Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Construction Project Management Accelerated

Full-time

Part-time

Attendance

Two year

Three year

Four year

Course

June 2019

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Introduction

In a nutshell

Blending theory and practice using an action-based reflective learning approach, we’ll teach you to plan, organise and control construction operations. You’ll learn about regulations, procurement, and LEAN techniques. You’ll use management and planning software tools, such as BIM and CAD. Staying true to the collaborative nature of the construction industry, you’ll complete projects and problem-solving activities alongside other built environment students

Salford is a leading centre for construction, ranked in the World’s Top 100 centres for Built Environment study (QS, 2018). Located at the heart of the Manchester city-region, one of the UK’s largest property and construction markets, we’re surrounded by real-life construction case studies and industry connections, providing you with endless opportunities once you graduate.

Our popular Construction Project Management degree is accredited by both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). You'll be educated to the highest industry standards, studying a range of tailored, industry-shaped modules that will develop your professional, technical and interpersonal skill set.

This accelerated pathway includes the same content as a traditional three year undergraduate degree, but is taught over three trimesters rather than two semesters. This more intense mode of study means that you can complete your degree in a shorter period of time, so you can progress more quickly into work or further study.

You will:
  • Learn the scientific, technological and financial aspects of building development and construction management.
  • Understand the practicalities and legalities involved in building development and management.
  • Explore digital project management skills tools and technologies needed to pursue your future career.
Placement

options available

International

students accepted

This is for you if...

1.

You have a passion for developing, advancing and shaping the future of the built environment.

2.

You are keen to develop technical project management skills.

3.

You want to complete your degree more quickly.

Course details

All about the course

Collaboration is at the heart of the built environment profession and our Construction Project Management course provides the ideal balance of academic study with the application of professional skills and competencies.

You will learn through a combination of academic study and project work. You will work with students from other related courses, mirroring the multidisciplinary, team-based approach of the modern construction and property industry.

In year one, essential modules are shared with other built environment courses within the school, so that you adjust to collaboration from the outset. Modules include regulation, economics, management, surveying and design.

During year two, you will be introduced to subjects specific to your course, including lean and offsite production, procurement and administration and a multi-disciplinary project.

Your final year requires you to complete a range of compulsory and optional modules specific to construction project management, including dispute resolution and sustainable design. You will also complete a research dissertation on a built environment subject of your choice.

INDUSTRIAL PLACEMENT OPTION

If you are studying full-time, you'll have the option to take an industrial placement year between years two and three. Although you will be responsible for securing your own placement, we will assign you a placement tutor to monitor your progress and assess your final placement report.

Year One (full-time accelerated)

Technology 1

You will gain the necessary knowledge and skills to describe, explain, evaluate, compare and apply building construction techniques and materials used in typical low-rise, domestic type buildings, with a focus on contemporary construction techniques. You will develop a systematic understanding of the sustainable practices involved in building construction.

Introduction to Law and Regulatory Framework

You will be introduced to English Law and relevant statutory requirements for studying for vocational qualifications in the construction and property professions. The module also introduces you to the workings of the English legal system, to the law relating to contracts and to the regulatory framework affecting the use, management and development of land, in particular, planning, building control and the CDM regulations.

Introduction to Construction Management

Through this module you will gain experience of relevant management and planning software tools through the application of industry specific ICTs such as Microsoft Project, Building Information Modelling and appropriate design delivery software CAD. You will be able to demonstrate the importance of the legislative environment, including the consequences of health, safety and welfare, and apply current management tools and techniques to mitigate relevant issues that may occur on a construction project. You will understand ethnic and cultural diversity issues and current codes of practice in the industry and their implications for ethical practice. You will appreciate the relevance of social, economic and environmental sustainability and recognise the impact of this on a building’s carbon emissions and ability provide a comfortable environment for the end user. This module will also enable you to engage with industry through a series of industrial guest lectures supporting and enhancing the project brief.

Construction Management Project 1

This module will enable you to identify and use appropriate learning-how-to-learn strategies that are applicable for the programme of study. You will be able to recognise and apply discipline specific knowledge and practice to solve discipline related project tasks on an individual and team basis. You will identify and apply ethical codes of behaviour appropriate to built environment professional practice. You will also gain experience applicable ICT technologies relevant to their field of study.

Economics and Management

You will develop an understanding of basic economic concepts and principles and of the economic environment, in which the construction and property sectors operate. The module will develop your knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of the construction environment within which you will operate as well as management and organisational theories in the construction and property context.

Environmental Science and Services

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the interactions between a building and its internal and external environments. You will learn about the principles involved in building heat transfer, occupant thermal comfort, illumination and acoustics. You will explore the need for mechanical and electrical engineering services in the building envelope and develop an understanding of typical building services systems technology.

Year Two (full-time accelerated)

Construction Process Management

You will develop a critical awareness and understanding of the construction process, at all stages, from inception to delivery. You will gain a practical understanding of the methods and techniques used in the planning and production stages of a construction project and competence in their application. This module will enable you to develop a comprehensive understanding of how effective planning and control of resources impacts on the control of a construction project and the supply chain. You will be able to understand and evaluate the concepts of risk and value and examine and apply techniques for their control and consider and review environmental impact, health & safety and other constraints on the construction process.

Lean and Offsite Production Management

Through this module you will be able to understand the role and responsibilities of the production manager in the context of the UK construction industry. You will develop knowledge and understanding of the key organisational management principles and issues involved in lean theory and its applications in design, production and operations. You will be able to demonstrate how risk management processes apply to production management practice. On this module you will evaluate current and future production processes and methods by which the production manager can control resource efficiency, quality, safety and environment. You will also develop knowledge and understanding of the implementation of offsite construction for an efficient and effective implementation of construction projects.

Construction Management Project 2

This project will provide you with an opportunity for discipline based project study on a range of built environment scenarios. You will develop detailed knowledge of discipline specific subject matter by applying relevant concepts and techniques to solve problems in project environments. You will also develop your project appraisal, collaborative team working, management, critical analysis and problem solving skills. This module will further develop and apply high-level communication and information technology skills to solve problems and present solutions to a competent standard appropriate for a built environment professional. You will also develop an understanding of the place of advanced ICT technologies within the sphere of the construction industry professional.

Multidisciplinary Project

This project will provide you with an opportunity to work in multi-disciplinary teams and to enable them to perform in a role/discipline in the context of a team based project. It will promote reflection on individual and team working and the multi-disciplinary nature of built environment projects. You will practice and further develop both discipline based and generic key skills required by a built environment professional. It encourages self-reflection and enable you to further your personal development plan, that aligns the learning needs and career aspirations and the requirements of the business sector and the professional institutions. You will also further develop written/oral communication, team working and inter-personal skills.

Technology 2

You will enhance your knowledge and skills to describe, explain, evaluate, compare and apply building construction techniques and materials used in typical medium to large span single storey buildings and multi-storey industrial/commercial buildings. You will develop an understanding of both historic and contemporary construction techniques for medium to large buildings. You will learn to identify and critically review alternative construction technologies, and make informed decisions and recommendations.

Procurement and Administration

This module enables you to explore and differentiate the principal types of procurement systems and associated contracts used in the UK, you will also explore the fundamental procedures related to contract administration.

Project Management

This module will help you develop knowledge and critical understanding of the principles of effective project management in a global business context. You will become skilled in project management techniques, methods and tools, and their applications and limitations.

Professional Practice

On this module you will examine the concept of the reflective practitioner such that there can be an alignment of personal and professional development with the future of professional practice.

The module aims to raise the level of awareness of major contemporary issues and developments in the built environment sector and to promote understanding of their significance and impact which will influence future professional conduct. It will encourage a deep level of understanding of corporate behaviour, the evolution of strategies and their implementation, and the significance for the built environment sector. You will develop managerial skills and commercial acumen including the promotion of enterprise and innovation and its application in the built environment sector, and competencies in the research and interpretation of business information and accounting to assist business decision-making and objective setting.

You will also gain an understanding of the importance of the role of the professional in society, the relevance of ethical behaviour, and the social, economic, and commercial significance of corporate responsibilities, particularly in the context of the built environment.

Day release accelerated

Year One

Modules may include:

  • Technology 1
  • Introduction to Construction Management
  • Environmental Science and Services
  • Construction Management Project 1
  • Introduction to Law and Regulatory Frameworks
  • Economics and Management

Year Two

Modules may include:

  • Technology 2
  • Construction Process Management
  • Procurement and Administration
  • Lean and Offsite Production Management
  • Multi-disciplinary Project
  • Construction Management Project 2

Year Three

Modules may include:

  • Professional Practice
  • Project Management
  • Construction Law and Dispute Resolution
  • Sustainable Design and Construction
  • Integrated Design and Delivery Systems
  • Discipline Research Project

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

You will develop your knowledge and skills through a blend of theoretical, collaborative and practical methods:

  • Studio projects
  • Projects with other built environment students
  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Directed study
  • One-to-one tutorials (by appointment)
  • Guest lecturers and visits to construction sites etc.

ASSESSMENT

You will be assessed through a combination of exams, projects and coursework:

  • Design projects
  • Essays
  • Case study analysis
  • Precedent studies
  • Examinations

School overview

The School of the Built Environment (SoBE) aims to transform the quality of life for society and the wellbeing of future generations through a better and more sustainable urban future. With a focus on architecture, building and construction, SoBE has over 1,000 undergraduates, 800 postgraduates, and over 200 PhD research students from across the world. Having led the built environment research agenda for more than 20 years, our rich community of internationally-recognised scholars works with students, business and industry across all levels of study and research.

Facilities

Our carefully designed studios provide an inspiring environment to develop ideas, work collaboratively and share best practice. We also have workshops which house high specification equipment, including laser cutters and 3-D printers, to help you bring your ideas and concepts to life.

The School of the Built Environment is also home to the unique Energy House – the only fully climate controlled research facility in the world. Built in 2011, this full sized two bedroom terraced house is built inside an environmental chamber that can replicate almost any weather conditions. It is fully furnished and packed with a vast array of sensors that can monitor a wide range of variables.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

Employment

Construction project managers are in demand both in the UK and internationally. You will be highly-sought by employers and prospects are excellent. You can expect to work in a wide-range of organisations, including construction companies, project management consultancies and government departments.

Our construction project management graduates have gone on to work at leading construction industry organisation, including Lend Lease, Kier, Laing O'Rourke, Simons Construction Ltd and Skanska.

Further study

Salford also offer a range of specialism postgraduate study options to take your career even further. We even offer a sizeable fee discount to our graduates and alumni.

A taste of what you could become

A project manager

A management consultant

A site manager

A construction project manager

And more...

Career Links

This course is extensively informed by collaboration between the university’s academics and industry partners from the built environment. Our experienced teaching team maintain strong links with the architecture, engineering and construction sectors, both local and international.

This collaboration with the professions ensures a stimulating range of external guest lecturers, as well as career networking opportunities. You will benefit from field visits, practitioner-led lectures and real-world problem-solving work developed for and by industry.  

Requirements

What you need to know

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Provides access to rewarding professional careers with excellent opportunities

Industrial placement year option

International students can apply

The pre-checklist

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with no band below 5.5 is proof of this.

Applicants must have a minimum grade C pass in English and Mathematics at GCSE O level (or equivalent). There are no specific A-level topics required.

In addition to our academic entry requirements, we also look for certain characteristics in each student. Possessing these characteristics will not only help you to fulfill your potential at university, but is also an essential requisite for a successful career in the built environment.

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have formal entry qualifications are required to sit a written assessment to measure their suitability. Please contact Andy Fleming, School Director of Admissions, for further information.

Route One Standard Entry

GCSE

You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

Grade C or above in Maths and English Language

UCAS tariff points

104 points

GCE A level

104 points

Scottish Highers

104 points

Irish Leaving Certificate

104 points

International Baccalaureate

30 points

Alternative Entry Requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2019 £17,910per year
Part-time 2019 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Enrolment dates

June 2019

September 2019

January 2020

June 2020

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID K201

Institution S03