MSc Construction Project Management

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Construction Project Management Professional Practice

Course unit fact file
Unit code ENGM60092
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Available as a free choice unit? No


This unit is designed to simulate challenges to delivering successful construction/civil engineering project through a live case study approach.  It places a significant emphasis on the importance of working collaboratively in a small project team.  Thus, students will work in pre-assigned groups (approx. 6-8 students per group) on a series of tasks that contribute to a final portfolio.  This is   assessed alongside formal presentations and peer-evaluation. It also tests students’ abilities to apply theoretical project management principles developed in Semester 1.

Following the briefing session in Week 1, students attend weekly lectures and tutorials (Weeks 2-10) covering theoretical and practical topics related to the live-project.  These are followed by mentor supported ‘studio-time’ to work on the portfolio tasks. Industry partners related to the live case study will be presenting their role and responsibilities during the project to further provide in-depth information to the students.

The philosophy behind the unit is to emulate the professional practice setting and reinforce students’ theoretical, practical and employability skills.  Students must also demonstrate practical project management skills in scheduling task activities, allocating responsibility and appropriate resources, time management and organisational skills at an advanced level.



  • To provide students with advanced level knowledge, skills and experience to appreciate the complex landscape of contemporary civil and construction projects.
  • To develop students’ knowledge, practical understanding and skills of project management professional practice within the construction and built environment industry; looking specifically at stakeholders, planning, contracts, risks, BIM, health & safety and sustainability.
  • To develop understanding of the interlinkages between the interdisciplinary, diversity and multifaceted nature of civil and construction projects.


  • The Project Environment
  • Stakeholder Complexity
  • Planning & Legislation
  • Procurement & Contracts
  • Construction Planning
  • Managing Emergent Risks
  • Information Modelling
  • Health & Safety (CDM07)
  • Sustainability & Schemes

Live case study:

This unit uses a construction or civil engineering project to provide transferable industry skills to students.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Report 100%

Feedback methods

Students obtain feedback through:
• Personal interaction with lecturer via email or electronic bulletin boards
• Participation in lectures
• Participation in group work
• Participation in presentations
• Written feedback on individual and group assessment

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 27
Project supervision 100
Tutorials 5
Work based learning 8
Independent study hours
Independent study 10

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