Construction and Infrastructure Management MBA
Please note that this course is only open to applications for September 2018 entry. To view other courses which are open for 2017 recruitment, please visit our course finder.
This specialist MBA will develop your critical managerial skills, knowledge and approaches in property procurement, planning, project management and client management. Prepare for leadership roles in the property and construction sector. All the time taking a holistic approach to strategic leadership, to best prepare you to respond to business change, globalisation and organisational complexities.
7 reasons to take your MBA here
- Flexible delivery modes: Designed to suit busy senior professionals - Block Mode - complete in 12 months, with classes Friday (day and evening) plus Saturday.
- Managing key relationships in construction projects: understand the project management process from inception through to completion; understand the importance of the briefing process; managing procurement to meet client requirements – and the process of selecting the consultants and the contractor.
- Advanced your property knowledge: Make property appraisals, valuations, a market research for a proposed development, and evaluate planning policy and decisions, particularly the economic consequences for the development scheme of planning conditions and planning obligations.
- Two residential weekends: intensive learning, life coaching, networking and skills development weekends - where you can learn from (and with) your fellow MBA participants.
- Live case-study learning: consolidate and apply your learning to real business situations and propose clear, evidence-based solutions to contemporary business problems.
- professional accreditation
- CMI professional accreditation: opportunity to obtain the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 8 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership.
- No.1 London Modern University: for research intensity in Building (Complete University Guide 2019).
An MBA develops...
- your analytical understanding of international business through the critical analysis of new concepts, managerial practices and alternatives
- your strategic thinking applied to a business context
- your skills for leading change, making decisions, adapting to changing circumstances, enterprise and sustainability
- your cultural intelligence in an increasingly multicultural globalised business environment
- the business analysis techniques you'll need, including the ability to select the appropriate analytical tools.
- you'll integrate functional knowledge and applied strategic management skills to successfully manage, negotiate, lead and manage teams through the constantly changing environment to achieve organisational goals;
- you'll understand business stakeholders, resources and financing; maximising efficiency to add value to an organisation and society
- you'll have a rich understanding of the procedures and techniques that are used to manage construction projects as well as the context within which property development decisions are made
- you'll critically analyse, assess and take informed decisions within the constraints of complex global business environments with specific reference to the construction and infrastructure management industry;
- as an MBA graduate you can be confident that you'll succeed in a wide range of management, leadership roles and entrepreneurial roles, independent of industry or sector.
Block (Intensive part-time)
- Inside the modern organisation
This module builds upon your working knowledge and experience of organisations and structures and explores the rasion d’etre of an international organisation, enabling you to assess its current strategic position. We'll bring together the factors determining the boundaries of an organisation, its location within an industry/market, as well as the objectives of the organisation, contrasting the tensions between the traditional economic approach of profit maximisation with modern management theories including business ethics and corporate social responsibility. We'll focus on the interrelationships between the functional areas of a business and their congruence in delivering organisational objectives. This module enables you to appreciate organisational drivers and the strategic positioning of a business; diagnose the position of the organisation within its market/industry and evaluate the contribution of business operations in achieving organisational aims. Assessment: 100% coursework.
- Creating transformational organisational strategy
This module brings together the key tools, techniques and theories to enable you to synthesise data and complete a detailed analysis of strategic choice viability within an organisation. Focusing on transforming an organisation via the creation of a strategic plan, you'll engage in effective strategic planning making evidence-based decisions which facilitate sustainable competitive advantage in a dynamic and complex global environment. Assessment: 100% coursework.
- Leading change, performance and effectiveness
This module builds brings together the key themes of: leadership, value creation, sustainability, globalisation, and culture and project management. Focusing on successful project leadership (and managing the complexities that surround change programmes within complex organisations) this module enables you to deliver on a transformative strategic plan through strategic action in a complex, global and uncertain business environment. Assessment: 100% coursework
- Applied management consultancy
This module builds upon the skills and knowledge you’ve attained from the successful completion of the first three modules and brings together both your prior learning and new skills in consultancy. Focusing on the development of business research; your client handling and project management skills are advanced enabling you to prepare a succinct, clear, evidence-based, persuasive project plan that’s aligned to the strategic vision of an organisation – and that you are able to effectively pitch to a client. Assessment: 100% coursework.
- Procurement and management of construction
This module focuses on developing your awareness of the issues which need to be considered when deciding how to procure and manage construction projects. We’ll develop your critical perspective on the range of alternative procurement methods which are available; and we’ll develop your understanding of the project life cycle and the procedures and techniques that are used to manage construction projects. Topics include: contextual introduction to building procurement; review of procurement methods for projects and programmes of projects; supply chain management; clients and their requirements; the client brief; selecting the most appropriate procurement method; selecting the consultants and the contractor; project management; and construction planning and programming. Assessment: 2,500-word research essay (50%), which enables the student to assess the current trends in construction procurement; plus a 2,500-word report (50%) in which the student appraises a procurement problem and recommends a solution.
- Property development process
This module provides a broad and critical perspective on property development and an understanding of the context within which property development decisions are made and implemented. You’ll develop your understanding of the stages involved in the development of urban sites/projects, of relevant development and planning policy and practice and the techniques that may be used to inform decision making. We’ll cover: property development process: analysis of events, roles and agencies; economic and property cycles; development, occupier and investment markets; market research for development: evaluation and use of sources of information; interpretation of key market indicators; marketing of development properties and areas; development appraisal and evaluation; planning policy and practice, the efficacy of policy and decision making process, and an interpretation of policy and decisions; planning and land values; and infrastructure planning (national, ‘regional’ and local). The module is assessed by two assignments: the first is an essay (50%) requiring critical evaluation of academic and research literature on a topic of contemporary relevance to property and planning. The second involves using evaluation techniques to appraise a potential development project and present your findings orally and in a report to their ‘client’ (50%). Some group work is involved (accounting for no more than 25% of the module mark).
- MBA business project
This independent research project enables you to apply your learning to a scenario that results in added value to an organisation and creating real world impact. It provides you with the opportunity to conceive, plan and bring to completion an applied research project addressing an issue that matters to you, or to an organisation. Your project must address a current issue or opportunity in an organisational or industrial context. Your projects can relate to your current role or you can use this opportunity to deepen their knowledge of different sectors or organisations thus make connections utilising it as an opportunity to impress future employers. Alternatively you may wish to investigate possible entrepreneurial opportunities. The module develops your organisational research expertise and once a project scoping document is completed you’ll complete a comprehensive report. The report must develop an academically cohesive argument, demonstrating as appropriate the formulation and testing of research questions or hypotheses, critical review of the extant literature, justification for the research approach and methods deployed, focused research making use of relevant primary and secondary sources, documentation and presentation of results, and recommendations for action from the primary and secondary research. In addition to a clear introduction and conclusion, an executive summary will take the place of an abstract.
Employment prospects are excellent. The specialist construction and infrastructure modules are specifically designed to develop the key skills in planning and development appraisal that are used by development and planning professionals, as well as key skills in project management used by constructional professionals.
On this MBA you'll also develop a holistic approach to strategic leadership. The personal development emphasis on the course reflects the skills demanded for flexible roles in managing across a variety of organisational cultures and functions inside multinational companies.
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- An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
- Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
Teaching and learning
The core areas of study are based on the following key themes:
- Inside the Modern Organisation
- Creating Transformative Competitive Advantage
- Leading Change, Performance and Effectiveness
- Applied Consultancy
Each of these four themes is informed by six strands of subject specialist knowledge: Economics, Accounting and Finance, Human Resource Management, Operations and Project Management, Marketing and Leadership and Strategic Management. The delivery of the modules is sequential so that you're able to apply the latest managerial theories to a real life situation in a holistic approach from the outset.
Although the acquisition of knowledge and understanding will be delivered through a variety of strategies, the use of real life case studies is central to our teaching and learning strategy.
Strategy for teaching and learning
Real life case study
At the start of the course each participant chooses a case study (or case studies if one does not cover all scenarios) based on their disciplinary background and/ or the chosen MBA flavour. The teaching methods are integrated throughout the four core modules and demonstrated in examples and applied to the case study. For example, under the first module-Inside the Modern Organisation – the case study is used so that the participant can address the key issues across the various disciplinary streams.
A series of master classes delivered by external experts in the various specialist fields will be delivered throughout the academic year enabling our students to engage with contemporary management issues.
Two residential events will support students learning
Lectures, seminars and workshops
Each of the four core modules will be delivered by a team of academics from each of the subject discipline stream. Interactive seminars and workshops will support the lectures and have a strong focus on small group activities to encourage the active participation of students throughout the academic year, developing peer learning, the sharing of knowledge and support amongst the diverse student body.
Self-managed learning activities to supplement and consolidate classroom based activity include: reading texts and relevant journals, application of knowledge to additional problem based exercises, engaging in coursework, group discussion, review of key topics and examination preparation where appropriate. Many of these activities are supported by the virtual learning environment (VLE).
Knowledge and skills development
The programme provides opportunities for you to develop and demonstrate knowledge and skills in a range of areas which are described below.
Knowledge and understanding
On completion of the programme the successful student will have knowledge and understanding of:
- business stakeholders, resources and financing and how to maximise efficiency to add value to an organisation and society
- the impact of the external forces upon the business organisations, the role of business ethics and corporate responsibility in determining competitive advantage
- the principal functional areas of management, and their interrelationships
- the management and development of people within organisations
- the factors determining the organisation’s strategic capability, performance and success
- the key theoretical and contextual issues relating to management, leadership and business culture in a global context
- strategic approaches to organisational design, managerial change, sustainable organisational development, including the management of diversity and
- the development of appropriate business policies and strategies within a changing context to meet stakeholder interests.
You will develop your intellectual skills such that you are able to:
- critically evaluate and apply analytical concepts and techniques in the principal
functional areas of management
- think critically and creatively; organise thought, analysis, synthesis and critical appraisal
- integrate, appraise and evaluate data/evidence, functional/managerial concepts and techniques to analyse, evaluate and solve complex multidisciplinary problems
- analyse complex management issues, making sound judgements and decisions in the absence of complete data
- formulate strategic recommendations and develop effective corporate strategies that are analytically sound, operationally feasible and ethical
- research a major management problem or issue of the students choice in depth; through the vehicle of the MBA project.
You will acquire and develop practical skills such that you are able to:
- select and demonstrate appropriate leadership style for situations and team working skills
- develop an appreciation/ understanding of how to adapt management and strategy across cultures
- understand and use economic, financial and marketing information;
- manage, review and reward performance via the use of various tools to enhance organisational performance
- recognise situations in which ethical matters arise and apply ethical, societal and organisational values to situations and choices.
You'll acquire and develop transferable skills such that you are able to:
- communicate effectively using a range of media, including preparing and appraising business reports; including listening to, negotiating with and persuading and influencing others
- manage and develop self and develop as a reflective practitioner; exercise sensitivity to diversity in people and different situations; and continue learning and reflection in your workplace
- perform effectively within a team environment, and recognise and utilise other people’s contributions in group processes; perform team selection, delegation, development and management.
- At least 3 years’ of relevant managerial work experience and at least a 2:2 UK Honours degree or international equivalent;
- English language requirement of at least IELTS Level 6.5 or Trinity (from within the UK) and meeting UK Visa requirements for international students.
We may interview applicants (face-to-face or via Skype) before the University makes an offer to study.
If you are interested in the MBA, but as yet in your career don't have three (or more) years of management experience you should consider applying to one of the following qualifications:
How to apply
International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.
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Block (Intensive part-time)
Full-time and part-time modes
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