Construction Project Management BSc (Hons)

 

Course Code

UCAS Code: K200
International Code: EECU118

Location

Coventry University (Coventry)

 

Study mode

Full-time
Part-time
Sandwich

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich
5 years part-time

Start date

September 2023


Course overview

Study level: Undergraduate

Ranked No.1 in the UK for Building and Town and Country Planning in the Guardian University Guide 2021, Coventry University has been educating construction professionals for over half a century.

Our BSc (Hons) in Construction Project Management prepares graduates for the challenges they will face during their careers. We will encourage you to develop the innovation and creativity required to tackle the complex problems now facing the industry surrounding space, sustainability, cost, and technology not just in the UK but with consideration for the global nature of the industry.

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Global Ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

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Teaching excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

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Employability

Career ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Why you should study this course

Our BSc (Hons) in Construction Project Management will give you the following opportunities and benefits:

  • You will benefit from our excellent links with construction employers who support our teaching with the aid of site visits and guest speakers2.
  • Common first year makes it possible to transfer to Architectural Technology, Building Surveying, Quantity Surveying & Commercial Management in the second year if you wish (subject to meeting progression requirements).
  • Study on shared modules alongside students on a range of other courses such as architectural technology, quantity surveying, building services engineering, and civil engineering, reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of today’s construction industry.
  • A diverse learning approach offers you highly practical elements such as surveying, field trips, and live assessment through case studies so that you can apply your learning to situations you will face in your post-university life2.
  • You will have the opportunity to undertake some additional qualifications as part of your programme, such as BREEAM certificates.
  • Access to our unique ‘Simulation Centre 4 that replicates a realistic work environment that will help you improve and enhance a variety of skills and behaviours needed to manage a project. The facility allows us to simulate ‘real life’ construction scenarios, making you more prepared for the workplace.
  • Apply for a full-year work placement which can count towards your professional Chartered status2.
  • The course has national and international links with BRE (Building Research Establishment) and SHAPE – School for Higher and Professional Education in Hong Kong2.

Accreditation

Accreditation1 for this course is being renewed as we are making some changes to our modules. This exciting new course is subject to approval from the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE)*.


What you'll study

This course has a common first year

The common first year enables you to work alongside students doing similar courses to you, to widen your knowledge and exposure to other subject areas and professions. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with other students, so you can share your insights and experience which will help you to develop and learn.

If you discover an interest in a specific subject you have studied, upon successful completion of your first year, you could swap degrees with another course in your common first year (subject to meeting progression requirements).

Common first-year courses

  • Architectural Technology BSc (Hons)
  • Architectural Design and Technology MSci
  • Building Surveying BSc (Hons)
  • Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management BSc (Hons)
  • Real Estate and Property Management BSc (Hons)

In this course you will be introduced to the fundamental topics of resource management, economics, design and production processes, which are essential to practitioners in all construction professions. You will have the chance to be taught alongside architectural technology, building surveying, quantity surveying and commercial management students, providing you with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the professional duties of a construction manager working in a multi-disciplinary team setting to emulate industry practices.

Modules

  • This module will introduce concepts to develop an understanding of engineering properties of construction materials including modern construction materials and structural construction materials (concrete, timber, steel, glass and masonry etc.). We will cover the composition, manufacture, properties, durability, performance and behaviour of these materials and the hazards and risks they may pose both during construction and subsequent operation of a structure.

    Compulsory

  • The aim of this module is to introduce the principal aspects of construction technology and associated materials as applied to low-rise buildings including the role of the construction and housing industry in achieving the UNs 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, specifically 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15 & 17. The module content should enable you to understand, apply and critically evaluate the key principals of construction processes, structures and environmental performances of low-rise buildings addressing challenges and solutions.

    Compulsory

  • The aim of this module is to develop your understanding of the design process as a circular activity that includes different aspects and stakeholders. You will practice and develop skills to critically appraise and devise a series of design activities to produce a coherent and creative portfolio of work. The module will require you to engage in collaboration between your peers and disciplines to engage effectively in a simulated professional environment. You should gain an appreciation of the collective goal of a design team to provide a creative and sustainable solution to architectural and engineering design.

    Compulsory

  • This module is an introduction to the core knowledge and skills that define the role of different construction professionals within the building process in the UK and in the global context.

    This module will focus on your understanding and appreciation of both the specifics as well as the team aspects of the relevant professions. You will learn about project management, quantity surveying, building services engineering, building surveying, architecture and technology as well as real estate management with the process relevant to that profession in the overarching context of a building project. You will be practising aspects such as, but not limited to design development, Auto CAD, measurement, condition surveys, site management and cost development and with a particular focus on key skills in their chosen professional path.

    Compulsory

  • The aim of the module is to provide you with an insight into and an understanding of the concept of project management and cost management. This will include an introduction to project structure and stakeholders, managing different kinds of projects, project cost appraisal and innovation in projects. The knowledge in these topics will help you to develop an understanding of the process used in your respective fields and industries and how your actions can impact on the overall cost of a project and promote inclusivity, sustainability and foster innovation.

    Compulsory

  • This module offers you a practical examination of how the United Nation's (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be implemented and furthered within the Built and Natural Environment. The module will introduce you to how individuals, communities and businesses within the Built and Natural Environment could be responding to the UN SDGs and helping to transform the world through their impact. The module identifies how the SDGs impact your course discipline by exploring the 17 SDGs and focusing on the delivery and implementation of a student-led project that encompasses the most applicable SDG or a combination of SDGs to your specific academic discipline.

    Compulsory

The second year is where you explore the construction management professions in more detail and move from traditional industry practices into the more modern practices associated with building and infrastructure production today, including building information modelling, virtual reality and other advancing technologies.

Modules

  • The aim of this module is to develop knowledge of advanced construction technology, which should in turn enable you to understand, apply and critically evaluate the key principles of construction procedures. The emphasis will relate to the role of the construction industry in achieving the UNs 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, specifically focusing on multi-storey and commercial framed structures and include a study of pre-construction activities, substructure and superstructure and the impact of the design process and legislative influences on the layout and planning of buildings.

    Moreover, renewable technologies, Modern Methods of Construction, BREEAM and passive design will also be considered together with the impact of energy conservation and climate change. The module will consider the building services which are installed to provide a suitable internal environment including acoustic, thermal, ventilation, air conditioning systems, natural and artificial lighting.

    Compulsory

  • This module will introduce general principles and concepts of law related to the built environment. In preparation for professional practice, our aim is to develop your ability to understand and apply legal principles to particular legal problems that may arise in the course of built environment activities. The module covers the English legal system, UK legislation and areas of English law relevant to built environment professionals. It includes an introduction to contract law, tort, and the relevant aspects of employment law, dispute resolution, Building Regulations, law of land and property, landlord and tenant law, planning law and construction health and safety legislation. The module is specifically useful to those intending to be involved in the design and/or construction process.

    Compulsory

  • Financial control and supply chain management are key to working in the construction sector, particularly in the quantity surveying, commercial management and construction project management roles. This module will explore the sustainable, financial and logistical management and control of all aspects of the supply chain including main contractors, sub-contractors and suppliers. The module is intended to cover the project procurement from procurement and selection through to completion exploring tools such as time management, quality management, negotiation, behavioural science, communication, collaboration and critical path development/analysis. It will also explore aspects of change management particularly in respect to variation to a project design or production method.

    Compulsory

  • The aim of this module is to enable you to explore the concepts of Construction Operations Management. You will be introduced to the concepts of Construction Management in theory and practice. You will acquire a better understanding of Construction site management tools and techniques alongside developing the appropriate skills to use, interpret and critically analyse the data. The module will enable you to enhance your knowledge in efficient site management techniques.

    Compulsory

  • This module will develop your understanding of the tools and techniques of project management and how to prepare and administer a construction contract using a Standard Form of Contract. The module will also explore procurement process for a built asset with a focus on finance, and the critical factors influencing the parties to the contract and the impact of their interactions on the project activities.

    Compulsory

  • In this module you will undertake a critical analysis of a specified location and associated project that has been influenced by the United Nation's (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Your analysis of the project will explore the impact, success or failure alongside possible solutions that will be fundamental to the positive future development of the location.

    You will research, appraise, critique, develop and then communicate to a wider audience the impact and implementation of the identified SDGs for the location/ project. The focus of the review will be linked to your academic discipline within the Built and Natural Environment and draw upon prior learning from your previous cognate knowledge.

    Compulsory

There’s no better way to find out what you love doing than trying it out for yourself, which is why a work placement2 can often be beneficial. Work placements usually occur between your second and final year of study. They’re a great way to help you explore your potential career path and gain valuable work experience, whilst developing transferable skills for the future.

If you choose to do a work placement year, you will pay a reduced tuition fee3 of £1,250. For more information, please go to the fees and funding section. During this time, you will receive guidance from your employer or partner institution, along with your assigned academic mentor who will ensure you have the support you need to complete your placement.

Modules

  • This module2 provides you with an opportunity to reflect upon and gain experience for an approved placement undertaken during your programme. A placement should usually be at least 26 weeks or equivalent; however, each placement will be considered on its own merits, having regard to the ability to achieve the learning outcomes.

    Optional

  • This module2 provides you with an opportunity to reflect upon and gain experience for an approved international study/work placement undertaken during your programme. A work/study placement should usually be at least 26 weeks or equivalent; however, each placement will be considered on its own merits, having regard to the ability to achieve the learning outcomes. 

    Optional

In your final year, you will have the opportunity to 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 have the chance to 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.

Modules

  • The aim of this module is to demonstrate your skills base through the continued development of critical, transferable study skills that are of practical benefit in the workplace and that promote and enable continued professional development. You will bring skills developed in other areas of the course into a practical project delivered as part of a group. The purpose of the project is to develop key learning skills and personal attributes that are required within the Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering and Built Environment professions. These should prepare you for professional work, demonstrating teamwork, project planning, critical and research evaluation as well as technical and personal reflection.

    Compulsory

  • The aim of the module is to develop your understanding and knowledge of the role of professional practitioners in the construction industry and the process of contract administration used in the construction industry. The module will explore the detailed understanding of contractual provisions and administration mechanisms related to common forms of contract used in the UK. Furthermore, it also discusses professionals’ roles and responsibilities, risk and application of financial management, legal and insurance issues and law related to running a business in the construction industry.

    Compulsory

  • Project Management (PM) is a much needed and indispensable skill in the construction industry regardless of the type and size of organisations or the sectors they work in. A PM’s role starts from inception of projects and extends to end-of-life scenarios and includes everything in between. This module will enable critical awareness and deliver a greater understanding of some of the advanced principles of construction management. Project Management helps organisations manage change, deliver against strategic objectives and achieve competitive advantage. It aims to develop and enhance students’ understanding and ability to apply project management tools and techniques, especially in a relevant case study scenario. A secondary focus of the module will be the application of leadership skills required by modern construction project managers including research and inquiry skills, interpersonal relationships and an understanding of the students’ own cognitive and communication skills applied through the construction simulation centre.

    Compulsory

  • The aim of this module is to enable you to research and apply the knowledge of contemporary project management theories and principles within the given project. The project will also enhance research, inquiry and consulting skills and encourage students to look at the project at holistic perspective. The module will focus on enhancing entrepreneurial skills and strategic decision-making skills in complex construction project management scenarios to prepare them for workplace. Innovative Construction Project Management in Practice – The aim of this module will enable you to research and apply the knowledge of modern project management principles with the help of BIM and other similar technologies/processes. The project will also enhance information management skills through applying modern methods. The project should enable you to enhance inquiry and research skills and act as a consultant for digital construction strategies and set up the project and associated documentation to the industrial standard.

    This module will enable you to apply the innovative construction project management practices and build upon digital construction strategies, sustainable strategies etc. The module will focus on enhancing innovation and sustainability in complex construction project management scenarios to prepare you for the modern workplace.

    Compulsory

  • The aim of this module will enable you to research and apply the knowledge of modern project management principles with the help of BIM and other similar technologies/processes. The project will also enhance information management skills through applying modern methods. The project should enable you to enhance inquiry and research skills and act as a consultant for digital construction strategies and set up the project and associated documentation to the industrial standard.

    Compulsory

  • The aim of this module is to enable you to develop your research skills by conducting primary or secondary research focused on a specific problem of relevance to your discipline. You would use different methods and research skills, gained over previous years of study, to effectively communicate research novelties and ideas to the academic and non-academic communities. It should enable you to understand the importance of correct and critical analysis of all the factors involved in a problem and develop your initiative as you pursue and execute the investigation, demonstrating originality and creativity.

    Compulsory

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.


How you'll learn

We try to provide you with as much real-life experience as possible with site visits to existing buildings, current construction sites and materials manufacturing sites2, which in the past have included a variety of student accommodation projects local to the University, projects on the technology park and visits to Ibstock Brick in Stoke. We also encourage guest speeches from current practitioners, which have previously covered topics such as estimating software, site logistics and design (subject to availability).

You will have the opportunity to access our Simulation Centre4, which incorporates best practice building information modelling (BIM), now used commonly across the sector to manage the information produced during a construction project, from feasibility, through construction and operation to final demolition. Using a 3D model, you can view and walk through your project to add value, realise efficiencies and ensure every member of the construction team understands what is required of them and when. In the past, this has included the refurbishment of university buildings and new build designs.

This course can be offered on a part-time basis. Whilst we would like to give you all the information about our part-time offering here, it is tailored for each course each year depending on the number of part-time applicants. Therefore, the part-time teaching arrangements vary request further information about part-time study.


Teaching contact hours

We understand that everyone learns differently, so each of our courses will consist of structured teaching sessions, which can include:

  • On campus lectures, seminars and workshops
  • Group work
  • Self-directed learning
  • Work placement opportunities2

The number of contact hours may vary from semester to semester, however, on average, it is likely to be around 14-15 contact hours per week in the first and second year dropping to around 11 contact hours per week in the final year as you become a more independent learner.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake approximately 30-35 hours of self-directed study per week depending on the demands of individual modules. This self-directed learning allows you to use your research skills, consolidate your knowledge or undertake collaborative group work. As an innovative and enterprising institution, the University may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2023/24 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.


Assessment

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module.

Assessment methods may include:

  • Formal examinations
  • Phase tests
  • Essays
  • Group work
  • Presentations
  • Reports
  • Projects
  • Coursework
  • Exams
  • Individual Assignments
  • Laboratories
  • Posters 

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.


International experience opportunities

The content of the course continuously refers to the international context in which construction takes place, which gives an international perspective to your studies and potential future career as a construction manager. For example, we draw on a variety of international case studies, covering contemporary topics such as sustainability in Spain and building projects like the Sydney Opera House, Channel Tunnel and Burj Khalifa, among others.

During the course, you should have the option of participating in an international field trip, which provides the opportunity to experience the built environment in other countries. If you opt for a sandwich year, you can also spend time studying abroad; we currently have links with universities in Europe, America and Asia2.


Entry requirements

Requirement What we're looking for
A Level BBC
BTEC DMM
IB Diploma TBC
GCSE 5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above to include English and Mathematics
Access to HE The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit. Plus GCSE English and Mathematics at grade 4 / C or above.

We recognise a breadth of qualifications, speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.

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Are you eligible for the Fair Access Scheme?

We believe every student should have the opportunity to dream big, reach their potential and succeed, regardless of their background. Find out more about our Fair Access Scheme.

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:


You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.

Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall (with at least 5.5 in each component area)

If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.

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Fees and funding

2023/24 tuition fees.

Student Full time Part time
UK £9,250 per year Request fee information
International £19,850 per year Not available

If you choose to do a work placement2, you should consider travel and living costs to cover this. There is also a tuition fee3 of £1,250 that will cover your academic support throughout your placement year.

For advice and guidance on tuition fees and student loans visit our Undergraduate Finance page and see The University’s Tuition Fee and Refund Terms and Conditions.

We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessments, facilities and support services. There may be additional costs not covered by this fee such as accommodation and living costs, recommended reading books, stationery, printing and re-assessments should you need them. Find out what's included in your tuition costs.

The following are additional costs not included in the tuition fees:

  • Optional international field trips: £400+ per trip.
  • Any costs associated with securing, attending or completing a placement (whether in the UK or abroad)
  • Mandatory international field trips: Typically between £200 and £400 per trip

Facilities

The faculty’s £50m Engineering and Computing Building and new £25m Beatrice Shilling Building are designed to support hands-on learning. Our Sir John Laing Building also houses a variety of industry-standard labs and equipment4.

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Materials Laboratory

Includes industrial standard timber and steel workshops, a concrete mixing area with 3 pan mixers, programmable environmental chambers, a range of ovens and curing tanks and various materials testing apparatus.

Three students using a virtual wall in the simulation centre.

Simulation Centre

Our interactive training centre is used to create a ‘virtual’ construction site with fully-equipped site cabins and observation deck. Students undertake role play exercises to help prepare them for situations in the workplace.

Female student using equipment in structures laboratory.

Structures Laboratory

Includes eight test frames, two of which are fully programmable ‘top of the range’ Instron universal test machines. It also includes a strong floor area with associated framing and ancillary measurement devices.


Careers and opportunities

The complexity and scale of modern construction projects requires construction professionals with expertise in construction management, who can work either on site or within an office to ensure they are delivered safely, within budget, on deadline and to the highest possible quality.

On successful completion, you will have knowledge of:

  • Building technology and construction processes; management processes and systems associated with construction.
  • Building science with respect to materials, structure, services and internal environment.
  • The legal and regulatory framework within which buildings are constructed.
  • Economics of construction, procurement and contract administration procedures.
  • Design processes used in construction and current innovations relating to the construction of buildings,
  • How quality is achieved in construction processes and products.
  • Health and safety in building design and construction.
  • Land surveying.
  • The management of building projects, including the planning, budgeting and control of costs in all aspects of the construction process.

On successful completion, you will be able to:

  • Identify the aims and objectives of research.
  • Analyse, interpolate, and present information.
  • Analyse and solve construction problems of a technical and managerial nature.
  • Reflect on the interdisciplinary and team working nature of the construction industry in order to undertake and manage construction design and the construction process.
  • Analyse data and information sources in construction.
  • Apply techniques used for the analysis and surveying of existing buildings.
  • Apply CAD and manual drawing techniques, and other tools to construction design.
  • Undertake full-measured, dilapidation and condition surveys.
  • Write different types of property survey reports.

This course is designed to prepare you for employment managing the construction of building projects at home and abroad, for large multinational companies or regional businesses. You could find yourself working as a Contracts Manager, Project Manager, Site Manager or Engineer. Construction Managers have the option of aiming for self-employment, or working for large or small, regional, national or international firms that can range in work from domestic housing up to multi-million pound internationally renowned projects and ranging from new build to refurbishment; the world of Construction Manager is varied, interesting and exciting.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Talent Team provides a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career (subject to availability).

Where our graduates work

Graduates from similar courses have found employment in private practices, contracting organisations, commercial organisations and local/central government, regionally, nationally and internationally. They work with companies such as Mace, Galliford Try, Balfour Beatty plc, Lain O’ Rourke, Barrett Home Ltd, Watts Construction Ltd, and BAM Construction.

Further study

You may be entitled to an alumni discount on your fees if you decide to extend your time with us by progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate study.


How to apply

  • 1Accreditations

    The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

    *In the event that there is any delay in obtaining approval, we will run Construction Management BSc (Hons) for 2022-23 which has already been accredited by Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) .

    2UK and international opportunities

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee any UK or International opportunities (whether required or optional) such as internships, work experience, field trips, conferences, placements or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable travel COVID and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the visa requirements, please contact the International Office.

    3Tuition fees

    The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated in the above table for the first Academic Year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For Home Students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation.

    For International Students, we may increase fees each year but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.

    4Facilities

    Facilities are subject to availability. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

    Student Contract

    By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. The 2022/23 Contract is currently being updated so please revisit this page before submitting your application. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.


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