Aims of the programme
The course is a two-year part-time degree targeted at those who have more than three years' professional experience and have already attained a leadership role or 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.
Teaching and learning
The course focuses on the following themes:
- The built environment
- Designing 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 whole systems thinking are interwoven throughout the course. The course is continually evolving in order to stay current and meet the needs of participants.
Students are at 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 change management, 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.
Contributing lecturers have included the UK's current and former Chief Construction Advisors, the Chair of the UK Government BIM Implementation Group, the Technical Director of HS2, the Head of the UK Office for Nuclear Regulation, CEOs and senior directors of many major client, contractor and consulting organisations, leading journalists and the Director of Construction for the London 2012 Olympics, to name but a few.
A minimum of 240 hours over the two years of lectures, small group teaching, seminars, supervisions and meetings with the Director of Studies.
- Dissertation: 15,000 words.
Case study and essays
- A written case study of a maximum 5,000 words on a subject based on any one of the topics covered by the ‘Built environment’ module.
- One written essay of 3,000 words based on one of the topics covered in the ‘Designing for value’ module and one written essay of 3,000 words based on one of the topics covered in the ‘Research and Innovation’ module
Full and active participation in all elements of the course, including residential week assessments on some projects as well as presentations for both dissertation and case studies, is compulsory.
All assignments require extensive and appropriate literature reviews. Presentations form part of students' assessment during residential weeks.
Students are regularly provided with feedback on their performance via individual face-to-face and written exchanges with supervisors and the Director of Studies.
Expected academic standard
Applicants for this course will normally have achieved a UK 2.i honours degree or overseas equivalent.
Potential applicants are advised to consider carefully their capacity for balancing personal and professional commitments before submitting an application.
- IELTS Academic: Overall band score of 7.0 (with a minimum of 7.0 in each individual component)
- TOEFL Internet: Overall score of 110 (a minimum of 25 in each individual component)
- CAE: Grade A
- CPE: Grade A, B, or C
You will be required to provide supporting documents as part of your application. Please see below for details.
Fees and funding
The fee for students starting the Construction Engineering course in September 2017 will be £22,625 for the two years of the programme. This includes both the tuition and college membership fees. These fees are payable in four equal instalments and must be paid according to the following schedule:
- Instalment one – in advance of the September 2017 residential week
- Instalment two – in advance of the April 2018 residential week
- Instalment three – on receipt of notification in September 2018 that the student has passed the first year of the course and may proceed to year two of the course
- Instalment four – in advance of the April 2019 residential week
The same fees apply for Home/EU and overseas students.
Students will be expected to cover the application fee (£50 online), and the costs of accommodation and subsistence during residential sessions in Cambridge. These costs are estimated at £300 for each of the seven residential weeks.
Construction Engineering Masters Bursaries
Candidates who anticipate difficulty in funding their studies are invited to apply for a bursary. A limited number of bursaries of up to 20% of the total combined course and college fees for the entire two-year programme are available to students who receive a conditional offer of a place on the Construction Engineering Masters Programme (CEM) if they are either fully self-funded or partially self-funded. The award of the bursary is made at the discretion of the Course Director and will be prorated according to their sources of funding. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Sources of government funding and financial support - including Professional and Career Development Loans
How to apply
Applications will be accepted online from 3 October 2016 until 30 April 2017.
All applications are considered together immediately after the closing date. Potential applicants are advised to consider carefully their capacity for balancing personal and professional commitments before submitting an application.
Read the MSt Application Guide to find out more about the application process and what you need to do and consider as a potential applicant. See below for details of the supporting documents you will need to provide when applying for this course.
Apply online when you are ready to start the application process.
Find out more
View full information about the course - on the Construction Engineering website.
If you have any questions about the application process, contact our Admissions team: firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 (0)1223 746262.
For all other enquiries, contact the Programme Manager, Jan Wojtecki: email@example.com or +44 (0)1223 332812.