MSc Construction Project Management / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
MoP Dissertation

Unit code MACE63000
Credit rating 60
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering
Available as a free choice unit? No


This course unit detail provides the framework for delivery in 20/21 and may be subject to change due to any additional Covid-19 impact.  Please see Blackboard / course unit related emails for any further updates

The dissertation involves self study (self directed independent learning) in depth, to acquire coherent and detailed knowledge of project management-related concept/s, and/or technique/s and/or discipline areas. A project topic area, and a Dissertation Supervisor, is allocated to each student during the early weeks of Semester 2. Where possible the allocation of the project topic area is based on student preference.

The Project Topic Allocation Process includes students reviewing and bidding for a limited number of project topic areas (5) from a wide range of available project topic areas, and/or applying for a small number of Industry-linked projects (separate application and interview process).  In consultation with their allocated Dissertation Supervisor, students are required to develop a specific project within their allocated project topic area. The allocated project topic area forms the basis for both the prerequisite unit, MACE60050 (Project Management Research Methods) and the Dissertation. Students are required to do substantial background reading to prepare for the Semester 2 MACE60050 coursework, (which they must pass to proceed to dissertation), and to provide the foundation for the formal dissertation preparation period. 

The formal dissertation preparation period commences immediately after the Semester 2 Exam period and the dissertation is submitted in the first week of September. The Dissertation is assessed by the Supervisor and a second marker, and may be subject to further assessment and/or moderation.

The Dissertation represents 60 credits and 600 hours of work and is a substantial commitment during both Semester 2 and the formal preparation period from the end of the Semester 2 Exam Period to the submission date. Students are also required to review a list of project topic areas during the latter part of Semester 1, in preparation for the bidding process (part of the Project Topic Allocation Process).

The preparation of the dissertation is the outcome of the student’s own work, and requires significant self-study, time management and planning. The student is wholly responsible for developing their project specific knowledge, and for the planning, preparation, contents, quality, presentation of the dissertation, and for meeting the submission deadlines.  The Dissertation Supervisor provides guidance via a limited number of supervision meetings, and online communication.


To introduce the students to project management-related investigation, including critically reviewing, critically analysing and synthesizing published research, data and other published material, collecting information and data, critically reviewing and discussing findings, and presenting their work and conclusions in written form (dissertation) in ways appropriate to a project management audience or readership.

In addition, where appropriate (topic dependent), to introduce students to developing, planning and undertaking empirical research, including analysing and discussing the findings and presenting the work and conclusions within the dissertation.


Assessment methods

Method Weight
Dissertation 100%

Feedback methods

Verbal feedback is provided continuously during the duration of the project work, with regular face-to-face meetings between the student and his/her supervisor.

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 600

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Paul Blackwell Unit coordinator

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