Manage construction projects that could radically transform the built environment and shape the future of the industry. Work nationally, or take your ambition global, managing teams on international ventures.
On this BEng (Hons) Construction Engineering Management degree course, you'll develop the skills you need to manage innovative projects and teams, boosting your leadership potential within the construction industry. You'll visit potential future workplace environments and apply your knowledge to practical scenarios from real companies, working through development proposals and examining the suitability of suggested designs, simulating the responsibilities required of a successful construction manager.
Graduate with the leadership, interpersonal, technical and management skills you need to launch into a career in this rapidly changing field.
What you'll experience
- Become confident in key theories and principles that construction practice is based on, through field studies and labs in areas including measurement, soils and materials, and hydraulics
- Have the option to study modules that match your interests and career ambitions such as practical diving and underwater engineering and infrastructure, heritage property and applied building information modelling (BIM)
- Benefit from the expertise of our Industrial Advisory Committee, a network of construction organisations and senior practitioners who inform your modules and offer placement opportunities
- Have the opportunity to take a work placement year abroad – a previous student worked for a surveying equipment manufacturer in Switzerland
Work experience and career planning
Get experience while you study with support to find part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work experience. Towards the end of your degree and after graduation, you'll get 1-to-1 support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to find your perfect role.
Placement year opportunities
Taking an optional placement year will give you the experience you need to increase your chances of landing your perfect role after graduation. Our students earn an average salary of £19,000 during their placements.
We'll give you all the support you need to find a placement that prepares you for your career, and we'll continue to mentor you throughout your placement.
Previous students have taken placement roles such as:
- student engineer
- construction trainee
- project manager trainee
They've completed placements at organisations including:
- Beard Construction
- Dyer & Butler
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, four modules worth 20 credits and one module worth 40 credits.
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- group work
There’s an emphasis on applying your knowledge to practical situations, with lab and field work that supplies you with opportunities to put what you learn into practice.
You’ll be assessed through:
- written exams
- web assessments
- essays and reports
- project presentations
- a dissertation
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
The way you’re assessed will depend on the modules you select throughout your course. Here's an example from a previous year of how students on this course were typically assessed:
- Year 1 students: 65% by written exams, 4% by practical exams and 31% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 53% by written exams, 9% by practical exams and 38% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 20% by written exams, 10% by practical exams and 70% by coursework
Working in the construction and engineering sector is an interesting, challenging and rewarding career. You can expect a starting salary from £26,000, which can increase considerably with experience – senior and chartered construction managers can earn over £50,000 depending on the project scale and location.
You'll also meet the entry requirements for many graduate engineering programmes and can continue your studies to achieve chartered status or become an Incorporated Engineer without further study.
Previous students have gone on to work in areas such as:
- project management
- site engineering
- site management
- civil engineering
- structural engineering
Our graduates have worked for companies such as:
- Balfour Beatty
- Ministry of Defence
- Peter Marsh Consulting
- Multiplex Construction Limited
- British Army
Roles they've taken on include:
- civil and structural consultancy engineer
- civil engineering contractor
- graduate structural engineer
- construction engineer