This course can be studied full-time over three or four years, with a sandwich year being taken between the second and third years of study. The programme may be followed in a part-time mode with direct entry from second year and can be completed in three years (without a sandwich year). It has a September intake, a January intake at year 1 and 2 and a May intake at year 1.
Your course will be taught using lectures with associated tutorials, laboratory classes, practicals and studio sessions. In addition, you will be assigned a personal tutor who will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice and pastoral care.
In each semester of your course, there will be “Activity weeks” which aims to develop your practical and construction skills, include employability development, training courses on industry standard software, and an international field trip.
At appropriate stages of the course, we organise guest lectures from current practitioners, which have previously covered topics such as railway design and tunnelling.
You will have the opportunity to participate in a residential fieldtrip within the second year of the course, which typically takes place in Shropshire and focuses on land surveying skills (additional costs may apply).
We also aim to organise extra-curricular construction site visits in the UK each year, with past students visiting various sites facilitated by BAM, CPUK, Interserve, and Willmott Dixon.
In your third year (dependent on optional module selection), you will have the opportunity to visit the Simulation Centre which combines cutting-edge technology, the use of the curved interactive screen and real-life scenarios using specially trained actors to assist in developing your construction management skills.
The highly practical nature of the course enables you to work with staff on real-world problems from industry and research groups, mirroring the work that you are likely to do in professional practice. This means that while you learn the technical content of your degree, these projects should help to develop the professional skills required including: problem assessment and resolution; project, task and time management; risk assessment; team work and leadership; technical report writing etc.
Individual project topics typically relate to research areas of supervisors (e.g. experimental projects largely relating to structural, material or geomaterial research) with students aspiring to contribute to knowledge in a given research area.
Throughout your three years of study, you will have the opportunity to undertake group projects, some of which will be interdisciplinary where you will work with students from building surveying, quantity surveying, construction management and architectural technology courses.