Taught course

Construction Project Management

Northumbria University · Faculty of Engineering and Environment

Entry requirements

The programme is demanding and is designed to stretch the intellectual, communication and personal capabilities of those who are selected and also to build upon their professional practice experience. Normally, applicants will be required to have at least a 2.2 classification construction-related undergraduate degree or an equivalent professional qualification with professional practice experience in a subject area agreed as appropriate by the Programme Leader. Applicants with other qualifications and relevant professional practice experience will be considered on merit by the Admissions Tutor, but should demonstrate at least 5 years' full-time experience in a relevant industrial context at a professional level. Admissions procedures normally include an interview for home students.

Months of entry


Course content

Project management is an exciting and effective management strategy which presents challenging opportunities to the ambitious construction management professional. The applied skills and competencies of a construction project manager are necessary for the successful completion of complex construction projects, particularly within the ever-changing context of the construction industry. This programme is aimed at those looking for the management skills required to progress towards senior management positions within construction-related organizations, particularly internationally-driven contracting companies. These skills include knowledge and understanding of communication, organization and innovative construction practice and concepts: both at a strategic level and in construction project team management.

This programme aims to extend knowledge of construction project management practice in terms of delivering effective and efficient construction-related projects. It engenders an understanding of the role of the construction project manager in capturing client and stakeholder values and translating them into successful construction practice. The generation of a comprehensive understanding of the construction project life-cycle from inception to completion, commissioning, operation and maintenance will be established. Students will be encouraged in their ability to operate and lead in a range of team settings across disciplines and cultures, whilst evaluating and managing innovative construction practice and resolving unforeseen production-related problems.

The assessment of the learning outcomes of individual modules reflects the varying subject-related needs of those modules, and focuses upon the relationship between theory and professional practice. The programme consists of 120 Level 7 credit points of taught modules and 60 Level 7 credit points from the MSc Construction Project Management Dissertation module. The taught modules are assessed by a combination of examinations, assignments, time-constrained assignments and presentations.

This is an ideal postgraduate programme for graduates who want to progress within the project-based construction industry. It is ideally suited to relatively new graduates with restricted construction-related work experience and also highly experienced construction-related practitioners. The programme may be followed to enhance existing career opportunities within the construction industry or as preparation for further postgraduate study, i.e. PhD. Demand for construction project managers who can demonstrate the skills to effectively manage construction projects, particularly international projects, continues to grow both nationally and internationally. Indeed, opportunities for a varied, well-paid, challenging and international career in construction project management are significant.

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), having been judged to meet the CIOB Education Framework. Prospective members holding these qualifications have full academic exemption and may enter CIOB membership without the requirement for an Individual Assessment.

Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for the purpose of graduate membership.

Information for international students

English Language requirement demonstrated by TOEFL or IELTS certificate.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
36 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
0191 227 4453