Prepare for your career in construction management on a course with an excellent reputation in the industry.
What you study
Prepare for management careers in the construction industry by gaining the technical knowledge, initiative and personal and management skills demanded by industry.
Most of your university-based learning takes place at our City Campus through a series of lectures, seminars and tutorials. You also have practical classes in well-equipped specialist laboratories and complete various project-based tasks throughout the course. You will have the opportunity to visit different construction sites across the city and region to facilitate learning.
You have the opportunity to work alongside students from other disciplines on related courses, such as quantity surveying, building surveying and real estate.
You learn to adopt an active and flexible approach to learning and managing the building process. This includes using information technology in our computer suites and learning centre. There are a number of software applications that are used throughout the course and on into your career.
Lectures explore the arena of various construction projects, from simple house extensions to major commercial projects. Students study • construction technology • design • site management • business management • live construction projects • legal and regulatory issues • building lifecycle • programming/planning • building information modelling (BIM) application • project evaluation.
All of our teaching staff have extensive industry experience across a range of professional disciplines within the construction sector. We also invite visiting lecturers from consultancy companies and large contractors to reinforce the practical nature of the course. In recent years we have had speakers from construction companies presenting on health and safety, environmental matters, civil procedure rules, BIM and professional bodies. Regular site visits also help you understand the commercial aspects of construction.
There are also field trips in your first and second year which may be residential. The trips are typically based around a module in that year, such as collaborative working in Lisbon or land surveying in the Peak District National Park. You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme.
In your third year, you apply what you have learned with a one-year paid work placement, usually earning a salary between £14,000 and £26,000. You pay no tuition fees for the placement year while continuing to receive the support of a tutor. The placement is your chance to apply your academic knowledge in the work environment, and improve your career prospects. It can even lead to the offer of a permanent job with your placement employer.
Previous placement students have worked as • site managers for national construction firms • assistant project managers for national firms • HR and recruitment consultants • health and safety managers • design managers • consultants/engineers and other disciplines in the built environment.
There are also opportunities to work abroad – recent students have taken placements with companies in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
2017 entry requirements
GCSE mathematics and English language at grade C or grade 4 or above. We may accept GCSE equivalents. Plus one of the following
• 112 UCAS points including at least 64 points from two A levels, or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept AS levels. We accept general studies.
• 96 UCAS points from three A levels, or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept general studies.
New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.
• Access – at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course
• foundation degree – advanced entry – for direct entry to year two you must have a foundation degree in a related subject, with an average score of 60% across the highest level modules.
• advanced entry – for direct entry to year two you must have a minimum of all merits on all H2 level units in a construction related HND/HNC, not including key or common skills. Compensation for a pass in one H2 unit with a distinction in another H2 unit is permitted.
If English is not your first language you need an IELTS average score of at least 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in all skills
We consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience are also considered. We welcome applications from people of any age. Please contact us for further advice.
Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these are considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website.
International and European entry qualifications
If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.
Four years full-time (including one year work placement)
Typical modules may include
The first year of the course establishes you within the discipline and supports your learning regarding simple construction technology, materials and procedures. The first year includes an optional field trip which you may have to contribute towards financially. Some design software is taught during the first year and the broad range of elements within construction management are introduced.
During the second year, you delve deeper into construction projects and technical issues related to the discipline. Preparation for placement occurs over this year and you are supported in your applications, if you wish to be. There is an optional field trip which may be international.
You advance your knowledge through the study of various types of construction software application. You audit large projects and are encouraged to undertake individual research through a dissertation. You are expected to be flexible in your approach and undertake more self-directed study than in previous years. You should be able to direct your own learning, which feeds into industry requirements to keep up with continuing professional development.
Many graduates continue on into construction management, though there are opportunities in design management, engineering, infrastructure, business management and moving across disciplines into a surveying role. The number of roles in industry is increasing year on year and our graduates are highly sought after for many businesses.
Graduates have been known to progress to national and international business managers, directors of public institutions, dispute resolution and some have qualified as barristers. Some alumni have started their own businesses and become leading entrepreneurs. One was even the global president of RICS.
Home / EU student
We do not charge course fees during a placement year.
Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)
For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.
We do not charge course fees during a placement year.
2016/17 academic year
Typically £12,250 per year
2017/18 academic year
Typically £12,750 per year, plus a mandatory field trip fee of £200 (max contribution)
Additional course costs
This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.
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