Postgraduate MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Construction Management

School of Science, Engineering and Environment




Distance Learning


One year

Two year

Next enrolment

January 2020

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In a nutshell

An effective construction manager understands how to successfully organise and plan complex construction projects, diagnose corporate problems, and manage project teams, procurement, finance and risk. Many graduates use this course to gain the skills and knowledge required to advance their careers and undertake senior management positions.

The development of this course has been led by industry to ensure that it covers current industry trends and emerging future skills areas in construction management.  This course offers a structured route to obtaining the knowledge and understanding required to practice construction management. Emphasis is on developing practical skills and tools for a rewarding career in construction.It provides hands-on training in the use of state-of-the-art software tools and techniques.

This full master's degree is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Association for Project Management (APM); educating you to the highest industry standards.

You will:
  • Learn how to successfully organise and plan complex construction projects and you will gain an understanding of international markets
  • Learn how to diagnose corporate problems and manage a multitude of areas including people, finance and risk
  • Be taught to recognise the significance of processes, technology and people to the success of projects in the construction industry

students accepted

Course accreditations
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) logo
Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) logo
Association for Project Management logo

This is for you if...


You have strong leadership skills and want to join the construction industry


You want to enhance your current knowledge and develop a career in the area of construction management


You want to build on the experience you already have in the built environment sector and gain a formal qualification

Course details

All about the course

The course can be studied full-time, part-time on campus, or part-time by online distance learning. Admission onto the course is in September or January. The master's award consists of eight taught modules followed by a Research Methods module and Dissertation. The PgDip requires the completion of the eight taught modules. The PgCert requires the completion of four taught modules.

Full-time study

You will study four 15 credit taught modules in each of your first two trimesters, these are designed to give you the core knowledge required in construction management. In the final trimester, you will undertake a dissertation worth 60 credits.

Part-time study

You will study two 15 credit taught modules in each of your first four trimesters, these are designed to give you the core knowledge required in construction management. In a final trimester you will undertake a dissertation worth 60 credits.

Distance learning study

Two 15 credit taught module are studied in each trimester for the first 24 months. Assessment of these modules is driven by real-world problems aligned to your workplace and job role. Teaching is based around a virtual learning environment supported by interactive online sessions.

Trimester One Modules

Construction Health and Safety and Environment


Corporate Construction Finance

Integrated Design and Delivery Systems

Trimester Two Modules

Project and Production Management

This module aims to develop systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of project and production management in the role of construction management. Module topics include:

  • Construction as a manufacturing process
  • Lean, agile and flexible production systems
  • Management of risk and value
  • Generic process models
  • Tools and techniques

Construction Scheduling and Control

Value and Risk Management

Project Management Practice

Trimester Three Modules


This module allows you to develop a research proposal with clear aims and objectives related to your study. You will undertake critical analysis of existing research and engage in various forms of recognised research in order to produce a sustained, sophisticated, and logical argument in the form of a written dissertation.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?


Campus-based study is delivered through a variety of learning and teaching methods. Lectures introduce new material and provide the core knowledge base for each module. Tutorials offer the opportunity for discussion and debate with personalised instruction from lecturers. Project work is an important aspect of the course enabling you to initiate and control research or other techniques to develop solutions to prescribed tasks. Throughout the course expert guest lecturers in relevant fields are invited to deliver lectures.

Distance learning uses an internet-based learning environment backed up by intensive tutor support. Weekly online tutorials are led by tutors with student interaction. Our online repository of learning material enables you to undertake self-directed study at your own convenience. Learning is driven by real-world problems aligned to your workplace and job role.

Contact time

Full-time: Approximately two days per week

Distance Learning: Two to three hours online contact time with up to five hours personal study time per week


  • Written coursework (100%)
  • Continuous informal assessment by your tutors

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Dr Kaushal Keraminiyage

Dr Kaushal Keraminiyage is the course director for MSc Construction Management at the University of Salford.

Kaushal is an experienced researcher and an academic, working as a Reader at the School of the Built Environment and the Centre for Disaster Resilience at University of Salford. Dr Keraminiyage has a strong publication profile and funded research projects. In recent years,  he has actively engaged in organising high-profile research conferences at international locations, developing strong links with Built Environment and Disaster Management experts and stakeholders. 

Outside of his daily role, Kaushal is developing web applications and he is an advocate of open source software and educational resources. He is keen to use his knowledge to create better virtual collaborative environments to address teaching, learning and research needs in the field.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?


Many graduates use this course to gain the skills and knowledge required to advance their careers and undertake a senior management role. Some choose careers in the construction industry in project management, construction management, architectural and engineering design management. However, a significant number have also branched out into parallel careers in the civil engineering, financial, legal and business sectors.  Many have achieved notable success, with numerous winners of the Whiting Award and also several awards in the CIOB Building Manager of the Year competition.

Further study

Globally, the urban built environment is becoming the predominant place for livelihoods. After completing this course, you will be well-placed to progress to doctoral level study. Salford’s centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructure and Sustainable Environments (UPRISE) works across a range of subject areas to identify how we might design, deliver and experience cities differently, considering issues that impact at both the local and global level. 

A taste of what you could become

A project manager

A construction manager

An architectural designer

An engineering designer

A surveyor

And more...

Career Links

This course has been extensively informed by collaboration between the university’s academics and industrial partners from the built environment. You will benefit from field visits, practitioner-led lectures and real-world problem-solving work developed for and by industry.  You will receive actual practical experience and have the opportunity chance to network with key stakeholders.


What you need to know

English Language Requirements

International applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (with no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Professional Accreditation

The full master's award is accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Association of Project Management (APM) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), allowing exemption from their academic entry requirements as well as ensuring that you are educated to the highest industry standards.

Which qualifications do I need?

Entry requirements

Applicants of this course must have a minimum of a second class honours degree. We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019/20 £8,208per year
Full-time international 2019/20 £12,960per year
Part-time 2019/20 UK/EU: £1,368 per 30 credits. International: £2,160 per 30 credits.
Distance learning 2019/20 UK/EU: £1368 per 30 credits. International: £1,815 per 30 credits.
Full-time home/EU 2020/21 £8,460per year
Full-time international 2020/21 £13320per year
Part-time 2020/21 £1,410 per 30 credits
Distance learning 2020/21 UK/EU: £1410 per 30 credits. International: £1,845 per 30 credits
Additional costs

You should consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

 Scholarships for international students 2020/21

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our international scholarships worth up to £5,000. Our international scholarships include the Salford International Excellence Scholarship and the Built Environment Postgraduate Silver Award

To find out more information, visit our International Scholarships page.

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Enrolment dates

January 2020

September 2020