MSc Construction Science and Management

Our Construction Science and Management programmes are supported by the School’s Professional Advisory Board comprising prominent senior professionals from the built environment industry.

The Course

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.

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 Process Management and Professional Practice
  • Project Planning and Management
  • Sustainable Building Design, Construction and Performance
  • Strategic Management & Leadership

Term 2

  • Advanced Construction Law
  • Advanced Construction Technology and Innovation
  • Advanced ICT for Construction
  • Construction Project Organisation and Governance


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.

Advanced Construction Law (Core)
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Advanced Construction Law (Core)

Construction law has a significant impact on the behaviour, performance and outcomes of construction projects and organisations. This module is designed to equip students with an advanced understanding of various aspects of construction law, including contract law, commercial law, dispute resolution methods, corporate social responsibility from a legal perspective, and CDM 2015 roles and duties of contractors and clients

Advanced Construction Technology and Innovation (Core)
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Advanced Construction Technology and Innovation (Core)

The last decade has seen significant developments in construction technology and innovation in the built environment. This module provides students with a comprehensive understanding of advanced construction technology and related innovations in this field

BIM and Integrated Project Delivery (Core)
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BIM and Integrated Project Delivery (Core)

This module promotes advanced understanding of the wider managerial, professional, technological, legal and sustainable context within which BIM operates, as well as the organization of the construction industry and its inter-disciplinary nature. The module presents the ever advancing practice in Building Information Modelling (BIM) as it relates to the forefront of built environment disciplines and the nature and value of professional integration in the construction industry

Construction Process Management and Professional Practice (Core)
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Construction Process Management and Professional Practice (Core)

This module advances students’ skills and knowledge related to the management of construction processes at an operational level, together with an understanding of the fundamental requirements of operating professionally and ethically

Construction Project Organisation and Governance (Core)
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Construction Project Organisation and Governance (Core)

This module explores the wider institutional, project-organisational and commercial environments that surround the design and delivery of construction projects. It enables students to assess the global challenges confronting the construction industry, and to gain a thorough understanding of innovative business models and collaborative project delivery and governance approaches

Masters CSM Dissertation (Core)
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Masters CSM Dissertation (Core)

The Masters Dissertation is a significant piece of original, critical research that students undertake throughout the latter part of their programme that is primarily independent and self-managed by them, under the supervision of an assigned dissertation supervisor

Masters CSM Research Methods (Core)
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Masters CSM Research Methods (Core)

This module advances students’ ability to critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of competing research methodologies, confirm research topics and applied and theoretical approaches appropriate to their research aims and objectives. Students will be required to identify theories and research methodologies appropriate to the context of their own research problem and be able to produce a rigorous research proposal

Project and Contract Risk Management (Core)
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Project and Contract Risk Management (Core)

This module provides students with the opportunity to explore relevant theory and practice in the areas of project risk, procurement and contract management

Strategic Management and Leadership (Core)
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Strategic Management and Leadership (Core)

This module is designed to make students think strategically about the ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ of organisations

Sustainable Building Design, Construction and Performance (Core)
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Sustainable Building Design, Construction and Performance (Core)

This module covers the fundamental principles of, and imperatives for, sustainable and low carbon design, construction and occupation of buildings

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

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.

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.
 2019/20 Entry*
Home/EU £7,400

(including Alumni Scholarship 20% reduction )**

International £16,000
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)**
 Part-time Home/EU £41 per credit point
 Part-time International £89 per credit point

* Academic year September- July
** Subject to eligibility


A new system of postgraduate loans  for Master's courses has been introduced in the UK. Under the new scheme individuals** will be able to borrow up to £10,609 for the purpose of completing an eligible postgraduate Master's qualification.


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.

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £ per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

Exceptionally tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [].

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.

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.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. . These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may also be supported in their learning by other students.

Professor Stephen Pretlove

Professor Stephen Pretlove

Programme Leader

Stephen has a background in building engineering and management, architecture and environmental design, and industrial experience in construction engineering. Stephen has published his work widely and has received international media coverage in print, radio, television and online by organisations including the BBC, Channel 4 and National Geographic.

Your Future Career

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


At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our students. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

Lincoln’s School of Architecture and the Built Environment is located in an award-winning building. Teaching takes place in bespoke studios, information technology suites, and workshops, which are equipped with a range of specialist resources including rapid prototyping and laser-cutting equipment.

Students can study and research in the University's Great Central Warehouse Library, which provides more than 250,000 printed books and approximately 400,000 electronic books and journals, as well as databases and specialist collections. The Library has a range of different spaces for shared and individual learning.

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.