BSc(Hons)
Construction Project Management

Student looking at a building model on a table

About this course

Accreditations and partnerships:

The Chartered Institute of Building
  • Entry year: 2015/16
  • Course code: K252
  • Applications: Full-time: UCAS
    Part-time: University
  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Tariff points: 280
  • Department: Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Campus: Frenchay
  • Duration: Three years full-time; four years sandwich; five years part-time
  • Delivery: Full-time, part-time day release, sandwich
  • Study Abroad: Yes
  • Programme leader: Dr Mark Shelbourn
  • Key fact: Work either full or part-time towards Chartered Builder or Chartered Construction Manager status. Develop valuable industry collaboration skills on projects with students from related disciplines.

Introduction

Why BSc(Hons) Construction Project Management?

The urgent need to develop alternative sources of energy is driving an increase in the number of large construction projects requiring development. As a result, there is growing demand for professionals who understand the business aspects of running a company, building technology and the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) used in the project management of construction.

Why study our course?

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), this course is available both full and part-time. So you can work towards Chartered Builder or Chartered Construction Manager status if you are already working in the industry.

You will learn how to effectively manage the construction process to meet client needs within external constraints. You will study the principles of economics, business, law, building information modelling (BIM), building design and science, and construction technology. As you progress, you will apply your knowledge and skills to real-life scenarios and a work-based research project or dissertation on a specific topic of interest.

Real world experience

Our construction partner employers are involved throughout the course providing industry knowledge, placements and recruitment advice to improve your employability on graduation. You will get to work in teams across professional disciplines in a way that reflects industry. You will learn about new techniques and approaches on day trips and field trips. You can also apply your skills on a placement, which may qualify as part of the professional development required to achieve Chartered status.

Where it can take you

On graduation, you can go on to a career working for UK or global construction organisations concerned with the management and business of producing buildings. There are opportunities to work in project management, quantity surveying, building surveying, property development, facilities and asset management.

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>> Structure

Student's view

"I was lucky in that I completed my placement year and BAM sponsored me in my final year at University. This meant that once I'd finished, I had a job lined up for me straight away."

Structure

Content

Year 1

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Law, Economics and Management
  • Building Science
  • Construction Technology and Services
  • Design Project for Construction Managers

Year 2

As you progress, you will apply the knowledge and skills you have learnt through real-life scenarios and situations.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Construction Technology and Building Services
  • Project Planning Economics and Contracts
  • Site Management
  • Structural Design
  • Site Engineering
  • Research Skills

Optional placement year

All students are encouraged to spend their third year on placement. The curriculum in the second year includes support finding this placement. Students who undertake a placement year will complete a workbased research project.

Final Year

In the final year, greater emphasis is put on scholarly activity and professional judgement.

In addition to studying core modules, you will apply learning either through a work-based research project related to your placement, or a dissertation or project on a topic of interest.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Technological Innovations and Life Cycles
  • Strategic and Operational Management
  • HR and Financial Management
  • Collaborative Practice

Plus one of the following:

  • Dissertation A
  • Project A

Please note course content and structure can change from year to year. As a result there can be variation between the information shown here and the course when it is delivered. Please also note this structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery the same modules will be studied however the structure will differ.

Learning and teaching

Our staff provide a friendly, encouraging learning environment. They actively engage in research or professional practice. This ensures that you learn directly from the latest academic and business developments.

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, workshops and lab sessions that are designed to provide regular tutor support and feedback.

The resulting knowledge is consolidated through directed reading, site visits and field trips. To enable you to build project management and technical calculation skills, we provide industry standard IT applications, support materials and software through Blackboard,

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

Lectures, workshops/seminars, group project work, and tutoring account for 12 hours of contact time per week. You will also be expected to spend at least double this time (24 hours) in essential independent study.

This course is available to study on a part-time day release basis. Modules are structured to allow you to attend lectures and tutorial sessions one day per week therefore minimising the time spent away from the work place.

Dependent on entry qualifications, you can generally complete the course within five years. A large proportion of our part-time students are supported by their employer.

A key benefit of studying part-time means you can put your learning directly into practice, and where possible you can use work-related problems in projects.

If you would like to read more about benefits of working and studying part-time, visit: UWE We Mean Business

Assessment

You will be assessed through a mix of coursework, presentations and examinations. As well as assessing your knowledge and skills, these will help you develop graduate attributes valued by employers including communication and presentation skills, IT and numeracy skills, team work, project and time management. Also, the intellectual skills required for problem solving, critical thinking, analysis and evaluation, creativity and innovation.

Examinations are held in either January or May/June. Coursework consists of essays, reports, surveys, design projects, teamwork and progress tests.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.

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Special Features

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) so you can apply for 'Incorporate Membership' of the CIOB on graduation.

You can go on to become a Corporate Member and a 'Chartered Builder' or 'Construction Manager' once you have completed CIOB's Professional Development Programme (PDP) after graduation. Your placement may qualify as one year of this PDP, which means that you will only need to complete 1-2 years after graduation to achieve Chartered status.

Placements

Students who do a placement are more likely to graduate with a better degree and get higher quality work on graduation. So as well as helping hone your professional skills, industry knowledge and networks, a work placement will make you highly employable on graduation.

Our full-time students secure placements in a wide range of organisations as well as partners in the construction consortium. Students in previous years have worked with national and regional contractors, specialist contractors, client organisations' project managers and multi-disciplinary organisations. The majority have been offered a position with their employer on graduation.

If you choose to study part-time and have HNCs/HNDs in a relevant subject, you can gain advance entry and apply learning on work-based learning modules throughout your course.

Fieldwork

We arrange site visits and field trips throughout the course to support your learning.

You will do 1-2 site visits each academic year the first and second are often in and around Bristol.

During your final year, you can attend an optional European study trip. Aimed at giving you an insight into European construction techniques and project management processes, this involves observing and speaking to construction professionals - some of whom are UWE graduates. Previous destinations have included Germany, Spain and Portugal.

Study facilities

A range of specialist facilities is available to help with your studies.

  • Study and collaborate with classmates in our new 'Hive' lounge and open computing area.
  • Develop skills in computer aided design (CAD), project management and building information modelling (BIM) on industry standard software.
  • Access industry leading resources, specialist journals and publications through UWE Bristol's online portal.
  • Study in specialist laboratories for concrete and environmental services, environmental physics, earth sciences, and surveying technology.
  • Access specialist equipment for surveying and assessing buildings.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.

Learn from industry

Our construction partner employers get involved throughout your degree. These offer sponsorship and placements to students and are keen to employ graduates. They also run a final year Job Bootcamp helping you prepare for applications through developing your CV, presentation and interview skills.

Best practice

We have strong relationships with local practitioners and professional organisations such as the regional CIOB, Constructing Excellence South West and Bristol. As a result, students have free access to most of their events and workshops promoting best practice.

We also arrange regular presentations from visiting professionals, academics and past students so you can learn about industry challenges and best practice.

Showcase your ideas

Our final year students regularly showcase their design projects and case studies to local employers and the public at UWE Bristol's annual degree show.

>> Careers

Careers/further study

The demand for UWE Construction Project Management graduates means you will have a good choice of employment. The combination of design, technology, building and information, law and management subjects will also prepare you for industry or postgraduate study.

On graduation, you can go on to a career working for UK or global construction organisations concerned with the management and business of producing buildings. There are also opportunities to work in project management, quantity surveying and building surveying, property development or facilities and asset management.

Recent graduates have gone into positions as construction managers, planning managers, site engineers or project managers, with firms such as Balfour Beatty, Carillion and Kier Group. Some have set up successful businesses. Others have branched out into fields such as personnel management, marketing and financial management.

Award-winning Careers Service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your graduate employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, graduate jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurs and access to employer events.

Graduate destinations

Find out what our graduates are doing six months after graduating- includes examples of careers, employers and further study. Download a PDF from graduate destinations.

See great graduate prospects for further information.

Creating employable students

UWE places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and UWE initiatives which nurture talent and encourage innovation, students gain valuable real world experience and graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Useful links

Prospects - Careers in Construction

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Fees

Full time course

FeeAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9000
Home/EU-Full Time-15 Credit Module Fee1125
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee11250
International-Full Time 15 Credit Module Fee1406
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9000
Offshore-Full Time 15 Credit Module Fee1125

Part time course

FeeAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-15 Credit Moldule Fee1125
Offshore-Part Time-15 Credit Module Fee1125

Full time course with placement year

FeeAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1800
Offshore-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1800
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9000
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual Reduced Final Year fee7200
Home/EU-Full Time-15 Credit Module Fee1125
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee11250
International-Full Time 15 Credit Module Fee1406
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9000
Offshore-Sandwich-Annual Reduced Final Year fee7200
Offshore-Full Time 15 Credit Module Fee1125
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual Full Final Year Fee9000
Offshore-Sandwich-Annual Full Final Year Fee9000

Supplementary fee information

For general information about managing money, FAQs and tips see our fees and funding pages.

Part-time students  

The honours degree is 360 credits in total. Part-time students generally study between 60 (15 credits x 4) and 90 (15 credits x 6) each year and will pay annually for credits taken in that year.

As a part-time student you are eligible for a fees loan from the Government. Find more information on our part time UK students funding pages.

There are also several sponsorship options for employers. For more information please visit our We Mean Business pages.

>> Entry

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 280
  • GCSE: Grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent.
    Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • Relevant subjects: We are happy to consider applicants who have completed a BTEC National Award in Construction (Bridge Year).
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: A minimum of DMM from the BTEC Diploma
  • Access: Achievement of the HE Diploma; to include 15 Level 3 credits at Merit; Level 2 credits giving GCSE equivalency (where appropriate) in English Language and Mathematics.
  • Baccalaureate IB: 25 points

Entry requirements

If you have a Foundation Degree, Higher National Diploma or Certificate in a closely related subject, you may be able to join the course in the second year (full-time) or third year (part-time) or be credited with certain modules, which will shorten the course for you.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

Students with disabilities

We welcome applications from people with disabilities.

Following is a list of the types of activities that the course normally involves.

  • Use a computer
  • Read and produce drawings, plans and maps
  • Visually inspect buildings and locations, including physical movement around and through buildings and locations
  • Measure distances and sizes of buildings, materials or sites
  • Team working and negotiation
  • Laboratory work involving observations and physical manipulation
  • Take part in discussions and presentations.

We are committed to supporting students with disabilities, and wherever possible we will make reasonable adjustments to these activities to enable students with disabilities to successfully complete the course. We encourage applicants to disclose any disabilities or support needs in their application forms, so that we can offer information, advice and support. Support is available from the Universities Disability Service.

Open Days

We run Open Days throughout the year when you can meet lecturers and current students, see the facilities and resources that we offer, and visit the student accommodation. Please ask for details.

For further information regarding the course, you are welcome to contact Simon Lee, Programme Leader, by e-mail at simon6.lee@uwe.ac.uk

How to apply

Applications and enquiries for part-time day-release study are made directly to Admissions and International Development on the telephone number and e-mail address below. Applicants should expect to be invited to UWE for an informal discussion.

Please see the general information about applications.

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