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About the course

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.

This course has now closed for 2017 entry. Why not have a look at our similar courses?

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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Students learn key project management theories and principles, and how to apply these to construction projects.

What does this course lead to?

Architectural project management is a fast growing area, with potential employment in small, medium, and large companies, including contractors, developers, architectural practices, and building owners.

Who is this course 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. 

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2017/2018 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £7,750
International full-time fees: £12,500
UK, EU and Channel Island part-time fees: £3,875 per year
International part-time fees: Students from outside the EU are usually unable to obtain a visa for part-time study. Please visit our visas and immigration page for more information.

Students in receipt of a postgraduate loan from the Student Loan Company are typically able to pay their tuition fees via instalments.

Other costs

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.

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2017, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.
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Key entry requirements

This course has now closed for 2017 entry. Why not have a look at our similar courses?

  • 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.

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

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 minimum of 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in reading, listening and speaking
  • TOEFL IBT 92 with minimum of 22 in writing and a minimum of 19 in reading, listening and speaking - TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a Pre-Sessional English Language Course for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


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Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

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How to apply

This course has now closed for 2017 entry. Why not have a look at our similar courses?

Solent alumni could be eligible for up to a 50% reduction of tuition fees if returning to study a postgraduate course. The discount applied will be dependent on your undergraduate degree classification as follows:

Solent Alumni with a:

  • First (1.1) will be offered a 50% discount to study at PG level
  • 2.1 or 2.2 will be offered a 20% discount to study at PG level

The discount applied will be based on the most recently completed course.

If you are currently a student at Southampton Solent University and are continuing on without a break in your studies, your discount will be automatically applied on your return.

If are not following directly on from a course at Southampton Solent University, but have studied with us in previous years, you will need to register for the alumni discount.

Click here to register or to find out more. 

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units

Project Management Theory & Practice
This unit 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 unit 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.

BIM Frameworks
This unit 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 unit covers BIM approaches, as well as the impact these have on the various AEC disciplines.

Research Methods
This unit 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.

Design Management
In this unit 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 unit 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.

Research Dissertation
In this unit 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.

Optional units

Pick two from:

Sustainable Building Assessment
This unit 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.

Innovative Procurement
This unit 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 unit 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.

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Support

Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Sarah Radif academic profile Sarah Radif Head of Subject View profile
Dr Monkiz Khasreen academic profile Monkiz Khasreen Senior Lecturer View profile
Ramesh Marasini academic profile Ramesh Marasini Senior Lecturer View profile
Masoud Sajjadian Masoud Sajjadian Lecturer View profile

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.

Your future

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.

Industry links

Students will benefit from the extensive and established links staff have within industry, based on many years of delivering professionally accredited courses (eg, CIAT, CIOB, SBID and CABE). Practitioners from a cross-section of the built environment industry regularly contribute to the University’s architecture and construction programmes by providing real-world-based projects, guest lectures, and site visits.

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