Why this course?
The need for advanced technologies has become necessary to accomplish sustainable engineering projects, especially for the construction industry. Various Advanced Construction Technologies (ACT) have emerged over the last decades. With the development of Building Information Modelling, the future of construction will be transformed into a more digital industry.
Various Advanced Construction Technologies are now BIM compliant across stages such as:
- preparation of the client brief
- conceptual and detailed design
- construction and operational
These developments have provided technical and management support to solve complex and multidisciplinary problems for all project stakeholders.
There is a unique opportunity for the next generation of graduates to become highly-skilled in this field and gain further advantages in a highly competitive job market. The construction industry stakeholders are in need of high-calibre and highly-competitive candidates with knowledge and skills in construction disciplines, Advanced Construction Technologies and Building Information Modelling.
This is a multidisciplinary course that aims to develop the knowledge, practical, and personal skills of graduates to work in the Architecture/Engineering/Construction (AEC) industry and to develop further research skills related to AEC fields. The course enables practitioners to gain access to a theoretical base and to appraise current and future strategies in Advanced Construction Technologies and Building Information Modelling.
Students will take taught modules and a group project in the first two semesters. MSc students then complete a dissertation project in a third semester.
Areas explored in the modules include:
- principles and practices of Advanced Construction Technologies in the architecture/engineering/construction industry
- new trends related to digital construction, Building Information Modelling, and construction technology
- facilities management
- construction management (processes, people, procurement)
- project management (planning, financing, risk)
Open Access modules are offered on individual modules from the MSc programme. Compulsory taught modules are delivered intensively and are accessible to part-time students and as stand-alone Continuing Professional Development (CPD) options or gradually built towards a qualification.
Open Access students may transfer onto a part-time MSc or PgDip programme to complete their studies (subject to a maximum period of time).
You'll benefit from a large number of government, local authority and industry partners, who'll lecture on up-to-date current practices, with diverse point of views.
You'll benefit from visiting various large construction sites to meet with Architecture/Engineering/Construction professionals working in projects and have the opportunity to explore how the obtained knowledge from the course is practiced in real projects.
There are two fully-networked design studios; one dedicated to student self-study, the other to interactive design teaching.
In addition to the main University library, we have our own, on-site, reference library. Our collection is developed in direct response to the teaching delivered in the department.
A full range of hand and portable power tools are available (complete with instruction).
Our lab computers have the main applications required for the course. We also offer plotter printing, scanning and laser cutting services.
Find out more about the full range of facilities we have on offer.
The academic staff:
- Dr Ibrahim Motawa (Course director)
- Dr Farzad Pour Rahimian
- Dr Andrew Agapiou
- Dr Zhen Chen