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BSc Construction Project Management

BSc Construction Project Management

My placement opened my eyes to the vast array of careers available within the construction industry. It helped me decide where to take my career."

Savraj Panesar
Assistant Project Manager
Mott MacDonald


Entry requirements

BBB - BBC

The subjects covered in this degree will give you the necessary management skills and knowledge base for a career in construction project management. You could find yourself working for organisations such as building and project management consultants, quantity surveying firms, contractors, local government and in the service industries. 

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Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
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Ranked 3rd in the UK for Overall Teaching Satisfaction, according to the National Student Survey 2018
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Opportunity to enter the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) Assessment of Professional Competence training scheme.
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Ranked 7th in the UK in the university subject tables (Complete University Guide 2018)
3 years full-time / 4 years full-time with integrated placement year

UCAS Code:
K221

Please note:

GCSE requirements: Maths Grade B/5 and above and English Grade C/4 and above 

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Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements  

Typical offer level 

BBB-BBC. Science or technical A Levels preferred but not essential. 
29 points and above with 5, 5, 4 in HL subjects.
BTEC Extended Diploma: DDD in Construction and the Built Environment or Building Services Engineering preferred. 
A subject related Access to Higher Education with 45 credits at Level 3 and at least 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Tuition fees:

£9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students (2018/19)                             
£19,000 for Outside EU students (2018/19)
Placement Year: £2,500 for International Students

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Scholarships:

Building Birmingham Scholarship

The Building Birmingham Scholarship provides access to a wide range of education, employment and training opportunities for talented young people between 16 and 24 years of age wishing to pursue a career in the construction sector, including financial support for those aspiring to continue studies at higher education on relevant courses.

The scholarship offers a flexible ‘menu of support’ tailored to meet the needs of individual young people ranging from access to work placements, internships, apprenticeship and other employment opportunities and access to a bursary fund to help towards tuition fees for Birmingham residents attending a Birmingham university.

For more information, please visit www.birmingham.gov.uk/bbs

Please click here to view scholarships provided by Aston.

This course will provide you with the technical knowledge of materials and building processes, and an understanding of logistics and planning. You'll also develop the skills necessary for a challenging career in the construction industry. These skills include anagement, economics, finance and decision-making skills, all of which are required by professional construction and project managers. Specialist modules in areas such as health, safety and environmental management will support your other areas of knowledge. 

This degree will also look at developing the necessary skills for those who would like to go on to be commercial managers and quantity surveyors, looking at finance, planning and the operation of major construction projects. After your first year, your studies will centre on finance, resource management and logistics, together with the necessary knowledge of the construction process. This breadth will give you a skills and knowledge base for a career in construction project management.

Please note: The below modules are correct for 2018/19 entry. 

Year 1

Modules
  • Introductory Accounting for Business (BF1120)
  • Enhancing Employment Skills (EAS1ES)
  • Construction Technology and Surveying (EC1ITS)
  • BIM for Construction (EC114C)
  • Research Skills (EC113A)
  • Introduction to Logistics (LT1301)
  • Construction Materials (EC1CMT) 
  • Introduction to Business Management (SE1500)

Year 2

In the second year, the business, financial management, legal and planning aspects introduced in the first year are further developed as are the more technically oriented construction subjects.

Modules
  • Estimation, Measurement and Scheduling (EC211C)
  • Construction Technology (EC212C)
  • Building Information Technology (EC2BIT)
  • Health, Safety and Risk (EC214C)
  • Construction Contract Management and Law (EC215C)
  • Professional Development (EC216C)
  • Introduction to Building Design (EC217C) 
  • Project Management (LT2306)

Year 3 - Optional placement year

See placement year section or find out more about the Aston placement year. One of the following modules:

  • EAS Study Placement Year (SEP001)
  • EAS Industrial Placement Year (SEP002)
  • EAS Study/Work Placement Year (SEP003) 

Final Year

The final year besides further enhancing and consolidating your management and technical capabilities provides you with the opportunity to explore in depth a construction-related topic of your choice.

Modules
  • Final Year Research Project (EC310A)
  • Construction Technology 3 (EC3CT3)
  • Human Resource Management (LT3306)
  • Purchasing Principles and Process (LT2321)
  • International Construction (EC315C)
  • Construction Design, Costing and Scheduling Project (EC3DCS)

We employ a wide variety of teaching and learning styles on this degree. We place particular emphasis on project based learning and hands on experience. Visiting lecturers from the construction industry bring real life experience to your learning.

Assessment is through a combination of project work, case studies, practical reports and coursework (approximately 50%), and exams (approximately 50%). Your final degree classification is not only based on your final year studies, but also on your second, and if relevant, your sandwich year.


Course Director

Dr Kenny Park
Dr Kenny Park is a Chartered Construction Manager who joined Aston University in 2009. After gaining his BSc in Architectural Engineering, he gained over twelve years of work experience in international construction and engineering companies. He then completed a PhD at the University of Reading. 

Kenny's research interests include construction and engineering economics, intergration of design and construction, process improvement and innovation, integrated procurement systems, project management, housing refurbishment, whole life performance and sustainability. 

If you choose our four year sandwich programme, you'll spend your third year in a paid industrial placement that directly relates  to your studies. The value a placement adds is immense – you will grow in knowledge, experience, confidence and maturity, and gain organisational and time management skills.

Our experienced staff will help you find a suitable placement with companies such as Carillion, Balfour Beatty Construction, Interserve, Shepherd Construction, Mace, EC Harris and AYH.

Our current and recent placement employers include companies in the UK and abroad such as: BNFL, ConocoPhillips, GSK, Kraft, Alfa Laval, Thames Water, AMEC and 3M.

Find out more about placement years at Aston.

Construction modules adopt the most appropriate approach in order to provide you with the best teaching for that particular subject. They are also designed so that you to develop your presentation, report writing, teamwork and decision making abilities – life skills that all employees demand. 

You can also obtain one-to-one support in all aspects of study and communication skills through the University’s Learning Development Centre.

Our programme is fully recognised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) through its partnership agreement with the University. Graduates are therefore eligible to enter the RICS’s Assessment of Professional Competence training scheme. The degree is also fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

Aston University has developed strong partnerships with industry. Whether they are project or research based, Aston's Engineering Systems and Management group offers programmes which are tailored to suit the industrial environment. This focus allows our students to build skills which are essential to industry, moulding them into highly employable industry ready graduates. These partnerships also further the knowledge of the working environment allowing lecturers to adapt their teaching methods to compliment the frequently changing industrial environment.

Our graduates work with leading companies across all major business sectors including:

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There is always a demand for competent construction and project managers without whom the infrastructure, so necessary to today’s society, could not exist. 


When you graduate you will possess the necessary skills to work for civil engineering contractors, building and project management companies, local government and in the service industries. The management, transferable and technical skills developed during your studies will also be attractive to other professions and there is significant potential for successful careers in such diverse fields as finance, logistics and general management.

EAS Undergraduate Admissions Office
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ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk



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