BSc (Hons) Construction Science and Management

This course aims to ensure that our graduates are industry-prepared and have the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills required to play a leading role in a range of careers in tomorrow’s built environment.

The Course

Our BSc (Hons) Construction Science and Management programme is designed around the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Education Framework and the curriculum has been developed in collaboration with industry partners, reflecting the quality and relevance of our course content.

This programme is designed to be distinct and reflects the School of Lincoln Architecture and the Built Environment's belief that future construction professionals need an equal understanding of the science of buildings and the management of the construction process. It embraces four main challenges that the built environment faces today: resilience in response to climate change, fast changing digital engineering technologies, industrial innovation, and rapid urban growth.

Through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical exercises, site visits, field trips and workshops with industry experts, this course aims to prepare students for a broad range of career paths within the construction sector.

The Construction Science and Management programme comprises a number of core elements that are studied at multiple levels, including environmental science, construction technology, construction IT and construction management.

In the first year, fundamental theory is delivered. In the second year practical application to construction is considered, and in the final year, advanced applications and synthesis is evaluated.

Surrounding these core strands of the programme are supplementary subjects, which include modules relating to the built environment context, law, economics, land surveying and strategies for dealing with our existing building stock.

The structure of the programme is designed around the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Educational Framework, as follows:

Year 1

  • Construction Science and Technology 1
  • Introduction to the Built Environment
  • Personal and Professional Skills
  • Land Surveying and Engineering
  • Health & Safety and Law
  • Construction ICT
  • Production Management

Year 2

  • Construction Science and Technology 2
  • BIM Design & Applications
  • Construction Economics
  • Procurement Tendering Estimating and Measurement\t
  • Project Financial and Resource Management
  • Contract Practice & Administration and Law
  • Production Management 2

Year 3

  • Construction Science and Technology 3
  • Research Methods
  • Construction Project Management
  • Construction Group Project
  • CSM Dissertation

Most subjects are formally taught through lectures, tutorials and seminars. Students will have the chance to develop practical knowledge and skills through experimental work and hands-on experience using specialist land surveying and environmental science equipment. Site visits and field trips are integrated into the curriculum, allowing students to put theory into practice, to network with industry professionals and hear about their skills and experiences.

The course includes a final year (full-time) research methods and dissertation module, an essential element of the curriculum. Specialist training will be provided to help develop students' research skills and to develop proposals for a substantial written project dissertation in any area relating to construction science and management.

Students can study with us on a full-time (3 years) or a part-time (5 years) basis, and, although not mandatory, we encourage and support full-time students to complete a structured placement year within the construction industry between the second and third year of the course.

The School of Architecture and the Built Environment is proud of its interdisciplinary structure and students in Construction Science and Management may have the opportunity to work alongside students from other disciplines, particularly architecture. Our construction industry connections enable us to provide students with opportunities for construction site visits, and the potential for work placements, internships and graduate employment.

Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree

Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.

It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in independent study.

There are a variety of different assessment methods adopted across this programme and this will vary for each module. These methods can include:

  • Technical reports
  • Practical exercises
  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Formal examinations
  • Critical reviews

The variety of assessment methods are designed to enable the development of many soft-skills, including those in communication, leadership, team-work, critical reflection and problem-solving.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date (unless stated differently above)..

Methods of Assessment

The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.

Students' personal statements should explain why they are interested in studying and pursuing a career in Construction Science and Management. Applicants should also tell us about their extracurricular activities and any relevant experience.
Industry links

Our Professional Advisory Board (PAB) helps to ensure that our graduates are industry-prepared and have the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills required to play a leading role in a range of careers in tomorrow’s built environment. This collaboration with industry partners can deliver numerous benefits for students, including opportunities for workplace experience, construction site visits and field trips. It also means that students have the opportunity to learn from visiting speakers.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.

The Construction Science and Management programme is supported by the School’s Professional Advisory Board (PAB) comprising prominent senior professionals from the built environment industry. Our industry connections enable us to ensure that our programmes are fit-for-purpose, future focused and industry relevant. This collaborative arrangement can enable us to provide our students with opportunities for construction site visits, long and short-term placements, internships and potential connections for graduate employment.

We encourage our full-time students to undertake an optional structured placement year within the construction industry between the second and third years of the course. A placement year can give students access to professional contacts and experience. It may lead directly to final-year sponsorship and connections for graduate employment. Tutors will provide support and advice to students throughout this active learning process.

Students will be responsible for their travel, accommodation and general living costs during a placement year.

Placement Year

When students are on an optional placement in the UK or overseas or studying abroad, they will be required to cover their own transport and accommodation and meals costs. Placements can range from a few weeks to a full year if students choose to undertake an optional sandwich year in industry.

Students are encouraged to obtain placements in industry independently. Tutors may provide support and advice to students who require it during this process.

Tuition Fees

Full-time £9,250 per level £15,600 per level
Part-time £77.00 per credit point†  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

†Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £ per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

Exceptionally tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

For more information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [] []

Additional Costs

For each course students may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on their subject area. Some courses provide opportunities for students to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and meals may be covered by the University and so is included in the fee. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost. Where there may be exceptions to this general rule, information will be displayed in a section titled Other Costs below.

Other Costs

There is an expectation that there will be compulsory local study visits and site visits on the first year of this course that will be funded by the University. In subsequent years the study and site visits will continue but they will be optional and students may be expected to pay for these if they decide to take part.

Students will be responsible for their travel, accommodation and general living costs during a placement year.

GCE Advanced Levels: BBC

International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit

Access to Higher Education Diploma: A minimum of 45 level 3 credits to include 30 at merit or above.

Applicants will also be required to have at least three GCSEs at grade C or above (or the equivalent), including Maths and English.

Mature students with extensive relevant work experience and a portfolio of work, will be selected on individual merit. All relevant work experience should be noted on the application form.

Degree preparation courses for international students:

The University of Lincoln offers international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the direct entry requirements for an undergraduate degree course the option of completing a degree preparation programme at the university’s International Study Centre. To find out more please visit

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email

Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

Stephen Pretlove

Professor Stephen Pretlove

Programme Leader

Stephen has a background in building engineering and management, architecture and environmental design, and industrial experience in construction engineering. Stephen has published his work widely and has received international media coverage in print, radio, television and online by organisations including the BBC, Channel 4 and National Geographic.

Your Future Career

This programme aims to prepare students for a broad range of career paths within the construction sector. These might include construction management, project management, building information management, construction technology, commercial management, site organisation, construction and building inspection, quantity surveying, construction contract administration, construction estimating, scheduling and construction operations.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with students to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during their time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing a course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise our graduates future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information

The construction industry is a significant growth industry on a global level and in many parts of the world is a fundamental part of the economy, and a major source of employment.

Professor Stephen Pretlove, Programme Leader


At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

Our facilities include a Construction Science Laboratory with student access to industry relevant environmental science and land surveying equipment, and computer suites with modern advanced computer hardware and software, including Building Information Modelling (BIM) relevant to the construction industry.

Dedicated School studio spaces allow the opportunity for construction science and management students to work alongside architectural students in design studios and to experience interdisciplinary design projects as they would in the real workplace.

This course has not been running at the University of Lincoln for a period long enough to provide its own data for the Key Information Set provides by Data is currently drawn from similar subjects at the University of Lincoln rather than from this specific subject. If you would like to know more about this course we would strongly recommend that that you meet us at our next open day. Alternatively, talk to us about your future at the University of Lincoln by calling +44 (0) 1522 886644.
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