West Suffolk College
One year full-time.
Two years part-time.
A Foundation degree (or equivalent).
Please see Entry Requirements below.
This course is delivered at the University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds.
Construction is changing at a fast pace with new innovations with robotics, BIM and offsite production techniques. New Procurement routes are being established and ways of addressing the skill shortages. This course is designed to prepare and develop construction management specialists for a range of technical, professional and management career disciplines in construction and the built environment. The emphasis is on participation and students are encouraged to carry out research activities, work with others as part of a team, demonstrate an ability to work independently without supervision, solve problems, and interact effectively in a work situation. It is suitable for both new candidates and those already in the sector wishing to upskill to advance their career prospects.
- The FdSc and BSc (Hons) Construction Management courses continue to be accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the course was developed to match the professional institute and employers requirements.
- We are proud to announce that the BSc (Hons) in Construction Management is now also accredited with The Chartered Association of Building Engineers.
- Students will have full academic exemption and once they have gained three to five years relevant work experience may enter CIOB membership as an applicant to progress towards chartered membership without the requirement for an individual assessment.
Further information about the University's relationship with the CIOB and cabe is available in the PSRB register.
As work-related learning is an important characteristic of these courses, work placements or relevant professional activity is an essential requirement for study. It is expected that most part-time students will be in appropriate professional situations. Many of the modules are delivered by practising professionals employed in the local construction industry and site visits are an important part of the course.
"The diversity of those on the course was amazing; the students were from different backgrounds, ages and even countries. It was great to have the opportunity to interact and share knowledge. The mixture of modules made learning interesting and enjoyable." - Steve Perry (former student)
Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.
The aim of this module is to provide students with knowledge and understanding of the processes involved in developing and designing a project from inception through to final completion. Consequently, students will study the processes and practices involved in the management of the pre-construction phase before moving onto an examination of how this should lead successfully into and through the construction phase and on to final completion. The students will be required to evaluate the development of construction projects to ensure that they will meet the requirements of social, economic and environmental sustainability.
This module is intended to equip the students with the cognitive, intellectual and affective skills necessary to enhance their understanding of the relationship between construction technology and production methods. It will enable the students to develop their understanding of the different processes involved in the construction of buildings and enable them to consider different options and evaluate their suitability for specific projects. The students will be able to evaluate the numerous possible solutions for specific projects and assess and propose production solutions which are fit for purpose and meet the requirements of social, economic and environmental sustainability.
This module introduces the principles of economics in the built environment and looks at the relationship between the construction industry and the economy of Great Britain, and at the financing of construction projects. As well as examining the financial and economic operation of the construction industry, this module will require students to develop their understanding of the impact of increasing energy costs on all aspects of the construction process and the demand for buildings.
This module will give students a broad understanding of the theory and practice of contract Law. It will also develop an understanding of the standard forms of construction contract and sub-contract used in the industry and promoting the investigation of the methods of insurance, indemnity, delays, disruption, and reimbursement of costs, dispute resolution, and procedures in relation to the commonly used forms of contract.
The dissertation module requires students to carry out a valid, independent research project which will develop their key skills in data gathering, analysis, evaluation and communication within the fields of construction and civil engineering. The module develops and applies the principles of research developed in the level 5 module ‘Skills in Research and Problem Solving’ and enhances the students' critical and interpretive capabilities.This module allows students to build on their particular interests and experience gained over their course of study and allows them to test theories and apply their knowledge.
Successful completion of these degrees should enhance employment and promotion prospects in the construction industry. Students working in the industry will be able to progress in a wide range of roles including building contracting, construction management, design, local authorities and building maintenance. The completion of the course will enable students to progress to a Masters Degree and to a PHd in their specialist area.
Fees and finance
- Full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
- Part-time tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information)
- International tuition fee: £11,790 p.a.
- Detailed information about Tuition Fees.
- Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
- Also see Loans and Grants.
- At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for. See Course Costs.
A foundation degree (or equivalent).
Applicants wishing to complete the BSc (Hons) (Progression Route) Construction Management (Progression Route) who hold an HNC will be required to first undertake modules from the FdSc Construction Management to meet the entry criteria or complete a 240-credit HND.
Also see How to Apply.
If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.