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1 year

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2 years

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Brayford Pool

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CNSMGTMS

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.

Key Information

Full-time

1 year

Part-time

2 years

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

View

Course Code

CNSMGTMS

Teaching and Learning During COVID-19

The current COVID-19 pandemic has meant that at Lincoln we are making changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience here at Lincoln.

From autumn 2020 our aim is to provide an on-campus learning experience. Our intention is that teaching will be delivered through a mixture of face-to-face and online sessions. There will be social activities in place for students - all in line with appropriate social distancing and fully adhering to any changes in government guidance as our students' safety is our primary concern.

We want to ensure that your Lincoln experience is as positive, exciting and enjoyable as possible as you embark on the next phase of your life. COVID-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the Lincoln experience. It has challenged us to find innovative new approaches to supporting students' learning and social interactions. These learning experiences, which blend digital and face-to-face, will be vital in helping to prepare our students for a 21st Century workplace.

Of course at Lincoln, personal tutoring is key to our delivery, providing every student with a dedicated tutor to support them throughout their time here at the University. Smaller class sizes mean our academic staff can engage with each student as an individual, and work with them to enhance their strengths. In this environment we hope that students have more opportunities for discussion and engagement and get to know each other better.

Course learning outcomes are vital to prepare you for your future and we aim to utilise this mix of face-to-face and online teaching to deliver these. Students benefit from and enjoy fieldtrips and placements and, whilst it is currently hard to predict the availability of these, we are working hard and with partners and will aspire to offer these wherever possible - obviously in compliance with whatever government guidance is in place at the time.

We are utilising a range of different digital tools for teaching including our dedicated online managed learning environment. All lectures for larger groups will be delivered online using interactive software and a range of different formats. We aim to make every contact count and seminars and small group sessions will maximise face-to-face interaction. Practicals, workshops, studio sessions and performance-based sessions are planned to be delivered face-to-face, in a socially distanced way with appropriate PPE.

The University of Lincoln is a top 20 TEF Gold University and we have won awards for our approach to teaching and learning, our partnerships and industry links, and the opportunities these provide for our students. Our aim is that our online and socially distanced delivery during this COVID-19 pandemic is engaging and that students can interact with their tutors and each other and contribute to our academic community.

As and when restrictions start to lift, we aim to deliver an increasing amount of face-to-face teaching and external engagements, depending on each course. Safety will continue to be our primary focus and we will respond to any changing circumstances as they arise to ensure our community is supported. More information about the specific approaches for each course will be shared when teaching starts.

Of course as you start a new academic year it will be challenging but we will be working with you every step of the way. For all our students new and established, we look forward to welcoming you to our vibrant community this Autumn. If you have any questions please visit our FAQs or contact us on 01522 886644.

Dr Saad Sarhan - Programme Leader

Dr Saad Sarhan - Programme Leader

Dr Sarhan is a Programme Leader on the BSc and Master's Construction Science and Management courses. Saad has a background in civil engineering. He is actively researching the latest trends in lean construction, construction project procurement, the concept of waste in construction, and work related to improving supply chain efficiency.

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Welcome to MSc Construction Science and Management

Lincoln’s MSc 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.

This Chartered Institute of Building accredited 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 the built environment. It provides a holistic perspective of construction management processes and the global challenges facing the modern construction industry.

Recent graduates from construction and other related disciplines may find this programme beneficial to develop their technical knowledge and the 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. It can also 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. This includes research on latest trends in lean and sustainable construction. The programme is offered as a one-year full-time modular course or two-year flexible modular course.

How You Study

Through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical exercises, site visits, field trips, and workshops with industry experts, this course aims to prepare students for a broad range of career paths within the construction sector.

Students can benefit from our research-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 modules:

  • Advanced Construction Law
  • Construction Process Management and Professional Practice
  • Project and Contract Risk Management
  • Sustainable Building Design, Construction and Performance

Term 2 modules:

  • Advanced Construction Technology and Innovation
  • BIM and Integrated Project Delivery
  • Construction Project Organisation and Governance
  • Strategic Management and Leadership

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 to help students develop their research skills and prepare their research proposal 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 vary depending on the module being delivered 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 spent in class, students are expected to spend at least two to three hours in independent study. For more detailed information please contact the Programme Leader.

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs. For research programmes this includes research fees and research support fees.

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An Introduction to Your Modules

Module Overview

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

Module Overview

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

Module Overview

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

Module Overview

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

Module Overview

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

Module Overview

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

Module Overview

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

Module Overview

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

Module Overview

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

Module Overview

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.

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:

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

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 students promptly – usually within 15 working days of the submission date.

Fees and Scholarships

Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future, and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

There are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Course-Specific Additional 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.

Entry Requirements 2020-21

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 https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ 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 https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/.

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. https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/ . These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

Accreditations and Memberships

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). The University of Lincoln has CIOB Accredited Centre Status.

Industry Links

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.

Research-informed Teaching

This Master’s degree reflects current research-informed teaching and innovation within the sector. On this programme, we believe that excellent teaching goes hand-in-hand with excellent research. The content of this programme is informed by research carried out by academics across the School in the field of Construction Science and Management.

"I'm pleased to be a student at this internationally acclaimed University with quality staff and facilities. I’m enjoying this well-structured course, which focuses on improving the skills and knowledge for those looking for management roles in the construction industry."

Judith Eze, MSc Construction Science and Management

Career and Personal Development

The construction industry is currently undergoing a significant period of growth 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

Postgraduate Events

Find out more about how postgraduate study can help further your career, develop your knowledge, or even prepare you to start your own business at one of our postgraduate events.

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Related Courses

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.
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