Construction Management and Engineering (including Professional Practice) MSc

Deepen your knowledge or change careers into the construction industry with our Construction Management and Engineering masters. This course also features the opportunity to undertake a professional placement in its second year. 

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type

Full-time

Course format

Integrated placements

Duration

22 months full-time

UCAS code(s)

n/a

Start date

Overview
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“All of the lecturers were outstanding, they became like friends with great support on the topics studied. The culture and diversity of Aston plays a huge part too. Teamwork is a great way to learn and with such a varied student background you learn a lot off each other.”

John O Sullivan, Design and Development Engineer

Construction Management and Engineering (including Professional Practice) MSc
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John

“All of the lecturers were outstanding, they became like friends with great support on the topics studied. The culture and diversity of Aston plays a huge part too. Teamwork is a great way to learn and with such a varied student background you learn a lot off each other.”

John O Sullivan, Design and Development Engineer

Course outline and modules

Taking a project life-cycle view from design to construction and asset management, this course covers the fundamental and contemporary issues in construction management and engineering outlined by key professional bodies (e.g. Joint Board of Moderators (JBM), Association of Project Managers (APM), Royal Institute of Charted Surveyors (RICS) and Charted Institute of Building (CIOB)) and from different construction sectors’ (e.g. buildings, infrastructure) perspectives.

The learning experience will be supported with frequent touchpoints with the industry. The aim is to equip practitioners with cutting-edge knowledge, and necessary management and problem-solving skills

The course is specifically designed to create reflective professionals who may want to deepen their knowledge or change careers into the construction industry with advanced construction management and engineering knowledge and skills.

The difference between this course and the MSc Construction Management and Engineering course is that this one features a professional placement. Students are responsible for finding their own work placement, with the help of our award-winning Careers and Placements Team, who have helped so many of our students to secure placement and work opportunities. Aston is 3rd in the UK for the number of students taking a sandwich year (HESA 2018), showing just how much we encourage students getting professional experience and how successful we are at enabling them to secure work placements. Take a look at our specific placement information and support. Please find more about the time frame under ‘Learning, teaching and assessment’.

What you’ll learn 

The aim of the course is to provide a detailed and advanced grounding in the fundamental principles, critical skills and applicable practices required by the Construction Engineering and Management professionals. This will enable construction professionals to develop their knowledge of the project and business environment, key functions and processes and their ability to apply knowledge to solve complex project and organisational issues.

You will develop the ability to manage complex construction projects, make operational, strategic and financial decisions under conditions of risk, and contribute to the performance of projects and organisations.

The course will equip construction professionals with the necessary analytical tools and skills that will enable you to tackle the complex local and global challenges in Construction Engineering and Management. 

Entry requirements

Entry requirements 
  • A 2.2 in a first degree (BEng/BSc) in a construction related discipline or equivalent international qualification.
    Or
  • A 2.1 degree in a non-cognate discipline (or equivalent international qualification in a non-cognate discipline) but with experience in the construction industry

As well as:

  • Two professional references – at least one must be from an academic referee
  •  A completed application form.
International Students

An official academic transcript, with an official English translation, of your university grades to date Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements.

  • Pre-sessional English language programmes are available for good applicants whose English qualification falls just short of these requirements.
  • For more information about qualifications, view our Aston in your country webpage.
  • Information on visas for international students

For International Students intending to do a foundation year. Click here to find out more.

 

Extensive work experience

We recognise the value of extensive professional experience. If you do not have the academic qualifications but have extensive and relevant professional experience and a proven ability to succeed, we would welcome your application.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor. 

Learning, teaching and assessment

Learning will be through a combination of lectures and practical projects.

Core modules:

  • Project Management 
  • Digital Engineering and Smart Construction 
  • Monitoring and Management of Civil Infrastructure 
  • Infrastructure Engineering and INter-disciplinary Design 
  • Product Planning and Control 
  • Procurement and Contracts 
  • Strategic Financial Management in Construction 
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

You will be assessed through a combination of written and oral examinations, class tests, individual and group coursework, projects, presentations and practical assessments.

Facilities:

While studying with us you will have access to :

  • The newly refurbished 450m2 civil engineering labs
  • 24/7 access to the fully equipped computer lab with relevant software for Construction Management and Engineering practice
  • Extensive library facilities with access to key specialist sources such as academic databases (Scopus and Web of Science), Building Cost Information Services (BCIS) and Construction Information Services (CIS)

Professional Practice

The difference between this course and the MSc Construction Management and Engineering course is that this one features a professional placement.

Taking the Professional Practice route allows you to extend the duration of your Masters to 22 months and gain valuable working experience to support your career aspirations. The placement commences after completion of your MSc dissertation and can be paid work. study abroad exchanges or unpaid research projects or even a mix of these options. You will return to Aston the following May for an intensive period on campus to draw all your learning together and finalise the assessments.

Although you are responsible for finding your placement, you will have access to the support of our award-winning Careers and Placements Team, who have helped so many of our students to secure placement and work opportunities, including by providing CV and application preparation, and practice interviews. In addition, you will participate in a programme of activities within the School designed to develop your personal and professional skills such as industry seminars and networking activities. Opportunities for one-to-one coaching and mentoring will also support your learning journey and help you become more work-ready.

Aston is 3rd in the UK for the number of students taking a sandwich year (HESA 2018), showing just how much we encourage students to gain professional experience and how successful we are at enabling them to secure work placements. Take a look at our specific placement information and support.

Fees and scholarships

UK students (2022/23)

Tuition fees for entire programme:  £10,850

EU/International students (2022/23)

Tuition fees for entire programme: £22,750

UK postgraduate loans are now open

If you’re starting a masters course on or after 1 August 2021, you can apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £11,570 to help with course fees and living costs.

UK postgraduate loans are now open

Scholarships

At Aston University we are committed to supporting the most talented and hardworking students to achieve their potential by providing a range of scholarships to help lower tuition and living costs. Find out more about our scholarships here.

20 per cent postgraduate alumni scholarship

You can find out more about our Postgraduate scholarships for international students here. If you are a UK or EU student, please email seaspgtaught@aston.ac.uk for information on funding. 

Career prospects

This course is specifically designed to create reflective professionals who may want to deepen their knowledge to upskill or change careers into the construction industry, as you will learn advanced construction management and engineering theories and skills.

The course aims to develop the transferrable and professional skillset of future construction professionals with critical thinking, effective communication and teamwork, leadership and management, and innovative problem solving that are necessary to meet evolving challenges in Construction Engineering and Management.
 
International students

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students on many of our postgraduate programmes. Students from over 120 different countries chose to study with us every year and Aston is not only a great place to study, based in the centre of Birmingham it’s also a great place to live.

Post-study work visa

Aston University welcomed the creation of a new immigration route which will enable international students to remain in the UK for two years after they have completed their studies to find work. The new post-study work visa will apply to international students starting undergraduate and postgraduate courses from 2020. More information on post-work visas.

Languages for All

Learn a language for free with Aston University's Languages for All programme...

First year students at Aston have the opportunity to learn one of the following languages for free at beginners, improvers or intermediate level:

  • Arabic
  • French
  • German
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Spanish

Fancy learning French?

Hear from one of the Languages for All tutors, Dr Nathalie Mrgudovic...

Click here to find out more

Give German a go!

Hear from one of the Languages for All tutors, Dr Stefanie Kreibich...

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Make the most with Mandarin!

Hear from one of the Languages for All tutors, Dr Qiaochao Zhang...

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Strengthen your prospects with Spanish!

Hear from one of the Languages for All tutors, Elena Cancelas-Rodriguez...

Click here to find out more

Frequently Asked Questions

Why study Construction Management and Engineering at Aston? 

This course is specifically designed to create reflective professionals who may want to deepen their knowledge to upskill or change careers into the construction industry, as you will learn advanced construction management and engineering theories and skills. 

What will I be doing on the Construction Management and Engineering course at Aston? 

The aim of the course is to provide you with a detailed and advanced grounding in the fundamental principles, critical skills and applicable practices required by the Construction Engineering and Management professionals. 

You will be taking a project life-cycle view from design to construction and asset management. The course covers the fundamental and contemporary issues in construction management and engineering outlined by key professional bodies and from different construction sectors’ perspectives.

How does this course differ from the MSc Construction Management and Engineering course?

This version of this course with professional practice features the opportunity to undertake a work placement during your time studying at Aston, however the MSc Construction Management and Engineering course that doesn’t include a professional practice does not include a work placement opportunity as part of the course.

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