If your ambition is to gain a senior site management role within the construction industry, our BSc Construction Management degree will set you on the right path.
Our Built Environment School made the UK Top 15 in The Guardian League Tables 2018, so you can be confident that you’re studying one of the leading construction courses in the UK, right here in Birmingham, during a huge and exciting regeneration period. There’s never been a better time to gain exposure to every aspect of the built environment.
In the UK, the construction industry provides one tenth of the UK’s gross domestic production and is a substantial employer, with over two million people employed in the industry.
Our programme matches the needs of the industry, preparing you to be able to manage a construction project from inception and design through to occupation by developing your skills in management to enable you to deliver projects safely, on time, on budget and to the highest possible quality.
The complexity of construction projects requires construction professionals who have expertise in construction management and can work effectively with people from different cultural backgrounds and construction disciplines.
You will learn about the immediate and long-lasting effect which construction activities have on the environment, and discover sustainable and environmentally sound construction methods and innovative management practices. This course has social innovation embedded its core. You will learn through creative social problem solving, working with our industrial partners to develop your intellectual and practical competence, as required by professional bodies such as CIOB and RICS.
After completing this course, you will have a broad range of knowledge of the legal, technical, managerial, economic, social and environmental aspects of construction projects, and be able to confidently manage both commercial and civil engineering projects.
Our Built Environment courses are placed 11th out of 59 institutions in the Guardian University League Tables 2018.
The average starting salary of a School of Engineering and the Built Environment graduate is £23,000 (DLHE 2014/15).
In 2017, we are spending £6.5 million on improvements to our Millennium Point facilities so you’ll have even more access to dedicated, industry-standard equipment.
The course content has been developed in line with the requirements of two professional bodies, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).
Strong links with employers such as Willmott Dixon allow you to apply what you learn in a practical context through work placement opportunities. You’ll also have the chance to work on live projects for clients.
It’s an exciting time to study construction in Birmingham – the city is undergoing huge regeneration. The Big City Plan, a 20-year vision covering every aspect of the built environment, is creating innovative redevelopments and opportunities.
By undertaking further suitable work experience and the Professional Review, you can apply for full membership of CIOB and AssocRICS following the Assessment of Professional Competence with the RICS.
You will have the opportunity to take part in international competitions such as the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Design and Build competition, giving you an opportunity to apply your skills to real-life projects. Our students have an impressive track record in these competitions and have had the opportunity to travel to competitions in locations across the world including Dallas, Texas.
Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:
Our next Open Day for this course will take place on Saturday 30 June 2018. Book your place to see our facilities and speak to our staff and students.
To welcome all new home and EU undergraduate degree students starting in 2018 or 2019, we're giving at least £150 worth of credit to spend in a host of ways, on books and a range of learning materials. Even better, it doesn’t have to be repaid. Terms and conditions apply.
Visit our School site for more student work and extra information.
We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.
At the point of application, you must have GCSE at Grade 4 (C) or above in English Language and Mathematics. Equivalent qualifications can be considered in lieu of GCSE subjects as long as the required subjects are covered.
BBC or 112 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels
|UK Qualification||Requirements 2018/19|
|GCE A Level/ AS Level||BBC or 112 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels|
|Access to Higher Education Diploma||Pass overall with 60 credits, 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2, including with a minimum of 12 credits achieved from any units awarded at Merit or Distinction|
|BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years)||D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points (2017 entry)|
|BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years)||DMM - 112 UCAS points|
|BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years)||Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points (2017 entry)|
|BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art and Design||Distinction|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma||
1. For students who complete the full IB Diploma: a total of 14 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects.
2. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates.
Students must have grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level)
|Irish Leaving Certificate||B2, B2, B3, B3, B3|
|Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher||AABB|
|Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options)||Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points (2017 entry)|
|If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.
Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
|EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications||Requirements 2017/18|
|IELTS||6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses).||
1. For students who complete the full IB Diploma: a total of 14 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects.
2. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates.
Students must have grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level)
International students who cannot meet the direct entry requirements can begin their degree studies at Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC).
As part of the application process you will be invited to attend an applicant visit day where you will undertake a short one-to-one interview with an academic member of staff. This is your chance to show us how passionate you are about the subject and it will help us make a decision on your application.
This will provide you with more information about the School and your course. In addition, it will give you a chance to meet and our staff and students to gain a better understanding of what it is like to be a student here.
From A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels
We've put together a whole host of resources including student tips and expert advice to help you nail your exams. You can even get a free revision guide.
|BSc (Hons)||Sep 2018||FT||3 years||£9,250 per year||Apply via UCAS|
|BSc (Hons)||Sep 2018||SW||4 years||£9,250 per year (excluding sandwich year)||Apply via UCAS|
|BSc (Hons)||Sep 2018||PT||5 years||£1,542 per 20 credit module|
|BSc (Hons)||Sep 2018||FT||3 years||£12,000 per year|
If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.
UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college. You can apply until 30 June.
There are three ways to apply:
Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.
If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.
UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*
The personal statement gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.
Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:
Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?
If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.
Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.
Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.
eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.
You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.
Get more information on writing personal statements.
*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.
There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements). If your course includes a residential study session, the accommodation costs for this are already included in your course fee.
Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.
The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.
If you've got no idea where to start or just want to check you're on the right track, we’ve got expert advice and real examples from our students to help you nail your personal statement. You can even download our ultimate personal statement guide for free.
We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.
Introduction to the Built Environment
This module explores how key ‘actors’, including professional bodies, landowners, developers, investors, politicians, members of the public, and the state influence the development of the built (and natural) environment. You will explore the way in which politics, the economy, society, technology, law and the environment (PESTLE) all shape the built (and natural) environment.
You will also consider past, current and potential future trends that influence development, including significant issues such as resource availability and climate change and learn how development processes occur at different spatial scales and contexts.
In groups, you will work with industry, researching and presenting ideas about current thinking in relation to PESTLE and the actors involved with the development process. You will also develop your professional presentation, academic research and client care skills.
Integrated Digital Design: Residential
Digital construction is an integral component of the design, development and maintenance of modern residential development. Building information technology (BIM) is at the forefront of the movement towards total digitalisation of the built environment. This module aims to provide a foundation for you to successfully execute the BIM process by working across the different course disciplines on a project that simulates a residential project.
Students from each course (real estate, construction management, architectural technology, planning or building surveying) will execute multiple BIM data developments throughout the building’s lifecycle simultaneously. These individual developments will then be amalgamated to produce a federated BIM model that contains all coursework submitted for each group as a final bid report. The disciplines will broadly work on the following: real estate will focus on the marketability of the project based upon its BIM output; construction management and planners will consider planning and controlling the project; architectural technology students will focus on the redesign of the residential project according to appropriate building regulations; building surveying will produce an analysis of the building’s life cycle requirements for facilities management during occupancy.
This module will provide you with the basic legal concepts and principles you will need throughout your career in the built environment.
You will be introduced to the structure and processes of the English legal system. This is the essential foundation of the legal skills necessary for the provision of sound advice to clients and colleagues in your career. In particular, you will focus on legal and regulatory frameworks which shape the design, development and management of buildings and places. You will explore the English legal system and how law is made and contract and tort law including nuisance, negligence and occupiers’ liability.
To put your skills into practice, you will be presented with scenarios and required to provide accurate, informed and professional advice to your client with reference to existing case law.
Built Environment Technology 1
This module, for all of the built environment professions, introduces a range of concepts relating to the technology of construction. You will gain an understanding of modern and sustainable methods of construction, based on the example of low rise residential construction as this is relatively straightforward and gives you the opportunity to explore these issues appropriately.
You will be introduced to everyday materials, construction methods, building services and Building Regulation. You will gain an insight into the properties of materials and the basic scientific principles that apply to them. You will focus on construction materials and how they can be used to create a construction element and/or component (e.g. a floor, an external wall, a roof). In order to gain an understanding of the design process, you will create and present a virtual building model.
Professional Environmental and Materials Science
Environmental and materials science is an important area of study for all disciplines involved with the design, planning, development and management of the built environment. This module encourages you to consider how the properties, structures and performance of materials influence why buildings function. You will be encouraged to consider how these properties have an impact on construction from a design and practical use perspective. This module will enable you to develop innovative solutions for more robust, resilient, safe and sustainable buildings and structures.
Using directed learning exercises, you will produce a professional portfolio exploring issues including design technology, building methods, energy use and thermal effect. Many of these issues relate closely to the changing landscape of the sustainability agenda, which affects all built environment disciplines from planning and design to property management. In groups you will produce a final professional poster which will be presented to an industry panel.
This project allows you to develop and cultivate a creative mindset through collaborative innovative practice, bringing together knowledge and imagination to construct a viable product. You will work in inter-disciplinary project teams supported by innovation mentors, advisers and academics, culminating in you exhibiting your work to an international panel of experts.
You will be encouraged to demonstrate deep thinking (research, thought and action) of your ideas and constructs through the development of an extensive speculative project plan that will encourage you to innovate further.
The module is semi-structured using lectures, workshops and innovation labs within the student teams, and you will be supported and encouraged to continuously progress your projects for assessment.
In this module, you will gain an understanding of the procurement process and how it can deliver benefits to clients, contractors and others involved with the development process.
You will explore issues that affect the choice of a procurement strategy by evaluating various projects and the best management and procurement approaches to be adopted. You will also learn about how the choice of procurement strategy can affect time, cost, viability, quality and sustainability issues. You will also cover current issues influencing procurement, such as international markets, legislation and sustainable procurement.
You will be encouraged to reflect on what might be considered the best service to the client, understanding and evaluating which procurement approach will lead to the best outcome. You will gain understanding of procurement options in accordance with professional codes of practice and core competencies required by the RICS/CIOB.
Built Environment Commercial Technology
This module will explore the wider implications of the selection of traditional and innovative building material, methods of construction in new build and refurbishment and environmental and mechanical services systems.
You will gain an insight into the operational complexities involved in the construction of large-scale commercial buildings to ensure that projects are delivered on time and on budget and meet the required quality standard.
You will be introduced to the key technology concepts and gain an understanding of the technical terminology used in commercial construction. You will also gain an in-depth understanding of the construction methods and systems which can be applied to commercial and industrial buildings and apply the technology principles gained at Level 4 to large scale buildings.
You learning will be reinforced by problem-based tasks focused on identifying different building materials and methods which can be used in commercial construction.
Integrated Digital Design for Complex Structures
This module encourages you to explore the potential of Building Information Modelling (BIM). Through developing a project, you will explore the potential of multiple BIM data developments.
The module incorporates learning through formal lectures including presentations, seminars, tutorials, hands-on experience, learning sets and problem based scenarios, backed up by guest speakers and visits to construction sites when appropriate.
Learning activities incorporate work-related learning and problem solving, in-class tasks, seminar work, peer assessment and learning sets. Practical work includes practical demonstrations, seminar, laboratory and tutorial work, use of ICT as a visual tool, problem-based scenarios and group project work.
This module will broaden your knowledge of various forms of cost considerations prior to tendering, including an estimation of a construction project’s cash flow. You will develop the skills to deliver the various elements required in preparation of a Tender.
You will gain a perspective on procurement procedures and the impact of those procedures on project development and consider how aspects of commercial management contribute to the life of a development.
Planning and Programming
In this module, you will learn about the process of planning and programming activities for a construction site. You will combine your technical and managerial skills within the construction environment and gain a breadth of knowledge in key areas of the construction process, site set up, health and safety, planning and programming, data and information management, and communication and management theories.
You will use software applications to ensure your skills are at the forefront of developments in the industry. The assessment process will also develop your communication and problem solving skills to enable you to provide professional advice to your clients.
This module will expand your skills in interpreting information about project sites and develop your understanding of operational and constructional processes. You will consider key aspects of Civil Engineering:
You will develop your intellectual and practical competence in technical, managerial, economic, theoretical and environmental aspects of construction, learning through formal lectures, presentations, seminars, tutorials, and problem based scenarios, backed up by visits to construction sites and exhibitions when appropriate.
This module will further deepen your knowledge and understanding of contract law and procurement and provide you with hands-on experience of designing and executing a contract, which is a core requirement for a construction professional.
You will explore the various forms of contracts and the responsibilities of the people involved in executing a contract, paying particular attention to roles of the key people and clauses in FIDIC, JCT and NEC3 contracts. Issues such as clauses on the provisions for extension of time, managing change, and resolution of disputes arising in the execution of contracts will also be covered.
You will also consider the causes and consequences of breach of contracts and the procedures available for dealing with such breaches, with particular emphasis on Alternative forms of Dispute Resolution (ADRs) and the factors influencing the preference of any of these forms.
This module will consider construction projects as an organisational issue, and introduce you to the two main approaches to the management of projects. The first is the functional management approach, which is largely based on structured techniques and methods, and the second is the organisational management approach, which sees management as an ongoing social and organisational process. You will explore both approaches, and learn how to use them in a balanced way for the successful management of construction projects.
With the functional management approach, you will understand how to define a project in a structured way using project breakdown structures, and how to use these for further planning and control functions in the project. With the organisational management approach, you will learn about the fundamental difficulties of managing construction projects due to their inherent uncertainty and complexity.
Services and Energy Performance
This module explores and applies architectural engineering principles to the construction, planning and design of buildings and structures in order to create a built environment that is energy efficient and environmentally friendly.
You will study the structural integrity of buildings and energy management issues in order to understand the construction management process as a part of a creative, practical and interdisciplinary approach. You will consider evolving demands from all stakeholders and the use of new materials and assembly techniques based on the need for more sustainable buildings.
You will consider building design and building services, and you will explore and develop an understanding of the design and analysis of heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, acoustic and lighting planning, as well as study the efficiency and design of plumbing, fire protection and electrical systems. You will work in a manner that encourages constructive teamwork – a vital skill in the modern and complex construction industry.
Professionalism and Citizenship
In this module, you will focus on extending and providing appropriate evidence of your professional skills and development. The aim of the module is to introduce you to key contemporary social thinking within the built environment, centred on community, built environment diversity and inclusivity issues.
You will gain an appreciation and understanding of the principles, tools, methods and processes of consultancy and professionalism and how these link to a wider citizenship agenda. You will explore practice-based learning through a ‘hands-on’ group-based consultancy assignment with a real client organisation. You will be required: to deconstruct and negotiate a consultancy project in a situation where initially there may be a lack of clarity, high ambiguity, intense uncertainty and unusual data; apply a range of frameworks to structure analytical thinking; apply techniques to complete the research; and demonstrate effective communication skills in delivering the final results to the client.
This is a chance to undertake a sustained, in-depth and research-informed project exploring an area of personal interest to you. In agreement with your supervisor, you will decide on your topic, which will take the form of a practical outcome (artefact) with accompanying contextual material.
The main consideration when choosing your topic is that it must be aligned to the programme you are studying, and you should consider its relevance to your future academic or professional development.
You will be expected to work independently, with additional one-to-one support from your supervisor, who will be familiar with your chosen topic area. As you progress, extra support will be available which may take the form of group seminars, workshops or online materials.
If you have completed a Foundation/HND course and want to study this degree with us in 2017, you may be able to start in Year two/three (level 5/6). Please be aware that the modules for a Year two/three start will be different to the ones listed above. You will need to download the 2016/17 programme for more information on which modules you will be studying.
Various assessment methods will be used in this programme to address the different needs of individual modules, including exam, essay, portfolio, individual/group presentation, and dissertation. Written and/or oral feedback and feedforward will be provided through Moodle, email, and group/1-2-1 tutorial.
A personal tutor and dissertation supervisor will be assigned to each student for tailored support. Various other supports at university, faculty, school and programme level are also available (e.g. BCU library, student support tutor, Centre for Academic Success, EDS, SAP and Graduate+).
There are 24 weeks of teaching in each academic year.
A typical week on this course will include 12 hours per week of contact time over two to three days, plus 15 to 25 hours of self study.
A typical week on this course will include six to nine hours per week over one day, plus 10 to 20 hours of self study.
You’ll have the opportunity to study in the USA. Our exchange programme with Auburn University in Alabama gives you access to the latest industry advances and including Building Information Modelling – skills that UK employers are crying out for.
Dean is aspiring to become a Chartered Project Manager after studying Construction Management. He received the Certificate of Excellence from the CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building) which is only awarded to a selective amount of students nationally.
The Chartered Institute of Building is at the heart of a management career in construction. Its focus is on those entering and already in a management career in construction, by delivering qualifications and certifications that meet the needs of a changing industry. It works with members, employers, academia and governments across the globe to drive forward the science, practice and importance of management in construction.
If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.
It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.
The course gives you the skills needed to prepare for a career in construction management You’ll understand many aspects of construction technology, services and innovation relating to a wide range of building and civil engineering projects, with appropriate regard to health and safety and environmental responsibility.
You’ll be able to project manage complex construction projects from an operational perspective and apply problem-solving skills. You’ll also have a strong understanding of any legal implications and cost issues, as well as global and economic aspects. A strong advantage of the practical element of the course is that you’ll have developed the skills needed to back up theory.
These skills are highly valued by employers. Recent research conducted by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) indicates that the UK’s construction industry needs 36,000 new recruits each year to cope with increased demand.
Our innovative collaboration with Birmingham City Council’s Urban Design Team means you can gain work experience, work on key individual research projects, gain technical application skills, win excellence awards and contribute to projects influencing future council policy.
You’ll develop a range of transferable skills, such as how to communicate ideas and solve problems, as well as developing negotiation and planning skills. And because of the unique nature of the course, you’ll learn how to work effectively and efficiently either on your own or as part of a team.
Students from the School of Engineering and the Built Environment will also be given a chance to take part in a major international construction competition hosted by the University. Prestigious firm Mott MacDonald, which has excellent links with the University, will sponsor the event.
The delivery of the course is complemented by a range of visits to construction sites where you will be able to appreciate theory in context.
OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.
It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.
Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.
Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.
Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:
Visits to construction sites will put theories into context and give you valuable insight.
There are also walking tours around Birmingham itself to take in the city’s diverse architecture.
Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.
The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.
Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:
The UK remains one of the world's leading study destinations for international students.
The first-class experience offered by universities are reflected in the world’s largest survey of international students. International students are more likely to recommend the UK than any other leading English-language study destination.
International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.
BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.
Building work on our new Conservatoire began in the summer of 2015 – and is scheduled for completion in summer 2017. This, along with the construction of a new city centre accommodation block, means our students have access to their very own building sites.
Part of your learning activity will be hands-on, including carrying out survey work using a range of equipment, such as levels, theodolites and measuring tapes.
We couple this with the more traditional, office-based facilities:
Here at Birmingham City University you will make use of commercial software as part of your assessment. Work is carried out in well-equipped and air-conditioned laboratories.
You will be provided with the latest CAD software – free of charge – to enable you to acquire the skills you need in a modern design office.
Part of your learning activity will be hands-on, including carrying out survey work using a range of equipment, such as levels, theodolites, measuring tapes.
Angela is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering and the Built Environment.
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Insurance valuation work for Prudential portfolio.
Benchmarking (Wembley Stadium) and Key Performance Indicator (Kier Construction) advisor, Partnering & Supply chain management, advisor on best practice initiatives.
Clients Charter consultant for Wembley Housing, Beacon Housing & Richmond Housing.
Risk and Value workshop for PFI MOD Salisbury, Tubelines and Manchester City Council