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MSc Construction Engineering Management 

Course summary

The programme is designed to meet the demand within the Construction Management industry with advanced skills. The programme provides the opportunity for students to develop deep knowledge and understanding in different areas of Construction Management. The aim is to develop training specialists on how to manage multidisciplinary organisation in construction industry from different perspective such as client, contractor, designer, and supplier. The programme is aiming 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. Enable candidate to maximise their management skills and capability to work in an international environment. To maximise students’ 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 real-life projects.  

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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 the Tate Modern Extension.

Employer visits

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.

Sophisticated software

You’ll have access to sophisticated software, including the BIM (Building Information Modelling) digital system.

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What we're researching

Our research focuses on the key area of construction management.  Our research updated with the most demanding and challenges area of the construction management industry. Our academic team consists of most experiences people both in academia and industry. So you can be sure what you are studying is theory-practice and reflects the most updating practice. 

Dr Sohrab Donyavi who teaches on the 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 minimize human error on construction project. He has been working on various construction projects in the UK and other countries besides his academia 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 researches and academia skills. 

Professor Roger Flanagan who is a world wide well known expertise in the filed of construction management nationally and internationally. He is teaching and visiting 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 holding much other responsibilities in construction management areas; he will be with us to cover many zones such as International business and Organizational management. He has been published books and has lots of other publications. 
Mr Mike Hurst who has been involved with the industry for many years including teaching and writing books for the academia also will assist us with the course. He has a lot of experiences and knowledge towards sustainability, organization management and other area of construction. 

Professor Allan J Brimicombe who is an expertise in Geo-information. He pioneered the use of Geo-Information systems and environmental simulation modeling.  His other research interests include data quality issues, spatial data mining and analysis, predictive analytics and location-based services (LBS). He has been specialist adviser to the house of lord and has 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. 
Core modules:
1.Dissertation and research skills
2.Engineering Management, and Project Organization
3.Procurement and Contractual practice
4.Environmental Sustainable Engineering & Logistic
5.International business, Organizational management
6.Digital environment, Principles and Practices
Optional modules (One optional module) 
1.Quantitative data analysis
2.Cyber Security
3.Urban Design The Principle of Cities
4.Highway Engineering
5.Transportation Engineering.

Teaching is complimented by coursework and project assignments, to most modules as part of the programme. These are intended to enable students to develop their 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 

Students will become proficient in communicating ideas to a technical and non-technical audience. The programme will help students to think laterally, to solve problems in a structured logical way. 
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. 

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How you'll be assessed

All of the module will be assess through coursework and project assignment to provide the opportunity for students to develop their knowledge and understanding in different areas of construction management. 

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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.

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