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Highly ranked for teaching and research

Study at one of the UK’s top-ranking institutions for teaching and research in the built environment.

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

Extensive links with industry

We have long-established relationships with construction firms and industry professionals all over the world. This means our teaching continually reflects the latest thinking and that we can support our students to find exciting placement opportunities. 

We help you to build up a strong network of industry contacts during your studies and develop strong foundations for a sustainable career.

Flexible degree courses 

The flexibility of our surveying and construction courses allows you to acquire in-depth knowledge across all disciplines before you decide to specialise in your final year.  It also means you can evolve with the needs of the construction-related industries. 

If you choose to study any of our courses, including architectural engineering, you have the option to add a year in industry to your degree.

A sociable, supportive environment

You'll find that our School has a friendly, collegiate atmosphere, thanks to the full-time nature of our courses, our campus-based teaching, and our supportive community of staff, students and alumni. 

You'll have many opportunities to meet new friends in class or at social events organised by Reading University Construction Society. 


Find out more about life in the School

Studying at Reading was the best three years of my life, both socially and academically.​Putting the effort in allowed me to become more connected and meant that the academics were always willing to help.

Josh Smith

BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying graduate

A global outlook

When you study with us you’ll join a globally-connected community. Our students join us from all over the world, and we also have an international alumni network.  

Our staff draw on their wide range of expertise and international experience to feed directly into our degree courses and research activities. Many are engaged in overseas construction projects, or working to influence policy around the globe.

Professional accreditation

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). 

This means you can be assured that your learning is professionally relevant and top quality, and that your qualification will be recognised by industry.

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Sustainability focus 

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. 

In choosing to study and work in the built environment sector, you will join us in tackling the challenges of resource use and climate change, and in making a positive impact on the transition to a more sustainable future.

Succeed in your career

You’ll have the opportunity to graduate with the skills, vision and ambition that employers are looking for.

In the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey, 93% of leavers were in work and/or study 15 months after the end of their course. Of those who reported their main activity to be full-time employment, 98% were in graduate level roles. (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018/19; First Degree responders from Construction Management and Engineering).

Most of our graduates, who wish to start their professional career straight after graduation, secure employment before completing their studies. They find roles in leading firms around the world, including: 

  • Laing O'Rourke
  • Berkeley Group
  • Mace
  • Costain 
  • Malcolm Hollis
  • Cushman & Wakefield
  • Morgan Sindall
  • GVA
  • Skanska
  • Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Turner & Townsend.

Our graduates work in a range of careers, including: 

  • quantity surveyors
  • project managers
  • building surveyors
  • cost managers
  • commercial managers
  • building information modelling (BIM) managers
  • construction managers
  • procurement managers
  • energy engineers
  • building designers
  • facility managers
  • facility engineers.

Meet our experts

Our world-class academics have a range of international expertise and experience in industry and policymaking, bringing this into their teaching and research.

Our research

The University of Reading has been ranked 3rd in the UK for research impact in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning (Times Higher Education Institutions Ranked by Subject, 2014, based on its analysis of REF 2014).

Read Adrian's story

If students dare to dream, they can take their skills anywhere in the world. This profession and this University can potentially take you anywhere.

Adrian Tagg

Associate Professor in Building Surveying

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