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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. 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.


Visit the Demolition Management - MSc page on the University of Wolverhampton website for more details!

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