Faculty of Engineering & Design


Duration: 2 to 3 years part-time

Start dates: 1 June (application deadline 31 March) or 1 November (application deadline 31 August)

Entry requirements: a first degree from a recognised University or a professional qualification. An Access route is also available for those with substantial industry experience.

Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each of the four components); or a minimum of 62 in PTE Academic (with no less than 59 in each component).

Hours of study: approximately 7-10 hours a week

Accredited by: Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

MSc International Construction Management by distance learning

The MSc International Construction Management (ICM) is a flexible programme designed for construction professionals wanting flexible, part-time study to fit around their careers. Students are taught online through our Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle) by our experienced tutors.

A key element of the programme is learning through reflection on your practice. Emphasis is placed on applying what you learn to the industry and on comparing and contrasting issues with your peers from around the world. This approach is reinforced by the opportunity to attend residentials at the University of Bath, the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Vancouver or in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

If you have any queries, please take a look at our how to apply page or visit our virtual Open Day

Programme structure

The MSc programme takes three years to complete and comprises:

  • six core units
  • two option units
  • an integrative unit
  • attendance at two separate residential schools
  • and a dissertation.

Download a study plan for programmes starting in November or June.

The Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) covers the same taught elements as the MSc programme, but does not require a dissertation to be submitted and takes two years to complete. Many of our units can also be taken as Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Further details


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Diagram showing ICM programme structure

Study is predominantly online, but students are required to attend two residential schools (seven days each) at the University of Bath during their registration and may also have to attend exams at the University (see below).

What is Moodle?

Moodle is the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE): our online learning space where students can access programme content (such as work books or links to web resources) and activities (such as self-assessment questions or discussions) at any time and place. Moodle allows students to communicate with one other, offering collaborative learning opportunities and the chance to share professional experiences. As a secure platform it is also used for the submission of assignments and feedback, as well as communication with tutors and Programme Officers.

Units available for study:

Compulsory units

  • Management in Construction
  • Economics in Construction
  • Construction Law
  • Managing Human Resources
  • Procuring Construction
  • Strategy in Construction
  • Consolidating Theory and Practice.

Option units

  • Construction Project Management
  • Communication and Information Management
  • Facility Management
  • Social Responsibility: Business and Society
  • Sustainable Business Practices.

Download full unit descriptions [pdf] or visit our programme catalogue.


Assessment is by means of assignments, examinations and, for the MSc, a dissertation. Examinations are held at the University of Bath although, for students based overseas, a local venue can be arranged. Please note all UK and Republic of Ireland candidates must take their exams at the University of Bath. Exam sessions are in October and April each year.

Accelerated study route

You may apply for the accelerated study route to enable you to complete the MSc programme in 2 years. This is an ideal study mode for those wanting to take a sabbatical from work or who currently find themselves without employment. You will still have to attend two 7 day residential schools at one of our study centres during the programme.

Is this programme for you?

The programme has been designed for mid-career professionals from any background in the construction industry, located anywhere in the world, and is especially relevant for:

  • Managers needing a more formal training to enhance their effectiveness
  • Individuals who have a significant management focus in their work, but little or no training
  • Those moving from specialist or technical roles into management
  • Those wishing to develop their career potential by moving into management
  • Those seeking to move from management in a domestic to an international arena.

Studying this programme offers a number of excellent benefits:

  • Enhanced career opportunities through an internationally recognised postgraduate qualification
  • Practical knowledge that is immediately applicable in your workplace
  • Increased expertise in the strategic management of construction in both a domestic and international arena
  • Flexibility allowing you to join at any time, control your pace of study and spread costs through instalments
  • Membership of an international group of career professionals
  • Access to the University's online library facilities, email and internet
  • Access to the programme Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle).

It also offers many benefits for employers:

  • Cost-effective training of managers leading to increased competitiveness and operational efficiency
  • Students are engaged in active learning which is relevant and immediately used in their work
  • Project work can be of direct relevance to your employer
  • Minimal time off work for attendance at residentials and examinations
  • Costs can be spread over two or more financial years.

Accreditation and professional membership

The programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Graduates are eligible to apply to become corporate members of the Hong Kong Institute of Construction Managers (HKICM) and the Australian Institute of Building (AIB). In addition, graduates with suitable experience may be exempt from all examinations for the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) corporate membership.

Engineering Council accredited degreeThis degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an accredited CEng (Partial) BEng (Hons) undergraduate first degree. See www.jbm.org.uk for further information.

Residential schools form a compulsory part of the MSc/PgDip programme and take place at the University of Bath, Canada and Tanzania. They provide an excellent opportunity to meet fellow students and staff as well as to participate in skills development exercises, workshops and lectures based on the material within the units. The schools are taught by unit tutors, University staff and industry professionals and form an integral part of the MSc/PgDip programme.

All students are required to attend 14 days of residential workshops in Bath or Canada during their registration or 12 days in Tanzania.  Attendance at the introductory workshop is compulsory at the start of the programme. 

Introductory Workshop (2 days): Includes an introduction to university facilities and services and also an introduction to Moodle (the universities online learning environment).

Residential School 1 (5 days): Covers material from the first four units and includes advice on study skills, assignment submissions and exam preparation.

Residential School 2 (5 days): Covers material relating to the final compulsory units and includes sessions about the optional units.

Dissertation Workshop (2 days): Specifically focuses on how to develop your dissertation.

Residential Dates for 2013/4

  • 23-24 June 2014: Introductory and Dissertation workshops in Bath, UK
  • 25-29 June 2014: Residential 1 and Residential 2 in Bath, UK

Residential Dates for 2014/5

  • 1 - 7 October 2014: Introductory workshop and Residential 1 & 2 in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
  • 1 - 7 October 2014: Residential 2 & Dissertation workshop in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
  • 10-11 November 2014: Introductory and Dissertation workshops in Bath, UK
  • 16-22 November 2014: Introductory workshop and Residential 1 BCIT Vancouver, Canada
  • 22-23 June 2015: Introductory and Dissertation workshops in Bath, UK
  • 24-28 June 2015: Residential 1 and Residential 2 in Bath, UK

Book your place on residential workshops by sending your completed booking form to: fed-dlstudent@bath.ac.uk - The booking form for June 2015 will be available in February 2015.

The MSc programme is open to quantity surveyors, engineers, architects and suitably qualified candidates from other fields, including those engaged in all aspects of the construction industry.

Applicants must have a first degree from a recognised University or hold a professional qualification such as MCIOB, MRICS, RIBA, MICE. For non-graduate applicants the Access route is available.

Access route

The Access route comprises the first two units of the full MSc programme and is aimed at candidates who have substantial industry experience within construction but do not necessarily have the academic experience to go directly into the MSc. Entrants achieving the required standard in these two units, who wish to continue with their studies can apply to transfer to the MSc programme.

English language requirements

The language of study for the course is English. The University's minimum requirement for non-native English speakers is 6.5 in the IELTS test or PTE Academic 62 with no less than 59 in any component.

Accredited Prior Learning (APL or APEL)

Where applicants can demonstrate evidence of prior learning achievement which is relevant in terms of this programme, credit may be awarded in part fulfilment of the programme’s credit requirement. Credit will be granted for whole units up to a maximum of 50% of the taught element of the programme.

Graduates of the Engineering Management Programme (EMP) PGCert are granted 30 credits exemption from the ICM programme.

Tanzanian Commonwealth Scholarships available

We are no longer accepting applications for scholarships. 

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission deadline passed on 16 May 2014.

Any further opportunities would be advertised here.

Read about one of our current scholarship students

There are two intakes per year:

  • 1 November (deadline for applications 31 August)
  • 1 June (deadline for applications 31 March)

Please note that attendance at one of the introductory residentials is mandatory at the start of your study- see residential tab for upcoming dates.

Visit our how to apply page

Residents of the USA or Canada

The International Construction Management programme has a partnership agreement with the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) so your application must be made directly through their administration team.  Your study on the programme will still be with the University of Bath but you will be able to attend your first residential in Canada (see residentials tab for dates).

Please visit their website for further details about how to apply.