School of Architecture and Built Environment

Offsite Housing Construction

MSc Full time Distance Learning 1 year, Part-time Distance Learning 2 years

This innovative programme offers a multi-disciplinary, practice-based approach toward offsite housing construction.

This innovative programme offers a multi-disciplinary, practice-based approach toward offsite housing construction.

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  • Start Date(s) 15 February 2021, 20 September 2021
  • Award MSc
  • Study Mode Full time Distance Learning, Part-time Distance Learning
  • Course Length Full time Distance Learning (1 year), Part-time Distance Learning (2 years)
  • Campus Location Distance Learning
  • School School of Architecture and Built Environment

Why choose this course?

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.

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


What happens on the course?

This course aims to meet the increasing demand both nationally and internationally for the use of offsite construction, 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. MOBIE (Ministry of Building Innovation and Education), an education and training charity, which inspires new generations into the building profession to fundamentally transform the way we think about, design and construct homes are contributors to this course. This ensures that you will taught by practitioners who are leading the field in offsite housing construction.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

This course is being developed in response to the anticipated demand for offsite construction in the next 10 years. In 2017, Mark Farmer presented the CITB report ‘Faster, Smarter, More Efficient: Building Skills for Offsite Construction’, which highlighted that 42% of construction industry employers expect to use offsite methods in five years’ time. This push, combined with the need for a significant number of new homes in the region, and nationally, will require employees in the construction industry to develop a new skill set to meet demand.


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. The construction industry is moving towards greater collaborative working and the increasing use of Building Information Modelling is underpinning this. After completing the course you could take up role such as: Offsite construction project manager, Offsite Production factor Manager, Offsite Design Manager, Offsite.


Project BIM Manager, Modular construction Developer, Client Adviser and Offsite Project Strategic Manager among others. You could also work with social housing provider and Councils that uses offsite construction methods and component.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

You will have the opportunity to engage with a range of learning approaches during the course of your study. The focus of the course is online delivery where you will have the opportunity to take part in collaborative lectures and seminars. This will be supported by online lectures and workshops from industry practitioners and have the opportunity to discuss your projects with them to gain real world insight into the problems you are trying to solve. These will be underpinned by staff from MOBIE.

 Supporting the online delivery will be the use of our Virtual Learning Platform – Canvas. This will provide a workspace for you to engage in a range of learning activities with both tutors and your peer group. This will include both synchronous and asynchronous learning activities including live, interactive lecture broadcasts, online collaborative tasks and individual learning activities.


You will gain the following skills from the course:

Application of BIM in off-site construction

Construction Processes in off-site

Design considerations for off-site

Management issues in off-site construction

Production Technology in offsite

Discrete Event Simulation Modelling in offsite

Automation and 3D printing in offsite construction

  • Application of BIM in off-site construction
  • Construction Processes in off-site
  • Design considerations for off-site
  • Management issues in off-site construction
  • Production Technology
  • Discrete Event Simulation Modelling
  • Automation and 3D printing

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full time Distance Learning £6400 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time Distance Learning £3200 per year 2020-21
Home Full time Distance Learning £6550 per year 2021-22
Home Part-time Distance Learning £3275 per year 2021-22
International Full time Distance Learning £6400 per year 2020-21
International Full time Distance Learning £6550 per year 2021-22
International Part-time Distance Learning £3200 per year 2020-21

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 Bachelor Honours degree (2.2 or above) in a Construction related discipline from a UK University or overseas equivalent., or if you have a compatible non-cognate Degree and/or have relevant industrial experience you may be considered by the Course Leader.



Postgraduate Loan (Home Fee Status):

You may be able to get a postgraduate student loan from Student Finance England of up to £11,750 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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