BSc (Hons)

Construction Management

Construction Management
  • UCAS code(s): K200 / K221
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Sandwich / Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: 4 / 3 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

Construction managers supervise operations to ensure projects are completed safely, on time, and within budget. 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.

Our accredited course offers a balance of vocational and theoretical content. 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?

  • Benefit from excellent employability prospects. 100% of our BSc (Hons) Construction Management sandwich graduates are in work or further study, just six months after graduation, earning an average salary of £26,700 (DLHE survey 2015-16). Due to a skills shortage and a boom in the construction industry, construction management graduates are heavily sought after.
  • NTU is one of the leading providers of property education in the UK. We're ranked as the 5th university in the UK for Building, Town and Country Planning (Guardian University Guide 2018) and we have over 30 years’ experience in developing successful construction graduates.
  • Our course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), recognising the quality and relevance of the course content.
  • Join a course with outstanding student satisfaction. 100% of our BSc (Hons) Construction Management sandwich students are satisfied with the quality of their course (National Student Survey 2017).*
  • Gain vital skills and experience in the workplace by undertaking a one-year placement.
  • Apply your learning to the real world and network with experts in industry. Opportunities to take part in site visits and a residential surveying trip are included in course fees.
  • Take part in live projects as part of the course. A recent project saw students work with Transport for London (TfL) on proposing various upgrade projects.
  • Benefit from flexible study options, tailoring your studies to your interests. If you have an outstanding first year, you'll have the opportunity to transfer on to our BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management course. We also offer this course on a part-time study route.

Accredited by:

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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 will 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.

    Residential field course

    The module will culminate in a week-long residential field trip, where you'll put into practice the skills that you've learnt throughout the module. Working in groups, you'll plan, manage and assess your own programme to meet set targets. A range of typical engineering surveying instrumentation will be used to produce a site plan, set out simulated construction works, and measure existing structures.

    Sustainable Technology with Environmental Control (20 credits)

    • In this module, you will explore the techniques of sustainability used in building technology and environmental engineering.
    • You will 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 will 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

    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.

  • 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.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

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?

  • You will 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 will also be involved in self-directed project work with the support of NOW, our virtual learning environment.
  • Outside of timetabled sessions you will 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.

Trips and study visits

  • Site visits and field trips form an integral part of the learning process, allowing you to put theory into practice. In your second year, you'll take part in a week-long residential field trip (included in your course fees), a chance to practise your surveying skills and take part in team-building activities.
  • Recent trips have included visits to the VolkerFitzpatrick working site, Wembley Stadium, an eco-build exhibition, and the JCB headquarters. These are all designed to help you understand and apply what you're learning in a real world context.

Students on a residential trip to Cumbria

How will I be assessed?

You will 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 will receive feedback throughout each module.

Assessment methods

Year 1 coursework (92%), written (8%).

Year 2 coursework (65%), written (33%), practical (2%).

Year 3 optional placement.

Year 4 coursework (100%), written (8%).

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 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (30%), independent study (70%).

Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (30%), independent study (70%).

Year 3 optional placement year.

Year 4 lectures/seminars/workshops (23%), independent study (77%).

Apply your learning to the real world, with opportunities to take part in site visits, live projects, and a residential field trip.

Careers and employability

Our course is designed to prepare you to succeed in the construction industry. 100% of our BSc (Hons) Construction Management sandwich graduates are in work or further study, just six months after graduation, earning an average salary of £26,700 (DLHE survey 2015/16).

Recent growth in UK industry has revealed a skills shortage in this area. 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. Find out more about the service.

"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.

100% of our BSc (Hons) Construction Management sandwich graduates are in work or further study, just six months after graduation, earning an average salary of £26,700 (DLHE survey 2015/16).

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

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

The UCAS Tariff

The UCAS Tariff was changed in 2017. In the new Tariff, the numbers awarded to qualifications are very different. So, whereas previously a B at A-level was worth 100 points, in the new tariff it is now 40 points. Sound confusing? Don’t worry. We’ve created this calculator to help you work it out.

Getting in touch

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

If you hold international qualifications, take a look at the alternative qualifications we accept for this course.

What are we looking for?

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

The UCAS Tariff

The UCAS Tariff was changed in 2017. In the new Tariff, the numbers awarded to qualifications are very different. So, whereas previously a B at A-level was worth 100 points, in the new tariff it is now 40 points. Sound confusing? Don’t worry. We’ve created this calculator to help you work it out.

Getting in touch

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

How to apply

You can apply to this course through the UCAS application form.

Ready to join us? Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Selection for this course takes place through UCAS application form.

Application deadline

This course starts in September and applications should be submitted by the UCAS deadline – 15 January.

Applications received after this date will only be considered if places are still available, after all applications received by the deadline have been assessed.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember that we can only make a decision based on what you tell us, so include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It's your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place in just 4,000 characters. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you're applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Non-standard applicants

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 will still need to apply to us using the UCAS form.

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.

Application for this course is through the UCAS application form.

Ready to join us? Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Selection for this course takes place through the UCAS application form.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here, you need to plan this into your application.

Application deadline

This course starts in September and applications should be submitted by the UCAS deadline – 15 January.

Applications received after this date will only be considered if places are still available, after all applications received by the deadline have been assessed.

Non-standard applicants

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 will still need to apply to us using the UCAS form.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember that we can only make a decision based on what you tell us, so include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It's your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place in just 4,000 characters. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you're applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

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. Good luck with your application.

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

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions team or call +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can get in touch with our staff at the International Development Office, or speak to one of our official NTU representatives in your country.

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

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

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

What's included in the course fees?

The annual fee for our undergraduate degree courses includes a number of items. In addition to expert tuition and access to our first-class workshop and IT resources, you'll receive:

  • mandatory field trips, exhibitions and events required as part of your core studies
  • £100 print and materials credit for each year of your course (for a maximum of three years) for use in the Bonington art shop and School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment workshops and print facilities
  • materials for induction workshops and activities within the workshops and laboratories
  • personal protective equipment (PPE) as required
  • professional body course accreditation (where applicable)
  • £20 prepaid printing allowance for use in NTU print shops and with library photocopiers.

You are expected to purchase your own books, standard drawing and writing equipment, and consumables.

Where optional overseas visits are offered, you will need to meet the cost of these.

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.

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, 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

What's included in the course fees?

The annual fee for our undergraduate degree courses includes a number of items. In addition to expert tuition and access to our first-class workshop and IT resources, you'll receive:

  • mandatory field trips, exhibitions and events required as part of your core studies
  • £100 print and materials credit for each year of your course (for a maximum of three years) for use in the Bonington art shop and School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment workshops and print facilities
  • materials for induction workshops and activities within the workshops and laboratories
  • personal protective equipment (PPE) as required
  • professional body course accreditation (where applicable)
  • £20 prepaid printing allowance for use in NTU print shops and with library photocopiers.

You are expected to purchase your own books, standard drawing and writing equipment, and consumables.

Where optional overseas visits are offered, you will need to meet the cost of these.

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.

Still need help?

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