BEng (Hons) Construction Engineering Management - University of Portsmouth
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BEng (Hons)

Construction Engineering Management

UCAS codeK200

full time3yrs

placement option1yr

Gain essential engineering skills for roles within the construction industry

Course Overview

Why take this course?

Technological and managerial evolution of the construction industry demands a new generation of construction professionals. Gain the technical knowledge and management skills to be able to successfully compete in both the national and international construction arenas.

If you are looking for a recognised qualification in civil engineering, this course is the first step towards professional qualified status.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Visit sites and study locally based case studies that will introduce you to the professional markets and environments
  • Apply your skills to real-life practical problems as part of our partnership schemes with local and global organisations
  • Venture overseas on a European exchange programme or do a paid work placement in industry


What opportunities might it lead to?

This course will lead you to a recognised professional qualification in civil engineering. It is accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) and the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE). The course fully satisfies the educational base for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) under the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UKSPEC). We maintain excellent links with these professional bodies and regularly update and advise you on matters relating to your progress to professional status.

After graduating you will be able to find employment in the construction industry, though this course is also designed to be equally valuable as a means of securing employment in other sectors such as business, banking, IT and local government.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • civil engineering
  • site engineering
  • consultancy
  • project management


Ashlee Saparia, BEng (Hons) Construction Engineering Management student 2013

Unlike other universities, the University of Portsmouth gave me the opportunity to carry out a placement year during my course.

Ashlee Saparia, BEng (Hons) Construction Engineering Management student 2013


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Find out what our students say about studying at Portsmouth, including:

  • Vocationally-focused courses which concentrate on both the practical and theoretical
  • An exciting environment to work in, with excellent facilities including technical labs and studio space
  • Enthusiastic, friendly tutors who bring the subject to life

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Structure & Teaching

Year one

In your first year you will be introduced to the key theories and principles upon which civil engineering practice is based.

Core units in this year include:

  • Soils and Materials 1
  • Water Engineering
  • Construction Management and Practice
  • Professional Development 1
  • Engineering Analysis
  • Introduction to Building Measurement

Year two

In the second year, alongside developing your general construction knowledge, you will be able to study specific engineering topics.

Core units in this year include:

  • Soils and Materials 2
  • Numerical Methods and Economics
  • Professional Development 2
  • Understanding Structures
  • Water and Infrastructure
  • Introduction to Project Management Principles
  • Tender Documentation and Measurement

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Diving and Underwater Engineering
  • Fieldwork for Civil Engineers
  • Heritage Property
  • Institution-Wide Language Programme

Year three*

Your final year will build on all the knowledge you have acquired, culminating in your ability to analyse, design and manage civil engineering systems in an integrated manner. You will also complete your dissertation on a topic of your choice.

Core units in this year include:

  • Professional Development 3
  • Research Methods and Individual Project
  • Project Evaluation and Development

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Project Management for Civil Engineers
  • Energy Resources and Infrastructure
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Measurement, Tender Documentation and Quantity Surveying Practice
  • Contract Administration, Claims Management and Dispute Resolution

*This course is also available as a 4-year sandwich (work placement).

We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.


You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and group work, and be fully supported throughout your degree. We promote many practical teaching methods by way of lab and field work supplying you with proactive, hands-on learning opportunities.

The time you spend in teaching activities may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:

  • Year one students: 32% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 68% studying independently and 0% on work placement
  • Year two students: 25% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 75% studying independently and 0% on work placement
  • Year three students: 17% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 83% studying independently and 0% on work placement


We guarantee sustained feedback to make sure your studies are on track. You will be assessed in a variety of ways, providing you with valuable skills and experience, including:

  • written exams
  • web assessments
  • essays and reports
  • project presentations
  • a 10,000-word dissertation

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year one students: 65% by written exams, 4% by practical exams and 31% by coursework
  • Year two students: 53% by written exams, 9% by practical exams and 38% by coursework
  • Year three students: 20% by written exams, 10% by practical exams and 70% by coursework

Tutor's view


Dr Lee Woods
Civil Engineering

You are supported throughout your degree course by excellent lectures, seminars, labs and a virtual learning environment. Staff have extensive experience in industry and academia ensuring that our curriculum is relevant to employers and based on cutting edge research. Meeting recent graduates at industry events and hearing about the fantastic careers they are embarking on, gives us great confidence in this course.

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Facilities & Features

Field Trips

Go on site visits and carry out fieldwork that will introduce you to the markets and environments in which you will eventually work. Undertake field studies in surveying, soil mechanics, environmental hydraulics and construction. We also have a network of civil engineering consulting and contracting organisations that provide real-life case studies. This course makes extensive use of the ‘real-world laboratory’.

Maths Café

Drop in any time and get one-to-one help with that tricky maths or stats problem. With handouts on key topics to take away and computer-aided learning packages, we can get the problem solved and help you improve your numeracy skills.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Recommended texts:
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.

General costs:
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.

Other costs to consider

We will provide hard hats and Hi-Vis vests. You will need to buy safety boots costing approximately £35.

There is an optional residential field trip in year two, for which a contribution of about £230 is required.

There are two optional Diving and Underwater Engineering units in year 2, for which a contribution is required of approximately £858 for Diving A and £778 for Diving B.

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Careers & Opportunities

Career prospects

Career prospects
Where next?

Working in the construction and engineering sector will make an interesting, challenging and rewarding career. There will be a wide range of roles within the construction industry open to you once you have completed your studies.

This course is an appropriate first degree leading to a recognised professional qualification in civil engineering should you wish to continue your studies. What’s more, it also meets the entry requirements for many of the major graduate engineering programmes.

Overall, you will be a versatile graduate who will have the employable skills to secure work in many areas of the job market.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • civil and structural consultancy engineer
  • civil engineering contractor
  • graduate structural engineer
  • construction engineer

Example of what one of our graduates has gone on to do:

  • Balfour Beatty, Graduate Engineer – site engineering for construction projects

Work experience

Work experience
Employment boosting opportunities

Taking a placement year in industry could be one of the best decisions you make and, more often than not, it leads to further opportunities after graduation. Our Student Placement and Employability Centre (SPEC) not only helps you to arrange your placement, but also acts as a source of information and guidance throughout the recruitment process and beyond. We help on anything and everything related to your employability, as well as assisting you in securing other types of work experience.

Examples of companies our students have taken up placements with include:

  • MGM Surveys
  • Balfour Beatty
  • Kier Construction

Types of placement roles that could be relevant to this course include:

  • trainee site engineer
  • trainee highway engineer
  • assistant project manager

We also offer you the chance to do part of your studies abroad. Our educational links branch out to institutions in France, Germany, Spain or the Czech Republic.

Career planning

Career planning

To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.

Richard Cooper, BEng (Hons) Construction Engineering Management student 2013

I get emails from my department advertising different graduate schemes and Purple Door are very good at helping you get jobs.

Richard Cooper, BEng (Hons) Construction Engineering Management student 2013

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