Research course

Construction Engineering

University of Cambridge · Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course will normally have achieved a UK 2.i honours degree or overseas equivalent. A construction-related degree is preferable. A minimum of five years' professional experience is required in a construction or infrastructure-related field.

Months of entry


Course content

The aim of the course is to develop and empower emerging leaders as agents of change to transform the construction industry.

The course is a two-year part-time degree targeted at those who have more than five years' professional experience and have already attained a leadership role or have been identified as potential leaders in their organisations. The course will enhance students' technical knowledge and managerial skills with the expectation that they will return to their respective companies trained as agents of change ready to redefine the way in which the infrastructure of society is created. The part-time format of the course permits students to continue with their professional career while studying.

Course themes

The course focuses on the following themes:

  • The built environment
  • Design for value
  • Research and innovation
  • Advanced construction technology and materials
  • Advanced construction management
  • Finance planning and procurement
  • Future of construction

Sustainability, leadership, innovation, whole-life performance and systematic thinking are topics interwoven throughout the course. The course is continually evolving in order to stay current and meet the needs of participants.

Students are first given an understanding of the current context and challenges faced by the construction industry. They then critically evaluate the latest research in design, management, and construction techniques and processes. The programme encompasses the full spectrum of the construction industry from the high-level financing requirements of mega-projects through to the latest innovations in analysis, design and materials technology. Throughout the course students are given leadership and communication training that will give them the skills and confidence to develop their own vision of the future of construction and enact it.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSt
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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