University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Construction Project Management

This course defines the concepts and the processes associated with being a project manager within the construction industry. It will enable you to manage every aspect of the project life cycle from inception to completion. You will also master the technical, organisational, commercial, legal and financial issues involved in achieving a project's successful execution.

Course modules

The course is divided into three stages, the first two stages are generally taught through formal tuition, with stage three covering independent research in an academic or industrial setting. You will build upon established fundamental construction engineering and project management principles in order to confidently apply them to a range of complex construction projects. You will gain a deep understanding of the social, economic and environmental issues that can affect such projects along with the expertise to tackle them. Here are the units you will study: Construction Law, Contracts and Dispute Resolution: In this unit you will study the legal system within which construction projects are undertaken. You will also cover contracts' formation and performance issues, contracts' documentation and dispute resolution methods. Project Management and Software: This unit introduces you to the Project Management Institute's model, known as the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK), and industry-standard project management software. Project Management Tools, Techniques and Processes: You will gain project management tools, techniques and processes in the construction industry. Strategic and General Management: In this unit you will cover management in the construction industry, and the development of organisational and project strategic direction, taking into account internal and external environments. Independent Research Project: This covers the generic research framework within which new knowledge is discovered, and involves the practical application of research skills and techniques to a chosen system within the construction industry.

Assessment methods

Teaching and Assessment: Teaching on this course will focus on small lectures, seminars and discussion groups. It will also centre on supporting your independent learning strategies, which tutorials will help to develop. How are you assessed? Assessment can take many forms and is geared towards the subject matter in a way that encourages a deeper understanding and allows you to develop your skills. It includes: examinations, coursework, projects, a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2018 GBP 6,500 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2018 GBP 15,100 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Part-time September 2018 GBP 7,550 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2018 GBP 3,250 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site PO1 2UP South East

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