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Laing O'Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering and Technology

Construction Engineering Masters - Assessment

Full and active participation in all elements of the course is required, including participation in group projects and a presentation for the dissertation. Presentations form part of the formal assessment. However, the CEM is primarily assessed through written work, which is completed between residential weeks. Assignments are as follows:

Year One

  • One written case study based on one of the topics covered by the ‘Built Environment’ module - up to 5,000 words.
  • Two written essays, each based on one of the topics covered in the ‘Design for Value’ and ‘Research and Innovation’ modules - approximately 3,000 words.

    Participants need to pass all assignments to progress into year two.

Year two

  • One 15,000 word dissertation and a dissertation presentation.

    The degree is awarded on the outcome of the dissertation and dissertation presentation

Topics may be based on an individual’s interests, experience and current employment, and are selected with guidance from the student’s Director of Studies (who will be appointed to them by the Course Director). Themes include, but are not limited to: productivity; procurement; team performance; management processes; adoption of new technologies; risk management; and policy (health and safety, gender equity).

Students will typically receive up to three hours of supervisory support per assignment in year one, and eight hours for their research dissertation in year two. In addition students meet with their Director of Studies at each residential week. Students are regularly provided with feedback on their performance via individual face-to-face and written exchanges with supervisors and the Director of Studies.

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Applications for 2022 entry are now closed (Applications for the 2023 intake will open during September 2022).



Jan Wojtecki
Centre Manager and Interim CEM Course Manager


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