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Construction Business & Leadership with Managemen Specialisms

Developing the construction industry leadersand managers of the future.

Study Construction Business and Leadership (with management specialisms) at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

MSc Construction, Business and Leadership (with specialist management pathways) at Ulster University gives you the unique opportunity to master the twin tracks of managing the construction process and leading a business organisation.

Construction professionals must perform well as leaders and managers in all sectors of the industry. This programme provides a vehicle for you to further your construction knowledge as well as hone your management and leadership skills to enhance your ability to deliver both project and business objectives.

Construction firms and Consultants are increasingly seeking highly qualified employees who can respond to client demands in a diverse range of areas from seeking out commercial opportunities, managing and delivering the project to operation and maintenance of the built asset. This programme provides you with the opportunity to specialise in one of three management areas to meet your career objectives:

Specialist Option 1: Construction Project Management
Specialist Option 2: Commercial Management
Specialist Option 3: Built-Asset Management

The programme is suitable for both graduates and working professionals from a range of fields including architecture, building, engineering, quantity surveying, structural engineering, facilities maintenance and town planning, amongst others.

Given the increasing demand for suitably qualified and skilled professionals in the industry, career opportunities are extensive within the public, private and voluntary sectors and previous graduates have been successful at local, national and international levels.


Programme Aims

The programme is designed to:

• Develop graduates and professionals with the knowledge to critically engage within construction business and implement strategic leadership to deliver business and corporate objectives.

• Develop graduates and professionals with the competencies to think differently within the construction environment through innovative learning and best practice.

• Develop graduates and professionals with the skills to apply and integrate the specialist knowledge of their selected pathway to manage their chosen sector.

Employability is fully embedded throughout the course and the syllabus has been designed to ensure that it meets the current needs of industry.

Entry requirements

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements. For general entrance requirements go to:

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a degree or equivalent, or demonstrate their ability to undertake the course through the accreditation of prior experiential learning. The specific requirements for admission are detailed below:

Applicants should normally possess:

An Honours or non-Honours degree in an appropriate science, engineering or built environment discipline from a recognised educational institution from a University of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, from the Council for National Academic Awards, the National Council for Educational Awards, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council, or from an institution of another country which is recognised as being of an equivalent standard.


an equivalent standard in a Postgraduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate in an appropriate science, engineering or built environment discipline from a recognised educational institution or an approved alternative qualification


satisfy the University’s general entry requirements including evidence of the required level of numeracy (GCSE grade C or equivalent);

Exceptionally, we will admit students with non-construction related qualifications provided they have significant industry / professional experience.

In exceptional circumstances, where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of the graduate qualities (including subject specific outcomes, specified by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against modules within the programme.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Exemptions and transferability


Studies pursued and examinations passed in respect of other qualifications awarded by the University or by another university or other educational institution, or from the accreditation of prior experiential or certificated learning may be accepted as exempting candidates from part of the programme of study provided that;

(a) they shall register as a student of the University for modules amounting to at least the final third of the credit value of a Master’s award, and at least 50% of the credit value of the award in respect of a Postgraduate Diploma or Certificate award.

(b) no exemption shall be permitted from the Dissertation.


Transfer between other MSc/MBA programmes within the University is also permissible, with appropriate exemptions for relevant modules completed successfully.

Upon completion of the PgC/PgD/MSc there are ample opportunities for further study both within the Built Environment and beyond. In recent years, several graduates have progressed on to PhD studies, with some achieving employment as post-doctoral lecturing or research staff within our School.



The course is offered in both full-time and part-time mode in block learning format and each has a specific attendance pattern:

• MSc Full-time – 1 calendar year
• MSc Part-time – 3 years
• PG Dip Full-time – 2 semesters
• PG Dip Part-time – 2 years

The part-time moderequires all modules to be taken within two academic years plus the dissertation in the third year of study. In part-time block mode students attend 2 blocks of 4 consecutive days at approx. 3 week intervals across semesters 1 and 2 with attendance required for oral presentations and/or coursework submissions during the examinations period between semesters.

The periods between blocks are used to undertake assignments and coursework during which the student is encouraged to maintain contact with the Module Coordinator and classmates via on-line discussion forums such as Blackboard Collaborate

Careers or further progression

Career options

Careers And Opportunities

Students who successfully complete this demanding programme will enhance their business leadership and management skills and competencies, and in doing so, will offer employers what they, and their clients, require.

Whilst most of our postgraduates find employment at local and national levels (Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland), increasingly opportunities are arising with international construction, consulting and client organisations.

Alumini of the programme are working as far afield as Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, China, Australia, New Zealand, Butan, Nepal, India, Pakistan, the Caribbean, Mexico, Guatemala, Venezuela, Peru, Israel, Jordan, Qatar, Bahrain, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Nigeria, Botswana, Kenya, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Estonia, Azerbaijan, Canada and the United States of America.

Others have opted to pursue a research path and have successfully obtained doctorates before embarking on an academic career.

Further enquiries

Course Director: Dr Martina Murphy
T: +44 (0) 28 9036 6599

Faculty Office
T: +44 (0) 28 9036 6521

Subjects taught

Special Programme Features

You will study a range of topics including the 6 core themes namely:

• Project Management
• Organisation and Management Studies
• Construction Financial Management
• Project Leadership
• Construction Procurement
• Construction Legal Studies

In addition, the programme offers you the option to study a chosen suite of management modules in one of three specialist industry areas namely:

1. Construction Project Management
2. Commercial Management
3. Built-Asset Management

Through these modules you will enhance your intellectual skills to explore new theories, concepts and methods in unfamiliar situations and adapt them to meet future challenges.

In addition, you will develop key transferable skills such as communication, teamwork, problem solving and organisation, and critically reflect on your existing management and leadership styles.

Assessment method

Teaching and learning assessment

Approach To Learning And Teaching

A student-centred learning approach is adopted on the programme which encourages and rewards logical and lateral thinking, whilst developing lifelong learning competencies.

A range of learning and teaching methods are used to encourage the acquisition of knowledge and in-depth understanding of the principles and practice relevant to the programme. We strive to incorporate teaching methods that encourages individual reading, an investigative spirit, promotes synthesis of the many interrelated subjects, allows for critical reflection and provides an opportunity to make reasoned judgements based on available evidence.

The methods used are designed to offer academic and subject progression from semester 1 through to semester 3 and encompass the interdisciplinary teaching and professional strengths of the resident academic staff.

Teaching Strategies

Teaching is delivered through a range of formats including but not limited to:
• Didactic lectures
• Case study investigation
• Simulation studies
• Tutorials
• Computer laboratory workshops
• Group work and assignments
• Seminars

Teaching methods are continuously evolving to meet the needs of the Industry. It is delivered by both academic and industrial practitioners to ensure content is theoretically robust and current for the global construction industry and meets the needs of students.


Students work is 100% coursework-based and includes written essays, presentations and problem-based/simulation exercises which are assessed on a continuous basis across the year.
Assessment methods chosen at programme and module level will enable you to demonstrate your achievement of learning outcomes, and enable you to be marked against specified assessment criteria. Assessment will mainly focus on the learning outcomes.

A wide and flexible repertoire of assessment methods are utilised to match and underpin the knowledge, understanding and skills required in the Programme. These include:

• Essays
• Investigative Reports
• Reflective writing
• Case studies
• Seminar presentations
• Role Play and Simulations
• Oral Presentations
• Poster Presentations
• Dissertation

The method of assessment is influenced by various factors including, level of study, subject, and learning methods.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: September 2017

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