The MSc Construction in Emerging Economies is highly innovative in its design and its specific focus on the needs of countries undergoing rapid urbanisation. Many such countries contain urban conurbations with a GDP in excess of some developed countries, but at the same time they also possess vast rural areas which remain poor and underdeveloped. The construction sector in such economies is invariably at the nexus of sustainable development.
The distinctive focus of this course is on countries undergoing rapid urbanisation, placing construction-related knowledge within the economic, social and developmental contexts in emerging economies.
The course is aimed at early-to-mid-career professionals with an interest in the role of construction in emerging economies. The course will appeal to those seeking to bring about practical changes in a range of different national contexts. It will also appeal to those working with international NGOs who require a better understanding of construction in a developmental context.
The course content reflects the unique expertise available at the University of Reading, including our extensive international experience. The staff who contribute to the course are highly research-active, and many possess extensive experience of advising governments, NGOs and private-sector firms. But you will not only learn from members of staff; you will also learn from each other through joint engagement in experiential project work.
The interdisciplinary nature of our courses matches the complexity of sustainable development. The principles of public-private partnership lie at the heart of the curriculum. Old dichotomies of public vs private are of little relevance to the real-world problems of the 21st century. What is important is to have workable solutions specifically designed for localised needs. The 'one-size-fits-all' solutions promoted by the advocates of globalisation are rarely appropriate when faced with the living realities of actual people.
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 ability together with the practical skills which are needed to make a difference.