Construction Engineering Management BEng (Hons)

construction engineering management students in the concrete lab
UCAS Code
K200
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2022
Accredited
Yes

Overview

Manage construction projects that could radically transform the built environment and shape the future of the industry. Work nationally, or take your ambition global, managing teams on international ventures.

On this BEng (Hons) Construction Engineering Management degree course, you'll develop the skills you need to manage innovative projects and teams, boosting your leadership potential within the construction industry. You'll visit potential future workplace environments and apply your knowledge to practical scenarios from real companies, working through development proposals and examining the suitability of suggested designs, simulating the responsibilities required of a successful construction manager.

Graduate with the leadership, interpersonal, technical and management skills you need to launch into a career in this rapidly changing field. 

Course highlights

  • Become confident in key theories and principles that construction practice is based on, through field studies and labs in areas including measurement, soils and materials, and hydraulics
  • Have the option to study modules that match your interests and career ambitions such as practical diving and underwater engineering and infrastructure, heritage property and applied building information modelling (BIM)
  • Benefit from the expertise of our Industrial Advisory Committee, a network of construction organisations and senior practitioners who inform your modules and offer placement opportunities
  • Have the opportunity to take a work placement year abroad – a previous student worked for a surveying equipment manufacturer in Switzerland
Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT)
Institute of Highway Engineers
Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE)
TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation, Institute of Highway Engineers, Institution of Civil Engineers and Institution of Structural Engineers – meeting in full the academic requirement for IEng (Incorporated Engineer).

Entry requirements​

BEng (Hons) Construction Engineering Management degree entry requirements

Typical offers

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

I chose to study at Portsmouth due to the depth offered in the Construction Engineering Management course. I liked how Portsmouth struck a perfect balance between mathematical and technical engineering modules, and strategic and management modules.

Dean Abbiss, BEng (Hons) Construction Engineering Management student

Your facilities

Structures Laboratory

Study how different materials behave under different stress levels in our Structures Lab.

Dr Nikos Nanos

Welcome to the structures lab. What we are going to do today is run a test that will allow us to look at the behaviour of a very important material. So let's get started with that.

Right now, we are using two grips and we are pulling apart steel bar reinforcement. We are seeing the strain in terms of displacement for a given force. The important thing for us is to understand how materials behave under stress.

So we can see the material starting in its elastic behaviour, this is indicated by the linear part of this graph where we are seeing that as we apply load, we have an equal and constant increase in strength.

There comes a point where we have introduced so much force into the material that it started developing internal cracks. This is called the yield point, and this is indicated by this plateauing of the line.

The material, despite the fact that it cannot take any more load, does get longer and longer without failing in a brittle manner, is what works miraculously well when it is combined with material like concrete. The way these two materials work together when you have a reinforced concrete beam, for example, would be to start seeing the cracks. It will give ample warning because of steel's capacity to maintain the load bearing capacity of steel while it elongates.

Which means that instead of a sudden failure, it would give a progressive failure that would be easier to see and easier to avoid.

Soil and ground facilities

The Geotechnics lab hosts fully automated testing equipment and kit for characterising fine and coarse grained soils.

Find out more

 

If you are thinking about the soil and the soil mechanic, the load of the house needs to transfer into the ground. So the structural element, which helps you to transfer the load of the structure into the ground, is a foundation.

We are going to teach you how you should design the foundation and everything, so you should know about the soil parameters.

In the first year of your study, I'm going to talk about the different types of soil, the soil classification, and also how we are going to take a sample from the site and doing some seive analysis, classify the soil as a coarse material and defined soil. So this is the basic stuff that you need to know about the soil mechanics.

So when you are starting your second year of your study, you have a chance to do more experimental tests, doing some probability tests. You are going to do some odometer tests or the direct share to figure out what is the soil behaviour when you are checking the bearing capacity of the foundation, or what is this soil behaviour when you are loading or unloading.

When you are starting your third year of your study, you have a better idea about the soil mechanic, so you are going to do more traxial tests using the GDS test. And also we are going to teach you some numerical modelling because when you are graduating, you should have a nice CV.

As part of your final year you have a chanceto do some research work which will help you to become independent in the research. If you're thinking about the great material that we have, which is improving the tension of the soil, we can see that the soil particle is moving between the descript and this information is very important for the manufacture to find out what is the best shape of the descript or what is the best shape of this apparatus.

So this is a type of research that you are able and you have a chance to do, as a final project.

I hope I see all of you here in the future.

Two students work in hydraulics laboratory

Hydraulics Laboratory

This lab has a 7-metre long tilting channel for investigating open channel flow, a wave generator and mobile hydraulics benches – all the equipment you need to research and test your understanding of infrastructure.

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Close up of student architecture model

Design Studio and Modelling Workshop

The studio and workshop host integrated AV projection systems, a dedicate model-making workshop, a refitted modelling room and space for model building and large format poster design.

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Scientist testing soils

Geotechnics laboratory

Gain experience with fully automated testing equipment and kit for characterising fine and coarse grained soils in our geotechnics lab, also known as the soils lab.

Find out more about the lab

Woman looking into yellow concrete mixer

Concrete laboratory

Design, mix and test different concrete mixes, and observe and record all stages of the concrete production process via a built in camera system and live stream in this lab.

Explore the lab

Our Environmental Technology Field Station (ETFS) is based in a fully-operational waterworks in Petersfield, 15 miles from our main campus

Environmental technology field station

Conduct tests and analyse samples currently in the ecosystem at our ETFS, complete with microbiology and environmental chemistry labs, and located in a fully-operational waterworks in nearby Petersfield.

Explore the station

Male engineering student using surveying equipment

Surveying Store

Get practical experience with all the equipment you'll need to develop your skills, including automatic levels, theodolites for measuring angles between designated points, computer-aided design and drafting software as well as a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers for surveying and marking land.

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Careers and opportunities

Working in the construction and engineering sector is an interesting, challenging and rewarding career. You can expect a starting salary from £26,000, which can increase considerably with experience – senior and chartered construction managers can earn over £50,000 depending on the project scale and location.

You'll also meet the entry requirements for many graduate engineering programmes and can continue your studies to achieve chartered status or become an Incorporated Engineer without further study.

What areas can you work in with a construction management degree?

Previous students have gone on to work in areas such as:

  • project management
  • site engineering
  • site management
  • civil engineering
  • structural engineering

Graduate destinations

Our graduates have worked for companies such as:

  • Balfour Beatty
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Peter Marsh Consulting
  • Multiplex Construction Limited
  • British Army 

What jobs can you do with a Construction Engineering Management degree?

Roles they've taken on include:

  • civil and structural consultancy engineer
  • civil engineering contractor
  • graduate structural engineer
  • construction engineer

Placement year opportunities

Taking an optional placement year will give you the experience you need to increase your chances of landing your perfect role after graduation. Our students earn an average salary of £19,000 during their placements.

We'll give you all the support you need to find a placement that prepares you for your career, and we'll continue to mentor you throughout your placement.

Potential roles

Previous students have taken placement roles such as:

  • student engineer
  • construction trainee
  • project manager trainee

Potential destinations

They've completed placements at organisations including:

  • Beard Construction
  • Dyer & Butler
  • Durkan

Unlike other universities, the University of Portsmouth gave me the opportunity to carry out a placement year during my course.

Ashlee Saparia, Construction Engineering Management Student

What you'll study on this BEng (Hons) Construction Engineering Management degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, four modules worth 20 credits and one module worth 40 credits.

Modules

Core modules in this year include:

  • Construction Management and Practice – 20 credits
  • Engineering Analysis – 20 credits
  • Group Tutorials – 0 credits
  • Introduction to Construction Measurement – 20 credits
  • Professional Development 1 – 20 credits
  • Soils and Materials 1 – 20 credits
  • Water and Environmental Engineering IEng – 20 credits

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Group Tutorials – 0 credits
  • Introduction to Project Management Principles – 20 credits
  • Numerical Skills and Economics – 20 credits
  • Professional Development 2 – 20 credits
  • Soils and Materials 2 – 20 credits
  • Understanding Structures: Analysis and Design – 20 credits

Optional modules in this year include:

  • Applied Building Information Modelling (BIM) – 20 credits
  • Diving and Underwater Engineering A – 20 credits
  • Diving and Underwater Engineering B – 20 credits
  • Energy Resources and Infrastructure – 20 credits
  • Fieldwork for Civil Engineers – 20 credits
  • Heritage Property – 20 credits
  • Modern Foreign Language (Institution-Wide Language Programme) – 20 credits

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Corporate and Contract Management – 20 credits
  • Individual Project – 20 credits
  • Professional Development 3 – 20 credits
  • Project Evaluation and Development – 20 credits
  • Project Management for Civil Engineers – 20 credits
  • Transportation Engineering – 20 credits

There are no optional modules in this year.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • group work

There’s an emphasis on applying your knowledge to practical situations, with lab and field work that supplies you with opportunities to put what you learn into practice.

Term dates

The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.

See term dates

How you'll be assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • written exams
  • web assessments
  • essays and reports
  • project presentations
  • a dissertation

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed will depend on the modules you select throughout your course. Here's an example from a previous year of how students on this course were typically assessed:

  • Year 1 students: 65% by written exams, 4% by practical exams and 31% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 53% by written exams, 9% by practical exams and 38% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 20% by written exams, 10% by practical exams and 70% by coursework

Supporting your learning

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Types of support

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

You'll have help from a team of faculty learning support tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study in one-on-one and group sessions.

They can help you:

  • master the mathematics skills you need to excel on your course
  • understand engineering principles and how to apply them in any engineering discipline
  • solve computing problems relevant to your course
  • develop your knowledge of computer programming concepts and methods relevant to your course
  • understand and use assignment feedback

All our labs and practical spaces are staffed by qualified laboratory support staff. They’ll support you in scheduled lab sessions and can give you one-to-one help when you do practical research projects.

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

The Maths Cafe offers advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your mathematics skills at a workshop or use our online resources.

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2022 start)

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £9,250 a year (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £18,300 per year (subject to annual increase)

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying and memory sticks.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

We will provide you with hard hats and Hi-Vis vests. You will need to buy your own safety boots costing approximately £35.

If you go on the optional residential field trip in year 2, you’ll need to contribute around £230 to the cost.

If you do the optional Energy and Resources Infrastructure module, you'll need to contribute £100 to the cost of a field trip.

If you take either of the 2 optional Diving and Underwater Engineering modules in year 2, you’ll need to contribute to the cost.

This is approximately £858 for the Diving A module and approximately £768 for the Diving B module.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2022, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – K200
  • our institution code – P80

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

See the 'How to apply' section above for details of how to apply. You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

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