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5 Reasons to Study Construction and Civil Engineering

2nd March 2022

Construction, despite being an ancient industry, in constantly evolving to reflect our ever-progressive society. An exciting sector rich with potential for ambitious achievers, this ever-changing field is challenging preconceived notions and offering more opportunities than ever.

What was traditionally considered a male profession is now more welcoming to female pioneers than ever and actively seeking to encourage women to join the profession. And in August 2021, the Chartered Institute of Building saw a shining example of leading advocacy for women in construction in the form of Sandi Rhys Jones who was appointed the role of Vice President within the organisation.  

Career progression can boost your confidence and set you on the path to achieve your goals. Whatever your industry might be, it will give you a new set of skills that can improve every aspect of your life, and research indicates that overall managers generally have higher levels of satisfaction.

And in the field of civil engineering, taking the next step towards a management position with our MSc course will give you the chance to tackle greater responsibility, as well as a more active role in the planning and distribution of resources.  

At Anglia Ruskin University, we’ve created the ideal Master’s degree for those working in construction and engineering who seek to hone their leadership skills. Our Construction and Civil Engineering Management MSc is designed to allow you the opportunity to progress your career and help shape the world around you.

1. Develop Transferable Skills

The skills you gain when you study Construction and Civil Engineering will aid you in every aspect of your life. This degree is perfect for sharpening your problem-solving skills, as this course will present you with the typical challenges of the industry and enable you to devise solutions.

Plus, when you undertake a degree through distance learning, you’ll develop communication skills in a unique way that differs greatly from traditional university settings. This is due to our innovative online learning management system, which is designed to facilitate remote communication with your peers and tutors, setting you up perfectly for increasingly virtual workplace environments.

2. Progress in a High Demand Industry

Career paths in this industry tend to be well paid, with civil engineers being in high demand. Depending on the branch of Civil Engineering you pursue, career opportunities may include Building Surveyor, Quantity Surveyor, and Structural Engineer.

By furthering your education with a Construction and Civil Engineering Management MSc, you increase your employability in your chosen career path and open up a range of progression opportunities that will allow you to climb higher up the ladder of engineering.

By developing your knowledge of management practices, you’ll be perfectly positioned to lead teams of engineers through projects that play a vital part in the construction of everyday life. You will also gain an understanding of economic, political, and legal frameworks that are essential whether you’re looking to work with another firm, or start your own in the future.

3. The Chance to Change Lives

Construction and civil engineering has been a vital aspect of life since the beginning of human exitance, playing an essential role from the rudimentary shelters of early man to the sprawling metropolises of modern life.

And as sustainability climbs higher in our priority lists, construction and civil engineering is at the forefront of the search for a solution to our climate change worries. The push towards sustainable living means that there is an increased need for highly qualified, innovative managers with an environmental and social conscience who can make the world a better place.

4. Progress to Management Positions

With a qualification such as Construction and Civil Engineering Management, you can progress to a variety of management positions in construction and civil engineering field. This will allow you to play a more active role in the planning of construction projects and introduce you to both practical and theoretical project management methods.

You’ll gain an insight into people management and practices in order to ensure that your team are working to the best of their ability. This will ensure that they are competently applying their creative problem-solving abilities to improve the world around them under your expert guidance.

5. Develop a Specialism

Not only will a Master’s in Construction and Civil Engineering Management allow you to advance your career and seek managerial roles, but you will also have the opportunity to pursue a specialism.

At ARU, our degree programme will help you to develop a deeper understanding of sustainability and environmental protections, supply chain management, and the re-use of buildings. You will then complete a major project in which you will have the chance to conduct in depth research into your area of interest. A Master’s in Civil Engineering also places you in the perfect position for even further study, such as Doctoral level.

Construction and Civil Engineering Management is the perfect programme for those wishing to take their engineering career to the next level. And, when you complete your education at ARU, not only will you be able to register with the Chartered Institute of Building, but you will also have learned your new skillset from specialists with years of industry experience. At ARU, we’re experts in the delivery of distance learning, meaning that you can study on a schedule that is suited to your work and family commitments.

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