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Construction & Project Management

Overview
You’ll learn to apply management methods to design, engineering and construction problems, and be able to be plan, monitor and control construction projects by integrating technical knowledge with leadership, commercial and managerial skills.

ABOUT YOU
You could be: a civil engineer, an architect, a planner, a manager, a lawyer, or an archaeologist

You could have been in work for a while already: some of our previous students have been many years into their career when they join us.

Or you may be a recent graduate, for example with a BEng. This Master’s gives you the opportunity to acquire a management ‘bolt on’ on top of your engineering degree.

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?
The course’s primary focus is on project management, which will give you the chance to take your career forward in any industry, not just in construction.

We teach the principles of project management – the distinct discipline of working to agreed deadlines, starts and finishes on a given project.

WHAT'S INVOLVED
In your first semester you’ll have the option to take a three-day study tour in London. You’ll get an insight into how industrial companies work, who are always interested in Queen’s graduates. Companies such as:
•The McAvoy Group,
•JA Rattigan and Son
•Keir
•CrossRail, and
•Multiplex, who built Wembley Stadium. They value our students so much that they dedicated an entire day of the last study trip to addressing us, with every senior figure available to talk to us.

Why Queen's?
The degree has been accredited by the following:
•The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
•Accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng(Hons) undergraduate first degree. See www.jbm.org.uk for further information.
•Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

Entry requirements

MSc: Normally a 2.2 Honours degree or above in a relevant Science, Engineering, Architecture, Management or Social Science discipline, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.
•PG Diploma or PG Certificate: Normally a third class Honours degree in a relevant Science, Engineering, Architecture, Management or Social Science discipline or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.

Applicants who do not meet the above academic requirements but hold a relevant professional qualification and can demonstrate appropriate experience, will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Admission under the Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) may be considered for this course.

Please visit http://go.qub.ac.uk/RPLpolicy for the University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and information on application procedures.)

Please note: the PG Certificate is only open to UK and EU applicants.

INTERNATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
For information on international qualification equivalents please select from the list on our International Students website.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required.*Taken within the last 2 years. For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

•English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level

•Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English

•See also the INTO Graduate Diploma in Finance and the INTO Graduate Diploma in Management programmes which combine academic study, intensive English language teaching and study skills to prepare you for entry into a university Masters degree

Duration

MSc: 1 year full-time (September to September over three semesters) or 2-3 years part-time.

PG Diploma: 9 months full-time or 18 months part-time.

MSc with Industrial Internship* 2 years (1 year full-time - September to September - followed by 1 year of industrial internship with a construction employer approved by the University).

*This programme is only available as a full-time option.

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
WHERE COULD YOU BE IN FIVE YEARS TIME?
You could be anywhere in the world as a project manager – any of the major design, project management or construction consultants.

Countries such as India and Canada are investing heavily in their infrastructure – trillions of dollars in the next few years - and they need project managers like you to make it happen.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Further enquiries

Ron Coates
Programme Director
School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering
Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 5574
Email: r.coates@qub.ac.uk
WWW: http://www.qub.ac.uk/space

Subjects taught

Course Details
•Construction Economics and Facilities Management
•Construction Law 1: Contract Law, Tort and Evidence
•Construction Law 2: Dispute Resolution
•Design Management
•Procurement and Contract Administration
•Project Management
•Planning and Control
•Research Methods for Managers
•Strategic Management and International Construction
•Individual Research Project (Dissertation)

For full-time students the final four months of the programme (Semester 3) will be dedicated to an individual research project. Part-time students may arrange their programme, subject to timetabling and arrangement with the Programme Co-ordinator.

Students matriculating from the joint programme with other universities will be granted programme credit for four modules taken at that university.

MSc with Industrial Internship
Students on the Construction and Project Management with Industrial Internship programme will undertake a second year of study on an Industrial Internship with a construction employer.

The University does not organise or provide Industrial Internships. It is the student's responsibility to arrange their own Industrial Internship (anywhere internationally) that can be approved by the University in line with agreed Health, Safety and Welfare requirements and with specifically approved induction criteria. See also the University requirements for supervisors/mentors (Details in Assessment, below).

Please note that only those who achieve an average of 55 per cent in Year 1/Semester 1 taught modules will be allowed to progress into the Year 2 Internship. Students who do not meet this criterion will complete the one-year MSc in Construction and Project Management.

Assessment method

Assessment is carried out in January and May.
• Overall ratio of coursework to unseen examinations is 50:50
• Written dissertation/thesis

PG Diploma students who achieve, at the first attempt, an MSc standard of performance in coursework and examinations, will be invited by the Board of Examiners to transfer to the MSc pathway.

MSc students who have achieved a minimum of 50 per cent in the compulsory modules and an average of 50 per cent or above overall in the taught programme, are required to undertake an individual research project and submit a dissertation in September. This dissertation must be passed at 50 per cent for the award of the MSc. Students who achieve an overall average for their taught modules and dissertation in the range 60 per cent to 69 per cent will be awarded a Commendation. Students who achieve an average of 65 per cent or above in the taught programme and 70 per cent or more for the dissertation, with an overall average of 70 per cent or more, will be awarded a Distinction.

MSc with Industrial Internship students will maintain regular monthly contact with their University academic supervisor. Students will also have a supervisor/mentor appointed by their Internship provider and approved by the University. Progress milestones will be agreed ahead of the Internship with supervisors/mentors who will send regular progress reports to the University academic supervisor.

Students submit an interim report half-way through and then a final report at the end of the Internship. They also prepare and deliver a 30-minute presentation, which will include a question and answer session.

Where students successfully complete their Industrial Internship, having met the assessment requirements, they will be entitled to graduate with the MSc in Construction and Project Management with Industrial Internship. Where students fail to meet the assessment criteria for their Internship, but have otherwise fulfilled all other requirements for the one-year MSc programme, they may still graduate with the MSc.

Application date

Postgraduate Taught

In general, there are no closing dates for the majority of courses (those with closing dates will be highlighted in the Course Finder). However we advise you to apply as early as possible, particularly for those courses where there is a high demand for places. Early application is also important for international applicants to allow sufficient time to obtain a student entry visa.

Postgraduate Research

There is no standard closing date. You should however check both the University’s website and refer to the relevant School/Institute webpage for information on deadline dates for postgraduate funding applications, as these will also determine when your application for admission should be submitted.

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2017

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