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Sample SOP for MSc Construction Management from London Metropolitan University in UK

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“Nature has made occupation a necessity to us; Society makes a duty; Habit makes it a pleasure.”

Introduction:

I am an architecture graduate from MIET, Gondia Professional Studies Academy that provides best faculties & facilities in architecture. Bachelors’ degree in architecture is a five-year course, affiliated to Nagpur University & AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education). I wish to pursue my higher studies in Construction Management from London Metropolitan University commencing fall 2010.

Educational Background:

I would like to introduce myself as an active, diligent, optimistic and self-made person. As a kid I was fascinated with the buildings and wanted to make them. With each passing years, I realized that my career would be around the field that dealt with development of buildings. My interest for creating new dimensions and spreading my knowledge of creativity led me to select Architecture as my field of higher studies.

As a student of Architecture, I was introduced to the world of Graphic designing, Conceptual Design, Detailing, 3 Dimensional Conceptualization.

During my six month of professional training in the fifth year of my studies, I got the biggest break of my life when I joined one of the biggest and world-renowned Architectural consultancy firm of Mumbai, M/s Pheroze Kudianwala Consultancy Pvt Ltd. Working with the father of high rise buildings in Mumbai gave me the first insight into corporate Architecture. Their I got the chance to be a part of design team of several high Profile project like K.D.Malaviya oil museum in Guwahati , office building of securities and exchange board of India in Mumbai, UNIWORLD in Dubai, Mass Housing for TATA India in Mumbai, multi storied Head Quarter for Bank of Baroda in Mumbai.

There I realized that construction field-tests my brains with different level of questions each day. Each passing day brought in more opportunities to learn, explore, and stretch my capacity to work & on top of that it involves a lot of fieldwork, unlike other fields where monotony governs in working environment & tasks both. Though I found myself to be suitable to work in construction field but it was required to give a direction to my interest. It involves a wide variety of challenges and an accelerating factor that something new, unique & functional will come up in end.

“You can’t do things differently until you see things differently”

Why shift from architecture to construction management:

Architecture a science based on aesthetics and functions of building, involves factors like sociology and psychology, but it stands basically on the process of construction, design and structure. Materialization of those aesthetics & functions occur when proper management of construction, design & structures is done.

I’ve been associated with the construction field for a couple of years & had done various tasks ranging from drafting, designing and site supervising. I had worked as trainee architect then assistant architect and now I am working as a Project Architect. And during my exposure to profession, I realized the importance of management in the process of construction. My education as an architect is helping me to deal only with the designing aspect of the process of construction of a building and when it comes to management I realized my education is inadequate. And here I felt the need to become a construction manager. I realized that a construction manager had to be ‘a master of all’ kind of person & parallel to it should possess core knowledge of project management. In my opinion this course will broaden my perspective of multi-functional aspects of construction business, contract management and related subjects, and equip myself with the knowledge and skills to exercise higher managerial responsibilities successfully. Moreover, the need of managerial positions in construction industry is at a steep rise, which reinforces my decision to pursue a research-oriented career in construction management.

“One can because one thinks one can”

My Extra-Curricular Activities:

All through my school and college life I have played an active role in extra-curricular activities. I enjoyed taking part in debates, extempore, dances etc. I always was at the forefront in organizing different events in school as well as the colleges. I was on the editor of the college magazine ‘Ankur’. Writing is one of my hobbies and I take pleasure in reading and keeping myself a best of latest technical developments in construction industry .I also have a keen interest in photography and I had organized many photography exhibitions during my years in architectural school. I had presented papers in NASA conventions (national association of students of architecture) and I had won prizes on my papers related to environmental architecture, low cost housing techniques, Importance of management in architecture, vernacular architecture in India. I am enclosing one such paper. I had been participating in lot of students design competitions during my years of under graduate studies and had won IIA design trophy (Indian Institute of Architects) and Ganu memorial design trophy for Two years continuously. I was an active participant in design competitions held by National Association of Students of Architecture. I love playing basketball, tennis and chess.

Academic interests, future education & career plans:

The curriculum of architecture exposed me to various components of construction industry & helped me broaden my horizon. The subjects whom I thoroughly enjoyed were Design, Construction, Building Services, Building Management, Building Economics & Sociology, Estimating & Costing, Site Survey, Building Materials, and Specification of Works etc. I always emphasize on the practical aspects of the subjects & enjoy a lot on project sites.

As my area of interest is in the field of Building management, the high-rise mass housing project I did in 4th year was accompanied with the details including Estimating, Scheduling, and Project Controls involving PERT, CPM, WBS, etc. Along with these I now wanted to explore about-Advance Building Management, Computer Applications in CM, Safety management, Land development etc. to furnish my mind to think and perform with a good university like you in UK. It is my firm belief that if the principles of construction management are extended in construction industry, it would result in an overall profitable, economical, safer, qualitative & speedy construction. I want to see myself as a remarkable contributor in the construction industry, which would be for the betterment of the society. Keeping in view my background and career plans, I would prefer a research assistantship but I would also like to have teaching experience. I have studied in English medium through out and have had teaching experience, which makes me confident that I would be a successful teaching assistant.

The actions of men are like the index of a book; they point out what is most remarkable in them.

Why I wish to study MSc Construction Management from London Metropolitan University in UK:

My undergraduate studies has burgeoned my interest in research. A graduate program from London Metropolitan University would help me in increasing my technical understanding of the subject and in widening my perspective of life. I wish to acquire practical information and knowledge about the most modern techniques in construction field and apply them for the betterment. The well-designed course along with highly qualified and experienced faculty will be an ideal environment & platform for achieving my goals. I look upon the graduate program in your department & its curriculum as an avenue to hone my skills and enhance my intellectual ability. In all, it is a comprehensive university that furnishes an education that will serve me well in my career and prepare me for a lifetime of learning.

“If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”

I thank you for considering my application & assure you that if given an opportunity; I shall bring credit to your institution.

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