BSc Construction Project Management

Aston University Construction Project Management

The placement provides a fantastic experience and
gives you the edge when it comes to looking for a
graduate career.” 

Henry Crockett
BSc Construction Project Management 

Entry requirements

BBB - BBC (BBB for any subject. BCC for a science or technical subject).

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. 

Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
This programme is fully recognised by the RICS through its partnership agreement with the university. Graduates are therefore eligible to enter the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence training scheme.
This subject at Aston is ranked 11th out of 38 in the UK in the university subject tables (2017 Complete University Guide).
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3 years full-time / 4 years full-time with integrated placement year

UCAS Code:

Typical offer level

A Level: BBC-BBB (BBB for any subject. BCC for a science or technical subject).
BTEC National Diploma: DDD in relevant National Diploma
IB: 32 points

Specific subject requirements
GCSE: Maths Grade B and English Grade C
A suitable combination of two A Level and two AS Level subjects may be accepted. General Studies is also accepted.
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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 

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 (2017/18)                             
£17,200 for Outside EU students (2017/18)
Placement Year: £2,500 for International Students

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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.

Our aim in creating this innovative suite of construction degrees is to provide you with the technical knowledge of materials and building processes, an understanding of logistics and planning together with the management and financial skills necessary for a challenging career in the construction industry. 

Construction programmes at Aston University combine the management, economics, finance and decision making skills required by the professional construction and project manager with specialist modules in such aspects as health, safety and environmental management.

The skills necessary for the commercial manager and quantity surveyor to play an integral part in finance, planning and operation of major construction projects are developed during this degree. After the 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.

Aston's construction degrees are ranked 7th in the UK for Building and Construction by the Times Good University Guide rankings 2010

Year 1

  • Research Skills (EC113A)
  • Enhancing Employment Skills (EAS1ES)
  • Introduction to Logistics (LT1301) 
  • Company and Contract Law (LT1305)
  • BIM for construction (EC106C)
  • Surveying (EC111C)
  • Geology and Soil Science (EC122C)
  • Principles of Financial Accounting (BF1101)
  • Introduction to Business Management (SE1500)
  • Construction Technology (EC102C)

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.

  • Inventory Control (LT2102)
  • Project Management (LT2306)
  • Database Management (LT2312)
  • Estimation, Measurement & Scheduling (EC211C)
  • Construction Technology 2 (EC212C)
  • Construction Materials (EC213C)
  • Health Safety and Risk (EC214C)
  • Construction Management and Law (EC215C)
  • Professional Development (EC216C)
  • Introduction to Building Design (EC217C)

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)


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.

  • Final Year Project (EC310A)
  • Contract Administration (EC305C)
  • Green Building (EC307C)
  • Value Risk & Whole Life Cost Management (EC311C)
  • Advanced Materials (EC312C)
  • International Construction (EC315C)
  • Facilities Management (EC316C)
  • Human Resource Management (LT3306)
  • Quality Engineering (ME2018)
  • Purchasing Principles and Processes (LT2321)

We employ a wide variety of teaching and learning styles on our degrees, and 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 (approx. 50%), and exams (approx. 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 Peter Hedges
He obtained his first degree from Cambridge University, and his PhD whilst lecturing at Aston. He worked for a number of years in the water industry before joining Aston University, and is a Chartered Engineer, and a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

If you choose our four year sandwich programme your third year is spent in a paid industrial placement of direct relevance 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 not only adopt the most appropriate approach in order to provide you with the best learning opportunity for that particular subject, but are also designed so that you to develop your presentation, report writing, teamwork and decision making abilities – life skills 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, Astons Engineering Systems and Management group offers programmes which are tailored to suit the industrial environment. This focus allows our graduates 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:

Industry Links
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.

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