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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
During the seven days of the first residential, you:
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.
ICM M.Sc. Residential 2014
at BCIT in Burnaby
ICM M.Sc. Residential 2013
at BCIT in Burnaby
ICM M.Sc. Residential 2012
ICM M.Sc. Residential 2011
at BCIT in Burnaby
ICM M.Sc. Residential 2010
at BCIT in Burnaby
ICM M.Sc. Residential 2009
at BCIT in Burnaby
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 has worked as construction manager, business owner and entrepreneur in the Vancouver Residential Construction market for the last 15 years.
Pilar is a BC registered professional engineer; with background in engineering, business, construction management, and sustainable construction; has taught for 10 years courses in Engineering, Construction and Business, 4 of these at BCIT for the Construction Operations Program, the Construction Management Master’s Program and the Business Corporate Training Program. Pilar developed curriculum in sustainability after participating in the BCIT’ Pacific Spirit Project in 2012.
Her Education includes a Master in Engineering from the University of British Columbia, an MBA and a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia. She is pursuing now the BC Provincial Instructor Diploma.
Pilar’s areas of expertise include Sustainable Construction, Construction Operations, Human Resources Management in Construction, Residential and Mixed Use Construction, and Construction Project Management.
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 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 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 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.
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