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BSc Project Management for Construction (Sandwich Programme)

Overview

The BSc Project Management for Construction (Sandwich) is a management-based degree focused on the project management of capital projects. Students will build their understanding of the widest aspects of the construction development process, from clients developing their requirements for new capital projects through the design, procurement and construction stages, to the final occupation and maintenance of new facilities.

Projects are appreciated from the perspective of many of the relevant stakeholders including clients, occupiers, funders and designers, as well as from the point of view of the contractor.

Programme objectives

The course looks at the context in which the development process takes place, including understanding how construction makes a contribution and its place within the wider economy. As you progress through the degree you will:

  • Learn how projects are appraised, investment decisions made and how financing of capital projects takes place
  • Learn how legislation impacts and influences the construction process and the wider environment
  • Develop excellent skills in leadership and widen your interpersonal and presentation skills through a number of participatory projects
  • Consider the way we build and how this is altering and evolving to accommodate a changing climate

Successful completion of the degree provides full exemption from the professional examinations of both the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Structure

There are four main subject themes running through the programme:

  • Buildings
  • Construction Process
  • Project Environment
  • Business Environment

The Buildings theme considers the final product from the perspective of the construction process, the materials and the final form the buildings and the built environment takes. In the second and final year building services engineering considers how the internal environment can be moderated through the incorporation of appropriate services. Health and safety is a critical aspect throughout.

The Construction Process theme initially deals with the roles  and relationships within the building team, through the history of the development of the built environment. The quantity surveying aspects of contract administration and practice also figure strongly within this theme.

The Project Environment theme provides an understanding of the context of the project from the client’s perspective, how it fits with in the client’s wider business objectives and how the client will run and operate the building. The project management modules provide core skills and tools that are required for successful management of projects.

The Business Environment theme allows for the  development of an understanding of, and framework for, the economic and legal systems which influence and control the business of construction and real estate. It also encompasses management, computing and project management which together provide skills and knowledge that will be built upon throughout the degree.

Course Structure

All of the themes are integrated in the final year of the programme in Project Evaluation and Development - a a key project developing all the above themes into a major case study which includes design, technology, project management, evaluation and development.

The need for sustainability and sustainable development are crucial requirements within the procurement and construction of the modern built environment. Sustainability forms a theme that is implicit throughout and forms the basis of a distinct second year module

Dissertation

This unit provides students with the opportunity to carry out individual research, into a chosen aspect of study arising from the course programme.

Content

In each year of your degree, you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. All first, second and final year courses in BSc Project Management for Construction (Sandwich) are compulsory.

A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

First Year

An Introduction to Management provides an awareness of what managers do and why their activities are crucial to the success of any business or public sector agency. Emphasis is on the processes of management.

Materials: Their Use and Structural Function provides a framework for identifying the factors affecting the selection and use of a range of materials employed in compressive and tensile building structures.

Introduction to the Built Environment is an overview of how the construction industry operates. It looks at the role of different professionals who offer a wide range of services and skills and examines the basic technology and terminology of buildings and their services.

The Construction Industry and its Management is an introduction to the UK construction industry describing the products, processes and evolution of management inputs required at different levels and stages.

Economics 1 introduces the economic principles governing the context in which projects are evaluated and provides the foundations for understanding the nature of project value and the financial techniques used in practice for analysing and evaluating projects.

Introduction to Law offers students an understanding of the English legal system and the sources of law, after which they study law specifically related to the construction process and project participants.

Computing for the Built Environment introduces information technology and reveals the full range of software applications currently in use in the UK construction industry.

The Production of the Built Environment considers the roles of (and relationships between) professionals, industries, enterprises, regulatory and government bodies in the social regulation of the built environment and looks at the inception, commissioning, design and production of buildings (Joint Unit).

Second Year

Management 1 introduces the basic concepts and the recent development in the management of organisational functions, explores the applicability of these concepts to project-based organisations and the construction industry in particular and considers the meaning of 'corporate social responsibility'. 

Project Management 1 develops the concepts underpinning the discipline of project management and the professional role of the project manager.

Building Services Engineering 1 considers the range of building services in domestic, commercial and industrial buildings and develops an understanding of the basic function of mechanical services currently in use.

Technology Studies follows the introduction to construction technology at level 1, enabling you to further your understanding by focusing upon developments in structural form for larger framed buildings.

Quantity Surveying and Contract Procurement offers a broad and critical perspective on building procurement methods, tendering, estimates, cost planning, cost control and life-cycle costing, as well as an understanding of contract documentation and quantity surveying.

Law 1 gives students a broad understanding of law theory and practice, which will be relevant to the construction process and the construction professional.

Economics 2 furthers your understanding of economic principles by specifically applying the techniques to different project valuations and markets (construction and real estate) within the broader economy.

Building for a Sustainable Future encourages you to consider the challenges faced by society due to changing climate and diminishing resources. You will look at construction’s impact and how this can be reduced alongside how the built environment of the future will be shaped.

Third Year

Work Placement

A placement provides a unique introduction to the managerial and professional aspects of overseeing construction projects and the running of a construction organisation.

Final Year

Organisational Management gives an insight into the way in which the structure and design of organisations can improve their effectiveness and introduced to contemporary issues in organisational theory.

Project Management 2 critically examines the execution of the development process, from inception of a project to completion and handover.

Building Services Engineering 2 looks at the technical aspects and managerial considerations involved in design and installation of building services. Technological developments, changing demands of services and the wider implications of their use are addressed.

Contract Administration and Law is a critical perspective on the tendering techniques and the management and practice of the estimating function within the building organisation, as well as contract surveying practice and administration.

Built Asset Management looks at the building across the building lifecycle specifically focusing on the built asset. It considers the use of building information modelling (BIMs), post occupancy evaluation (POE), soft landings and all aspects of facilities management. You will also look at refurbishment and end of life options.

Dissertation is an in-depth study that allows the development of research and analytical skills in one or more of the areas of the course that has been of particular interest.

Project Evaluation and Development consolidates all areas of study into a group project in which individuals assume the roles of a major project management organisation and are responsible for conceiving, designing, procuring, constructing and delivering a hypothetical development on a real site.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades ABB
Subjects No specific subjects.
AS Levels For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
GCSEs English Language and Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

Points 34
Subjects A score of 16 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.

Other qualifications

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International applicants

International qualifications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

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Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

For more information see our website: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

The English Language requirement for programmes at The Bartlett is UCL's 'Standard Level'. An example Standard Level qualification would be an IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with a minimum score of 6.0 in each sub-section.

You can find a full list of the English Language qualifications accepted by The Bartlett on the UCL website. 

Applying

Prior qualifications

The BSc Project Management for Construction programme accepts students from a wide variety of academic backgrounds. Your interest in construction is considered to be more important than particular A-level subjects. As the degree programmes are in a specific vocational area it is essential that your application indicates a firm understanding of the subject and explains why you have chosen to study it.

Your application

Your application will also benefit from a demonstration of wide and varied interests beyond school or college and it would be desirable to show evidence of leadership or organisational skills either in school/college or outside. It would be beneficial if you had been able to arrange directly-related work experience.

UK applicants who meet the entrance criteria are invited to an interview. Sessions last half a day and consist of a tour of UCL, and a lecture introducing the subject area to give you an outline of the degrees and the employment prospects. This is followed by an interview where you will be asked further about your reasons for choosing the degree, and to explain any career aspirations you have formulated.

It is only necessary to apply for one of the programmes as you have the option of transferring to the three-year BSc or four-year 'sandwich' BSc once you are a UCL student.

Staff

Teaching of the BSc Project Management for Construction (Sandwich) programme is delivered by a team of lecturers from across The Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management, each of whom has extensive experience and expertise in their academic field of study. Many of the staff have had wide-ranging involvement in construction projects.

The course team is responsible for the delivery of the programme and has a close, direct engagement with students.

Staff teaching on the programme currently include:

Graham Bailey
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David Coles
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Dr Taha Elhag
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Dr Joana Geraldi
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Iain Lyall
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Peter O'Connor
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Dr Abraham Park
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Dr Aeli Roberts
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Dr Hedley Smyth
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Dr Satu Teerikangas
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David Woolven
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The programme also receives support from other academics in the School, and from a range of visiting lecturers from industry who contribute specialist inputs.

The external examiners for the programme are either senior built environment academics or leading industrialists from the construction industry.

Opportunities

Former graduates of BSc Project Management for Construction at The Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management are in great demand from a wide range of employers in project and construction management, contracting companies and other professional organisations.

One of the reasons students become so employable is because of the breadth of their studies which, in addition to the main themes of construction technology and project management, provides a solid foundation in economics, law and general management.

First career destinations of recent graduates (2009-2011) of this programme include:

  • Project Management Assistant, Shanghai Construction Group (2011)
  • Full-time student, MSc in Light and Lighting at UCL (2011)
  • Graduate Management Trainee, Balfour Beatty (2010)
  • Graduate Project Management Consultant, Arup (2010)
  • Full-time student, MSc in Real Estate Finance at the University of Cambridge (2010)