School of Architecture and Built Environment

Offsite Housing Construction with Professional Practice Placement

MSc Full-time 18 months

This is a full-time only version of the MSc Offsite Housing Construction course that aims to provide an industrial placement opportunity during Semester 3 (May to October).

This is a full-time only version of the MSc Offsite Housing Construction course that aims to provide an industrial placement opportunity during Semester 3 (May to October).

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  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2022, 17 January 2022
  • Award MSc
  • Study Mode Full-time
  • Course Length Full-time (18 months)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School School of Architecture and Built Environment

Why choose this course?

This is a full-time only version of the MSc Offsite Housing Construction course that aims to provide an industrial placement opportunity during Semester 3 (May to October). This extends the minimum learning period to 15 months. You will have the opportunity to do a six-month industrial placement with a top UK offsite construction organisation, for a real taste of the UK construction industry.

This innovative programme offers a multi-disciplinary, practice-based approach toward offsite housing construction. This course is specifically designed to address national, European and international market needs for delivering houses faster without compromising quality using innovative and modern methods of construction.

This course is being developed in response to the anticipated demand for offsite construction in the next 10 years nationally and internationally. By focusing on real-world projects and case studies, the course will expose students to live issues currently being faced by the offsite construction sector. Understanding these problems and developing solutions will ensure students are at the forefront of the industry.

We have highly motivated and friendly lecturers delivering this course, and you will have the opportunity to engage with a range of learning approaches during your studies. The course provides you with the opportunity to take part in collaborative lectures and seminars. This will be supported by guest lectures and workshops from industry practitioners, and you’ll be able to discuss your projects with them to gain real-world insight into the problems you are trying to solve. Staff from the Ministry of Building, Innovation and Enterprise (MOBIE) will underpin these.


What happens on the course?

A Master’s degree in offsite housing construction would enable you to better manage offsite construction projects through a broader understanding of issues relating to process efficiency and productivity improvement.

This course aims to meet the increasing demand both nationally and internationally for the use of offsite construction, and in particular the need to implement this paradigm shifting approach for housing. There is a need for professionals with a thorough understanding of the design, manufacturing and construction processes involved in the development of offsite housing. As a student, you will develop a full understanding of the methodologies used during the prefabrication process and gain hands-on experience of how emerging tools and technologies including BIM can be implemented to support prefabricated construction. You will engage with real-world scenarios and world-leading practitioners to develop the ability to critically appraise methods and encourage innovative thinking, which can be implemented for practical decision making.

The course is directly aligned to the offsite construction sector, and by studying this, you will gain direct knowledge of current industry practices. Industry partner MOBIE (Ministry of Building Innovation and Education) is an education and training charity that inspires new generations into the building profession to fundamentally transform the way we think about, design, and construct homes. This ensures that you will taught by practitioners who are leading the field in offsite housing construction.



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Everything you need to know about this course!

This course will be delivered from our £100 million Springfield Campus. From this campus, our School of Architecture and Built Environment is strategically positioned to enhance your attainment in a vibrant, professional and supportive learning environment with state-of-the-art learning technology and facilities. Dealing with both the technical and softer people-related attributes of effective offsite construction project delivery from initiation to commissioning, you will have the opportunity to gain comprehensive knowledge and experience through real-world and work-based projects.

On successful completion of the course, you will:


  • Appraise, critically analyse, and evaluate offsite construction processes including how this can be strategically implemented and effectively managed with respect to operational contexts.
  • Analyse a range of methods to identify requirements for the design of offsite housing solutions in a particular socio-cultural context using complex, incomplete, or contradictory evidence.
  • Select and justify the use of a range of technological processes for the implementation of offsite construction, including use of advanced design software.
  • Examine the legal context of implementing offsite construction in particular for the housing sector with due regard for ethical and political constraints.
  • Acquire knowledge through academic, industrial and practical research and apply solutions to a range of complex issues, adopting suitable approaches to problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Take responsibility for and organise your own learning through self-management and independent study, and continue to advance your own knowledge and understanding while developing new skills to a high level.


Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £7112 per year 2020-21
Home Full-time £7278 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £8883 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £14834 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £14950 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £15450 per year 2022-23

These fees relate to new entrants only for the academic year indicated for entry onto the course, any subsequent years study may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

A second-class honours degree in a construction related discipline, or equivalent, is required for direct entry onto the Master’s programme. Students are selected using application form and references in the first instance. However, if you have a compatible non-cognate degree and/or have relevant industrial experience you may be interviewed and if successful offered a place on the Masters course or on the postgraduate certificate version of the course with the potential to extend this to a full Master’s degree. or A Postgraduate Certificate in a construction related discipline, or a related subject with a minimum of grade C in all modules.

International Applicants

Your qualifications need to be deemed equivalent to the above entry requirements.

Postgraduate Loan (Home Fee Status):

You may be able to get a postgraduate student loan from Student Finance England of up to £11,570 to help pay for a Master’s degree. Applications are made through Student Finance England and more information on the regulations and eligibility criteria can be found at Masters Loans

* Any RPL will invalidate your eligibility as you must study a minimum of 180 credits

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as Overseas (International) students for fee purposes. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.

Postgraduate Loyalty Discount:

You can get 20% discount on a taught on-site postgraduate course if you’re a University of Wolverhampton Graduate.

The University offers a generous 20% Loyalty Discount to students progressing from an undergraduate programme to a taught postgraduate programme, where both courses are University of Wolverhampton Awards.

There is no time limit on how long ago you completed your degree as long as this is your first Masters level qualification.

The discount applies to the first year of enrolment only. Students who receive a loyalty discount are not entitled to any further tuition discount or bursary. For full terms and conditions click here.


If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found by clicking here.

Sponsored - Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

Your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Charitable Funding:

You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites Association of Charitable Foundations, Directory of Social Change or Family Action. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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