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Birmingham City University

The city of Birmingham is the second most populous city in Britain after London and acts as a thriving cultural hub. In addition, the city is home to six universities making it a great place to study. The university itself is spread across the city with eight individual campuses in total. This should not deter and student as you will find the majority, if not all, of your classes will be found on the same campus.

The Faculty of Technology, Engineering and the Environment (TEE) is located at the City Centre Campus. TEE was formed in early 2009 by consolidating three of our existing centres, the Technology Innovation Centre; the Department of Computing; and The Birmingham School of the Built Environment.

Today, the Faculty comprises four schools that, together, are able to respond dynamically to the multiple modern technological challenges posed by fast-paced industries.

Their shared vision is to create a powerful centre of technological excellence and innovation, to educate to the highest quality in technologies and engineering and equip students with the technical skills to contribute to the workplace as well as to the wider industry. Our close links to industry allow students to become involved in the latest research or make a real contribution to business.

We also offer international links that allow us to explore further the emerging technologies, which are crucial for knowledge-sharing. They also offer opportunities for overseas exchange.

Courses

BSc (Hons) Construction Management

This course is designed to offer a development of the students’ knowledge of the technology of building and the management of the process as well as an understanding of the economic aspects of a project and the legal framework within which the industry operates. The course has a vocational and practical emphasis which has been designed to develop a students’ professionalism and employability.  It has been developed to focus on the technical, professional and managerial aspects of construction projects. The course will develop the student’s ability to meet objectives with relation to cost, quality and delivery concerning projects in the construction industry.

The course requires students to have 280 UCAS points, minimum of two 6-unit or one 12-unit A Level (GCE or VCE) including a minimum of four GCSEs including English and Mathematics grade C.

BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying

This course attracts students who are interested in buildings, finance, sustainability and technology. This interest is then developed and harnessed by the lecturers and staff so that students learn all of the necessary skills to become a quantity surveyor. A quantity surveyor, in essence, manages all of the costs involved in construction projects with the aim to minimise them and provide solutions to create value for money so that the projects can be delivered to the required quality and on time.

The course requires students to have 280 UCAS points, minimum of two 6-unit or one 12-unit A Level (GCE or VCE) including a minimum of four GCSEs including English and Mathematics grade C.

BSc (Hons) Building Surveying

As a building surveyor you will be able to provide professional advice on all aspects of property and construction, from large to small developments. This work can range from giving advice on conservation to dealing with new developments. Students will learn about how to appreciate and identify technical problems within a complex legal, social and economic environment and how to provide effective and appropriate solutions to a wide range of property problems.

The course requires students to have 280 UCAS points, minimum of two 6-unit or one 12-unit A Level (GCE or VCE) including a minimum of four GCSEs including English and Mathematics grade C.

BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology

This course offers the students an understanding of architectural design theories but is also complemented by an examination of the concepts surrounding construction technology, sustainability, material science, services and structures. Furthermore, the course is accompanied by the study of refurbishment and surveying, project management, contracts, and professional practice.

The course requires students to have 280 UCAS points, minimum of two 6-unit or one 12-unit A Level (GCE or VCE) including a minimum of four GCSEs including English and Mathematics grade C.

Facilities

Through a vast choice of accredited courses supported by more than 300 staff, plus vigorous research activities, TEE has gained a reputation as the West Midlands’ chief hub of knowledge, technology and skills-transfer into industry.

Our schools have been recognised as leaders of education in national surveys and education league tables:

  • Planning has the best overall student satisfaction rate in the country, scoring 96 per cent in the 2009 National Student Survey.
  • General Engineering is ranked in the top 20 and Mechanical Engineering is ranked in the top 30 in the UK, according to the 2010 Guardian League Table.
  • Building and Town and Country Planning are ranked in the top 30 in the country in the Independent Complete University Guide 2010.
  • We are ranked 10th in the UK for Land and Property Management provision according to the Independent Complete University Guide 2011. Town Planning is ranked 25th, and Building is 29th.

The department offers the latest CAD software, surveying equipment and a computer-generated Virtual Building Site allows students to hone the professional skills any construction employer would value.

Accreditation

These courses are accredited by either the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), or the Royal Chartered Institute of Surveyors (RICS) or both. The course in Architectural Technology is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) and the CIOB.

Student profile

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