Construction Management (Top-Up) BSc (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (1 year)

University Centre Peterborough

January 2017, September 2017

code: 5K36

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Convert your HND qualification in construction to a full honours degree on this intensive one-year course.

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Our graduates have gone on to professional, technical and managerial careers in construction management, quantity surveying, building surveying and estate management. The course provides a sound basis for professional studies if you’d like to apply for CIOB or CIAT membership.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • Site and Engineering Surveying
    Discover both traditional and contemporary advanced survey techniques and capture, manipulate and utilise field data for both horizontal control and detail acquisition. You’ll gain experience in the theory and practice of traditional traversing and curve ranging techniques alongside contemporary practices. You’ll also gain hands on experience in advanced contemporary surveying equipment, such as theodolites and total stations, for data capture and for setting out. You’ll also gain an understanding of how remote surveying by extra-terrestrial systems has evolved and of how a variety of control systems relate to the Ordnance Survey National Grid. Finally, you’ll learn how to acquire data and sorted and processed it both manually and electronically to convert it into a format suitable for CAD output. You’ll produce and annotate your final survey drawings using AutoCAD 2006 and present them in a style appropriate to industry.
  • Project Administration
    Learn how to manage and administer a building contract from a legal and economic standpoint. You’ll learn how contracts are constructed, interpret their contents and manage the more routine legal and financial aspects through the completion of a contract and its final account. Learn through problem solving and case study activity that simulates a live project and the likely circumstances that arise. We ensure what you learn has direct application to practice and will give you valuable employability skills.
  • Practice-Based Learning
    You’ll analyse and evaluate your workplace, focusing on organisational structures, culture, roles and responsibilities. You’ll cover human relationships in the workplace, team relationships and problem evaluations and suggests possible reasons for situations arising. You’ll use the academic skills you gain here to enhance your learning, which will take place during work with your employer. You’ll also examine the links between academic theory and practical reality and carry out an individual SWOT analysis, which focuses on your strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities, as well as a 'future self-development plan'.
  • Project Evaluation and Development
    Examine all issues related to the client, the site, planning, financial appraisal, design technology, legal, health and safety and the environment within a theoretical and practical framework. You’ll develop your ability to comprehend the totality and implications of the development process and to make reasoned value judgements as to its potential feasibility. You’ll examine local planning policies for the site, coupled with a financial analysis of the proposed scheme using traditional and modern forms of valuation techniques. You’ll also focus on project appraisal, pre-contraction processes, construction and post-construction processes, marketing, disposal and evaluation.
  • Project Management
    Develop your knowledge of basic management theories, and demonstrate your relevance and application in the planning, organisation and control of construction projects. You’ll research appropriate theories, skills and competencies related to the life cycle of a project from the client's conceptual vision, through the project identification and definition stages, applying appropriate project implementation, execution and control processes to effect successful closure of a project. You’ll also research and develop operational techniques used in the planning, scheduling and control of projects. You’ll consider the holistic integrated nature of the project management role on a construction project develop the specialist techniques which question the usual functional and organisational boundaries. This will help you appreciate the strategic relevance of project management, and the unique features of project management which distinguish it from other forms of management.
  • The Construction Business
    Gain the skills to manage a building organisation in a highly volatile economic environment. You’ll use a computer simulation package to run a construction business in teams and develop an understanding of how building organisations are managed financially in line with a set of broad business objectives. You’ll acquire analytical skills to measure company performance from a number of standpoints, and then critically comment on the way a company has performed with reference objectives and economic climate. This will give you confidence in critical awareness of organisations and function, including threats, opportunities and constraints. Focusing on financial management, you’ll gain an understanding of how financial data is converted into usable information, identifying historical performance which can be interpreted as part of a manager's decision making process. You’ll explore the role of the management accountant and contrast with that of the financial accountant and examine how pro-active financial management can be practiced rather than merely reacting to the whims of the marketplace.


We’ll assess your progress from your performance in exams, project work, presentations, role play, report and case study writing and the workplace.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate. 

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Where can I study?

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year)


International students, 2016/17 (per year)


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For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your fees in the following ways.

Tuition fee loan

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Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.

How to apply for a tuition fee loan

Paying upfront

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If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.

How to pay your fees directly

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Funding for UK & EU students

We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.

Grants and scholarships are available for:

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You'll need to have completed a recognised Higher National Diploma (HND) in construction. All applicants must show that they have a good level of spoken or written English, and if English is not your first language you'll need to demonstrate the ability to study in English.

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

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