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Construction Management BSc (Hons)

Our Construction Management degree course can lead you to a rewarding career in construction management, in the UK or overseas. Find out more.

University of Portsmouth Connected Degree - 3 year course with 4th year placement

Key information

UCAS code:

K220

Typical offer:

112-120 UCAS points from 2 or 3 A levels

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Overview

Build your leadership potential in the construction industry with management skills that encompass the full process of construction, from financial planning and technical possibilities to safety on site, personnel management and sustainability of your structures. 

On this BSc (Hons) Construction Management degree course, you'll develop the skills you need to manage innovative projects and teams that contribute to the built environment and to best practice in the construction industry. You'll visit potential future workplace environments and apply your knowledge to practical scenarios from real companies, working through development proposals and examining the suitability of suggested designs, simulating the responsibilities required of a successful construction manager.

Graduate with the technological, interpersonal and management skills you need to launch into a career in this rapidly changing field. 

Course highlights

  • Focus on new construction technologies that offer new solutions to building site challenges. 
  • Become confident in key theories and principles that contribute to construction practice, through practical work on field studies and labs in areas including measurement, materials and site surveying
  • Develop your understanding of financial methods and managerial logistics, from health and welfare to procurement, delivery and safe disposal of site waste.
  • Have the option to study modules that match your interests and career ambitions such as practical diving and underwater engineering, sustainability, heritage property and applied building information modelling (BIM)
  • Benefit from the expertise of our Industrial Advisory Committee, a network of construction organisations and senior practitioners who inform your modules and offer placement opportunities
  • Have the opportunity to take a work placement year abroad

Accreditation

We are seeking accreditation of this course from the Chartered Institute of Building.

Contact information

Admissions

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Entry requirements

BSc (Hons) Construction Management degree entry requirements

Typical offers

  • UCAS points - 112-120 points from 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent. (calculate your UCAS points)
  • A levels - BBB-BBC
  • T-levels - Merit
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) - DDM-DMM
  • International Baccalaureate - 29

You may need to have studied specific subjects – find full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept at UCAS.

English language requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

We look at more than just your grades

While we consider your grades when making an offer, we also carefully look at your circumstances and other factors to assess your potential. These include whether you live and work in the region and your personal and family circumstances which we assess using established data.

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If you don't meet the entry requirements, you may be able to join this course after you successfully complete a foundation year.

Your facilities

Concrete Laboratory

Design, mix and test different concrete mixes, and observe and record all stages of the concrete production process via a built in camera system and live stream in this lab.

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Design Studio and Modelling Workshop

The studio and workshop host integrated AV projection systems, a dedicate model-making workshop, a refitted modelling room and space for model building and large format poster design.

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Surveying Store

Get practical experience with all the equipment you'll need to develop your skills, including automatic levels, theodolites for measuring angles between designated points, computer-aided design and drafting software as well as a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers for surveying and marking land.

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Structures lab

Study how different materials behave under different stress levels in our Structures Lab.

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Welcome to the structures lab. What we are going to do today is run a test that will allow us to look at the behaviour of a very important material. So let's get started with that.

Right now, we are using two grips and we are pulling apart steel bar reinforcement. We are seeing the strain in terms of displacement for a given force. The important thing for us is to understand how materials behave under stress.

So we can see the material starting in its elastic behaviour, this is indicated by the linear part of this graph where we are seeing that as we apply load, we have an equal and constant increase in strength.

There comes a point where we have introduced so much force into the material that it started developing internal cracks. This is called the yield point, and this is indicated by this plateauing of the line.

The material, despite the fact that it cannot take any more load, does get longer and longer without failing in a brittle manner, is what works miraculously well when it is combined with material like concrete. The way these two materials work together when you have a reinforced concrete beam, for example, would be to start seeing the cracks. It will give ample warning because of steel's capacity to maintain the load bearing capacity of steel while it elongates.

Which means that instead of a sudden failure, it would give a progressive failure that would be easier to see and easier to avoid.

Careers and opportunities

Working in the construction sector means joining a continually changing profession with an enormous impact on our economy and society. You’ll graduate with the skills to contribute to this £117bn sector, and with the knowledge to enter many graduate engineering programmes.

You can expect a starting salary from £27,000 (Prospects 2023), which can increase considerably with experience. You could earn over £50,000 as a senior or chartered construction manager, depending on the project scale and location.

You could also choose to set up your own business, or take a voluntary placement.

What areas can you work in with a construction management degree?

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

  • project management
  • site engineering
  • site management

Construction graduates have also achieved membership of the Chartered Institute of Builders, the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers, and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors

Graduate destinations

Our construction graduates have worked for companies such as:

  • Balfour Beatty
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Peter Marsh Consulting
  • Multiplex Construction Limited
  • British Army 

What jobs can you do with a Construction Management degree?

Roles they've taken on include:

  • civil engineering contractor
  • construction engineer
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Ongoing career support – up to 5 years after you graduate

Get experience while you study, with support to find part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities, and work experience.

Towards the end of your degree and for up to five years after graduation, you’ll receive one-to-one support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to help you find your perfect role.

Modules

What you'll study

Core modules 

  • CAD and BIM
  • Construction Management & Practice
  • Introduction to Construction Measurement
  • Introduction to Law for the Built Environment
  • Materials in Construction

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules

  • Procurement & Pre-Contract Practice
  • Introduction to Project Management Principles
  • Numerical Skills and Economics
  • Safety Management on Site

Optional modules

  • Applied BIM
  • Diving and Underwater Engineering A
  • Diving and Underwater Engineering B
  • Energy Resources & Infrastructure
  • Fieldwork for Construction
  • Heritage Property
  • International Built Environment Fieldwork

Core modules

  • Individual Project
  • Corporate and Contract Management
  • Sustainable Construction (Ft)
  • Project Evaluation & Development
  • Project Management for Construction

There are no optional modules in this year

You can boost your employability by taking an optional placement year between years 2 and 3 of your degree, or after year 3. You could gain industrial and commercial experience through a placement with a company, or by undertaking self-employment or starting up a business.

Term dates

The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.

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Supporting you

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. You can build your personalised network of support from the following people and services:

Types of support

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

You'll have help from a team of faculty learning support tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study in one-on-one and group sessions.

They can help you:

  • master the mathematics skills you need to excel on your course
  • understand engineering principles and how to apply them in any engineering discipline
  • solve computing problems relevant to your course
  • develop your knowledge of computer programming concepts and methods relevant to your course
  • understand and use assignment feedback

All our labs and practical spaces are staffed by qualified laboratory support staff. They’ll support you in scheduled lab sessions and can give you one-to-one help when you do practical research projects.

As well as support from faculty 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

Our online Learning Well mini-course will help you plan for managing the challenges of learning and student life, so you can fulfil your potential and have a great student experience.

You can get personal, emotional and mental health support from our Student Wellbeing Service, in person and online. This includes 1–2–1 support as well as courses and workshops that help you better manage stress, anxiety or depression.

If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.

They'll help you to

  • discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
  • liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
  • access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
  • liaise with external services

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone, or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

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

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

Costs and funding

Tuition fees

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £9,250 a year (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £19,200 per year (subject to annual increase)

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

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 show your accommodation options and highlight 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.

During your placement year or study abroad year, you’ll be eligible for a discounted rate on your tuition fees. Currently, tuition fees for that year are:

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £1,385 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £1,385 a year, including Transition Scholarship (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £2,875  a year (subject to annual increase)

The costs associated with your specific destination will be discussed during your second year, as well as possible sources of additional funding.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2024, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – K220
  • our institution code – P80

Apply now through UCAS

 

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.

Applying from outside the UK

As an international student you'll apply using the same process as UK students, but you’ll need to consider a few extra things. 

You can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

Find out what additional information you need in our international students section

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.