In a nutshell
Construction is a dynamic and exciting industry which depends on the transmission and management of accurate, relevant and timely information. Good data underpins effective decision making, and good decisions are key to the success of construction companies in a globally competitive market. Recognising this and building on our ground-breaking digital built environment postgraduate programme, we’ve introduced the first Digital Construction degree programme in the world.
Placing digital construction at its heart, this unique undergraduate course blends traditional construction knowledge with data management, data modelling, digital tools, systems thinking, systems development and critical awareness, so you develop a tool kit ready to meet the challenges facing the construction industry today.
Using project-based learning and collaborative exercises, you’ll learn about the significance of data management at all stages of the construction lifecycle; from financial data and project visualisation at the initial planning phase to works in progress, and off-site production and latterly using data to provide a safe, effective and efficient long-term asset. Emphasis is placed on developing key attributes for your future employment including adaptability, flexibility and critical thinking, all mediated within the context of digital technology, and the application and use of data.
Salford is a great choice for studying construction. We’re consistently ranked in the world top 100 universities for architecture and built environment study (QS 2019), located at the heart of one of the largest property and construction market outside of London. With our industry-focused learning approach, you’ll visit local projects and receive live briefs that enhance your real-world knowledge.
Our day-release route enables you to balance your studies with your current work commitments.Featuring the same content as our standard undergraduate degree, you'll study across 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 than the standard part-time route.
- Learn how construction projects are conceived, designed, delivered and maintained
- Discover how digital technologies and data mediate and support the construction process
- Develop practical digital expertise and analytical skills within a world-renowned Built Environment academic centre
- Build proficiency in evaluating and implementing digital and data solutions in the context of real world, industry challenges
- Become a fluent, critical thinker, communicator and problem solver within the digital built environment
This is for you if...
You're a practical, problem-solver who enjoys working with others
You're interested in building a career in a dynamic and fascinating professional sector
You're interested in developing digital, technical, social and critical thinking capabilities
All about the course
Admission for the accelerated pathway is in September, January or June. The programme consists of 18 credit modules distributed across three calendar years. You will study two 20-credit taught modules in the Autumn, Spring and Summer trimesters of each year of your course. You will typically attend 1 day per week during each teaching trimester (including the Summer trimester).
Our BSc (Hons) Digital Construction accelerated day-release degree is designed to fit around your existing work commitments. It provides the ideal opportunity to continue with your current role and also study for an honours degree.
The course features a modular programme that combines theoretical built environment knowledge with the practical development of professional contemporary digital-based skills and competencies that reflect the changing face of industry.
Across three years of study, you'll cover topics that include include regulation, economics, management, surveying, process management, construction law, dispute resolution, risk, value management, and technology. In your final year, you'll also complete a research dissertation.
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.
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.
Data Theory for Construction
You will learn the core principles of digital systems and data management and develop an understanding of how to derive robust meanings from a wide range of different data sets. You will have opportunities to analyse and manipulate data using current technologies and to learn digital skills which are fundamental for the construction professional.
Computer Aided Design
You will gain the competence to identify and use appropriate ICT tools that are applicable for building surveying and basic design.
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.
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.
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.
Critical Thinking for Construction
The modern work-place demands adaptive, flexible and clear-sighted critical thinkers. In the context of construction relevant scenarios which raise a host of complex, ethical and commercial issues, you will develop modes of thought and analysis which will equip you to tackle the challenges of an ever-changing future professional landscape.
Digital fluency and informatics
You will learn the application of data capture processes and exploitation mechanisms within the context of the construction process. You will develop competence in the theory and practice of knowledge management, and how to efficiently deploy information to improve and enhance knowledge systems.
Discipline Research Project
You will develop your knowledge of good research practice through the completion of a written research proposal and a research document. You will also develop data analysis skills through the collection and critical appraisal of different sources of data.
You will develop the capability to evaluate Virtual Reality (VR) technologies and apply appropriate approaches for the presentation of complex 3D data sets. You will learn to critically evaluate current applications of VR and develop solutions for use in the built environment. You will also develop competencies in the management and manipulation of multi-media data sets.
Sustainable Design and Construction
You will develop comprehensive recognition of the principles of sustainable design and their application in the practice of construction. The module content aims to reinforce the relationship between sustainable design and construction processes.
Construction Application Development
Building on your digital and construction knowledge, you will identify an aspect of construction practice which may benefit from a digital tool, and then develop that digital tool, reflecting upon how this may contribute to process improvement.
Introduction to Design & Delivery Systems
You will develop knowledge and understanding of tools, techniques and key issues in construction project delivery using Building Information Modelling (BIM). On completion of the module you will be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of integrated project delivery and its impacts upon improved design co-ordination and information management and exchange amongst project stakeholders. You will also be able to critically appraise the business need for integrated project design and delivery systems and the benefits and impacts of integrated project delivery upon project management practice, as well as describing and critically evaluate the use of BIM tools in relation to integrated design and delivery systems.
Improving Digital Capacity
You will have an opportunity to undertake a critical analysis of a construction company, and to generate a requirement for an improved digital solution to an ongoing business need. You will learn theories relevant to people based and digital change management and synthesise these to critically evaluate and provide a digital improvement plan.
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
- Directed study
- One-to-one tutorials (by appointment)
- Guest lecturers and visits to construction sites etc.
You will be assessed through a combination of exams, projects and coursework:
- Design projects
- Case study analysis
- Precedent studies
SCHOOL OF SCIENCE, ENGINEERING AND ENVIRONMENT
The School of Science, Engineering and Environment aims to transform the quality of life for society and the wellbeing of future generations through a better and more sustainable future. Our research expertise includes the built environment, cancer, data security, dementia, marine conservation, robotics, and sustainability.
We place our students at the heart of everything we do. With over 200 dedicated academic, technical and administrative members of staff we offer a robust support system for our student community. Our expanding suite of multidisciplinary programmes cover acoustics, architecture, biology, biomedicine, chemical sciences, computing, construction, engineering, environment (built and natural), geography, mathematics, physics, property, robotics, surveying and wildlife.
If you're looking for a vibrant, welcoming and highly professional environment in which you can realise your potential, the School of Science, Engineering and Environment at the University of Salford offers you a world of opportunities.
Salford is home to the unique Energy House – the only fully climate controlled research facility in the world. Built in 2011, this full-scale two-bedroom terraced house is 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.
Think Lab is our futuristic research environment. It leads the development of advanced technology platforms for smart city applications, collaborative engineering, industry collaborations, simulation and gaming applications, and interactive training and learning
What about after uni?
Graduates with proficiency in digital construction are in high demand, both in the UK and internationally. You'll be highly-sought by employers and with attractive career prospects. With the skill set you'll develop, you may choose to find employment in any part of the supply chain, client specific organisations, design or construction focused companies, project management consultancies and government departments.
Our construction alumni have progressed to work for leading construction industry organisations, including Lend Lease, Kier, Laing O'Rourke, Simons Construction Ltd and Skanska.
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.
- MSc Project Management in Construction
- MSc BIM and Digital Built Environments
- MSc Construction Management
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.
Recent partners have included:
- Birse Civil
- BAM Construction
- Balfour Beatty Construction
- Bovis Lend Lease
- Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
- Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
What you need to know
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/level 4 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 Admissions for further information.
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
Grade C/level 4 or above in Maths and English Language
UCAS tariff points
GCE A level
Irish Leaving Certificate
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.
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Full-time home/EU||2019/20||£9,250per year|
|Full-time international||2019/20||£18,450per year|
|Part-time||2019/20||Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
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