Online Courses

Aidan Munnelly

'The course communication channels were not in any way limited’

In undertaking the MSc degree online, I have been able to accept life changing opportunities that I would not have been able to even comprehend if I were to have undertaken the program in a classroom based environment.

When enrolling onto the course I was unsure if I would have any interaction with my fellow students, from day one it became clear through online discussions that the communication channels were not in any way limited. We are now in an age where virtual team working within the construction industry is becoming ever more prevalent, as industry professionals we must adapt, by using communication technology I have been able to undertake group assignments with my online classmates as though they were in the same room, when in reality we were working from different corners of the globe.

When making the decision to return to further education I understood my workload would inevitably increase, in undertaking this degree I have learnt quickly to prioritize and manage my time effectively which has not only had a positive impact on my work ethic but has also streamlined the way in which I work. The course thus far has given me vital knowledge in my chosen profession which I have been able to implement daily.

Me at the top of Mount Kenya, a moment I would not have been able to experience if I had undertaken a classroom based degree.

The structure of the online MSc in Construction Project Management degree focuses on one module at a time which allows for consolidated learning.

Since undertaking the module ‘Contract’ I have gained a broader understanding into the importance of construction contracts and the legal implications imposed if not adhered, this module has helped me to appreciate my current project from a more contractual point of view.

Most notably, I have found the module ‘Construction Health and Safety’ to be very beneficial thus far, not only from a practical point of view but also in relation to the legal aspects of Health and Safety, enforcing good Health & Safety practices on Foreign contractor can often be difficult but the module provided me with the information required to explain in detail the duty of care the contractor held towards their employees and others whom may be affected by their works.

Collaborate working is without a doubt one of the leading success factors in construction, the module on ‘Collaborate Working’ has helped prepared me for the difficulties which will inevitably arise when working within a diverse project team, in addition this the module has helped me to understand myself as a professional and as a person enabling me with the tools to have positive impact on all future projects.

My main ambition for the future is to reach the pinnacle of my chosen profession, to achieve my goals with least resistance I strongly believe that an accreditation must be gained, the MSc in Construction Project Management at Nottingham Trent University is the first step towards becoming a chartered member of an accredited body.