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Study Commercial Management in Construction at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

The programme aims to give construction and [or] surveying graduates the opportunity to specialise in the important and developing field of commercial management in construction. It is designed to provide you with:

  • Systematic and comprehensive postgraduate specialist training in commercial management in construction.
  • Skills and expertise to enable you to develop and apply appropriate techniques to function effectively as commercial managers or to enhance your career in that role.

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About this course

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Commercial Management in Construction is the strategic initiatives adopted by contracting organisations aimed at realising its corporate objectives. It is an application of logical and analytical approaches to create efficient mechanisms in the management of project processes to enhance the financial performance of construction projects from inception to completion.

The role of the Commercial Manager in construction includes strategic bidding, financial and business management, procurement and contract management, risk management, dispute resolution, sustainable development and building information modelling applications among others. The role is highly varied depending on whether the Commercial Manager works for a small, medium or large contracting organisation.


The duration for the MSc Part time programme is three calendar years (6 semesters).

Typical study load is 30 credit points per semester with the third year of study devoted to your dissertation (60 credit points).

Contact time for years 1 and 2 is one full day a week - 9:15 - 17:15.

Contact time for year 3 will consist of scheduled classes on alternative weeks and dissertation supervision meetings.

Other days of the week are devoted to independent study.

Start dates

  • September 2016
How to apply

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a degree or equivalent, or demonstrate their ability to undertake the course through the accreditation of prior experiential learning. The specific requirements for admission are detailed below:

(a) Applicants should normally possess:

An Honours or non-Honours degree in an appropriate construction and [or] surveying related discipline from a University of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, from the Council for National Academic Awards, the National Council for Educational Awards, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council, or from an institution of another country which is recognised as being of an equivalent standard.


an equivalent standard in a Postgraduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate in an appropriate construction and [or] surveying related discipline or an approved alternative qualification


satisfy the University’s general entry requirements including evidence of the required level of numeracy (GCSE grade C or equivalent);

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Teaching and learning assessment

Learning becomes almost second nature when you are doing something that is enjoyable, rewarding and stimulating. As an individual, you may become excited when you see the link between what you are learning and the prospects of getting involved in some of the most satisfying employment opportunities worldwide. If this alone does not encourage you to realise your full potential, competitive salaries, career advancement and a dynamic work environment are further possible benefits of undertaking this programme of study.

To ensure we help you realise your potential, we employ a range of techniques in our teaching that provide for variation in our teaching delivery. By doing so, we feel that we can challenge you academically and encourage you to use your initiative and problem solving skills to meet the demands of particular tasks, scenarios or simulations. By enhancing your communication skills and commercial awareness, our aspiration is that your leadership qualities develop, allowing you to become more proactive in your approach within the work environment.

Teaching will be delivered using a variety of methods, both to enhance the flexibility of the programme and to suit your individual learning style. The methods used include traditional lectures, tutorials, computer laboratory work, group work and seminars. Your learning will be advanced by your involvement in further reading, research projects, case studies, oral and visual presentations and debates. It is normal practice now to support learning with a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), which will be emphasised during induction, especially with regards to on-line management.

A variety of assessment methods will be used to match and underpin the knowledge, understanding and skills required in the MSc Programme. The method of assessment is influenced by various factors including, subject, and learning methods. As the programme is a vocational one at the postgraduate level, it is considered that the majority of the practical and transferable skills to be assessed will be better assessed using a variety of coursework patterns. Whilst using this form of assessment, the knowledge and intellectual skill set would also be equally assessed.

Both formative and summative assessment methods will be used. Assessment methods chosen at Programme and module level will enable you to demonstrate your achievement of learning outcomes, and enable you to be judged against specified assessment criteria.

Exemptions and transferability

Studies pursued and examinations passed in respect of other qualifications awarded by the Ulster University or by another university or other educational institution, or evidence from the accreditation of prior experiential learning, may be accepted as exempting candidates from part of the programme of study provided that:

They shall register as students of the University for modules amounting to at least the final third of the credit value of the award at the highest level in respect of a Master’s award.

No exemption shall be permitted from the dissertation.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

A postgraduate degree in Commercial Management in Construction will prepare you for the very important and developing career of Construction Manager or Commercial Director in the construction sector of the economy. Graduates of the programme will be able to enter into or progress in a rewarding career in the small, medium or large scale contracting organisations.

An MSc graduate of the course will also have the opportunity to undertake a PhD in this growing and dynamic field of study.

Academic profile

Lecturers on this programme have a wide range of industry experience, working in both pre and post contract roles as quantity surveyors, project managers, contract managers and commercial managers.


Application can be made online at the following website:

Applications for full time and part-time will be received until end of August of the year of admission.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2016

Fees and funding

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Fees (total cost)

Important notice - fees information Tuition fees shown are for last years entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing and may be subject to an annual increase. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study. Read our Tuition Fees Payment Policy

Northern Ireland & EU:

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life. 

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course. 

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees. 

Please contact the course team for more information.


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