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MSc. Building and Construction Management

About the Programme

The Building and Construction Sector is one of the most important and dynamic sectors in the Caribbean. As the demands of the industry have become more complex as it relates to the intricacy of regulatory frameworks, technology and cost control requirements, the Sagicor Cave Hill School of Business and Management Inc. is offering a programme to address the shortage of construction managers. It is designed for individuals from building and construction and related public and private organisations who want to develop their expertise in the execution and management of a wide variety of construction projects.

Duration

Full-time – 18 months; Part-time – maximum of 4 years.
The programme will be delivered in a fully online format.

It also includes a Field-Based Practicum (Practical Project) or Internship plus a Research Project.

Programme Aims

At an implementation level, the programme seeks to enhance the quality, sustainability, safety, timeliness, and cost effectiveness of projects undertaken in the Caribbean by its graduates. 

Objectives of the programme are to equip participants to:

  • Broaden their knowledge, interpersonal, and technical skills in managing people, resources, equipment
    and materials, schedules, budgets, stakeholders, financial and project risk and uncertainty;
  • Address contemporary issues in building such as environmental impact, natural hazards, safety, ethics
    and the regulatory environment;
  • Carry out both field and research-based projects in which their ability to frame and solve problems,
    develop strategies and recommendations, lead teams, communicate effectively on all levels will be
    demonstrated in real time and applicable to future situations; and
  •  Represent the Caribbean construction professional as a proactive lifelong learner and subject matter expert.

Programme Structure

  • Management in the Construction Industry Leadership and Organizational Behaviour
    (3 credits)
    · Accounting and Finance (3 credits)
    · Contemporary Industrial Relations Practices (3 credits)
    · Contract Management and Construction Law (3 credits)

  • Technical Construction Management
    · Natural Hazards Management (4 credits)
    · Materials Technology (4 credits)
    · Project Initiation and Planning (3 credits)
    · Project Execution, Monitoring and Control (3 credits)
  • Contemporary Issues Research
    · Research Methods (3 credits)
    · Research Project (6 credits)
  • CAPSTONE (Applied) Project: Practicum or Internship (6 credits)
  • Sample Workshop Topics
    · LEEDS Certification; Green Building
    · Innovative Design
    · Nature Design
    · Environmental Impact Analysis
    · Project Evaluation
    · PMP (Project Management Professional) Certification Examination Prep.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities include:

  • Construction Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Building Contractor
  • Estimator
  • Building Control Surveyor 

Applications to the programme are invited from persons who satisfy any of the following:

For DEGREE APPLICANTS:

  1. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification in Civil, Structural, Construction, Building or Architectural Engineering; or
  2. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification in Architecture or Quantity Surveying or Surveying and Land Information; or
  3. An equivalent qualification acceptable to the University of the West Indies.

For NON-DEGREE APPLICANTS:

The Sagicor Cave Hill School of Business and Management Inc. is mindful that a number of practitioners in the Caribbean are holders of either technical certificates or diplomas, or have significant years of construction management experience. Thus, applications are invited from persons who may satisfy all of the following conditions:

  1. They hold technical certificates or diplomas that can be assessed by the University of the West Indies, and
  2. They have at least five (5) years professional experience in an appropriate sector, and
  3. They are successful at an interview to be conducted by a panel to be selected by the Sagicor Cave Hill School of Business and Management Inc.

Official transcripts should be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research, The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus from the issuing university. 

Complete the online application process via the Graduate Admissions page on the University’s website: https://www.cavehill.uwi.edu/gradstudies/apply-now/apply-now-home.aspx

Submit the following certified documents to Student Affairs – Admission: ch-postgradapps@cavehill.uwi.edu

    1. Application Processing Fee (BDS $30 for applicants from  contributing countries OR US $30 for applicants from a non-contributing countries)
    2. Birth Certificate (certified or notarized copy)
    3. Curriculum Vitae (2 copies)
    4. Two (2) Referee reports (PDF)
    5. Professional Certificates/Diplomas
    6. Marriage Certificate (where applicable) (certified or notarised copy)
    7. Legal Affidavit or deed poll if your present name is different from that on the Birth Certificate (certified or notarised copy)

     
    Required from ALL non-UWI graduates:
    Tertiary Level Transcript- sent directly from the granting University to the Senior Assistant Registrar, Office of Graduate Studies and Research.
    Note that a student copy of your transcript will not be accepted.

Original documents are to be certified by a Notary Public or a University of the West Indies authorised official.

Official transcripts should be sent directly to Students Affairs – Admissions, The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus from the issuing university.

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Programme cost:

USD $15,000.00

Payments can be made as:

  • a one-time payment at the beginning of the programme
  • in installments according to the payment schedule; or
  • a customised payment plan

Programme Fee and University Registration fees are subject to change.

Students enrolled in this self-financed programme are billed for the courses for which they register each semester. University fees are additional to the programme fees and are billed every semester until the degree has been awarded.

Programme Coordinator

Dr. Glenda Gay

glenda.gay@cavehill.uwi.edu 

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