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MSc Construction Science and Management

1 year 2 years Lincoln School of Architecture and the Built Environment Lincoln Campus [L] Subject to Validation

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Introduction

Our MSc in Construction Science and Management responds to the global challenges that built environments face: changes in climate, technology, urbanisation, population dynamics and governance. These challenges require innovative leadership from built environment professionals in order to adapt appropriately.

Our programme is designed to further develop students' knowledge and understanding of the science of buildings and the management of the construction process, in order to fulfil their professional duties in creating, improving and sustaining our built environment. It is designed to provide students with a programme that takes a holistic perspective of construction management processes and the global challenges facing the modern construction industry.

This programme is suitable for recent graduates from construction and other related disciplines, looking to develop the technical knowledge and management skills required for a fast track career in the construction industry. It is also suited to experienced construction professionals who aspire to senior management positions in the UK and overseas. Additionally, the knowledge and skills students can develop on this programme open up opportunities to progress to MPhil/PhD research studies in the fields of construction science, construction technology, and construction management.

The programme is designed around the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Education Framework, and the curriculum has been developed in collaboration with industry partners. The programme content is informed by state-of-the-art research carried out by academics across the School of Architecture and the Built Environment. The programme is offered as a one-year full-time modular course or two-year flexible modular course.

How You Study

This programme utilises a broad range of teaching approaches, which include a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, site visits, field trips, and workshops with industry experts. Students can benefit from our active team of academic staff within the school, who have well-established links to industry through their research contributions and previous work experience.

The structure of the course will comprise a number of modules covering the subject areas required by the CIOB:

Term 1

  • Construction Management and the Built Environment
  • Project Planning, Analysis and Production Management
  • Construction Practice Management
  • Sustainable Building Design, Construction and Performance


Term 2

  • Advanced Construction Law
  • Advanced Construction Technology and Innovation
  • Advanced ICT for Construction
  • Strategic Management & Leadership


Summer

The course will also include a research methods and Master's dissertation module, an essential research element of the curriculum. Specialist research training will be delivered in order for students to further develop the research skills learned at undergraduate level, and to develop research proposals for a substantial written research project dissertation in any area relating to construction science and management.

Interdisciplinary Structure

The School of Architecture and the Built Environment is proud of its interdisciplinary structure and students in Construction Science and Management are likely to be working alongside postgraduate students from other disciplines, particularly architecture. We are proud of our construction industry connections which enable us to provide students with opportunities for construction site visits, and the potential for work placements and graduate employment.

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Weekly contact hours on this programme may vary depending on the individual module options chosen and the stage of study.

Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend at least two - three hours in independent study.

For more detailed information please contact the programme leader.

How You Are Assessed

There are a variety of different assessment methods adopted across this programme and this will vary for each module. The methods can include:

  • Technical reports
  • Practical exercises
  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Formal examinations
  • Critical reviews


The variety of assessment methods is designed to enable the further development of many skills required by professionals in the modern construction industry, including those in communication, leadership, team-work, critical reflection, and creative problem-solving.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Entry Requirements

First or second class honours degree in a relevant subject and preferably experience in practice. Applicants with significant industrial experience will be considered and invited to attend an interview.

International Students will require English Language certification at IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element, or equivalent. More details of the IELTS requirements can be found here.

Key Contacts

Academic:
Professor Stephen Pretlove (Programme Leader)
spretlove@lincoln.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1522 837137 / 835767

Enquiries:
pgenquiries@lincoln.ac.uk
+44 ( 0)1522 886644

Special Features

The Construction Science and Management programmes are supported by the School’s Professional Advisory Board (PAB) comprising prominent senior professionals from the Built Environment industry. Our industry connections enable us to ensure that our programmes are fit-for-purpose, future focused and industry relevant. This collaborative arrangement also helps us to provide our students with opportunities for:

  • Construction site visits
  • Work placements
  • Guest lectures delivered by industrial specialists
  • Potential graduate employment.

Facilities

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our students. The University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources to develop the skills they need in their future career. For this programme these resources include:

  • A Construction Science Laboratory with student access to industry relevant equipment.
  • Computer suites with modern advanced computer hardware and software, including Building Information Modelling (BIM) relevant to the construction industry.
  • Dedicated School studio spaces which allow the opportunity for construction science and management students to work alongside architectural students in design studios and to experience interdisciplinary design projects as they would in the real workplace.
  • A modern Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) with tools such as Blackboard, Portal and electronic library that will facilitate students' leaning experiences.

Career and Personal Development

Construction is currently a significant growth industry in the UK and worldwide. In the UK, the construction sector is a fundamental part of the economy and is also a major source of employment. Mid-career professionals may find that this programme can provide a solid foundation for career progression to senior management positions in the global construction industry. Graduates without experience may find this course an excellent way to develop specialist knowledge and skills, enhancing their career prospects in any of the following roles:

  • Construction/Project Manager
  • Site Manager
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Production and Performance Managers in construction
  • BIM Manager/Coordinator
  • Planner/Estimator
  • Building Control Surveyor
  • Facilities Manager.

Careers Services

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.
The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages here http://bit.ly/1lAS1Iz.

Other Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on your course. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and your meals may be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional you will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay your own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

Tuition Fees

Postgraduate Loans

A new system of postgraduate loans for Master's courses has been introduced in the UK. Find out if you are eligible.

  2018/19 Entry*
Home/EU £7,300
Home/EU
(including Alumni Scholarship 25% reduction)**
£5,475
International £15,700
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)**
£13,700
   
 Part-time Home/EU £41 per credit point
 Part-time International £87 per credit point

* Academic year September- July
** Subject to eligibility

Scholarships

As a postgraduate student you may be eligible for scholarships in addition to those shown above.

Guidance for Part-time Postgraduate Fees

To complete a standard Master's Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £38, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2280.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.