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Project Management in the Built Environment
PGDip or PGCert or MSc
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:
- South Africa
- Hong Kong
The MSc is available as a one-year, full-time (FT) programme. Or as a distance-learning (DL) programme, which is normally taken over two years and is extendable up to five years.
How to apply
We advise applying in advance to secure places, and allow sufficient time for applications to be reviewed.
There is no formal application deadline (recruitment closes when teaching capacity is reached).
Applicants should also factor any time needed to meet offer conditions, arrange accommodation, and obtain a UK Tier 4 visa (if applicable).
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.
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.
Financial support and scholarships
Learning and assessment
Modes of study
There are two modes of delivery for this course:
- full-time on campus
- distance learning.
There are two entry points - September and January.
The PGCert and PGDip are offered as 'exit' awards. If you would like to graduate with one of these awards, you should also apply for a MSc place in the first instance. Please note that these awards are not accredited by RICS or CIOB.
For full-time students lectures are held on two set days every week.
For distance learners, the virtual learning environment (VLE) is the primary mode of delivery. Students are supported by email, Skype, 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 study periods and a European field trip, when students in both modes of study come together (optional for distance learners).
Many members of staff are part of the Oxford Institute of Sustainable Development (OISD). This research and promotional organisation is noted for its work on sustainable technology in buildings and sustainable urban form among many ongoing projects. Areas of research expertise include:
- Climate change and sustainable construction
- Carbon foot printing and waste management
- Collaborative planning and supply network management
- Procurement, Project and Process management
- Whole-life cost and value modelling
- Risk analysis and management
- Lean construction and applied operations research
- Sustainable building maintenance
- Emerging technologies and innovations for sustainable buildings
- Social networks and innovation diffusion
- Information and knowledge management
- Advanced ICT and applied artificial intelligence
- Knowledge-based decision support systems
- Building Information Modelling (BIM)
- Virtual prototyping
- Building informatics.
After you graduate
Graduates of the School of the Built Environment have an outstanding employment record. Usually, 100% of the graduates of MSc PMBE 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 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:
- South Africa
- The Middle East
Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.
For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.