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MSc Construction in Emerging Economies – University of Reading

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MSc Construction in Emerging Economies

Course overview

Full-time: 12 months

Flexible: 24 – 63 months

Start date: September and January for part-time, September for full-time

This course combines specialist expertise in construction technology and management with a strong focus on the role of the construction sector in the sustainable development of emerging economies. This includes the consideration of humanitarian issues in the construction sector in emerging economies and majority world contexts. The course provides the knowledge and analytical skills relating to intermediate construction technologies, migrant workers, urban design and infrastructure, sustainable development and international construction labour in emerging markets. The distinctive focus is on countries undergoing rapid urbanisation, placing construction related knowledge within the economic, social and developmental contexts of emerging economies.

Modules include:

  • Intermediate Construction Technologies
  • International Construction Labour Markets
  • Urban Sustainable Development in Emerging Economies
  • Construction Sector Transition Pathways
  • Sustainable Design, Construction and Operation.

Why choose Reading?

  • Join us in our programme of discovery and creative thinking, designed to question and challenge conventional wisdom about the built environment. Our aim is the co-creation of new knowledge and understanding about complex and challenging problems.
  • The School of Construction Management and Engineering is one of the world's leading university departments dealing with the built environment. The School is truly multidisciplinary in nature and our staff have extensive experience as advisors, consultants and visiting lecturers to commercial organisations, governments and universities globally. We also attract students from all over the world.
  • Our MSc courses are focused on ensuring an excellent student experience, dealing with new ideas, tools and techniques, and exposure to the latest research.
  • We supplement this excellent teaching with twenty-first century technologies.
  • Excellent facilities include a dedicated computer lounge for use by our students equipped with the latest digital technology and software, including building information modelling (BIM), 3D laser scanning, building energy simulations and urban microclimate simulations. The School also possesses laboratory space and experimental equipment to support student research projects.

Career Prospects

Depending on the course, graduates may follow careers in a wide range of disciplines in the built environment and energy sectors - for example, cost management, quantity surveying, architectural and engineering design, project management, construction management, general business management, environmental engineering, facilities management, building energy operation, green building assessment, BIM and CAD management, design management, energy management and energy policy. Employers range from public sector clients, private sector clients, engineering design consultancies, architectural firms, contractors in the building, civil engineering or oil and gas sectors, the energy industry, government and international agencies, the humanitarian sector and in research organisations.

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Entry Requirements

You are normally required to have a good undergraduate Honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and a number of years' relevant work experience then you also be eligible to apply

Applicants are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree or equivalent, preferably with some relevant industrial or economic development experience.

Contact Us

For enquiries about course content, structure & syllabus, please contact:

Director of Postgraduate Taught Studies

Professor Will Hughes

For enquiries about admissions requirements, please contact:


Fees & costs

Course feesMore information about course fees

The fee you pay is dependent on the course you are taking, whether you take the course full-time or part-time, and whether or not you are coming from outside the EU.

Living costsMore information about living costs

At least £180 per week, but varies depending on lifestyle.

Alumni discount

If you’re a Reading graduate, you can receive up to £1,000 off course fees through our alumni fee discount – find out more here


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