30/07/2021

Categories: Civil Engineering, Undergradute

Civil Engineering or Construction Management?

Need help choosing the right course to kick-start your civil engineering career? Heres a look at the two main degrees that may appeal to you.

A degree in civil engineering or construction management prepares students for one of the most exciting fields. Its also one of the most important professions to have, as youll be responsible for building the world around us, impacting peoples lives in a positive way. 

But which degree is the best one for you? Whether youre studying at the undergraduate or postgraduate level, finding the right course is important.

Here we discuss some of the key differences between two very similar courses, to help you discover the right pathway for your personal and professional development.

Civil engineering degrees

This diverse degree programme examines the wider field of design and construction, with one single aim; to create a safe environment for civilisation. An undergraduate course will typically cover everything from roads, bridges and transportation to dams and reservoirs.

In very simple terms, a civil engineer is in charge of designing construction projects, but there are many different areas you can specialise in. As a general guide, its important for engineers to understand issues such as building codes and regulations, different construction practices, risk assessments, as well as being able to identify the right materials for building.

While civil engineers spend some of their time on-site, the general day-to-day running of projects is left to construction teams and their leaders. This means you are likely to spend a large portion of your time at your desk, in meetings and doing things such as data analysis.

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Construction management degrees

Construction management is a branch of civil engineering and has a slightly more hands-on approach, where youll be much closer to the action.

While a civil engineer oversees the project at the top level, a construction manager will spend a lot of time on site. As a manager, you will need to plan and organise your team, schedule works and tasks, direct operatives, control quality and performance, and meet engineer and stakeholder demands.

You may also be involved in the hiring process, so having people skills is absolutely essential. And one similarity that comes with both roles is being able to stick to deadlines. As design and construction is project-based, there may be times where you are working extra hours to get the project finished for the client.

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Getting career advice

If youre still unsure which direction you want to take with your career, a civil engineering degree could be the better option. This is because it allows you to diversify your interests while developing a range of transferable skills.

Upon graduation, you will have a qualification that could potentially allow you to work in both fields, but a construction degree wouldnt give you the same flexibility and may require a lot of further training or study if you wanted to switch careers.

At the University of Bolton, our undergraduate programmes in this field are designed to help you zone in on your specialist skills, while giving you a deep understanding of key principles and applications.  Not only do our passionate tutors give you one-to-one mentorship, but we provide a supportive and friendly learning environment to help you reach your potential. Plus, our dedicated Employability Team is on hand to support your career ambitions, with help for everything from placements to CV writing.

We have specialised in this subject for over 40 years, so theres nowhere better to begin your journey into a highly sought after field.

 

To find out more about applying in September 2021, see our available courses online.

Or if you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on +44 (0)1204 903 394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk.

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