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Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations

  • Building Control
  • FP McCann
  • Geda Construction
  • Lagan Construction
  • Graham Construction
  • McLaughlin & Harvey

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles

  • Construction Management
  • Site Management
  • Facilities Management
  • Building Control
  • Contract Management


Important notice – campus change This course will move to the Belfast campus in September 2019.  Students will change campus part way through this course. Find out more

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Construct the future: Study Ulster University's Construction Engineering & Management Course.


The overarching aim of the programme is to produce construction engineering and management graduates who have obtained the relevant competencies to perform the roles within one of the many disciplines of construction engineering and construction management. The programme aims to produce professional construction managers and engineers equipped with technical and managerial skills. This is commensurate with the requirements of the associated professional body, the construction industry public and private sectors as a whole.

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About this course

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The management of construction projects on site is a vital part of the construction process however, the success of the project on site is influenced by decisions taken at project initiation - planning, pricing, procurement and contract management are vital. The Construction Engineering and Management course includes core subjects such as construction technology, construction law, economics and construction management. Key themes such as procurement, innovation, BIM, sustainability and health and safety are embedded within specific modules. The focus of the programme in years 1 and 2 is generally on technical areas such as science, engineering and technology with a gradual shift towards construction management in later years. In addition to the core subjects and themes listed above there are a number of overarching themes embodied within the programme specification, including a commitment to satisfy the learning and development of students, to equip students with the knowledge, professional skills and competencies required to succeed in a career in construction. The course produces graduates with the ability to adapt to technological change and contribute significantly in a highly competitive industry.

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in Professional Practice International DPPI

Find out more about placement awards


The programme is delivered over two semesters in an academic year. There are twelve weeks per semester and attendance is required five days per week. The programme is delivered over four academic years. The first, second and final year of the programme are timetabled as full-time on campus. Year 3 is the compulsory placement year.

Start dates

  • September 2018
How to apply

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

The A Level requirement for this course is BBB to include a Science or Mathematics based subject.

Applicants can satisfy the requirement for one of the A level grades (or equivalent) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications recognised by the University.

GCSE English and Mathematics and a Physical Science at grade C or above.


Overall BTEC award profile.

BTEC Diploma with overall D,D,M in Construction/Engineering subject to include 9 Distinctions and Merit in Analytical Methods/ Applied Mathematics/ Further Mathematics for technicians.

GCSE English and Mathematics and a Physical Science at grade C or above.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Overall Irish Leaving Certificate profile with grades H3, H3, H3, H3, H3 to include Mathematics and a Physical Science.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is BBBCC to include grade B in Mathematics or a Physical Science.

GCSE English and Mathematics and a Physical Science at grade C or above.

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is CCC to include grade C in Mathematics or a Physical Science.

GCSE English and Mathematics and a Physical Science at grade C or above.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile with a minimum 26 points (13 at higher level to include Mathematics and a Physical Science).

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Overall Access profile average of 70% in Science/ Science & Technology/ Engineering for Year 1 entry.


GCSE Profile to include grades C in Mathematics, English and a Physical Science subject.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Teaching and learning assessment

The course has a modular structure nominally with 5-8 modules taken in each of the academic years as shown below. Modules are taught in the autumn and spring semesters. Assessment is considered in many forms to include essays, reports, laboratory and surveying practical tests, CAD class tests, on-line test and end of semester formal examinations.

Year 1

You study: Surveying, Construction Materials, Construction Environment and Law, Construction Technology, Building Information and Modelling, Building Physics, Measurement and Building Structures.

Year 2

You study: Construction Technology, Building Design, Tendering and Estimating, Measurement, Contract and Administration, Surveying, Safety, Production Management.

Year 3

Industrial placement year including one week survey camp and a health and safety course. Satisfactory completion of the year of placement leads to the award of the Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP) upon graduation.

Year 4

You study: Construction Project Management, Dissertation, Building Performance and Regulation, Collaborative Project and Professional Practice and Ethics.

Exemptions and transferability

If you have successfully completed a Foundation Degree or HND (in a discipline outlined above), you will be considered for admission to Year 2.

Careers & opportunities

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Graduate employers

Graduates from this course have gained employment with a wide range of organisations. Here are some examples:

  • Building Control
  • FP McCann
  • Geda Construction
  • Lagan Construction
  • Graham Construction
  • McLaughlin & Harvey

Job roles

Graduates from this course are employed in many different roles. Here are some examples:

  • Construction Management
  • Site Management
  • Facilities Management
  • Building Control
  • Contract Management

Career options

Construction management is one of a family of disciplines concerned with the Built Environment. The planning, design, production, adaptation, maintenance, management and recycling of the built environment require interaction between disciplines. A career within construction engineering and management often encompasses a wide range of responsibilities which require a wide knowledge, skills and competencies base. Career options include construction management, site management, facilities management, building control and contract management.

Graduates may continue their study on the MSc in Construction Business and Project Management, either on a full-time or part-time basis and some have also gone on to study MSc Fire Safety Engineering at Ulster.

Work placement / study abroad

Work placement takes place in year 3 and is a compulsory element of the course. Quality placements are ensured by including construction firms which are willing and able to offer the work based learning experience which will allow you to develop your technical knowledge and practical experience in a safe and healthy environment.

Professional recognition

Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), having been judged to meet the CIOB Education Framework. Prospective members holding these qualifications have full academic exemption and may enter CIOB membership without the requirement for an Individual Assessment.


Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2018

Fees and funding

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Fees (per year)

Important notice - fees information Please note fees displayed are for 2017/18 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
View Ulster University’s 2017 fees policy

Northern Ireland & EU:
England, Scotland & Wales:
£9,000.00  Discounts available - find out more

Additional mandatory costs

There are several activities which may incur an additional cost to you during your course, in addition to your tuition fees. Site visits are arranged throughout the academic year and you may be required to purchase Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to use during the site visits. Investing in such PPE will benefit you during your studies, placement and when you graduate. Other costs incurred on site visits include travel costs as you may be required to make your own way to the construction site. Site visits generally are identified within the central Belfast area for your convenience.

Other costs incurred include the 4 day residential Survey Camp in Tollymore Forest Park in Newcastle County Down. This survey camp is scheduled in semester 2 generally in week 12. You will be required to either travel to survey camp and will incur travel costs OR book local accommodation for three nights.

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.


Course Director: Dr Karen Davison

T: + 44 (0)28 9036 8108


Faculty Office

T: +44 (0)28 9036 6521



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