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BSc Project Management for Construction

The BSc Project Management for Construction is a management-based degree focused on the project management of capital projects.

BSc Project Management for Construction students and teaching staff

Course highlights


  • Prepare for varied career options across construction, project management, economics, law and management
  • Learn about pioneering sustainable initiatives influencing the future of construction
  • Participate in site visits and field trips to experience construction projects in action

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Overview

The programme addresses the design and technology of buildings and the management of the construction process through four main subject themes: management; technology; construction production process and business environment. 

Students will build their understanding of the construction development process - from clients developing their requirements during the design, procurement and production stages, to the final occupation and maintenance of new facilities.

Projects are studied from the perspective of all relevant stakeholders including clients, occupiers, funders, designers and contractors. 

As you progress through the degree you will:

  • Learn how projects are appraised, financed and how investment decisions are made. 
  • Learn the impact of legislation on the construction process and the wider environment.
  • Develop excellent analytical, managerial and leadership skills through participating in a number of varied projects.
  • Learn how climate change is influencing the way we build, including sustainable initiatives such as the use of offsite manufacturing and the incorporation of onsite renewables.
  • Attend site visits and field trips, observing construction projects in action.

Course content and assessment

Modules

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

This course is also available as a four-year "sandwich" course with a year completed in industry.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, group project work and field trips. In a number of modules you will work in groups and give presentations of your work, replicating the co-operative teamwork characteristic of the industry.

Assessment includes examinations, coursework, project work and presentations. Most modules use a combination of assessment methods, and weighting for each type varies depending on the module.


Study modes, entry requirements and fees and funding

Duration: The course can be studied full time over 3 years or as a 4 year sandwich course with the third year in industry.

Entry requirements: Read the full entry requirements for this course on the UCL Graduate Prospectus.

Tuition fees and funding

Fees: Tuition fee information can be found on the UCL Graduate Prospectus.

Funding: For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding section of the UCL website.


Accreditation

This programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). Graduates are eligible for RICS membership after completion of the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). The CIOB's Professional Development Programme is available to graduates who wish to progress to chartered membership.


Careers and employability

In addition to the main themes of construction technology and project management, the programme provides a solid foundation in economics, law and general management.

Former graduates have found that they are in great demand from a wide range of employers in project and construction management, contracting companies and other professional organisations.

First career destinations of recent graduates of this programme include:
•    Project Manager, Stace
•    Graduate Project Manager, Atkins
•    Graduate Project Manager, Network Rail
•    Quantity Surveyor, Taylor Woodrow 
•    Full-time student, MSc in Real Estate Finance at University of Cambridge

Find out more information about careers support available on our careers page


Programme staff

Teaching of the BSc Project Management for Construction programme is delivered by a team of lecturers from across the School, each of whom has extensive experience and expertise in their field of study. Many of the staff have had wide-ranging involvement in construction projects. The programme also receives support from other academics in the school, and from a range of visiting lecturers from industry who contribute specialist inputs.

The external examiners for the programme are either senior built environment academics or leading industrialists from the construction industry.

Dr Alex Opoku, programme leader

Alex is currently an Associate Professor in Project Management and Quantity Surveying. He has extensive quantity surveying and cost management experience in the UK construction industry, having been involved with RC frame construction, ground works, maintenance and refurbishment projects with Willmott Dixon and Haymills Contractors for over seven years. Alex's main research interest is in the area of Sustainable Built Environment focusing on leadership and sustainability in construction, sustainable procurement in construction, sustainable housing, organizational learning in construction, construction cost management, sustainability reporting, whole life costing and value for money. 

Contact

alex.opoku@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Shen Wei, deputy programme leader

Shen is a lecturer in Building Services Engineering. His main research interests include occupant behaviour, thermal comfort and thermal storage in buildings. Shen is co-leading a research team in occupant behaviour and thermal comfort at the Beijing University of Technology. In the past five years, Shen has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles, including 11 journal papers. 

Contact

shen.wei@ucl.ac.uk

Course administrator
Julia Sladen
j.sladen@ucl.ac.uk


Sandwich course

This course is available as a four-year "sandwich" course with a year completed in industry. It aims to introduce you to the realities of the construction industry and its processes, the technical aspects of the building process, and the managerial and professional aspects of running construction projects and a construction organisation.

You can apply for the four-year sandwich course from the start, but it is possible to convert between the BSc programme and the BSc sandwich programme after your second year. The content of both courses is identical, except for the placement year in industry. 

More information about the sandwich course can be found on the BSc Project Management for Construction (Sandwich) prospectus page

For my sandwich year I worked as a Project Manager for MACE, working on multiple projects in and around London. This involved tasks such as issuing instructions to contractors, administering contracts, client and space appraisals, reports, presentations and ensuring client needs are fulfilled. I would definitely advise the sandwich year as it enables you to put into practice all the theory you have learnt in the first and second year. It also helps you with your on-going studies. Once I’ve graduated this September I’ll be going back to MACE to start on the graduate programme".

Jignesh Patel (2014-2018)

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