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BSc (Hons)

Construction Management

Buildings under construction

Year Of Entry

2022
Top
10
In the UK for Building and town and country planning
in The Guardian University Guide 2021
  • UCAS code(s): K221 (full-time) / K200 (sandwich)
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2022
  • Course duration: Three years full-time, four years with sandwich route

Construction managers supervise operations to ensure projects are completed safely, on time, and within budget. As a construction manager you'll be the main point of contact for subcontractors and the public, overseeing all aspects of a project, from quality management to monitoring progress and costs.

Linking the design and construction of buildings, the course focuses on the technical, professional and managerial aspects of construction projects. With an emphasis on buildings, sustainability, technology and management, you’ll develop a wealth of knowledge and the professional skills required to successfully manage complex construction projects.

Why study this course?

  • Professional accreditation | Our course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). This accreditation represents your first step towards becoming a Chartered Member (MCIOB) which you can progress to once you've graduated.
  • NTU is renowned | We're ranked in the UK's Top 10 for Building and Town and Country Planning (Guardian University Guide 2021).
  • Placement year | Gain vital skills and experience in the workplace by undertaking a one-year placement on our sandwich route. Previously, students have spent their placements at companies such as Morgan Sindall, Mace Group and Laing O'Rourke.
  • Outstanding employability | 91% of our BSc (Hons) Construction Management sandwich graduates who entered employment are in a 'High Skilled' role 15 months after finishing their degrees (latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-18).

We also offer this course on a part-time study route.

Accredited by:

Chartered Institute of Building logo

What you'll study

The course focuses on developing the knowledge and professional skills required to ensure that construction projects meet their objectives in terms of cost, quality and delivery – with added value in satisfying the design vision.

  • Year One

    Fundamentals of Construction (40 credits)

    • This module will introduce you to the domestic construction industry and the technology associated with it, looking at modern and sustainable forms of construction.
    • You'll develop an understanding of building materials and their properties, studying a range of building components, elements and forms.

    Introduction to Measurement and Cost (20 credits)

    • This module will introduce, and develop your understanding of, measurement principles. It will also hone your ability to apply measurement skills.
    • You'll develop an understanding of how construction costs occur, and learn how to prepare estimates and manage the occurrence of these costs during the construction process.

    Architectural Science and Building Engineering Services (20 credits)

    • This module will introduce you to the methods of providing comfortable internal thermal, visual and acoustic environments – the ways in which buildings are appropriately heated, cooled, quietened and illuminated.
    • You'll study the basic principles underlying the operation and function of building engineering services  – how buildings are provided with water supplies and concentrated energy, such as gas and electricity, and how waste and refuse are removed.

    Numerical and Professional Skills (20 credits)

    • This module will introduce you to some of the important roles carried out by professionals in order to create the built environment, developing your understanding of the nature of the construction industry.
    • You'll develop your numeracy skills – a vital part of your professional development in this industry.

    Construction Industry Practice (20 credits)

    • This module will introduce you to some of the important roles carried out by professionals in order to create the built environment.
    • Focus will be on the structure of the industry, the professions within the industry and where you'll fit into it - forming construction teams, tendering for construction work, and health and safety within the industry.
  • Year Two

    Construction Technology (20 credits)

    • This module will primarily focus on industrial and commercial buildings. The key aim is for you to understand modern and traditional building technologies.
    • It will also consider international construction methods and materials. Sustainability is an intrinsic driver in all construction matters, and its consideration will be an overriding requirement in this module.

    Engineering Surveying (20 credits)

    • The aim of this module is to introduce you to the basic principles and purposes of engineering surveying. You'll learn the theory in lectures and tutorials, with hands-on seminar and laboratory sessions introducing the practical surveying field skills required by industry.
    • You'll learn how to use standard surveying instruments, how to set out and control construction works, and how to measure existing buildings.

    Sustainable Technology and Environmental Control (20 credits)

    • In this module, you'll explore the techniques of sustainability used in building technology and environmental engineering.
    • You'll also learn about providing internal environments within buildings using both active and passive control methods.

    Contract Administration: Control and Finance (20 credits)

    • Contract administration is the study of construction contracts and practice. Construction-related contracts are widely used in the industry, and will play an important role in your working practices.
    • This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of this area by studying key topics related to the administration of construction-related contracts, and applying the practices and procedures to industry-related scenarios.

    Construction Management Practice and Procedures (20 credits)

    • The module introduces you to the principles and practice of a small-to-medium construction company, its behavioural management system, and the operation of its projects.

    Law  (20 credits)

    • On this module you'll study the English legal system and its relationship to European Union law, to help you understand how law is made, administered and enforced.
    • You'll also study health and safety law, contract law, negligence, occupier’s liability and other construction-related legal topics that have relevance to the construction and property environment.
  • Year Three

    Sandwich placement year

    In your third year, you'll have the opportunity to take a year-long, full-time placement. This year in industry will offer you hands-on experience, adding invaluable knowledge and skills to your CV. Many students return to their placement company after graduation, having developed a useful network of contacts within the industry.

    Recent placement destinations have included MACE, Arcadis, ISG, and Laing O’Rourke. The majority of these roles come with a salary, with some students earning up to £20,000 for their year.

    Successful completion of the placement year leads to an extra qualification – the Diploma in Professional Practice.

    Study abroad

    If you're studying on our sandwich route you can also opt to study abroad for a full academic year, or for a semester, during Year Three. This is an optional and additional period of study that complements your degree at NTU as an alternative to taking a work placement.

    This is an exciting opportunity to experience a different national culture, teaching and learning styles and subjects in an international environment. The destination university must be a year abroad / exchange partner of NTU or member of a formally recognised scheme such as the International Student Exchange Programme (ISEP).

    Our NTU Global and student mobility team will support you in finding the right opportunity from one of the many international partners available around the world.

    Successful completion of a period of international study will earn you a standalone award – an International Study Certificate (minimum six weeks) or the International Study Diploma (minimum 36 weeks).

  • Year Four

    Dissertation (40 credits)

    • This module offers an opportunity to develop and utilise a range of research skills to produce a thesis based on a topic you have selected.
    • Through intensive research and your knowledge of appropriate theory, you'll develop an extended research dissertation, guided by your dissertation supervisor.

    Construction Management Project (40 credits)

    • This module will integrate your knowledge and skills, and their application to construction production management.
    • It will also explore production management techniques required for modern complex construction projects, both in the domestic and international construction arenas.

    Contemporary Construction Themes (20 credits)

    • This module will help develop your existing knowledge and understanding of the construction industry. Current developments within the sector will be studied, and their effect on the industry investigated.
    • This module will be based around the following core themes: technology, sustainability and procurement.
    • You'll evaluate today's construction industry and the issues it faces, and develop your understanding of digital construction and the use of technology. You'll also investigate innovation in construction techniques and materials - including sustainable methods - and critically evaluate procurement strategies and approaches.

    Corporate Management (20 credits)

    • This module will further develop your knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the corporate, financial and operational environment in which different construction organisations, their management and their clients operate.

90% of our BSc (Hons) Construction Management Full Time students are satisfied with their student experience (National Student Survey, 2020).

How you’re taught

How will I learn?

  • You'll spend approximately ten hours per week in scheduled learning. This includes lectures, supported by smaller group sessions including seminars, tutorials, laboratory sessions and workshops.
  • You'll also be involved in self-directed project work with the support of NOW, our virtual learning environment.
  • Outside of timetabled sessions you'll need to undertake self-directed independent study. This will include preparing for lectures, researching, completing coursework, developing a portfolio, and directed reading to expand your knowledge.

Study trips

Field trips and study visits are an important part of your learning. Trips may include site visits to live projects and residential study trips. Where a trip is mandatory it will be aligned to your modules and inform project work, and substantive costs – including travel and accommodation – will be paid for by the school. Optional trips may also be organised which can provide additional opportunities to enhance your knowledge and experience. Optional trips may incur a cost to the student.

Con Man Cumbria tripStudents on a site visit with Clegg Construction in Nottingham city centre

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a mix of coursework and exams. The coursework will make up the majority of your assessment and will consist of group and individual projects, reports, presentations, essays, and a portfolio. You'll receive feedback throughout each module.

Year One Coursework 92% Written exams 8%
Year Two Coursework 67% Written exams 33%
Year Three Optional placement year
Year Four Coursework 100%

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

Year One Lectures/seminars/workshops 30% Independent study 70%
Year Two Lectures/seminars/workshops 30% Independent study 70%
Year Three Optional placement year
Year Four Lectures/seminars/workshops 21% Independent study 79%

Careers and employability

Our course is designed to prepare you to succeed in the construction industry.

You'll graduate with desirable skills and knowledge, boosting your employment prospects. We ensure our courses continue to be focused on current industry practice, through regular consultation with the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), employers, and current students.

Where do Construction Management graduates from NTU work?

NTU has a strong construction alumni community, with many graduates working in senior positions in leading national and international companies.

Recent BSc (Hons) Construction Management graduate destinations have included:

  • Balfour Beatty
  • Berkley Homes
  • Gleeds
  • ISG
  • Mace Ltd
  • Morgan Sindall
  • VINCI
  • Willmott Dixon.

Graduate job roles have recently included site manager, graduate project management, graduate trainee, trainee construction manager, assistant site manager, graduate site manager, and project manager.

Employability team

Our expert Employability team will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice. You can benefit from this service at any time during your studies and for up to three years after completing your course.

"Saying the past years at NTU and my placement year have been worthwhile would be an understatement. It has given me the platform to move forward with great confidence into my new career with ISG."

Stephen McDermott, BSc (Hons) Construction Management

Find out more about career options in the construction industry on the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) website.


Excellent placement opportunities

BSc (Hons) Construction Management students have the opportunity to apply for a year-long work placement. This will give you real, hands-on experience within the industry, opening up exciting opportunities for future employment. Our sandwich route offers this year-long placement option, with a total course length of four years.

Where can I work?

Recent destinations have included:

  • Morgan Sindall
  • ISG
  • Arcadis AYH
  • Interserve Project Services Limited
  • Mansell
  • Volker Fitzpatrick
  • J N Bentley
  • Laing O' Rourke.

Recent roles have included site manager, trainee construction manager, estimator, quantity surveyor, and project manager.

Professional qualification

Successful completion of the 36 weeks leads to an extra qualification – the Diploma in Professional Practice, which will further enhance your CV.

NTU Enterprise

You'll also have the opportunity to turn your ideas into a viable business with help from NTU Enterprise, NTU's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a support centre to help students create, develop and grow their own businesses.

"My placement year provided me with opportunities, progression and a chance to mature. Having a year of routine and discipline allowed me to understand the ins and outs of being on site and gave me a new light of appreciation for industry."

Aïreena Amroota, BSc (Hons) Construction Management, spent her placement year at Henry Brothers Ltd

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

Other qualifications and experience

We consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see UCAS course search for details and use our calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for Year One entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into Year Two. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

Contextual offers

As well as assessing your application and qualifications, we use contextual data and information to make offers for this course. Depending on your circumstances, we may make you an offer up to two grades below the standard entry criteria. Find out how we assess your application.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions and Enquiries Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

What are we looking for?

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements, please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you need to complete a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study.

  • For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language requirements page. Your British Council office can tell you where you can take an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test locally.
  • If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Next steps

Please also take a look at our international students page and our application guide for international students, which includes advice on how to apply to the University and visa information.

If you need any more help or information, please contact our International team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can speak to one of our official NTU representatives for your country.

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

Our course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), recognising the quality and relevance of our course content

How to apply

Apply through UCAS.

As part of your application, you’ll submit a personal statement. Tell us about your ambitions, skills and experience. You have 4,000 characters to impress us – here’s how to make your words count.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Apply through UCAS (if applying to more than one university in the UK), or through our NTU Applicant Portal if you're not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

  • For a step-by-step guide on making an application to the University, please visit our how to apply page.
  • For advice on applying for a visa, please visit our visa information page.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Please also take a look at our international students pages and our application guide for international students, which are full of advice and information about the University.

If you need any more help or information, please contact our International team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can speak to one of our official NTU representatives for your country.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

91% of our BSc (Hons) Construction Management graduates who entered employment are in a 'High Skilled' role 15 months after finishing their degrees (latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-18).

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there's no need to feel anxious and confused about it. Take a look at our fees and funding pages for lots of handy advice and guidance.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Additional costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our modern library, industry-standard workshops and study spaces, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

You’ll need to cover the cost of your own books, standard drawing and writing equipment and consumables. However, our City Campus library is home to four floors of books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! Our library team work closely with our academics to ensure that our library collection closely matches the topics you’ll be studying, to provide relevant resources for you to use, free of charge.

Printing and materials costs

Students should also budget approximately £100 per year to cover any printing that they may require to support their studies. A drawing board and geometry sets are also recommended (estimate cost £30).

Our Students’ Union shop and Bonington art shop are great places to pick up drawing and writing equipment at reasonable prices and are located right in the centre of our City Campus.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Our Building Blocks financial package: supporting you throughout your studies

As a student at the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, you’ll also benefit from our Building Blocks financial package, which aims to help minimise the additional costs of study, while you’re here at NTU.

What you’ll receive

  • All of the materials needed for induction workshops and activities, working within our workshops and laboratories.
  • Free personal protective equipment (PPE), which usually includes hard-wearing boots, goggles and high-vis vests, to keep you safe on site visits and while working in our workshops.
  • Access to the free professional body accreditation, as appropriate for your course.
  • £20 pre-paid printing allowance for use at the NTU Print Shops, and library photocopiers. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, that’s why we’re here to help. Take a look at our fees and funding pages for lots of handy advice and guidance.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Additional costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our modern library, industry-standard workshops and study spaces, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

You’ll need to cover the cost of your own books, standard drawing and writing equipment and consumables. However, our City Campus library is home to four floors of books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! Our library team work closely with our academics to ensure that our library collection closely matches the topics you’ll be studying, to provide relevant resources for you to use, free of charge.

Printing and materials costs

Students should also budget approximately £100 per year to cover any printing that they may require to support their studies. A drawing board and geometry sets are also recommended (estimate cost £30).

Our Students’ Union shop and Bonington art shop are great places to pick up drawing and writing equipment at reasonable prices and are located right in the centre of our City Campus.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Our Building Blocks financial package: supporting you throughout your studies

As a student at the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, you’ll also benefit from our Building Blocks financial package, which aims to help minimise the additional costs of study, while you’re here at NTU.

What you’ll receive

  • All of the materials needed for induction workshops and activities, working within our workshops and laboratories.
  • Free personal protective equipment (PPE), which usually includes hard-wearing boots, goggles and high-vis vests, to keep you safe on site visits and while working in our workshops.
  • Access to the free professional body accreditation, as appropriate for your course.
  • £20 pre-paid printing allowance for use at the NTU Print Shops, and library photocopiers. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418