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MSc Construction Design Management

Please note: The below is for 2025 entries. Click here for 2024 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
Entry year 2024
Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Engineering

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+44 (0) 1392 724061

Programme Director:
Prof. Slobodan Djordjevic

Typical offer

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A good degree (2:2) in a relevant subject, such as the built environment, relevant engineering or science disciplines.

Contextual offers


  • Designed for engineering graduates who are keen to embrace digital technology to assist them in their future civil engineering management careers
  • Gain the skills and confidence to use and understand the array of digital tools available to the civil engineering industry such as satellite, LIDAR, drones, computer analysis and digital design (including BIM)
  • Develop your understanding of sustainable design, climate change and renewable energy
  • Learn from academics who are experts in their fields whose teaching is inspired by the latest research
  • Advance your career with an optional placement year where you can gain real-world experience and put your skills and knowledge into practice

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Programme Director: Charlie Statham

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Phone: +44 (0)1392 72 72 72

MSc Construction Design Management at the University of Exeter.

Top 10 in the UK for Engineering

7th for General Engineering in The Complete University Guide 2024

Specialist facilities include microscopy suite, aerodynamics and fluids laboratories, additive manufacturing workshop and vibration testing rigs

Combine your Masters in Construction Design Management with a year in industry

£6.5million investment in our teaching labs, workshop spaces and equipment

Entry requirements

All applicants are considered individually on merit although we usually require a 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject, such the built environment, relevant engineering or science disciplines.

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile B3. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.

Course content

You will focus on Civil and Construction Engineering and gain practical experience of the current industry digital technologies such as Building Information Modelling (BIM), Drone Survey and Finite Element Analysis. You will be encouraged to consider how digital survey, analysis and management techniques can be used to assist companies in delivering large projects in a more efficient manner.

Compulsory modules give you a thorough grounding in subjects such as finance for engineers; sustainable engineering; digital design, analysis, mapping and survey as well as management science.

Your dissertation will give you the chance to demonstrate your knowledge, to exercise your initiative and personal responsibility, and to use the research techniques and skills you have developed throughout your degree.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Compulsory modules

ENGM035Finance for Engineers15
ECMM163Sustainable Engineering15
ENGM036Digital Mapping and Survey15
ENGM037Digital Design15
ENGM038Digital Analysis30
ECMM164MSc Dissertation60
ENGM039Modelling, Simulation and Machine Learning for Operations Management15
ENGM040Research Ethics and Methodology15
  • Combine your masters in Construction Design Management with work experience in the UK, putting your learning into practice whilst studying
  • Studying over two years, you’ll have the opportunity to gain valuable professional experience by completing a 9-12 month work placement in a role relevant to your degree
  • Become a sought-after professional with strong industry experience

Year 1

Year 2


2024/25 entry

UK fees per year: 

£13,700 full-time

With Industrial placement (second year) £2,740 full-time

International fees per year: 

£29,100 full-time

With Industrial placement (second year) £5,820 full-time

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.


We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students. This includes over £5 million in scholarships for international students, such as our Global Excellence Scholarships*.

For more information on scholarships, please visit our scholarships and bursaries page.

*Selected programmes only. Please see the Terms and Conditions for each scheme for further details.

Teaching and research

Teaching and assessment

The programme is delivered through a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, industrial presentations, case studies, industry visits, computer simulations, project work and a dissertation.

You will develop transferable skills such as management and communication skills, computational techniques, data handling and analysis, problem solving, decision making and research methodology. Many of these will be addressed within an industrial and commercial context.

Personal Tutor

You will be allocated a Personal Tutor who is available for advice and support throughout your studies, along with support and mentoring from graduates who are now in industry. There is also a Postgraduate Tutor available to help with further guidance and advice.

A research and practice-led culture

We believe every student benefits from being taught by experts active in research and practice. You will discuss the very latest ideas, research discoveries and new technologies in seminars and in the field. Plus, you’ll become actively involved in a research project yourself.

All our academic staff are active in internationally-recognised scientific research across a wide range of topics. You will also be taught by leading industry practitioners.

Maths support

Throughout your studies you will have access to support materials designed to refresh your knowledge of engineering mathematics. Mathematics for Engineers is a non-credit bearing online resource that covers the mathematics needed to undertake an MSc. It is an invaluable revision tool for those wishing to refresh their knowledge of common mathematical topics.

Sample mathematics test

Unsure whether your maths is good enough for an MSc? Take the short test below to find out. This has been developed in conjunction with the Mathematics for Engineers module and covers many of the topics listed above.

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The broad-based skills that you will gain in digital survey, analysis and management techniques will give you an excellent grounding for careers in large national or international civil engineering companies.

Understanding the financial and technological aspects of construction, will allow you to work for construction companies and project management consultancies who are keen to become more efficient, and effective in making use of the information available to them.

You could work on a huge variety of built environment projects, from skyscrapers and dams, to sea defences and wind farms.

Dedicated careers support

You will receive support from our dedicated Career Zone team, who provide excellent career guidance at all stages of career planning. The Career Zone provides one-on-one support and is home to a wealth of business and industry contacts. Additionally, they host useful training events, workshops and lectures which are designed to further support you in developing your enterprise acumen. Please visit the Career Zone for additional information on their services.