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Welcoming students from Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture

The School of the Built Environment at the University of Reading comprises of the School of Construction Management and Engineering and the School of Architecture. It is internationally renowned for its research and education relating to the design, construction and operation of the buildings and places within which we live, work and play.

The University of Reading is ranked 6th in the UK for ‘Building’ in The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 and 5th in the Complete University Guide 2022.

By choosing to study with us, you’ll join an interdisciplinary centre of excellence united in making the built environment work better for society, addressing issues such as quality of life, sustainability of communities, wealth generation, and long-term resilience.

Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture (BUCEA) is the only architectural university of its kind in Beijing, making it an ideal partner for our School of the Built Environment. Working together allows us to offer exciting opportunities for you to study in both Beijing and the UK.

Double master's degree

Together, BUCEA and the University of Reading offer an exciting double master’s degree, allowing you to gain two master’s degrees in two years. Students from BUCEA are entitled to a 10% tuition fee discount.

On this double master’s you will spend the first year at BUCEA studying Management Science and Engineering Master’s. Students can transfer to Reading to study one of the following master’s courses:

  • MSc Construction Cost Management
  • MSc Construction Management
  • MSc Digital Design and Construction
  • MSc Construction Management and International Development
  • MSc Project Management.

Entry requirements

To progress onto the second year of master’s study at the University of Reading, you must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Successful completion of one year on BUCEA Management Science and Engineering master’s programme
  • English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 with no element below 5.5.

Learn more about our entry requirements

Why study with us

The University of Reading is ranked 6th in the UK for ‘Building’ in The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 and 5th in the Complete University Guide 2022.

In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 83% of the University of Reading's research in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning is rated world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*).

Our talented and internationally diverse team in the School of the Built Environment are actively involved in research, contributing directly to your teaching.

You will be part of a supportive and collaborative international community of students, staff, and alumni and have regular opportunities to engage with cutting-edge research.

Our research activities within the School are grouped into three areas:

  • ·organisations, people and technology
  • energy and environmental engineering
  • urban living.

These groups bring colleagues across the School together to participate in a number of activities. 

The international student experience

We’ll help you to thrive in our lively academic environment developed from cross-cultural collaboration.

Both our student and staff communities are made up of people from across the world. At Reading, we have students from around 180 countries studying with us.

Our team of advisers are available to offer support on issues such as money matters, visa queries, accommodation and even help with defining words which might be unfamiliar to you. You can also benefit from the Reading University International Mentoring Scheme, matching you with a current student mentor at the University.

Read more about our support for international students

Campus life

The School of Construction Management and Engineering is located within our beautiful, award-winning Whiteknights campus – a vibrant community with a wide range of facilities to help you study, have fun and relax. 

We have a newly refurbished library on campus in addition to a variety of venues to shop, eat, drink and socialise. 

Our award-winning Students' Union runs over 150 clubs, societies and volunteering activities. You’ll also have access to the extensive sports facilities on offer, including SportsPark. 

The University is within walking distance of the town centre and there are also regular buses from campus. Accessing London is simple, with trains from Reading town centre taking around 30 minutes. 

We offer a wide range of accommodation options to choose from, both on and around the Whiteknights campus. 

Learn more about student life

Watch a campus tour