School of Architecture, Design and Environment

MSc Sustainable Construction Project Management

Build the specialist knowledge and skills that will enable you to excel as a sustainability-aware project manager, able to make informed, forward-looking decisions in today's dynamic construction industry. This sector-leading course will provide you with a globally recognised professional qualification in project management while you continue to progress your career in the workplace.

Duration
3 years
Start date
February 2014, October 2014, February 2015
Course type
Part-time Distance learning
Location
Plymouth

Key features

  • Build your expertise while maintaining your busy professional life thanks to the course's flexible delivery -  blending two intensive on-campus teaching weekends a year with online-supported distance learning over 36 weeks a year. Individual modules can also be taken separately as CPD if you prefer.
  • Advance in the industry with a degree professionally-accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the world-leading property-based professional body.
  • Learn from our multiple-award winning teaching team of qualified professionals, well known in their fields.
  • Lead the way in the industry thanks to the skills gained from the award-winning and sector-leading content on this course. The programme won a RICS Global Award for Best Practice in Sustainable Development Surveying Education in 2013, one of only six awarded world-wide.
  • Shape your own study thanks to the course's flexibility: coursework assignments are done "off campus" and submitted digitally to tutors, meaning that your assignments can be completed anywhere in the world. Choose the qualification you graduate with: complete only the taught modules to graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Construction, or complete the 12-month research dissertation for the full MSc.
  • Mirror the workplace in your learning by working collaboratively in shared modules for Project Managers and Cost Managers, reflecting the multi-discipline reality of the global construction industry.
  • Participate in a course that promotes responsible education. In 2014, to underpin the excellence in our teaching, we became an official signatory of the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME).
  • If you’re an international student you can benefit from a broad range of schemes and scholarships available to you, as you join a community of more than 3,000 international students from over 100 different countries.

Course details

  • Programme structure
  • Our delivery methods consist of intensive face-to-face teaching weekend sessions (typically running from Friday to Sunday) combined with an assignment-led 18-week distance learning programme, over the internet. There are three exit routes: 1. MSc: successful completion of all modules 2. Postgraduate Diploma: successful completion of four taught modules 3. Postgraduate Certificate: successful completion of two taught modules. The MSc is delivered over three years in two teaching blocks per year: block one (18 weeks approx.) runs October-February, block two (18 weeks approx.) February-June. Year one will see you study ‘sustainability and the built environment’ in block one, and ‘sustainable technologies and innovations’ in block two. Year two features ‘sustainable project management’ (block one) and ‘value and risk management’ (block two). Those completing a full MSc will complete a research dissertation in year three (min. 12 months; max. 36 months).
    Core modules
    • ENBS541 MSc Dissertation Sustainable Construction

      The dissertation is a self-directed period of study and investigation into a research topic of your choice in the field of sustainable construction. You will communicate you motivation, methodology and conclusions through a formal report. You will be supported by an experienced supervisor during the process. Depending on the outcome of your research, you may have the opportunity to further develop your dissertation topic, with a view to achieving a joint tutor/student peer reviewed publication.

    • ENBS539 Sustainability and the Built Environment

      This is the first course module, which will enable you to develop a ground-breaking understanding of sustainable construction issues. A key part of this module is its self-development element, through which you will explore how your personal values and belief orientations can help your own and others’ engagement with sustainability. In this way, you will gain the capabilities you need to maximise the contribution you can make as a qualified project manager to the environmental, social, cultural and economic performance of the built environment.

    • ENBS540 Sustainable Construction Technology and Innovations

      This module examines how technologies and innovations can enhance the sustainability performance of buildings and infrastructure. You will develop a detailed critical appreciation of the decision-making and management processes involved in identifying and selecting appropriate construction technologies and innovations to ensure the effective delivery of ‘sustainability in construction projects. This will involve you in learning and applying systems approaches to technology selection.

    • ENBS537 Sustainable Project Management

      This module will ensure you develop a deep understanding of the role that sustainability plays in the future success of project and programme management. The taught content will allow you to build on your past learning and experience in ways that will enable you to gain an in-depth understanding of the knowledge, skills, tools and techniques involved in delivering construction projects to the required quality, timescale budget and sustainability performance. You will examine the application of three key project management areas: team selection, managing project drivers and delivering corporate social responsibility to all the phases of a project from initial concept to occupation and operation with reference.

    • ENBS538 Value and Risk Management

      In the last taught module, you will acquire a deep appreciation of the strategic significance and operational techniques of Value and Risk Management, and their potential in critically evaluating sustainability impacts. As a project manager, you will gain knowledge, understanding and confidence to appraise the effectiveness of Value and Risk Management in your own field of expertise.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold at least a lower second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in a related subject, or relevant experience.

For overseas students, proficiency in English is required (minimum score of 6.5 IELTS). Learn more about English language requirements in the International Plymouth pages.

Extended Entry requirements

Applicants without a relevant degree will be required to satisfactorily complete a bridging portfolio of work provided by the University prior to commencing the programme.

Individuals intending to undertake individual modules as CPD should contact postgraduate admissions.

If you would like an informal chat about MSc Sustainable Construction Project Management please contact the programme leader.


Fees & funding

Home/EU £5,495
International £12,250

If you study, live or work in Cornwall, you may be eligible for a £3,500 ESF-CUC scholarship.

International applicants to this courseare eligible to apply for postgraduate international scholarships.

For more information about our fees and funding please visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/money.




How to apply

Applying for postgraduate study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Admissions and Course Information team is on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. The Graduate School is also available to answer any queries on our postgraduate research degrees.

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Assist Services webpages. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office.

If you would like to speak to one of our course information advisors, please contact us:

Telephone:  +441752 585858

Email: prospectus@plymouth.ac.uk

Documents for downloading

Postgraduate application form DOC – A 16 page DOC application form for postgraduate students to print, fill in and mail to University

Postgraduate application form PDF – A 16 page PDF application form for postgraduate students to print, fill in and mail to University

International student postgraduate application form DOC – Postgraduate taught programmes application for international students

International student postgraduate application form PDF – Postgraduate taught programmes application for international students

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The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Admissions and Course Information team are on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. The Graduate School are also available to answer any queries on our postgraduate research degrees.

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Assist Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office.

If you would like to speak to one of our course information advisors, please contact us:

Telephone: +44 1752 585858

Email: prospectus@plymouth.ac.uk

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