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BSc(Hons) Construction Project Management (with Foundation Year)

Entry year
Course code
School of Architecture and Environment
Tariff points
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader
Dr Richard Mourne

This course is open for applications

Page last updated 12 June 2024


Work towards Chartered Builder or Chartered Construction Manager status and develop valuable industry skills on collaborative projects.

Accreditations and partnerships:

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 (with Foundation Year) is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

This course will teach you 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.

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.



Year zero (foundation year)

You'll study:

  • Building a Professional
  • Built Environment Futures
  • Context of Design and development
  • Foundation Engineering
  • Foundation Year project.

You normally need to pass your foundation year before going into year one.

Year one

You'll study:

  • Law, Economics and Management
  • Construction Technology and Services
  • Environmental Physics and Materials
  • Principles of Sustainable Design.

Year two

You'll 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.

Final year

You'll study:

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

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'll 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 guest lectures from industry professionals, 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 project management software.

Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study

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

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

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 to 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.


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.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment

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

Learn more about assessments.


Professional accreditation

UWE Bristol holds Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Accredited Centre Status during the period 2022-2027 and this course is CIOB Accredited during the period 2022-2027, having been judged to meet the CIOB Education Framework. Prospective members holding these qualifications have full academic exemption and once they have gained three to five years' relevant work experience may enter CIOB membership as an applicant to progress towards Chartered Membership without the requirement for an Individual Assessment.


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.

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.


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.

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.

Take a Virtual Tour of the Construction, Property and Surveying facilities and see what's on offer here for you.



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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.


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, soLware or printing.

Learn more about costs.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 72
  • Contextual tariff: See our contextual offers page.
  • GCSE: Grade C/4 in English and Mathematics, or equivalent.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.

    For information on required Guided Learning Hours please see our minimum entry requirements page.

  • Access: No specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.
  • Irish Highers: No specific subjects required.
  • T Levels: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

If you exceed the entry requirements you may be eligible for BSc(Hons) Construction Project Management.


If you are an international student your recommended route of study for this degree is through our International College, which upon successful completion to the required level and with good attendance, guarantees entry to Year one of the degree.

Read more about entry requirements.

How to apply

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