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The MSc International Construction Management degree is conferred by the University of Bath, UK under a partnership agreement with BCIT. Please note: this credential is not issued by BCIT.

If you have management responsibilities in the construction sector and are considering graduate studies, then this program will offer you an opportunity to participate in a graduate studies program that was developed specifically for the construction sector. Intended for mid-career professionals, this program was developed to respond to the demand from the construction industry for training of its managers, which would then lead to enhanced organizational performance and profitability. The program is challenging, up-to-date, flexible, of high quality and is relevant to industry needs. It is adaptable to the circumstances of individuals and the needs of the employer and is efficiently administered and fully supported.

Through its partnership with the University of Bath, BCIT is able to provide a North American context to the program of studies. Local experts will have extensive North American experience and the Residential Workshops will reflect the North American approach to the construction sector.

Under the partnership agreement, this program is available to all eligible candidates across North America and is managed through the office of the Program Administrator at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. The program is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors RICS (students registered since November 2002 only). Visit the RICS website for more information about how to join.

Program Entry

You can apply to the program any time before the deadline and order your units. For a November start, units will be shipped from Bath no sooner than September 1st. We suggest that you take your first residential in Canada at the beginning of your program. Attending the residential and meeting with the program director from Bath, your local experts, course administrators, industry practitioners and other fellow students will prepare you to succeed in your studies.

Application processing

September 2 of the previous year until September 1*

Applications are considered for a specific intake.

*Or next business day

Entrance requirements

Individuals considering entry into this program would typically have completed:

  • a relevant undergraduate degree, combined with,
  • 1-2 years of related management experience
  • English-language proficiency*

*The University of Bath minimum requirement for non-native English speakers is 6.5 in IELTS test (Academic English) or 580 in the TOEFL test.

Applicants who do not hold one of these qualifications, but who have undertaken significant work experience or study, where English was the main language of communication, may be accepted, upon submission of evidence of this. For more information on each test visit the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) web sites.

Opportunities also exist for others to be considered based on academic achievements, professional standing and significant related experience. Such applicants may be granted Conditional Acceptance with the opportunity to complete the program based on the ability to complete the first two units to a satisfactory level (Access route). Individuals who are not permitted to continue beyond unit 2 will be offered a Statement of Completion. Others who may elect (or are not permitted) to continue to the dissertation stage (thesis) will be offered a Post Graduate Diploma.

Access route

Access route is for those who do not have the traditional entry qualifications but would like to progress to the MSc or PG Diploma programme. It involves studying the first two compulsory units as a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) student but including all associated assessments which will include the examinations. Progression to MSc is subject to the candidate achieving a satisfactory level in both units.

Continuing Professional Development Units (CPD)

A short course of study contributing to continuing professional development at M-level (masters-level) based on a single taught unit and with reduced assessment requirements, leading to a certificate of completion issued by the Department.

CPD short courses are suitable if you have identified a specific area of construction management in which you would like to increase your knowledge and skills. CPD units may also provide the opportunity to transfer to the MSc/Postgraduate Diploma at a later stage. CPD students are registered for one year. If you choose this route, then we would recommend that you apply to transfer after completion of a maximum of two CPD units. Students studying CPD units are not required to sit examinations, although full formal examination can be arranged at the request of the student. CPD students who are thinking about transferring to MSc at a later date should complete both coursework and examination. CPD students have one year to complete a unit from when it is purchased.

Apply to program

Application packages are available from the Program Administrator at BCIT for initial review. Application documentation must contain all related original transcripts and the required letters of reference. Candidates that receive formal approval will become official students of the University of Bath.

Registration Procedures
The registration process is controlled by the University of Bath. All applications, fee payments and approvals are coordinated through the Program Administration at BCIT.

Scheduled intakes

The program commences in the fall of each year. In this manner, participants form a cohort who will be able to share their learning experiences as they progress through the program. With this critical mass of participants, you will benefit from the on-going working relationships that will evolve from the use of e-mail and also an e-learning application "moodle" to communicate with other students and tutors.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Fees are inclusive of:

  • Registration and administration
  • Course materials - textbooks and assignments - Academic and personal tutoring
  • Tuition at residential schools
  • Assignment marking and examination fees
  • Dissertation supervision and marking
  • Graduation

The fees for the program for members enrolling in the current academic year are as follows (all fees in Canadian dollars):

Item $ Amount
Registration fee 300
Installment 1
Covers administration, first, and second modules; and first residential session¹
4,000 + 800
Installment 2
Covers two units
3,500
Installment 3
Covers two units
3,500
Installment 4
Covers two units and second residential session
4,300
Installment 5
Covers dissertation fees
1,750
Total 18,150²

Note:

¹ The fees for the residential sessions include the cost of tuition and materials, but not the cost of travel or accommodation, for which a range of options is available. Residential workshops will be held in Vancouver or Toronto typically in November of each year. Students will register for the 2nd Residential that is held at the University of Bath (typically in June of each year).

² Participants paying their total course fees prior to study pay the lower figure of $17,850 in total.

BCIT cannot issue either a T2202A or TL11A.

All participants will be required to comply with relevant policies and procedures as published by BCIT and the University of Bath. BCIT reserves the right to make administrative changes without notice.

Program Details

The program of study is comprised of six mandatory units, two elective units, an integrative unit, and a dissertation. Units are offered through the Internet using a computer application called "moodle". You will get instructions on how to use moodle during a session at the residential.

You should order your units as soon as possible. In this way, you make sure that when the program starts in November, you have received your material. Obviously, if you receive them sooner, you have some time to familiarize yourself with the content of the unit before the formal start date. Assessment is done through assignments, exams, or other requirements of the unit. For optional units, you need to write extended essays. Units 1, 2 and 5 have open book exams, while units 4 and 6 have closed book exams. Examinations are held twice a year. The program administrator will arrange for your closed book exams to be held at an institution close to the area that you live.

Residential sessions

You attend two residential sessions. The first residential is held in Vancouver or Toronto, usually in November-December, and the second one in Bath, usually in June.

Contact the Program Head for information on the upcoming residential.

Completing the program

You must successfully complete six mandatory units, an integrative unit, two optional units, your dissertation, and attend two residential sessions. Your research should relate to at least one of the units of the program.

Program length

You will receive a study plan based on a November start. Usually it takes three years to complete the program. The length of the program cannot exceed five years. If you are able to dedicate more time to the program, it could be done in 15 months.

Grading

Assessment for the MSc program is by means of a combination of assignments, exams, extended essays, and a final dissertation. Attendance at 14 days of residential sessions is compulsory. Full details are supplied with the introductory pack.

Program structure

This integrated course of eight units contains an introductory pack and six compulsory units, an integrative unit, and two optional units as outlined in the following table.

Program Component Time for Completion
First Residential: Canada (7 days)
Introduction
Unit 1 - Management in Construction
Unit 2 - Economics in Construction
6 months
Unit 3 - Construction Law
Unit 4 - Managing Human Resources
6 months
Unit 5 - Procuring Construction
Unit 6 - Strategy in Construction
6 months
Second Residential: Bath, UK
Optional Units - choose two from:
  • Construction Project Management
  • Communication and Information Management
  • Sustainable Business Process
  • Facility Management
  • Social Responsibility: Business and Society
6 months
Dissertation* 1 year

* Not required by participants completing the Postgraduate Diploma

Graduating & Jobs

If you are a professional too committed to your career to be able to return to any form of education full-time, this distance education program is a cost-effective way to acquire the degree without disrupting your career.

The program enhances your management skills in construction as you work through different units. Exercises, self assessment questions, and assignments encourage you to think about the theory and apply it to real-life situations that you may encounter in your day-to-day career. You gain a more comprehensive understanding of the theories behind all aspects of your work practices. You learn to think critically about different points of views and come up with better solutions in the actual settings of your work.

Innovation and research is an important segment of every industry. Going through the dissertation stage of your M.Sc. degree enables you to understand the challenges and efforts needed to do research. You learn more about the innovative studies in your field. This knowledge and understanding can help you promote your career or explore new opportunities in related fields.

Residential Sessions

During the seven days of the first residential, you:

  • have the opportunity to know your fellow students, tutors, and administrators
  • learn the Study Skills that you need to successfully complete the program
  • learn and discuss about the contents of different units
  • get engaged in an introductory management game
  • attend presentations by practitioners from the industry
  • discuss relevant issues in the field of construction management

The second residential in Bath, contains a two-day dissertation workshop to assist you in developing your dissertation proposal. Residentials include one complementary dinner in the evening, coffee breaks, and lunch breaks for networking.

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Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Your tutors are from the UK. However, there are local experts with extensive Canadian experience that you can contact if you have questions.

Pilar Bonilla, P.Eng., M.Eng., MBA, Program Head

Arezou Pouria, Ph.D., P.Eng., TESL, (on leave, returning March 2015)

Arezou joined BCIT in 2004 as Program Head for the M.Sc. Degree Program in International Construction Management (ICM) based at the University of Bath. She has more than ten years of work experience in the design and construction of different types of buildings and infrastructure projects. Prior to joining BCIT, Arezou was an Assistant Professor at Eastern Michigan University where she taught courses in the Bachelor degree program in Construction Management.

Arezou has a Ph.D. in Organization Management from Capella University, school of business. Her previous degrees include a Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) from Tehran University in civil engineering, and a Master of Applied Science (M.A.Sc.) from the University of British Columbia, department of civil engineering. She is a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) in the province of British Columbia. She is certified as a Teacher of English as a Second Language (TESL) in Canada. Arezou teaches courses in the Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) program in Construction Management and assists teaching in the diploma program in Architectural and Building Engineering Technology in computer labs (MS project and Excel). She facilitates the ICM residential (CMGT0800). She has served as a member of Education Council (EDCO) at BCIT, the Green Team, and currently is a member of the School’s Research Committee.

Ron Kessler, M.A. (Economics), B. COMM., Local Expert

Ron joined BCIT in 1987 as an instructor in Economics. In addition to his current work as program head for Business management Studies (BMS), Ron has served as program head for the Business Management Technology (diploma) program, president of the faculty association, member of Educational Council, and is a co-author of the introductory economics textbook "Economics Today." He has taught a variety of courses across the curriculum in the School of Business in addition to economics. Since 2007 he has helped initiate the first international exchange agreements with European business schools for the School of Business and continues to work to expand those opportunities for students and faculty.

Ron took his graduate training at UBC where he specialized in labour economics. His undergraduate work was in business at the University of Alberta, and he also has worked at the Alberta Legislature as a researcher.

Nicholas Paczkowski, B.E.S., M. Arch., LLB, RIBA, RAIC, MAIBC, local expert

Nicholas is both a lawyer and a registered architect with local and international qualifications. Having trained and worked in the United States and England, he now practices law in Vancouver, British Columbia providing legal services to the design and construction industries.

Nick has a great deal of experience with the legal aspects of implementing large scale construction projects, notably with the design and construction of Vancouver's first automated light transit system; the design, construction and operation of Vancouver's very successful world's fair, Expo 86; and, the development and construction of North America's largest urban waterfront redevelopment project, Pacific Place. He was also instrumental in designing and implementing British Columbia's first and largest urban contaminated site remediation project. He has been teaching construction law for over 20 years.

Nick is a graduate from the University of Manitoba, the University of Washington and the University of Victoria.

Roger Woodhead Ph.D., P.Eng., local expert

Roger Woodhead immigrated to Canada in 1967. In 1973, he began working for consulting engineering and construction companies.

From 1985 to 1990, while Chief Engineer with Dillingham Construction, he began his involvement with the Hibernia Project. In 1986 he spent six months in Norway seconded to Norwegian Contractors. In 1990 he moved to Newfoundland to become Site Development Engineering Manager for the $1.5 billion Hibernia Gravity Base Structure (GBS). In this position he was responsible for all engineering on the GBS construction site including roads, power, telecommunications, a fully serviced 3500-man camp, the largest dry dock in Canada, harbours and batch plants. In 1994, he was promoted to Technical Services Manager for construction of the GBS. He managed a multi-national staff of over 50 and a labour force of 100 with an annual budget of $10 million.

Roger returned to Vancouver in 1995 to start his own consulting practice, Woodhead Consultants Inc., which specializes in the technical aspects of project management, construction and engineering. An eclectic mix of projects followed. He was Design Manager and Project Director for SNC-Lavalin on a $50 million cut and cover tunnel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He was Project Construction Engineer for three “Sinking Caissons” and several sheet piled excavations for conveyor tunnels at Vancouver Wharves. He was also Quality Systems Manager on the $1.2 billion SkyTrain Millennium Line.

Roger is a P.Eng. in B.C., a structural P.E. in Washington and an Internationally registered Lead Quality Auditor. He is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Construction Management Area at UBC, teaching productivity in construction, project management, motivation, and leadership. He is also a tutor for the University of Bath MSc in Construction Management, which is being delivered in North America by BCIT. He has made presentations on Construction Management at Memorial University in Newfoundland and the University of Bath. He was selected by the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering to present its National Lecture Tour in 1997-8.

Roger gained a B.Eng. from the University of Sheffield, and his M.Sc. (1969) and Ph.D. (1973) in Structural Engineering from the University of Calgary.

Contact Us

Susan Kong, Program Assistant,
Phone: 604-451-6842
Fax: 604-434-8553

Pilar Bonilla, Program Head,
Phone: 604-453-4016

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Having spent a lifetime in construction, it's an honour to be associated with the University of Bath in the pursuit of a post graduate degree in Construction Management. I applaud Bath for offering both a goal and a standard for construction professionals when taking their rightful place in the industry's global environment. I've also particularly enjoyed interacting with my classmates during residentials. John Royle, Master's Degree in Construction Management, MSc

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My participation in the University of Bath ICM Program continues to be an instrumental component in expanding my career and businesses. The confidence I gained professionally through the course of the degree has also been complemented exceptionally well by a lasting and diverse network of students and faculty. If you are looking to accelerate your growth in the construction industry, this is a great place to launch. Brad Hulsman, PEng, MSc