'Project management has been our big growth area, ' says Dr Denise Bower, deputy head of the school of civil engineering at Leeds University, which had a stack of applications for its project management MScs.
'People can see there are jobs being advertised in that area and want to move into it, ' she says. 'We are attracting people from a whole variety of disciplines. People with a background in business may be working in construction companies who don't have a first degree in engineering, people from manufacturing, retail and banking. People see it as a growth area.' There are also a lot of applications from overseas students with site experience.
'They've also got the international perspective and it's made for some fantastic discussions, ' says Bower.
Leeds now offers a suite of Msc programmes including engineering project management, environmental project management, international construction management and sustainable waste management.
The courses are split into eight modules which can be taken in three week blocks away from the office for the student already in full time work. Students are given up to five years to complete the course.
Looking to the future Leeds plans to collaborate with other universities that offer construction management courses including University of Lancaster as well as Manchester/UMIST. 'We need to give people a little more flexibility in their courses so we are going to share teaching facilities and expertise, ' says Bower.