PhD in Construction Management


Program Description

Purpose of the qualification:

Construction management is a holistically- developed built environment discipline in that the related tertiary education addresses three main streams, namely management, economics and science, and technology. This empowers construction management graduates to manage the business of construction and projects (the physical process), as construction managers. Furthermore, construction management is the ‘gateway’ qualification for construction project management, which is the management of projects from conception to completion on behalf of a client, including design delivery, integration of design and construction, and the overseeing of construction. Expertise in this area is therefore imperative for the infrastructural development of South Africa and the African continent.

The purpose of the program is to develop an intellectual with advanced abilities in applying construction engineering management with other related inter-disciplinary principles, in order to address construction management related problems within the sector. One of the main objectives of this process is to develop an advanced capability to conduct inter-disciplinary construction engineering management research of an original nature. It also aims to promote a lifelong learning approach, as well as an aptitude for training other students in similar fields.

Qualification outcomes:

The student should be able to:

  • Analyze and solve construction engineering management research/development problems of an original nature creatively and innovatively by applying relevant advanced fundamental knowledge of Construction Management Sciences in the chosen field of research.
  • Plan and manage research projects, demonstrating fundamental knowledge, understanding, and insight into the principles, methodologies, and concepts that constitute socially responsible (to local and other communities) construction research/development/management in the chosen field of research practice.
  • Plan and conduct advanced inter-disciplinary investigations, research, and/or experiments of an original nature by applying or developing appropriate theories and methodologies, and perform appropriate data analysis and interpretation.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with specific research institutions, audiences, and the community at large, in so far as they are affected by the research, using appropriate structure, style, and graphical support.
  • Apply and assess appropriate advanced inter-disciplinary research methods, skills, tools, and information technology effectively and critically in construction engineering management research/development practice, and show an understanding and a willingness to accept responsibility for the impact of research/development activities on society and the environment.
  • Perform synthesis of components, systems, works, products, or processes as a set of related systems and assess their social, legal, health, safety, and environmental impact and benefits, where applicable, in the chosen field of inter-disciplinary research.
  • Demonstrate cultural and aesthetic sensitivity across a range of social contexts in the execution of construction engineering management research/ development activities.

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Admission requirements:

An approved Master’s degree in Construction Management or any Built Environment discipline or a similar approved degree at the Master’s level.

Duration of program:

Full-time: 2 years / Part-time: 3 years

Contact details:

Name: Ms Dudu Kanyi / Tel: 011 559 2109 / Email:

Last updated Apr 2020

About the School

Vibrant, multicultural and dynamic, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) shares the pace and energy of cosmopolitan Johannesburg, the city whose name it carries. Proudly South African, the university i ... Read More

Vibrant, multicultural and dynamic, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) shares the pace and energy of cosmopolitan Johannesburg, the city whose name it carries. Proudly South African, the university is alive down to its African roots, and well-prepared for its role in actualising the potential that higher education holds for the continent’s development. Read less