Taught course

Construction Management and International Development

University of Reading · School of Construction Management and Engineering

Entry requirements

Normally a good undergraduate honours degree (good second class or above) or equivalent from a university outside the UK. If you have other qualifications and a number of years’ relevant work experience, you are welcome to apply.

Months of entry


Course content

Explore how building and infrastructure projects can be sustainably delivered in developing and emerging economies with our MSc Construction Management and International Development programme.

This interdisciplinary master’s course underscores the complexity of sustainable development, and focuses on development in countries undergoing rapid urbanisation.

Working with academics from our School of Construction Management and Engineering, you will learn how to manage construction programmes for sustainable development. You will also learn how to apply sustainable development principles in an integrated and holistic way across scales – from buildings, to neighbourhoods, to cities.

By understanding the frameworks that underpin the processes of design, construction, and implementation, you will be able to apply these processes in areas of rapid urbanisation – areas where there is an urgent need for infrastructure development projects to be responsive, inclusive, and sustainable.

During your studies, you will also consider the current state of the sector. For example, you will examine the capacity and capability of the construction industry – and individual companies – to manage and deliver international development programmes. As you study the changing nature and practice in the management, policy and environment of the construction sector – and specifically international development – you will develop an understanding of the challenges and opportunities currently facing the field.

A key component of this programme is engaging with the humanitarian issues associated with construction-sector activity, and you will examine:

  • international construction labour markets
  • the role of migrant workers
  • the challenges of geographical and societal inequality, cultural dislocation and labour exploitation.

You will also learn how to effect successful construction sector reform through government policy, construction companies and their supply chains, and niche technologies.

Aimed at early- to mid-career professionals, this course is suitable for:

  • individuals who work in the international non-governmental sector in areas such as rebuilding
  • individuals who have a background in construction and work in an international context
  • individuals who work in central, local or regional government agencies in developing and emerging economies, and who are involved in construction related to development programmes
  • current undergraduate students with an interest in the role of construction, infrastructure and building programmes in developing and emerging economies.

At Reading, you will benefit from our renowned teaching and research. We are a respected, leading and innovative community at the very forefront of our discipline. 100% of our research is of international standing (REF 2021, combining 4*, 3* and 2* submissions – Architecture, Built Environment and Planning) and 100% of our research impact has been classed outstanding or very considerable (REF 2021, combining 4* and 3* submissions – Architecture, Built Environment and Planning). Our academics are active researchers who incorporate their research – and its impact on industry – into their teaching, providing you with access to cutting-edge thinking.

This course is accredited by RICS and CIOB. (Accreditation is reviewed periodically. Successful completion of this course satisfies the academic requirements for membership of CIOB).

Flexible study options for MSc Construction Management and International Development students

You can attend this course on a full-time basis over one year, or on a flexible, modular basis over several years.

The modular structure of the course allows you to select subjects that meet your own needs and interests while developing a core set of knowledge and skills.

In addition to guiding theoretical principles, there is also a strong focus on the development of critical-thinking and practical skills.

Information for international students

IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element scoring less than 5.5 (or equivalent)

Fees and funding

UK students
£12,100 per year (full-time)
International students
£25,800 per year (full-time)
Tuition fee information

The fees listed are for full-time study, unless otherwise stated. Fees are calculated pro rata for flexible modular study.

Fee information will be confirmed in offer letters sent out to successful applicants. You can find further information, including information for part-time study, through our dedicated fees and funding page.

EU student fees

With effect from 1 August 2021, new EU students will pay international tuition fees. For exceptions, please read the UK government’s guidance for EU students.

Additional costs

Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.

Financial support for your studies

You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.

See list of Construction Management and Engineering scholarships

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    18-63 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Global Recruitment Team