Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £1,540 *
International Fees £2,125 *
Duration 5 years

* Price per 20-credit module

Course summary

Building engineers are concerned with all activities involved in the creation and maintenance of the sustainable built environment. The main emphasis of their role is the technology of building, though specialisms enable them to focus on building design or the managerial aspects of the production and maintenance processes. Many building engineers also specialise in fire safety engineering. Their expertise includes a detailed understanding of the statutory control of building work.

This course is designed to give you a well-rounded but technologically based education in many aspects of the built environment. You will acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to develop your career as a building engineer for a wide range of different organisations, including local authorities, contractors, consultancies and commercial companies. You will also develop the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

Our construction courses share a common Year 1, so students interact with those studying different pathways, gain some knowledge of the work of all professionals working in the construction industry, providing a common knowledge base and promoting the interdisciplinary nature of the modern construction industry. Throughout the course, construction technology and management remain central, the issue of health and safety is addressed, and the importance of sustainability is considered.

All of our courses are delivered using an enquiry-based blended learning approach involving workshops, lectures, tutorials and independent study. Our technology-enhanced learning supports independent study via synchronous online lectures, tutorials and seminars, which are captured and stored to enable you to revisit sessions online after the event. We assess your learning through a variety of methods including project work, essays and exams.

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. The programme below is for a three-year course. If you study part time you will study the same content, spread over four years. Please note, each Level corresponds to one Year in the full-time version of the course (Level 4 is equivalent to Year 1, Level 5 is equivalent to Year 2, and Level 6 is equivalent to Year 3).

Subjects of study include:

  • Technology – Construction Technology and Surveying
  • Technology – Building Design and Environmental Engineering
  • Technology – Building Science and Structures
  • Management – Built Environment and Graduate Attributes
  • Management – Project, Commercial and Organisational Environment
  • Design – Design Principles

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Technology – Fabric and Performance
  • Technology – Building Services Engineering
  • Technology – Structures Principles
  • Management – Commercial, Legal and Organisational Management
  • Management – Construction Project Based Learning
  • Design – Design Project 1

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Technology – Sustainable Design and Construction
  • Technology – Refurbishment and Maintenance
  • Design – Design Project & Fire Safety
  • Management – Construction Managements
  • Management – Professional Practice
  • Management – Sustainable Development and Lean Construction

Credit Level 6

Professional recognition

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

"CABE is proud to accredit the degree programmes within the built environment at the University of Westminster. This brings us closer to talented students who will build their global future as Chartered Building Engineers and as other professionals within the industry." – Chartered Association of Building Engineers.

Entry Requirements

Typical offer

One of the following (or an equivalent qualification):

  • A Levels – BBC
  • International Baccalaureate – 28 points (minimum)
  • Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma – DMM
  • Access to HE Diploma – Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 33 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction

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

  • GCSE minimum grade 4 (Grade C in grading system prior to 2017) in Maths and English.

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

Typical offer

  • International Baccalaureate – 28 points (minimum)

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Careers

Our graduates are mostly working in multidisciplinary companies with major construction projects.

Examples of where our graduates have found employment include  Suhel Uddin, who now works for KIER.

Students on the course regularly attend organised internship events. We also help our students to find industry internships.

The course team are in constant contact with industry through consultation and experience, bringing up-to-date information and practice to the course.

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

What our students say

Building Engineering student Suhel Uddin

Suhel Uddin

Westminster gives you a comprehensive awareness of the real world of construction, the demanding industrial hours and workload, the need to be organised and deliver to a high quality on time and take personal responsibility. The best bit is the diversity of staff and students and the knowledge exchange that goes on whilst you are here.

Building Engineering student Anthony Trainor

Anthony Trainor

The University of Westminster has helped my career significantly. The  course included a building services element and explored the requirements of an individual who works for the main contractor. This is particularly useful for my current role at Sir Robert McAlpine. Also, it is important to be aware of other project interfaces within the building industry, which may have an impact on the building services package.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £1,540 (Price per 20-credit module)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

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

Download our additional costs guide for information on what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately on this course.

International tuition fee: £2,125 (Price per 20-credit module)

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

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

Find out about postgraduate 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

Download our additional costs guide for information on what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately on this course.

Field trips

Our students are offered the opportunity to join a week long field trip, the Constructionarium. Held at the National Construction College site at Bircham Newton in Norfolk, students experience the challenges and issues inherent with any construction project, helping them develop professional and personal skills. Read more about the Constructionarium field trip.

Group photo during Constructionarium field trip

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Studying Property and Construction at Westminster

Watch our video to find out more about studying Property and Construction courses with us.

Read about our students' successes

A group of students on Westminster bridge

Our Property and Construction students have won a wide range of awards including the Constructors Prize from the Worshipful Company of Constructors. Read more about our students' awards.

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 the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment and Westminster Business School. For more details, visit our Marylebone Campus page.

Contact us

Call our dedicated team on:

+44 (0)20 7915 5511

Opening hours (GMT): 9am-5pm Monday to Friday

course-enquiries@westminster.ac.uk

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