Construction Management

BSc (Hons)

construction management degree
Managers are required at all stages of the construction process from inception through construction to maintaining our built environment. This course has been developed in close collaboration with industry and the professions to provide a broad based education on design, construction and commercial management to prepare you for a rewarding career as a construction professional.

There is a focus on operational and production issues associated with the construction of buildings and infrastructure projects and there is numerous opportunities for you to develop areas of particular expertise relevant to your personal interests. Your specialist knowledge and skills will be developed to enable you to manage the building process from inception through to demolition in a professional and sustainable manner.

Ranked 1st in Scotland and 3rd in the UK for employment in Building
Guardian University League Tables, 2018

This course has one study option
Mode of Attendance
Mode of Study
Start Date
Course Length
Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
Start Month
September
Course Length
4 years
Year 1

You will be introduced to the construction industry, the environment in which it exists, the technology involved, the systems and processes which operate within it and the basic skills required by construction and property professionals. A large part of the learning is shared across all the undergraduate courses in the School and includes underpinning exercises focusing on knowledge and understanding as well as professionalism.

Year 2

You will develop an appreciation of the technology involved in moderately complex buildings, and an understanding of the skills required to manage the design and construction process. You will gain fundamental skills and the ability to employ techniques required to manage the construction process from inception to completion.

YEAR 3

You will continue to gain a critical awareness of building technology and the design and construction processes. Your understanding of general management techniques and their application in communicating and motivating an interdisciplinary team to bring about the successful completion of a project will be established.

You will have the opportunity to participate in the Exchange Programme or a period of industrial placement.

Year 4

To promote the ability to undertake advanced study in construction with a proper concern for scholarship and rigour, and undertake critical investigation using appropriate research methods and independent, self-motivated skills. You can use the dissertation module to advance your knowledge gained in the industry placement.

Modules

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our Course and module disclaimer for more information. 

Detailed module information

Our teaching is directly informed and guided by new industrial developments emerging in the areas of technology and management, as well as by research carried out by our staff within the School.

Your range of knowledge and skill is developed through a varied programme of projects, lectures, tutorials and practical hands-on activities. Activities include group projects which replicate the team-working skills required in industry.Our learning is ‘hands on’ and you will work seamlessly between drawings, computer packages and note taking.

In addition to classroom based lectures and workshops, you will be able to take part in organised visits to construction sites, attend CPD events organised by local branches of the professional bodies and hear from industry professionals.

Activity Summary

Year 4

  • Lectures - 12 - 15 students per group, 3 hours per week
  • Seminars - 12 - 15 students per group, 3 hours per week
  • Project Supervision - 12 - 15 students per group, 2 hours per week
  • Practical class or workshop - 12 - 15 students per group, 8 hours per week
  • Supervised time in studio / workshop - 12 - 15 students per group, 8 hours per week
  • Independent Study - 12 - 15 students per group, 8 hours per week
  • Field Work - 12 - 15 students per group, 10 hours per semester
Independent Study

As you progress from Year 1 – 4, the level of independent learning increases significantly within specialist areas of the course. You are expected to have the confidence to apply your knowledge to more complex contexts and work on your initiative as you progress towards graduation.

Staff Delivering on This Course

We operate an open-door policy and enjoy strong relations between our students and staff. All of the teaching staff on this course have many years of professional experience at a senior level, and many are Chartered Construction Managers and Builders.

All staff have teaching qualifications, including fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, recognising their practice, impact and leadership in teaching and learning.

We involve distinguished practitioners as core members of our teaching team, which directly connects your learning to professional practice. You will benefit from lectures and presentations from visiting practitioners as well as site visits and field studies.

Assessment

Typically students are assessed each year:

Year 1

  • 2 written exams, typically for 2 - 3 hours (depending on module)
  • 2 written assignments, including essays
  • 4 reports
  • 1 oral assessment
  • 1 poster
  • 1 group critique

Year 2

  • 5 written exams, typically for 2 - 3 hours (depending on module)
  • 2 written assignments, including essays
  • 4 reports
  • 2 oral assessments
  • 1 poster
  • 2 group critiques

Year 3

  • 1 written exams, typically for 2 - 3 hours (depending on module)
  • 2 written assignments, including essays
  • 4 reports
  • 2 oral assessments
  • 1 poster
  • 2 group critiques

Year 4

  • 2 written exams, typically for 2 - 3 hours (depending on module)
  • 2 written assignments, including essays
  • 4 reports
  • 1 dissertation
  • 3 oral assessments
  • 1 poster
Feedback

We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.


ACADEMIC SUPPORT

The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

DISABILITY & DYSLEXIA CENTRE

ONLINE LEARNING & SUPPORT

All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

CampusMoodle

STUDY SKILLS SUPPORT

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

STUDY SKILLS SUPPORT

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.

University Library

Placements

In Semester 2 of Year 3 you will have the opportunity to undertake a four to nine month paid industrial placement allowing you to gain valuable professional experience in a particular aspect of the construction or energy industry.

We have a Placement Office to support you in securing a placement, however most students achieve placement from their own independent networking.

PLACEMENT OFFICE

Study Abroad

In Year 3 you can undertake a period of study in Europe with one of our European partner institutions or undertake a further semester of academic study which includes a module that simulates industrial experience.

STUDY ABROAD

Job Prospects

On completion of the course you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills required to meet the challenges facing the Construction Manager in a modern and rapidly changing world.

There are a variety of organisations you could progress into including commercial, retail and leisure organisations, local and central government, housing associations or private practice.

Many of our graduates work in project management roles, ensuring construction projects are completed according to specification and in accordance with all safety guidelines, while others have progressed into roles such as Commercial Engineer, Civil Engineer Technician and Assistant Site Manager.

CAREERS

SQA Higher: BBCC to include English (or a written subject requiring the use of English). Maths or a science subject is required at National 5 grade C or above if not held at Higher.

GCE A Level: CCC to include English (or a written subject requiring the use of English). Maths or a science subject is required at GCSE grade 5/C or above if not held at A Level.

Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H3H3H3H3 to include English (or a written subject requiring the use of English). Maths or a science subject is required at grade O3 or above if not held at Higher.

IB Diploma: 26 to include Higher Level English (or a written subject requiring the use of English). Maths is required at Standard Level grade 4 or above if not held at Higher Level.

Alternative Qualifications

We welcome applications from those with equivalent qualifications to those stated, including SVQs/NVQs, access programmes and overseas qualifications. Applications from students with non-standard qualifications or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants from Partner Colleges

A relevant HNC or HND from one of our partner colleges will be considered for entry into Year 2 or 3.

Degree link

Advanced Entry

All other applicants who are interested in applying for advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.

International Students 

International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.

ICRGU - INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

English Language requirements

Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.

Pre-Sessional English Programme at RGU

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact admissions@rgu.ac.uk for further information.

For Academic Year 2018/2019

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £13,270 per academic year
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020

Scottish/EU Students

  • £1,820 per academic year

Rest of UK Students

  • £6,750 per academic year

International Students

  • £13,670 per academic year
Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

  • The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
  • Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
  • Accommodation and Living costs
  • Printing
  • Travel £25 (per site visit for Year 3 & 4)
  • Materials £50 per year group (average in Year 1 & 2)
  • Materials £80 per year group (average in Year 3 & 4)
  • International Travel £300 (optional in Year 3)
  • Laptop £800 (guidance on system requirements should be sought first before purchase).

Other Fees and Charges

Disclaimer

For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:

STUDENT FINANCE

Student Funding

If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.

Student Awards Agency For Scotland (SAAS)

Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:

Student Finance England

Student Finance Wales

Student Finance NI

Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:

SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AWARDS

Have a question about the course? Get in touch with our Student Admissions Team and we'll do our best to help.

+44 (0) 1224 262728

Having site visits during the course is a great way to see how construction companies operate. I was lucky enough to get a job from going on a site visit, it’s a great way to gain knowledge from a practical hands-on perspective alongside academic learning. The course encourages collaboration between the other built environment disciplines which is exactly how it is in the working environment.
ANDREA BOLT | BSC (HONS) CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT GRADUATE

Accreditation

The course is accredited by The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). We encourage student membership of the CIOB which entitles you to attend industry seminars, talks and demonstrations. We enter cross-disciplinary teams annually in the Scottish heat of the CIOB Global Student Challenge to help develop your skills and in recent years our students have received significant recognition through this. 

Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

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