Course Overview

UK Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,400 *
Duration 4 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Our degree courses with Foundation year offer the opportunity to prepare you for advanced study before you progress on to a full honours degree at the University of Westminster.

Whether you do not feel ready for degree-level study, don’t have the right qualifications, want to change your subject specialism or return to study after an absence from education, we aim to encourage a broad range of students to undertake our Foundation year in order to progress onto their full honours degree with us. 

The Foundation year is designed to give you the opportunity to explore new ideas, opening up new perspectives on the key debates within your chosen field. Core modules accelerate your academic and professional development, bringing together like-minded students to think about the ‘big ideas’ within your discipline. You will also take modules from areas closely related to your chosen field, giving you the chance to develop a cross-disciplinary perspective on your course. 

On successful completion of the Foundation year, you will be able to move on to study for the Construction Management BSc Honours degree over a further three years study.

Whether tackling the housing crisis, improving the world’s infrastructure or adding to the city skyline, a career in construction management means you will be building the places we work, homes we live in, venues we relax at, the roads we commute on and much more. Taught by qualified professionals with industry experience, our professionally oriented degree is your first step to shaping our world and leaving a lasting legacy.

Construction management is integral to the success and smooth running of a construction project, from effectively tracking development and staying on budget, to improving communication across all levels of the project. Fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE), our degree incorporates real-life professional practice from the outset with the opportunity to learn direct from industry professionals and experience projects first-hand.

Our central London location and numerous industry contacts, which include Great Portland Estates, Mace, Lendlease, The Portman Estate and The Crown Estate, enable us to invite practising professionals to give guest lectures and regularly contribute to the course. They provide buildings as case studies for coursework, learning materials (drawings, reports, client briefs etc.) and come into the University to give face-to-face formative feedback on students’ work. We aim to create authentic learning activities to ensure you are business-ready for employment.

You will learn about the technologies of domestic, industrial and commercial building, construction processes, planning and programming, construction health and safety, and project life cycle assessment. Our rounded curriculum means that you will also gain the knowledge of people management, leadership and the business management of construction that organisations need to succeed in this dynamic profession.

Our construction courses share a common first year, allowing you to gain knowledge of the different professional roles and the interdisciplinary nature of the modern construction industry. At the end of the first year, should your interests change, it is possible to switch pathway. You will mix with students from across the various pathways, broadening your social circles and networks, and be taught by our professionally qualified lecturers, who will share their experience of working in the property, construction and surveying sectors prior to joining academia.

While this degree equips you with the professional and technical skills to work in construction management, you may also follow a career in project management, financial management or property development.

Top reasons to study with us

  • 9th in UK for Land and Property Management (Complete University Guide 2021)
  • 19th in UK and 3rd in London for Building (Complete University Guide 2021)
  • Fully accredited by CIOB and CABE
  • Courses are professionally oriented, producing graduates capable of dealing with the technological and managerial processes associated with the production and post-construction life of buildings
  • Programmes are delivered by a multicultural and international teaching body, who come from professional practice and/or regularly publish in top international journals
  • Opportunities for internships and/or a placement year. For example, one student recently worked at Barratt Homes
  • Take part in site visits to major construction sites and infrastructure projects, in UK and abroad – 45 final-year students visited Kuala Lumpur in partnership with Landlease and CIOB in 2020
  • Street walks and talks – a series of guided walks around Marylebone, Fitzrovia and Kings Cross, which have a wealth of historic buildings, modern buildings, examples of regeneration and the adaptation and reuse of buildings, such as Coal Drop Yard in Kings Cross
  • Outstanding facilities include the Fab Lab, which is used to build models, test construction materials,  3-D and laser printing, photographic facilities, and robotic arms etc
  • Option to attend the week-long Constructionarium at the CITB training facility, recreating and building infrastructure projects in teams and undertaking the construction work needed, such as pouring concrete and fixing steelwork
  • Option to take part in the International Building Challenge, a joint activity between University of Westminster and Saxion University of Applied Science in Enschede, Netherlands, involving students from both institutions as well as universities in Belgium, Russia and Germany

Course structure

 The principles of construction technology, professional practice, ethics, health and safety, and the Construction Design and Management Regulations (CDM) are fundamental to the delivery of the built environment and are covered at each level in the programme. You will also gain knowledge of the professional, managerial and legal aspects of construction and digital practice, which is increasing in construction and will affect working practices, decision-making and efficiency in project delivery, and sustainability.

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Subjects of study include:

  • Construction Methods, Materials and Technologies
  • Critical Thinking for Academic and Professional Development
  • Design and Development
  • Introduction to Academic Practice
  • Property, People and the Economy
  • Sustainable Environments

Credit Level 3

In the first year, we will introduce you to the principles that underpin the study of construction, specifically in relation to simple building forms, the key theories and concepts of building design, building science, construction technology, site surveying and data analysis. You will learn about the immediate and long-lasting effect that construction activities have on the environment and discover sustainable and environmentally sound construction methods and innovative management practices. Right from the start, we will introduce real-world projects and case studies, visiting construction sites, which in the past have included Marble Arch Place, the exciting new development that includes a spectacular 18-storey, 54-apartment residential building overlooking Hyde Park, Mayfair.

Subjects of study include:

  • Design - Building Design 
  • Design - Digital Literacy 
  • Management - Introduction to the Built Environment 
  • Management - Project, Commercial and Organisational Environment 
  • Technology - Building Science 
  • Technology - Construction Technology and Services

Credit Level 4

As the course develops, we consider the technology and environmental design of multi-storey and wide-span buildings and their services, including structural form and construction. You will develop detailed knowledge of management practice in a construction context, construction site production management, the centrality of health and safety in the design, planning and construction of buildings, the ethical demands of sustainable development and the implications of design on the wider community. The construction technology mode at this level focuses on long span high rise commercial construction.

Subjects of study include:

  • Design - Digital Practice 
  • Management - Construction Project Based Learning 
  • Management - Project and Commercial Management 
  • Management - Project Procurement, Management and Law 
  • Technology - Fabric and Performance 
  • Technology - Structural Principles

Credit Level 5

The final year of study considers some of the innovations in construction technology, such as low environmental impact technologies and their incorporation within the built environment. Deepening your knowledge of professional practice, we examine some of the current issues and challenges within the industry, such as the impact of a fabric first approach on a building’s performance. Your studies culminate with the Dissertation, in which you conduct your own research into a current industry related topic. Previous students have researched the impact of climate change, urban flooding, green roofs, modern methods of construction.

Subjects of study include:

  • Current Issues in the Built Environment
  • Technology - Construction Technology and Innovation 
  • Management - Construction Management 
  • Management - Contract Administration and Practice 
  • Management - Professional Practice 
  • Management - Project Management

Credit Level 6

Professional recognition

This course is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), the world's largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership, which has granted Westminster Business School ‘Accredited Centre Status’. Construction Management graduates from Westminster can apply, with appropriate experience, for membership of CIOB and the designation MCIOB. The course is additionally accredited by the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE), an internationally recognised awarding professional body for building engineering in the UK and overseas.

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Careers

There is a huge demand for construction managers, with employment projected to grow faster than the average for all other occupations up to 2026 as population and business growth requires the construction of new residences, office buildings, retail outlets, hospitals, schools, restaurants, and other structures. Alongside the knowledge and understanding of construction management theories and the practical and technical skills needed to become a construction manager, transferable skills and competencies are embedded and developed throughout the course. For example, a professional standard of presentation is required for all coursework, which must meet high standards of written English. Projects and studies based on real-world cases help students learn how to solve problems and act with realistic constraints on time, information and resources. Examples of employment entered into by recent graduates include large and small contractors, chartered surveyors, property companies, local authorities, housing associations, developers, and many other construction and property-related areas.

The University's Careers and Employability Service has built up a network of over 3,000 employers around the world, helping all our students explore and connect with exciting opportunities and careers.

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Industry links

Our course was designed with input from a range of industry professionals and, to retain currency and relevance, we receive ongoing feedback from the School’s Employability Advisory Board. Current members include practitioner representatives from the multinational construction, property and infrastructure company Lendlease, commercial property experts Chase and Partners, and CABE.

We are proud of our excellent industry links with a host of property companies and key professional bodies, including CIOB, CABE and RICS. They enable us to host a highly successful Annual Property and Construction Careers Fair, which in 2019 attracted 40 employers including CBRE, Mace, JLL, Barratt Developments, Bouygues UK, Savills, Carter Jonas and Grainger. Immensely popular with our students, the fair provides a unique opportunity to meet with leading employers in the property and construction sector, learn first-hand about their organisations, secure work experience or receive guidance from a panel of speakers on the graduate scheme application process for some of the larger employers.

Job roles

This course will prepare you for roles such as:

  • Construction manager
  • Facilities manager
  • Property manager
  • Site manager

Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have found employment at organisations including:

  • Balfour Beatty plc
  • Bowmer & Kirkland plc
  • Kier Group plc
  • Galliford Try plc
  • Gardiner and Theobald
  • Lendlease Europe Holdings Ltd
  • Mace Ltd
  • Morgan Sindall
  • Multiplex Construction Europe Ltd
  • Laing O'Rourke
  • Skanska UK plc
  • Turner and Townsend
  • Wates Group Ltd

Westminster Employability Award

Employers value graduates who have invested in their personal and professional development – and our Westminster Employability Award gives you the chance to formally document and demonstrate these activities and achievements.

The award is flexible and can be completed in your own time, comprising a set of core and optional extracurricular activities. 

Activities might include gaining experience through a part-time job or placement, signing up to a University-run scheme – such as mentoring or teaching in a school – or completing online exercises.

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International Opportunities

Many of our courses offer international study and work experiences, and the University provides other global opportunities that all students can apply for - so whatever you're studying, you'll have the chance to go abroad.

Opportunities could include:

  • Taking part in semester or year-long exchanges at institutions around the world
  • Attending an international summer school or field trip
  • Developing your CV through volunteering or work placements abroad

International experience broadens horizons, boosts self-confidence, and improves global understanding, alongside being fantastic for your career.

Find out more about our international opportunities, including funding options and where you can go.

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Course Leaders

John David Begg

Senior Lecturer

Having spent his entire working life associated with the property and construction industry, John joined the University of Westminster as a senior lecturer in construction in 2007. 

John started out as a building labourer at the age of just 15 and, after studying photography, worked as a professional architectural photographer for 18 years specialising in architecture and interiors. His photography has been used in 22 different countries, featured in annual reports, sales and marketing brochures, billboards, packaging, books, newspapers, magazines, and exhibitions.

He holds a BSc (Hons) in Building Surveying and an MA in Higher Education, from Westminster, and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is also an external examiner for the undergraduate built environment programme at Plymouth University.

John’s main areas of teaching are materials science and building technology; his research interests lie the energy-efficient refurbishment of existing housing and supporting student group work. 
 

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Why study this course?

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An accredited course

The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE)

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Combine theory and practice

Link theory to global practice through real-life case studies, project, field trips and insight from practitioners.

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Expert teaching staff

Expert teaching staff will share their professional experiences of working as building surveyors in the property and construction industry.

Online open days

Join us at an online open day and get a feel for student life at the University of Westminster.

You'll get a chance to: 

  • Speak to our academic staff
  • Take a virtual reality tour of our student halls
  • Ask us any questions you may have about student finance and accommodation

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Entry Requirements

  • A levels – DDD to CDD
  • International Baccalaureate – 72 to 80 UCAS Tariff points from the IB
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – MMP
  • BTEC Diploma – DM
  • Access – 72 to 80 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

In addition to one of the above, you should have:

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher level , GCSE Maths grade 4/C – IB grade 4

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combination of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process.

  • International Baccalaureate – 72 to 80 UCAS Tariff points from the IB

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

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What our students say

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Studying at Westminster has taken me to another level to see things and gain confidence to try. The combination of the location, student quality, supportive lecturers, professional events, hands-on experience and the intention to succeed really makes the University of Westminster a place that you can depend on to reach higher.

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Develop your creativity to think outside the box. 

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Fees and Funding

UK tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £14,400 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Student work

Constructionarium

Students have the opportunity to participate in Constructionarium at the end of their second year. Constructionarium is a five-day residential working field trip at the National Construction College, Bircham Newton, Norfolk. They are tasked with constructing scaled down versions of bridges, buildings, dams and civil engineering projects, assessed on the final day for their ability to manage budgets, choose appropriate construction methodologies and meet deadlines.

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International Building Challenge

Students also have the opportunity to participate in the International Building Challenge. A simultaneous project that is hosted in Holland and the UK, students work over a two-week period to develop proposals for a client and expert panel. This has grown in development in the last three years and has been shown to be a distinguishing item on CVs. During this period, staff and experts from both the UK and Holland mentor and support students when working on the project.

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Teaching and assessment

Your learning experience is designed to provide both a practical and theoretical understanding of construction.

To assist the learning experience, we provide reading lists, lecture and seminar materials in advance via Blackboard, our virtual learning environment. Where possible, lectures are recorded using specialist software and similar tools to make sure you can really listen to what is said in class and don’t miss a thing.

How you will be taught

All our courses are delivered using an enquiry-based blended learning approach involving workshops, lectures, tutorials and independent study, in which you will apply your study to real-world experience. This will develop your understanding of the links between the subjects and, equally importantly, your presentation, writing and team-working skills.

You will have numerous opportunities to gain valuable insight from current practitioners.

In the following graph you'll find examples of how study time has been distributed in the past (data from the academic year 2019/20). Changes to division of study time may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

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How you will be assessed

Using a wide range of techniques, you can expect to be assessed on the learning outcomes of your course in core modules through coursework in the form of essays, reports, presentations, case studies as well as time-constrained in-class tests and exams. We endeavour to make assessments as practical and relevant as possible, incorporating the type of work required by future employers, for example team-based projects, technical reports and presentations.

We use enquiry-based learning based on real life case studies and site visits. Many of our modules have projects embedded within them to bridge the divide between the classroom and industry. These projects are often live and are provided by employers and contractors in whom we have strong links. We also use these links for guest speakers and field trips. Students regularly present to employers at the University and at employers 'offices'.

In the following graph you'll find examples of how marks have been calculated in the past (data from the academic year 2019/20). Changes to assessment weights may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

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Supporting you

Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

  • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
  • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
  • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
  • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

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Facilities

Course Location

Our Marylebone Campus has benefitted from a multi-million-pound refurbishment resulting in new workshops, digital studios and development of the Marylebone Library. The campus is home to Westminster Business School and our award-winning Architecture, Planning and Tourism courses. For more details, visit our Marylebone Campus page.

Westminster Business School

Westminster Business School is one of London’s leading centres for business education based in the heart of London and its political, media and financial services scene.

We are a Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) Centre of Excellence, recognised by professional bodies including the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and APMG International. 

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