M.Sc. Construction Project Management (Work Based Distance Learning)

  • Blended
  • 36 months
  • GBP12740 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English ( Find a course )
Heriot-Watt University | Edinburgh , United Kingdom
The course is uniquely structured as attendance-free distance learning, and takes three years to complete on a part-time basis. It has been specifically designed to tailor for the busy professional keen to further develop their knowledge, expertise and careers.



The discipline of project management has become central to the management approach adopted by numerous UK and international industries. From the construction and property industries to the major financial institutions, from information processing to heavy industry, there is growing recognition of the benefits that project management can bring.

As markets become more competitive, organisations in the construction sector and their clients are increasingly demanding the combined time, cost and quality assurances that good construction project management practice provides. This course equips students with the skills, knowledge and expertise necessary to meet these demands. Its delivery is also industry facing and an innovative and novel way for students to study, learn and attain a high level post-graduate qualification.

The course is uniquely structured as attendance-free distance learning, and takes three years to complete on a part-time basis. It has been specifically designed to tailor for the busy professional keen to further develop their knowledge, expertise and careers. The course is therefore highly sensitive to students in highly demanding jobs and to ensure that they can manage, combine and draw their learning from within the context of their work commitments. This avoids the need for students to take study breaks to acquire further qualifications. Career development in the workplace is not interrupted by following a work-based distance learning programme of study.

Modules are delivered mainly through the web, with facilities for students to interact with colleagues, staff and other students. There are also benefits for the employer, who will be able to take advantage of the work-based projects by putting them into practical use within the organisation.

The course is delivered jointly with Loughborough University - another leader in the field of Construction Project Management. This course therefore draws strength from the reputation of both institutions for delivering high quality Masters courses within the UK. It also benefits from their significant expertise and experience of delivering education and conducting industry relevant research.

Options are available for Diploma and Certificate levels to suit individual student needs and circumstances. Students can start the course in January or September. Notably, the course is currently only open to UK/EU students and substantial bursaries are currently available for UK students.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • GBP 12740 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 8320 Year (EEA)

EU -£8,320 ; NON EU - £12,740

Start date , December 2016
Duration full-time 36 months
Delivery mode Blended
Educational variant Part-time
Structure Semi-structured
Student interaction Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments
Attendance No Attendance
Teacher support Continuous support with feedback on request

Course Content

Modules from Heriot-Watt University
  • Project Management Theory, Practice and Application
  • Construction Financial Management
  • Project Management: Strategic Issues
  • Risk and Value Management
Modules from Loughborough University
  • Management Information Systems for Construction
  • Research, Innovation and Communication
  • Management and Professional Development
  • Construction Contracts
  • Project Planning and Control (with CITB)
  • Managing people on Construction Projects

English Language Requirements

Before starting a programme, you need to have a basic knowledge of the English language. Find English courses on Language Learning Portal.

CAE score
180(Grade C)


English Language Requirements
If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, well need to see evidence of your English language ability. The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. We offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme:
  • 2 semesters English (for IELTS of 4.5-5.0);
  • 12 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5);
  • 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5*-6.0). (*minimum 5.5 reading and writing)

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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