MSc Construction Engineering Management
Built Environment and Construction
On campus, dual delivery
The programme is designed to meet the demand within the construction management industry with advanced skills. The programme provides the opportunity for you to develop deep knowledge and understanding in different areas of construction management. The aim is to develop training specialists on how to manage multidisciplinary organisations in the construction industry from different perspectives such as client, contractor, designer, and supplier. The programme aims to develop management skills and a critically reflective practice on construction. Applying theory into practice in the field of construction industry is the main idea behind the course. It will enable you to maximise your management skills and capability to work in an international environment. To maximise your demonstration, different range of skills and knowledge in the area of construction and engineering such as Project Management, Information Communication Technology, Construction Law, Supply Chain Management, Procurement.
This course is also available as a two year masters with an industrial placement year. The embedded industrial placement offers a unique opportunity to apply the skills learnt on real engineering projects.
Construction site visits
We organise weekly site visits to one of the hundreds of projects underway in and around east London, including sites like the Tate Modern Extension.
Each semester, we’re visited by around 20 local industry professionals – known as the Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) – to update us on changing requirements for graduates.
You’ll have access to sophisticated software, including the BIM (Building Information Modelling) digital system.
What we're researching
Our research focuses on the key area of construction management. Our research is up to date with the most demanding and challenging areas of the construction management industry. Our academic team consists of many experienced people, from both academia and industry, so you can be sure what you are studying is theory-practice and reflects the most up to date practice.
Dr Sohrab Donyavi who teaches on construction management is an expert in the area of Project Management, Procurement and Technology. His current area of research is on the field of improving site productivity by using different methods such as Information Communication Technology (ICT) or other templates to minimise human error on construction projects. He has been working on various construction projects in the UK and other countries besides his academic life to expand his practical knowledge in different construction projects, particularly in construction management. He brings to the department extensive practical and industrial experiences including research and academic skills.
Professor Roger Flanagan is a well known expert in the field of construction management nationally and internationally. He teaches at and visits many universities and schools of construction management around the world such as Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Sydney, USA, Sweden, South Africa, Istanbul, UK and many others. He has been the past president of Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and holds many other responsibilities in construction management areas; he will be with us to cover many zones such as international business and organisational management. He has published books and many other publications.
Mr Mike Hurst who has been involved with the industry for many years including teaching and writing academic books also will assist us with the course. He has a lot of experience and knowledge towards sustainability, organization management and other areas of construction.
Professor Allan J Brimicombe is an expert in geo-information. He pioneered the use of geo-information systems and environmental simulation modelling. His other research interests include data quality issues, spatial data mining and analysis, predictive analytics and location-based services (LBS). He has been a specialist adviser to the House of Lords and has many different publications.
The programme offers several optional and core modules encompassing different areas of Construction Engineering Management. The range of modules on offer is fairly extensive. Please see below for information.
Teaching is complimented by coursework and project assignments, to most modules as part of the programme. These are intended to enable you to develop your management judgement and decision making skills and to have opportunities to apply acquired knowledge to the development of practical solutions and critically evaluate different options in the process. Students cover both individual and /or group projects and some of them have industrial involvement. The final core module will provide the opportunity of performing a supervised research dissertation acquiring and developing original knowledge in a specific area of Construction Engineering Management.
How you'll learn
The programme is supported by an integrated teaching, learning and assessment strategy that demonstrates the appropriateness of the learning, teaching and assessment methods used in relation to the intended learning outcomes. The following methods are adopted:
- Coursework assignments
- Practical work, for example in design workshops
- Project work
- Practice sessions and learning through case studies and different site visits
The proposed extension of coursework components to most modules will strengthen the learning strategy by providing opportunities for the students to enhance their critical thinking skills to evaluate different management and engineering solutions and adjust their plans in a changing environment. The aim is to enable students to deal the evolving and open-ended nature of managing projects in the real world. The coursework assignments will require students to use their creativity, management and engineering judgement, applied management skills acquired during their current course plus skills in team working and communication.
About the industrial placement year
This course is also available as a two year masters with an industrial placement year. The industrial placement is designed to address the demands of the profession and give students a competitive edge when it comes to their career. The placement component is up to 12 months in duration, which starts after you have successfully completed the taught modules, and before the dissertation stage.
It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to secure their placement. The University will offer guidance and support and recommend students to many of our industrial partners that have expressed strong support and interest in the programme.
If you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, your CAS will have a course duration of two years, subject to your meeting the UKVI’s standard requirements. During the industrial placement period, you undertake an internship within a partner organisation and complete a zero-credit Industrial Placement Module. The criteria for progression to industrial placement is the successful completion of the MSc taught modules with minimum 50% pass mark.
Who will teach on this course
The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.
We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths.
What you'll study and when
We consistently review and develop our courses and modules to ensure they are up-to-date with sector and industry graduate skills demands. Course structure, modules and options are subject to change.
- Mental Wealth: Professional Life (Engineering Management) (core)
- Business Procurement and Contractual Practice (core)
- Environmental Sustainable Engineering and Logistics (core)
- Digital Construction and BIM (core)
- Research Skills and Dissertation (core)
- Industrial Placement (core for MSc with Industrial Placement)
How you'll be assessed
All of the modules will be assessed through coursework and project assignments to provide the opportunity for students to develop their knowledge and understanding in different areas of construction management.Course specification
Your future career
Construction managers with postgraduate qualifications find a wide range of career opportunities with consultancy, contactor and client organisations, as well as other related areas such as research and management.
Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.