We are ranked 1st in Scotland and 3rd in the UK for building courses as well as 9th in the UK for town and country planning courses by The Complete University Guide 2020.
Our courses are internationally recognised for the quality of its research and teaching with our graduates working for some of the largest construction and surveying companies in the world.
Construction is likely to be one of the most dynamic industrial sectors in the next fifteen years and is utterly crucial to the evolution of prosperous societies around the world.
In year 2, all students have the opportunity to participate in the Constructionarium course, which provides hands-on construction working alongside professional engineers and tradesmen to construct scaled down versions of bridges, buildings dams and civil engineering projects from all around the world.
In year 3, students have the opportunity to gain work experience via the Culture of External MENToring (CEMENT) course, which links students with professionals in practice to offer work placements, graduate employment opportunities and site visits.
Professional recognition and exemptions
Our degrees are recognised by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES).
There is demand for project managers and surveyors globally, particularly in countries that have large and developing construction industries. Students develop valuable links with industry while working towards our degrees, ensuring that they are well prepared to meet the challenges involved in managing large-scale projects.
Our graduates work for some of the largest construction and surveying firms in the world, including BAM Nuttall, Morrison Construction, Balfour Beatty, Sir Robert McAlpine, Miller Construction, Davis Langdon, Morgan Sindall, Thomas & Adamson, Faithful+Gould and EC Harris as well as with smaller developers and the public sector.
Roles in which graduates are employed vary widely and include quantity surveyor, graduate engineer and site manager. Recent alumni have gone on to work overseas in countries ranging from Norway to the United Arab Emirates.
Teaching and assessment
Learning methods include:
- small group tutorials
- field trips
Assessment is by a combination of coursework and examination.
In the final year, coursework - carried out through projects and research dissertations accounts for 50% of the final assessment.