BSc (Hons)
Construction Management

This programme provides students with a rigorous understanding of the principles, practices and ethics involved in construction management in a worldwide context up to Bachelor's degree standard.

The programme provides the academic underpinning necessary to prepare students for a career as a chartered builder or in other related professions and provides students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills.

The programme is primarily designed for people employed in the construction industry, such as those working in large contracting organisations and commercial developers; and local authority or armed forces personnel. Such employment is not mandatory, but is desirable.

This programme is delivered by supported online learning and can be studied in any location.

Next intake:
Apply by 07 March to start 04 April 2016

Why study this programme?

  • Work as a construction site manager, site engineer, contracts surveyor, estimator, buyer or planner
  • Satisfy the academic requirements for Chartered Membership of the CIOB
  • Study the leading degree programme in this subject area that allows you to combine work and study through supported online learning

Summary (fees and duration)

If you successfully complete all elements of the programme, you will be awarded the BSc Construction Management from The College of Estate Management and will be entitled to use the designatory letters BSc. You will be entitled to denote Honours if applicable, i.e. BSc (Hons), which is a current requirement for Membership of CIOB.

Examinations will be held in August and February.

Standard route:
Duration: 4.5 years
• Time commitment: 15-20 hours of study a week for 42 weeks per annum
• You will study two modules per six-month semester

Accelerated route:
Duration: 3 years
• Time commitment: 25-30 hours of study a week for 42 weeks per annum
• You will study 3 modules per six-month semester
• This route is recommended only for those who are not in full-time employment

Time commitment:
Total study hours includes a range of learning activities such as web classes, online discussion forums, exercises linked to course materials and directed reading. It also includes assessment and preparation for assessment. The breakdown between these different activities varies between different modules.

Application and start dates:
Apply by 07 March to start 04 April 2016

£980 per module x 17 modules (usually students undertake 2 modules per semester)

Student Loans:
This course is designated for student finance and students in England and Wales may apply to Student Finance for a tuition fee loan. Eligible students can apply for funding for up to £6,000 each academic year. Find out more here.

Total programme fee: £16,660 (total cost)

Your programme fees are fixed for the duration of your studies. This means that the fee you pay per module will not increase from one year to the next, as long as you remain registered on the same programme. Different fees may be applicable if you decided to transfer to a different programme.

You may be required to pay a retake fee if you are unable to pass a module at the first attempt, and are then offered a further attempt. The retake fee is 50% of the full module fee in each case.

CEM provides examination centres all over the world in addition to the UK. You should expect to incur travel costs to attend your nearest examination centre, for those modules which contain examinations.

All learning resources required  for successful completion of each module are provided as part of your fee. The core texts  within each module will be provided via an e-book platform where available or in hard copy. Additional supplementary resources to support your studies are available through the CEM e-library. It is a matter of individual choice whether you wish to buy your own hard copies of textbooks independently.

Entry requirements

You should have at least one of the following:

  • 160 UCAS tariff points
  • NVQ Level 4 or 5, or GNVQ Advanced
  • HNC or HND
  • Relevant work experience for mature student entry

In addition to:

Evidence is required in the form of certificates or statements. You should send photocopies that have been certified by a Member or Fellow of the CIOB. Please do not send original documents.

Recognised qualifications having an equivalent level of attainment as those recognised by UCAS include: HND/HNCs, professional qualifications from recognised institutions, certain armed forces qualifications and partially completed degrees. There are also a wide range of international qualifications that are deemed to have UCAS point equivalent values.

Applications are assessed in accordance with the CEM Admissions Policy.


Programme outline

The following table shows the modules to be studied and the framework of the degree. This is the recommended Study Plan for those in full time employment.

All modules are 20 credit modules with the exception of the Project module which is 40 credits.

2016 BSc CM

The elective modules shown above are generally provided each year.

Should you require further information about programme content please view the course information sheets.

Where considered necessary to do so at any stage, CEM may seek to make variations to programme content, entry requirements and methods of delivery, and to discontinue, merge or combine programmes. This is subject to consultation with relevant students and other stakeholders, setting out the reasons for the proposed amendment(s), and compliance with the requirements of the CEM Code of Practice on Programme Monitoring, Amendment, Review and Discontinuation. Should such an eventuality occur during the admissions and registration process, applicants will be informed immediately of any change and the alternative arrangements that have been put in place.


Assessment consists of a mix of assignments and examinations.


Academic Staff

All our programmes are taught by a team of full-time academic staff and associate tutors. Our academic staff and associates have extensive, relevant industry experience in addition to their academic qualifications. Please see further information about the qualifications and experience of CEM academic staff.

How to apply

If you wish to apply for the BSc (Hons) Construction Management, you can apply online here.

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