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MSc Sustainable Construction
Project Management

This is a sector-leading MSc that combines a RICS accredited qualification route in project management with sustainable construction.

The course is delivered by distance- learning, providing an ideal opportunity to combine work and study.

The leading-edge content is designed to embed the core knowledge, skills and understanding project managers need to deliver ‘sustainable’ construction projects efficiently and effectively.

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Professional accreditation
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS

2013 Winner: RICS Global Showcase for Best Practice in Sustainable Development in Surveying Higher Education

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Why Sustainable Construction? MSc Sustainable Construction logo

Sustainability is THE future for the construction industry. Construction is the world's largest industry, employing over 111 million people, it consumes between 40% and 50% of all materials extracted from the earth's crust and accounts for nearly half of both energy use and carbon emissions in developed countries.
Given these statistics, it is unsurprising that industry surveys now clearly demonstrate how sustainability has emerged as THE central driver in professional practice for all the property disciplines. Consequently, there is global  demand for construction project managers who possess an advanced understanding of sustainability issues.
Completing this MSc will put you in an outstanding position to make a difference by delivering construction projects that can demonstrate industry-leading sustainability performance alongside high levels of quality and competitiveness.

What’s in it for you?

As a future sustainable construction professional:
Choosing sustainability offers individuals considerable intrinsic and career-enhancing rewards such as increased job satisfaction arising from a sense of making a real difference to the world, and increased access to exciting and innovative projects.
As an employeRoland Levinsky Buildingr:
Sponsoring your employees on this MSc can help you enhance the sustainability performance of your organisation, offering proven organisational that could  include:
1. Improving efficiency and reducing costs
2. Growing workplace innovation
3. Improved access to a fast emerging market in sustainable construction
4. Increased employee productivity (Koch & Glaves, 2010)
5. Attraction and retention of a talented work force
6. Enhanced reputation
7. Increasing stakeholder value and involvement
8. Improved organisational performance and the bottom line
(See: Jones Lang LaSalle 2013)
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campus twice a year
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Our credentials

  • We have been teaching successful sustainability-themed construction degrees since 1996  and have helped many hundreds of students achieve success in their construction careers.
  • We have an outstanding teaching team that has won a string of awards for teaching excellence, including in 2013 a prestigious RICS Global Showcase Award for embedding sustainable development in surveying courses.
  • Plymouth University has outstanding Green Credentials including the 2012 First Class award in the People and Planet Green League and being ranked in the top five worldwide for green credentials in the UI Green Metric rating.
  • The course team enjoys an excellent reputation for the quality of its cutting edge research in field as diverse as the use of thermographic imagery to alter energy behaviour, zero carbon construction, and sustainable construction management.

Learn more: see us on our RICS course pages.

​Key course features

This MSc has been designed with the busy working professional in mind; key features include:  

  • Credibility: Professionally accreditation through the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) , the world’s leading property professional body. 
  • Convenience: Our distance learning programmes are combined with two long-weekend teaching sessions a year delivered on campus.
  • Flexibility: Individual modules can also be taken separately to provide around 260 hours of credit-rated CPD.
  • Educational excellence: Plymouth is one of the UK’s top universities for teaching quality in surveying education, our lecturers have won a string of awards for teaching excellence including a 2013 RICS Global Showcase Award for embedding sustainable development and a National Teaching Fellowship (teaching ‘Oscar’) awarded to our lead building surveying lecturer by the UK’s Higher Education Academy.
  • Learning resources: Your tutors are experts in their fields who have prepared high quality learning resources to enhance your learning experience,  including hard copy and digital books, readers, video podcasts, online meetings and audio-visual slideshows.


Distance learning, minimum 3 years

Watch a short film about this programme by Paul Murray​, Subject Leader.
The film outlines:

  • What sets these courses apart 
  • What will be taught 
  • Programme structure 
  • Staff expertise ​

​What our students say

In the video below subject leader, Paul Murray talks to student, Phill Crossley, about his experiences on the programme.

What our students say

"The emphasis on sustainability is not just a box to be ticked but a philosophy instilled in all aspects of the course that taught me to consider the environment not just in my professional life. With the construction industry being forced to embrace sustainability, my education in the field has come in very useful and I believe it gives Plymouth students a competitive edge in the job market." 
Matthew Malcolm, Roof Construction September 2010
"Studying MSc Construction Management at Plymouth University has showed me that hard work definitely pays off and it has proved to myself, as much as others, that I am capable of much more than I ever thought possible. The course has been stimulating and interesting which has fuelled my yearning for knowledge that also has driven me through the course. During this year I have learned more than any other year in my life, and I know that what I’ve learned is up to date and cutting edge academically as well as industrially. This is particularly the case for the sustainable agenda which is of most importance in today’s construction industry and is highly regarded in Plymouth University. Successfully completing this program has given me great confidence in the success of my future career and opened vital doors to either a career in the industry or in the academic profession." 
Cesar Erik Alarcon, MSc Construction Management Graduate 2010