BSc (Hons) Construction Management
Why study Construction Management at Liverpool John Moores University?
- Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Royal Chartered Institution of Surveyors (RICS)
- Option to undertake a paid industrial placement. Placements are normally for one calendar year on a full-time basis.
- Industrial standard software and equipment used in delivery and assessments
- Part-time day release option for those already in employment
- High demand for well educated and technically competent graduates in the largest industry in the country
- International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto this degree programme - visit LJMU's International Study Centre to find out more
Minimum UCAS points required: To be confirmed
Limited places available. Apply now or register your interest using our online Clearing form (link will open in a new tab).
About your course
The professionally-accredited BSc (Hons) Construction Management at Liverpool John Moores University offers you flexible learning options plus exciting paid placement opportunities.
Additional course costs
Students are required to purchase their own site safety boots to be able to attend organised site visits. There is the option for study visits within the course which will incur additional costs. Locations may change.
Construction management is concerned with the design and construction of buildings and has become more complex as technology and the mechanisation of the building process have developed. Construction managers need excellent interpersonal skills as well as in-depth technical knowledge of all aspects of the construction process so that they can handle the responsibility of managing multi-million pound projects.
You will develop a good understanding of factors affecting the design, procurement, sustainability, and management of the building process. Particular focus is on technology, production and project management through the complete life-cycle of a project.
At the end of Level 5 you have the option to undertake a paid work placement (Placements are normally for one calendar year on a full-time basis).
"I have been able to apply the experience and knowledge I gained during my placement year to the degree course, and most importantly I have developed contacts with professionals in the construction industry. I would definitely advise students to complete an industrial placement year, as the practical experience gained is invaluable."
- Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for the purpose of graduate membership.
• Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), having been judged to meet the CIOB Education Framework. Prospective members holding these qualifications have full academic exemption and may enter CIOB membership without the requirement for an Individual Assessment.
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students
The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:
- Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to programme-appropriate software
- Library and student IT support
- Free on-campus wifi via eduroam
Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:
- accommodation and living expenditure
- books (should you wish to have your own copies)
- printing, photocopying and stationery
- PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- placements (travel expenses and living costs)
- student visas (international students only)
- study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
- academic conferences (travel costs)
- professional-body membership
- graduation (gown hire etc)
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.
Career prospects for Construction Management graduates are good, with many of our students finding jobs both in the UK and overseas before the end of their final year and via their placement year.
Most of our graduates go into construction management working for multi-national contractors and consultancies and also for organisations within the supply chain.
However, the skills that are obtained within the programme, albeit focused around construction, can be applied into other areas such as financial control and project planning of resources, as well as the transferable skills they have acquired.
Student Futures - Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service
We are committed to ensuring all our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.
Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus during Level 4, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities.
Every student has access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools, resources and jobs board. There are opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, LJMU’s in-house recruitment service, ensuring students can build experience whilst they study.
One-to-one careers and employability advice is available via our campus-based Careers Zones to accelerate your job search and applications, CV and interview technique. Themed careers and employability workshops, a programme of employer events and recruitment fairs run throughout the year and students have the opportunity to hear from a range of alumni who openly share their own onward experience.
Student Futures work with businesses to create opportunities for fully funded internships which help students increase their network within the Liverpool City Region and beyond. Our Start-Up Hub can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business or become a freelancer.
A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan. You can access LJMU’s Careers, Employability and Enterprise Services after you graduate and return for one-to-one support for life.
LJMU aims to make international opportunities available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree at one of our 100+ partner universities across the world. You could also complete a work placement or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. If you wanted to go abroad for a shorter amount of time, you could attend one of our 1-4 week long summer schools.
Our Go Citizen Scheme can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all of these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?
Find out more about the opportunities we have available via our Instagram @ljmuglobalopps or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What you will study on this degree
Further guidance on modules
Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.
Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.
Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course:Programme specification document (PDF)
Construction Technology 1
This module introduces you to construction techniques associated with domestic dwellings including building regulations and building services. It develops your understanding of the performance of buildings and the influence of materials and workmanship specification on performance.
Collaborative Interdisciplinary Project 1
The central theme of this module is the production of a work derived project and it is supported by the other modules within the first year programme. You will be introduced to your professional subject area and be provided with an early opportunity to engage in a collaborative environment with Level 4 students from Built Environment disciplines. It highlights the interdisciplinary nature of the construction and property markets and the roles each make at various stages of the project.
Introduction to Law
This module provides you with a working knowledge of the English legal system and an introduction to the principles of the law including contract, tort and property law. You will learn how to:
• Define and explain the principles and procedures of the English legal system
• Recount and illustrate the liabilities and responsibilities of stakeholders in tort and contract
• Explain and discuss statutory legislation as it pertains to the construction and property industries
• Explain and discuss the principles and procedures of Property law.
Construction and Property Economics
This module introduces you to economic theories and principles with particular reference to the built environment, property and society in general. You will learn to:
• Identify the causes and the impact of business cycles with particular reference to the construction and property industries
• Describe the main objectives of macroeconomic policy and the impact of macroeconomic policy on the built environment and the construction industry in the UK
• Identify the demands on the construction industry: housing, commercial, industrial and refurbishment, repair and maintenance.
Science and Materials
This module provides you with a sound basic understanding of the principal materials used in construction and the scientific principles related to environmental services within buildings. Alongside this you will be encouraged to apply appropriate analytical methods to investigate scientific problems related to environmental conditions and processes in buildings.
Academic and Digital Literacy
This module enables you to develop the academic and digital literacy skills necessary to perform effectively in a Higher Education context. You will learn to explain and apply academic problem solving processes and recognise its appropriate use.
Construction Management Practice
This module introduces you to the role of a Construction Manager both in the workplace and within the Industry, including the use of industry standard software and surveying equipment. You will learn to carry out surveying tasks using industry standard equipment, apply aspects of construction management practice within an industry based scenario, and identify the construction management function role alongside the role of key professional bodies.
Construction Technology 2
This module provides an advanced knowledge of construction technology through more complex building types and systems. You will be able to explore construction technology through more analytical methods to enable you to evaluate the relative merits of the various construction forms in any given situation. The module will also introduce you to the technology of building services installations for commercial and industrial buildings.
This research methods module enables you to develop and research a proposal that could potentially be used for your final year research project. A supervisor will be nominated at the beginning of the module to work individually with you. You will develop your research skills and the differing techniques, strategies and methods used to undertake research in the built environment.
Collaborative Interdisciplinary Project 2
This module aims to bring together different professions from the built environment disciplines and enables you to work collaboratively on a BIM (Building Information Modelling) project. It highlights the interdisciplinary nature of the construction and property roles using industry standard software to support the decision-making process in a sustainable environment.
This module aims to establish an awareness of the project stakeholders, the various procurement options and their associated contracts. You will develop the ability to interpret the particular needs of different client groups to develop relevant procurement strategies and to apply techniques to support the implementation of those strategies ensuring that the project criteria are satisfactorily achieved.
Geomatics is the collection, processing, analysis, presentation and management of spatial information which you will develop a knowledge and skill of during this module. In this module you will be introduced to the principles and techniques involved in land surveying and setting out on site. You will learn to demonstrate the use of Imaging and Unmanned Arial Systems for the surveying, inspection and monitoring of construction works including data output integration with digital terrain models and BIM.
Site Production Management
This module will equip you with the knowledge and skills of the construction production process, particularly focusing on managing resources, environmental considerations and health and safety.
This module provides you with a detailed understanding of construction contract law as part of your role as a construction manager. You will learn how to:
• Distinguish the terminology and basic principles of the standard forms of construction contract
• Appraise and criticise the importance of the construction contract, its strategy and the roles of parties involved
• Compare and contrast the allocation of risk and responsibility inherent in a variety of standard forms of contract in relation to time, payment, quality and design.
The research project module enables you to revise/apply the initial proposal developed in Level 5 and complete an in-depth study on a topic related to your chosen discipline. The module applies your practical research skills and enhances your knowledge and expertise in the selected subject area. As the completion is principally student-led the module offers the opportunity to further develop time management, presentation and communication skills.
Collaborative Interdisciplinary Project 3
This module aims to bring together different professions as represented by Level 6 students on Built Environment programmes and to work collaboratively on a large scale development project. BIM (Building Information Modelling) techniques will be utilised within the project. It highlights the interdisciplinary nature of the construction and property industry using softwares to support the decision making process in a sustainable environment.
Project Lifecycle Management
This module enables you to understand the whole life cycle of building projects beyond design and construction to consider operation, use and maintenance. You will learn to:
• Critically evaluate building projects from a whole life cycle perspective
• Critically analyse facilities management concepts and theories
• Develop a methodology for planning and organising maintenance activities.
Strategic Construction Project Management
This module allows you to work on realistic projects and consider the application of a range of professional skills including aspects of refurbishment and contractual arrangements. You will:
• Critically appraise procurement processes and contractual situations within a given project scenario
• Apply construction management and technology solutions to a refurbishment project
• Produce a range of project documentation to a professional standard.
Construction Site Management
This module develops your knowledge and skills further within the area of construction site management. This considers Health, Safety and Welfare, and site processes including planning, quality, risk and environmental considerations. The practical skills of using industry standard programming tools will be developed further, including BIM.
This module enables you to understand the business environment you are about to enter. You will develop an advanced, factual and conceptual knowledge based in contemporary Business Management and Entrepreneurship theory.
Teaching and work-related learning
Excellent facilities and learning resources
We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.
Teaching is via a combination of lectures, practicals, online activities, workshops and tutorials. We link with industry with guest lectures and through use of industry case studies and scenarios to simulate the work environment, both in delivery and assessment. Practicals and workshops use industrial standard software and equipment such as ASTA Powerproject and AUTOCAD.
During your first two years you can expect to spend around nine hours per week in lectures, with 2.5 hours of tutorials and up to six hours in workshops, practical and field-based studies.
On top of this, you will be expected to spend a further 34 hours per week in private study. Once you get to your final year, the proportion of time spent in the classroom is reduced to approximately 8.5 hours per week, with private study accounting for around 38 hours.
Projects that simulate the type of work you may work in industry are an important element of this degree course and are integrated in all modules through assessment and delivery. However, the best way to put your skills and knowledge into practice is to take advantage of a paid work placement between Levels 5 and 6. Placements are normally for one calendar year on a full-time basis.
Also there are often alternative options for work experience through internships, summer placements and short term work experience schemes.
We strongly recommend that you take up this opportunity, as professional work experience and references, together with your accredited degree, will significantly boost your career prospects. It is also an opportunity to develop your personal skills, take a year off from formal study and add real value to your CV.
Support and guidance
Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support
There is a high level of support for students on this course.
Built Environment Industrial Unit: The Industrial Unit will help you to identify potential employers, both in the UK and overseas (though overseas placements are less common), and will support you during your placement, with two visits from a tutor to check on your progress. The Unit acts as a link between you and a large number of organisations that take part in our annual employers’ day and get involved in employer interest/support groups. Activities like these give you the best possible chance of securing a placement and making useful contacts for your future employment.
Personal tutor: You will be appointed a Personal Tutor when you are inducted onto the course. They will be responsible for assisting you and providing guidance and care on academic and pastoral matters and also on the development of your Personal Development Plans (PDP’s) which form an integral part of your programme and development.
Surgery Hours: In addition each member of staff has surgery hours which allow you to 'drop in' to discuss academic issues on a one-to-one basis. These are in addition to actual class contact time.
Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.
We recognise that all students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, and so assessment methods vary. They include exams (open and closed book), coursework (projects, technical reports, fieldwork, electronic tests etc), and presentations (individual and group). Your tutors will give prompt and constructive feedback via Canvas (our virtual learning environment), face-to-face or in writing. This will help you to identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.
What you can expect from your School
This programme is delivered in the Byrom Street complex of LJMU’s City Campus. Here you’ll find high quality lecture theatres, meeting and seminar rooms plus social spaces and a large café. The Avril Robarts Library, open 24/7 during semester, is just minutes away on Tithebarn Street.
The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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