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MSt in Construction Engineering

A two-year part-time Masters degree programme in Construction Engineering is offered by the  Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge in association with the Judge Business School.

The Masters programme aims to precipitate a revolution in the construction sector by producing engineers and managers who will lead the process of breaking down the traditional barriers between construction, consulting engineering and a client and push forward an agenda of innovation and technological advancement.

It will seek to attract those who have had several years of professional experience and already attained a leadership role or been identified as potential leaders in their field. The course will enhance and broaden their technical knowledge, managerial, communication and writing skills in well grounded academic environment. And with such knowledge and expertise we let our students to return to their respective companies trained as "merchants of change", who will redefine the way in which the infrastructure of society is created.

The construction sector generates around 10% of the UK's GDP. It consumes a very significant proportion of the raw materials produced around the world but also provides the fabric for the built environment on which civilized society depends. The efficient, responsible and sustainable management and operation of the construction industry is vital to the future of the mankind. Many challenges facing society such as climate change, resource depletion, energy, water and food security and protection of cities from the destructive forces of nature will demand innovative materials, methods and management.

Traditionally the construction sector is very conservative, risk averse and reluctant to adopt new technologies and ideas. The industry needs highly trained individuals at the top managerial level who can address the challenges faced by society.

..."The course provides an insight into all aspects of construction...encourages students to challenge the norm and think innovatively. ..." (student from Cohort 1)

The course aims to be unique rather than just an excellent version of what is already available elsewhere in construction management courses. It will explore the future of construction, seeking new paradigms and innovative models for delivery, drawing on the latest research in new techniques, new models of construction and new management approaches. The aim is to deliver a course that will cover full breadth of the construction cycle; covering the latest findings from project procurement/finance through design to operation stage. Sustainability and whole life performance will necessarily form core components interwoven through all aspects of the course. Existing widely held assumptions will be challenged with the aim of revolutionizing construction and the public perception of it.

The programme will be multidisciplinary, aiming to embrace the full gamut of the sector which covers an enormously broad range of facilities including housing, buildings, bridges, dams, roads, railways, power stations, nuclear plants, wind turbines, wave generators, solar systems, hydro schemes, oil rigs, pipelines, irrigation systems and water supply plants. The list is endless - each produces their own unique challenges yet core methods and practices apply to all.

..."The CEM course has exposed me to alot of aspects of the construction industry, which I would not have had the opportunity to see at this stage of my career otherwise. Some of the speakers have had a substantial impact on me and my way of working. The course has also given me the opportunity to explore topics and areas of research that I wouldn't have otherwise been able to investigate. ..." (student from Cohort 1)