MScArchitectural Project Management
- 1 year full-time
- 2 years part-time
In light of the growing need for specialists in architectural project management to lead the design and construction stage effectively, Solent’s new, forward-thinking architectural project management master’s degree is designed to produce graduates with the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to manage both the design and construction stages of complex buildings, while dealing effectively with the technological challenges in the building industry.
An architectural project manager ensures projects are designed and built on time and to budget while protecting the integrity of the design and ensuring full compliance with regulations and sustainability standards and benchmarks. Using current knowledge in project management theory and practice, this course aims to produce these specialist managers equipped with the vision and skills to shape the future of the construction industry in the UK and internationally.
During your studies you’ll apply the same tools and techniques used by the construction industry and learn the most up-to-date procurement routes to gain the skills to be able to deal with risks arising from liabilities of contracting parties. The programme will help you demonstrate a good understanding of Building Information Management (BIM), and you’ll employ advanced design techniques coupled with knowledge of project management at both a technical and strategic level to produce high-quality designs that meet the industry’s environmental requirements.
Graduates will be equipped with the necessary skills to rethink design processes using value management principles. The course also places great emphasis on sustainable design, and you’ll use the internationally recognised environmental and sustainability assessment methods BREEAM and LEED for planning projects, buildings and infrastructure.
The BRE Academy recognises the high level of real-world teaching at Solent. This means students on this course will be eligible to be fast-tracked to take the BREEAM AP qualification, and at a reduced fee. The qualifying period of three years’ work experience will also be waived.
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Why choose this course?
This course is for
This innovative course is designed to appeal to those from a wide range of built-environment related disciplines who wish to learn and apply project management principles in an architecture and construction environment. Candidates must submit a portfolio and should be prepared to attend an interview for enrolment.
What this course leads to
Architectural project management is a fast growing area, with potential employment in small, medium, and large architectural and construction companies, leading the production of building projects.
- Project manager
- Design manager
- Sustainability champion
- Strategic adviser
- BIM manager/coordinator
Meet the team
The University cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.
Year one modules
Project Management Theory and Practice
This module is intended to introduce you to the main concept and philosophy of project management. It will explain the correlation among the five dimensions of project management including time, cost, quality, sustainability, and safety management. It will address as well the main tools and techniques used for project management systems delivery.
Sustainable Architecture and Design Value
The purpose of this module is to examine how architectural design and the current trends of value management have influenced the design and building efficiency. It provides an insight into the important role of the designer in how the built environment responds to the economic, social, and environmental global challenges.
This module provides an introduction to Building Information Modelling (BIM) from a holistic perspective. BIM has emerged as the dominant paradigm for Information and Communication Technology in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC). This module covers BIM approaches, as well as the impact these have on the various AEC disciplines.
This module develops the skills required to carry out research primarily for dissertation or design project. It aims to provide students with comprehensive knowledge and understanding of methodological approaches of research and examines a range of tools used to collect and analyse the data in order to solve complex problems.
In this module you will have an appreciation of the wide spectrum of influences and factions that shaped the character of the architectural profession. It will also enable students to reflect on how the current approaches to design processes are influencing people performance in the design and construction stages.
Property Finance and Economics
The module will explore how the construction industry and the property market interact with the macroeconomic factors like GDP growth, inflation, financial markets, and business cycles. Students will be exposed to fundamentals of macroeconomics to appreciate how economic events like a recession or political factors like the Brexit impact on business performance in the construction industry and property market. They will also be exposed to basic property valuation methodologies, financing and investment techniques in the relevant sector using corporate finance principles.
In this module you will undertake a master's stage research project, present the body of work in a conventional dissertation and communicate the outcomes verbally through formal viva. You will explore in-depth a topic relevant to your chosen discipline to develop a significant level of expertise in the area under investigation.
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Sustainable Building Assessment
This module covers the environmental assessment methods of buildings in the UK and internationally. You will develop and demonstrate understanding of the sustainable building assessment methods like BREEAM and LEED. Post-occupancy evaluation methods will also be explained to highlight the importance of the end user.
This module aims to equip students with the knowledge of the most up to date advanced procurement practices, how and when to apply them, and how will different approaches contribute to reducing the contractual liability risks in different construction scenarios.
Strategic Construction Management
This module will enable you to understand the most current themes of construction processes and how can these contribute to the delivery of better construction management solutions that will keep projects delivery as planned. You will also develop a reasonable understanding of several measurement systems that have recently been developed and used in the industry.
At Solent, our aim is to deliver innovative, inclusive and intellectually stimulating teaching to develop self-confident and highly employable graduates. All our courses are designed with employability in mind, which makes industry-based learning a priority.
Graduates from this course will be well placed to pursue roles such as project manager, design manager, sustainability champion, strategic advisor, BIM manager/coordinator in architectural and construction organisations, leading the production of building projects. The course could also lead to further research opportunities at PhD level.
Learn transferable skills
You will be supported to develop a range of transferable skills throughout the course. This includes programming, project management, problem-solving, analytical skills, technical writing, teamwork, communication and presentation skills.
These transferable skills empower you to work in a range of different industries after graduation. The course will also equip you with research and academic skills helping those who wish to pursue a PhD or an academic career.
The tuition fees for the 2023/24 academic year are:
- UK and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,000 per year
- International full-time fees: £15,300 per year
For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.
Extra course costs
While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact email@example.com.
The 2023/24 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:
Although the BREEAM AG course is free to study, students are required to pay for the course certificate if they are successful in achieving the qualification. As of 2016, the cost of the certificate is £30.
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Key entry requirements
An honours degree at 2:2 or higher in a related discipline.
- Applicants with relevant industry experience may be considered.
- Applicants may also be required to send a portfolio and may be contacted for an interview either face to face or through Skype.
Key entry requirements
If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
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Note to all international students requiring a visa
All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.
We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.
Your application checklist
Applications for postgraduate courses can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. However, we strongly recommend you apply at your earliest convenience.
Please ensure you upload the following mandatory documents with your application:
- Two academic references.
- Certified transcripts of qualifications, including English language proficiency if non-UK student.
- Copy of passport.
- Copy of current visa (if applicable).
- A personal statement.
- Employer sponsor form, where appropriate.
Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:
- IELTS minimum 6.5 overall with no component score below 5.5
- TOEFL IBT 92 with a minimum of 22 in writing and a minimum of 20 in reading, listening and speaking
- Duolingo English Language Test - 115 overall with minimum of 100 in each component
Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.
Pre-Sessional English programme
The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.
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