Management in the Built Environment

The built environment consists of buildings and all other things that have been constructed by human beings. The course, therefore examines the key contemporary issues in the built environment sector. It blends theory and practice to ensure that the learner will be equipped with practical skills underpinned by theoretical foundations. In addition, learners will be able to feed into and drive built environment developments, professional practice and future research.

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.

Exit Award - Yes.

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.

Please note that all Non-EU international applicants for the MSc in Management in the Built Environment programme should refer to the International section of the website for further information.


1 Year Full-time, 2 Years Part-time.

Careers or further progression

Study & Career Opportunities
Graduates may pursue Level 10 (PhD) study opportunities upon successful completion of this programme.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Management in the Built Environment is an Embedded Exit Award (Level 9 - 60 credits).

Demand for Skills in Construction to 2020, DKM Consultants Report commissioned by the Construction Industry Federation in conjunction with SOLAS (October 2016)
'The DKM report forecasts an average annual growth rate of 9% in the overall volume of construction output in the period 2016- 2020 which 'could potentially generate a requirement for 112,000 jobs up to 2020.' These additional workers are needed to 'deliver on the ambitious targets set out in the Government's €43 billion Capital Programme, the Rebuilding Ireland Strategy and in meeting the increasing demand from Foreign Direct Investment companies for specialist buildings.'

Further enquiries

Anthony Dempsey MSc, CPM, HDip, GIS, BEng(Hons), CE, CEng, MIEI
Programme Director


Eoin Homan BEng (Hons), MSc, CEng, MIEI
Head of Department of Built Environment and Extended Campus
P: 059 9175406

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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


Postgraduate Opportunities - Institute of Technology Carlow. Institute of Technology Carlow has a range of high-quality courses that offer suitably qualified primary degree holders (NFQ Level 8) exciting opportunities to progress to higher awards (Masters and Doctoral degrees). These opportunities are by research and thesis or taught courses, with many available on a full-time or part-time basis across our three campuses in Carlow, Wicklow and Wexford.

Higher Degrees by research are normally obtained by undertaking a research project, guided by an experienced supervisor. The average duration of a research Masters degree (NFQ Level 9) is 2 years full-time study. A PhD (NFQ Level 10) should take from 3 to 4 years (full-time) to complete.

Taught courses are available at three levels: Higher Diploma (NFQ Level 8); Postgraduate Diploma - NFQ Level 9 (60 credits); and Masters - NFQ Level 9 (90 credits). Individual full-time postgraduate courses are described in the forthcoming sections. Details of part-time taught courses are available in the Lifelong Learning prospectus.

Research Masters and Doctoral Degrees
Institute of Technology Carlow offers postgraduate research supervision for both Research Masters and Doctoral Degree candidates (NFQ Levels 9 and 10). Research supervision is closely tied to the priorities and expertise of staff attached to specialist research centres at Institute of Technology Carlow. Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) is an integral part of Institute of Technology Carlow's activities and a vital aspect of its interaction with industry and other research centres, both nationally and internationally.

Application date

How to apply
1. Research & choose your course from our wide range of postgraduate offerings on our website or in our prospectus.

2. Check out all of the relevant entry requirements, course code and closing dates, taking time to read IT Carlows FAQs and application instructions on the Admissions section of the website.

3. Get started on your postgraduate journey at IT Carlow!

For admissions queries from Irish or European applicants, please email:

All Non-EU international applicants may refer to the International section of the website for further details or email:

Course fee

This course is not eligible for Free Fees. Programme Fees 2017/18 €7,400. Fees under review for 2018/19.

Enrolment and start dates

Postgraduate application procedure
Postgraduate applicants should refer to the Study/Postgraduate section of the website for more information:

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