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225,000 new construction workers needed in the UK by 2027*

*CITB, 2023

£130bn contributed to UK economy by construction industry in 2022**

**Statista, 2023

Do you want to pursue senior positions within the construction industry? The sector is in great need of new talent, with hundreds of thousands of new workers required in the UK over the next five years, including around 30,000 in the West Midlands. Our Construction Project Management postgraduate course will equip you with the blend of technical knowledge and managerial competencies you will need to take the lead on future projects in this field.

As part of our construction master’s course, you will gain in-depth knowledge of modern methods of construction and sustainability within the sector, familiarising you with exciting innovations essential to the future of the industry. You will also study core topics for managing construction projects, including management strategy and principles, workforce management, legal and statutory requirements, procurement, tendering and bid management.

Throughout your studies, you will have access to our cutting-edge Sustainable Construction Centre in the heart of Birmingham, enabling you to combine theory with practical training. By the end of the course, you will be superbly positioned to pursue careers in everything from site and project management to building surveying and civil engineering.

Why should I choose this course?

  • PRACTICAL APPLICATION – Apply construction management concepts in a practical environment within our dedicated facilities at our Sustainable Construction Centre
  • EXPERT TUITION – Learn from our highly qualified staff with extensive knowledge and experience in construction and sustainable practice
  • IN-DEPTH RESEARCH (MSc only) – Conduct either a dissertation or industry-led research project into a relevant area within the field of construction
  • AWARD-WINNING UNIVERSITY – Study at the highest-ranking university in the region according to student choice (Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023)

Our facilities

Students on our construction courses will study in our real-world training facilities within our state-of-the-art Sustainable Construction Centre at the iconic James Cond Building. You will also have exclusive access to our dedicated postgraduate suite in McIntyre House, providing study and meeting spaces, PCs and other facilities.

Course breakdown

  • Postgraduate

Core Modules

Workforce Resource Management

Employment in the construction industry, sub-contract management and control, leadership and motivation, change management

Legal and Statutory

Statutory control of construction projects including risk, finance and value and financial control

Project Management Principles and Strategy

From inception to post-contract facilities management, project strategies, contract principles and techniques, project monitoring and contractual procedures

Procurement, Tendering and Bid Management

Procurement law, international procurement, procurement systems, national procurement policy statements, public and private, bid writing, document control systems and people management

Modern Methods of Construction

Domestic and commercial, off-site manufacturing, factory production, ready-made technology including complete rooms, walls, floors, roofs, logistics and construction methodologies, modular, slabs, frames, panels, beams and joists


Natural resource extinction, wealth distribution, community health and social equity, environmentally responsible resource procurement through design, construction, and facilities management

Plus one option from: (MSc only)


Research methods and proposal, dissertation

Research Project


The modules listed above for this course are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up to date and informed by industry as well as the latest teaching methods. On occasion, we may need to make unexpected changes to modules – if this occurs, we will contact all offer holders as soon as possible.

Entry requirements


  • MSc Construction Project Management – A grade classification of 2:2 is required, or international equivalent.
  • A relevant UK or International honours degree from a recognised institution.


  • We also consider applicants who are currently employed and wish to apply to University College Birmingham.
  • To apply, you must have five years of relevant managerial work experience, demonstrating in-depth knowledge of the sector for the subject matter you are interested in pursuing.
  • A reference detailing your roles and responsibilities from your line manager and a meeting with the programme team will usually be scheduled prior to a place being offered.

International students

For academic and English entry requirements for EU and international students, please visit the Country Specific Information page.

Please note: As an International Student, when choosing optional placement, a visa extension may be required.


If your degree is not related and you do not have relevant managerial work experience, please contact Admissions so that we can discuss your application on an individual basis before you apply.

If you have any questions, please complete our enquiry form:

Enquiry Form

Key information

Teaching and assessment

Note: Indicative information only – actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued at your induction.


Example of a typical teaching week (up to 12 contact hours):

  • Large group teaching – 10 hours (in lecture rooms/specialist construction facilities)
  • Smaller group teaching – 1 hour
  • Tutorials – 1 hour
  • Subject advice sessions – 1-3 hours

You will also need to commit around 20 hours per week for individual study time.


Estimated breakdown of assessment for this course:

  • Coursework – 45%
  • Practical assessments/projects – 45%
  • Exams/tests – 10%

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.

Tuition fees

UK students

If you are a UK student or an EU student with settled or pre-settled status enrolling on an MA/MSc course at University College Birmingham, your fee for the academic year 2024/25 will be £9,350. The fee for the PGDip course is £6,350.

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International students

If you are an international student enrolling on one of our postgraduate programmes (e.g. MSc, MA) in 2024/25, your fee for this academic year will be £15,000 per year.

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Unibuddy Community - meet other students on your course

Starting university is an exciting time, but we understand that it can sometimes feel a little daunting. To support you, you will be invited to join our Unibuddy Community, where you can meet other students who have applied for the same course at University College Birmingham, before you start studying here.

As soon as you have been made an offer, you will be sent an invitation email to complete your registration and join the Unibuddy Community. For more information, check out our Unibuddy Community page.

I know how valuable a postgraduate qualification is for working in this sector, having studied a master’s in civil engineering myself. Our course provides the broad curriculum required to operate well within the world of modern construction, making it ideal whether you are looking to update your construction management skills, change career or stand out from undergraduates within the job market.

Deborah Bunce Head of Sustainable Construction

Career opportunities

The example roles and salaries below are intended as a guide only.

Construction project manager

Average Salary: £58,000

Construction site manager

Average Salary: £47,500

Construction manager

Average Salary: £30,000

Building control officer

Average Salary: £41,000

Civil engineer

Average Salary: £30,000

Building surveyor

Average Salary: £26,500


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