School of Art, Design and Architecture

BSc (Hons) Construction Project Management

Build your knowledge and skills in construction technology, processes and management to develop a successful career as a construction project manager. The combination of lectures, site visits, tutorials with industry partners and an optional year-long paid industry placement, will prepare you for a range of routes in the construction sector including project management, site organisation, estimating, and planning.

This course will help you gain the management skills and technical knowledge necessary to successfully manage building projects from start to finish, meeting the client’s expectations and values, and ensuring all health and safety, quality and environmental standards are met. Real-world group projects with input from industry professionals will help you understand the construction project managers’ role.

Key features

  • Our course is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE).
  • This course is designed around a common first year with BSc (Hons) Building Surveying and BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying, allowing you to transfer to these courses after successful completion of Year 1.
  • You will gain valuable experience with an optional, paid year-long placement in a leading construction company in the UK or abroad. Our industry links will help you find a placement, boosting your studies with practical experience and providing the contacts that can lead to future employment.
  • You will be part of a vibrant multidisciplinary learning environment, working with students from other built environment disciplines, including building surveyors, architectural engineers and quantity surveyors.
  • You will have access to a wide range of industry standard facilities, resources and equipment, including, a designated design studio space, specialist laboratories and workshops, Mac and PC suites, a 360 degree immersive vision theatre.
  • Each year the construction project management knowledge and skills you develop come together in a real-world design and build project with an actual client and project brief. Guided by our panel of industrial advisers, you will develop the professional skills to stand out in the sector.
  • Learn from leaders in their fields. Our staff come from both industry and research backgrounds. Industry professionals also play an active role in the course participating in guest lectures, workshops and tutorials.
  • Our built environment courses have been running for over 25 years.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • BLDG501 Technology of Large and Innovative Buildings

      This module will expand the knowledge in building technology and processes gained in Year 1. Focusing on the design and construction of framed buildings, the module provides the student with a full understanding of current and innovative building technologies, materials and systems used in high performance framed buildings.

    • BLDG503 Construction management processes and principles

      Focusing on the construction management practices of leading construction companies in the UK and abroad, this module provides the students with an understanding of the tools and methods used for the management, planning and programming of construction operations required for the development of buildings. This includes key management tools in relation to the control of time, cost and quality, as well as health and safety risks and environmental impacts associated with construction processes.

    • BLDG506 Contract Procedures

      Construction projects normally involve a large number of individual companies due to the fragmented supply chain in the sector. This module allows students to appreciate the complexity associated with procurement and project contract administration. It provide students with a deeper understanding of cost estimating, project feasibility studies and dispute resolution in the construction industry. Students will also gain practical experience of using computer programs used for cost estimating.

    • BLDG508 Built Environment Project 2

      This module encourages students to implement the knowledge in construction technologies as well as the team working, time management and graphical representation skills developed in the course. It involves designing a framed and complex building, or a specific building element contained in it, according to a realistic brief set by a client in a collaborative and multidisciplinary exercise, where each student assumes different construction roles.

    • BLDG510 Property Development and Refurbishment

      This module will introduce you to the reuse and adaptation of existing buildings, as well as provide a detailed understanding of the technical, environmental and regulatory aspects associated with building refurbishment and the retrofitting process. The module will also provide you with an understanding of planning and development procedures for existing building projects.

    • BLDG511 Building Services Engineering

      This module provides students with further knowledge, underlying concepts and principles in the areas of building science and building services technologies for large and non-domestic buildings.

    • FAPY200 Stage 2 Placement Preparation

      Building on the Level 1 module (FAPY100), this module continues to support you with the search for your placement and preparation for the placement itself.

  • Year 2
  • Optional modules
    • FAPY602 Industry Placement

      A 48-week period of professional training spent as the third year of a sandwich programme undertaking an approved placement with a suitable company. This provides an opportunity for the student to gain relevant industrial experience to consolidate the first two stages of study and to prepare for the final stage and employment after graduation.

  • Optional placement year
  • In your third year you will have the opportunity to undertake an optional year of professional paid training in an approved placement with a suitable company in the UK or abroad.

    Core modules
    • BLDG603 Sustainable and Safe Construction

      With the aim of achieving a more sustainable and safe construction industry in mind, this module provides students with in-depth understanding and critical awareness in sustainability and safety related issues related to the built environment. The module focuses on developing the skills to critically appraise and reduce the impact of buildings and construction on environmental, economic, social and health and safety aspects whilst meeting the needs of a sustainable built environment.

    • BLDG604 Building and Property Law

      This module focuses on the complex legal environment faced by construction professionals. It provides the students with an understanding of key legal principles in negligence, nuisance, trespass and other torts as well as key concepts in property and construction law. It also examines obligations and liabilities in a construction and property context.

    • BLDG606 Construction Management Professional Practice

      This module addresses the core project management methods and practices required to operate as a professional, and operate in a professional environment in the built environment. The module also focuses on embedding knowledge and understanding issues faced by modern construction professionals in delivering construction projects in a professional and ethical manner.

    • BLDG609 Built Environment Project 3

      This is primarily a student led project module encouraging the integration of knowledge and skills developed on the programme. The module involves applied research and undertaking a realistic professional commission in a collaborative and multidisciplinary exercise, where each student is required to complete those tasks relevant to the specific discipline.

    • BLDG611 Research Methods in the Built Environment

      This module provides students with a solid basis to undertake in depth research in a subject of their choice. It requires students to develop a research proposal that is based on a solid general knowledge of their discipline in construction. For students progressing to BLDG612, this module provides students with an understanding of the research methods necessary to undertake a dissertation in a built environment related topic.

    • BLDG612 Dissertation Project

      The dissertation project provides students with a vehicle to undertake in depth research in a subject of their choice. Students undertaking this module will have developed a research proposal that is based on a solid general knowledge of the discipline of construction in BLDG601. This module builds on this introduction to research methods and carries out the actual research.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BSc Hons Construction Project Management Programme Specification 2020 21 6770

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

104 - 112

A level
A minimum of 2 A levels, General Studies accepted.

International Baccalaureate
28 points.

18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

Mathematics and English Language grade C.

All relevant international qualifications will be considered - please contact

  • Other combinations and non-A level qualifications also considered.
  • Second year entry possible with a good HNC/HND or equivalent.
  • Equivalent qualifications and industry experience can be considered.

Candidates concerned about meeting this offer are encouraged to email

English language requirements

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

New Student 2019 2020
Home/EU To be confirmed £9,250
International To be confirmed £13,800
Part time (Home/EU) To be confirmed £770
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

Additional costs

This course is delivered by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and more details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Faculty of Arts and Humanities additional costs.

The University of Plymouth provides a wide range of financial support to help you during your time with us. For more information regarding tuition fees and scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

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Construction project management

Construction project management is the planning, organising, managing and supervising of the delivery of buildings and infrastructure projects. It involves collaboration with multidisciplinary teams including designers/architects, engineers/consultants, contractors and site workers.

You will learn about subjects such as Building Information Modelling (BIM), planning and programming of construction activities, project management, resources planning and estimation, construction site logistics, health and safety risk assessment, quality control and assurance, and sustainable construction practices.

More information about Construction Project Management

Double accreditation

Our course is fully accredited by the leading professional bodies recognised for construction project managers: the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE).

Professional accreditation is an internationally recognised seal of quality assurance. The award of accreditations signify that both the University of Plymouth and the BSc (Hons) Construction Project Management course have met the highest standards of academic and vocational quality.

As a graduate of our accredited course, you will be on the preferred professional route to chartered status.

Construction project management facilities and resources

We are continuingly investing in our facilities and resources. You will have access, seven days a week, to a designated design studio space, specialist laboratories (materials, immersive visualisation) and Mac and PC suites with industry standard software (such as Revit, AutoCAD, MS Project and BCIS database).

You will also be provided with full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required to enter construction sites, including safety boots, high vis jacket, gloves, safety glasses and hard helmet.

Find out more about the facilities and resources available to you

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How you will be taught and assessed

You will be taught by lectures, design studio sessions, laboratory work, tutorials, seminars, workshops with industry professionals, practical sessions, guest lectures and site visits.

You will be assessed through a combination of individual and group coursework, through project management reports, verbal presentations and exams.

You will develop and employ a wide range of skills, from preparing BIM models to developing detailed construction strategies and delivering convincing visual and verbal presentations.

Optional industry work placement

To enhance your degree experience and boost your future employability, you can choose to undertake a one year paid industry work placement between the second and final year of your course.

You will receive help to find a work placement and a tutor from the university will support you on your placement.

Our construction management students have recently secured work placements in Arcadis, Kier, BAM, Babcock, Boldfort, Dyer and Butler, Faithful and Gould, Gleeds and Midas.

You will also receive an additional certificate at graduation in recognition of your placement year.

Find out more about placements

Industry-led group projects

A key feature of our construction project management course is that the skills you develop each year come together in a real-world, industry-led group project with an actual project brief.

You will have the opportunity to work with other built environment students to challenge and develop your team working skills in a professional industry scenario.

You will also benefit from the expert advice of more than thirty industry professionals who provide guidance in workshops, seminars and tutorials.

Your future career

Graduates of BSc (Hons) Construction Project Management have an excellent track record in gaining employment in construction companies, consultancies and in the private and public sector.

Graduates secure positions in companies, such as: Kier, BAM, Skanska, AECOM, Arcadis, Atkins, Babcock, Costain, Faithful and Gould (Atkins), Gleeds, Laing O’Rourke, and Midas.

Throughout your time at University of Plymouth, you will have access to a wide range of opportunities to boost your employability, including, an optional one year paid industry placement, talks and workshops with future employers and careers events and support services.

Find out more about career opportunities

Admissions: Construction Professionals

If you are already working in the construction industry, we offer flexible routes for construction professionals to study for a degree in Construction Project Management whilst continuing to work:

  • Study flexibly one or two days per week by spreading one year’s study over two years and only paying for the credits taken.
  • We will consider your previous qualifications or industry experience.
  • You can directly join the second or final year of our degree if you already have a Foundation Degree (FdSc), Higher National Diploma (HND) or Higher National Certificate (HNC).  
If you are interested in studying BSc (Hons) Construction Project Management by any of the routes above, the first step is to contact the admissions tutor: Dr Rory Jones.

Admissions: Foundation Degrees and HNC/HND 

Every year, students from one of our partner colleges or elsewhere join us directly in the second or final year to finish a full degree. We offer two easy routes for you to join us:

  • You can directly join the final year of our degree if you are completing/completed a Foundation Degree (FdSc) or Higher National Diploma (HND).
  • You can directly join the second year if you are completing/completed a Higher National Certificate (HNC).
  • Study flexibly one or two days per week by spreading one year’s study over two years and only paying for the credits taken.
If you are interested in joining us to study BSc (Hons) Construction Project Management after you finish your foundation degree or HNC/HND, the first step is to contact the admissions tutor: Dr Rory Jones.

European and International Students

Construction project management is studied by students globally and we welcome European and International students from around the world to study with us. Our Built Environment courses currently have students from Europe, North America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

We offer three routes for European and International students to study Construction Project Management at our university:

  • Join us in the first year and start your degree journey with us.
  • If you are already studying construction project management or a similar course, we can offer you a place directly in our second or final year.
  • A one year exchange programme between your current university and us.
If you are interested in studying BSc (Hons) Construction Project Management by any of the routes above, the first step is to contact the admissions tutor: Dr Rory Jones