• construction-project-mgmt.jpg

Construction Project Management

BSc (Hons) - single

Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

School of the Built Environment

This RICS- and CIOB-accredited course provides education in construction project management through four main themes: technology, management, project-based learning and practical experience. This body of knowledge and industrial experience will prepare you for a professional career in the construction industry.

Oxford Brookes has extensive links with the property and construction industry sectors, and you will gain professional insight from guest lectures by leading industry figures. Many of our students are sponsored by major property and construction companies.

Typical offers

UCAS points: 104/112

Available start dates

September 2017 / September 2018

Teaching location

Headington Campus

Course length

  • Full time: 4 years, including 1-year work placement
  • Part time: Please contact us for details.

UCAS code

K221

For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

The key strengths of the course are as follows:
 
  • The degree is accredited by both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), therefore offering a professionally recognised qualification.
  • You will be taught by supportive staff, who are experts in their field, in modern, well-equipped facilities - teaching on the course is highly ranked in university league tables.
  • You will have a choice of graduate pathways within the course - for example you will have the same choice of modules in Years 1 and 2 as Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management students, meaning that you do not have to make a final decision on which course to graduate in until after the third-year industrial placement.
  • There are excellent links with a wide variety of national and local construction-based companies, developers and surveyors, providing great opportunity for work placements and sponsorship.
  • Our graduates have excellent employment prospects - 95% are in professional or management jobs with 6 months of graduation (Unistats KIS Data 2017).

In Year 1 you will acquire the fundamental knowledge required to understand the process of construction management. You will learn about building construction, materials, information technology, law, economics and processes, and how they are managed, while developing teamworking skills.

In Years 2 and 4 you will take modules that broaden and deepen your understanding. Technology studies will prepare you for your year in industry and include the processes of production, building information modelling (BIM), the provision of services and the principles and procedures of building design and construction. On the theme of management there is a concentration on the analytical and quantitative techniques associated with project planning, organisation and costs. You will also study construction law and contracts. Integrative project modules provide an opportunity for you to practise and develop your skills through a series of simulated construction projects.

In Year 3 you gain real-life experience working within the industry through a work placement. Our students' practical expertise makes them especially valuable to potential employers and they generally have a wide range of options to choose from for this part of the course.

Independent learning and research are an important part of the course, and in the final year you will complete a supervised dissertation on an approved construction-related subject of your choice.

Because the course has similar professional competency requirements and learning outcomes to the BSc degree in Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management, the students of both courses study the same choice of modules in Years 1 and 2.

In the final year of study (normally after a year of industrial experience) there will be a different choice of modules for each course. The benefit of sharing the same modules until the final year of study is that students will be able to defer the decision on which course to graduate in until they have completed their third-year industrial placement and are able to make a more informed decision about their future career progression.

Study modules

As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules available may vary from those listed here.

Year 1

  • Introduction to Building Design and Construction
  • Introduction to Construction and Commercial Management
  • Integrative Project I
  • Economics of Built Environment
  • Foundation Construction Law
  • Quantity Surveying Practice I
  • Introduction to Spatial Planning
  • Construction Communication and Information Technology I

Years 2 and 4

  • Construction Practice and Procedure
  • Quantity Surveying Practice II
  • Construction Technology I
  • Construction Technology II
  • Building Science and Environmental Systems
  • Construction Procurement and Law
  • Integrative Project II
  • Construction Communication and Information Technology II
  • Enterprise Management in Construction and Development (double)
  • Innovation in Management and Technology
  • Project Management
  • Advanced Procurement and Dispute Resolution
  • Facilities Management
  • Construction Management Dissertation (double)
  • Languages modules (optional)

Work placements

The compulsory work placement, taken in Year 3, provides a valuable learning experience and is an important part of the course, consolidating your knowledge and preparing you for your final-year studies. During this year you will work in the construction industry for a minimum of 36 weeks.

The course has strong links with a variety of construction-based employers ranging from local house-builders to international construction companies. The range of work experience offered to students is therefore broad, from managing the restoration of a country manor house to the project management of a multi-million-pound city office development.

If you are a part-time student working in the industry in a suitable capacity, you will be exempt from industrial placement.

Field trips

There are a number of one-day UK field trips during the course to aid knowledge and understanding through live projects.

In Year 2 there is a mandatory European field trip aimed at broadening the understanding of construction design and management outside the UK.

 
Your course tuition fee covers the cost of all mandatory field trips. The cost of an optional field trip is not included in your course tuition fee, and a separate fee will apply. Please contact our Enquiry Centre (see right for details) if you would like more information about the field trip(s) on this course.

Study abroad

There is opportunity for studying part of the course abroad on a one-semester overseas exchange to Europe, USA or Australia. In addition, some students undertake their industrial placement year abroad.

Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your studies by:
  • increasing your employability within an international market
  • boosting your language skills
  • building your confidence in adapting to new situations
  • improving your knowledge of different cultures.
While on exchange you will gain credits which count towards your degree.

We have more than 100 partner universities around the world. Funding is available through the Erasmus scheme, and also via some international programmes such as the Santander Student Awards. 

For more information, visit our pages on studying abroad and exchanges.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Teaching and learning

Various teaching and learning methods are used to help you develop a range of personal, professional and study skills which will not only prepare you for graduation in the field of construction project management but will also facilitate lifelong learning. Lectures play a significant part in the teaching, together with demonstrations, small group tutorials, practical work, role plays, simulations, problem-solving exercises, and group and individual presentations.


Approach to assessment

Assessment methods for the modules vary and can include combinations of coursework assignments, laboratory and field practicals, class and web-based tests, oral presentations, group work and examinations.

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2017/18: £9,250 2018/19: £9,250 (subject to OFFA agreement)

Home/EU - part time fee: 2017/18: £750 per single module 2018/19: £750 per single module

Home/EU - sandwich placement fee: 2017/18: £1,380 2018/19: £1,380 (subject to OFFA agreement)

International - full time: 2017/18: £12,890 2018/19: £13,150

International - sandwich placement fee: 2017/18: £3,840 2018/19: £3,920

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088
finance-fees@brookes.ac.uk

Funding and scholarships

Many companies employing students on placement offer sponsorship for the final year.

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

UCAS points: 104/112

A-level: BBC to BCC

International Baccalaureate: 30-31 points

BTEC: DMM

Other typical offers include:

  • 2 A-levels plus 2 AS-levels equivalent to the offers above
  • Advanced Diploma at grade B, including A-level at grade C. 

Applications are welcomed from candidates with alternative qualifications, and from mature students.

Applicants will be required to attend an interview (usually between December and mid-March) before an offer is made. Offers and the level of offers are dependent on performance at interview, so it is worth applying even if you may not meet the average offer of BBC-BCC.

A new UCAS Tariff point system is being introduced for students applying to start university in September 2017, which uses  a qualification’s size and grades to calculate total Tariff points under a brand new system. Therefore the Tariff points for 2017 entry look very different from 2016 entry - the 2017 BCC/BBC equivalent for this course will be 104/112 UCAS points for 2017. Please visit the UCAS website for more information.

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: Mathematics grade C or above

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements

International and EU applications

Preparation courses for EU students

We offer a range of courses to help students meet the academic and English language entry requirements for their courses and also familiarise them with university life.

Find out more about the international foundation pathways we offer and our pre-sessional English language courses.

Country specific entry requirements

If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information and local representatives who can help you to apply, please have a look at our country specific information pages.

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

How to apply

Full-time students should apply for this course through UCAS.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Oxford Brookes operates the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Why Oxford is a great place to study this course

As a student in Oxford you'll be at the heart of the UK's most successful economic region and in a centre for leading industries which will provide you with a host of work placement and other learning opportunities.

Oxford is an outstanding place to study the built environment, from large-scale urban developments to world-famous historic architecture.

It is a vibrant city with plenty of attractions for its large student population, from theatres and cinemas to museums, art galleries and music venues.

Specialist facilities

Oxford Brookes has first-class facilities, helping you get the very best from your studies. From libraries to IT suites, you'll find everything you need, and we're constantly investing in our services.

There is a technology laboratory offering testing facilities for the construction industry. Equipped for both structural and building physics testing, the laboratory features modern facilities for testing that complement our advanced computer modelling and analysis capabilities. The technology laboratory is well equipped for structures tests and demonstrations in steel, concrete and timber. It includes several large reaction frames, concrete mixing and casting facilities and cladding testing equipment.

A building information modelling (BIM) laboratory is provided for studies and research into the generation and management of digital representations of physical and functional elements of buildings.

General support services

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

Professional accreditation

The course is dual-accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and therefore provides a recognised qualification for graduates wishing to gain membership of either of these professional bodies.

At the last CIOB visit, the panel commented on the high standard of teaching facilities and the support provided to students by the well-qualified and enthusiastic team of staff.

Career prospects

Our graduates have an outstanding employment record. Our students are regularly recruited by local and national construction companies, developers, project managers, house-builders, surveyors and housing associations, including:

  • Arcadis
  • BAM Construction
  • Berkeley Homes
  • Bouygues UK Ltd
  • Buro-Four
  • Byrne Group
  • AECOM
  • Faithful and Gould
  • ISG Construction
  • Mace
  • Morgan Sindall
  • Quinn London
  • Symm
  • Taylor Wimpey

Many of these companies visit the department annually to meet and interview students for both placement and graduate positions. Our graduates are recognised as having an excellent level of communication, presentation and problem-solving skills as well as practical experience from their industrial placement year.