Construction Management at University of Portsmouth - UCAS

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Course summary

This is a Connected Degree Portsmouth is the only University in the UK with the flexibility to choose when to do an optional paid placement or self-employed year. Either take a placement in your third year, or finish your studies first and complete a placement in your fourth year. You can decide if and when to take a placement after you've started your course. Overview Build your leadership potential in the construction industry with management skills that encompass the full process of construction, from financial planning and technical possibilities to safety on site, personnel management and sustainability of your structures. On this BSc (Hons) Construction Management degree course, you'll develop the skills you need to manage innovative projects and teams that contribute to the built environment and to best practice in the construction industry. You'll visit potential future workplace environments and apply your knowledge to practical scenarios from real companies, working through development proposals and examining the suitability of suggested designs, simulating the responsibilities required of a successful construction manager. Graduate with the technological, interpersonal and management skills you need to launch into a career in this rapidly changing field. Course highlights

  • Focus on new construction technologies that offer new solutions to building site challenges.
  • Become confident in key theories and principles that contribute to construction practice, through practical work on field studies and labs in areas including measurement, materials and site surveying
  • Develop your understanding of financial methods and managerial logistics, from health and welfare to procurement, delivery and safe disposal of site waste.
  • Have the option to study modules that match your interests and career ambitions such as practical diving and underwater engineering, sustainability, heritage property and applied building information modelling (BIM)
  • Benefit from the expertise of our Industrial Advisory Committee, a network of construction organisations and senior practitioners who inform your modules and offer placement opportunities
  • Have the opportunity to take a work placement year abroad
Careers and opportunities Working in the construction sector means joining a continually changing profession with an enormous impact on our economy and society. You’ll graduate with the skills to contribute to this £117bn sector, and with the knowledge to enter many graduate engineering programmes. You can expect a starting salary from £26,000 (Prospects 2022), which can increase considerably with experience. You could earn over £50,000 as a senior or chartered construction manager, depending on the project scale and location. What areas can you work in with a construction management degree? Previous construction students have gone on to work in areas such as:
  • project management
  • site engineering
  • site management
Construction graduates have also achieved membership of the Chartered Institute of Builders, the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers, and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Graduate destinations Our construction graduates have worked for companies such as:
  • Balfour Beatty
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Peter Marsh Consulting
  • Multiplex Construction Limited
  • British Army
What jobs can you do with a Construction Management degree? Roles they've taken on include:
  • civil engineering contractor
  • construction engineer
After you graduate, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.


Year 1 Core modules in this year include:

  • CAD & BIM (20 credits)
  • Construction Management & Practice (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Construction Measurement (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Law for the Built Environment (20 credits)
  • Materials in Construction (20 credits)
  • Professional Development 1 (20 credits)
Year 2 Core modules in this year include:
  • Introduction to Project Management Principles (20 credits)
  • Numerical Skills and Economics (20 credits)
  • Procurement & Pre-Contract Practice (20 credits)
  • Professional Development 2 (20 credits)
  • Safety Management On Site (20 credits)
Optional modules in this year include:
  • Applied BIM (20 credits)
  • Energy Resources & Infrastructure (20 credits)
  • Fieldwork for Construction (20 credits)
  • Heritage Property (20 credits)
Year 3 Core modules in this year include:
  • Corporate and Contract Management (20 credits)
  • Individual Project (40 credits)
  • Project Evaluation & Development (20 credits)
  • Project Management for Construction (20 credits)
  • Sustainable Construction (20 credits)
Placement year (optional) After your second or third year, you can do an optional study abroad or work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year. We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
TOEFL (iBT)7979 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Trinity ISEPassTrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £19200 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship Placement Year and Year abroad: UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £1,385 EU – £1,385 (including Transition Scholarship)| International (Non-EU) – £2,875. Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation. For more information about fees, go to
Construction Management at University of Portsmouth - UCAS