Why study Construction Management at Liverpool John Moores University?
- Fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE)
- This programme is accredited by the Royal Chartered Institution of Surveyors (RICS)
- Part time students can study on a day release basis, making the programme ideal for those working in industry
- £6 million investment in developing state-of-the-art teaching facilities
- Stepping stone to a varied career with UK and overseas employment opportunities
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.
"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."
This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and once you graduate you gain the status of Applicant Member with full corporate membership of the CIOB once you have reached its standards of professional competence. It also grants full exemption from the Chartered Association of Building Engineers exams.
The Programme team links with the local and regional CIOB which provides sponsorship for Student Quizzes and Student Prizes as well as guest lecturers and site visits.
This programme is accredited by the Royal Chartered Institution of Surveyors (RICS). You can also apply for the RICS APC to gain full membership after you graduate and are in appropriate employment.
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.
Career prospects for construction management graduates are excellent, with many students securing their first professional position working for multi-national contractors and consultancies and also for organisations within the supply chain either before or after graduation. You can work in the Public or the Private sector and will be equipped with skills to work in the building or civil engineering field and also within Facilities Management.
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 and management of resources.
You can also enjoy varied career opportunities overseas in addition to the UK.
If you decide not to go into the profession, however, you can still take advantage of your transferable skills and work experience to enter other careers.
Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service
We are committed to ensuring all of 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, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.
A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.
Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.
Applicant key information
Course review and revalidation.
This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy.
Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.
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
You can expect to spend on average 8-10 hours in timetabled activities which may be in the form of lectures, tutorials, practicals and workshops, combined with your own research using our library and the web. You should spend around 15 hours per week in private study.Work-related Learning
Work-related learning is included within this programme, so students will have the opportunity to engage in real world projects and activities, and apply their own practical experiences.
In doing so, students will be able to apply and further develop their knowledge and employability skills in a 'world of work' context.
Having experience of the workplace and current issues is incredibly valuable in developing career aims and when applying for graduate jobs.
Work-related learning may take different forms, the most common being: work placements; internships; simulations of workplace activity; and employer-driven case studies.
The programme has active links with industry and involves employers in the industrial projects at each level of the programme. Real world case studies are used wherever possible.
Support and guidance
Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support
Studying on a part time basis can be challenging. We recognise this and ensure that throughout the course you will have the support of a personal tutor who can provide one-to-one guidance and advice on course-related issues
Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.
All students perform differently depending on the type of assessment they are asked to do, and so a variety of assessment methods are used. These include exams (open and closed book), coursework (projects, technical reports, portfolios, 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.
Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements
Minimum points required from qualifications: 104
GCSE and equivalents
Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:
- Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths
- NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
- Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
- Higher Diploma in Maths/ English
- Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths/ English
- Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
- Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
- Welsh GCSE Maths Numeracy
- Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
- Subject specific requirements: None
- Is general studies acceptable? Yes
- Average A Level offer: BCC
- Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20
- National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- National Diploma subjects / grades required: D*D* if studied on its own or to the total of 104 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: DMM if studied on its own or to the total of 104 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications
Access to Higher Education Diploma
- Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Further information: Pass with Merit average at Level 3. Recommended subject streams are: Engineering; Science; Business
- International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Additional information: 24 IB Diploma Points
- Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Grades / subjects required: Applicants should be studying at least three subjects at Higher Level
Alternative qualifications considered
Applicants studying an HND or Foundation Degree in Construction or Building Studies will be considered for direct entry into Level 2. An HND with Merit grades in at least 4 units or Foundation Degree at 50% overall would be required.
No interview required (UCAS application form only)IELTS
6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.International entry requirements
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.Can this course be deferred?
YesIs a DBS check required?
Application and selection
Securing your place at LJMU
We are looking for students who are keen to learn new skills and develop those they already possess. We want students with the ability to:
- Be creative with ideas and concepts
- Moderate their creativity with logic
- Be enthusiastic and thirsty for knowledge
- Communicate effectively and confidently
- Understand and adapt to a wide range of issues connected with the subject
- Manage time and tasks effectively as an individual and as part of a team
- Use appropriate sources to find and organise information
- Select and critically evaluate information in order to analyse problems.
If you would like to develop these skills further, have a strong interest in this subject area and want to work effectively within it, then this is the course for you!
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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