Develop a thorough knowledge of technical and managerial issues within the construction sector and open up a wide range of alternative career paths.
This course prepares you for a successful career in a management position within the construction sector. You will benefit from the Department’s strong links with industry and with the surveying professions. Additionally, the degree is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and by the Chartered Institute of Building. As with all of our surveying and construction courses, the programme structure provides an opportunity to explore a range of construction-related disciplines prior to specialising in the final year. You will be able to transfer onto other programmes such as Quantity Surveying at the end of your second year if you wish to do so. This programme will equip you with a broad knowledge of construction and surveying, and will prepare you for a wide range of roles. A particular emphasis is placed on transferable skills and University of Reading graduates are renowned for rapid progression to senior management positions in a variety of firms within the construction sector.
You will study in an internationally-renowned department with strong industry links and an outstanding employability rating. Many members of staff within the School are active in research and consultancy. This ensures that the course reflects not only the very best of current practice, but also the latest developments in areas such as Building Information Modelling (BIM) and sustainability.
During your first two years you will develop a comprehensive understanding of the disciplines which underpin construction management and the surveying professions. This will include subjects such as economics, law, and building technology. Recurring themes throughout the course include the application of digital technologies, sustainability and internationalisation. There is an especially strong focus on project work and on interdisciplinary collaboration. For example, during your second year, you may work with a real client to plan a live construction project overseas. Furthermore, we place a strong focus on employability and you will have the opportunity to network with industry professionals throughout the course. You will also be encouraged to take up a placement over the summer between your second and final years, for which you will gain credits that contribute towards your degree. Additionally, there is the option to spend a year in industry, in the UK or abroad.
The final year of the BSc Construction Management and Surveying course reinforces your technical and managerial skills and provides the opportunity to specialise. You will also complete a dissertation on a research topic of your choice and a built environment project, in which you will prepare an environmental impact assessment for a building project. Additionally you can explore areas of interest through optional modules on subjects such as intelligent buildings, historic built environment, construction contract law, and modern languages.