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What can I do with a Built Environment degree?

If you are interested in creating and transforming places for communities and businesses to thrive, as well as shaping the future, an exciting career in the Built Environment could be for you. Our range of Built Environment degrees offer numerous opportunities to design, deliver and manage environments.

Here are just a few careers paths you could take with a built environment degree. 

Architectural Technology 

Architectural Technologists are the science behind the design of a building or structure, ensuring a building is designed for its use and performance. Once you graduate, you can work as an Architectural Technologist where you'd work closely with architects and other building professionals to create concepts and technical designs to create sustainable and inclusive buildings and environments which are fit for purpose. BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology is accredited by the CIAT and CIOB.  

Building Surveying 

Building Surveyors are the “Doctor” of the Built Environmentdealing with factors which affect the ‘health’ of buildings such as defects, alterations or renovations. Working mostly on site to monitor the performance of structures and correct design flaws, you’ll create strategies to mitigate defects and future problems. You’ll work with local planning bodies and other clients to ensure projects are safe, sustainable and meet preservation standards. You might advise on projects ranging from multi-million-pound structures to simplerepairs and adaptationsBy studying BSc (Hons) Building Surveying with us, you’ll gain professional accreditations with CIOB and RICS.   

Civil Engineering 

As a Civil Engineer you’ll design, build, supervise and maintain an exciting range of construction projects including roads, airports, dams and bridges and water systems. You’ll examine structures and apply maths to problem-solve. Our graduates work for companies such as Balfour Beatty and Cancer Care. 

Construction Management 

Efficient and organised? Construction Managers effectively manage the work-load of building projects, ensuring they are finished in line with the client’s requirements, on budget and on time. You’ll plan budgets and schedules and liaise with subcontractors and building owners to ensure smooth delivery. Working on site, you’ll supervise and direct site managers to ensure that quality, safety and cost standards are met throughout. BSc (Hons) Construction Management is accredited by CIOB and RICS 

Property Development and Planning 

Interested in how towns, cities and urban spaces are designed and developed? As a Property Planner or Developer, youll look at the bigger picture to shape the management of spaces and balance the conflicting demands of providing quality housing, recreational space, transport, industrial development, agriculture and the natural environment. BSc (Hons) Property Development and Planning teaches you how to develop spaces for different groups and create cities where communities can thrive.

Quantity Surveying 

The accountants of the built environment, Quantity Surveyors manage all costs relating to building and civil engineering projects. They seek to minimise costs while also enhancing value for money and longevity in structures. BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying is accredited by CIOB and RICS and has been designed to teach you to manage all costs from initial calculations to final figures. Our graduates have progressed into roles at companies like Gleeds, Interserve and John Murrary & Sons Ltd as Quantity Surveyors and Assistant Commercial Managers.  

Real Estate 

As a real estate professional, you’ll develop an eye for seeing potential in land and property as a financial asset. You’ll deal with the management, purchase, sale or leasing of land and property, as well as valuing and surveying these assets. BSc (Hons) Real Estate is accredited by the RICS and will prepare you to work in this exciting, dynamic industry as a real estate investor, residential or commercial appraiser or even a property manager. Our students have secured jobs with companies like IP Global, Lambert Smith Hampton and CBRE. 

Civil Engineering and Construction Management 

As infrastructure continues to age and construction projects become more complex there is a need for civil engineers and construction managers to develop their project management skills, particularly focusing upon the project planning and management processes. As a civil engineer with construction management skills you will be expected to take overall responsibility for many aspects of construction and the built environment. These will include the planning, management, co-ordination and financial control of a construction or infrastructure project, or the surveying and maintenance of existing buildings. In addition to designing, building, supervising, and examining structures, the course will allow you to work on real-life projects and scenarios. It will develop your problem solving, research, critical thinking, and communication skills through team working projects. Graduates will be able to work in various roles in the built environment: structural engineer, geotechnical engineer, site engineer, construction manager, and project manager.

If you’re looking to learn more about career prospects with a Built Environment degree with us, visit our Built Environment student stories page. Read all about what our graduates went on to do after completing their degrees, placement stories, and more. 

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