BSc(Hons)
Construction Project Management

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About this course

Accreditations and partnerships:

The Chartered Institute of Building
  • Entry year: 2014/15
  • Course code: K252
  • Applications: Full-time: UCAS
    Part-time: University
  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Tariff points: 300
  • 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: Simon Lee

Introduction

There is a growing need in the construction industry for professionals who understand the management and business aspects of running a company, as well as the technology and project management of building. This course is aimed at those working in the industry as well as students wanting to develop the knowledge and skills to succeed in this area.

Through a blend of theory and practice, you will learn how to effectively manage the construction process to meet client needs within legal, economic and environmental constraints. Recognised for its innovative multi-disciplinary approach, the course encourages students to work in teams across professional areas. This reflects modern industry demands and provides a broader perspective.

Learn more from our students: Tom Lee-Fox and Olusola Ashcroft.

Thanks to our partnerships with key employers including Atkins, Willmott-Dixon and Balfour Beatty, the course is influenced by industry and provides opportunities to gain valuable experience. This is through site visits, work placements and guest presentations from industry figures and alumni.

This course satisfies the academic requirements for you to become an 'Incorporate Member' of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). On completion, you will need at least two years work experience and to pass the CIOB's Professional Development Programme before achieving Chartered status. If you do a placement during your sandwich year, this may qualify as one year towards achieving chartered status.

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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
  • Inter-Professional Issues
  • Project Planning Economics and Contracts
  • Site Management
  • Structural Design
  • Site Engineering

All students are encouraged to spend their third year on placement. The curriculum in the second year will support you in securing this.

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 Innovation and Life Cycles
  • Strategic and Operational Management
  • Inter-Professional Development Project
  • HR and Financial Management

Plus one of the following:

  • Dissertation
  • Work-Based Research Project
  • Project A

Please note this structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery the same modules will be studied but the structure will differ.

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.

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.

>> Features

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 or 'Chartered Builder' once you have completed CIOB's Professional Development Programme after graduation.

Employers often recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised all over the world.

Placements

If you are studying full-time, we strongly recommend that you spend your third year in a work placement. You will gain valuable work experience and a better understanding of the industry and how it relates to theory - usually in a UK organisation but occasionally overseas. This is while earning a salary.

Placement students often achieve higher grades and return to their final year with stronger career goals and the drive to achieve them. 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.

Your placement may qualify as one year of the CIOB's Professional Development Programme. This means you will only need to complete 1-2 years after graduation to achieve Chartered status.

Our careers service offers help and guidance to help you find a placement. A tutor will also visit you and provide support throughout the year.

Fieldwork

We organise a range of field trips and site visits to support your learning.

There are 1-2 site visits for each academic year - the first and second are often in and around Bristol.

During the final year, we arrange optional European study trips. Previous destinations have included Germany, Spain and Portugal. On these you will develop an appreciation for European construction techniques and project management processes. This is through watching and speaking to construction professionals - some of whom are UWE graduates.

Study facilities

Our new 'Hive' has a state-of-the-art lounge and open computing area where you can study and collaborate with classmates.

A range of specialist facilities is available to help with your studies. Well-equipped computer suites provide industry standard tools and software for Computer Aided Design (CAD), Project Management (MS-Project) and Building Information Modelling (BIM). You can access industry leading resources, specialist journals and publications through Blackboard.

We also provide laboratories for concrete and environmental services, environmental physics, earth sciences, and surveying technology. Specialist technicians are available to help you use these effectively.

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

>> Careers

Careers/further study

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

You may go into a career with UK or international 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 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 graduates have set up successful businesses. Others have branched out into fields such as personnel management, marketing and financial management. You can expect to progress into senior management or partnership as you gain industry experience.

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.

Key employer partnerships

The course is supported by a group of employers who contribute towards resources used in teaching, offer sponsorship and placements to students, and who are keen to employ our graduates. Find out more about our construction consortium.

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.

See great graduate prospects for further information.

Be inspired

Read about Roger, a UWE graduate who was named Construction Manager of the Year in 2011.

Useful links

Prospects - Careers in Construction

The UWE careers service provides guidance and support throughout your studies in addition to useful resources, CV checks, career coaching and details of current job vacancies.

>> Fees

Fees

FeeCost (£) / per year
Full-time home / EU9,000
Full-time home ( ELQ )9,000
Full-time home / EU placement1,125
Part-time home / EU (per 15 credits)1,125
Full-time offshore9,000
Full-time offshore placement1,125
Part-time offshore (per 15 credits)1,125
Full-time International10,750
Full-time International placement3,000
Part-time International (per 15 credits)1,344
Full-time International (per 15 credits)1,344

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: 300
  • GCSE: Grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics
  • 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 DDM from the BTEC Diploma
  • Access: Achievement of the HE Diploma; to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit; Level 2 credits giving GCSE equivalency (where appropriate) in English Language and Mathematics.
  • Baccalaureate IB: 26 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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