Construction Management and Engineering

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Become an expert in managing large construction projects, combining both management and digital skills.

What does it take to make buildings more sustainable? How can you deal with many different and sometimes opposing stakeholders within a large construction project – from suppliers to governments to citizens? And how can you monitor the performance of bridge structures in a smart and efficient way to carry out maintenance in time, diminishing costs and risks of failure? Managing large construction projects can be a complex task, especially now that digitalisation is revolutionising the construction industry drastically. There is a great need for managers who can deal with this growing complexity, by combining management and digital skills. The specialisation in Construction Management & Engineering (CME) centres on the management of large projects within the construction industry, focusing on both the engineering and organisational aspects of construction processes.

As a student of this specialisation, you can choose between two different profiles:

What is Construction Management & Engineering?

The 21st-century construction industry is changing fast and growing more and more complex – facing many challenges at once. Think of complicated supply chains and resource shortages, advances in technologies, ageing infrastructure as well as the need for sustainable, futureproof buildings and infrastructure. In this specialisation, you will learn how to deal with this complexity and oversee all processes involved in large construction projects, from the design and construction phase to the maintenance phase to eventually the demolition phase. You will be able to visualise, simulate, and enhance construction processes, using state-of-the-art models and technologies.

Examples of courses you might follow during this specialisation:
  • How can you mobilise change in the construction industry? The course Construction Industry Dynamics helps you to understand mechanisms (e.g. market regulation, competition, industry structure) and the likelihood of innovation and business development within the construction industry.
  • The course Digital Technologies for Civil Engineering will give you a broad overview of digital technologies in the construction industry and the ways in which they can improve conventional practices. You will integrate them into a roadmap for the future of the construction industry.
  • How can you incorporate sustainability in the entire lifecycle of civil engineering infrastructures, from planning, construction, maintenance, removal and renewal? The course Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure will teach you how.

The scope of this specialisation is very wide, encompassing the breadth of the field of construction management and engineering. From decision-making and financial management to procurement strategies and tendering and from materials selection to maintenance planning, you will gain all insights you need to be able to manage large construction projects. As a student, you will come across topics such as project and process management, circularity and sustainability, supply chain and digitisation, asset and value management, procurement, and Building Information Modelling (BIM).

Did you know that you can also follow this specialisation as a separate master’s?

If you choose to follow the 4TU Master’s in Construction Management & Engineering, you will not only be registered as a student at the University of Twente but also at Delft University of Technology and Eindhoven University of Technology, enabling you to follow courses at all three universities. Completing this programme will earn you a master’s degree in Construction Management & Engineering, instead of a degree in Civil Engineering & Management. Find out more on the website of the Master’s in Construction Management & Engineering.

What will you learn?

As a graduate of this Master's and this specialisation, you have acquired specific, scientific knowledge, skills and values, which you can put to good use in your future job.

  • Knowledge

    After completing this Master’s specialisation, you:

    • have a strong combination of both management and technical knowledge, and you can apply this knowledge in technical process management and innovation regarding construction and engineering processes;
    • have solid knowledge in core areas within the field of construction management and engineering, including project and process management, legal and governance aspects, markets and organisations and innovations and integral design;
    • understand civil engineering processes and objects by developing models to qualitatively describe/schematise them and are able to quantify this description in terms of mathematical relationships.
  • Skills

    After successfully finishing this Master’s specialisation, you:

    • can contribute to the functional design of complex constructions and/or design management processes in the field of construction engineering;
    • can manage complex assignments effectively in the context of a multidisciplinary environment, and are able to act in different roles and take up responsibility as a member and/or project leader;
    • are able to invent your own tools, theories and techniques for construction management and engineering if these are not readily available.
  • Values

    After completing this Master’s specialisation, you:

    • are able to form an opinion or judgement and contribute to discussions about complex matters related to construction management and engineering;
    • know that compromises are unavoidable and you are able to effectively deal with these;
    • are aware that certain decisions can have disadvantages for society, and you can communicate these to the relevant stakeholders.

Other master’s and specialisations

Is this specialisation not exactly what you’re looking for? Maybe one of the other specialisations suits you better. Or find out more about these other master's:

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