Taught course

Construction Project Management

Oxford Brookes University · School of the Built Environment

Entry requirements

The MSc in Construction Project Management is open to students who hold a good undergraduate honours degree (2.1 or above) in a construction related discipline. Please note, we will also consider applications from candidates with relevant experience in construction, (or an alternative qualification) and demonstrable ability to study at master's level. Please also see the university's general entry requirements.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This MSc is accredited by Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) - please note that the PGDip and PGCert are not.

The MSc in Construction Project Management (CPM) uses an innovative structure and integrative use of the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to deliver a flexible and exciting programme of study. It is designed to meet the challenging demands of the modern learner and the rapidly evolving needs of the construction industry.

Extensive on-line learning material is provided to all students via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) - our own intranet site to which students have access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The course is assessed by 100% coursework submitted via the VLE. Module leaders can be contacted via the VLE, e-mail, telephone and Skype.

Intensive Study Periods - all students attend four intensive study periods during their programme and these are normally around 3 days long.

The organisation and the collaborative nature of these intensive study periods is always praised by our students who particularly like the site visits, workshops and guest lectures from industry experts that are some of the major features.

Field Trips and Site Visits - there are a number of field trips and site visits which take place mainly during the intensive study periods.

Applied or Problem Based Learning - We have responded to requests from industry to make our postgraduate education more practical by using an "applied" approach to learning, sometimes called "Problem Based Learning" or PBL.

Modules Content

People, Leadership & Organisations aims to develop the students' knowledge and understanding of how behavioural and organisational issues influence project performance and how they can be harnessed to effectively deliver projects.

Content covered in this module:
Organisational and human behaviour
Team theory
Understanding leadership
Communication theory and practice
Conflict theory
Learning from experience

Project Planning, Control and Risk prepares students to manage projects within the built environment through the use of advanced planning and control techniques.

Content covered in this module:
The context of project management
Project planning and scheduling
Value, risk and opportunity management
Project finance, cost planning and budgeting
Cash flow forecasting and capital expenditure evaluation
Project monitoring, control and close-out

Process Management develops the necessary skills for managing procurement effectively and efficiently; the key processes which ultimately dictate project success.

Content covered in this module:
Collaboration and procurement
Contract strategy and conflict management
Integrated supply chain development
Process and performance management
Lean construction
Health, safety, environment and quality management

Advanced Technology and BIM recognises that the current challenge of The UK construction industry is to find innovative solutions to meet the demands of a rapidly changing world.

Content covered in this module:
Sustainable construction and carbon management
Smart technologies in construction
Building Information Modelling basics
Advanced BIM modelling
Integrated project delivery
Strategic management of Building Information Modelling

Applied Research Methods

Information for international students

Please see the university's standard English language requirements. We offer a range of courses to help you to meet the entry requirements for this course and also familiarise you with university life.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
distance learning
24 months

Course contact details

Programme Administrator
+44 (0)1865 483342