Taught course

Construction Project Management

University of Portsmouth · School of Civil Engineering and Surveying

Entry requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, or equivalent industrial and work experience in construction management or other related field. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Months of entry


Course content

Why take this course?

This course defines the concepts and the processes associated with being a project manager within the construction industry.

It will enable you to manage every aspect of the project lifecycle from inception to completion. You will also master the technical, organisational, commercial, legal and financial issues involved in achieving a project’s successful execution.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Visit sites and study locally based case studies that will introduce you to the professional markets and environments
  • Apply your skills to real-life practical problems as part of our partnership schemes with local and global organisations
  • Attend lectures and seminars given by practitioners from client, contracting and consulting organisations

What opportunities might it lead to?

This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng (Hons) undergraduate first degree.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • construction companies
  • commercial companies
  • consultancy
  • project management

Module Details

The course is divided into three stages, the first two stages are generally taught through formal tuition, with stage three covering independent research in an academic or industrial setting.

You will build upon established fundamental construction engineering and project management principles in order to confidently apply them to a range of complex construction projects. You will gain a deep understanding of the social, economic and environmental issues that can affect such projects along with the expertise to tackle them.

Here are the units you will study:

  • Construction Law, Contracts and Dispute Resolution: In this unit you will study the legal system within which construction projects are undertaken. You will also cover contracts' formation and performance issues, contracts' documentation and dispute resolution methods.
  • Project Management and Software: This unit introduces you to the Project Management Institute’s model, known as the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK), and industry-standard project management software.
  • Project Management Tools, Techniques and Processes: You will gain project management tools, techniques and processes in the construction industry.
  • Strategic and General Management: In this unit you will cover management in the construction industry, and the development of organisational and project strategic direction, taking into account internal and external environments.
  • Independent Research Project: This covers the generic research framework within which new knowledge is discovered, and involves the practical application of research skills and techniques to a chosen system within the construction industry.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Programme Assessment

Teaching on this course will focus on small lectures, seminars and discussion groups. It will also centre on supporting your independent learning strategies, which tutorials will help to develop.

Assessment can take many forms and is geared towards the subject matter in a way that encourages a deeper understanding and allows you to develop your skills. It includes:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework
  • Projects
  • A dissertation

Student Destinations

A construction project manager is the individual responsible for ensuring that teams meet their objectives, the project meets its requirements and the execution of the project is kept as succinct as possible.

This course will therefore equip you to manage construction projects in client (private and public) construction and consulting organisations, engage in construction and other business, or alternatively, pursue further studies or research in academic and research institutions.

Previous graduates have gone on to work for client, contracting and consulting organisations in the construction industry in a variety of roles.

Fees and funding

UK students
Full time: £6,500 Part time: £3,250 p/a* *Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.
International students
Full time: £15,100 Part time: £7,550 p/a* * Fees are subject to annual increase.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Further details of qualification

Joint Board of Moderators - Meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng (Hons) undergraduate first degree under United Kingdom Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC)

Course contact details

Admissions Team
023 9284 5566