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BSc Construction Project 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.
Lakeside model construction project management

Why choose this course?

  • Subject content designed to meet the needs of the construction project industry
  • This subject at Aston is ranked 6th in the UK regarding Student Satisfaction (2014 Complete University Guide)
  • Accredited by the RICS and CIOB
  • Excellent paid professional placements and graduate employment prospects
  • Strong well-established links with industry. 
  • This subject line at Aston is currently ranked 3rd in the UK for Employability in the latest Sunday Times University Guide

  • This subject line at Aston is currently ranked top 10 in the UK regarding its Staff to Student Ratio (2015 Guardian University Guide)

3 years full-time / 4 years full-time with integrated placement year

UCAS Code:
K221

Typical offer level

A Level: BBC-BBB
BTEC National Diploma: DDD in relevant National Diploma
IB: 32 points

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

Tuition fees:

£9,000 (£1,000 during placement year) for UK/EU students. (2014).                                                                                                                           £16,000 for Outside EU students. (2014).  More on fees

Information on visas for international students

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

Modules

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

Year 3 - Optional placement year

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

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

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.

For further information, see the programme specification (PDF).


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.

Personal development

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).

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.

Find out more about placement years at Aston.

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.
The School maintains extensive networked computing facilities with 24-hour access via smart-card. A range of software is available, including CAD packages and office productivity applications. Professional and friendly computing staff are on hand to assist with problems. We also have dedicated environmental and concrete laboratories, together with a well stocked store for surveying instruments.
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

Placement Profile

Placement Profile

Henry Crockett

BSc Construction Project Management

"My placement provides a fantastic experience that is highly relevant to my course, putting many modules I have studied into practice, and helping immensely for my final year studies."

 

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