Ensuring that a building project runs smoothly, with enough materials, equipment, workers and money to deliver it, is a huge task. So, too, is monitoring construction quality and progress.
This course will give you the knowledge and contacts to take on that kind of responsibility.
You'll learn a broad range of skills in your first year, sharing modules with Civil Engineering and Surveying. Later you can choose to specialise in specific construction management disciplines.
There are so many aspects to construction management - sorting out resources, materials and labour, planning transport routes. It's all about what we call 'supply chain management'. You have to make sure everything runs efficiently - and that means a lot of work in many different areas.
You need to have good interpersonal skills and be comfortable working as part of a large team. And you have to keep in mind your client's requirements at all times. This course will help you learn how to juggle all these responsibilities successfully.
London, United Kingdom
Mental wealth; Professional Life
The module will introduce key knowledge and skills required for your success in higher education, communication and interpersonal life skills for academic and professional purposes. The module is designed to provide guidance in order to become independent learner, effectively reflect and take necessary actions for professional success. The module will also aid you to build your confidence as a learner, enabling you to identify where your strengths and weaknesses lie, and how you can build their skills for the future.
Introduction to Computing
\The module equips you with an understanding of computing principles and an understanding of the fundamentals of hardware and software, which can provide an opportunity for you to gain appreciation of the practical skills involved in computer systems. It helps you develop a better understanding of computations to solve problems, analysing problems and procedures, and a better understanding of algorithms, languages and programming. It provides an opportunity to you to understand the connections between the different areas of computing.
The main aims of this module are to prepare you for L4 study by developing the mathematical abilities required for understanding engineering and be able to apply mathematical techniques to solve engineering problems.
Construction Technical Studies
The aim of this module is to introduce students to the fundamentals involved in the construction of building projects. It develop in students an introductory level of understanding and knowledge of the basic materials used in the construction of buildings and their properties and further provides the basic understanding of the principles of linear and level surveying and associated calculations It also includes an introduction to the use of visual means of communication such as drawing and freehand sketching.
Spatial Communications & Visualisation
The module will introduce key knowledge of spatial communications and fundamentals of visualisation in engineering. The module is designed to introduce engineering drawing, spatial measurement, and spatial visualisation. The students will be provided with guidance to work with various spatial visualisation tools. The module will also aid student to build their confidence as a learner by learning hand sketching, production of engineering drawings using Computer Aided Design (CAD), collection of spatial data and development of spatial visualisation.
Fundamentals of Construction Management
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the fundamentals involved in the organisational management of resources and people. It develops a basic level of understanding of construction management practices for simple low-rise buildings and the resources needed to construct them. It also studies the environmental and health & safety issues that also have to be managed.
Mental Wealth; Professional Life 1
This module aims to develop students' core competencies to form the basis of future competencies development throughout the programme of study. In this module, the students would consolidate their Construction / Engineering knowledge and skills for practical applications, and develop their awareness of impacts on the environment, commerce, society and individual brought about by various construction and engineering activities.
The Built Environment
The aim of the module is to appreciate the factors, organisation and professional disciplines involved in the planning, design, development and in-use of the built environment facility.
This module involves exploring the choices for materials, systems and techniques used in the construction of typical domestic and industrial/commercial building. The module also looks at building design and performance particularly with respect to the selection of materials for construction purposes. It also covers sustainability issues affecting the condition of existing buildings, and their maintenance and adaptation. It will also enable the development of spatial skills in producing and understanding graphical forms of communication used in construction.
Land and Construction Surveying
This module introduces you to geospatial surveying practices, principles and procedures for civil engineering and construction projects. The module develops skills in using modern surveying instrumentation to enable 3-dimensional position of features to be determined and for the quality of those positions to be known. The processes for determining vertical height (level) as well as horizontal position (by measuring angles and distances) will be studied. On completion of this module, students will be able to carry out survey data collection using a range of equipment and will appreciate the role of the surveyor and the role of survey data for construction purposes.
Analytical Skills in Built Environment
The main aim of this module is to develop your skills and understanding, of the numerical and mathematical techniques which underpin civil engineering, construction and surveying disciplines. At the end of this module you should possess the core knowledge of algebra, trigonometry and statistics which can be applied to data analysis, presentation and problem solving. This module also aims to equip you with the CAD skills which will enable you to manipulate and process data numerically, graphically and spatially.
Building Science and Materials
To provide an understanding of the scientific principles involved in the selection of materials in construction and the issues affecting the design of building services.
Professional Life 2 (Mental Wealth)
The module provides a forum for the student to develop a creative, inventive and productive design process in relation to a design project or projects. In particular to raise student awareness and understanding of the occupants and users and their physical, social and psychological needs through the design of both objects and environments at appropriate scales, as well as exploring key characteristics of design projects.
There is a particular focus on investigations of site and context that may involve the gathering of empirical data, making analytical studies and conducting observations of people, place, context and materials that are appropriate to the project.
By setting one design project, the module aims to engage with the practices, protocols and conventions that apply to the design and delivery of projects within the design and construction industry. The module fosters the development of a personal position and working methods as part of the attributes required by a professional architect.
Construction Planning and Production
The aim of this module is to explore the role of the contractor in managing the production process for both simple construction projects and also more complex civil engineering works. It will examine the basic principles of management techniques. It will then consider construction methods, planning tools / techniques to mobilise the construction activities and supply chain; the selection of construction methods that best suit the project and the management plant, materials and workforce. It will also examine how the project is monitored to insure the client’s requirements and stakeholders needs are met, and how the finished project is brought to a managed and successful close.
Advanced Sustainable Technology
The module investigates and analyse sustainable construction technologies and methods used in buildings and construction works.
Tendering, Estimating and Cost Control
Professional Life 3 (Mental Wealth)
The main aim of this module is to equip you with the necessary skills to carry out and report research in order to consolidate the knowledge gained in other modules in a chosen field of study, combine it with the published knowledge of others, investigate it practically and report your findings.
Advanced Construction Technology and Innovation
This module explores the use of different techniques & tools and value management by considering the sustainability of construction to achieve improved integration, buildability, speed, cost, health and safety, and quality criteria applied to the production of buildings and facilities.
Quantity Surveying Practice
This module is designed to apply the principles of cost management to the pre-contract, contract and post-contract stages of construction projects, and to provide the student with an understanding of Quantity Surveying procedures including measurement, cost control, cost forecasting, cost reporting and procurement.
English Language requirements
Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).
If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme.
International Fees Full time 3/4/5 years
£13,500 Per year
Thanks to our excellent links with industry, graduates from this course have gone on to work on projects all over the world.
Some have been involved with UK construction projects such as the Shard and the Olympic Athletes' Village in Stratford. Others have travelled internationally to areas of dynamic regeneration such as Dubai or Qatar.
Many of our overseas students go back to work in countries such as Nigeria and Malaysia.
Your most likely job on graduation will be an assistant site manager, working in a role where you have responsibility for a broad range of activities. If you perform impressively on site, and deal well with people, you could soon find yourself taking responsibility for really large projects.
A typical project will take 18 months or two years, during which time you'll be working very closely with a wide variety of people performing different jobs.
If you're working on a rail project, or on the London Underground, work often needs to be scheduled for weekends and Bank Holidays. You might spend six months planning for one Bank Holiday weekend, booking in equipment, materials and labour. Imagine the satisfaction you'll feel when everything you have planned for comes together.
It's a hugely challenging but hugely rewarding area of employment.