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Built Environment and Construction

Where projects take you places

  • prestigious placements

    We have a great track record in helping students find work placements with major companies such as Taylor Woodrow and Morgan Sindall, and on major projects such as Crossrail.
  • superb connections

    We have excellent industry connections. We’re accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators, which includes the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation and the Institute of Highway Engineers.
  • regular site visits

    We’re one of only a handful of universities who offer a programme of weekly site visits to major construction projects.

About us

Our courses give you the fundamentals to pursue a wide range of careers, covering everything from land surveying and mapping to logistics and site planning.

In 2014, all of our second-year Surveying and Mapping Sciences undergraduates went on industry work placements. Every one of them secured a full-time job upon graduation. Many were offered more than one job. It goes to show how highly our students are valued by industry – and how well we prepare them for the world of work.

You’ll learn in some of the best teaching laboratories in London, where you’ll use the latest equipment. Our teaching staff can also draw on plenty of professional experience to back up their academic credentials.

You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to work and learn off campus. Our Docklands campus is in a fantastic location at the heart of a massive regeneration area, and we arrange construction site visits almost every week.

Our courses include ‘hands-on’ field trips in both engineering surveying and construction logistics, where student teams solve real-life and simulated problems.

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Classes cover a wide range of different avenues you can follow within the surveying industry, from the bread-and-butter work of topographic to digital 3D mapping, to legal and even offshore surveying. 
Carmen Tong , BSc (Hons) Surveying and Mapping Sciences graduate
ACE students doing project work

Our facilities

We have dedicated laboratory facilities for engineering, computing and architecture housed in new, purpose-built labs at our Docklands Campus. These provide an ideal environment for students to test theories and master practical skills. Our facilities include:

  • fully compliant professional qualifications laboratory
  • civil engineering laboratory
  • computer studios to explore theoretical and virtual models of architecture
  • network teaching laboratory
  • specialist surveying laboratories
  • architecture and visual arts centre - a purpose-built, creative space
  • microprocessors laboratory
  • power laboratory

To find out more and experience our facilities first-hand, visit us at an Open Day.

Our staff

Find out more about our staff.


While Surveying and Construction are practical, hands-on subjects, UEL staff have wide-ranging research interests that seek to develop their areas of expertise. Many have distinguished careers in surveying and construction to reinforce their academic credentials.

Senior Lecturer Peter Lakin’s interests include building information modelling, which uses digital technology to model the physical characteristics of buildings and places.  Peter has further interests in land and engineering surveying, and construction management.

Senior Lecturer Ian Lemon has research interests in construction management, including cashflow forecasting, tendering and estimating. He’s also interested in sustainability issues, such as reducing CO2 emissions at the design stage.

Mike Hurst, our construction management course leader, has been involved in a number of research projects, including the maintenance and improvement of listed buildings. He’s also carried out research into the use of mobile applications to manage site operations and e-communication within the design and construction process.


Our graduates have gone on to work on hugely exciting projects in London and around the world, including The Shard, TFL, Ordnance Survey and Crossrail.

We have fantastic links to industry, enabling us to send our students on regular site visits to gain hands-on work experience and network with employers throughout their degree. Our location in one of Europe’s largest regeneration areas and our extensive links to local employers will also give you access to fantastic internships and placements. You will be well equipped to work in roles across the construction, surveying and civil engineering sectors. From heavy industry to high-tech, there are so many opportunities right on our doorstep.

Our dedicated Centre for Student Success works closely with employers to provide up-to-date information about the skills and experience they’re looking for. They will support you during your studies and after you graduate.

At UEL, you’ll have access to:

  • Employability skills training such as interview techniques and CV writing.
  • Gradscore, a groundbreaking electronic tool that allows you to complete a mock application and find out if you’d be shortlisted for interview. It has been created exclusively for UEL with help from leading employers and employability experts.
  • UEL Skills Academy, where external professionals deliver sessions on the competencies most prized by graduate employers.
  • Internships, placements and volunteering opportunities from our work placements team.
  • Professional mentoring scheme, matching students with staff from major companies.
  • Networking opportunities and annual careers fair.
  • Support with setting up your own business.

Our online Career Coach shows you the different career paths that your chosen subject area can lead you to. It gives you information on specific careers, job roles, potential wages and available jobs in the sector. You can also take a quick quiz to find a career to match your personality type!

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