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.
The programme is designed to:
• Develop graduates and professionals with the knowledge to critically engage within the 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.
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.
Programme Mission Statement
TO OFFER a linked postgraduate course which is intellectually coherent, academically challenging, progressive in nature (with appropriate exit points) and has vocational relevance.
TO CONTRIBUTE to the development of management in the construction industry generally but, more specifically, in the context of devolution, integration and globalisation.
TO MAXIMISE the multi- and interdisciplinary teaching and professional strengths of the Faculty's staff in the modules offered on the course.
TO BE INNOVATIVE in teaching, learning and assessment strategies and build on existing good practice identified on current postgraduate certificate/diploma and masters courses from which this programme derives.
TO ENCOURAGE professional integration within the construction industry.
TO DEVELOP the leaders of the construction industry of the future.
For the award of Master of Science in Construction Business and Leadership (with specialist management pathways) you will have:
.GAINED a general understanding of the fundamental tenets of management through the study of core disciplines (organisation and management, business management and finance, leadership, procurement, legal studies) and an in-depth comprehension of your chosen specialist pathway;
.ACQUIRED the necessary skills to undertake both independent and peer group learning; in the case of the former this will demand a review of literature, data collection and the integration of theory and practice necessary for managerial reports, academic assignments and student presentations; in the case of the latter this will require working as part of a group to undertake the same tasks and possible assessment by peers;
.DEVELOPED skills in communication, teamwork, problem-solving, organisation (time management and task management), personal (self-awareness and self-appraisal) skills and information technology which will allow you to engage in interactive learning and the dissemination of information based on the acquisition and application of knowledge in your specialist area;
.APPLIED and integrated your knowledge of the core disciplines and option choices to a better understanding of the issues arising in the construction sector generally and in the sector or service in which they are employed. Specifically, this will involve you developing new theoretical and empirical perspectives and "testing" ideas for validity and robustness of peers and module tutors;
.CRITICALLY REFLECTED on existing management practice and suggest change in your areas of expertise; real-life topical managerial problems will provide the substance for case-study material in which analytical and conceptual skills acquired during the course will be utilised to improve practice.
The master's programme in Construction Business and Leadership (with specialist management pathways) is a series of linked postgraduate awards (PgCERT/PgDIP/MSc) offered both full (one calendar year) and part-time (three years), within the Belfast School of Architecture and the Built Environment.
The Learning Outcomes of the Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma are that, on completion, you should:
have increased capacity for understanding the concepts, complexities and issues relevant to construction business, management and leadership through a rigorous study of selected topics;
have an enhanced ability to apply knowledge and skills in identifying, analysing and solving management problems within the construction firm, projects and the construction process;
improve your professional performance by encouraging the development of professional judgement, skills, attitudes and personal attributes such as leadership, assertiveness and creativity.
The additional Learning Outcomes of the Master of Science Degree are that, on completion, you should have:
.gained experience of a supervised independent investigation of a problem of current leadership and management concern, using relevant research methodology:
.the capacity to carry out a comprehensive literature search, to design a suitable methodology to investigate a problem, to describe it, to analyse data, to evaluate the results of your investigation and to produce reasoned conclusions.
.developed the ability to present, through your dissertation, arguments in support of your conclusions.
Your course is professionally accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
In addition, the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Association for Project Management (APM), the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), and Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineering (CIBSE) have considered the award to be of significant assistance for individuals in gaining professional qualifications on a case by case basis.
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 encourage 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 is delivered through a range of formats including but not limited to:
• Didactic lectures
• Case study investigation
• Simulation studies
• Computer laboratory workshops
• Group work and assignments
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.