Top 20 construction universities in the UK

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At LetsBuild, we love construction and have high hopes for the new generation of people coming into our industry. Young people with a new view on things. For those people, who’s interested in getting into the construction industry, or want to improve their skills, we’ve decided to research some of the better construction universities out there, where you can start or improve your career in construction.

Read here: How to prepare construction graduates for the construction site

We have picked the top 20 universities in the UK that offers courses related to construction. If you’re in doubt about what university to pick, want to start a new career, or if you’re a construction company looking for new bright minds, then please take a closer look!
The picked construction universities, were based on their WUSCA score of 2017. A score that reflects the satisfaction of the students. It’s the most comprehensive student voice in the country. The universities with the best score is placed first.
Check the list below!

1. Loughborough University

In 2017, Loughborough University ranks 2nd in the WUSCA score for the university of the year. Moreover, it has been awarded with gold in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework.
Here the school of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering has a world leading reputation for its research and strong collaboration with industry.
The university is one of four Royal Academy of Engineering Centres of Excellence in Sustainable Building design, and its construction management course is the longest established in the UK of its kinds.

2: Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield Hallam University offers a number of activities, taster sessions and resources designed to give prospective students of all ages a realistic insight into what it’s like to study here.
There is also support for students from a diverse range of backgrounds to ensure higher education is accessible to people with different life experiences and perspectives.

3: Nottingham Trent University

Logo of NTU

NTU is one of the most sustainable universities in the world and it has been awarded Green Flags for their Brackenhurst and Clifton Campuses.
There are approximately 27,000 students (HESA 2014/2015) and £350 million has been invested since 2003 across its three campuses to create an inspiring learning environment.

4: University of South Wales

A university of first choice for students who want a caring, aspirational environment where they can equip themselves for the career they choose.
Its significant investment in world class facilities is building on its reputation for student-focused real world learning, in an increasingly competitive sector.

5: University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Logo of Wales Trinity Saint David

The university has over 25,000 students across 17 campuses. The main campuses are in Carmarthen, Lampeter and Swansea. Lampeter is historically known for its reputation as the best university in Wales for research.
The Royal Charter of the university is the oldest in Wales and England after the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. And in 2011, the Prince of Wales became its Royal Patron.

6: University of Greenwich

Logo of University of Greenwich

The University of Greenwich is made up of 3 campuses – Greenwich Campus, Avery Hill Campus and Medway Campus, which is all in easy reach of the centre of London.
So far, the university has won several prizes for its education level. That includes four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education.

7: University of Suffolk

Unversity of Suffolk opened its doors in 2007 and earned its university title in 2016, making it one of the newest universities in the UK.
Today it holds over 5,000 students – 70% based at the main campus in Ipswich. In 2017 in was ranked as the 47th best university in the UK.
It put efforts on absorbing university traditions and aligning them with 21st Century,  using innovation and creativity.

8: Coventry University

It is a forward-looking, modern university with a proud tradition as a provider of high quality education and a focus on applied research.
It has been chosen to host three national Centres of Excellence in Teaching and Learning which has it them to invest substantial sums of money in health, design and mathematics.

9: Robert Gordon University

Robert Gordon University is a dynamic, modern place to study with an international reputation for providing high quality education from undergraduate through to PhD level.
The university has been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), placing it in the top 20% of the best universities in the UK for the quality of its undergraduate teaching and learning.
Consistently ranked among the UK’s top universities for graduate employment.

10: University of Reading

Another university that enjoys a world-class reputation for teaching, research and enterprise.
It offers a construction management course, which is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building and by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. It is surely a programme that prepares you for a successful career in construction management.

11: Aston University

Gold-awarded university for its teaching, which will help you excel in your chosen field.
Its Construction Project Management course has the aim of combining management, economics, finance and decision making skills, which is important skills to have a as construction project manager.

12: Heriot-Watt University

A leading UK university for business and industry and which has an established reputation for world-class teaching and pioneering research.
Here you can study Construction Project Management where you’ll get the knowledge, leadership and managerial skills, required for delivering effective construction projects..

13: Anglia Ruskin University

Anglia Ruskin University origins back to the Cambridge School of Art, which was founded by William John Beamont in 1858. In 1992 it became a university.
It has campuses in Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough, as well as partnerships with universities around the world including Berlin, Budapest, Trinidad, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
In its Construction Management course you’ll get hands on experience with running a simulated building company.

14: Glyndwr University

Glyndwr University started in 2008 so they are still on of the youngest universities in the UK. It is a vibrant, friendly place where each student`s learning and future is given personal attention.
It is an ambitious and forward thinking institution that challenges convention and which believes passionately in the concept of “One University” – A community working together to achieve common student-centered objectives within a clear strategy.

15: Teesside University

Teesside University is located in Middlesborough in North East England. It’s a modern university with wide range of courses.
During the last few years, the university has invested more than £270 in improving its campus and facilities. Among it, is a award-winning Student’s union.
Among its courses is the Advanced Home Construction degree, which is designed close to the TV architect George Clarke’s building concepts and advanced home construction principles.

16: Edinburgh Napier University

The Edinburgh Napier University is ranked in the top 5% of universities in the world according to Times Higher Education World University Ranking.
Besides that, it has received different prices for teaching, research and adding value to students.
In its Construction and Project Management course, you will learn theories behind building technology, construction and management.

17: Plymouth University

The University of Plymouth is renowned for high quality, internationally leading education, research and innovation. It make a positive difference to people’s lives.
With a truly global outlook, it is an inclusive and inspiring university community. The students are its partners on its journey of discovery.

18: UCL (University College London)

UCL is known for producing some of the most employable graduates. Besides that, it was the first university in England that admitted women on equal terms with men, and admitting students, irrespective of class, race or religion.
Its Project Management for Construction will help providing you with the necessary tools to manage the changing construction industry.

19: Oxford Brookes University

The Oxford Brookes University has roots going back to the Oxford School of Art, founded in 1865. It later became a university – in 1992.
Its three primary campus sites are based in and around Oxford.
The Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management course provides an education in quantity surveying and commercial management, and it is based around four themes; technology, management, project-based learning and practical experience.

20: UWE Bristol

UWE Bristol is a university with a mission of making a difference to its cities and regions. That is through high quality teaching and research with real world impact.
There’s more than 600 courses to choose from. Among them, Construction Project Management.

The Top UK Construction Universities On The Map

In our effort to offer you a better overview of the whole topic, we also put together an interactive map containing the location of these 20 universities. All you have to do is click on the picture below and you will automatically be transferred there.
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There you have it, the list of the best construction universities in UK at the moment. Please let us know if you have had good experiences with any of these universities or if there is another one you think should be included.

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