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Laing O'Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering and Technology

Construction Engineering Masters - Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the CEM programme will be equipped with the technical, leadership and analytical skills they need to play a transformative role in the construction sector. The key learning objectives for students are as follows:


Knowledge  - Understanding the state of the art and evaluating latest developments

  • To identify technological advances that will enhance the production of constructed facilities
  • To understand the range of financial instruments and constraints on managing large-scale construction projects
  • To gain a broad knowledge of the construction sector with specialist components of the course covering topics such as digitalisation of construction design, finance, and management, construction technologies, integration of other services and operational priorities, maintenance procedures, safety-critical components, robustness in the different areas of civil infrastructure and buildings
  • To explore current thinking in advanced materials, sustainable development practices, energy management, supply chain management, recycling and life-cycle assessment and management


Skills - Enhancing leadership, communication and analytical skills

  • To gain an insight into good research practice based on university research programmes and the ability to report research outcomes
  • To understand business practice and tools in the areas of technology management, technology transfer and exploitation with particular emphasis on the construction industry
  • To understand the application of generic skills in modelling, simulating and experimentally evaluating construction projects
  • To carry out critical evaluation of technical problems and examine alternative approaches and technologies to solve them
  • To develop the ability to act as a change agent within an organisation, manage change effectively and respond to changing demands
  • To be able to solve complex research issues both systematically and creatively and make informed judgments in the absence of complete data and in unpredictable situations
  • To plan, execute and critically evaluate an original and individual investigative piece of work through a major dissertation
  • To prepare formal reports in a range of styles
  • To reason critically, think creatively, exercise independence of mind and thought and be able to communicate ideas
  • To manage time and work to deadlines
  • To find information and learn effectively for the purpose of continuing professional development and in a wider context throughout their career


Networking  - Engaging with policymakers, industry experts and experienced professionals

  • To work effectively both independently and in groups, and develop the ability to assess the relevance and importance of the ideas of others
  • To contribute to and receive effective peer-to-peer learning


Sustainability - Designing, building and operating a net-zero carbon, resource-efficient and resilient future

  • To learn how the construction industry must and will change to accommodate the legally binding targets for sustainability and reduction in emissions of greenhouse gases
  • To develop an awareness of sustainable development and in particular how the Sustainable Development Goals apply to and affect the construction industry


Digital transformation - Understanding how data and digital technologies are changing the world of construction

  • To appreciate the significant current and future impact of digitalisation on the construction industry, including in the use of digital technologies in design, construction and asset management
  • To understand the emerging impact of data science and AI (including machine learning) in the sector.
  • To recognise commercial exploitation routes for construction-based technologies and evaluation of options for technology transfer and/or implementation


Systems thinking - Managing infrastructure as an interconnected system delivering services to society

  • To understand the key factors in national policies governing construction
  • To be able to apply holistic thinking in solving problems and designing systems by applying professional and engineering judgment to balance technological, environmental, ethical, economic and public policy considerations

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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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