Construction Management BSc (Hons)

Why choose this course?

If you are interested in becoming a construction manager, ensuring that projects are completed on time, to budget and to a specified quality, this course is ideal. It combines an emphasis on management with a grounding in the technical aspects of construction and engineering.

Please note for 2021 entry onwards the course title has changed to Construction Engineering Management BSc (Hons).

Attendance UCAS code/apply Year of entry
3 years full time K251 2020 (Clearing)
4 years full time including sandwich year K252 2020 (Clearing)
6 years part time Apply direct to the University 2020 (Clearing)
Location Penrhyn Road

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), leading to full membership of the Institute. It is also accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for an incorporated engineer (IEng). 
  • An industry work placement and residential field trips will give you real-life experience of surveying, construction and management. 
  • This degree blends technical expertise with management skills, preparing you for managing construction projects.


This course is accredited until 2020 entry by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), leading to full membership of the Institute. See the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) website for more information.

What you will study

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list as these could change before your year of entry.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3/4

Year 1 introduces skills and fundamental engineering/construction concepts; specific engineering mathematics and science for construction practice; theory of Building Information Modelling (BIM), engineering drawing, including AutoCAD; construction management; and materials, structures, computing, professional practice, sustainability and health and safety issues. Soil mechanics, construction techniques, including practical surveying, are also introduced. You will undertake model-making exercises in the structures laboratory, and use computer-aided design packages to communicate your ideas efficiently.

Core modules

Engineering Design and Professional Practice

30 credits

The principal aim of this module is to provide you with a flavour of what is involved in engineering design and to develop the good academic and professional practice needed to attain professional status. The module introduces the key aspects involved in: planning a project from start to finish, design processes incorporating a sustainability agenda, building an awareness of the interactions across various disciplines, regulatory frameworks and Health and Safety procedures.  The module develops good academic and professional practice by developing skills in self-reflection and recording professional development.  The basic principles of measurement and manufacturing processes in a workshop and testing environment are also addressed in the module.

Some elements of the module are delivered as part of the personal tutor scheme (PTS).  This assists your transition into Higher Education encouraging a sense of belonging within the Faculty and within your discipline.  The PTS helps you to develop good academic habits and initiates effective team working within a project management and engineering design framework, as well as developing interpersonal skills in order to enhance your employability.

Structures, Materials and Construction Methods

30 credits

The module introduces you to the fundamentals of structural analysis and mechanical behaviour of a broad range of construction engineering materials. Structural elements such as trusses under equilibrium are studied and the external and internal parameters such as force, moment, stress, strain, etc. are defined and calculated. You will gain knowledge of the analysis of structural components and theoretical and numerical skills that are necessary to design real world structures. Materials testing methods will be used to determine the deformations and failures of the various construction engineering materials. A selection of materials for construction engineering applications, such as concrete, timber, metal, ceramics, polymer and composites, will be studied including their carbon footprint and impact on the environment. The module further introduces construction methods and building elements/features (eg. walls, roofs, finishes and services). You will learn to undertake detailing/drawing of building elements and communicate this effectively in technical reports.

Applied Mathematics and Computing Applications

30 credits

The aim of the module is to provide a background in mathematics and equip you with the mathematical and computing skills essential for solving construction related problems. The module also introduces the use of computing methods in construction engineering for problem solving, visualization and data representation including cost modelling and risk analysis. The mathematics part comprises algebra, trigonometry and statistics.

Construction Management and Site Investigation

30 credits

This module introduces you to the fundamentals of construction management and the analysis of various construction site types with reference to their ground conditions. In order to develop in you an appreciation of the importance of the construction industry, its role in the UK economy will be analysed along with contextual factors that regulate and influence its operation. The role of important players in the construction sector will be examined in the context of procurement and contractual arrangements. Students will develop knowledge of site set-up operations and management. Students will also be introduced to soil mechanics and be able to apply their understanding and knowledge of geotechnics in site surveys and investigations as well as analyse their impact on the construction of permanent structures on the site.

Year 2 includes extensive work in construction materials, BIM-enabled sustainable design (ie using Revit software), technology, surveying, business and legal principles including contract administration and project and business management. Two residential field courses in engineering surveying and geotechnics will enhance your practical skills and develop management principles.

Core modules

Engineering Project Management

30 credits

This is a core module for all level 5 students on engineering programmes. The module considers the principles and practices for the management of engineering projects. The nature of engineering project management is discussed in the context of constraints on quality, time, risk and sustainability. The module broadens your knowledge of how organizations undertake and monitor projects. It continues to develop effective team working skills to prepare you for larger group projects in subsequent years of study and employment. The group project at the end of the module enables you to demonstrate your ability to apply your subject specific knowledge in a realistic context and helps prepare you for your individual project in the following year.

This module is part of the personal tutor scheme (PTS). The scheme assists you in your transition to level 5, developing your independent learning, critical thinking skills and reflecting on their relevance to employability. 

Surveying and Fluid Mechanics

30 credits

This module covers surveying, a fundamental skill expected of any construction professional.  The module deals with the instrumentation and observation principles of modern engineering surveying and develops the practical and computational skills appropriate for the undertaking of site surveys. The operating principles of surveying equipment (including GNSS/GPS) are also introduced along with a range of related themes such as the planning and subsequent reporting of site surveys. A residential field course is included.

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • undertake control, detail, setting-out and levelling surveys using standard equipment including GPS;
  • calculate spatial data from field survey measurements accurately and with a full understanding of what they represent;
  • prepare and present survey data and supporting documentation in a clear and professional manner;
  • know how to locate a project with reference to national and local coordinate systems and benchmarks and understand the inherent errors and uncertainties;
  • use (design and interpret) maps, plans and original survey data to communicate spatial information for use in design or construction; and
  • undertake a risk assessment and hazard analysis for a project site to be surveyed.
Construction Business and Law

30 credits

This module develops knowledge and understanding of construction (building and civil engineering) business and law which are fundamental to the practice of a professional construction manager. The nature of business and law associated with the construction/engineering environment and allied skills are delivered to cover the law of contract, tort, criminal law, statutory requirements and business. An understanding to the legal principles, obligations, liabilities and powers of those parties involved is developed in application to procurement, estimating and tendering.

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • Apply construction/engineering economics and finance principles to scenarios.
  • Investigate and recommend different procurement routes for construction /engineering services.
  • Explain the obligations, liabilities and powers of parties under construction/engineering contracts.
  • Explain the roles of regulatory bodies and compliance with statutory requirements.
  • Form contract documents and price works.
  • Analyse business and legal situations, write reports and make verbal presentations.
Materials, Design and Procedures

30 credits

This module develops knowledge of the behaviour and characteristics of construction materials; taking into account sustainability issues.  he design of civil engineering structures from a conceptual viewpoint to completion in an engineering and construction context is considered. This activity aims to promote team working, develop academic and communications skills. The module develops further understanding in ground technology and geotechnical engineering techniques. Additionally, an understanding of engineering geology, formation of soils and rocks and how the rock type controls both the landforms that result and the engineering and constructions problems that may be encountered.

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • Investigate and recommend the use of various construction materials as per appropriate BS/EN provisions and sustainability issues.
  • Design and appraise building superstructure elements and services for commercial and multi-storey buildings.
  • Participate in professional roles in teamwork within an engineering design project, communicating ideas relating to conceptual designs in writing, drawings and oral presentations from the conception to completion.
  • Describe the structure of the earth, the formation of rocks and soils and geological and geomorphological structures.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of groundwater and its implications for construction below ground level.
  • Apply concepts in ground technology and geotechnical engineering techniques and discuss their environmental and health and safety implications as well as geotechnical risk in relation to superstructure.

Final year involves the in-depth study and application of contractual procedures including health and safety and environmental law, site practice and management, including a construction site visit, managing collaborative workflows in a BIM environment and building and environmental engineering. You will carry out an individual project focused on research into a specialised subject.

Core modules

Building and Environmental Engineering

30 credits

This module aims to provide a detailed appreciation of construction processes and techniques, the design and integration of building and environmental services, the performance requirements of the building envelope, and the integration of these various factors into a cost-effective building design. The benefits of holistic building design and construction that give due consideration to the performance of the building envelope, the design and integration of mechanical and electrical installations to provide internal quality and the management of buildings during the course of their lifecycle.

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • Appreciate purpose and use of construction design options.
  • Recommend the appropriate forms of construction associated with industrial, residential or public buildings, using sustainable and environmentally acceptable materials and architectural styles.
  • Demonstrate the importance of the CDM regulations, building regulations, approved documents and planning law and their effect upon building design and development.
  • Describe the requirements of buildings to meet with current environmental standards; explain the concept of sustainability and the move towards zero carbon development.
  • Identify the efficient design of service systems and their influence on the form of buildings.
  • Reveal the benefits of implementing asset management strategies for the client.
Site Practice and Management


This module develops previous learning regarding construction technology, including road construction and traffic management, services engineering, architectural and structural design, facility with drawings, estimating, quantity surveying, architectural technology, knowledge of construction law, health and safety, contracts and procurement, quality, sustainability and how to operate as an ethical and competent professional at management level in the construction industry.

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • Participate in simulated team meetings at industrial managerial level.
  • Apply a knowledge of technology, including road construction and traffic planning, suitable for a managerial overview of running building sites.
  • Apply a  knowledge of programming software and use of a range of planning techniques that integrate with managing and planning for building sites.
  • Apply management principles, theories of leadership, motivation, quality, Health and Safety requirements and sustainable design for a construction project.
  • Carry out report writing and produce documents for a project.
Contractual Procedures

30 credits

This module develops knowledge and understanding of the procedures and associated law when engaged in engineering and construction contracts by reference to standard, professional services and design and builds forms of contract. Understanding the roles of statutory bodies and their required procedures is covered along with relevant skills developed in contractual procedures and analysis of common contractual scenarios. The effective and efficient use of procedures in developing business sustainability is an important element of studies undertaken.

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • Develop construction and engineering contract procedural skills.
  • Define the obligations, liabilities and powers of parties for construction, engineering and professional services contracts.
  • Explain the notices and notifications related to statutory approval.
  • Analyse, apply relevant procedures and law, and make recommendations in the use of engineering, construction and professional services contracts.
  • Apply appropriate procedure relating to contract and applicable law.
Individual Project

30 credits

This is a core module for level 6 Civil and Infrastructure Engineering students. The individual project is an opportunity to explore a subject of your own choice and to initiate, design and execute a small scale research project under supervision. The work in the project will draw upon material from all modules previously or currently taught and provide a culmination to your degree. Additionally, this allows you to develop and practice your research skills that will be invaluable for the future. You are encouraged to work independently, study a topic in depth, review previous work, collect, and interpret and analyse information. This is also intended to develop your ability to communicate clearly and succinctly orally, graphically and in writing. In undertaking the work you should demonstrate knowledge and competence in reviewing literature and in using one or more of a range of research methods to collect and analyse data and draw well-founded conclusions. To support you a series of workshops will be given along with individual one-to-one supervision to ensure that you are supported throughout the process. Assessment is by submission of an initial formative research statement and summative assessments comprise an interim report, an oral presentation and the completed project.

This module completes the undergraduate personal tutor scheme (PTS). The scheme assists you in your transition to level 6, supporting you in the achievement of your full academic potential. Furthermore the PTS encourages you to be proactive in planning your professional career and/or postgraduate study.

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. The regulations governing this course are available on our website. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.

Entry requirements

If you would like to join us through Clearing 2020, please call our Clearing hotline on 0800 0483 334 (or +44 020 8328 1149 if you are calling from outside the UK) and speak to our friendly and knowledgeable hotliners who will be able to provide information on available courses and will guide you through your options.

Please note the entry requirements listed below are for 2021 entry only.

Typical offer 2020

  • 96 UCAS points from a minimum of two A-levels or equivalent Level 3 qualifications.
  • A-levels in Mathematics or science subjects preferred but not compulsory.

Alternatively, BTEC Extended Diploma with grades MMM or BTEC Diploma with grades DD.

Candidates are normally required to hold five GCSE subjects grades A*-C including Mathematics and English Language (or comparable numeric score under the newly reformed GCSE grading).

Entry requirements 2021

UCAS tariff points: 96.

Alternative routes

We will consider a range of alternative Level 3 qualifications such as an Access Course in a relevant Engineering, Science, Business subject which has been passed with 96 UCAS points.

Applications from those that have undertaken a Engineering foundation year will also be considered.


We welcome applications from International Applicants. View our standard entry requirements from your country.

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.0, with no element below 5.5.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching includes lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical laboratory sessions, field courses, design classes, workshop sessions and site visits each year.

Assessment comprises exams and coursework (eg reports, computer and numerical exercises, laboratories and essays).

Guided independent study

When not attending timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS, the online virtual learning platform.

Academic support

Our academic support team here at Kingston University provides help in a range of areas.

Dedicated personal tutor

When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of academic staff who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at Kingston and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer at Kingston University.

Your workload

Type of teaching and learning

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 1
  • Guided independent study: 314 hours
  • Guided independent study: 886 hours
Year 2
  • Scheduled teaching: 509 hours
  • Guided independent study: 691 hours
Year 3
  • Scheduled teaching: 281 hours
  • Guided independent study: 919 hours

How you will be assessed

Type of assessment

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 1
  • Coursework: 81%
  • Practical: 19%
Year 2
  • Coursework: 76%
  • Practical: 4%
  • Exams: 20%
Year 3
  • Coursework: 63%
  • Practical: 10%
  • Exams: 27%

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.

Your timetable

Your individualised timetable is normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9am and 6pm. For undergraduate students, Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Class sizes

To give you an indication of class sizes, this course normally enrols 15 students and lecture sizes are normally 15­-105­.  However this can vary by module and academic year.

Who teaches this course?

The course is taught at the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing. Faculty staff have a wide range of experience across research and industry and continue to practice and research at the cutting edge of their discipline. This ensures that our courses are current and industry informed ensuring you get the most relevant and up to date education possible.
Staff will use their experience and professional networks to hone your skills and shape you into the next generation of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduates.

Postgraduate students may run or assist in lab sessions and may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader.


There is a wide range of facilities for practical work at our Penrhyn Road campus, where this course is based. You will have access to a modern environment with the latest technology and industry-standard equipment, including:

  • extensive materials and structures facility for concrete, masonry, steel and timber;
  • geotechnical and hydraulics testing facilities; and
  • surveying equipment, such as satellite global-positioning systems.

Dedicated computer-aided design facilities include:

  • a range of CAD/CAM packages, such as Ideas, SolidWorks and AutoCad;
  • finite element analysis;
  • computational fluid dynamics; and
  • virtual instrumentation.

Course fees and funding

2020/21 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK or EU), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2020/21 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category Amount
Home (UK and EU students) £9,250*
International Year 1 (2020/21): £14,600
Year 2 (2021/22): £15,000
Year 3 (2022/23): £15,450

For courses with a sandwich year, the fee for the placement year can be viewed on the undergraduate fees table. The placement fee published is for the relevant academic year stated in the table. This fee is subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body.

* If your course involves a foundation year, the fee for that year for home and EU students will be £9,250 in 2020/21. The fees shown above apply for year 1 of the degree from 2020/21 onwards (fees may rise in line with inflation for future academic years). For full time programmes of a duration of more than one academic year, the published fee is an annual fee, payable each year, for the duration of the programme. Your annual tuition fees cover your first attempt at all of the modules necessary to complete that academic year. A re-study of any modules will incur additional charges calculated by the number of credits. Home/EU tuition fees may be subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body. Full time taught International fees are subject to an annual increase and are published in advance for the full duration of the programme.

Eligible UK and EU students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest-rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

2019/20 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK or EU), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2019/20 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category  Amount
Home (UK and EU students) £9,250*
International Year 1 (2019/20): £14,200
Year 2 (2020/21): £14,600
Year 3 (2021/22): £15,000
Islands (Channel Islands and Isle of Man) To be confirmed by the Island Authorities

For courses with a sandwich year, the fee for the placement year can be viewed on the undergraduate fees table. The placement fee published is for the relevant academic year stated in the table. This fee is subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body.

 * If your course involves a foundation year, the fee for that year for home and EU students will be £9,250 in 2019/20. The fees shown above apply for year 1 of the degree from 2018/19 onwards (fees may rise in line with inflation for future academic years). For full time programmes of a duration of more than one academic year, the published fee is an annual fee, payable each year, for the duration of the programme. Your annual tuition fees cover your first attempt at all of the modules necessary to complete that academic year. A re-study of any modules will incur additional charges calculated by the number of credits. Home/EU tuition fees may be subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body. Full time taught International fees are subject to an annual increase and are published in advance for the full duration of the programme.

Eligible UK and EU students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest-rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

Additional costs

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

Where a course has additional expenses, we make every effort to highlight them. These may include optional field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering), security checks such as DBS, uniforms, specialist clothing or professional memberships.

Text books

Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to, or be required to, buy your own copy of key textbooks.

Computer equipment

There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan. You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residences.

Free Wi-Fi is available on each of the campuses.


In the majority of cases coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees.


Travel costs are not included but we do have a free intersite bus service which links the campuses and halls of residence.

Lab equipment

For this course you will need to purchase a lab coat, hard hat and safety glasses at approximately £20. Students will also be required to purchase safety boots which cost a minimum of £27, a £10 voucher will be supplied by Kingston University to help cover this cost. Site visits equipment (hard hat and gloves) will cost around £50 over the course of 4 years.

Note for EU students: UK withdrawal from the European Union

The Government has recently announced that new students from the European Union and Swiss Nationals starting their course after August 2021 will no longer be eligible for a student loan in England for Undergraduate or Postgraduate studies for 2021/22 academic year. This decision only applies to new EU students starting in 2021/22. If you are an existing/continuing EU student, you will continue to be funded until you graduate or withdraw from your course.

After you graduate

You'll graduate with technical and communication skills that are in demand in many sectors. Through Kingston University's links to industry, placements and positions may be offered following graduation.

Examples of recent graduate destinations

Types of jobs

  • Construction manager
  • Assistant site manager
  • Estimator
  • Site manager/civil engineer


  • Allan Builders
  • Alan Builders Ltd
  • RG Group
  • Willmott Dixon
  • PVG Group
  • Cape Construction
  • Costain

Careers and recruitment advice

The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing has a specialist employability team. It provides friendly and high-quality careers and recruitment guidance, including advice and sessions on job-seeking skills such as CV preparation, application forms and interview techniques. Specific advice is also available for international students about the UK job market and employers' expectations and requirements.

The team runs employer events throughout the year, including job fairs, key speakers from industry and interviews on campus. These events give you the opportunity to hear from, and network with, employers in an informal setting.

Employability preparation at Kingston University

In addition to building expertise in your own discipline, our courses will also help you to develop key transferable skills that you'll need for professional life or further study once you graduate.

As well as a range of careers and employability activities at Kingston, we also offer you the chance to apply and develop your skills in live contexts as an integral part of your course. Opportunities include:

  • placements;
  • working or studying abroad;
  • volunteering;
  • peer mentoring roles; and
  • internship opportunities within and outside the University.

In your final year, you'll get the opportunity to complete a major 'capstone' project where you can apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired to a range of real issues in different contexts. This is a great way to learn and is a valuable bridge to employment or further research at masters level.

Courses available after you graduate

If you decide that you would like to go on to postgraduate study after your undergraduate course, we offer a 10% discount on our postgraduate course tuition fees to our alumni.

What our students say

I initially looked at Kingston as I was looking at potentially commuting and therefore needed somewhere that was not too far away. I looked around a number of universities but was immediately impressed with Kingston due to its facilities and labs. I felt very comfortable within the building and amongst the students and lecturers. We were told about the type of teaching and the field trips and I was particularly impressed at the way the course was not taught purely from the classroom.

There were a few defining moments whilst studying for my degree. The first and probably the most memorable for me was receiving the grades for first semester. I sat in a room with others from my course and we individually went to receive our grades and feedback from Bill Evans. I remember Bill pointing to one module and saying to me 'shame about that one' and I was terrified I had done badly. I received three A*s and an A which gave me the confidence boost I needed to continue with the rest of the course and keep up the very high standard.

Vicky Turner – Construction Management BSc(Hons)

The fountain of knowledge and direction that my construction management lecturers provided inspired me to work hard and I was blessed with finishing university with a graduate job at RG Group, a national independent construction company where I did my placement.

Alongside accommodating my other Kingston University extra-curricular activities like playing rugby, the course and lecturers made my time at Kingston University a very special one which has more than shaped my future aspirations.

Steve Wallace – Construction Management BSc(Hons)

Placement case study – Ollie Notley

Placement company: Fluor

Why did you decide to do an industrial placement as part of your degree?

I always wanted to undertake a placement year to provide me with relevant experience to greatly enhance my chances of gaining graduate employment and improve my understanding of the industry. An industrial placement on your CV can really make you stand out from the crowd when applying for graduate roles or can even provide the opportunity to gain employment with the company offering the experience, like myself and many of my peers. For me it was a no-brainer.

What was the process for getting a placement and what support did you get from the University?

I applied to my placement following a presentation from Fluor at the University and having an informal interview with their staff. I was later selected as one of the final 12 of 132 applicants to attend an assessment day. I was required to take part in two group tasks with other applicants and then present for 20 minutes to senior management on why I felt I would be suitable for the role.

The Placement Team supported me greatly throughout the process; this included arranging mock interviews and providing constructive criticism for my presentation after allowing me to practice it with them. Their vast experience proved extremely helpful and I owe them a great deal for their continued support.

What does your placement role involve?

My placement involved providing a variety of support to energy and chemical construction projects at many different phases. I spent half of my year in the Farnborough office working on design and planning and the other half on site for the construction of a biomass conversion at Drax Power Station, the largest power station in the UK.

How is your typical day – any specific projects were you involved with?

My typical day involved preparing plans and attending meetings for engineering, procurement and construction, to define the construction requirements for the project to ultimately help achieve project objectives, in which I played an important and active role.

What key elements of your job will involve what you had learned from your course?

The Construction Management BSc (Hons) course provided me with a strong general understanding of applicable design and building processes and technologies, in addition to a good understanding of materials used in the industry.

From your experience working at your placement employer is there anything that you will utilise when you go back to your study (if this is applicable)?

I have been able to gain a much-improved knowledge of the industry and how it works, which will supplement my studies well. I was able to develop an in-depth understanding of innovations used in the industry that I can carry forward into writing my dissertation having gained first-hand experience while on placement.

How do you feel that your placement has benefited your course?

I will be able to apply my new first-hand industry experience to improve my overall degree classification and be able to apply real life experiences to enhance my work.

Knowing I have a job waiting for me will also relieve the stress of searching for a job while in my final year, allowing me to fully focus on my studies.

Are there any other benefits of doing a placement?

You get a professional life experience where you learn the etiquette of working life. It's a good year off from university deadlines, coursework and exams and the best opportunity to explore yourself academically and professionally. It enables you to think of your future with a broader perspective. It boosts your confidence level. You also make good professional contacts which are very important and if you perform well whilst on your placement and make the most out of it; you have a good chance to secure a place in the company too.

What job will you be seeking when you graduate?

I have signed a contract of employment for when I complete my degree and will begin work with Fluor in June 2015. As I have spent a year with the company I have been offered a higher salary than that of a non-placement student.

Work placement year

How you can work in industry during your course


  • provide work experience that is relevant to your course and future career;
  • improve your chances of graduating with a higher grade degree;
  • enhance your CV;
  • lead to a graduate job;
  • enable you to earn a year's salary whilst studying (the vast majority of placements are paid); and
  • help you to select your final-year project.

"To be successful, tomorrow's leaders will need to be far more rounded individuals than ever before. They will collaborate in pursuit of shared goals. They will guide, challenge and support...They will have an appetite for change and a hunger for continuous improvement, and they will have an ethos of learning and development..." Jeremy Darroch, Former Chief Executive, Sky.

"Doing a placement year effectively gives you one foot in the door of a future job and to stand out from the crowd... as well as enhancing my CV... and future interviews. It's a great motivator to be successful in my studies as it only serves to open even more doors and gain more skills." Placement student at Jagex Games Studios Ltd.

  • 81% of placement students and 34% of non-placement students got a first or 2.1 (Faculty of Computing, Information Systems and Mathematics, 2008).
  • 100% of placement students during 2008 recommend doing a placement (Faculty of Computing, Information Systems and Mathematics, 2008).
  • Many employers offer a graduate job to their successful placement students.

There is a lot of support available for students looking to secure a placement (eg a jobs board with placement vacancies, help with writing CVs and mock interviews). Getting a placement and passing the placement year are ultimately the student's responsibility.

For further information please contact the placements team by telephone 020 8417 2969 or email

Examples of placements

Placements can be with large multinational companies, international companies, local companies and small start ups; offering a diverse range of posts. Here are some examples of employers and roles:

Construction-based placement employers Construction-based placement roles 
RG Group
Willmott Dixon
Assistant site manager
Assistant trades package manager
Assistant logistics manager
Health and safety officer
Construction engineer
Science-based placement employers  Science-based placement roles
Reckitt and Benckiser
Drug Control Centre
Minton Treharne and Davies Ltd
Various local and international hospitals
Bioanalytical sciences
Lab assistant
Pharmacy assistant
Sports coach
Engineering-based placement employers  Engineering-based placement roles
BAM Nuttall
Analysis of aircraft structure
Construction resources specialist
Site engineer assistant
Computing and IS-based placement employers Computing and IS-based placement roles
Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
Database co-ordinator
Software developer
Website developer
App developer
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