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About the course

Would you like a rewarding and challenging career in the construction industry? This professionally accredited construction management programme takes an in-depth look at construction projects by focusing on the themes of management, technology and professionalism. Graduates will be well prepared for a range of construction careers.

Students have previously had the chance to interact with live projects throughout their studies. This has included site visits to Solent University’s ‘Spark’ building, where students were able to learn from the project’s regional construction manager. Visits like these help to ensure that students have the first hand experience required by employers.

Students studying on the construction management programme here at Southampton Solent benefit from professional accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Building and Chartered Association of Building Engineers. This means that the course meets the standards set by employers themselves and enables students to take steps towards gaining professional qualifications, even before they have actually graduated.

The programme also offers an element of flexibility, allowing students to pick from a variety of different optional units including quantity surveying, construction management and commercial management. This enables them to tailor their education to suit specific career ambitions.  

If you think a career in the construction industry is for you, this professionally accredited degree will help you develop both the broad and specialist knowledge you’ll need to succeed. With opportunities to explore live projects and a course team with extensive industry links, Southampton Solent University’s construction management programme is a great first step towards your dream career.

Professional accreditation Foundation year available Built in work experience placement Part time option

This full time course is also offered on a part-time day release basis for students progressing from a relevant HNC.

What does this course lead to?

This course has a strong focus on employability, and has an excellent record of graduate employment. Staff have helped previous students to secure work placements in the holidays, and are committed to encouraging students to engage with the live briefs. Past students have been placed at businesses including Davis Langdon, Goddards, Morgan Sindall and Midas Construction. Course graduates have gone on to work at – and are directors of – local and national companies such as Evolution 5, Balfour Beatty, Bouygue and Drew Smith Construction, Barrett Homes, Drew Construction Group and Goddards (quantity surveyors).

Who is this course for?

This course is well-suited to those who wish to pursue a career in the construction industry. The course focuses on the management of construction projects and will appeal to those who wish to work in construction project management, site management or quantity surveying upon graduation.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2017/2018 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year

Whilst these inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval.

The international tuition fees for the 2017/18 academic year are:
International full-time fees: £11,000 per year 

The 2017/18 part-time fees are:
UK, EU and Channel Island part-time fees: £4,625 per year
International part-time fees: Students from outside the EU are usually unable to obtain a visa for part-time study. Please visit our visas and immigration page for more information.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

Compulsory costs:
Safety Footwear: Students will be required to purchase a pair of safety boots (approx. £30) for use on construction site visits.

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2017, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.
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Key entry requirements

96 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • Minimum of two A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DD, normally in a relevant numerate or technology subject.
  • A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma will be considered in conjunction with other qualifications. or equivalent.
  • Applications from mature students may also be considered.
  • Direct entry to year two may be offered to holders of an HND, HNC or foundation degree in an appropriate subject.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the International Foundation Year or Design Foundation Year

Part-time entry

  • The part-time route recruits directly to year three of the five-year course, where an applicant is in possession of HNC/D in relevant subject, or equivalent.

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component-TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


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Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 3039

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Part-time and distance learning courses

Applications for part-time and distance learning courses are made directly to the University and can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. If you have any questions about applying for this course, please contact the admissions office by emailing

Please use the link below to apply:

Apply for BSc (Hons) Construction Management (part-time)

Part-time attendance (for 2016)

Year 3: Monday
Year 4: Tuesday
Year 5: Thursday

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Principles of Construction Management and Quantity Surveying
  • Principles of Business Environment
  • Building Technology
  • Construction Science and Materials
  • Construction Surveying


  • Construction Technology Project
  • Curriculum Plus

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Year two

Core units
  • Economics and Financial Management
  • Technology of Construction
  • Building Performance
  • Sustainability
  • Quantity Surveying and Estimating
  • Construction Management

Year three

Core units
  • Project Evaluation and Development
  • Building Production
  • Contract Administration
  • Project


  • Strategic Construction Management
  • Commercial Management

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

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Written exams


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Practical exams

Meet the course team

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Ramesh Marasini academic profile Ramesh Marasini Course Leader View profile
Clifford Okeh academic profile Clifford Okeh Senior Lecturer View profile
Phil Brown academic profile Phil Brown Senior Lecturer View profile
Peter Howard academic profile Peter Howard Senior Lecturer View profile
Dr Monkiz Khasreen academic profile Monkiz Khasreen Senior Lecturer View profile
Harjinder Virdee academic profile Harjinder Virdee Senior Lecturer View profile
Verity Bird academic profile Verity Bird Senior Lecturer View profile
Laurie Wright academic profile Laurie Wright Lecturer View profile
Dr Emmanuel Itodo Daniel academic profile Emmanuel Itodo Daniel Lecturer View profile
Denise White academic profile Denise White Associate Lecturer View profile
Kenny Tew academic profile Kenny Tew Technician Instructor View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


Students make use of modern construction laboratories, a dedicated drawing studio and a range of levelling/surveying equipment (total stations). Students also have the opportunity to work in the built environment studio centre. This modern studio space has been developed to give students access to an environment which mirrors the feel and atmosphere of a working professional studio. This encourages students from various different built environment courses to come together and collaborate on multidisciplinary projects, just as they would in the workplace.

Teaching teams place a strong focus on student employability. The curriculum is built around the management of construction projects and learning has previously been supported by live briefs, site visits and project work.

Your future

This degree has been endorsed by and aligned with the CIOB educational framework, preparing you for a rewarding career in this fast-moving global industry. There is increasing demand for talented construction graduates who are equipped with the right skills.

Construction is a major source of employment in the UK, with a mobile and flexible workforce. There are opportunities for worldwide travel and employment, and no two jobs are the same. The sheer scale of some projects means that they will impact millions of people.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Construction/project manager
  • Site manager
  • Quantity surveyor
  • Building control surveyor
  • Facilities manager.


of students go on to work and/or study six months after finishing the course


of those students are in a professional or managerial job
  • We look to Solent University to provide our management and surveying trainees. We recently employed a Solent graduate and were extremely impressed by his positive attitude and sound knowledge – Craig is an excellent addition to our team at Evolution5.

    Chris Moss, Construction Director at Evolution5

  • The University provided all the support, encouragement and guidance I needed to find meaningful employment, not to mention the excellent construction training and personal development that employers are looking for.

    Jason Rawlins, Gradaute

Industry links

Directors of local and national construction companies, as well as representatives from government bodies, contribute to the course with guest lectures, site visits and live case studies. This provides a real-life learning environment and unique research opportunities.

We also have visits from local area planning officers, construction directors and government agencies.

Through our network of employers you will be supported and encouraged to do a work placement to gain real work experience. Organisations that we have close links with include Southampton City Council, Capita Symonds, Evolution 5, Balfour Beatty, Barrett Homes, Linden Homes, Perbury Group, Brymor Contractors, Drew Smith Construction and Babcock International.


Students are encouraged to find work placements during both holiday and study periods, taking advantage of the course team's close industry links and our extensive network of employer contacts.

Examples of work placements include national contractors, house builders and professional practices, such as: 

  • Davis Langdon (quantity surveyor)
  • Goddards (quantity surveyor)
  • Morgan Sindall
  • Midas Construction
  • Burgoyne Construction
  • Drew Smith Construction
  • Barratt Homes
  • Belmore Construction

Placement roles have included assistant building control surveyor, assistant quantity surveyor and site/project manager.

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