Construction Engineering Management BEng (Hons)

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UCAS Code
K200
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Location
Main site
Recognised
Yes

Overview

Do you have the ambition to join a new generation of construction professionals who are shaping the future of the industry?

On this BEng (Hons) Construction Engineering Management degree course, you’ll get the leadership, interpersonal, technical and management skills you need to start a career in this rapidly changing field.

This course will open doors to a rewarding career in construction management, whether you’re looking to work nationally or take your ambition abroad to manage teams on international projects.

What you'll experience

On this degree course, you'll:

  • Explore markets and environments that will become your workplace and apply what you learn to practical scenarios
  • Do field studies and labs in surveying, soil mechanics, environmental hydraulics and construction
  • Be introduced to key theories and principles that civil engineering practice is based on, then go on to study specific engineering topics that match your interests
  • Work alongside our network of civil engineering consulting and contracting organisations
  • Develop the skills you need to manage teams and projects, and boost your leadership abilities
  • Have the opportunity to study abroad

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your CV.

Placement year

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

Previous students secured placements at organisations including:

  • Balfour Beatty
  • Kier Construction
  • Aggregate Industries
  • Multiplex
  • Gallagher

We’ll give you support and mentorship throughout the year, and help you get the most out of your placement.

Careers and opportunities

Working in the construction and engineering sector is an interesting, challenging and rewarding career. You'll be able to work in a variety of construction industry roles when you finish this degree.

You'll also meet the entry requirements for many graduate engineering programmes and can continue your studies to achieve chartered status or become an Incorporate Engineer without further study.

Previous students have gone on to work in areas such as:

  • project management
  • site engineering
  • site management
  • civil engineering
  • structural engineering

Roles they've taken on include:

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

Our Careers and Employability service will provide support and advice throughout your studies, and for 5 years after you graduate.

Professional accreditations

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, the Institute of Highway Engineers, the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Structural Engineers.

This means The course fully satisfies the educational base for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) under the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UKSPEC). This assures potential employers that you have the relevant skills and abilities to work in the industry when you graduate. This gives you an edge over students who didn’t do an accredited course when you’re applying for jobs and further study.

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements for this course may be more flexible during Clearing.
Entry Requirements

​Course costs

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £15,100 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

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

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.

We provide hard hats, hi-vis vests, eye protection and gloves. But you’ll need to buy your own safety boots, which cost around £35.

If you go on the optional residential field trip in year 2, you’ll need to contribute around £230 to the cost.

If you take either of the 2 optional Diving and Underwater Engineering units in year 2, you’ll need to contribute to the cost.

This is approximately £858 for the Diving A unit and approximately £768 for the Diving B unit.

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

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.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

Units currently being studied

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

There are no optional units in this year.

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

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

Maths and stats support

The Maths Café offers free advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your maths skills at a workshop or use our online resources.

Teaching​

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June
Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday.

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • group work

There’s an emphasis on applying your knowledge to practical situations, with lab and field work that supplies you with opportunities to put what you learn into practice.

Your workload

The time you spend in teaching activities such as lectures and seminars varies year on year and will depend on which optional units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 32% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 68% studying independently
  • Year 2 students: 25% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 75% studying independently
  • Year 3 students: 17% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 83% studying independently

How you're assessed​

You’ll be assessed through:

  • written exams
  • web assessments
  • essays and reports
  • project presentations
  • a dissertation

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

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 1 students: 65% by written exams, 4% by practical exams and 31% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 53% by written exams, 9% by practical exams and 38% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 20% by written exams, 10% by practical exams and 70% by coursework

 

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.

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How to apply

Want to start this course this year?

There are still a few places available. To discuss your options and secure your place, give us a call on (+44) 23-9284-8090 or ask us to call you back.

Want to start this course in 2019?

To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 5 September. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – K200
  • our institution code – P80

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

Contact information
  • Admissions
  • +44 (0) 23 9284 5566

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