Industrialised Construction and Design Management
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The MSc Industrialised Construction and Design Management programme is for those wanting to make a difference in the world by embracing environmentally sustainable and efficient construction practices and helping to solve some of the most pertinent problems faced by the construction industry and the environment.
The construction industry is rapidly changing. New technologies, innovative methods, global challenges and increased demand have accelerated a new era of construction. By developing expertise in prefabrication, offsite construction methods (OSM), and principles of Design for Manufacture (DfMa), you will be at the forefront of the industry, managing and designing environmentally sustainable and financially viable construction solutions.
You’ll be equipped with highly sought after skills in current and future models of construction and their associated project commissioning, design processes, procurement, supply chain integration, and manufacturing concerns, transforming your ability to innovatively tackle the problems of the future.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
The MSc Industrialisation Construction and Design Management is the most up-to-date course in its field, drawing on the knowledge of academics and experienced practitioners.
Flexible study mode
Courses can be studied 1 year full-time on campus or 2 years part-time as a distance learner. Part-time students attend a study week on campus with full-time learners every semester.
Working on real-life problems and case studies, students learn the challenges of design and construction management in an engaging and effective way.
Flexible module structure
You can start the programme in either September or January.
There are three modes of delivery for this course:
- full-time on campus
- part-time on campus or
- part-time distance learning.
Please note, PG Certificate and PG Diploma 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 (attendance is optional).
Learning and teaching
In response to industry feedback we have made our courses more practical by using an 'applied' approach to learning. This is sometimes called 'problem-based learning' or PBL. You learn by working through problems that are adapted from complex, real situations. We use our links with industry to help devise the problems we use in class, leading to a more exciting and relevant student experience.
Full time and part-time on-campus modes
You will receive new material weekly with intermediate tutorials or seminars. There are also intensive study weeks and field trips where you will learn with students from all modes of study.
Distance learning mode
The virtual learning environment (VLE) is the primary mode of delivery. You will also be invited to attend on-campus intensive study periods and field trips where you will learn with students from all modes of study. You will be able to contact the Programme Team by email, telephone and through online meetings/tutorials.
Assessment is 100% coursework, and includes a variety of types of work, including quizzes taken remotely on Moodle (our virtual learning environment). Moodle also allows you to:
- Download course material
- Take part in closed discussions
- Remain in contact with other students whether you are on campus or distance learning students.
An optional European field trip* is part of the course and typically takes place over a five-day period towards the end of January.
The field trip exposes you to European project management practices, allowing you to:
- Consolidate the knowledge gained in the early part of the course
- Develop team and other relationships
- Assess your ability to observe and report on the different approaches to project management in the UK and in a European country.
The trip normally consists of visits to prominent construction/engineering projects and sites. Plus architectural attractions, both en route and at the destination. You will be introduced to the development and planning practices at the destination. And you will have the opportunity to visit major complex projects.
The majority of the costs are subsidised by the School but there are some additional costs. Please see the Additional costs section of this page for details.
Start this course in January
You have the option to start this course in January. You will study a range of modules between January and May. During the summer months of June, July and August you will study further modules and begin work on your dissertation. Between September and December you will complete your final modules and focus on your dissertation.
All of our distance learning students are 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.
Local and national construction companies, developers, project managers, house-builders, surveyors and housing associations regularly recruit our graduates.
Many graduates are employed globally - including in:
- The Middle East
- The Americas.
Specific entry requirements
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.
OR an equivalent English language qualification acceptable to the University.
Please also see the University's standard English language requirements.
English requirements for visas
If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.
We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.
Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.
If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
How to apply
Questions about fees?
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Questions about fees?
Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year, your fees will increase each year.
The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.