Student Stories

BSc (Hons) Construction Management

Ryan made a late decision to study Construction Management, applying through Clearing after deciding he was best-suited to a course that was more practical in nature. He was particularly attracted by the opportunity to take part in work placements, study abroad and engage with live industry briefs from big-name companies. Ryan Parker

"I applied for this course through Clearing, having previously applied for a different course, but I felt this suited me better as it was more practical. I was particularly attracted to the Professional Practice module, where you work with other students to create a building that meets a client’s criteria, and present it to them. Ours was based on a Birmingham housing association which wanted a new building design that would halve their costs compared to the model they currently use.

"The lecturers always encourage you to participate in the opportunities the University offers, helping you reach your full potential. The modules reflect the profession you want to do and prepare you for it, while site visits help you apply the theory learned from lectures. There’s also the chance to present ideas with your team in front of a panel of industry specialists.

"Support from the staff is amazing; they are always there to help you if you have any problems or enquiries. There are lots of opportunities to work on your CV, enter competitions, do extra-curricular activities and apply for placements, which help improve your employability.

"The University is based in the city centre where it’s next to the Bullring and other large retailers. The new buildings in the city inspire you to come up with ideas and you can use them as a case study to understand the theory you have been taught in lectures. With the regeneration happening in the city, it’s a paradise for students studying construction as you can visualise how the building is being constructed and look at the layout of the site which all helps.

"After the second year, I would like to get a one-year placement to put the theories I learned into practice and after finishing my degree in 2020, I will hopefully complete my accreditation for the profession with the Chartered Institute of Building. With the city experiencing a construction boom, there are many job opportunities for graduates to take."

Construction Management

Birmingham City University