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All of our courses can be undertaken as either a one-year full-time course, or as a flexible modular course. Our courses are delivered on this basis in recognition that you may want to fit your studies around work and other commitments. 

You can learn through intensive teaching weeks taught on campus and supported through our online learning environment.

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How modular study works

Most teaching weeks deal exclusively with all of the teaching for one ten-credit module. For some, you'll complete assessed classwork during the week, and then submit your main assignment work at the end. 

Each 10-credit module runs once for one week each year. Full-time students and modular study students are taught together. 

Our expectation is that you will complete the flexible course within two to five years of study. Due to the modular structure, you will still be able to select your own modules and shape your course to suit your needs and interests.

Tailored course content

All of our MSc courses share a common structure. Each one has important modules at its centre: the integrating modules and the dissertation and research skills modules.  

  • The integrating modules deal with core topics specific to your course. They run across two years of study for students who are studying on a modular course.
  • The dissertation involves a sustained piece of research, culminating in a significant piece of written work. It is supported through supervision and a module in research skills.
     

Outside of these key modules, you'll study a mixture of core and optional one-week modules.

I started researching universities and it was the University of Reading that stood out. The umbrella course for both construction management and quantity surveying gave great flexibility to specialise in one subject in my final year. I wanted to gain experience in both specialisms before I chose.

Dr Dimitris Antoniadis

MSc Project Management graduate

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Our master's courses

Find out about our courses in construction management and engineering, and energy and environmental engineering. 
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How you'll study

Our interdisciplinary approach to teaching is grounded in practice. You'll study in taught sessions and through online learning, and gain insight and experience of industry from site visits, real projects and guest speakers.

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Why study with us?

We're one of the top-ranking institutions in the UK for teaching and research in the built environment. 

(Ranked 3rd for Building in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2021 and 5th in the Complete University Guide, 2021.) 

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