Bachelor of Science (Project and Construction Management)

College of Engineering & Informatics

Course overview

Over the past few decades, construction management has developed into a specific and necessary role within the construction industry as projects have increased in size and complexity and the need to deliver them in a timely, efficient manner has become critical. The BSc in Project and Construction Management is an interdisciplinary degree programme, providing students with an extensive training in both construction management and project management, essential managerial aspects to carrying out large, complex projects in industry. This degree programme prepares graduates for taking on technical, management, academic and research/development level positions in the construction industry, as well as across a range of other industries such as in the bio-pharmaceutical, technology and science industries.

Despite the downturn in the economy, construction remains hugely important as an industry and there is an ever-present need for skilled and resourceful project managers, nationally and internationally, as companies seek to carry out projects as efficiently and effectively as possible. The construction industry has seen many rapid changes in recent years, with the advent of new technologies and the extensive use of computer-based techniques. Added to this are developments in new materials with enhanced performance and new construction techniques. There is also the interdisciplinary challenge, with a blurring of boundaries taking place between traditional roles, both in construction and other areas requiring highly developed managerial skills in the overseeing of complex projects.

 Becoming a project and construction manager will mean you will be trained in the fundamentals of civil engineering, construction, and business and economics. You will learn about managerial and accounting principles, get an introduction to human resources management and progress to getting an insight into the concepts of financial management. Other focuses over the four-year programme are health and safety law, quality management and planning, which is evolving to take account of changing environmental concerns, and sustainability issues. The course will provide you with the capacity to critically analyse and apply problem solving skills across a growing and diverse number of construction specialisms.

Key facts

Entry requirements

Minimum Grade Higher C3 in two subjects and Passes in four other subjects at Higher or Ordinary Level in the Leaving Certificate including: Irish, English, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint), Agricultural Science or Technology) and any two other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Additional requirements

For Leaving Certificate - Minimum Grade D3 in the Higher Level or B3 in the Ordinary Level Leaving Certificate paper in Mathematics. Or, alternatively obtain a Pass in the Special Engineering Entrance Examination in Mathematics (held in the University).

For A-Levels - A minimum of Grade D in A-Level Mathematics or Grade B at O Level is required

Duration: 4 years

Next start date: September 2014

Entry points(2013): range 355 - 430

A Level Grades (2013): ABC (A-Level) or equivalent combination

Average intake: 9

Course outline

Year 1

  • Mathematics
  • Introduction to Physics
  • Engineering Graphics
  • Introduction to Engineering and Design
  • Fundamentals of Project and Construction Management
  • Engineering Computing
  • Accounting
  • Introduction to Management


Year 2

  • Database Applications and Computer Programming
  • Statistics
  • Principles of Building
  • Engineering Materials
  • Strength of Materials
  • Business Law
  • Management Accounting I
  • Health and Safety in Practice
  • Fundamentals of Operations Engineering
  • Project Planning and Organisation
  • Workshops, Laboratory Exercises, and Projects

Year 3

  • Operation Research I
  • Managerial Economics
  • Management of Human Resources
  • Construction Operations
  • Civil Engineering Infrastructure Design I
  • Soil Mechanics
  • Health and Safety Law
  • Planning and Law I
  • Advanced Business Law
  • Workshops, Laboratory Exercises and Projects

Year 4

  • Management of Organisational Change
  • Quality Management
  • Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Design II
  • The Built Environment (Architecture and Planning)
  • Advanced Project Management
  • Safety and Construction
  • Public Economics
  • Workshops, Laboratory Exercises and Projects
  • Dissertation

Further education

The PhD and MEngSc degrees are obtained through doing research work, with an optional minor taught element in the case of the MEngSc. Students specialise in one of the discipline's various areas of research, working with a high degree of independence and becoming experts in their chosen topics. This work is usually presented at international conferences and published in journals.

Find out more

Civil Engineering
T +353 91 492 170
F +353 91 494 507
E brid.flaherty@nuigalway.ie 
www.nuigalway.ie/civil_eng

CAO code

GY410

Fees for this course

EU (Total): €7,492 p.a. 2014/15 (Inclusive of Levy & SCC)
 - Tuition: €4,518 p.a. 2014/15
 - Student contribution: €2,750 p.a. 2014/15
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2014/15
Non-EU (Total): €13,750 p.a. 2014/15

EU Fees:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €2,750 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy:  €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.

Current Students

Sheilagh McGloin

BSc (Project and Construction Management)

"...I am studying Project And Construction Management, I've just finished first year and thankfully passed the year! I have enjoyed the course so far. It has been interesting to study a course like project and construction management because it is not the most well-known of courses and you instantly get an insight into what you will be doing when you graduate, unlike some courses where there may be too much choice, and you are in a position to figure out what to do when you graduate..."