The course is designed to prepare you for a career supervising all manner of construction projects, learning the principles, practices and considerations required to schedule and coordinate construction and design processes effectively, as well as the hiring and managing of specialty trade contractors, for example, plumbers, electricians or carpenters.
Covering a broad range of subject areas, the core themes include construction technology, building science and structures, the legal and regulatory framework of building, engineering surveying and construction processes, construction management, contractual procedures and construction finance.
In the first year, common to other building disciplines, you will be introduced to the fundamental topics of building design and the construction process, which are essential to practitioners in all construction professions, such as what constitutes good building design and what causes damage to buildings. You should become familiar with the roles and responsibilities of various members within construction teams with the option to transfer between courses, if you wish.
In the second year, you have the opportunity to focus on more advanced construction technology and management practice, such as project management skills and the preparation of pre- and post-tender estimating. With skyscrapers getting taller and building structures becoming larger and more complex, we will also consider the techniques used to manage and maintain vertical and horizontal control on site.
We cover the core principles and procedures of law related to the construction industry within the UK legal system and UK Law. You will be introduced to contract law and tort, employment law, dispute resolution, building regulations, law of land and property, landlord and tenant law, as well as relevant health and safety legislation. You will have the chance to consider how these legal principles could be applied to legal problems that might arise during construction activities, such as contractual disputes.
Following your second year, you will have the option to apply for a one-year professional work placement or study abroad in a partner institution. Past students have undertaken placements working on site and in office environments both in the UK and Europe.
In your final year, you will deepen your knowledge of contract management, including procurement methods, tendering procedures, the contractual relationship among project participants and an awareness of all of the main standard forms of contract available in the UK construction industry.
We also focus on post-contract management practices and procedures, including construction finance. You will gain a solid understanding of basic accounting and financial principles, preparing you to apply spreadsheet techniques to analyse financial problems and better understand financial and cost control issues from a corporate management perspective.
You have the opportunity to apply your knowledge to a ‘real-life’ project that will reflect the skills required in professional practice. Past students have used a variety of actual projects both in Coventry and further afield to apply their learning. You will also be expected to perform a detailed research study with the help of an experienced supervisor. You can choose a topic to suit your interests or to assist your career aspirations, with previous dissertation topics covering the use of drones in construction, the use of mobile technology to monitor construction work, and the effects of the planning software on project success.