracts used within construction, both in the UK and globally.
- Supply Chain Management: Examination of the nature and operation of the construction supply chain, both traditional and modern variants, and the frameworks within which project participants work taking into consideration appropriate risk and value management regimes.
- Construction Industry Environment: A review of the environment that the construction industry has to operate within, considering aspects of structure, including stakeholders, economics both impacting on the industry and how the industry impacts on the UK economics. You will also consider how these factors impact on projects.
- Project Performance Management: An introduction to aspects of project performance and how these factors impact on the overall success of the project. Aspects include management systems with regards to all resources in particular people, also considering quality, health and safety, planning and control. The emphasis is very much on the production phase.
- Sustainable Construction: This module concentrates on how to identify and critically appraise how environmental sustainability can be incorporated into a more modern and innovative construction organisation and industry. The role of construction being more ethically and socially responsible is also covered.
Entry requirements (Home)
An Honours degree in a relevant subject with a minimum 2.2 classification or a professional qualification of equivalent standing together with such relevant professional experience as deemed appropriate by the School.
Non-UK applicants will be expected to have demonstrated competence in English language equivalent to a minimum of IELTS 6.5. Applicants who have studied and successfully achieved a UK degree within 24 months of the start of the MSc are exempt from this requirement.
Entry requirements (International)
LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence.
If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, Masters by Research, MPhil/PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance.
Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application.
In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.
For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.
An interview may form part of the application process
6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Applications for RPL will not be accepted on this programme.
All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please email to LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible.
Sources of funding
Scholarships for taught masters students
LJMU will be awarding over 100 scholarships worth £10,000 each to students starting a taught Masters degree in September 2015 and January 2016. The funding is part of the government match-funded Postgraduate Support Scheme and is a fantastic opportunity to secure a Masters qualification in any discipline without added financial worry. You will have to pass certain eligibility criteria in order to be considered for one of these generous scholarships. For example, you must:
- be a UK or EU resident
- have been paying the higher undergraduate tuition fee since 2012
- want to start a full-time Masters degree (MA, MSc, MREs) in September 2015 or January 2016
LJMU Alumni Award
Final year undergraduates and alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 15% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*).
Postgraduate International Scholarships
LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants.
English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary
A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre.
Earn While You Learn
Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.
LJMU’s Vacancy website can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships / summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.
Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)
Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs.
Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.
Support for disabled students
Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.
Council tax exemption
All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.
This programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. When you graduate with the MSc Construction Project Management, you are exempt from the educational requirements of both the CIOB and the RICS and can apply for the professional training programmes needed for full membership.
International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.
Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.
Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.
Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.
LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.
These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.
You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:
- new international applicants
- current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
- LJMU international alumni
English for Postgraduate courses bursary
A bursary will be available for students who must complete the six week English for Postgraduate Studies course to improve their IELTS score by 0.5 prior to enrolling on their postgraduate taught or research degree at LJMU.
This bursary take the form of a tuition fee waiver, which will be deducted from your tuition fee when you enrol on your degree programme. You do not need to complete the online scholarship form in order to receive this bursary. Please note: If you are awarded this bursary you are not eligible to apply for an international scholarship.
Please Note: The University reserves the right to cancel, suspend or modify this information at any time.