MSc Work Based Project/Dissertation


Individual in-depth investigation of a particular aspect of construction management


To provide the student with: An opportunity to undertake individually an in-depth investigation in a relevant area of interest within an applied context in industry, consolidating theory and examining practice and providing a basis for the writing of a substantial dissertation

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Critically evaluate and select an appropriate area of investigation

2.   Plan, design and undertake a programme of research in the selected subject area, working individually, demonstrating time and goal management

3.   Gather, collate, present and analyse information and use the information to make deductions

4.   Demonstrate an ability to communicate the findings and implications of the research programme in a written thesis and during a Viva Voce examination

Indicative Content

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Nature of project (1): Projects may be based on any aspect of technical and operations, management, economics, environmental or social impact

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Nature of project (2): Projects may involve: an experimental investigation; a dissertation involving survey, collation and critique of collected information

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Nature of project (3): Projects may involve modeling or simulation of data, development of frameworks or systems to improve practice

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Depending on the type of project being undertaken, these may involve independent and supervised research comprising literature search, data collection, experiments and surveys, field work etc to obtain information and fundamental knowledge. Viva voce examination and assessment of a written report assess students knowledge and understanding and transferable skills. Students will be supported by their industry sponsors in obtaining suitable topics and research problems for their project.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 600
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 0
Supervised Practical Activity 240
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 30
Independent 330

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.