Management in the Built Environment

What is the MSc in Management in the Built Environment programme about?

This programme offers the opportunity for progression in the construction industry. Graduates have noted improved salaries, greater promotion prospects and the ability to transfer their skills through a range of technical, managerial and design careers. Recruitment companies such as Hays and Brightwater are confirming that demand for Construction professionals is increasing, with increasing salaries reflecting the shortfall in suitably qualified staff.

The programme ensures that the learners will have an in-depth knowledge of the underlying theories, key concepts and technologies within the discipline area of the built environment. Graduates will be able to analyse the complex contemporary challenges and issues in the management of the built environment and integrate and apply this knowledge to formulate creative and innovative solutions. They will develop a capacity for critical thinking within their discipline and demonstrate an ability to bring their expertise to bear on real world problems and challenges in the built environment. They will be equipped to lead, develop, and manage within a range of built environment organisations.

Postgraduate Diploma
The Postgraduate Diploma in Management in the Built Environment is an Embedded Exit Award.

Entry requirements

A minimum 2nd class Honours Degree in civil engineering, quantity surveying, facilities management, architectural technology, construction management, building surveying, architecture, architectural science or equivalent qualification in a cognate discipline area.

Chartered members of built environment professional bodies include such organisations as: Chartered Institute of Building, Engineers Ireland, Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland, Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland.

Candidates with significant experience in the built environment sector (as determined through IT Carlow's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy), in addition to an honours primary degree in another discipline area, may also be considered for entry.

Applicants applying for entry via routes other than that listed above will be considered on a case-by-case basis through the IT Carlow RPL system.

Subjects taught

What subjects will I study?
Leadership Strategy and Self-Management
Construction Project Management
BIM Management
Building Economics and Life Cycle Cost Analysis
Research Methods

Elective Subjects
Legal Aspects of Management in Built Environment
Public Procurement of Construction
Retrofitting and Building Fabric
Energy and Buildings
Facilities Management


1 Year Full-time.


CWE01 Master of Science Management in the Built Environment CARLOW Full-time 9 90 €7,400*

CWE02 Postgraduate Diploma in Management in the Built Environment CARLOW Full-time 9 60 €5,500

*Fees for ITC Major Award graduates only – €5,500.

Post Course Info

What will I be able to do when I finish the programme?
Graduates of this programme will be well placed to take up management positions across the full built environment sector.

Potential employment opportunities
The course is aimed at improving management competency in the built environment, both on the developer/design team side and on the contracting side.

Graduates of the programme will be ideally qualified to work anywhere across the built environment sector from development, design, procurement, construction and management of new buildings to the refurbishment of existing structures.

What follow-on study opportunities are available? Graduates may pursue Level 10 (PhD) study opportunities upon successful completion of this programme.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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