BSc (Hons) Construction Project Management (add-on)

  • NFQ Level 8
  • Points Required N/A
  • Course Code N/A
  • Award Honours Degree Addon
  • Duration 1

Course Summary

Construction Project Management is a professional field that focuses on each part of the construction process of any built environment. The course at IT Sligo equips graduates with skills and knowledge in project management as well as an understanding of the business process and environment. Armed with such expertise, graduates will be prepared for decision making and undertaking executive responsibilities within a number of industries, such as; construction, energy, utilities, telecommunications, architecture, production, design and service industries.

Construction project managers are responsible for planning, co-ordination and control of a project from inception to completion. Their role is to deliver clients’ requirements in order to produce a functionally and financially viable construction project that will be completed on time, within budget and to the required quality and standards. Construction project managers, quantity surveyors and senior engineers require a combination of engineering knowledge, good business and organisational skills and a capacity for leadership in managing people and construction operations within the building process.

Key Skills:

  • Ability to manage the construction process and to meet the needs of clients within legal, financial and environmental constraints.
  • Obtain a capacity for leadership in managing the building process.
  • Management skills to plan, organise and control construction projects.
  • Ability to contribute to the construction process in a manner that sustains and enhances the natural and built environments.
  • An in-depth knowledge and understanding of the business process and the necessary theoretical knowledge to match solutions to business problems.

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Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO courses at ATU Sligo are available for download below:

A level 7 qualification (min 40% average) in a related construction/engineering discipline. Work experience will also be taken into consideration.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from this course will have the necessary technical skills to manage a group of employees in a modern dynamic construction business. By combining operations and construction project management skills, graduates will be ideally equipped to take up positions as construction project leaders or managers in a variety of disciplines including; construction, energy, utilities, telecommunications, architecture, production, design and service industries.

Did you know?

A new IT Sligo initiative, a Female Student Network, has been established in the Institute of Technology Sligo (IT Sligo) to help female students to settle into third level education and aid retention. This new peer group operates within the Civil Engineering and Construction programmes at IT Sligo.

IT Sligo has been promoting construction-related programmes to females through various initiatives recently and have seen growth in their female student numbers this academic year.

According to the Construction Industry Federation (CIF), there are significant shortages of graduates from construction-related programmes, and only 1 in 10 employees are female.
The CIF has highlighted that it will be challenging to ensure an adequate supply of graduates to satisfy a growing demand over the next few decades, given that 112,000 additional construction workers will be required.

Trevor McSharry, Head of Department of Civil Engineering and Construction, said:

“With improving health and safety, the use of digital technologies and a focus on collaboration and sustainability, I think a lot of females are now considering construction-related programmes as the sector evolves. Improving gender balance within the construction sector is a key priority for all national bodies, not only to address skill shortages, but also to improve team diversity, inclusion and overall performance”.

He further continues: “We offer a broad range of full-time programmes including civil engineering, quantity surveying and construction project management and applied technology.”

Lisa Brennan, who was recently recruited from the construction industry as a lecturer, leads the newly established student female network initiative. She has secured the support of the Engineers Ireland Women in Engineering group, the Chartered Institute of Builders and the Society of Chartered Surveyors of Ireland.

She said: “By implementing our networking initiative and providing an all rounded experience for female students, we can increase the appeal for females to study construction related programmes at IT Sligo. This will ultimately help grow the number of graduates from third level and help improve diversity.”

Monthly discussion groups will be held between female students across the programmes, both full time and online. Presentations from industry-based female guest speakers will also be organised. Regional school engagement will be set up to promote programmes, especially to female students, to increase the awareness of the range of careers available.

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