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This course aims to meet the growing need within the built environment sector for professionals with a thorough understanding of the management of the demolition process. Read more

This course aims to meet the growing need within the built environment sector for professionals with a thorough understanding of the management of the demolition process. The focus on following the process through the full spectrum of demolition of projects makes this course unique. As a student you will experience a combination of structured learning with problem-based scenarios and research that will develop your capabilities for critical thinking, argument, creativity and encourage your innovation All of which are brought into the practical decision making processes encountered in typical projects.

This course will enable you to appraise, analyse and evaluate the art and science of demolition management covering the areas of strategy, control, technical, commercial, legal, financial and organisational issues. You will reflect on and make cases for the integration of the technical (hard) and social (soft) management styles required within the context of strategic and operational demolition projects.

This flexible course can enable the use of individual modules as part of Continuous Professional Development courses offered by the University and its partners.

What happens on the course?

  • Research Methods
  • Sustainability-Circular Economy Cradle to Cradle
  • Corporate Management of Demolition
  • Demolition Methodologies
  • Asbestos Removal for Management
  • Building Information Modelling

Why Wolverhampton?

Students will be exposed to demolition management at a strategic and operational level. This course will expand the horizon of the demolition project into the inception, concept and feasibility projects that need to take place in order to ensure that the building project meets the needs and objectives of the client and the clients business.

The historic nature of the built environment sector and its flexibility in the face of external change is approached with industrial partners who set the scene for research and understanding in areas of challenge and interest. Uniquely industry has the chance to set the agenda for study and to take part in the research and development within topics of interest and become part of creative and innovative solution.

This course will apply a balanced hand to the art and science of project management dealing with both the technical and the softer people related attributes of effective construction project managers. Work-based projects and the opportunity to gain professional training alongside structured learning and research enriches the experience of students and their employers.

The course is also suitable as a progression route for Civil Engineers and other Built Environment professionals wishing to specialise in Demolition Engineering.

We are currently developing the Springfield Campus which will be Europe’s largest construction centre of excellence. Join us as the exciting development takes shape and from 2019/20 students in the School of Architecture and the Built environment will be taught from the new campus.

Career path

A variety of job opportunities exist at various levels for demolition practitioners. Careerstructure.com for example is always advertising for: Health & Safety Manager – Strip out/ Demolition; Site Manager – Demolition; Demolition Supervisor; Civils Supervisor/Demolition Supervisor; Bid Coordinator – Demolition; Site Manager – Demolition; Demolition Operatives; and many more. These trends will only continue to increase based on the need to keep housing stock and infrastructure ratings high. In addition, the more experienced candidates will have opportunities to move up the corporate ladder and take on more senior roles in the industry.

The curriculum has been designed to ensure that each of the core requirements for these disciplines has been embedded and you will be exposed to the principles of tool box talks, site investigations and risk assessments etc.

What skills will you gain?

Work, lead and manage within an effective demolition project team environment whilst analysing and recognising the contributions of individuals.

Apply numerical, statistical and quantitative skills within the planning and control of demolition projects in order to evaluate key issues which impact on project performance.

Deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data and communicate conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences using a variety of skills and media appropriately.

Take responsibility for and organise your own learning through self-management and independent study and continue to advance your own knowledge and understanding of Demolition Management, developing new skills to a high level.

Appraise critique and evaluate the advantages of the art and science of effective and efficient demolition project management within a variety of strategic and operational contexts.

By the end of the course you will have acquired knowledge through academic, industral and practical research and applied solutions to a range of complex issues, adopting suitable approaches to problem solving and decision making.

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Who is it for?. This MSc degree is aimed at graduates with at least two years of practical experience in construction; however, more recent graduates with a good appreciation of construction processes will also benefit. Read more

Who is it for?

This MSc degree is aimed at graduates with at least two years of practical experience in construction; however, more recent graduates with a good appreciation of construction processes will also benefit.

Having achieved a firm grounding in engineering you may be keen to develop your skills as a practical engineer working on site or enhance design skills if you are engaged in permanent works design.


The course provides the following:

  • An introduction to statutory obligations, management methods and special design considerations for temporary works;
  • Design of structures used in and for temporary works, their construction and monitoring;
  • Design of geotechnical temporary works and processes, including groundwater control and ground investigation;
  • Design of temporary works for marine construction, in particular floating structures and the effect of waves and varying water levels;
  • The use of plant in temporary works and the provision of appropriate working platforms and access;
  • Demolition and alteration of structures, including the disposal/reuse of construction waste.


Accreditation by the Joint Board of Moderators (The Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Institute of Highways Engineers):

This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree. See the JBM website for further information

The accreditation report commended the MSc for addressing an area which is important in the construction industry but which does not often receive attention in existing degree programmes. It also identifies as examples of good practice the support from the Temporary Works Forum and the number of visiting lecturers who have committed to contribute to the programme.

Teaching and learning

The learning and teaching approach for the course encompasses a range of methods which support active learning including lectures, workshops, group work, case studies, problem-based learning, presentations and peer review.

Workshops, group work, case studies and problem-based learning will be used to build your ability to critically review and assess options for design and assessment of temporary works. Your learning will be supported by the online learning environment Moodle, which will provide resources for independent learning, such as further reading, links to wider sources of information and quizzes for self-assessment.

All modules involve undertaking a certain number of individual and/or group assignments (coursework) during the teaching terms, as well as comprehensive final examinations.

Part-time students are expected to complete all the modules within the two-year period. The teaching periods are structured to deliver core modules in a sequence, which permits engagement by part-time students alongside full-time students. The project is undertaken by part-time students in the second year.

Teaching normally takes place on two full days per week, although there may be some variations to accommodate practical exercises and site visits. In addition, there is an introduction week at the start of the programme each year which is attended by all full and part-time students.

This method of delivery is designed to accommodate students working full-time within reasonable commuting distance of City, University of London, as well as to full-time students, by concentrating tuition into two days per week on average, and encouraging flexibility for independent study.


Temporary works refers to works enabling the construction of, protection, support or provision of access to permanent works which might or might not remain in place at the completion of a construction project. Examples of temporary works include structures such as gantries for heavy plant, materials or accommodation as well as supports for partially-completed or partially-dismantled structures, excavations and accesses. The course delivery and content is actively supported by the Temporary Works Forum (TWf), which promotes best practice within the UK construction industry and sponsors the Centre of Excellence in Temporary Works and Construction Method Engineering at City, University of London. The course content has been developed in collaboration with the TWf membership and TWf members will contribute to lectures and design exercises.

The course addresses the regulatory background to temporary works for construction, the design of geotechnical, structural and marine temporary works, demolition, plant, safe working methods and access works. You will gain both the technical understanding to undertake safe but cost-effective designs for a full range of temporary works and a good understanding of the wide range of plant and techniques that can be employed.

The programme will be delivered by industry experts providing insights into current practice in temporary works and academic members of staff experienced in the theory underlying the design methods employed. There will be visits to operational sites and practical exercises to provide opportunities to experience decision-making in the field, combined with group sessions to develop your knowledge further through active engagement. This will also require you to present your work occasionally, participate in peer review sessions and work in teams.

The course consists of eight taught modules and a project. The project is a major individual research exercise on a topic relevant to temporary works and construction method engineering. The main outcome of the project is a written report (dissertation).

Career prospects

Temporary works are an important aspect of most construction projects. Consequently, a qualification in this field will have widespread application across all civil engineering disciplines, whether you are working as an on-site engineer or as a design office engineer. You could also go into the research arena conducting innovative research in the area of temporary works.

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IN BRIEF. Recognised by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) as having cognate degree status. The course is vocationally orientated and course content has significant input from professional practitioners, ensuring that you are prepared for professional practice. Read more


  • Recognised by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) as having cognate degree status
  • The course is vocationally orientated and course content has significant input from professional practitioners, ensuring that you are prepared for professional practice
  • Opportunities for project work with private, public and third sector organisations
  • Part-time study option
  • International students can apply


Designed both as a relevant vocational qualification for those seeking health, safety and environment-related employment, as well as to meet the continuing professional development needs of personnel in industry, this course provides an opportunity for interdisciplinary postgraduate study of environmental and occupational health, enabling students to develop the knowledge and skills relevant in modern Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) practice.

Influenced by industry requirements, course content reflects the growing trend of companies combining their environmental protection and health and safety functions. Successful completion of this course will enable you to cope with rapid social, technological and organisational change through promoting an understanding of relevant concepts. The course will also develop your critical and analytical ability in relation to SHE and ensure that you are prepared for contemporary professional practice.


This course involves engagement with a number of ideas drawn from law, economics and the social and physical sciences which are of relevance to the theory and practice of environmental regulation and occupational health.

Modules have been designed to enable the development of the intellectual and analytical skills appropriate for health, safety and environment professionals in the 21st Century. Addressing existing and emerging challenges and reviewing contemporary management and regulatory systems designed to reduce risk, module content covers a broad curriculum providing you with in depth knowledge of the concepts presented.

A feature of this course is applied learning and an emphasis on authentic, experimental problem based learning ensuring that you will learn from experience while being supported in reviewing the progress of your own learning.

For the MSc, the full-time and part-time routes comprise three 14-week semesters or five 14-week semesters, which you can take within one and three years respectively.  

Within the full-time course three modules are compulsory with two studied in semester 1 and the remaining one in semester 2. The remaining module is optional and you can choose one module in semester 2 from the available options. During semester 3 you will complete a dissertation.

For part-time students the taught components spans two academic years each consisting of two semesters between September and May. Year 1 involves the study of two core modules. Year 2 involves the study of one core and one optional module. During your final year of the course you will complete a dissertation.


Teaching is delivered through lectures, tutorials and case studies, and simulated business projects are utilised to develop practical, observational and analytical skills. In addition, you will take part in field work and site visits and will have many opportunities to discuss and exchange your own professional experiences with the course team and invited specialist speakers. You will have the opportunity to work with an organisation and/or relevant stakeholder on a real project, thereby encouraging networking with external clients as well as real-world interaction.


Research & Professional Practice (30 credits) 

Project & Learning portfolio (100%)  

Risk: Perception & Management (30 credits) 

Literature review (30%); Case study portfolio (70%)  

Techniques for Environmental Assessment and Management (30 credits) 

Case study analysis (50%); Environmental Management Project (50%)          

Control of Infectious and Non-Infectious Diseases (optional) (30 credits) 

Production of health education material (50%); Briefing report (50%)          

Management of Occupational Health and Safety (optional) (30 credits

Case study development of strategy (50%); seen examination (50%)  

Dissertation (60 credits) 

Research protocol (15%); dissertation (85%)


This course is designed both as a relevant vocational qualification for those seeking health, safety and environment-related employment, and to meet the continuing professional development needs of personnel in government, industry and the voluntary sector. It seeks to develop graduates who are able to play a leading role in the strategic development and implementation of policy initiatives within the industry.

Graduates of this course have found positions as safety, health and environmental managers in business, as environmental regulators, SHE managers, in safety consultancy and training, working in fields as diverse as facilities management, construction and demolition, utilities, the civil service and engineering.


This course emphasises the development of professional skills and capabilities. Employability of graduates is developed through project work with external clients and through opportunities to work on a specific business problem for the dissertation component.

A feature of the course is applied learning and input from visiting practitioners from industry. External expert sessions will enrich your learning experience, adding much value to this vocationally oriented course. Honorary visiting professors make particularly interesting contributions and bring leading edge practice to the learning environment.

In addition, academics from this course have links with safety, health and environment professionals through Safety Groups UK which organises seminars and provides networking opportunities, allowing you to build relationships with professionals from a similar background.


After completion of this course you may wish to specialise in a chosen subject area in one of the School’s two main research centres: Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre (EERC) or Biomedical Research Centre (BRC).

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The French and Francophone Studies pathway of the MA in Language, Culture and History aims to encourage innovative approaches to issues in the field, as well as to sharpen students' creative and critical responses. Read more

The French and Francophone Studies pathway of the MA in Language, Culture and History aims to encourage innovative approaches to issues in the field, as well as to sharpen students' creative and critical responses.

About this degree

The programme provides a thorough understanding of key methods and issues in textual criticism, and of aspects of French and francophone culture, within a broadly interdisciplinary focus. The modules are designed to offer exciting critical engagement with topical issues currently being addressed in French and francophone studies and modern language studies more widely, such as text and theory, text and image, historiography, trauma, creativity and post-colonial theory.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme offers two pathways: taught and research. Taught: one core cross-language module (30 credits), three optional modules (90 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits). Research: one core cross-language module (30 credits), two taught modules (60 credits), and a research dissertation (90 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma, one core module (30 credits), three optional modules (90 credits) full-time nine months or part-time two years, is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate, one core module (30 credits), one optional module (30 credits) full-time three months, part-time six months, is offered.

Core module

  • Language, Culture and History. This core module permits research into two areas of major contemporary interest; recent modules available have included Trauma, Visual Culture, Comedy, Que(e)rying Sexuality.

Optional modules

Students take a choice of optional modules on topics such as the following:

  • Dead Things and Demolition Sites: Cultural, Visual and Historical Representations in France, 1598-1889
  • Advanced Translation into French
  • Advanced Translation into English
  • Gender, Race and Sexuality: New Readings in Francophone Literature and Visual Culture
  • The French New Wave


All students undertake an independent research project related to the broad area of French and Francophone Studies, which culminates in a dissertation of 12,000 words, for the taught pathway and 18,000 words for the research pathway.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials. French-specific translation modules are assessed by take-home examinations. Other modules are mainly assessed by essays.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Language, Culture and History: French and Francophone Studies MA


The programme provides an excellent foundation for further doctoral study in the field. Graduates of the department have entered a wide range of professions including finance, commerce, journalism, education, the media, public relations, translation and interpreting, and the police.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL has a renowned tradition in both teaching and research in French, dating back to its foundation in 1826 and continuing to the present day. UCL is at the leading-edge of current debate in French, which involves challenging the boundaries of French studies and contributing to its remapping. Students are taught by nationally and internationally renowned experts in their fields.

There is a thriving research culture in the school: students can attend and participate in an extensive programme of seminars. Students also have access to conferences held at the Institute of Modern Language Research and are welcome to participate in its graduate forum.

The department has excellent research facilities, including an extensive library of films on DVD.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: School of European Languages, Culture & Society

74% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

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