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Management in the Built Environment

What is the MSc in Management in the Built Environment programme about?
The built environment consists of buildings and all other things that have been constructed by human beings. The programme, 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.

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.

Students on this programme will also have the opportunity to develop advanced research skills which would enable them to pursue further qualifications at NFQ Level 10.

What will I be able to do when I finish the programme?
Learners will study modules in:
• Leadership and Management
• Construction Project Management
• BIM Management
• Building Economics and Life Cycle Cost Analysis
• Research Methods
• A Dissertation
• Legal Aspects of Management in the Built Environment
• Public Procurement of Construction
• Energy & Buildings
• Retrofitting & Building Fabric
• Facilities Management.

Graduates of this programme will be well placed to take up management positions across the full built environment sector.

Entry requirements

Course participants are required to hold a Level 8 degree (with a minimum of 2nd Class Honours) in the following areas:
• Early Childhood Education & Care
• Applied Social Studies
• Social & Community Studies
• Youth & Community or a primary Level 8 degree in Social Sciences or cognate area (minimum 2nd class honours).

Candidates with significant experience in the social sciences (as determined by IT Carlow’s Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) 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 those listed above will be considered on a case-by-case basis and in accordance with IT Carlow’s Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) policy.


2 years. 1 full day and 1 evening per week.

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

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

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

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.

Further enquiries

Lifelong Learning Centre
Institute of Technology Carlow,
Kilkenny Road,
Tel: 059 9175280
Fax: 059 9175005

Subjects taught

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


Students taking Level 6, 7 or 8 courses of 1 year duration or longer where course fees are €2,290 and who opt to pay full course fees by Saturday 2nd September 2017 will be eligible to benefit from the €300 discounted fee of €1,990.

For programmes where fees exceed €2,290 the appropriate fee payment regulation information is available from the faculty for Lifelong Learning.

(a) Course fees are expected to be paid in full at the commencement of the course. IT Carlow recognises that some students may have difficulties in paying the full amount in one transaction thus the Lifelong Learning Centre has created a number of fee payment by instalment options. All such applications will be treated in confidence. In general, fee payment by instalment applications will only be considered for fees in excess of €1,000.
Students who apply for and are granted a fee payment by installment plan should note that failure to meet the payment dates set down for their payment scheme, in particular key dates, may:
• be denied access to Blackboard
• be prevented from sitting examinations in December, May or August as applicable
• have all other assignment / exam results withheld until payments are made
• assignments will not be accepted nor will a late submission for an assignment be accepted after late payments are made
• pay an additional surcharge.

(b) Students in receipt of employer sponsorship etc. will be required to submit a letter of confirmation of commitment to pay from their employer of funding body. They must also include a Purchase Order Number for invoice purposes. Where fees have not been paid by the ‘sponsor’ within thirty days after issue of the invoice, it is the responsibility of the student to then pay the fee and claim back fees from their sponsor.

(c) Repeat students will be required to pay relevant examination fee when applying to sit the repeat.

(d) The Faculty for Lifelong Learning has a strict policy in relation to Refund of Course Fees and a fees refund or a percentage of same will only be given in the following circumstances:
• A full refund will be given if requested in writing before the commencement of the course.
• Where a student leaves within two weeks of the start of a short course (10-13 weeks), 70% refund of the course fee will apply. Outside this two week period there will be no refund of fees.
• For long courses i.e. those of one-year duration or longer, a percentage of fees refund will be given over the first nine weeks of the course as per table 1. Thereafter there will be no refund of fees.
• The refund calculation is based on the full fee for the course not the amount that a student may have paid under a fees payment installment agreement.
• The fees refund calculation is based on the date that the student formally applies in writing to withdraw from the course.
• All courses will run subject to sufficient numbers. Where a course has to be cancelled those students who have registered and paid will be refunded in full.
• Receipts must be retained and produced when requesting a refund of course fees which must be applied for on the official refund form.

Application date

Closing Date for Applications

All Postgraduate Applications – 12 noon 14th August 2017

All other applications – 12 noon Friday 25th August 2017

Course fee


Enrolment and start dates

Registration / Orientation Saturday 2nd September 2017

Courses Commence
Monday 11th September 2017

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