2023/24 entry

BSc (Hons) Construction Management

Start date:
September 2023
Study mode:
Full time
Course Duration:
3 years, 4 years with placement
UCAS code:
K220
Points required:
104
Campus:
City

Tuition fees (per year)

Home (full-time):
£9,250
International (full-time):
£17,400
Placement (home student):
£1,850
Placement (international student):
£3,650
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

General enquiries:
0151 231 5090
Faculty of Engineering and Technology:
0151 231 2777
fetadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk
International enquiries
international@ljmu.ac.uk

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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

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."

Lauren Hughes, graduate

Professional accreditation/links

  • 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

Fees

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

Additional costs

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)

Money

  • 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)

Funding

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.

Employability

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.

Go abroad

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: goabroad@ljmu.ac.uk.

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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.

Level 4

Core modules

Construction Technology 1
20 credits

This module introduces the student to construction techniques associated with domestic dwellings including building regulations and building services and develops an understanding of the performance of buildings and the influence of materials and workmanship specification on performance. 

Principles of Economics and Management
20 credits

This module aims to provide students with an introduction to economic and management theories and principles with reference to the built environment, property, and society in general. 

Professional Competencies of a Construction Manager
20 credits

This module aims to enable the student to appreciate the professional competencies required to be a Construction Manager and to demonstrate some core competencies linked to the workplace such as communication, team work, inclusivity, and use of industry standard software. 

Science and Materials
20 credits

This module aims to enable students to apply appropriate scientific and analytical methods to investigate the performance and behaviour of common building materials. We aim to provide students with an appreciation of the common scientific principles associated with environmental conditions inside buildings.

Introduction to Law
20 credits

This module will provide the students with a working knowledge of the English legal system and an introduction to the principles of the law including contract, tort and property law.

Construction Management in Practice 1
20 credits

This module aims to provide the students with an understanding of the role of a Construction Manager both in the workplace and within the Industry. It aims to introduce the students to some of the core practical skills and knowledge linked to use of industry standard software packages and surveying equipment. It will also introduce knowledge and improve understanding of the impact of construction on an inclusive environment.

Level 5

Core modules

Construction Technology 2
20 credits

This module aims to introduce construction technology for industrial and commercial buildings including building service installations and within the framework of an inclusive environment. It enables students to evaluate the relative merits of the various construction forms in any given situation.

Construction Contracts
20 credits

This module aims to teach students to evaluate the apportionment of risk and responsibility under various construction contracts.

Procurement and Tendering
20 credits

This module aims to establish an awareness of the project stakeholders, the various procurement options and their associated contracts. Students 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
20 credits

This module aims to introduce the principles and techniques involved in land surveying and setting out on site and introduces the use of novel geospatial information management systems and tools for the surveying, inspection and monitoring of construction works.

Site Production Management
20 credits

This module aims to develop the students' construction management knowledge and skills in the construction production process.

Construction Management in Practice 2
20 credits

This module introduces construction technology for industrial and commercial buildings including building service installations and within the framework of an inclusive environment. It enables students to evaluate the relative merits of the various construction forms in any given situation.

Level 6

Core modules

Construction Research Project
40 credits

This module aims to increase skills in research, time management, presentation, written communication by completing a substantial individual piece of work; and to facilitate the opportunity to carry out independent research on a selected subject.

Construction Site Management
20 credits

This module develops the knowledge and skills further within the area of construction site management. In particular considering, Health, Safety and Welfare, site processes including planning, quality, risk and environmental considerations. The practical skills of using industry standard programming tools will be developed further including BIM.

Business Management
20 credits

To enable the student to develop an advanced, factual and conceptual knowledge base in contemporary Business Management.

Strategic Construction Project Management
20 credits

This module aims to enable students to work on realistic projects that enable the integration and development of a range of professional skills considering aspects of refurbishment and contractual arrangements.  

Project Lifecycle Management
20 credits

This module enables students to understand the whole life-cycle of building projects beyond design and construction to consider operation, use and maintenance. 

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.

Work-related Learning

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

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.

Facilities

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.

Entry requirements

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

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • 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

T Levels

  • T Level requirements: 104 UCAS tariff points from relevant subjects. Please contact the Faculty for further information.

BTEC qualifications

  • 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: 104 UCAS tariff points from Access to HE Diploma

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 104 UCAS tariff points from IB

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 104 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects

OCR Cambridge Technicals

  • Technical Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Technical Diploma: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Technical Extended Diploma: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Technical Foundation Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Technical Introductory Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Technical Subsidiary Diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Alternative qualifications considered

​Applicants studying an HND or Foundation Degree in Construction or Building Studies will be considered for direct entry into Level 2.  A HND with Merit grades in at least 4 units or Foundation Degree at 50% overall would be required.

Reduced Offer Scheme

As part of LJMU’s commitment to widening access we offer eligible students entry to their chosen course at a reduced threshold of up to 16/8 UCAS points. This applies if you are a student who has been in local authority care or if you have participated in one of LJMU’s sustained outreach initiatives, e.g. Summer University. Please contact the admission office for further details.
Will I be interviewed?

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

Find your country

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

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 and understand and adapt to a wide range of issues connected with the subject. It is also important that students are able to manage time and tasks effectively as an individual and as part of a team, use appropriate sources to find and organise information and 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.

Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.