International Construction Management

MQF Level 7

6 Credits (ECTS)

International Construction Management

October 2024
Module Type
ECTS Credits
6 Credits (ECTS)
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Module Description

The construction industry has never been a straightforward one. Each project is unique and the challenges of bringing together teams of people to carry out often complex projects are sometimes daunting.

International construction management is not a new subject because construction companies have been working beyond their geographical boundaries for decades.

Nonetheless, this subject has not become any easier and the immense challenges are still tangible.

Construction managers wanting to work on such projects need to know how to analyse and manage situations where people from different parts of the world come together as a team, bringing along their sometimes conflicting linguistic, cultural, religious and educational values and principles.

Other problems include the environment where the project is being carried out: weather, logistics constraints, local culture and politics, bureaucracy.

Even within local markets, western countries are now seeing mass immigration and imported labour pools to carry out certain tasks and fill in labour gaps. Construction sites where the majority of the workers are not locals is now a common occurance.

Therefore, construction managers, even in local projects, have to face the reality of internationalisation and be able to manage such teams.

Entry Requirements

Candidates who apply for this course must possess one of the following: 

  • Level 6 degree in a related field; 


  • Level 5 diploma or higher diploma and 5 years’ work experience in a managerial role 


Preference is given to applicants having a Level 6 degree in a discipline related to construction, and a minimum of 3 years’ work experience in management within the industry. 


Target Audience

This course is targeted at professionals with supervisory and/or middle management experience in the construction industry who wish to have a more thorough background in the subject in order to further advance their careers , namely:  

  • Architects and Civil Engineers 
  • Mechanical and Electrical Building Services Engineers  
  • Project Managers and Coordinators 
  • Project Owners 

The target group can be extended to groups working within the construction industry, such as logistics managers, maintenance managers and facilities managers. 

Module / Unit Instructions

The proposed structure comprises a blended approach promoting the building of a community of practice via peer-to-peer learning.

The structure uses primarily two dimensions of teaching-learning modes:

  1. Face-to-face sessions: 18 hours.
  2. Online Learning Activities: 12 hours.

Face to Face sessions

  • Face-to-face sessions include lectures, tutorials, discussions, presentations and workshop activities promoting peer-to-peer learning.

Online Learning Activities

Online learning activities incorporate tutorials and asynchronous discussions. These may consist of active interaction, participation and contributions in fora discussions, sharing resources and self-reflection exercises.

Learners also contribute to the building of the community of practice by providing feedback to their peers as critical friends, enhancing the learner’s critical engagement throughout the study period.

The tutor provides continual support during both teaching -learning modes by providing information, readings and tasks relevant to the module in question.

The tutor provides continuous formative feedback as an on-going guidance during the student’s learning experience in preparation for their summative assessment.

How you’ll be assessed

Assessment of each module consists of two assignments, each carrying a weighting as below:

a) One Formative assignment carries 20% of total module mark achieved. b) One Summative assignment carries 80% of total module mark achieved.

For successful completion of a study module the student is required to achieve a minimum of 41% pass mark in both the formative and the summative assignment.

The overall grade achieved for each module is calculated as the sum of:  20% of the mark achieved for formative assignment; and  80% of the mark achieved for the summative assignment.

All assignment tasks of both formative and summative assessment aim to provide the learner an opportunity to produce evidence of his/her competences aligned to the learning outcomes of each individual Module.


a) Formative assessment tasks are provided in the form of structured online discussions that support learners in their development throughout all of the modules studied.

Such discussions are facilitated and monitored by lecturer who provides students with constructive feedback to help them improve and prepare for summative assignment and dissertation.

Formative assessment tasks will contribute to the student’s final mark to acknowledge their work and give chance to improve.

This method allows students to also contribute to the building of the community of practice by providing feedback to their peers as critical friends, enhancing the learner’s critical engagement throughout the study period.

b) Summative assessment is done via one assignment at the end of each module.

The mode of assessment varies and may include in-class assignments, and home-based written assignments.

The recommended assessment tools for this module are case studies. Other assessment tools which may be used are essay titles or reports. ord count range: 3000 ± 10%.

For successful completion of a study module the student is required to achieve a minimum of 41% pass mark in summative assignment.


Module Intake Dates

October 2024

Additional Info

Reading for the entire Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Construction Management as presented in this brochure costs €9,500.*  

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be eligible for a 70% refund of the cost through the ‘Get Qualified’ scheme.** 

Due to the modular structure of the course, you may also opt to take individual modules as stand-alone. The entry requirements still apply.***  

*Prices are applicable to students who reside in Malta at the time of applying. 

**Terms and conditions apply.  

*** For the price of individual modules, please contact the IDEA Academy team.  

Learning Outcomes


At the end of the module/unit the learner will have acquired the ability to, independently:

  • Critically analyse and address the risks and opportunities associated with international projects in construction industry.
  • Critically evaluate the administration of the contract to ensure that poor productivity usually associated with international labour pools do not obstruct the progress of a construction project.
  • Critically evaluate the construction project environment and the role played by local culture and logistical constraints.
  • Critically analyse and evaluate a cultural fit between different groups working in a construction project.
  • Critically analyse the legislative and political scenes at the location of the construction project.


At the end of the module/unit the learner will have been exposed to the following:

  • Implications and requirements for managing international construction.
  • The implications of managing construction projects in foreign countries, with different cultural/ethnic/religious groups.
  • The importance and pitfalls associated with proper and clear communications between all parties involved in an international construction, with the added hurdle of some teams being perhaps located in different time zones across the world.
  • Assessment of the environment in which international construction projects are carried out.
  • The implications of the emerging international awareness of and reaction to living and working conditions of some third world nationals working in foreign countries (i.e. Malta)


At the end of the module/unit the learner will have acquired the following skills:

  • Critically apply different management strategies and tactics with a view to minimizing risk associated with international construction projects.
  • Apply IT skills to facilitate communication across a wide educational and cultural spectrum and across different time zones as relevant to construction settings.
  • Critically assess contract management teams to obtain and sustain a cultural fit between the different groups.
  • Critically analyse and solve conflicts arising during the construction project life cycle.

Judgment Skills and Critical Abilities:

The learner will be able to:

  • Critically analyse and apply appropriate management techniques and methodologies when carrying out international projects.

Module-Specific Communication Skills:

The learner will be able to:

  • Communicate plan of action to key stakeholders during different stages of construction project implementation.
  • Communicate effectively across a wide spectrum of cultural and educational diversity.

Module-Specific Learner Skills:

The learner will be able to:

  • Improve personal time management and planning skills in relation to international construction project management.

Module-Specific Digital Skills and Competences:

The learner will be able to:

Navigate through the online learning platform to find assignments, discussion boards, literature, tutorials etc.

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