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The Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management

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When the twin disciplines of construction management and construction economics came into being, this school was there. In fact, it was here that a lot of it happened.

The Barbican Estate under construction

In the 1960s, as The Bartlett forged a reputation for progressive teaching and research, Duccio Turin founded the Building Economics Research Unit at UCL, dedicated to studying the economic aspects of construction. John Andrews led research into the management of the construction process and Patricia Hillebrandt developed the field of construction economics.

The two disciplines came together in our groundbreaking original degree programmes, in 1974, which runs today as the MSc Construction Economics and Management led by Dr Natalya Sergeeva, and has been fundamental in establishing the global study of construction.

The Bartlett's undergraduate degree in building, also developed in the early 1970s, reflected the faculty's interest in the managerial dimensions of construction, and was renamed BSc Project Management for Construction in 2003.

In 2002, these programmes were brought together as The Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management, headed by Professor Peter Morris, a leading international figure in the management of projects.

The School’s founding consolidated our expertise in the field and led to the creation of new degree programmes that took the discipline of project management beyond the confines of the built environment.

Under the direction of Professor Stephen Pryke, MSc Project and Enterprise Management was designed to consider the relationship between organising an enterprise and managing projects. 

MSc Strategic Management of Projects (originally known as the MSc in Interdisciplinary Management of Projects under the direction of Professor Andrew Edkins), now led by Dr Efrosyni Konstantinou, tackles the key strategic issues in project management across a wide range of industry sectors.

In 2013, the School’s MSc in Infrastructure Investment and Finance, led by Dr Aris Pantelias, was created to address the future challenges in construction economics and global, national and sector level investment in infrastructure.

Since its creation, the School has more than tripled in size and now has over 80 members of academic, honorary and visiting and professional services staff, and over 30 PhD students.

In 2016, our undergraduate programme achieved a 97% satisfaction score in the National Student Survey (UCL login required). In the latest national research assessment (REF 2014), 46% of The Bartlett’s research was rated ‘world-leading’ (4*).