Construction Engineering Management BEng (Hons)
BEng Hons Construction Engineering Management
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 engineering management, whether you’re looking to work nationally or take your ambition abroad to manage teams on international projects.
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.
100% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017)
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
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 Incorporated Engineer without further study.
What can you do with a Construction Engineering Management degree?
Previous students have gone on to work in areas such as:
- project management
- site engineering
- site management
- civil engineering
- structural engineering
What jobs can you do with a Construction Engineering Management degree?
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.
Unlike other universities, the University of Portsmouth gave me the opportunity to carry out a placement year during my course.
What you'll study on this BEng (Hons) Construction Engineering Management degree
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.
Core modules in this year include:
- Construction Management and Practice
- Engineering Analysis
- Introduction to Building Measurement
- Professional Development 1
- Soils and Materials 1
- Water and Environmental Engineering
There are no optional modules in this year.
Core modules in this year include:
- Introduction to Project Management Principles
- Numerical Skills and Economics
- Professional Development 2
- Soils and Materials 2
- Understanding Structures - Analysis and Design
Optional modules in this year currently include:
- Applied Building Information Modelling (BIM)
- Diving and Underwater Engineering A
- Diving and Underwater Engineering B
- Energy Resources and Infrastructure
- Fieldwork for Civil Engineers
- Heritage Property
- Institution-Wide Language Programme (IWLP)
- Tender Documentation and Management
On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
Core modules in this year include:
- Corporate and Contract Management
- Individual Project
- Professional Development 3
- Project Evaluation and Development
- Project Management for Civil Engineers
- Transportation Engineering
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 modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
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.
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
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.
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 methods on this course include:
- 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.
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- September to December – teaching block 1
- January – assessment period 1
- January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
- May to June – assessment period 2
Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.
How you'll be 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 modules 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
BEng (Hons) Construction Engineering Management degree entry requirements
Qualifications or experience
- 112-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent. *Please note: General Studies is not normally accepted.
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
Tuition fees (2020 start)
- UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £16,400 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.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.
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 will provide you with hard hats and Hi-Vis vests. You will need to buy your own safety boots costing approximately £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 do the optional Energy and Resources Infrastructure module, you'll need to contribute £100 to the cost of a field trip.
If you take either of the 2 optional Diving and Underwater Engineering modules in year 2, you’ll need to contribute to the cost.
This is approximately £858 for the Diving A module and approximately £768 for the Diving B module.
How to apply
To start this course in 2020, apply through UCAS. You’ll need:
- the UCAS course code – K200
- our institution code – P80
If you’d prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.You can also sign up to an Open Day to:
- tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
- speak with lecturers and chat with our students
- get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join
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 for this course through UCAS or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also 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.