Construction and Civil Engineering Management MSc

Postgraduate degree

Hone your leadership and management skills and advance your career in construction and civil engineering with our online Chartered Institute of Building accredited MSc construction management.

  • Supported online learning gives you the flexibility to study around your schedule
  • Learn from experienced and passionate professionals
  • Advance your career progression with a formal management qualification
  • Be part of the University of the Year (THE)

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About your MSc construction management

Our MSc construction management programme is designed to give you the expert knowledge, skills, and confidence to lead teams in a variety of construction sector roles. This postgraduate degree is ideal if you're a civil engineer looking for a management qualification, you're new to a construction management role, or you are looking to advance to a leadership position. This degree in construction and civil engineering management will give you a complete understanding of the role of a construction manager throughout the whole construction process. By studying our construction management course online, you will have the flexibility to advance your career around your other commitments.

Course highlights

  • Gain a complete understanding of the role of a construction manager
  • Develop the expert skills and confidence to lead and manage teams in the built environment sector
  • Accredited by The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

How you'll study

This course is studied 100% online

Course length

Study between 2 years 4 months and 2 years 9 months depending on start date

Start dates

Start in Jan, May, or Sept

Application deadline

Our next deadline is

28th June 2024

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Course overview

Construction and civil engineering managers are responsible for the practical management and planning of every stage of a construction project. They ensure building projects are completed safely, within budget, and on time. Our CIOB accredited Construction and Civil Engineering Management Master’s degree will develop your understanding of the role of a construction manager, giving you the confidence and encouragement to develop your own management style.

This course has been designed to help you reach your career aspirations; it is perfect for those looking for a formal management qualification to support your career progression or those seeking to advance into leadership roles in the construction and civil engineering sector. This MSc in civil engineering management will provide you with the expert theory and knowledge needed to gain a complete understanding of the role of a construction manager throughout the entire construction process.

You'll develop your knowledge of, and approach to, management by learning the key principles and practices of management, as well as about people management, HR policy and practices, and how to motivate and develop your colleagues. You'll also learn how to manage procurement and supply chains, as well as sustainability and environmental considerations.

Our MSc construction management is broken down into eight key modules and a major project, and the modules cover key topics such as management theory; project planning and control; management practice; and procurement and supply chain management. This postgraduate degree will also give you a greater understanding of the economic, political, and legal framework; sustainability and environmental management; and structural adaptation and reuse of buildings. There is also a research design and methods module which will help to prepare and support you while planning and conducting your major project. This major project will give you the opportunity to carry out your own research or work-based project in an area that most interests you and aligns with your future career plans, in order to demonstrate your learning from the course.

Successful completion of this course will enhance your employability as a manager in a wide range of roles within the built environment sector. You’ll have the expert knowledge, skills, and the confidence needed to apply your own management style to lead teams and identify and put into practice innovative solutions to construction-related problems. Once you have completed 3 years on the job experience, you’ll be eligible to apply for Chartered Status with The Chartered Institute of Building.

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Due to the structure of this course, there will be instances where you will study two modules simultaneously during a trimester. You will be supported by your tutors to help manage your workload and assessment deadlines.

Please contact one of our advisers to discuss the pacing of this course and the options available to match your circumstances.

Management Theory

Build your knowledge of leadership theories and develop your own unique approach to management. You’ll learn about the key principles and practices of management, including organisational structures and leadership. You’ll also explore the principles and practices involved in management and organisational success.

Management Practice

Organisational performance is largely dependent on the performance of people, which in turn is determined by the quality and effectiveness of their management. Therefore, it is crucial that managers can effectively lead the people that are under them in the organisational hierarchy, and aid and inspire their teams to produce the best results they can. In this module, you will learn about people management, HR policy and practices, and how to manage performance, empower motivation, and development commitment.

Project Planning and Control

Develop a systematic understanding of the principles, practices and systems used to plan and control projects. You'll gain a critical insight into integrated planning and programming software and information systems and the potential of Project Management Information Systems [PMIS] to provide effective management of all aspects of a project, especially resources, time, and cost.

Research Design and Methods

Aquire an in-depth understanding of the theories and methods of research and research design. You'll develop a theoretical and practical foundation from which to embark on your master’s level Major Project/Dissertation. 

Economic, Legal and Political Framework

Firms in the construction and civil engineering sector are very dependent on the external environment and this module will enable you to understand and analyse these complex relationships. You’ll develop your understanding of the economic, political, and legal influences on firms in the industry and apply your learning to current events through your own research and debates.

Sustainability and Environmental Management

Here, you will look at wider developments in environmental protection, how they influence construction, and how construction affects them. You’ll also examine the demands that greater environmental awareness places on the built environment.

Procurement and Supply Chain Management

Develop an in-depth understanding of the principles and practices of procurement across a wide range of different approaches and situations. This includes direct and integrated approaches such as supply chain management and partnering in order to ensure that you’re fully prepared for the responsibilities that are involved in construction management.

Structural Adaptation and Re-use of Buildings

Structural Adaptation and Re-use of Buildings will help you to develop a detailed understanding of the engineering aspects of building adaptation and re-use. These include, but are not limited to, a consideration of the benefits that the approach can deliver in terms of reductions in energy and resource consumption. You’ll also consider a range of structural implications including the assessment of existing buildings; changes in loading requirements and related structural calculations; durability, degradation, and testing of construction materials and structural adaptations; strengthening methods; and temporary works.

Major Project/Dissertation

You'll choose an independent research topic from an area of expertise within our department (subject to availability of suitable supervision) and will conduct a significant research project in that area which may involve a literature review, data collection, analysis, and a write-up. The final piece of work should be equivalent to a maximum of 12,000 words.

Modules are subject to change and availability.


We’ll assess you through a combination of assignments, case studies, examinations, group work and presentations.

How you'll study

Our Construction and Civil Engineering MSc is studied 100% online.

You’ll study through Canvas, our world-class online Learning Management System (LMS), which can be accessed from your phone, PC, or tablet, both at home or on the move. Canvas provides instant access to study materials, forums, and support from tutors and classmates, as well as enabling easy submission of your assignments.

The course is studied over 2 years 4 months if you start in September or 2 years 9 months if you start in January or May.

On successful completion of your studies, you’ll be invited to attend a graduation ceremony on campus. If attending the ceremony in person is not possible then we’ll arrange to have your certificate sent to you.

Supported distance learning

We understand that distance learning is different to traditional campus study and if you’re new to online study you may have concerns or apprehensions about studying your masters in civil engineering online, and that’s natural.

To help put your mind at ease we have a dedicated Distance Learning Support Team to help and support you throughout your time at ARU, starting with your first online induction and staying with you right through to graduation. In addition, you’ll also be supported by specialist construction industry tutors, well experienced in supporting distance learning students. They'll be on hand to guide you through both the taught modules, and the different assessment methods.

Once you start your masters in civil engineering, we encourage the creation of online communities and many of our learners find these connections with others invaluable, helping them to stay motivated, share concerns or make new friendships.

Contact us to talk through any questions or concerns or visit our support page for more information about the support services available.

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Be part of the University of the Year

We're proud to be the Times Higher Education (THE) University of the Year 2023.

The prestigious THE awards honour ’exceptional performance during the 2021-22 academic year, and reflect ARU’s success in delivering high-impact projects during this period, despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The award recognises the difference we make in the region and our communities – while also acknowledging the broader impact of our world-leading research, and the contributions our students and graduates make to society.

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CIOB Accredited

Our Construction and Civil Engineering Management MSc is accredited by The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). The CIOB is the worlds largest professional body for construction management and leadership. CIOB accreditation is recognised as a mark of the highest levels of competence and professionalism in the development, conservation and improvement of the built environment.

Upon successful completion of the MSc and having completed 3 years on the job experience, you’ll be eligible to apply for Chartered Status with CIOB.


What could a Construction & Civil Engineering Management MSc do for my career?

Construction management is a dynamic and challenging field that offers exciting opportunities across many different organisations. Candidates come a variety of job roles: you may wish to get the knowledge and skills to start a construction management career, or you may already in an existing construction management role and looking to further develop your skills and gain endorsement with a formal qualification.

Either way, our distance learning Construction & Civil Engineering MSc course is built on strong technical and management themes, with emphasis on practical application. The course will encourage you to develop your own management approach so that you are able to meet the challenges of modern construction on a global scale.

Employers gain from upskilling and retaining talent within their organisation, empowering their staff with the knowledge to management projects and teams, as well as solve engineering-related problems.

What job roles can I consider with a Construction & Civil Engineering Management MSc?

Successful students can progress their careers in a variety of engineering and leadership roles within the construction and civil engineering sector and across different size organisations. Graduates from this course are sought after by employers to take a leading role on construction sites as well as project managing major infrastructure projects.

What skills will I get from a Construction & Civil Engineering Management MSc to help my career?

Choosing to study a Construction & Civil Engineering Management MSc will give you many transferable skills; here are just some of them:

  • understand, evaluate, and adapt complex ideas
  • develop technical and managerial problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • communicate effectively and professionally
  • work as part of a team and promote good working relationships
  • coordinate and manage expectations of project stakeholders
  • plan, organise and manage the construction process
  • manage health and safety issues

What can I study after a Construction & Civil Engineering Management MSc?

The course meets the educational requirements for professional chartership under the RICS and CIOB. Depending on your long-term goals and interests you may decide to explore a doctorate qualification. Having a master’s degree under your belt is a key entry requirement in opening doors to study at this level.

Careers Advice Service

Once you become an ARU student you will be able to access our Employability service to help you whatever stage of your career, whether that’s landing your dream job or the next progression step.

We offer:

  • careers advice, including one-to-one online and telephone appointments with our experienced advisers
  • help with your CV, job searches, applications, and interview preparation
  • an online portal packed with useful careers resources
  • our Employability Programme, which helps you hone the skills employers say they want in graduates.

Entry requirements

You’ll need a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree. Applicants with a degree equivalent qualification or relevant work experience are also encouraged to apply.

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 (Academic level - with no individual score being lower than 5.5) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

As a distance learner, you'll also need a suitable computer with internet connection, together with sufficient IT competence to make effective use our online learning management system (LMS) with high-speed internet and email.

Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements.

Fees & funding


The full tuition fee for this masters in civil engineering is £7,701.

The tuition fees you pay each year for the full Construction and Civil Engineering Management MSc will be £2,567. The course is studied over 2 years 4 months if you start in September or 2 years 9 months if you start in January or May.

Accredited Prior Learning may reduce the tuition fees. This will be confirmed once your application has been submitted.


We offer payment by instalments, so you can spread the cost of studying with us.

For military students: You can use your ELCs towards this course. ARU is a recognised ELCAS provider (number 1007). Please contact your Learning Centre for details of ELC, eligibility and how to apply.

For more information on how you fund your studies please see our funding page.

What our students say

Michael - ARU Student

The support I received was thorough and greatly appreciated, from top tips, online presentations and one-to-one sessions through skills study plus.

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Cat - ARU Distance Learning Student

My tutors and the support staff have been fantastic. They are friendly, professional and have a great way of explaining how to do things so that I understand it.

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Katherine - ARU Student

Campus learning was not an option for me, but distance learning allowed me to study from the comfort of my own home.

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Mark - ARU Distance Learning Student

The flexibility of distance learning, the continued support from ARU and a supportive employer will help me achieve my ultimate goal of obtaining a Masters by the time I reach 50.

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Next application deadline:

28th June 2024

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