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The Diploma in Housing Studies, with internship offers a unique combination of academic study and professional work experience for those seeking to enter a career in housing. Read more

Introduction

The Diploma in Housing Studies, with internship offers a unique combination of academic study and professional work experience for those seeking to enter a career in housing. The course covers all aspects of housing services, sustaining communities, governance and law, housing organisations and health and well-being.
Many Scottish students are eligible for a SASS postgraduate loan which covers the fee for the postgraduate Diploma elements. The course fully integrates all of the academic and practice components of the professional qualification of the Chartered Institute of Housing. This includes a structured, assessed work experience internship, which sets up graduates for a ‘fast track’ into a career with housing organisations in the social, private and voluntary sectors.
Our courses make a substantial contribution to supplying the housing sector with new, qualified staff, who are known to be ready to ‘hit the ground running’. Our graduates usually find relevant work very quickly after completing their studies.

Accreditation

The Chartered Institute of Housing is the professional body for housing and validates the Stirling Housing Studies course. On successful completion of the Diploma, you will have satisfied the requirements for corporate membership of the Chartered Institute of Housing. Housing Studies attracts people from a variety of disciplines who are committed to achieving better housing for all.

Key information

- Degree type: MSc, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma
- Study methods: Full-time, Part-time, Discontinuous
- Duration: Full-time (with internship): 12 months or part-time (with internship): 21 months
- Start date: September
- Course Director: Dr Madhu Satsangi

Course objectives

With a staff group which comprehensively covers the multi-disciplinary nature of housing, research, policy and practice, Stirling University is in an excellent position to provide you with the skill sets required to make good a career in a highly competitive age.
Our research-led teaching draws on our specialist expertise in policy analysis, homelessness and housing rights, social theory, housing and land market analysis.
Students are introduced to the most up-to-date ideas and debates in housing. We offer students the opportunity to learn about the cutting edge of housing practice. This route blends occasional sessions on campus, with a significant element of online study giving the ideal learning experience in a format which is accessible and engaging.
This course is aimed at graduates wishing to pursue a career in housing. The Diploma course combines academic study and professional practice over a 12-month period for full-time students (21 months for part-time students). It equips you with the tools to become a competent and effective practitioner and increases your chances of gaining rewarding work in housing and developing your long-term career.
Anyone who completes the Diploma requirements may register for further study towards a Master’s of Science degree (MSc). This would require completion of either a research-based dissertation or the demonstration of advanced level reflective skills.
The Chartered Institute of Housing is the professional body for housing and validates the Stirling housing studies course. On successful completion of the Diploma, you will have satisfied the requirements for corporate membership of the Chartered Institute of Housing. Housing studies attracts people from a variety of disciplines across the social sciences, humanities and built environment.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your proficiency such as:
- IELTS score of 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill.

We consider the following as equivalent test scores:
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C or above
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B or above
- Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE): 60 with 56 in each component
- IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20

For more information go to English language requirements https://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx .

Careers and employability

- Career opportunities
Stirling housing graduates normally move immediately into employment, e.g. in housing associations, local authorities, trade organisations, government agencies and research and consultancy.

- Employability
Our students learn great transferable skills such as: academic skills in analysis and writing; technical skills in the appraisal and evaluation of housing development, design and construction in the built environment; professional skills in housing: communication skills, in report writing and group presentations; self-management skills, in organising work, and meeting deadlines; interpersonal skills, in group discussion and listening.

- Industry connections
A very substantial number of housing organisations across Scotland support student internships and sponsor their staff to undertake the Housing Studies course at Stirling.
Teaching staff also work with organisations across the country in their research activities. Through student membership of the Chartered Institute of Housing, you will have access to information and news about housing organisations across Scotland as well as being able to attend major conferences in the sector.

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The Diploma in Housing Studies offers academic study for those seeking to enter a career in housing. The course covers all aspects of housing services, sustaining communities, governance and law, housing organisations and health and well-being. Read more

Introduction

The Diploma in Housing Studies offers academic study for those seeking to enter a career in housing. The course covers all aspects of housing services, sustaining communities, governance and law, housing organisations and health and well-being.
Many Scottish students are eligible for a SASS postgraduate loan which covers the fee for the postgraduate Diploma elements. The course fully integrates all of the academic and practice components of the professional qualification of the Chartered Institue of Housing, which sets up graduates for a ‘fast track’ into a career with housing organisations in the social, private and voluntary sectors.
Our courses make a substantial contribution to supplying the housing sector with new, qualified staff, who are known to be ready to ‘hit the ground running’. Our graduates usually find relevant work very quickly after completing their studies.

Accreditation

The Chartered Institute of Housing is the professional body for housing and validates the Stirling Housing Studies course. On successful completion of the Diploma, you will have satisfied the requirements for corporate membership of the Chartered Institute of Housing. Housing Studies attracts people from a variety of disciplines who are committed to achieving better housing for all.

Key information

- Degree type: Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate, MSc
- Study methods: Part-time, Mixture of online and classroom delivery, Stand-alone modules
- Duration: Part Time PG Diploma 2 years MSc 3 years
- Start date: September
- Course Director: Dr Madhu Satsangi

Course objectives

With a staff group which comprehensively covers the multi-disciplinary nature of housing, research, policy and practice the University of Stirling is in an excellent position to provide you with the skill sets required to make good a career in a highly competitive age.
Our research-led teaching draws on our specialist expertise in policy analysis, homelessness and housing rights, social theory, housing and land market analysis.
Students are introduced to the most up-to-date ideas and debates in housing. We offer students the opportunity to learn about the cutting edge of housing practice. This route blends occasional sessions on campus with a significant element of online study giving the student the ideal learning experience in a format which is accessible and engaging.
This course equips you with the tools to become a competent and effective housing practitioner and increases your chances of interesting and rewarding work and future employment.
Anyone who completes the Diploma requirements may register for further study towards a Master’s of Science degree (MSc). This would require completion of either a research-based dissertation or the demonstration of advanced level reflective skills.
The Chartered Institute of Housing is the professional body for housing and validates the Housing Studies course. On successful completion of the Diploma, you will have satisfied the requirements for corporate membership of the Chartered Institute of Housing. Housing studies attracts people from a variety of disciplines across the social sciences, humanities and built environment.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
- IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component
- IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20

For more information go to English language requirements https://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx .

Why Stirling?

- REF2014
In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

- Strengths
In this current climate, a professional qualification is exactly the advantage you need, to stay ahead of the game. The University of Stirling offers people working in practice the opportunity to achieve housing qualifications in ways which meet their needs and fit in with the demands of their lives.

Career opportunities

Stirling graduates have a strong track record of making rapid career progress on completion of the Diploma. Potential career opportunities include management in housing organisations, specialist research and policy and strategy work. Increasingly, there are opportunities linked to key government initiatives and policy areas.
Our students come from all parts of Scotland, in different roles at different levels. Studying online at Stirling enables you to:
- carry out your current job with greater confidence and effectiveness
- have a comprehensive knowledge of how your job links to the rest of your organisation and the work of other agencies in Scotland
- be well prepared to take advantage of opportunities for promotion or new directions in your work
- gain a professional qualification in a crucial policy area
- build a network
- minimise time spent travelling

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We've designed this course for people working in the housing and urban management field, along with graduates from geography, planning, social policy and housing. Read more
We've designed this course for people working in the housing and urban management field, along with graduates from geography, planning, social policy and housing. Our course will help you advance your skills and knowledge to develop a career within the sector. This is an innovative course that combines the study of housing, regeneration and urban management issues, delivered within a city which is vibrant with projects in these areas.

We can help you network with key players in urban management and build up your contacts. You will be taught by staff with fantastic hands-on experience in the industry. Our Built Environment academy and its research team have contracts with European and UK governments, as well as links with local authorities, social enterprises and leading housing companies.

We will improve your knowledge of policy issues in place shaping sustainability and wellbeing, and provide you with the evaluation and decision-making skills to respond to current urban challenges. Your development and career prospects are important to us - that's why you also take part in work-based projects where you will have the opportunity to practice your professional expertise.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University's results for the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning unit, which it entered for the first time, were impressive with 37% of its research being rated world leading or internationally excellent.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/housing_ma

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

You will be able to take your career forward within local authorities, development agencies, housing associations, voluntary sector organisations or enterprise partnerships. Our graduates have taken senior management positions in local authorities and some of the country's top housing companies, leading complex regeneration and development projects.

- Planning Consultant
- Regeneration Officer
- Urban Renewal and Design Consultant
- Conservation Officer

Careers advice:
The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Careers

Drawing on the expertise of Leeds Beckett's Built Environment academy and its research team with their European and UK Government contracts and many links with local economic partnerships, local authorities, social enterprises and leading housing companies, this course enables you to network with key players in urban management and build your contacts.

Our course is accredited by two professional bodies: the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).

When you graduate you will be eligible for chartered membership of the Chartered Institute of Housing and licentiate membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) which is the main pathway to qualify as a Chartered Town Planner.

Membership of both professional bodies brings you an extensive package of careers advice, information, guidance, updates and networking opportunities.

Modules

Research Methods (20 Credits)
We will provide you with a practical knowledge of research methods and skills. This module also equips you with the research skills to undertake an independent extended piece of research - your dissertation.

Housing & Urban Regeneration Policy (20 Credits)
Provides an overview of the key issues faced by policy makers in urban management. It explores the interdependence of social, economic and environmental issues and takes a critical approach to understanding strategies for tackling urban disparity at local levels.

ILC Urban Futures Project (20 Credits)
Aims to develop broad real-world and academic research skills in the demanding and fast-changing field of urban management, enabling you to devise your own independent learning contract to further your understanding and practice-based skills.

Leading Partnerships & Change (20 Credits)
We will give you a detailed understanding of the values and qualities associated with effective leadership in the modern housing and regeneration professions. You will study how leadership theories link to innovation and public service delivery, also analysing how organisations change and how change might affect staff.

Policy Implementation & Appraisal (20 Credits)
You will develop a critical awareness of the political, material and organisational context for policy implementation and evaluation by considering the roles and functions of its key players and influences of previous policy outcomes.

Dissertation (40 Credits)
You will develop and enhance your research skills and capacity to conceptualise and theorise in an area of housing policy or urban management of your choice. This module serves as a key mechanism for you to develop specialist knowledge and skills through the design and execution of a research strategy.

Sustainable Communities (20 Credits)
This is an opportunity to examine interpretations and dimensions of sustainable communities - we will give you the chance to prepare strategies for sustainable communities linked to your professional field.

Theoretical Context (20 Credits)
Develops your critical awareness of the contemporary dynamics of places and communities seen from a range of theoretical viewpoints. It aims to understand urban change and social transformation and explores and debates conceptual frameworks in social policy.

Facilities

- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Broadcasting Place
Broadcasting Place provides students with creative and contemporary learning environments, is packed with the latest technology and is a focal point for new and innovative thinking in the city.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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Gain the skills you need to give leadership and vision to your organisation. Our bite-sized course will help you progress in your career as you enhance your knowledge of housing, regeneration planning and urban management. Read more
Gain the skills you need to give leadership and vision to your organisation. Our bite-sized course will help you progress in your career as you enhance your knowledge of housing, regeneration planning and urban management.

Whether you work for a voluntary organisation, local authority or private agency, our course will enable you to engage in place shaping, economic development, public service delivery and the governance of urban areas. You will examine the current issues affecting housing and regeneration and learn how to tackle them.

Using real-life companies and areas as case studies, you will take part in group and individual projects to build on your current experience. This could include working in a parish council to organise a community plan, or helping an organisation to implement change management policies.

We will give you access to key players in housing and neighbourhood management, providing you with invaluable contacts after you graduate.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University's results for the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning unit, which it entered for the first time, were impressive with 37% of its research being rated world leading or internationally excellent.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/housingandneighbourhood_apd

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

Our course focusses on career advancement through personal development. You will have the opportunity to reassess your role and gain the specialist skills to move into a new area. We will enable you to produce solutions to modern urban challenges so you can enhance the work you are currently involved with.

- Planning Manager
- Heritage and Conservation Manager
- Housing Development Officer
- Regeneration Officer

Careers advice:
The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

Our course offers you practical, vocational training, combined with all the benefits of studying in a higher education environment. Your self-guided study helps you fit your learning in around your job, and you will have the advantage of one to one support from our committed tutors.

Studying our course will help you on your way to becoming a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Chartered Institute of Housing, providing you with a wealth of services, advice and networking opportunities.

Many of our staff have practical experience of working within industry, so they can provide real-life examples from the workplace to support your learning.

Modules

Sustainable Communities (20 credits)
Examine interpretations and dimensions of sustainable communities - we will give you the chance to prepare strategies for sustainable communities linked to your professional field.

Housing & Urban Regeneration Policy (20 credits)
Gain an overview of the key issues faced by policy makers in urban management by exploring social, economic and environmental issues and strategies for tackling urban disparity at local levels.

Quintin Bradley

Associate Senior Lecturer

"Our course gives you smart solutions to common industry problems - working across the disciplines of housing, planning, development and regeneration to develop innovative projects in urban policy and local services."

Before joining us in 2006, Quintin spent eight years at Leeds Tenants Federation managing and developing participation initiatives and policies. Prior to this he worked at Kirklees Federation of Tenants, project managing community development programmes. Quintin is interested in pursuing research into issues of power and governance in UK housing and social policy, and particularly the role of social movements in governance debates.

Facilities

- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Broadcasting Place
Broadcasting Place provides students with creative and contemporary learning environments, is packed with the latest technology and is a focal point for new and innovative thinking in the city.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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Facilities Management (FM) is one of the fastest growing professions within the UK providing a holistic, integrated approach to the delivery and management of property and associated support services; enabling both the organisation and individual to pro-actively and effectively manage assets, contents and components for the benefit of the users. Read more
Facilities Management (FM) is one of the fastest growing professions within the UK providing a holistic, integrated approach to the delivery and management of property and associated support services; enabling both the organisation and individual to pro-actively and effectively manage assets, contents and components for the benefit of the users.

Course Overview

The course offers a stimulating part-time pathway, allowing flexibility for individuals with responsibilities and commitments, to progress to Master’s level within the field of: Facilities, Property and Asset Management. The programme is modular, containing both core and elective options within Part One and a Dissertation; generally work related, in Part Two. The latter is often completed remotely but with full workplace support being provided by an experienced supervision team and specialist University support staff.

This is the only post-graduate F.M. related qualification offered within an educational establishment in Wales and the south-west of England. The programme is eminently suited to those working within or aspiring towards a senior management position, addresses cutting edge, strategic and operational issues that impact upon estates, property, facilities and corporate business services. The current mode of attendance for Part One occurs at the Mount Pleasant campus in Swansea, generally taking place on a Wednesday afternoon, between 2.00pm and 8.00pm.

Existing and past students have entered the programme from a range of specialist discipline areas, including engineering, building services, surveying, hotel services, general business administration, hard and soft F.M. property, project management, town planning, health-care etc. Their employers have included international PLCs, central government, local authorities, professional practices, Universities, Further Education colleges, Housing Associations, outsourced F.M. organisations, Welsh Government Agencies etc.

Modules

Candidates study at a high level, a range of inter-related topics that will typically include:
-Strategic Property Management and Procurement,
-Management of Human and Organisational Resources,
-Building Maintenance and Property Asset Management,
-Services and Energy Performance of Buildings
-Health & Safety Management
-Research Methodology
-Dissertation

Individual modules can be studied on a semester basis to meet an individual or professional body’s CPD requirements, and used to build subsequently onwards to more formal academic qualifications.

Key Features

Effective FM is critical where highly serviced buildings and spaces are provided but has many other applications that embrace the commercial property, housing and business support areas. Many candidates use the programme to enhance their management and business skills whilst underpinning technical and professional subject knowledge, in areas such as the environment, asset management and building technologies, waste management, energy use, health and safety as well as developing core business and people management skills.

Few who currently operate in this fast moving field have received formal training or qualifications within this highly rewarding industry and hence major opportunities exist for Master’s graduates.

Assessment

Assessment is via industry related case study based assignments, some formal examinations, presentations to panels and a dissertation that can be very closely focussed to the candidate’s current employment or area of career aspiration.

Career Opportunities

Most candidates are employed full-time and a number of students past and present have gained considerable career enhancements, as a consequence of their formal studies with the University. Candidates work for major international PLCs, central and local government funded bodies/agencies, social housing, education and health-care.

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This programme is for graduates who wish to pursue a career in the environment sector in the UK or internationally, or those already working in the sector seeking to enhance their skills and employability. Read more
This programme is for graduates who wish to pursue a career in the environment sector in the UK or internationally, or those already working in the sector seeking to enhance their skills and employability. Graduates have an excellent track record of securing jobs in environmental consultancy, research and government agencies.

The unique emphasis of this programme is the practical challenge of measuring, analysing and evaluating dynamic environmental data for environmental problem-solving and management purposes. Learning is focussed around practical field and laboratory work.

A key element of the programme is the dissertation, for which students undertake research relating to any special interests they have in environmental management.

Core study areas include tools for river management, lake monitoring and management, wind erosion measurement and mitigation, natural hazard and catastrophe modelling, applied environmental GIS, hydroclimatological monitoring and modelling, evidence-based environmental management, research design, professional practice in environmental management, and a dissertation.

See the website http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/geography/environmental-monitoring-management/

Programme modules

Environment-specific theory and skills:
- Tools for River Management
- Lake Monitoring and Management
- Wind Erosion Measurement and Mitigation

Generic skills:
- Natural Hazard and Catastrophe Modelling for Environmental Management
- Applied Environmental GIS
- Hydroclimatological Monitoring and Modelling
- Evidence-based Environmental Management
- Research Design
- Professional Practice in Environmental Management

Research Project:
- Dissertation

Selection

Interviews may be held on consideration of a prospective student’s application form. Overseas students are often accepted on their grades and strong recommendation from suitable referees.

Assessment

Coursework reports and a dissertation of up to 50 pages on an agreed topic.

Careers and further study

Our graduates have outstanding employment prospects. Recent graduates are working in research, consultancy and government agencies in the fields of flood risk modelling and engineering, catastrophe risk analysis, water quality monitoring and transport planning.

Scholarships and sponsorships

Support may be available in the form of scholarships, and studentships awarded on a competitive basis.

Why choose geography at Loughborough?

The Department of Geography is a dynamic and vibrant place to be a postgraduate student and we are proud of our reputation for creating a friendly, supportive working environment.

We have over 25 academic staff who are all leading international experts in their fields.For example, our human geographers conduct research that informs government policy on student housing, international aid, alcohol policy and community cohesion, while our physical geographies continue to influence climate adaptation and development planning, the management of river sediments, and conservation management.

The work undertaken in our Department spans the breadth of contemporary physical and human geographical research (and involves strong connections into other disciplines) and deals with many of the most striking environmental, social and economic challenges facing our world, as demonstrated by our innovative programmes.

- Research
Postgraduate research, whether at PhD or MSc dissertation level, is a very important part of the academic life of our Department, and we invest a great deal of time and resources in supporting postgraduate students in their research.

- Career prospects
Loughborough postgraduates are highly employable. Employability skills are embedded throughout our programmes, with graduates appointed to posts across a full range of industries and sectors. Almost all of our postgraduates are in employment within a few months of graduating, and many who have studied in the Geography Department have embarked on academic research careers.

Find out how to apply here http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/geography/environmental-monitoring-management/

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The Masters in Geomatics & Management is aimed at graduates in geomatics (surveying and mapping). It will enhance your career progression in the field of geomatics, and provide you with the necessary skill set to succeed in managerial positions. Read more
The Masters in Geomatics & Management is aimed at graduates in geomatics (surveying and mapping). It will enhance your career progression in the field of geomatics, and provide you with the necessary skill set to succeed in managerial positions. The combination of geomatics with management offered by this programme has been strongly endorsed by industry.

Why this programme

-University of Glasgow’s School of Geographical and Earth Sciences is proud to announce that it is ranked 32nd in the world (QS World Rankings 2014).
-You will be jointly taught by staff from the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences and the Adam Smith Business School and will benefit from their resources and expertise and from an industry-focused curriculum informed by experts in the field.
-With a 95% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2014, the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences continues to meet student expectations combining both teaching excellence and a supportive learning environment.
-The School is consistently ranked amongst the top 10 in the UK and top 5 in Scotland, recently achieving 2nd in Scotland and 8th in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2015).
-If you have a geomatics background, but with little management experience and you are looking to broaden your knowledge of management while also furthering your knowledge of geomatics, this programme is designed for you.
-The programme is split into two semesters and a summer session. One semester will be based in the Business School and is aimed at developing knowledge and skills of management principles and techniques. An applied approach is adopted, with an emphasis on an informed critical evaluation of information, and the subsequent application of concepts and tools to the core areas of business and management.
-The semester in Geomatics allows you to focus on land and hydrographic surveying, or GIS and cartography. Your programme will be customised depending on your background and interests.
-While taking advanced courses in Geomatics you will have benefit from access to the latest surveying equipment, including GPS and Terrestrial Laser Scanning, and industry standard processing software, GIS and graphic packages as part of this programme.
-You will attend either a week long survey field course or the three-day GIS Research UK conference as part of the programme (included in fees).

Programme structure

Semester 1 – 60 credits in Management
-Contemporary issues in human resource management MGT5210 (10 credits)
-Managing creativity and innovation MGT5213 (10 credits)
-Managing strategic change MGT5216 (10 credits)
-Marketing management MGT5219 (10 credits)
-Operations management MGT5222 (10 credits)
-Project management MGT225 (10 credits)

Semester 2 – 60 credits in Geomatics
-Research & Professional Issues in Geomatics GEOG5021(10 credits)
50 credits from:
-Applied GIS GEOG5012 (10 credits)
-Applied Hydrographic Surveying GEOG5098 (10 credits)
-Applied Land Surveying GEOG5099 (10 credits)
-Directed Studies in Geomatics GEOG5006 (10 credits)
-Engineering Surveying GEOG5007 (10 credits)
-Geodesy & GNSS GEOG5012 (10 credits)
-Geospatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration GEOG5013 (10 credits)
-Geovisualisation & Map Use GEOG5026 (10 credits)
-Hydrographic Survey GEOG5014 (10 credits)
-Internet & Mobile GIS GEOG5015 (10 credits)
-Remote Sensing of the Environment GEOG5056 (10 credits)

Accreditation

MSc Geomatics and Management, if fully completed with the award of an MSc, is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Industry links and employability

-The MSc in Geomatics and Management is a one-year Masters programme aimed at those seeking a career in the Geomatics (Surveying, Mapping & Geographic Information) industries.
-This unique programme was developed in collaboration with employers and was widely welcomed by industry.
-You will benefit from significant input from industry to our teaching programme, including teaching on some courses, guest lectures and seminars. There are also informal opportunities to meet people from industry at open events and visits to company offices. Projects may be carried out in conjunction with industry.
-You will develop transferable skills that will improve your career prospects, such as project management, team-working, fieldwork, advanced data analysis, problem-solving, critical evaluation of scientific & professional literature, computing skills, and how to effectively communicate with different audiences.

Career prospects

Career opportunities exist in both the private and public sectors and there are lots of possibilities for those with Surveying and Mapping skills. Positions include GIS specialist, ranging from support in large corporations (banking, insurance, retail), environmental consultancies, local authorities, utility companies, or mapping specialist with software house or geoinformation data provider. There is currently a very high demand for surveyors, especially in hydrographic survey, in support of offshore oil and renewable energy engineering and maintenance. In addition to the offshore energy industry, land surveyors are in demand in many parts of the world to support mining operations, major civil engineering projects and to provide surveying services for Land Registration.

Graduates of this programme have gone on to positions such as:
-Assistant Surveyor General at Dept of Surveys, Ministry of Lands and Housing, Malaw
-Regional Surveyor General at Dept of Surveys, Ministry of Lands and Housing, Malawi
-Surveyor at Rudan Engineering Ltd, Ghana
-Surveyor at KACST, Saudi Arabia
-Surveyor at Environmental Sciences Group Pelorus Surveys
-Senior Surveyor at North Ayrshire Council
-Surveyor at Line Surveys Transmission Consultancy

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The Construction Management program at Centennial College focuses on the study of the management and technological aspects of residential, industrial, commercial and institutional construction projects as well as engineering and infrastructure construction. Read more
The Construction Management program at Centennial College focuses on the study of the management and technological aspects of residential, industrial, commercial and institutional construction projects as well as engineering and infrastructure construction.

Construction Management courses provide practical training for you to acquire a unique combination of construction and project management skills in conjunction with the added dimension of protecting the environment and sustainability.

This program integrates a modular design with a principal focus on construction management and an ancillary focus on general project management in a construction environment.

Career Opportunities

Program Highlights
-There is a focus on protecting the global environment, energy conservation and international sustainable construction strategies.
-Emphasis on domestic and international sustainability and green building distinguishes this offering from other construction management programs.
-The curriculum includes construction management information systems, scheduling, procurement, legal documents and contracts, cost estimation, and analysis and construction safety.
-Comparisons of international building codes and construction practices are presented.

Professional Associations
Centennial College Construction Management program graduates will have completed six of seven educational competencies required to become a Registered Builder with Tarion.

Career Outlook
-Project manager
-Coordinator
-Estimator
-Site manager
-Inspector

Areas of Employment
The construction building industry is a key sector in Canada's economy. Currently, the Canadian government, at all levels, is establishing funding initiatives to encourage growth and restore confidence in the economy. These programs are intended to stimulate housing construction and build infrastructure. Recent housing-related funding announcements that will allow you to work in a range of areas include:
-Investments in housing for Canadians
-Renovation and retrofit of social housing
-First Nations housing
-Northern housing
-Housing for low-income seniors and persons with disabilities
-Helping municipalities build stronger communities

These projects indicate there are a wide variety of career opportunities in the construction sector.

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This flexible, distance learning course has been developed to reflect the important role of housing organisations in a changing political and economic environment. Read more

About the course

This flexible, distance learning course has been developed to reflect the important role of housing organisations in a changing political and economic environment. Housing has a key role to play in the lives of individuals and communities and this course aims to equip housing professionals to deal with challenges facing the sector. The course incorporates the professional qualification route to Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) membership.

You can also choose to exit early with a Postgraduate Certificate upon successful completion of 60 level seven credits or with a Postgraduate Diploma after 120 level seven credits over two years.
•Flexible schedule
The online nature of the course fits in with a busy professional life and complements some of the issues they will be facing in their workplaces while broadening their focus
•CIH membership
This course incorporates the professional qualification to CIH membership in the first year core modules. A key feature of the course is the development of your theory and research skills in year two and the opportunity to use work-based examples in assignments and as a method to reflect on the curriculum
•Excellent student experience
You will benefit from the experience of both the DMU associate lecturers, who work with the CIH, and expert staff at the Centre for Comparative Housing Research
•Boost your potential earnings
Business and Law postgraduates command an average salary of £44,186 (DLHE, 2013/14)

Teaching and assessment

Teaching will be delivered through formal lectures, informal seminars, tutorials, workshops, discussions and e-learning packages. Assessment will usually be through a combination of individual and group work, presentations, essays, reports and exams.

Graduate careers

Graduates of our housing courses find themselves promoted to a variety of different posts at management and director level – not just in housing organisations, but across the public and private sectors.

Course modules

Year 1:
- Context of Housing
- Housing Organisations

Year 2:
- Housing research
- Public Services and the customer
- Theories of housing
- Housing Markets and the State

Year 3:
- Housing dissertation

Note: all modules are subject to change in order to keep content current

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This programme allows you to examine the national and international contexts for the development of housing systems, policies and practices, and provides a framework for discussing the development, financing, and management of housing with an emphasis on social rented housing in the United Kingdom. Read more
This programme allows you to examine the national and international contexts for the development of housing systems, policies and practices, and provides a framework for discussing the development, financing, and management of housing with an emphasis on social rented housing in the United Kingdom.

Why this programme

-If you are working or seeking to work in the social housing sector in the UK (or in a closely related field), this programme has been designed for you.
-The programme is validated by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), and can meet all the academic requirements for membership of the professional body for students with work experience.
-The programme is very flexible and you can complete the courses through full-time, part-time or modular study. These are designed to suit all needs, whether you are studying full-time or balancing your professional and personal commitments.
-There is significant input from industry, including teaching on some courses, guest lectures and seminars.

Programme structure

The programme is structured around core and optional courses, many of which are shared with other postgraduate programmes within Urban Studies, facilitating interaction with professionals seeking qualifications in related fields.

The programme is very flexible and you can complete the courses through full-time, part-time and modular study.

For part-time students the programme is designed assuming 1 day a week attendance over 2 years; for full-time students these two teaching days are attended over 1 year. Students may wish to spread study over a longer period and can do so through the modular route.

Core courses
-Foundations of housing management
-Graduate school dissertation methods course (MSc only).
-Housing contexts
-Housing businesses
-Professional practice ethics and management
-Scottish housing law
-Understanding housing markets

Optional courses
-Designing places
-Development process
-Evaluating evidence and policy
-Housing inequality and society
-International urban challenges
-Regenerating cities and neighbourhoods
-Sustainable housing development

Career prospects

Career opportunities exist within local government, housing associations and charities engaged in housing management practice. There are additional opportunities in the voluntary sector such as housing law, advice, and campaigning. The statutory sector also has a range of housing policy roles (central and local government). The qualification is recognised throughout the UK.

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Are you interested in gaining a master’s qualification that will equip you for a professional career inhousing? This RICS accredited course includes a specialist pathway in managing and developing housing. Read more
Are you interested in gaining a master’s qualification that will equip you for a professional career inhousing? This RICS accredited course includes a specialist pathway in managing and developing housing.

The first stage of this course will introduce you to key concepts and frameworks related to built environment disciplines. The second stage is specific to housing and will develop your ability to plan and develop housing developments, manage rented housing, ensure compliance with planning policy frameworks, and understand contemporary issues affecting the providers and users of housing.

The final stage will be a master’s dissertation that investigates an aspect of how housing professionals operate in complex and unpredictable environments.

The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).

You’ll study by flexible distance learning. Many of our students combine their studies with jobs in property, construction or a wide range of other industries.. We welcome people from a variety of academic backgrounds, not just surveying.

Learn From The Best

You’ll be taught by tutors who have many years of experience in the housing sectors. Their professional experience, combined with their on-going active research, will provide an excellent foundation for your learning.

The quality of their research has put Northumbria University among the UK’s top 30 universities for the percentage of research outputs in architecture and built environment that are ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Our reputation for quality is reflected by the range and depth of our collaborations with industry partners. These collaborations and links help inform our curriculums and ensure input from practitioners.

Teaching And Assessment

This is a distance learning course and you’ll learn through expertly written learning materials that help you engage with topics in interactive ways. Like other master’s courses there is a significant element of independent learning and self-motivated reflection.

The pace of the two-year course is controlled to make it easier for you to balance work, study and life commitments. We encourage online communities to flourish among all those taking the course, ensuring that you can interact with fellow students.

Assessments are designed to give you feedback as well as to monitor your level of achievement. You can expect both your tutors and your peers to provide useful comments and feedback throughout the course. Assessment is coursework based. There are no examinations.

Learning Environment

As a distance learner you’ll have full access to our eLearning Portal, ‘Blackboard Learn’, which includes web conferencing, study notes, discussion boards, virtual classrooms and communities. Blackboard Learn brings together all aspects of course management as well as assessment and feedback. You can contact tutors in other ways too, including by email and telephone.

You’ll also have online access to Northumbria’s library, which has half a million electronic books that you can read whenever or wherever you need them. Our library was ranked #2 in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey for 2015 and, since 2010, it has been accredited by the UK Government for Customer Service Excellence.

Research-Rich Learning

As a master’s student you’ll develop your research skills to a new and higher level. Your research supervisor will help you submit a proposal for your master’s dissertation and then discuss its development through to completion in the final semester.

Northumbria’s strong research ethos is an essential aspect of how you will develop as a critical, reflective and independent thinker. Throughout the course your learning will be directly impacted by the teaching team’s active research.

We have a strong track record in housing policy and housing management research Our specialist interests also include innovation in place-making. Northumbria University is also known for Building Information Management and novel uses of computational modelling.

Give Your Career An Edge

The course meets a particular need for professional training for graduates who may not have studied housing at undergraduate level. During the course you’ll be equipped with the knowledge and skills you’ll need to work in housing. At the same time you’ll develop transferable key skills and personal attributes that promote employability and lifelong learning.

The dissertation in addition to the taught modules will promote your personal development and a range of interpersonal, intellectual and technical skills.

The course has the additional credibility of being accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) for the purpose of graduate membership.

When it comes to applying for jobs and promotions, our Careers and Employment Service offers a range of resources as well as support that’s available online and on a one-to-one basis.

Your Future

This course will open up new opportunities in areas such as housing management, property development, and commercial property management.

The course could also lead you to a postgraduate research degree such as an MPhil, PhD and Professional Doctorate. If you decide to start up your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university.

Whatever you decide to do, you will have the transferable skills that employers expect from a master’s graduate from Northumbria University. These include the ability to tackle complex issues through conceptualisation and undertaking research, the ability to contribute to new processes and knowledge, and the ability to formulate balanced judgements when considering incomplete or ambiguous data.

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This course, accredited by the Institute of Healthcare Management, examines the social, political and economic context within which health and social services operate, locating this within the advanced study of social policy. Read more
This course, accredited by the Institute of Healthcare Management, examines the social, political and economic context within which health and social services operate, locating this within the advanced study of social policy. A particular feature of the curriculum is its focus on policy, management and collaborative working structures in the context of regulation, evaluation and accountability frameworks for service delivery.

More about this course

The course is designed to meet the needs of those working in health and welfare services as practitioners, managers or administrators.

The student group is therefore multidisciplinary, and most course members combine study with full-time work. The course is also suitable for graduates with a research interest in the changing nature of health and social care in the new mixed economy of welfare.

The course has recently been re-validated and re-focused. It now offers increased opportunities for you to combine your study of health and social policy with specialist modules in evaluation, management, social work practice, regeneration or public health.

Your learning is structured around weekly contact time with the teaching team and is complemented by your independent work based on guidance supplied in lectures, group work, and interactive workshops. Blended learning, enquiry based learning and problem based learning will be used to help you comprehend theoretical concepts.

You are assessed via essays, seminar papers, mini-projects, reports and management exercises.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Institute of Healthcare Management.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:
-Health and Social Care Management and Policy Dissertation (core, 60 credits)
-Impact Assessment (core, 20 credits)
-Management of Health and Social Services (core, 20 credits)
-Strategic Planning and Change Management (core, 20 credits)
-Understanding the Policy Process (core, 20 credits)
-Children and Families: Policy and Practice (option, 20 credits)
-Contextualising Management (option, 20 credits)
-Cross Cultural Management (option, 20 credits)
-Ethical Issues in Healthcare (option, 20 credits)
-Health in the City (option, 20 credits)
-Housing Strategy (option, 20 credits)
-Managing Change in Organisations and Systems (option, 20 credits)
-Managing Self and Others (option, 20 credits)
-Measuring and Monitoring Performance (option, 20 credits)
-Partnership Working (option, 20 credits)
-Perspectives of Ageing (option, 20 credits)
-Project Management (option, 20 credits)
-Researching Communities (option, 20 credits)
-Social Policy Themes and Priorities: Local, Regional and Global (option, 20 credits)

After the course

This qualification will enhance the career prospects of those working in many settings where knowledge and skills in health and social care management or policy making is relevant. Graduates from our existing programmes report improved career choices and advancement as a result of learning acquired on this programme.

Many have gone on to careers as drug and alcohol rehabilitation managers, managers of learning disability services, primary care trust business development managers, day centre managers, sure start programme managers, health visitor managers, prison service managers, residential and nursing care home managers, advisors in local authorities, community care managers, managed policy research, policy makers.

Moving to one campus

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

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The Social Innovation and Not-for-Profit Management concentration, part of the graduate major in Management, offers students business and management skills applicable to not-for-profit work. Read more
The Social Innovation and Not-for-Profit Management concentration, part of the graduate major in Management, offers students business and management skills applicable to not-for-profit work. A person wishing to work in the not-for-profit field is not necessarily someone who is disinterested in making a profit. It may well be that this individual has invested many years in the for-profit rough-and-tumble world and now feels drawn to giving back to the community in a less aggressive, less competitive endeavor. This field also may appeal to the more humanitarian-minded individual who is just starting a career. The not-for-profit’s primary goal is not to increase shareholder value; rather it is to fulfill some socially desirable need. A not-for-profit venture operates successfully because of keen business savvy and excellent management know-how. The emphasis in this enterprise is on stewardship, and all support—financial and otherwise—must be used as directed by the donors, and management must be held accountable for every aspect of the operation.

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Management is offered by the Department of Management in the Jennings A. Jones College of Business. This program, with three concentrations, offers students planning, communication, and ethical decision-making skills through experiential learning in which they will find themselves in the trenches of the real-world work environment. Each concentration—Social Innovation and Not-for-Profit Management, Organizational Leadership, and Supply Chain Management—includes a capstone project in which students will partner with an organization in the industry or non-profit sector.

Career

If your desire is to enrich the lives of those in need through education and service, then working in a not-for-profit organization can be richly rewarding. Not-for-profit management is no less demanding than upper-level positions in the corporate world. Successful humanitarian and outreach programs require a rock-solid work ethic. Because not-for-profit enterprises depend greatly on a volunteer work force, the need for professional leadership is paramount. Examples of career opportunities include areas such as:

Child advocacy
Communications
Corporate management
Education
Food distribution
Health and aging
Homeless outreach
Housing and economic development
Service industries
Social justice

Because this program is relatively new, employer information is still being compiled. Following are examples of employers of Management graduates and Career Fair participants:

American Cellular
Automatic Data Processing
CalsonicKansei North America
Chick-Fil-A Murfreesboro
Consolidated Electrical Distributors, Inc.
Enterprise
Ettain Group
Insight Global, Inc.
Internal Data Resources
Liberty Mutual
Modern Woodmen of America
Nissan North America
Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
PepsiCo Foodservice
Sherwin-Williams
State Farm Insurance
Target Stores
Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (VA)
The Hershey Company
Walter Meier Manufacturing

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Shelter is one of the most basic human needs, but the provision of that shelter - the development of enough housing of the right type and quality in the most appropriate locations - is a challenge that few, if any, governments in the developed world have fully addressed. Read more
Shelter is one of the most basic human needs, but the provision of that shelter - the development of enough housing of the right type and quality in the most appropriate locations - is a challenge that few, if any, governments in the developed world have fully addressed. This MSc offers an interdisciplinary perspective on the 'housing question' in advanced economies, with core contributions from across the faculty.

Degree information

Students will develop appropriate design, analytical and presentational skills, and work on practical cases that test their capacity for creative thinking and problem-solving. The curriculum covers UK-specific policy and practice as well as a range of international case studies and globally relevant debates in the provision of housing.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), two elective modules from across The Bartlett School of Planning or beyond, subject to approval (30 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma, six core modules (90 credits), two elective modules (30 credits), full-time nine months, is offered. A Postgraduate Certificate, four core modules (60 credits), at least full-time three months, is offered.

Core modules
-Planning for Housing: Process
-Planning for Housing: Project
-Principles of Sustainable Housing Design
-Low Energy Housing Retrofit
-Economics and Finance for Housing Projects
-Management of Housing Projects

Optional modules
-Spatial Planning (for professional accreditation)
-Critical Debates in Planning (for professional accreditation)
-Or any other open MSc module in The Bartlett School of Planning, or the wider Faculty of the Built Environment

Dissertation/report
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, projects and problem-based learning. Assessment is through a mix of essays, group projects, problem-sheets, individual projects, classroom tasks and the dissertation.

Careers

There is a growing demand for our Master's graduates from a wide range of both public and private employers in the UK and overseas. Many have taken up posts in local and central government planning, others have moved into planning related consultancies. Past students have also found employment in numerous specialist sectors: in housing and transport, planning, urban regeneration and environmental agencies, public and private utility companies, and also in teaching and research.

Employability
As well as preparing students for careers in planning practice and housing delivery, all of our programmes offer an introduction to research and to key research skills.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Based in the heart of London, students are at the forefront of policy-relevant critical debate, empirical study and research-led teaching. The academic staff are multidisciplinary and are actively involved in shaping the theories and debates covered in their teaching. Our annual public lectures attract pre-eminent speakers from around the world and our student body has a broad international profile.

UCL Bartlett is the UK's largest multidisciplinary Faculty of the Built Environment, bringing together scientific and professional specialisms required to research, understand, design, construct and operate the buildings and urban environments of the future. The strong research focus across The Bartlett, and links to professional practice, feed into this programme, ensuring engagement with live issues and continual renewal of the subject material.

Students also have the opportunity to spend a period of the programme at a partner institution elsewhere in Europe, North America or Australia.

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The MSc in Project Management in the Built Environment is designed to meet the growing demand for project managers in the construction industry who can oversee the entire life cycle of any project, including unique and specialist developments. Read more
The MSc in Project Management in the Built Environment is designed to meet the growing demand for project managers in the construction industry who can oversee the entire life cycle of any project, including unique and specialist developments. It is ideal for anyone with ambitions for project management within the construction sector.

We consult extensively with people from a wide spectrum of companies and organisations in order to make sure that the course content remains practically relevant. For example, prominent companies in the industry are represented in our Professional Liaison Group.

The MSc is available as a one-year, full-time programme or as an open learning programme (a combination of distance learning with intensive on-campus study periods) which is normally taken over two years. There are two entry points: September and January.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/courses/postgraduate/2015/project-management-in-the-built-environment/

Why choose this course?

- Accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) demonstrates professional recognition of the quality of our programme.

- Strong links with prominent companies in the sector, such as Mace, Willmott Dixon and BAM Construction who are all represented in our Professional Liaison Group (PLG), which exists to provide advice on existing and proposed courses of study, on research activities and consultancy work.

- The programme adopts a problem-based learning (PBL) approach to ensure that it is real-world focused and holistic. Not only is this more effective, it is more fun than the traditional study and examination approach.

- Students develop a whole range of management skills and knowledge including project finance, technology, law and contract by working on real-life or realistic problems as experienced by the construction industry, consultants and clients. They are also exposed to behavioural aspects of managing projects, which most project managers only experience when their careers in the construction industry are well-advanced.
- There are four intensive study weeks during the programme where full-time and open-learning students come together on campus to attend lectures, seminars and workshops and share experiences.

- Our students come from a wide range of backgrounds and locations. Many have originally studied subjects outside the realm of the built environment such as law, psychology, architecture and geography, and others have been or still are (in the case of our open-learning students) employed in project management roles. As a result, there are great opportunities to share experiences, to gain a better understanding of the industry and the range of challenges that project managers face and also to benefit from the many different approaches to problem solving that is a feature of such a diverse group of students.

- Our graduates span the globe, working in countries including Malaysia, India and USA.

- Our teaching is backed up by strong research activity. Many of our academic staff are involved in academic research and/or professional or commercial consultancy work. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, approximately 80% of our research, with our colleagues in other Built Environment areas, was judged to be of ‘international’ quality, with approximately 40% rated as ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world leading’.

- Many members of staff are part of Brookes' Oxford Institute of Sustainable Development (OISD), a leading research and promotional organisation noted for its work on sustainable technology in buildings and sustainable urban form.

Teaching and learning

Teaching, learning and assessment methods are to a considerable degree determined by the use of problem-based learning (PBL) which leads to a more challenging and industrially relevant course than the traditional lecture approach. Learning takes place through groups of students puzzling through problems, often adapted from real situations with much of the complexity and context intact, using published resources, or reference to experts who are available to offer advice.

Assessment is 100% coursework, which includes a great variety of types of work, including quizzes taken remotely on Moodle (Brookes online learning environment). Material can be downloaded from our virtual learning environment and closed discussions can take place. It also enables on-campus and open-learning students to remain in contact with each other.

In full-time mode, the delivery of new material is generally bi-weekly with intermediate tutorial or seminar sessions. The intensive study weeks and a European field trip, when students in both modes of study come together, complement this delivery pattern. Outside these periods, online learning is the primary mode of learning for distance-learning study. Communication with distance-learning students will be supplemented by email and telephone during the periods off-campus.

Field trips

A European field trip is a compulsory element of the PGCert modules. It typically takes place over a five-day period towards the end of January and is heavily subsidised by the department.

The aim of this field trip is to consolidate the knowledge gained in the early part of the course and to develop team and other relationships through exposing our students to European project management practices and to assess their ability to observe and report on the different approaches to project management in the UK and in a European country.

The field trip normally consists of visits to prominent construction/engineering projects and sites, plus architectural attractions, both en route and at the destination. You are introduced to the development and planning practices at the destination, as well as having the opportunity to visit major complex projects.

Student body

The programme attracts students from diverse backgrounds and locations.

Many of our current students already hold degrees in fields outside the realm of the built environment including law, psychology and geography, and have decided to contribute to the development of the built environment around us by effectively managing projects. They hail from as far afield as Nigeria and India, with backgrounds ranging from languages to architecture.

This diverse group of students bring with them individual responses to the PBL approach that is at the core of our course delivery.

Typically the distance-learning students are employed by a number of different organisations from the private and public sectors in different countries. They have the opportunity to share their experiences in order to gain better understanding of the industry, the range of challenges that project managers face, and therefore the breadth of skills that they need to develop in order to perform successfully.

Our full-time students benefit from contact with the open-learning students engaged in project management roles in a variety of built environment projects across many countries.

Careers

Graduates of the Department of Real Estate and Construction have an outstanding employment record. Local and national construction companies, developers, project managers, house builders, surveyors and housing associations regularly recruit our graduates.

Many of these companies visit the department annually to meet students for graduate positions. Our graduates are recognised as having an excellent level of communication, presentation and problem-solving skills.

All of our open-learning students are employed full-time by prominent companies in the sector.

Full-time students find similar employment shortly after graduation. They typically hold (Assistant) Project Manager positions. However, the breadth of knowledge that our students gain gives them the flexibility to function effectively in a number of different roles.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research highlights

Our teaching is backed by strong research activity. Many of our academic staff are involved in academic research and/or professional/commercial consultancy work.

Areas of interest include:
- sustainability, adaptation and resilience to climate change
- collaborative supply networks for procurement and delivery of project
- building economics
- forecasting techniques
- risk management
- social networks in project environments
- managing complex projects
- management of knowledge and innovation as a source of competitive advantage/li>
- adaptive re-use of existing buildings
- facilities management
- health and safety.

Many members of staff are part of the Oxford Institute of Sustainable Development (OISD). This research and promotional organisation is noted for its work on sustainable technology in buildings and sustainable urban form among many on-going projects.

A recent HEFCE report into sustainable development in higher education in England suggests that the OISD is one of the key players in sustainable development research.

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