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  • Clearing 2021: Apply now for 2021 entry.
  • International students: Due to high volumes, any international applications received after 25 June can't be considered for September 2021 entry. You are welcome to apply for the next available intake (details below).
 

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. This course includes an optional work placement year, at no extra cost.

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 build and operate 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 current and past UK regulations and standards, for example the ISO EN 19650 series, the UK BIM mandate, BS PAS 1192 series and BS 8536 series.

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.

Alongside the optional work placement year, you can gain valuable experience and engagement with the sector through our shorter work placements, internships and work experience opportunities. Find out more

 

Course details

If you take advantage of the optional work placement year during your third year, you get further valuable work experience that will really help you to stand out when applying for your first graduate job. It is your chance to apply your academic knowledge in the work environment – and, in the process, improve your career prospects. A placement could lead to a permanent job with your placement employer.

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Construction Practice and Management

You gain a holistic overview of the industry, including the scale and practices of the operations within construction companies, and considering the health and safety performance, and Building Information Modelling’s (BIM) potential influence in a range of construction processes.

You investigate and research the modern construction industry, both from the practical skills embedded within the industry through to its linkage with development onsite and the connection with construction management.

Digital Technology in Construction

You manage the 3D co-ordination design process and explore the technologies and methodologies used in Building Information Modelling (BIM). You also look at the role of digital in construction management for the future and discuss the relationship between process and product, considering the changing role of the patron, user, client and designer during the industrial age.

Group Project: Feasibility Study

You work in project teams to produce a design for a construction client. learn essential design and employability skills needed in a professional consultancy office such as problem solving, time management and presentation in a technical context. Lectures and seminars provide supporting theory to enable you to engage successfully with the group project week. This is an intensive one-week group project where you contribute to meetings, presentations and undertake a feasibility study.

Introduction to Geotechnics and Surveying

You explore the importance of geological processes and the properties of soils and rocks in civil engineering. You perform laboratory practical’s in soil and rock description and geological map interpretation. You learn about instrumentation and observation procedures used in modern engineering surveying practice and learn how to measure large objects in three-dimensional space using various techniques and equipment and identify the associated errors.

Materials and Sustainability

You look at engineering materials in lab-based practical sessions. Fundamental relationships between processing, structure, properties and performance are explored to highlight factors which influence the suitability of materials for various engineering applications.

Principles of Construction

You explore construction methods and components for building foundations. You extend your knowledge of house construction and larger substructure and superstructure construction activities including ground remediation, deep basements, retaining walls, multi-storey structures and bridges.?

 

Year 2 core modules

Construction Contract Law

You are introduced to the national legal system and the law of contract, so that you have an appreciation of the legal framework in which construction organisations and projects are managed. You develop knowledge and skills in aspects of contractual administration relating to the common types of contract used in the construction industry for building or civil engineering works of various sizes.

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

You work in teams and develop key skills required to plan and manage civil engineering/construction projects. You consider a problem-solving scenario to identify and evaluate a range of alternative options to meet the Client’s requirements and the project objectives. This includes analysis of site/project constraints, planning process, buildability and sustainability considerations.

You expand your employability skills such as group work, project management and presentation skills to support problem solving in a technical engineering context.

The module features an intensive project week, where you work solely on this group project. Key milestones are set, including progress meetings with tutors acting as clients and, where possible, meetings with professionals involved in the construction industry acting as expert consultants and offering constructive feedback on your proposals.

Integrated Digital Design

You will study technology, people, policy and process change required to adopt BIM as enabler of the future of construction. 3D visualisation, Virtual Reality, Augmented reality, offsite construction, 3D prototyping and component printing as opportunities for the Construction industry to adopt. You will consider different design processes in the construction industry in the advent of BIM and information as a technological and methodological breakthrough.

Offsite Construction

You will study technology, people, policy and process change required to adopt BIM as enabler of the future of construction. 3D visualisation, Virtual Reality, Augmented reality, offsite construction, 3D prototyping and component printing as opportunities for the Construction industry to adopt. You will consider different design processes in the construction industry in the advent of BIM and information as a technological and methodological breakthrough.

Sustainable Construction

You are introduced to the philosophy, theory and key concepts of sustainable development in relation to the built environment and the construction industry. You analyse the potential impacts of engineering design and construction on both the environment and society, and examine the implications of climate change and the low-carbon agenda on engineering design, construction and operation.

 

Optional work placement year

Final-year core modules

Construction Management and Contracts

Students 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. This module will also provide the students with a working knowledge of procurement arrangements and cost analysis as used in the construction industry.

The nature of contract law will be explored allowing the students to develop a knowledge and understanding of the common types of contract used in the construction industry. 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.

Construction Project

You investigate an area of engineering for an extended period, building on your knowledge acquired throughout the course and allowing you to develop your independent learning skills.
The topic can be in the form of a research project, design project or industry-based project.

Digital Information Management in Construction

The aim of the module is to provide students with the required knowledge and skills to become information managers, or BIM managers in their future careers. The module will study the methodologies to manage digital BIM based projects for the construction and engineering fields.

This module will allow the students manage the different aspects to create, manage and get the other users to work with the BIM collaboration space.

Group Project

You undertake a multidisciplinary group project where you apply your individual area of expertise to the platform of Virtual Reality (VR), Mixed Reality (MR) or Augmented Reality (AR).

You focus on integrating and applying existing skills from multiple disciplines and applying them in a VR/MR/AR context. You combine your expertise to research and develop a VR, MR, AR or immersive experience. You learn how to research, analyse, and evaluate a broad range of VR and AR systems, as well as learning how to synthesise and reflect on your own contribution for immersive systems within your discipline.

Supply Chain Management in Construction

You investigate a range of applied quality management techniques and develop the skills necessary to apply these techniques to your own work environment. You examine the appropriate statistical techniques in quality control, auditing, supply chain management and a range of accreditation schemes (including BRC, EFSIS, ISO, and UKAS) and industry standards.

 

Modules offered may vary.

 

How you learn

You learn through lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions, projects and examinations. Self-directed learning time is used to review lecture notes, prepare coursework assignments, work on projects and revise for examinations. 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.

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.


Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Year 1 entry 
96-112 points from any combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications. Examples include A-level, BTEC, Access to HE Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, T-Level, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS tariff calculator.

Maths requirement
GCSE maths at grade 4 or equivalent.

Accredited prior learning
Admissions with advanced standing can be considered if you have studied at level 4 or higher (for example HNC) in a relevant subject.

International students who need a student visa to study in the UK should check our international web pages on acceptable international qualifications and UKVI-compliant English language requirements.



For general information please see our overview of entry requirements

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.

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

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Full-time

Entry to 2021/22 academic year

Fee for UK 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: 3 years (or 4 with a work placement)
  • UCAS code: K220 BSc/CM
  • Start date: September
  • Semester dates
  • Typical offer: 96-112 tariff points

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2021/22 entry

Fee for UK applicants
£4,500 (120 credits)

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  • Length: 6 years if entering Year 1; 4 years if entering Year 2
  • Start date: September
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