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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.

2+2 partnership

The 2+2 partnership sees students spend the first two years at BUCEA and, subject to satisfactory completion, students then transfer to Reading on to Part 2 of BSc Construction Management or BSc Quantity Surveying. Students are awarded a degree from the University of Reading and a degree from BUCEA upon successful completion of the programme. Students from BUCEA are entitled to a 10% tuition fee discount.


Entry requirements


Successful completion of the first two years at BUCEA with an equivalent of 2:2 or above in the second year.

English language requirement: IELTS 6.5 with no component less than 5.5 in each band.

Learn more about our entry requirements


1+2+1 partnership


The 1+2+1 partnership sees students spend their first year at BUCEA and, subject to satisfactory completion, students then transfer to Reading on to Part 2 of BSc Construction Management or BSc Quantity Surveying. Following completion of Parts 2 and 3 at Reading, students will transfer back to BUCEA on to Year 4 of BSc Construction Management or BSc Cost Engineering.


Entry requirements


Successful completion of first year at BUCEA with an equivalent of 2:2 or above.

English language requirement: IELTS 6.5 with no component less than 5.5 in each band.

Learn more about our entry requirements

Why study with us

  • Our surveying and construction degrees are accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). Our BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying is also accredited by the Board of Quantity Surveyors Malaysia (BQSM)
  • We have long-established relationships with construction firms and industry professionals all over the world
  • We offer excellent facilities and innovative technologies that reflect our academic reputation, quality and ambition
  • Sustainability themes are embedded throughout our courses, from the materials and energy used in construction, to the design and engineering that influences how we operate within the built environment.

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