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Courses: Grow your career

The International Construction Management master’s degree reflects the breadth of issues facing today’s international construction manager.

Future perfect

The courses offers residential study at a number of universities

The MSc International Construction Management (ICM) is a flexible programme for construction professionals taught by distance learning.

In response to the needs of the construction industry the programme is continuously updated to ensure it is relevant, contemporary and challenging.

The ICM programme reflects the breadth of management issues facing today’s international construction manager and seeks to develop creative decision-making and problem-solving skills critical for success in a business environment.

A key element of the programme is learning through reflection on the student’s practice. Emphasis is placed on applying what the student learns to the industry and on comparing and contrasting issues with peers from around the world.

This approach is reinforced by the opportunity to attend residential sessions at the University of Bath, University of Hong Kong, the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Vancouver and the National Construction Council, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Study is undertaken to individually agreed schedules ranging from 15 months to five years. The majority of the students continue to work full-time during their studies and complete the programme in three years.

The programme recruits two cohorts a year starting in June and December. Students receive distance learning delivered by a combination of workbook text and web-based activities and support. Each unit of study is facilitated by an experienced e-tutor.

The programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and graduates are eligible to apply to become corporate members of the Hong Kong Institute of Construction Managers and the Australian Institute of Building. In addition, graduates with suitable experience may be exempt from all examinations for the Chartered Institute of Building corporate membership.

This MSc is also credited as meeting the requirements for further learning for a chartered engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an accredited CEng (partial) BEng (hons) undergraduate first degree.

The programme has been designed for mid-career professionals from any background in the construction industry, located anywhere in the world, and is especially relevant for:

  • Managers needing a more formal training to enhance their effectiveness
  • Individuals who have a significant management focus in their work, but little or no training
  • Those moving from specialist or technical roles into management
  • Those wishing to develop their career potential by moving into management
  • Those seeking to move from management in a domestic to an international arena

Benefits of the programme include:

  • Enhanced career opportunities through an internationally recognised postgraduate qualification
  • Practical knowledge that is immediately applicable in the student’s workplace
  • Increased expertise in the strategic management of construction in both a domestic and international arena
  • Flexibility allowing the student to control their pace of study and spread costs through instalments
  • Membership of an international group of career professionals
  • Access to the University of Bath’s online library facilities, email and internet

It also offers benefits for employers:

  • Cost-effective training of managers leading to increased competitiveness and operational efficiency
  • Students are engaged in active learning which is relevant and immediately used in their work
  • Project work can be of direct relevance to employers
  • Minimal time off work for attendance at residential sessions and examinations
  • Costs can be spread over two or more financial years.


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