MSc Construction Project Management

Heriot-Watt University, The School Of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure And Society (EGIS)

Course Award: MSc

Entry Date: September, January, May


Construction Project Management at Heriot-Watt University is one of the longest-running courses of its kind in the UK, equipping graduates with the theoretical knowledge and practical and technical skills to manage people and projects within the construction industry.

A range of core modules covering management, procurement and technology-related subjects will give you a foundation in management principles while providing practical skills relevant to professional practice in construction.

You will also choose an optional module from a range of subjects drawn from our built environment courses, providing you with a broader understanding of built environment issues and an opportunity to tailor your studies to fit your interests and professional needs.

Programme Duration

Online Learning: The fastest this MSc can be completed is in 2½ years. The maximum completion timeframe is 8 years. On average, most students complete a MSc in 3-4 years.

Programme Outline

The programme comprises of eight taught courses. Heriot-Watt Online students must first take exams in two entry courses* of the programme, Project Management: Theory & Practice and Value & Risk Management. Based on the results from these courses students continue on the programme at MSc or at PG Diploma level. Students study seven mandatory courses and choose one optional course from a choice of electives.

All courses have written examinations and some have compulsory coursework elements. MSc students are also required to complete a Masters dissertation.

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
Online entry courses* Online entry courses* Online entry courses*
Project Management: Theory and Practice Project Management: Theory and Practice Project Management: Theory and Practice
Value and Risk Management Value and Risk Management Value and Risk Management
Mandatory courses Mandatory courses Mandatory courses
Contracts and Procurement Construction Financial Management Construction Financial Management
Construction Practice and Information Technology Contracts and Procurement
People and Organisational Management in the Built Environment People and Organisational Management in the Built Environment
Project Management: Strategic Issues
Optional courses Optional courses
Construction Technology 3 Construction Technology 3
Environmental Geotechnics
Environmental Hydrology and Water Resources
Real Estate Economics
Spatial Planning
Sustainable Design and Development
Sustainability in Civil Engineering

Programme Fees

Tuition fees for 2021 entry
Status Per course Dissertation
UK / EU / Overseas £1,440 £1,850

Additional fees information

Students pay £1440 per course and £1850 for the Dissertation. This programme consists of 8 courses (modules). MSc students are also required to submit a Masters dissertation.

Entry Requirements

Masters (MSc) level entry applicants must have:
  • Minimum of 2:2 honours degree or equivalent academic qualification in a related subject area.
  • Corporate (or chartered) membership of relevant professional institutions will also be considered.
PG Diploma level entry applicants must have:
  • An honours degree in a related subject area plus a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience post qualification.

Candidates who do not meet the above entry requirements or have no formal academic qualifications will be considered individually based on their CV and interview. Admission via this route will be at the discretion of the Director of Admissions and the number of successful applicants will be restricted.

Student Support

The overall approach in the programme teaching and learning is student-focussed, which is designed to encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning and development.
Programme learning objectives ensure transmission of core knowledge relevant to each course. The level of competency required provides the academic rigour appropriate to Masters programmes. This is achieved through traditional methods of teaching & learning, and can be summatively assessed in examination.
Programme learning outcomes come from overarching Discipline themes. Achievement of them demonstrates skill and mastery of the subject at advanced level and requires students to make value judgements relevant to quantity surveying through reasoned application of core knowledge. This is achieved through student interaction with integrated project work which is assessed by assignment. The requisite competencies related to Subject Mastery are acquired and developed through lectures, tutorials, group work and integrated design project. The design project reinforces the development of subject-specific skills through a co-ordinated set of projects ensuring an interdisciplinary approach to developing professional skills.

Exam Structure

The assessment policy for the programme incorporates a range of assessment types. Continuous assessment during some courses and summative assessment at the conclusion of courses both contribute to the overall assessment and are used to formally measure achievement in specified learning outcomes.
Understanding, knowledge and subject –specific skills are assessed by coursework assignments, integrated design elements and written examinations.

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