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MSt in Construction Engineering

Course Description

The Construction Engineering Master's (CEM) programme is a Master of Studies (MSt) course offered by the Department of Engineering in association with the Cambridge Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge. This is an advanced leadership programme aimed at future leaders of the construction industry. The course focuses on the following themes:

- Finance, planning and procurement
- Design for value, functionality, operation and performance
- Advanced construction management and methods
- Advanced construction technology
- Sector specialisation
- Innovation, research and the future of construction
- Leadership

Sustainability, leadership, innovation, whole life performance and whole systems thinking are interwoven throughout the course. The course is continually evolving in order to stay current and meet the needs of participants.

See the website http://www.ice.cam.ac.uk/mst-construction-engineering

Course detail

The course is a two-year part-time degree targeted at those who have more than three years' professional experience and have already attained a leadership role or been identified as potential leaders in their field.

The course will enhance students' technical knowledge and managerial skills with the expectation that they will return to their respective companies trained as agents of change ready to redefine the way in which the infrastructure of society is created. The part-time format of the course permits students to continue with their professional career while studying.


Students will explore the future of construction, seeking new paradigms and models for delivery, and have their existing assumptions challenged. They are exposed to the latest research in design, management, and construction techiques and processes. The programme encompasses the full spectrum of the construction industry from the high-level financing requirements of mega-projects through to the latest innovations in analysis, design and materials technology.

Contributing lecturers have included the UK's current and former Chief Construction Advisors, the Chair of the UK Government BIM Implementation Group, the Technical Director of HS2, the Head of the UK Office for Nuclear Regulation, CEOs and senior directors of many major client, contractor and consulting organisations, leading journalists and the Director of Construction for the London 2012 Olympics, to name but a few.

Teaching is delivered through a series of seven intensive residential weeks in Cambridge, interspersed through the two years of the course. These weeks involve lectures, workshops, seminars with industry experts, group project work, and individual supervisions.

- Lectures and small-group teaching: 220 hours per year
- Seminars and classes: 70 hours over the two-year course
- Supervision: 11 hours of supervisions and 3.5 hours of meetings with the Director of Studies over the two-year course


- Dissertation: 15,000 words.
- One 5,000-word case study describing a project on which the student has worked (as part of their present or previous employment)
- Two 3,000-word essays on topics agreed between students and their Directors of Studies

Full and active participation in all elements of the course, including residential week assessments on some projects as well as presentations for both thesis and case studies, is compulsory.

Some assignments and the dissertation require literature reviews. Presentations form part of students' assessment during residential weeks.

Students are regularly provided with feedback on their performance via individual face-to-face and written exchanges with supervisors and the Director of Studies.

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying


- Construction Engineering Masters Bursaries -

Candidates who anticipate difficulty in funding their studies are invited to apply for a bursary. A limited number of bursaries of up to 20% of the total combined course and college fees for the entire two-year programme are available to students who receive a conditional offer of a place on the Construction Engineering Masters Programme (CEM) if they are either fully self-funded or partially self-funded. The award of the bursary is made at the discretion of the Course Director and will be prorated according to their sources of funding. Please contact for more information.

Sources of government funding and financial support - including Professional and Career Development Loans: https://www.gov.uk/browse/education/student-finance

Visit the MSt in Construction Engineering page on the University of Cambridge website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants for this course will normally have achieved a UK 2.i honours degree or overseas equivalent. Potential applicants are advised to consider carefully their capacity for balancing personal and professional commitments before submitting an application.

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