Full Time: 12 months | Flexible learning: 18-63 months
Start date: September 2020
Explore how building and infrastructure projects can be sustainably delivered in developing and emerging economies with our MSc Construction Management and International Development programme.
This interdisciplinary master’s course underscores the complexity of sustainable development, and focuses on development in countries undergoing rapid urbanisation.
Working with academics from our School of Construction Management and Engineering, you will learn how to manage construction programmes for sustainable development. You will also learn how to apply sustainable development principles in an integrated and holistic way across scales – from buildings, to neighbourhoods, to cities.
By understanding the frameworks that underpin the processes of design, construction, and implementation, you will be able to apply these processes in areas of rapid urbanisation – areas where there is an urgent need for infrastructure development projects to be responsive, inclusive, and sustainable.
During your studies, you will also consider the current state of the sector. For example, you will examine the capacity and capability of the construction industry – and individual companies – to manage and deliver international development programmes. As you study the changing nature and practice in the management, policy and environment of the construction sector – and specifically international development – you will develop an understanding of the challenges and opportunities currently facing the field.
A key component of this programme is engaging with the humanitarian issues associated with construction-sector activity, and you will examine:
international construction labour markets
the role of migrant workers
the challenges of geographical and societal inequality, cultural dislocation and labour exploitation.
You will also learn how to effect successful construction sector reform through government policy, construction companies and their supply chains, and niche technologies.
Aimed at early- to mid-career professionals, this course is suitable for:
individuals who work in the international non-governmental sector in areas such as rebuilding
individuals who have a background in construction and work in an international context
individuals who work in central, local or regional government agencies in developing and emerging economies, and who are involved in construction related to development programmes
current undergraduate students with an interest in the role of construction, infrastructure and building programmes in developing and emerging economies.
At Reading, you will benefit from our renowned teaching and research. We are a respected, leading and innovative community at the very forefront of our discipline. Our academics are active researchers who incorporate their research – and its impact on industry – into their teaching, providing you with access to cutting-edge thinking.
Flexible study options for MSc Construction Management and International Development students
You can attend this course on a full-time basis over one year, or on a flexible, modular basis over several years.
The modular structure of the course allows you to select subjects that meet your own needs and interests while developing a core set of knowledge and skills.
In addition to guiding theoretical principles, there is also a strong focus on the development of critical-thinking and practical skills.
IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent).
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 you are welcome to apply.
Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see ourmodules disclaimerfor more information.
Your dissertation is a major individual research project. You will receive guidance on choosing a research topic, research techniques and the style and presentation of the finished document. Classes in research skills are provided in relation to the dissertation module.
You will have your own carefully selected dissertation tutor whose role is to help you plan and successfully execute this key part of the programme.
We offer a one-year, full-time modular course. It is taught with ten, one-week attendance periods at the University. The full-time programme starts in September each year.
We also offer a two-year modular course. It is taught with ten, one-week attendance periods at the University. Entry to the flexible course is available in September or January each year; please note that the January start is an early start and requires that your studies be spread over three years instead of two.
How much will it cost?
New UK/EU students: £8,840 per year
New international students: £19,715 per year
Fee per module
Flexible modular courses (price per 10-credit module):
Home/EU students: £492
International students: £1,096
The fees listed are for full-time study, unless otherwise stated, and relate to courses starting in September 2020. Fee information will be confirmed in offer letters sent out to successful applicants.
These course fees cover the cost of your tuition. Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.
Financial support for your studies
You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK and other EU countries may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs.