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Design, construction and management of the built environment have a vital role in the development of a more sustainable society. The construction industry is resource intensive, so material, financial and human resources must be managed of responsibly and efficiently. Handling the challenges that arise in complex construction and infrastructure projects requires engineers and architects with managerial as well as technical competencies.
Programme descriptionA construction project is a vehicle to bring about change. A built environment professional with responsibility for the construction and maintenance of e.g. roads, houses, airports, schools and hospitals needs to manage various vital resources for this change to happen, such as cost, time, people and materials. At the intersection between technology and management, the overall aim of the programme is to train you to manage projects in a built environment context.

To work as manager in the built environment sector means having knowledge on construction specific elements like technical, environmental, legal, and contractual demands. You will also be trained in skills needed to manage projects involving knowledge on project management methods, financial accounting methods, Building Information Modeling (BIM), logistics, quality management, strategic management, and, real estate and facility management. The strong collaborative characteristics of the construction industry, where projects are carried out in temporary and interdisciplinary project organizations supported by networks of colleagues, also needs training and knowledge related to organizational culture, leadership, communication, team work, decision making, collaborative relations, and knowledge and learning.

As a complement to your engineering degree, this programme offers a possibility to acquire competencies required to perform on a high professional level in the construction and built environment sector.
Educational methodsBy providing you as a student with a broad repertoire of problem-solving methods and by integrating theory and practice, we train you to understand the complexity in the actualisation of a construction project.

The programme offers a mixture of conventional lectures and seminars, supported by online resources and a variety of external sources of information. It benefits from the use of case studies, real life projects and collaboration with industry. Student presentations and group work are important parts. To stimulate an efficient exchange of experiences and knowledge, a main pedagogical idea is to enhance your co-operative and communicative skills.

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