Throughout the programme, you’ll gain a profound understanding of the different aspects of construction project management within the construction industry. This covers project management tools and techniques in the context of the infrastructure life cycle. You’ll also explore construction project delivery and the construction phase which includes elements of health, safety and environmental management, construction delivery systems, construction planning and sustainability. At the same time, you’ll consider risk management and its role during the project life cycle.
A feature at Leeds is the ‘Whole Life Asset Management’ module which examines the “whole life management” of infrastructure, with additional focus on operations, maintenance, renewal and decommissioning.
During the course, you'll also develop an understanding of the international nature of the construction industry and its economic impact. These taught subjects are assessed during two teaching semesters.
Over the summer months, you’ll work under the guidance of your supervisor to complete your independent research project which is one of the most satisfying elements of this course. It’s a chance for you to demonstrate the knowledge and skills you’ve gained, focusing on a real-world problem that explores your specific interests and/or relates to your career ambitions.
Most projects are experimentally based and linked with companies in industry to ensure the topic of research is relevant to the field whilst also addressing a real-world problem.
Example projects for International Construction Management and Engineering MSc students have included:
International trends in infrastructure asset management
Integrated project delivery and the BIM environment
Risk in megaprojects
Social return on investment in infrastructure projects
Trends in the concepts of value and value management
Futureproofing and infrastructure resilience.
Fieldwork can be undertaken as an option as part of the primary data collection for the dissertation project.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.
<p><h3>Modules</h3><p><strong>Compulsory modules </strong></p><p><strong>Principles of sustainable project management – 15 credits</strong></p><p>Explore the key project management concepts, their evaluation and the application to engineering projects. You’ll develop an understanding of the project life cycle management and explore the relationship between project management and sustainable goals. You’ll also build an understanding of the ethical dimensions of planning and delivering projects.</p><p><strong>Project management tools and techniques – 15 credits</strong></p><p>Learn the common tools used in project management. Topics covered include planning and control, quality management, scope management, schedule management, cost management, resource management and change management.</p><p><strong>Risk and resilience – 15 credits</strong></p><p>You’ll focus on risk management and resilience in projects, being introduced to a structured risk management process, as well as the tools and techniques used to identify, evaluate, transfer and monitor risks. Most of the tool and techniques can be employed in a wide range of fields. This module focuses mostly on risk management in engineering and construction projects.</p><p><strong>People management – 15 credits</strong></p><p>Build a theoretical and practical understanding of key concepts relating to people working on and associated with projects. This includes an understanding of organisational behaviour in the context of projects and programmes and stakeholder management/engagement. You'll cover topics such as leadership, motivation, conflict, negotiation and ethics.</p><p><strong><a href="https://webprod3.leeds.ac.uk/catalogue/dynmodules.asp?Y=202324&M=CIVE-5941M">Whole Life Asset Management</a> – 15 credits</strong></p><p>The module aims to give you an understanding of the whole life management of infrastructure assets. It sets out how the context of an organisation influences infrastructure choices. It also examines how business strategy translates to infrastructure choices and infrastructure strategy, whilst encouraging you to evaluate the relationship between risk, cost, value and performance over the whole life of an asset.</p><p><strong><a href="https://webprod3.leeds.ac.uk/catalogue/dynmodules.asp?Y=202324&M=CIVE-5360M">Procurement Management</a> – 15 credits</strong></p><p>You’ll learn the concepts of procurement management on projects and multi-projects, whilst being introduced to alternative procurement strategies and the procurement assessment criteria relevant in their selection. You’ll explore contract strategies alongside supply chain structures in relation to the various procurement strategies.</p><p><strong>The International Context of Construction – 15 credits</strong></p><p>Build an understanding of the strategic management of organisations in the construction industry and their interaction with construction projects. You’ll learn the strategic management process and consider the interaction of the construction industry with the wider economy. You’ll also explore the implications of working in an international construction environment through topics such as change management, CSR and culture.</p><p><strong>Construction engineering – 15 credits</strong></p><p>A multidisciplinary approach is critical to the successful completion of construction and engineering projects. As such, this module will explore this, covering environmental, quality and health & safety management. You'll also cover digital technologies such as BIM and digital twins whilst building an understanding of lean construction and MMC.</p><p><strong><a href="https://webprod3.leeds.ac.uk/catalogue/dynmodules.asp?Y=202324&M=CIVE-5170M">Dissertation</a> – 60 credits</strong></p><p>Put theory into practice by conducting your own individual research project. To support your project, we’ll teach you theories and practices you’ll need to conduct your project efficiently. You’ll examine how to define research problems and gaps in understanding. Alongside, you’ll learn how to critically review relevant literature to your given problem and explore the research methods and instruments you’ll need to collect and analyse data effectively.</p></p>
Learning and teaching
You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, case-based problems, small group work and project meetings. These activities are complemented by e-learning. Our research feeds directly into teaching, and you'll have regular contact with staff who are at the forefront of their disciplines.
Throughout your studies, you’ll also benefit from a structured support system, with a personal tutor who will offer help and advice about your approach to studying and how to become adept at independent learning.
Independent study is also important to the programme, as you develop your problem-solving and research skills as well as your subject knowledge.
During the course, you’ll benefit from access to our first-class laboratory and computing facilities during your research project work. These include specialist laboratories to support research in structures and materials, building physics, and public health. You may also have access to high-performance computing, industry standard CFD, structural modelling and Building Information Modelling (BIM) packages, along with bespoke tools developed within the school research groups.
The Programme Leader, Dr William Collinge, is an Associate Professor (in Construction Project Management) whose research interests include BIM (building information modelling), Digitization and complexity for health, safety and wellbeing, data-driven engineering for better asset management, Ethics and social responsibility in construction project management, and Construction waste and digitization.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including case studies, technical reports, presentations, in-class tests, assignments and exams.