BSc (Hons) Construction Project Management

The course

UCAS code
4 years
Delivery type

Heriot-Watt's top ranking reputation leads to great career prospects in the construction industry. We are ranked 1st in Scotland and 3rd in the UK for Building in The Complete University Guide 2022.


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The construction industry is thriving and shows no sign of stopping. According to a Global Construction 2030 report, the volume of construction output is forecast to grow by 85% by 2030, with the UK being a stand-out growth market in Europe.

Heriot-Watt's top ranking reputation leads to great career prospects in the construction industry. We are ranked 1st in Scotland and 3rd in the UK for Building in The Complete University Guide 2022.

Studying construction project management at Heriot-Watt gives you the vital skills and versatility required by an increasingly dynamic industry. Our course aims to provide students with the knowledge, leadership and management skills necessary for the effective delivery of construction projects from inception to occupation. This course has a strong emphasis on construction technology with module options that give students a background in valuation and procurement.


We have a suite of built environment facilities including: a light structures lab, an Instron Universal testing machine, an immersive virtual reality system, Autodesk Revit software and Synchro 4D virtual construction software to create simulations.


In year 1 you can participate in a walking tour of Edinburgh viewing the architecture of the Old and New Town.

In year 2 you have the opportunity to participate in in a field course, Constructionarium, which provides hands-on construction working alongside professional engineers and tradesmen to construct scaled down versions of bridges, buildings, dams and civil engineering projects from all around the world.

In year 3, you have the opportunity to gain work experience via the Culture of External MENToring (CEMENT) scheme, which links students with professionals in practice to offer work placements, graduate employment opportunities and site visits. There are also field trip opportunities to a European city looking at the construction of some of the world’s most recognisable buildings.

In year 4, students undertake a week long collaborative design project working with students from across the built environment disciplines.

Global College pathway for this degree

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, have a look at Heriot-Watt Global College, where you can follow an accelerated pathway which will get you onto the second year of this degree.


Recognised by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).


My time at Heriot-Watt has been a phenomenal experience both academically and socially and I have learned so much over the years and have made lifelong friendships.

Charlotte Kerr, Construction Project Management Graduate

Course content

Year 1

The below course structure is subject to developmental change.

In the first year, you'll learn the fundamental and basic themes of building as well as the roles of the relevant professions. 

Semester 1

  • Management in a Global Context
  • Introductory Economics
  • Construction Technology 1
  • Shaping Tomorrow Together A

Semester 2

  • Cost Control Principles
  • Construction Modelling
  • Human Geography & The City
  • Shaping Tomorrow Together B

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Introduction to Accounting and Finance
  • Surveying and GIS
  • Construction Technology 2
  • Employability and Professional Skills

Semester 2

  • Building Services Technology
  • Cost Modelling and Measurement
  • eConstructon
  • Optional course

Optional courses include:

  • The Economy
  • Global Communication in English
  • Environment and Behaviour

Year 3

Semester 1

  • Design Cost Planning and Control
  • Safety Management and Site Establishment
  • Procurement and Contracts
  • Construction Technology 3

Semester 2

  • Innovation in Construction Practice
  • Design for Construction
  • Project Programming and Control
  • Optional course

Optional courses include:

  • Design Issues
  • Energy and Buildings

Year 4

Semester 1

  • Design Project
  • Dissertation
  • Construction Project Management
  • Cost and Value Management

Semester 2

  • Design Project
  • Dissertation
  • Construction Information Management
  • Optional course

Optional courses include:

  • Sustainable and Intelligent Buildings
  • Environmental Planning
  • Social Sustainability

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Work and study

This is what our BSc (Hons) Construction Project Management students are doing 15 months after graduating:

  • 85% are working
  • 0% are studying
  • 15% are working and studying.


  • The average salary of students 15 months after graduating: £28000
  • The average UK salary of students 15 months after graduating from a similar course: £28000

Potential career paths

  • Architects, Chartered Architectural Technologists, Planning Officers, Surveyors and Construction professionals
  • Managers, directors and senior officials

Entry requirements

Year 1

Standard entry requirements

  • Highers ABBB 
  • A-Levels BCC - BBB
  • Int. Baccalaureate 28 points
  • BTEC MMM (in relevant subject)
  • HNC C in graded unit (in a relevant subject area)

Minimum entry requirements*

  • Highers BBBC
  • A-Levels BCC - BBB

* Minimum: under our Fair Access Policy, we will relax our standard entry requirements for some Scottish students depending on their circumstances. Our minimum requirements will apply if you:

  • live in an area within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation lowest 20% (SIMD20), or
  • are care experienced.

We can also make exceptions for some Scottish students with grades above minimum but below standard. Read more about our Minimum and standard entry requirements

Year 2

  • Advanced Highers BC plus ABBB at Higher
  • A-Levels BBB
  • Int. Baccalaureate 33 points
  • HNC B in graded unit (in a relevant subject area)
  • HND BC in graded units (in a relevant subject area)
  • BTEC DMM (in relevant subject)
  • Global College Successful completion of our Engineering with Accelerator Programme

Year 3

  • HND BB in graded units (in a relevant subject area)

Additional information

English language requirements

  • If English is not your first language, you have to show that your English is good enough to succeed on your course. Please see our English language requirements.


Tuition fees for 2024 entry
Status* Scotland England / Wales / N Ireland / Rep of Ireland International**
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £18,704

* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.

** 'International' includes applicants from European Union countries who do not hold Pre-Settled or Settled status in UK. (This does not include students from the Republic of Ireland - see above). Read more about the application process for EU nationals.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your studies at Heriot-Watt over and above tuition fees in an academic year. Depending on your programme of study, these may include: protective equipment, field trips, professional memberships, studio fees, required course texts or other study resources.

Scholarships and bursaries

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Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales

In addition to government loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible undergraduate students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

  • Heriot-Watt University Bursary (up to £3,100 per year)
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