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BSc(Hons)

Construction Project Management

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About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
K252
Applications:
Full-time: UCAS
Part-time: University
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
104
Department:
Architecture and the Built Environment
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Three years full-time; four years sandwich; five years part-time (with entry into the second year of the five year course)
Delivery:
Full-time, part-time day release, sandwich
Study abroad:
Yes
Programme leader:
Simon Lee
Key fact:
Work either full or part-time towards Chartered Builder or Chartered Construction Manager status and develop valuable industry skills on collaborative projects.

Page last updated 11 July 2018

Introduction

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.

Find out how our degree inspired Olusola to pioneer sustainable housing in Africa.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

You will study:

  • Law, Economics and Management
  • Building Science
  • Construction Technology and Services
  • Design Process.

Year two

You will study:

  • Construction Technology and Building Services
  • Project Management and Health and Safety Risk Management
  • Procurement and Contract Practice
  • Site Management
  • Professional Practice for Built Environment Professionals.

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 a placement learning module. 

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study:

  • Technological Innovation and Life Cycles 
  • Strategic and Operational Management
  • Collaborative Practice
  • HR and Financial Management
  • Dissertation A.

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*:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study
125%75%0%
223%77%0%
320%80%0%

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

Best practice

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.

Study time

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.

Part-time students

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.

Assessment

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*:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment
138%56%6%
225%69%6%
331%66%3%

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).

If you choose to complete a placement year during your studies, 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.

Placements

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.

Fieldwork

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 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

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

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.

Get inspired

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.

See also:

Prospects - careers in construction

Fees

Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12750
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1594
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year11156
Offshore-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094

Part time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Offshore-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year150

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.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

This refers to items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

Students starting this course in September 2018 should follow this link to view their joining instructions.

We automatically send a message via your Welcome website plus an email to notify you once your joining instructions are available. It is important that you regularly check your Welcome website for new messages about your Registration and Enrolment. If you have not received the email please contact our Applicant Experience Team by email at admissions@uwe.ac.uk so we may check that we have the correct address.

For more information about joining the University, please see our New Students pages.

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 104
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 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: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the HE Diploma; to include 15 level 3 credits at Merit
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

The 'Typical offers' information above is only for full-time students entering the first year of the course.

Full-time students entering the second year, 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 the second year (full-time) or third year (part-time) or be credited with certain modules. With an HNC, you should aim for Merits in all your H2 (generally second year) units, where a Distinction can cancel a Pass.

We welcome applications from students without the conventional entrance requirements but who do have substantial relevant work or other experience and whose motivation and skills would enable them to succeed on the course.

Read more about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College

If you are an international student and do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

Offer Types

If you have not received your exam results, your offer from UWE Bristol will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.

If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that UWE Bristol will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.

To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies at UWE Bristol, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.

How to apply

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

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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