Bachelor in Construction Management in Kenya Full Course Review

Construction management is a profession, which specializes in running of construction projects, which involve; planning design construction and commissioning of the project. It is responsible for controlling the main constraints of projects (time, cost, quality, safety) and its compatibility with other project delivery systems makes it fundamental in any construction project.

Projects involve; the client, architect, contractor and engineers who perform explicitly unique functions and thus the construction managers intervene to enable collaboration of these parties for project fruition.

Requirements

In Kenya, Bachelor in Construction Management is classified under Cluster 8C which specifies that Math is the only required subject plus any other three subjects. This means any student could qualify to pursue it, a minimum grade is C+ in Math. However, some universities have specific requirements; JKUAT requires a minimum of B- mean grade and KU requires Physics in addition to Math.

However, in order to qualify to be a government-sponsored student and considering how competitive the course is, the average minimum aggregate cut-off is 40 for various university selection including JKUAT, UON, and KU. This typically requires A’s and B’s alone for consideration. However, anybody with the financial ability can apply to be self-sponsored if they surpass the minimum specification requirements for each university.

Fees structure for Self-sponsored students

Studying

As previously stated, construction management mostly involves taking control of the major factors of a project and enabling the collaboration of the various components of the project. Therefore, the program involves intensive study on communication and teamwork, costs and valuation, health and safety, technical expertise on the various professions involved and much more.

You have to be good in math or at least willing to practice math regularly since there are many calculations involved especially where costs and scientific principles are applied. The course requires a minimum of 4 years of full-time study. JKUAT specifically has an additional year for research thesis and projects.

Upon graduation, you can join various associations such Association of Construction Managers in Kenya and the Architectural Association of Kenya, to increase your access to information and opportunities besides building your professional network.

 Common Units

  1. Technical Drawing
  2. History of Construction
  3. Building Technology
  4. Civil Engineering Construction
  5. Architectural Communication
  6. Building Science
  7. Land Surveying
  8. Site Development, Organization, and Management
  9. Construction Plant and Equipment Management
  10. Project Planning Control and Management
  11. Construction Materials Testing and Management
  12. Construction/Property Law
  13. Structures
  14. Cost Analysis and Bidding
  15. Computer-Aided Design
  16. Measurement of Construction Work
  17. Building Design
  18. Principles of Construction Management
  19. Construction Marketing
  20. Financial management
  21. Entrepreneurship

Universities offering Bachelor of Construction Management

Diploma in Construction Management

Employment

Owing to the numerous construction projects around the country today, Construction Managers can be sure they have many opportunities available for those who can knock doors well. This is due to the rapid growth of the economy accompanied by population. Competition is stiff as always and connections play a huge part in securing the career future of any graduate.

There are numerous entrepreneurial opportunities too which can be exploited such as the skillset in the use of advanced technology and data management system for better project management. Very few people are trained to do that.

Entities that Employ Construction Managers

  • Construction companies
  • Design and Consultancy engineering companies
  • Industrialization and Transport Ministries of the Government
  • Property development firms
  • Housing Associations
  • Urban development agencies and government entities
  • Contractors
  • Entrepreneurship

Jobs you can get

  • Actual project managers in engineering and buildings
  • Urban development managers
  • Technicians
  • Academicians
  • Consultants

Projected Income

As is the case for most careers, starting out as a construction management graduate might seem very challenging. Also, the fact that many clients choose to disregard the need for a construction manager to reduce the professional labor cost might be an issue.

During the internship programs, most graduates are not paid. However, on employment, a starting salary of around 50k is expected though it depends on the firm.

Working under an employer might not be as rewarding as expected, but having a side hustle or building a network of clients, leads and other professionals during the employment period could help in starting your own venture.

The Average Salary for an experienced construction manager in Kenya according to Salary Explorer is about 90k to 110K.

12 thoughts on “Bachelor in Construction Management in Kenya Full Course Review”

  1. What’s your thoughts on conman course in jaramogi oginga odinga univrsity of science and technology.is it competitive as those of jkuat and the likes

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    • Hey Shadrack, although conman in JKUAT and UoN is considered more competitive, it doesn’t necessarily mean a conman degree from Jaramogi will get you nowhere. One big factor that determines the competitiveness of a course in a certain institution is the alumni it produces who dominate in the field and later on when hiring graduates in their companies, prefer those from their former universities. This trickles down and results into a situation where it seems students from these colleges are more competitive. However, students from other university need not to despair. Instead, they should put more effort and be more aggressive especially in job hunting. This is where knowing the right people maters. Once they secure employment, they ought to promote their comrades too.

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  2. For the sake of people wondering about the future of construction management as compared to other related courses, here is a comment from an experienced professional engineer from Msingi Africa Limited.

    Things post-COVID will shift..the future of work is here in my opinion…so compensation will be based on value/output and not salary scale..so I will not express my opinion based on this metric. If I were to choose between QS n Construction manager, I would pick construction manager..reasons as follows:
    1. The skills of measurement and QS can be learned by a construction manager.
    2. Project management is a dynamic skill that will quickly differentiate you if since you interact front line on a project with stakeholders as opposed to QS who largely works behind the scene.
    3. QS function will be largely automated in the future… opportunities that cannot be automated are contract and dispute management but arbitrators and lawyers can also do this… remember..conflict is exceptional so the demand for them may not be as much.
    4. Construction project managers can use the skillsets cross-industry as running of projects and stakeholder management cuts across…
    5. Yes, conman skills can be used in roads..once you understand the process..that’s it..
    6. BSc real estate..don’t know much about it but I don’t think I would recommend it..don’t see the value and that’s important in the future of work..

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  3. Hallo Onsomu,I have a question about construction management,what is the difference between bachelor of science in construction management as offered in jkuat and bachelor of technology in construction management as offered in tuk??. And is there any reason why the btech has low entry requirements than the bsc?

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    • Hi Mark, that’s a great question. Nowadays, universities are competing to attract students to their programs and on tactic they use is using better and more technical appearing names for their courses. For instance in this case, JKUAT offers the normal BSc in Construction Management which is a very competitive course in fact one of the most highly ranked courses of that kind in Kenya. To try and beat this competition, TUK goes ahead and includes the word technology in their courses. Now, technology seems more technical and appealing than science so people might think its the better course. However, both of these courses are almost the same with very minute differences. Check the units offered by JKUAT BSc ConMan and compare with those offered by TUK BTech ConMan. You will see very many similarities.
      Secondly, the reason why BTech from TUK has low entry requirements is that the BSc course from JKUAT is highly demanded as compared to the former.

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      • Oooh,thanks.So is there any advantage of studying it at jkuat as compared to tuk??and what about the job market,who is at a disadvantage and why?

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        • First, JKUAT is more preferred in the job market as compared to TUK, but the difference is small considering the factors of our country where money and who you know matters most. Secondly, student life in JKUAT is much cheaper as compared to life in TUK. JKUAT is located in Juja where the cost of living for students if affordable plus there is enough accommodation both inside and outside the university. On the other hand, TUK is located in Nairobi CBD, it lacks adequate student housing and cost of living is relatively high, just like in UoN.

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  4. Hallo Onsomu,,I have some few questions regarding this topic,, between construction management and quantity survey which is more marketable and as well salary wise?..and can a construction manager be assigned in construction of roads instead of buildings??..also is a bsc in real estate a good course?

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    • Hey John, that’s a great question. I did a little research and here is my opinion. Note, this is just an opinion not an absolute. Well, between Construction management and quantity survey, I believe Conman is better and offers more opportunities. This is based on the fact that ConMan is a broad course that covers very many aspects including quantity survey. A conman graduate can do what a quantity surveyor can, not as good but good enough to make a project work. Construction managers deal with planning, design, preparing Bills of quantities, costs projection, etc. On the other hand, a quantity surveyor mostly manages the costs of project. A con manager can work in the architecture department, engineering department, as a quantity surveyor, and even go to the field. A con manager can be assigned in construction of roads too because of the multidimensional skills they have while the work of a quantity surveyor in a road construction project can be done even by a surveyor or civil engineer. Hence, between the two, conman offers more opportunities and you’re likely to make more money with it. Lastly, Real estate industry is still on the rise, so the demand for real estate experts will continue to grow. However, it is a fact that many practitioners in the real estate industry didn’t do a course in real estate. Which begs the question, is it really necessary. At the moment, i think you can do a related course like civil engineering or conman and still enter the real estate market with ease. Take a real estate course if you want to be a real estate agent.

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