Construction and Project Management Level 7 (Master's Degree) Tetra Tech

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    Tetra Tech

  • Apprenticeship Type

    Construction project management > Level 7

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    Tetra Tech, 1 Locksley Business Park, Belfast, BT6 9UP

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Job Description

Are you looking for an exciting, interesting job role which can turn into a successful career helping shape the world we live in?

 If you’re ambitious, innovative, and practically minded? We may be able to help.

 Tetra Tech is a leading provider of consulting services with experts across a wide variety of disciplines from project managers, engineers, surveyors and town planners to environmental specialists, asset management professionals and more.

 Our people are at the heart of everything we do! They help our clients succeed, our business prosper and the communities we work in thrive.

 We need the very best people to maintain our position as a market leader. This includes those taking their first steps onto the career ladder – after all you are the future of our industry and if you’ve got ideas and ambition we want to hear from you!

 If you join Tetra Tech as an Apprentice not only will you get to work on exciting, ground-breaking projects from day 1, you will also be given support to grow in your chosen discipline as well as training to develop the core skills needed to succeed in the corporate world. This is all part of our early careers programme – as is the chance to connect with others also starting out in their career, access to mentoring, Chartership support & bonuses and more.

Note: starting salary will be dependent on experience.

 Job Description:

We have opportunities in our Belfast office for Apprentices with a keen interest in developing skills in Project and Building Information Management to become part of a team working on a variety of high-profile projects throughout Ireland, the UK & beyond. The post will offer the successful applicant an interesting, challenging and varied workload as well as allowing them to develop personally and professionally, as a Project Manager.

The team undertakes a wide variety of major and challenging projects for the private and public sector, across a range of development sectors. We seek to provide integrated solutions incorporating state of the art design. Projects typically range in size from £1m to £100m schemes covering infrastructure, healthcare, education, commercial, industrial and residential developments.

This position will include day release 1 day per week during term time to attend a local University to complete a fully funded accredited Master's degree in Project Management or a relevant technical discipline. Our PM team have backgrounds including Quantity Surveying, Building Surveying and Architecture so you will be able to display skills and attributes that fit with our services from most construction related qualifications.

 Your Role:

  • Assisting in planning and successfully executing projects

  • Liaison with Clients and Stakeholders

  • Managing project information within a Common Data Environment

  • Planning and managing procurement processes

  • Programme management

  • Risk and change management

  • Administering industry standard contracts including the NEC3 and NEC4 suite of contracts

  • Understanding and implementing quality management processes

  • Using IT system to maximise services delivery

Person Specification


  • Minimum 2.2 Honours degree or above in a relevant Engineering or Architecture discipline, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Applicants who do not meet the above academic requirements but hold a relevant professional qualification and can demonstrate appropriate experience, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

  • A keen interest in Project Management and Contract Administration

  • We want colleagues to be focussed on gaining experience to develop your career – as an apprentice, we want you to be eager to work on projects and learn how to deliver a service that benefits our clients.

  • You need be confident and assured in your ability to communicate. As a PM, key to what you do is understanding what our clients and teams need, strategising how to deliver that and to engage with the parties necessary to manage the processes.

  • Be motivated and enthusiastic – leading a team means you’ll set an example to those around you and look to promote a positive environment.

  • Being able to visit our sites, clients and team members is crucial so a full, clean UK driving license with access to a vehicle for business use is essential for the role.

Making everybody feel welcome at Tetra Tech is important to us – because everybody is welcome! We are working hard to be a business where people can not only be themselves but can celebrate who they are and what they bring to our organisation. If you have a disability, learning difficulty, medical condition or any other individual need, we'd be happy to talk to you about making reasonable adjustments to our application and selection process that will enable you to be your best.

We are one of the only consultancies to have adopted a fully flexible working arrangement where employees have the choice of how, when and where they work caveated only by the requirement to fulfil our clients’ requirements. The focus on our people doesn’t end there though, with mental health first aiders, wellbeing & fitness challenges, diversity & inclusion interest groups and lunch and learns sessions from guest speakers as well as a comprehensive flexible benefits selection and a day off for your birthday we want all our employees to be proud to work for Tetra Tech. 

Applicable courses

Whilst you are applying to an employer through Workplus you must apply directly to the training providers to secure your place on the apprenticeship course.

Construction and Project ManagementQUB


** This is a postgraduate HLA – applications should only be made to this course if you meet the entry criteria. You must have obtained an undergraduate degree (or at the least industry experience sufficient to meet RPEL entrance requirements).

These programmes have been designed to:

Develop the intellectual, practical and professional skills of the learner in the critical acquisition, analysis, interpretation and understanding of the management of construction projects and organisations

Apply appropriate theoretical and practical management methods in the analysis and solution of design, engineering and construction problems

Develop a holistic approach to the planning, monitoring and control of construction projects by integrating the technical knowledge of design, engineering and construction with financial, legal, IT, commercial leadership and managerial skills of business administration in the management of simple to complex projects through their various stages from inception, feasibility, strategy, design, construction, commissioning and into maintenance; and in construction organisations; e.g. construction economics and finance, strategic management, information systems, construction law, international construction markets and competitive advantage

Develop critical and analytical problem-solving skills across a broad range of subjects and transferable skills that relate to literacy, numeracy, computing, teamwork, group work, and personal presentations and interactions to prepare graduates for more general employment


The HLA is a work / study programme so you will already be in employment, or have a firm offer of employment from a company in the construction sector which supports your application.

You could be: a civil engineer, architect, planner, commercial manager, M&E Services Engineer, Environmental Manager/Engineer, lawyer, an archaeologist, or any other construction related discipline.

You could have been in work for a while already: some of our previous students have been many years into their career when they join us.


The course’s primary focus is on project management, which will give you the chance to take your career forward in any industry, not just in construction.

We teach the principles of project management – the distinct discipline of working to agreed deadlines, starts and finishes on a given project project – with an awareness of the global challenges facing the industry, not least the need to make construction sustainable.


Through guest lecturers, case studies and optional site visits, you’ll get an insight into how industrial companies work. Our graduates have been well received by local, national and international companies.

This Higher Level Apprenticeship (HLA) is fully funded by the DfE, although places are limited. Applicants and their employers must demonstrate commitment, and ensure enough time is allocated, to attend and complete the course.

You'll be in a class of around 150, alongside people from places like India, Nigeria, China, Vietnam and Egypt, as well as from the UK Ireland and Europe. Our teaching starts in the early afternoon as we know some of you will need to take time off work to attend classes.

You'll have the McClay Library and the beautiful new Graduate School at your disposal as well as a dedicated base room and computer lab in the Elmwood building.

This course is subject to renewal approval by DfE.


Course Structure

Students must enrol on a part-time basis.

The programme is delivered on Mondays and Fridays for full time delivery and 1 day per-week for part time students (Monday for first year, Friday for second year). Modules (including Dissertation) totalling 180 CATS points are included in the programme.

Lectures are delivered by industry orientated lecturers and external experts within the field of Project Management. Assessment is undertaken through coursework and presentations

Course Details

The course content gives theoretical and practical coverage across a wide variety of topics:


Procurement Contract Administration and Law (20 CATS)
Procurement, contract administration and the understanding of contract law is one of the 'keystone skills' for Project Management. This module provides an understanding of construction procurement and contract routes, and contract and tort law, and their application within the construction context.

Project Management, Planning and Control (20 CATS)
This module aims to enhance student awareness of developments in the field of construction project management coordination emphasising the wide range of demands made on construction professionals as managers and the skills required to programme, monitor and control various aspects of a construction project from inception to completion.

Research Methods for Managers (10 CATS)
The module deals with principles of BIM and construction management research from the formulation of research questions, hypothesis and objectives, through literature review, qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, to presentation of data and report writing.

Project Planning for Sustainability (20 CATS)
The need for infrastructure to be sustainable is one of the driving factors behind project planning, design, construction and operation. This module aims to enhance student awareness of developments in the field of sustainable project development and construction including the need for a connected approach to economic, social and environmental sustainability.

Construction Economics & Construction Finance (20 CATS)
This module will cover both construction finances and construction economics. The ability to understand and manage finances is essential to a project manager in any field. We will examine some of the issues and tools used in financial management. We will also build an awareness of the wider global economic context within which construction operates.

Organisations, People & Leadership (10 CATS)
This module is designed to equip students to efficiently lead and manage in various leadership positions within the structure of any organisation. Instead of having weekly lectures, the class will be taught in small groups over five all-day sessions.


Building Information Modelling in Practice (10 CATS)
This module is designed to develop a comprehensive understanding of the underlying principles of BIM implementation in practice, particularly in relation to the utilisation of intelligent 3D models. It explores the standards and processes that help to govern the huge range of information generated by the diverse teams who must collaborate to make BIM a success.

Emerging Digital Technology (10 CATS)
This module explores the new technologies which are emerging in the field of BIM and Digital Construction, examining the potential of technology to disrupt the construction industry.

Facilities Management & Asset Management (10 CATS)
This module looks at the practical management of both facilities and infrastructure assets, for example dealing with sustainability, building performance, and evaluation of the physical, environmental and health and safety aspects.

Construction Law 2 (10 CATS)
This module covers dispute resolution in construction, including mediation, arbitration and adjudication. This module ties closely with Procurement, Contract Administration and Law, and Project Management Planning and Control.


Individual Research Project (Dissertation) (60 CATS)
For the Dissertation, students are required to undertake an independent research project, producing a written dissertation focusing on a particular issue within the realm of construction project management.

Teaching Times

12 weeks/semester. Lectures Mon 13.00 - 19.30 and Fri 12.00 - 18.30, plus additional study & group work. One first year module needs 5 full days attendance in consecutive weeks, but with scheduling flexibility.

Learning and Teaching


A small core of tutors with decades of academic and industrial experience.

The Programme Director is Dr Stephen McIlwaine, he is a Chartered Engineer with almost 30 years of experience in the planning and implementation of infrastructure projects in number of countries, mostly outside the UK, with a focus on environmental management and sustainability of construction projects.

You will be taught in a class of around 150 students if you're a full-time student, alongside students from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds and experience from all over the world - places like India, Nigeria, China, Vietnam and Egypt, as well as from the UK, Ireland and Europe. Our teaching starts around mid day as we know some of you will need to take time off work to attend classes. You'll have the McClay Library and the beautiful Graduate School at your disposal as well as the facilities within the School.

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Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:

  • Methods of assessment will comprise a combination of individual written and technical assignments, group reports, student presentations, and role-play exercises.

    Group coursework will also include group presentations to a judging panel. Individual coursework may, where required, be further presented at a panel Q&A session

  • MSc students who have achieved a minimum of 50 per cent in the compulsory modules and an average of 50 per cent or above overall in the taught programme, are required to undertake an individual research project and submit a dissertation to complete the programme. This dissertation must be passed at 50 per cent for the award of the MSc.

    Students who achieve an overall average for their taught modules and dissertation in the range 60 per cent to 69 per cent will be awarded a Commendation. Students who achieve an average of 65 per cent or above in the taught programme and 70 per cent or more for the dissertation, with an overall average of 70 per cent or more, will be awarded a Distinction.



Validated By

Queen's University Belfast


18+ Fully Funded

Entry Criteria

Entrance requirements


Normally a 2.2 Honours degree or above in a relevant Science, Engineering, Architecture, Management or Social Science discipline, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.

Applicants who do not meet the above academic requirements but hold a relevant professional qualification and can demonstrate appropriate experience, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy provides guidance on the assessment of experiential learning (RPEL). Please visit for more information.

Students wishing to apply for this Higher-Level Apprenticeship should also upload their CV and a letter of support from their employer (combined in one file). The employer’s letter of support must state that the employer supports their application, that they are prepared to release them from work for one day per week to attend the course, and that, if they are an existing employee, they need this qualification for a new role. The new role can be a change of title/role within the company.

This Higher Level Apprenticeship (HLA) is fully funded by the DfE therefore it is not open to international applicants. Further information on eligibility criteria for Higher Level Apprenticeships can be found at

deadline for applications is normally 30th June 2024. However, we encourage applicants to apply as early as possible. In the event that any programme receives a high number of applications, the University reserves the right to close the application portal earlier than 30th June deadline. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Application Portal against the programme application page.

Please note this course is subject to renewal of funding by the Department for the Economy and applicants must be working for a company with a base in Northern Ireland.

International Students

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English Language Requirements

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years).

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

  • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level

  • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.



Start Date

Thursday 12 September 2024

End Date

Sunday 28 June 2026

Progression Pathway

Career Prospects


There are excellent career opportunities for our graduates as project managers, contract managers, design managers, project architects, project engineers, planners, etc., within project management consultants, construction companies, property developers and government agencies, amongst others.
Graduates are also well prepared for PhD research, which may lead to careers in research establishments and universities

Many Higher Level Apprentices take this course to aid their career progression. This course will equip you with the management skills you will need to advance your career to the next level.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Employment after the Course


You could be anywhere in the world as a project manager with any of the major design, project management or construction consultants.

Countries such as India, China, Canada and the GCC countries are investing heavily in their infrastructure – with trillions of dollars of investment planned over the next few years - and they need project managers like you to make it happen.

Graduate Plus/Future Ready Award for extra-curricular skills

In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Graduate Plus/Future Ready Award. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.

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