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).
- Industry-standard facilities | Experience hands-on learning in our modern facilities and workshops, including concrete, soils and materials laboratories and support from our team of expert technicians.
- Develop your employability | By working while you study, you'll be applying theory in practice as you progress through the course and improving your potential impact in work.
Taught for one day a week, our part-time BSc (Hons) Construction Management study route enables those already working in the industry, or with work experience, to acquire further professional qualifications and apply their learning.
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 on-time delivery, with added value in satisfying the design vision.
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, and your ability to apply measurement skills.
- You'll develop an understanding of how construction costs occur, learn how to prepare estimates of costs, and how to manage the occurrence of these costs during the construction process.
Practice in the Workplace (40 credits)
- This module allows you to learn from the work environment. It is designed so that you can acquire an appreciation of the structure of the construction industry and understand the role of construction professionals within the construction industry.
- You'll also develop appropriate key skills and competencies in maths, IT and professional communication.
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.
Year Two and Three
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.
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.
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 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.
Sustainable Technology with 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), recognising the quality and relevance of our course content.
How you’re taught
How will I learn?
- The part-time study route is taught one day a week, and, where possible, part-time students are taught alongside full-time students on the BSc (Hons) Construction Management course.
- Your typical day will run from 9 am through to about 7.30 pm, and normally three different subject areas are taught on each day. In Year Four, the formal contact hours are reduced to allow time to focus on the individual project.
- The course is organised into structured modules and is delivered through lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminar groups, site visits, laboratory sessions, and individual and group projects. As this course is taught on a part-time day release basis, no formal placement is provided by the University.
- The delivery of the course is enhanced by the incorporation of guest lectures delivered by external practitioner experts, extensive use of case studies and projects (some set by real companies).
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.
How will I be assessed?
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.
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
- Berkeley Homes
- Mace Ltd
- Morgan Sindall
- Willmott Dixon.
Graduate job roles have recently included site manager, graduate project management, graduate trainee, trainee construction management, assistant site manager, graduate site manager, and project manager.
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. .
Find out more about career options in the construction industry on the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) website.
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.
Our Employability team run a series of events throughout the year specifically for Construction students, including our Property, Design and Construction fair, bringing our students together with prospective employers.
What are we looking for?
- GCSE English and Maths grade C or above (or equivalent qualification); and
- relevant employment in the construction industry, including a letter from your employer.
For entry at Year One:
- A-levels – BBC; or
- BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
- 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications
You'll also need to submit a letter from your current employer.
For advanced entry to Year Two:
- A merit profile from a relevant HNC and current employment in the construction industry are required.
For advanced entry to Year Three:
- A merit profile from a relevant HND and current employment in the construction industry are required.
For advanced entry to Year Four:
- A foundation degree from one of our partner colleges can gain advanced entry at Year Four.
Entry with a construction foundation degree from a college is at a tutors' discretion. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Use our calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.
Other qualifications and experience
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.
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.
How to apply
Applications to this course can be made through our NTU Applicant Portal - click on the Apply button at the top of the page to be taken straight through to the Portal.
Candidates are not required to attend an interview for this course.
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the entry criteria but hold relevant work experience. We will assess applicants of this nature on an individual basis. If you are a non-standard applicant, you'll still need to apply to us using the NTU Applicant Portal.
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.
Getting in touch
If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions team, or call +44 (0)115 848 4200.
Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.
Fees and funding
As a part-time student, you can apply for a loan to cover your tuition fees – visit our funding page for further information.
While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.
Getting in touch
For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.
Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494
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.
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.
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.