Develop an expertise in the planning and programming of construction operations.
This course prepares you for a successful career in construction management and you will benefit from the Department’s strong links with industry. Additionally, the degree is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building and by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. As with all of our surveying and construction courses, the programme structure provides an opportunity to explore a range of construction-related disciplines prior to specialising in the final year. You will be able to transfer onto other programmes, such as Quantity Surveying or Construction Management and Surveying, at the end of your second year if you wish to do so. A particular emphasis is placed on transferable skills, and University of Reading graduates frequently progress into management roles within contracting firms, taking responsibility for all aspects of project management.
You will study in an internationally-renowned department with strong industry links and an outstanding employability rating. Many members of staff within the School have direct industry experience and continue to be active in research and consultancy. This ensures that the course reflects not only the very best of current practice, but also the latest developments in areas such as Building Information Modelling (BIM) and sustainability.
During your first two years you will develop a comprehensive understanding of the disciplines which underpin construction management and the surveying professions. These include subjects such as economics, law, industry practice and building technology. Recurring themes throughout the course include the application of digital technologies, sustainability and internationalisation. There is an especially strong focus on project work and on interdisciplinary collaboration. For example, during your second year, you may work with a real client to plan a live construction project overseas. Furthermore, we place a strong focus on employability and you will have the opportunity to network with industry professionals throughout the course. You will also be encouraged to take up a placement over the summer between your second and final years, for which you will gain credits which contribute towards your degree. Additionally, there is the option to spend a year in industry, in the UK or abroad.
In the final year of the BSc Construction Management course you will develop the technical knowledge and practical skills needed for the management of construction operations. You will also complete a dissertation on a research topic of your choice and a construction management project, in which you will plan the construction operations for a building project. Additionally you can explore areas of interest through optional modules on subjects such as intelligent buildings, historic built environment, construction contract law, and modern languages.