Postgraduate MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Project Management in Construction (delivered in Sri Lanka)

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Attendance

Full-time

Course

One year

Next enrolment

January 2020

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Introduction

In a nutshell

This course will equip you with the knowledge and expertise needed to plan, organise, secure and manage resources to bring about the successful completion of projects to client’s expectations and satisfaction. Course content covered is designed for individuals and organisations managing change in a fast-paced business and project environment.

With emphasis on leadership in performance improvement, you will learn how to recognise the impact of processes, technology and people on the success of projects in the design, property and construction industries.

The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Association for Project Management (APM), so you will be educated to the highest industry standards.

The course is delivered in partnership with the Colombo School of Construction Technology (CSCT) - a modern higher education institution situated in Sri Lanka that is dedicated to students seeking internationally recognised education and qualifications in the construction industry.

You will:
  • Learn how to organise and plan construction projects and manage project information
  • Learn how to critically examine existing practice through implementing process measurement and evaluate alternative strategies for process improvement
  • Learn how to analyse corporate problems and design and implement strategies for change
  • Learn how to lead and work effectively with project teams, and communicate effectively in a variety of forms
International

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...

1.

You want to learn the skills needed to manage change in fast-moving business and project environments

2.

You have an academic or professional background in construction, design, property, engineering or a management discipline

3.

You have a desire to enhance your current knowledge base and specialise in the field of project management

Course details

All about the course

The master's award consists of four taught modules followed by a dissertation. The PgDip requires the completion of the four taught modules. For the award of PgCert the completion of two specified taught modules is required. All modules are assessed mostly through coursework. There are no exams.

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

 

Trimester One Modules

Culture and Change Management

Acquire a critical understanding of the importance of culture in the management of project teams, and an awareness of the role of learning and networking to personal and organisational development. You will also become aware of the tools and techniques used for managing organisational change, appraising various change management strategies, developing appropriate implementation plans, and evaluating cultural differences in the construction industry and their impact on professional practice.

Procurement

Through this module, you will learn to critically evaluate client objectives, and determine the appropriate selection of procurement systems for design and construction services, as well as assess supply chain relationships to develop strategies for stakeholders in the construction industry. The module will provide you with the skills to advise clients on the selection of appropriate procurement routes; recommending relevant parties on the rationale regarding early strategic procurement decisions.

Construction Teams

Through this module, you will be able to critically evaluate the factors related to the team formation, development, and improvement whilst analysing the influence of team dynamics upon team management, performance and culture. You will also be capable of describing team roles, responsibilities and the causes of conflict in order to discuss the impacts upon the performance and cohesion of the team and the appropriate techniques for resolution.

Contracts Management and Practice

Develop a critical awareness of contractual provisions relating to various standard forms of contracts with this module, as you examine and explore the practicalities of contract administration, including commercial management of contracts. You will also gain a systematic understanding of various mechanisms for the avoidance, management and resolution of disputes in construction projects. Upon completion, you will have a high level of competence in advising clients on selecting the appropriate contract and warranties for the chosen procurement route.

Trimester Two Modules

Process Management in Construction

Develop a practical understanding of planning and modelling software, process modelling, analysis and planning. You will also become acquainted with the tools and techniques used in project management and comprehend the process of improvement, innovation and redesign. The module will provide you with a number of skills, from evaluating the efficacy of processes, to developing process maps which effectively analyse and describe construction projects.

Lean Production and Construction Principles

Develop your knowledge and understanding of Lean production and construction principles and their importance to the successful management of projects. You will also critically appraise the foundational concepts underlying traditional and Lean managerial methods before identifying the opportunities in construction and project organisations for Lean improvement.

Project Management Practice

This module will provide you with a practical understanding of the tools and techniques used for assessing risk and the environmental impact of construction projects. Through this module you will learn to address challenges associated with coordinating production; organising design for manufacturing, assembly and sustainability; managing project handovers and using feedback for improvements and writing reports for senior management.

BIM for the Built Environment

You will develop a systematic and critical understanding of the data structures and standards used to inform data exchange, and of the various technological tools used to facilitate the construction of sustainable buildings, including communication with all project stakeholders. You will also recognise and critically appraise the role of BIM in collaborative built environment processes and practices as you interpret the benefits of adopting the software into collaborative projects.

Trimester Three Modules

Dissertation

This module enables 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?

Teaching

Teaching comprises lectures, tutorials and project work. Tutors from Salford deliver an innovative 'flying facility' where they attend the college and deliver classroom teaching in timetabled blocks.

Lectures introduce the core knowledge for each module. Tutorials provide a forum for discussion and debate with personalised instruction from tutors, and the project work is your chance to employ research and other techniques to develop solutions to prescribed tasks.

Assessment

Written coursework (100%) and continuous informal assessment by your tutors.

Some modules are assessed using presentations.

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Employment and stats

What about after uni?

Salford has an exceptionally high graduate employment rate for Project Management in Construction, with alumni employed in a number of related fields, including the built environment, civil engineering, heavy engineering, offshore and petrochemical industries.

Course learning advocates the need for integration in projects and leadership in performance improvement. You will graduate with the knowledge to plan construction projects, manage project information and lead project teams. You will be equipped with the skills to analyse corporate problems, alternative strategies, and to implement changes.

A taste of what you could become

A project manager

A construction manager

A site manager

A development consultant

And more...

Career Links

The full master's award is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Association for Project Management (APM), allowing exemption from their academic entry requirements.

Requirements

What you need to know

International students must provide evidence of proficiency in English - IELTS 6.0 with no band below 5.5 or an equivalent qualification are proof of this.

The pre-checklist

International students must provide evidence of proficiency in English - IELTS 6.0 with no band below 5.5 or an equivalent qualification are proof of this.

Which qualifications do I need?

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Applicants 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.

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.

Delivery

This course is delivered in partnership with the Colombo School of Construction Technology (CSCT) is a modern higher education institution situated in Sri Lanka that is dedicated to students seeking internationally recognised education and qualifications in the construction industry.

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 international 2018/19 £7,000per year
Full-time international 2019/20 £7,000per year
Full-time international 2020/21 £7000per year
Additional costs

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

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Enrolment dates

January 2020

September 2020