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.
As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules available may vary from those listed here.
- 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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published
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