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Course overview

This construction management programme provides you with the skills and understanding of principles, practices and ethics in the construction industry within a national and global context – as expected from a bachelor’s degree graduate.

Throughout the course, you learn the core construction management skills you need throughout a project lifecycle, including the role of digital technology in the construction industry.

Digitisation is shifting the way in which we construction built assets. As a design or construction professional you are required to organise, analyse and understand increasing amounts of data - this change of role is highlighted by the UK regulations and standards, for example UK BIM mandate, BS PAS 1192 series and BS 8536 series.

You can complete an optional work placement year as part of this degree course at no extra cost.

This course consists of six main strands of knowledge across the three years – building information modelling and information management, procurement, technologies and modular construction, sustainability and management. These are informed by one of the research-active teams in the University. Examples include successful knowledge transfer partnership projects with companies such as Ryder Architects, Unasys, Spa Architects, and organisations such as the Qatar National Research Foundation with the Qatar BIM project, which developed a whole lifecycle process assessment for the Qatar Construction Industry in using BIM.

Professional accreditation for the course will be sought from the Chartered Institute of Building.

This course includes an integrated foundation year – ideal if you are not ready to join Year 1 of the degree directly. Apart from the foundation year, the remainder of this degree is identical to the BSc (Hons) Construction Management programme and leads to the same level award.

 

Course details

Course structure

Year 0 (foundation year) core modules

Engineering in Practice

This module supports you to use knowledge that you already possess and combine it with engineering knowledge gained through teaching and learning, experimentation, analysis and reflection. Problem-based learning and project-based learning provides core methodologies in the teaching and learning strategy. You are introduced to concepts, techniques and equipment in a guided programme of teaching that uses foundational study skills to think about new concepts, promote ideas development and introduce project management techniques. This culminates in an objective, written review of progress and development though the module and a reflective assessment of personal development.

Engineering Principles

You gain an introduction to engineering physical, thermal, fluid, electrical and mechanical systems in engineering and the scientific laws and principles that govern them. You are prepared for further studies involving these principles of engineering science.

The module is delivered in combined lecture/problem solving tutorial sessions. Laboratory practical sessions support the learning objectives. The problem solving tutorials and the practical sessions enhance the understanding of principles.

Engineering the Future

You are introduced to the importance of design, modelling and simulation in engineering context. You explore the design process and how it is applied in a holistic way. Design ideas are communicated using a number of techniques including sketching and formal engineering drawing, design calculations and written commentary. The technical aspects of engineering design such as manufacturing drawing, modelling, rapid prototyping are introduced.

Global Grand Challenges

This module focuses on how science can help address some of the biggest global Grand Challenges that face society. This reflects the University’s focus on externally facing research that makes a real, practical difference to the lives of people and the success of businesses and economies.

You work on a project in a group, to enabling you to develop innovative answers to some of the biggest issues of our time based on five thematic areas – health and wellbeing, resilient and secure societies, digital and creative economy, sustainable environments and learning for the 21st century.

Materials Science

You gain foundational knowledge of important properties of engineering materials and learn engineering project-based research methods within a guided group learning context.

Flipped learning introduces you to material properties of the four basic categories of engineering materials. Tutorial sessions and group exercises highlight the factors affecting the material usage and sustainability for engineering applications. Practical sessions allow you to explore variables within material recycling methodologies.

Mathematics in Engineering

You are introduced to mathematical notation and techniques. The emphasis is on developing the skills that enable you to analyse and solve engineering problems. Topics studied include algebraic manipulation and equations, trigonometry, trigonometric functions and an introduction to descriptive statistics.

The module is delivered during combined lecture/tutorial sessions. Worked examples illustrate how each mathematical technique is applied. Problem solving tutorial exercises give you the opportunity to practice each skills or techniques.

 

Year 1 core modules

Construction Practice and Management

Digital Technology in Construction

Group Project: Feasibility Study

Introduction to Geotechnics and Surveying

The measurement of large items in 3D space using various techniques and equipment are practised and associated errors examined. The subject will be introduced in lectures, the topic will be explored and your skills will be developed through a series of practical sessions.

Assessment will be by written assignment and calculation and an end examination.

Materials and Sustainability

This module provides you with a foundational knowledge of important properties of engineering materials, together with a hands-on appreciation of these through laboratory-based practical sessions.

Fundamental relationships between processing, structure, properties and performance will be explored to highlight factors that influence the suitability of materials for various engineering applications.

Principles of Construction

 

Year 2 core modules

Construction Contract Law

Construction Management and Employment Skills

You will gain an understanding of construction management techniques relevant to the construction industry with regards to estimating, cost and time control, quality issues and health & safety. You will also learn how these principles may be applied to the management of construction projects within project modules. Guest speakers from industry are invited to help ensure current good practice is included in the delivery of the module.

Formal lectures will be supported by student seminars/project work and online quizzes as appropriate in order to provide formative feedback. The module is assessed by one end examination.

Group Project: Planning and Organisation of Construction

Integrated Digital Design

Offsite Construction

Sustainable Construction

This module introduces the philosophy, theory and key concepts of sustainable development in relation to the built environment. You analyse the potential impacts of engineering design and construction on both the environment and society, and examine the implications of climate change, international protocols and the low-carbon agenda on engineering design, construction and operation. Principles of sustainable water management and Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) are also examined and design principles of infiltration systems introduced.

Learning and teaching will take place through a variety of mechanisms, including lectures, student-led and tutor-led seminars, tutorials and group work. Topics will be introduced in lectures and discussed through seminar activities and guided learning activities. Case studies of projects where the ethos of sustainability has been embraced profoundly will be used to enhance your learning.

Assessment will comprise a technical report, which will assess your ability to appraise a civil engineering problem in the context of the sustainability agenda and provide appropriate design solutions.

 

Year 3 optional placement year

Final-year core modules

Construction Management and Contracts

Construction Project

Digital Information Management in Construction

Group Project

The Group Project module develops your ability to evaluate and resolve realistic practical problems and work as part of a team. The module aims to apply the skills and knowledge developed in other modules of the course (and where possible experiences from work) within a major piece of work that reflects the type of performance expected of construction technologists and civil engineering technicians.

It is designed to bring small groups of students together into teams so that they can co-ordinate their individual skills and abilities. The scheme of work should allow the you an opportunity to take responsibility for your own contribution to the outcome and to demonstrate your ability to work as part of a team.

The brief will include an agreed timescale for the staged development of the overall plan of work within given defined constraints, with the team working towards an acceptable and viable solution to the agreed brief. The module team assume the role of a construction client in order to provide guidance to you during meetings held in tutorials/ seminars.

Formative assessment will be through role play scenarios. The three summative in-course assignments are based upon the life cycle of a single project at selected stages of the construction process, namely; feasibility study, detailed design and the construction/ production phase.

Supply Chain Management in Construction

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

You have a range of lectures, seminars and hands-on laboratory sessions. Some modules are largely student centred, where you learn by carrying out independent tasks rather than attending lectures. Part of your course also involves a substantial research-based project.
Each year of full-time study consists of modules totalling 120 credits and each unit of credit corresponds to ten hours of learning and assessment; typically six or seven of these ten hours should be personal study time outside the classroom. 

One module in each year of your study involves a compulsory one-week block delivery period. This intensive problem-solving week, provides you with an opportunity to focus your attention on particular problems and enhance your team-working and employability skills.

How you are assessed

Your course involves a range of assessments including problem-solving assignments, essays, presentations, report writing, group work and exams.


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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Examples of typical entry qualifications include:

  • any combination of Level 3 qualifications (for example, A/AS levels, BTEC Certificates/Diplomas, Access to HE)
  • a High School Certificate/Diploma with good grades completed after at least 12 years of primary and secondary education
  • demonstrable evidence of appropriate knowledge and skills acquired from at least three years of relevant post-school work experience.

Any Level 3 subject is acceptable for entry to this course. Normally, evidence of English language and mathematical skills equivalent to at least GCSE grade 4 (grade C) is required. We consider a wide range of English and maths qualifications alternative to GCSEs. Please contact our admissions staff for advice.

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Alternative progression routes
If you are not eligible to join this course directly then we may be able to help you prepare for admission by studying appropriate pre-degree Summer University modules.

Please contact us to discuss the alternative progression routes available to you.

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International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country


You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Employability

Career opportunities

A construction management degree provides you with a range of skills and knowledge, including construction technology and the role of digital technology in construction, teamwork and problem solving, which are highly valued by employers. 

The construction industry is one of the most important contributors to the UK economy and provides excellent career prospects for our construction management graduates. As the construction of buildings and infrastructure projects are expanding, there are numerous opportunities for you to develop areas of particular expertise relevant to your personal interests.

Work placement

A work placement officer and the University's careers service help support you with applying for a placement. Advice is also available on job hunting and networking.

By taking a work placement year you gain experience favoured by graduate recruiters and develop your technical skillset. You also gain the transferable skills required in any professional environment, including communication, negotiation, teamwork, leadership, organisation, confidence, self-reliance, problem-solving, being able to work under pressure and commercial awareness.

An increasing number of employers view a placement as a year-long interview and, as a result, placements are increasingly becoming an essential part of an organisation's pre-selection strategy in their graduate recruitment process.

Potential benefits from completing a work placement year include:

  • improved job prospects
  • enhanced employment skills and improved career progression opportunities
  • a higher starting salary than your full-time counterparts
  • a better degree classification
  • a richer CV
  • a year's salary before completing your degree
  • experience of workplace culture
  • the opportunity to design and base your final-year project within a working environment.

 

Information for international applicants

Qualifications

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Full-time

Entry to 2020/21 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£9,250 a year

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Fee for international applicants
£13,000 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 4 years (including a foundation year) or 5 years (including a work placement)
  • UCAS code: K224 BSc/CMFY
  • Semester dates
  • Typical offer: Offers tailored to individual circumstances

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