BSc(Hons) Construction Project Management
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Work either full or part-time towards Chartered Builder or Chartered Construction Manager status and develop valuable industry skills on collaborative projects.
Why study construction project management?
The urgent need to support economic development in the south west and the UK generally is increasing the number of large construction and infrastructure projects requiring development.
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 UWE Bristol?
BSc(Hons) Construction Project Management is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). It's available for both full and part-time study, so you can work towards Chartered Builder or Chartered Construction Manager status if you're already working in the industry.
Learn to effectively manage the construction process to meet client needs within external constraints. Study the principles of economics, business, law, building information modelling (BIM), building design and science, and construction technology and management.
Apply your knowledge and skills to real-life scenarios in a work-based research project or dissertation on a specific topic of interest.
Our construction partner employers provide industry knowledge, placements and recruitment advice to improve your employability on graduation. You'll get to work in teams across professional disciplines in a way that reflects industry practice.
Discover new techniques and approaches on site visits and field trips. Test your skills on a placement, which may qualify as part of the professional development required to achieve Chartered status.
Where can it take me?
On graduation, you could work for UK or global construction organisations concerned with the management and business of developing and constructing buildings and other infrastructure.
You'll have opportunities to work in project management, quantity surveying, property development, facilities and asset management.
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Watch: The learning and teaching experience
You will study:
- Law, Economics and Management
- Construction Technology and Services
- Environmental Physics and Materials
- Principles of Sustainable Design.
You will study:
- Construction Technology and Building Services
- Project Management Tools and Techniques
- Procurement and Contract Practice
- Site Management
- Professional Practice for the Built Environment.
Placement year (if applicable)
If you study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after year two.
You'll complete the Workbased Research Project module.
See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.
You will study:
- People and Financial Management
- Technological Innovation and Life Cycles
- Strategic and Operational Management
- Collaborative Practice
The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.
This structure is for full-time students only. Part-time students study the same modules but follow a different structure.
Learning and Teaching
Our staff provide a friendly, encouraging learning environment. They actively engage in research or professional practice to ensure that you learn directly from the latest academic and business developments.
Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, workshops and lab sessions that provide regular tutor support and feedback.
Your 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.
See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.
Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:
|Year||Scheduled learning and teaching study||Independent study||Placement study|
*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year
We have strong relationships with local practitioners and professional organisations such as the regional Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and Constructing Excellence South West and Bristol.
Students have free access 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 developments.
Showcase your work
Final year students regularly showcase their design projects and case studies to local employers and the public at UWE Bristol's annual degree show.
Lectures, workshops/seminars, group project work, and tutoring account for 12 hours of contact time each week.
We also expect you to spend at least 24 hours studying independently.
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 each week to minimise the time spent away from the workplace.
A large proportion of our part-time students are supported by their employer. A benefit of studying part-time is that you can put your learning directly into practice and use work-related problems in projects.
Students generally join the course with an HNC in Construction or equivalent, which means that you are exempt from Level one of the course, and can gain the BSc (Hons) degree in three years.
You'll be assessed through a mix of coursework, presentations and exams.
These will assess your knowledge and skills and help you develop graduate attributes valued by employers including communication and presentation skills; IT and numeracy skills; and team work, project and time management skills.
You'll also build 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.
See our full glossary of assessment terms.
Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:
|Year||Written exam assessment||Coursework assessment||Practical exam assessment|
*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year
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).
If you complete a placement year, this may qualify as one year of the PDP, meaning you'll only need to complete one or two years of additional study to achieve Chartered status.
Students who do a placement are more likely to graduate with a better degree and get higher quality work on graduation. As well as helping hone your professional skills, industry knowledge and network, 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 our construction partner employers.
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.
We arrange site visits and field trips throughout the course to support your learning.
You will do one or two site visits each academic year. In Year one and Year two they are likely to be in and around Bristol.
During 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 Bristol graduates. Previous destinations have included Germany, Spain and Portugal.
Specialist facilities are 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 leading resources, specialist journals and publications through our 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.
Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.
Careers / Further study
The demand for our graduates means you'll have a good choice of employment. The combination of design, technology, building, law and management subjects will also prepare you for industry or postgraduate study.
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.
Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.
We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.
Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.
Full time course
Full time course with placement year
Part time course
Indicative Additional Costs
Supplementary fee information
Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.
You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the four year course and then transfer to the three year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.
Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.
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- GCSE: Grade C/4 in English Literature or Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificate in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as alternatives to GCSEs.
- English Language Requirement: International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*). *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit http://uwe.ac.uk/englishlanguagerequirements
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If you don't meet the entry requirements, you may be eligible for BSc(Hons) Construction Project Management (with Foundation Year).
For country specific entry requirements please find your country on the Country Information pages. If you are an international student and do not meet the academic requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.
If you are applying to study at UWE Bristol and require additional support to meet our English language requirements, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.
Full-time students entering Year two, and part-time students, would normally have a Foundation Degree, Higher National Diploma or Certificate in a closely related subject. You may be able to join the course in Year two (full-time) or Year three (part-time) or be credited with certain modules. With an HNC, you should aim for Merits in all your H2 (generally Year two) units, where a Distinction can cancel a Pass.
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