Program Overview

Our MSc in Project Management in the Built Environment is ideal for anyone with ambitions to manage projects within the sector. The course is designed to meet the growing demand for project managers in the industry who can oversee the entire life cycle of any project, including unique and specialist developments.

We consult with companies and organisations to ensure our course content retains practical relevance. Our Professional Liaison Group (PLG) is made up of practitioners in the field. They provide advice on existing and proposed courses of study, on research activities and consultancy work.

We have strong links with prominent companies in the sector, such as Mace, Willmott Dixon and BAM Construction. Our alumni network spans the globe, working in countries including:

  • Malaysia
  • South Africa
  • Russia
  • Turkey
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • USA.

The MSc is available as a one-year, full-time (FT) programme. Or as a part-time on campus or part-time distance-learning (DL) programme, which is normally taken over two years and is extendable up to five years.


OxfordUnited Kingdom

  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 15,200


IELTS: 6.5


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Learning and assessment

There are three modes of delivery for this course:

  • full-time on campus
  • part-time on campus
  • part-time distance learning.

There are two entry points - September and January.

Please note, PGCert and PGDip qualifications are offered as exit awards only and are not accredited by RICS or CIOB. Applicants interested in these should apply for the MSc in the first instance.

For full-time students lectures are held on two set days every week.

For part-time on campus students, lectures are held on one set day every week.

For distance learners, the virtual learning environment (VLE) is the primary mode of delivery. Students are supported by email, Zoom, Google Meet, on-line lectures and telephone, and are welcome to attend all lectures on campus. Distance learners are advised to spend two evenings per week and one whole day per weekend on their studies. 

There are also intensive on-campus study periods and a field trip, when students from all modes of study come together (attendence is optional). 

Study modules
The modules listed below are for the master's award. For the PGDip and PGCert awards your module choices may be different. Please contact us for more details.

Compulsory modules
People, Leadership and Organisations (30 credits)
This module aims to develop the students’ knowledge and understanding of how behavioural and organisational issues influence project performance and how they can be harnessed to effectively deliver projects. It includes an overview of management approaches, an exploration of the issues around understanding self and understanding others, team theory and leadership, communication, conflict resolution strategies and negotiation; and learning from experience in project environments. These themes are studied in the context of personal and cultural differences.

To a large extent the module adopts a problem-based learning (PBL) approach. Here, PBL is facilitated through problem-solving exercises that are based on prominent case studies and game play exercises.

Project Planning, Control and Risk (30 credits)
This module prepares students to manage projects within the built environment through the use of advanced planning and control techniques. Students will learn and apply a range of skills in project planning, scheduling, monitoring and control that includes cash flow and capital expenditure analysis, value management, risk and opportunity management and the use of software-based decision support tools as used in industry.

Construction Law and Procurement (30 credits)
This module starts with the consideration of project procedure and participants and their roles in different types of projects in the built environment. Through the aspects of law needed to understand construction procurement and contracts, to the various forms of building contracts and procurement procedures, the module covers alternative procurement routes and current trends in procurement in both the public and private sectors, placing a particular emphasis on collaboration and best practice. Furthermore, it covers the basics of planning law and building regulations and looks at specific issues related to contract terms, professional liability and property torts.

Managing Technology for Sustainable Environments (30 credits)
Design techniques and technological innovations and how they are used and managed are key elements in the development of our built environment.  This module introduces these as considerations that should be made at the inception and briefing stages of a project, not as afterthoughts later in the process. It also recognises that design and construction are not devoid of the human dimension - the contexts within which a construction project is situated, including influences of climate, culture, and surrounding and supporting infrastructures are also important. There is also an examination of the design and building processes, and the end-product-buildings, as continuously changing entities. Students should not study developments in design and technology in isolation, but as part of a continuously innovating industry. In this respect, managing Building Information Modelling (BIM), developments in off-site construction and low carbon construction are covered as part of the module.

Applied Research Methods (10 credits)
This module provides students with the fundamentals of research design highlighting the difference between qualitative and quantitative research paradigms and demonstrates how data can be both gathered and analysed and how deductive arguments can be used to produce valid generalisations from data. It also provides students with an overview of particular research techniques such that they can choose and develop those tools most appropriate to their Dissertation.

Final project

Compulsory modules
Project (or Integrated Studies/ Project) (50 credits)
This follows on from Applied Research Methods and aims not only to generate new knowledge or insights but also to develop students’ capacities to undertake rigorous research, to plan and execute an extended project and to communicate complex ideas effectively in words and graphically. Each student will work with a supervisor from within the School to produce an original piece of work of publishable quality, generally, through conducting their own primary research and presenting their findings in a professional manner.

Specific entry requirements
The course is open to applicants who hold a 2.1 undergraduate honours degree (or international equivalent) in any discipline. 

We will actively consider applications from candidates with lower degrees, who can evidence substantiated & relevant experience in construction.

Industry professionals with suitable practice qualifications (e.g MRICS, MCIOB) - demonstrating ability to study at master's level, are also encouraged to apply.

English language requirements
If your first language is not English you will require a minimum academic IELTS score of 6.5 overall with 6.0 in all components.


An equivalent English language qualification acceptable to the University.

2021 / 22
Home (UK) full time

International / EU full time

2022 / 23
Home (UK) full time

International / EU full time

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

This course includes an optional field trip. The majority of the costs are subsidised by the School of the Built Environment. A coach is also provided to transport students and staff from Oxford Brookes to the field trip destination. You will need to pay for the following expenses:

  • a contribution towards accommodation (around £150)
  • travel expenses if you choose to fly direct to the destination or to join the coach at Oxford Brookes
  • lunches and evening meals (we would estimate budgeting £200)
  • any other personal expenditures.

Intensive study periods: for distance learners, there is the option to attend a three-day Intensive Study
Period on campus each semester. Students to arrange own travel, accommodation and food.

Students are required to provide the following Personal Protection Equipment (PPE):

  • Safety shoes/boots
  • Hard hat
  • Hi-visibility vest/jacket.

Graduates of the School of the Built Environment have an outstanding employment record. Usually, 100% of the graduates of the postgraduate construction programmes are in employment within six months after graduation. 

Local, national and international construction companies, developers, project management consultancies, house builders, surveyors and housing associations regularly recruit our graduates.

Many of these companies visit the department regularly to meet students for graduate positions. Our graduates are recognised as having an excellent level of communication, presentation and problem-solving skills.

Our distance learning students are usually employed full-time by prominent companies in the sector. 

Full-time students find similar employment shortly after graduation. They typically hold (Assistant) Project Manager positions. However, the breadth of knowledge that our students gain gives them the flexibility to function effectively in a number of different roles.

Many graduates are employed globally, including in:

  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Africa
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • Peru
  • The Middle East
  • China
  • The Americas


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