Construction Engineering, Innovation and Leadership MEng

London, Bloomsbury

A comprehensive four-year MEng course integrating construction management, innovation, engineering design and leadership skills.

UK students International students
Study mode
4 academic years
UK tuition fees (2024/25)
Fees to be confirmed
Overseas tuition fees (2024/25)
Fees to be confirmed
Programme starts
September 2025
Application deadline
31 Jan 2024
UCAS course code

Entry requirements

No specific subject. Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, Statistics, Science, ICT, Design and Technology preferred.
English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6, plus Chemistry or Physics (Double award acceptable) required at grade B or 6.

Contextual offer information

Contextual offers are typically one to two grades lower than the standard offer. Grade and subject requirements for contextual offers for this programme will be published in Summer 2024.

A total of 18 points in three higher level subjects, with no higher level score below 5. Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, Statistics, Science, ICT, Design and Technology preferred.

Contextual offer

Contextual offers are typically one to two grade boundaries (equivalent to A levels) lower than the standard offer. IB Diploma grade and subject requirements for contextual offers for this programme will be published in Summer 2024.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

D3,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, Statistics, Science, ICT, Design and Technology preferred.

A,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher). Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, Statistics, Science, ICT, Design and Technology preferred.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A levels at grades AAA. Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, Statistics, Science, ICT, Design and Technology preferred.

International applications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

Access and widening participation

UCL is committed to widening access to higher education. If you are eligible for Access UCL you do not need to do anything in addition to the standard UCAS application. Your application will be automatically flagged when we receive it.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPC) prepare international students for a UCL undergraduate degree who don’t have the qualifications to enter directly. These intensive one-year foundation courses are taught on our central London campus.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see:

English language requirements

The English language level for this programme is: Level 2

Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Course overview

This course is a four-year integrated Master’s degree that brings together a unique blend of construction engineering, innovation and engineering skills. This interdisciplinary program aims to cultivate future leaders in engineering and construction, equipped with a deep understanding of design principles, underlying knowledge and the process of translating designs into operational projects.

The curriculum revolves around six core strands, with a strong emphasis on low carbon development:

•    Engineering Skills
•    Whole Life Design
•    Project and Construction Management
•    Sustainability
•    Leadership
•    Digital Technologies

The program offers dedicated modules for each strand, supplemented by real-world activities like industry-organised site visits. These hands-on experiences provide valuable insights into industry practices, challenges and innovations.
Students will become a new generation of engineering and construction leaders, ready to tackle the complexities of tomorrow's built environment.

What this course will give you

The new Construction Engineering, Innovation and Leadership MEng course is designed to develop future leaders for the construction industry. The course provides solid foundation in civil engineering, understanding of innovation opportunities, skills to become innovation champions to accelerate growth in the sector and equips students with leadership skills necessary for leadership roles.

The Bartlett, UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment is ranked #1 for Construction, Surveying and Planning in the UK (the Guardian University Guide 2024) and #1 for Architecture and the Built Environment in the world (QS World University Subject Rankings 2024).

Throughout their course, students will delve into the fundamental principles of engineering, including mathematics, fluid mechanics, structural mechanics, materials science and more. They will gain expertise in structural analysis and design, engineering geology, soil mechanics, surveying, hydrology, among other core topics.

Concepts of whole life design will be explored to assess projects from a holistic perspective. This involves understanding asset management strategies, resilience and future-proofing techniques, along with foresighting methods to adapt to evolving needs.

The curriculum will also equip students with essential project and construction management skills. These will include project management principles, construction management practices, contracts, procurement, commercial management, health and safety regulations and legal frameworks necessary for successful project execution.

Sustainability will be a central theme running throughout the course, covering topics such as sustainable construction materials, environmental modelling, circularity, resource efficiency, and net-zero policies. Students will explore environmental assessment techniques, building physics, building energy systems, systems thinking, and integration to promote sustainable practices in engineering and construction.

Leadership development is another core aspect of the course. Students will gain insight into policy frameworks, implementation strategies, future trends and innovation potentials. They will hone communication skills and learn to lead at scale, with a focus on influencing organisations, projects and teams.

The course will further provide critical understanding of digital technologies that are reshaping the industry, such as data management, Building Information Modelling (BIM), digital twins, Artificial Intelligence (AI), augmented reality, 3D printing, Modern Methods of Construction (MMC), and advanced digital technologies and approaches.

Teaching and learning

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Upon successful completion of 480 credits, you will be awarded a MEng (Hons) in Construction Engineering, Innovation and Leadership.


Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

In Year 1, you will participate in two engineering skills modules, covering the basics of structural and fluid mechanics, materials, design; two modules introducing the history and context of leadership and sustainability; an introductory module on the concepts of digital technology; and two modules on the fundamentals of whole life thinking and the management of projects and programmes.

In Year 2, you will participate in two further engineering skills modules focusing on engineering geology, soil mechanics, geotechnical engineering, surveying and hydrology. The sustainability strand continues, covering sustainable materials, technologies and key assessment techniques. You will be introduced to principles of construction management and technologies. Two leadership modules will cover sustainability and productivity improvements.

In Year 3, the sustainability strand considers systems thinking and integration and complexity in the construction sector. The whole life design strand moves into advanced digital techniques such as digital twins, 3D printing, Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Digital techniques are introduced for design, construction, operation and maintenance. Further modules cover building physics and regulation, compliance and safety. Year 3 culminates in a 30 credit industry design project.

Year 4 involves a compulsory dissertation on delivery of engineering projects, coupled with further training on leadership, whole life design, environmental modelling and engineering impact. The four taught modules offered in Year 4 include a continuation of the strand of whole life design to consider ethics, resilience and future proofing, environmental modelling to include life cycle assessment and circularity, leadership at scale for projects and portfolios, and a module on anticipating the future. 

Compulsory modules

Engineering Skills 1

Engineering Skills 2

Leadership - History and Context

Sustainability - History and Context

Concepts of Digital Technologies in Construction

Fundamental Concepts of Whole Life Thinking I

Fundamental Concepts of Whole Life Thinking II

Compulsory modules

Engineering Skills 3

Engineering Skills 4

Sustainability of Materials and Technologies

Construction Management

Leadership and Sustainability

Leadership and Productivity Improvement

Construction Technologies and Methods

Advanced Construction Technologies

Compulsory modules

Building Physics

Systems Approaches to Sustainability

Commercial Management

Regulation, Compliance and Safety

Digital Techniques in Design and Delivery

Digital Techniques in Operation and Maintenance

Industry Design Project

Compulsory modules

Whole Life Resilience

Environmental Modelling and Sustainability

Anticipating the Future

Leadership - Leadership at Scale

MSci Dissertation

Your learning

This programme is delivered primarily as small group teaching. There will be a mix of lectures, seminars, group projects, laboratory work, site visits, networking activities, policy meetings and industry design projects. In final year, students will have a dissertation supervisor who will provide 1:1 tuition and support for the research module.

Technical site visits will be arranged with industry partners in years 2, 3 and 4. As part of leadership training, students will take part in industry and policy meetings to expand their professional networks and develop their communication skills with professional and non-professional audiences. 

Students can typically expect between 8 and 15 contact hours per teaching week through lectures and tutorials.


Assessment with take a variety of forms, to reflect current forms of communication. Apart from traditional examinations, laboratory exercises and design workshops, written assessments will be presented through student’s own websites, journal paper type submissions, policy leaflets or professional social media channels. Verbal assessment will include presentations given to industry or external audiences, in-person or video recordings, public speaking exercises and student-led events. Supportive formative assessment will form integral part of each module and include peer and staff feedback, individual tasks, group exercises, presentations, practice interviews and coaching.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support and Wellbeing team.

The foundation of your career

85% of Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction undergraduates are in work or study 15 months after graduating. The top industry sectors that they go into are engineering (31.8%); construction, built environment, and property (29.5%); and energy natural resources and the environment (6.8%). Many go on to join leading companies, including Arup, Mace, Aecom, Rider Levett Bucknall, and Capitaland (Graduate Outcomes Surveys, 2017-2021).


This course equips students with a solid foundation in engineering science, coupled with an acute awareness of policy-making processes. It fosters a comprehensive understanding of innovation opportunities, providing the necessary skills to become future leaders in construction and engineering. Additionally, it prepares students to be champions of innovation, supported by the development of professional international networks.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2024/25) Fees to be confirmed
Tuition fees (2024/25) Fees to be confirmed

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2024/25 academic year. The UK fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2024/25 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.

Additional costs

The School will cover the cost of site visits and field trips, although students may incur incidental costs of £200-£500 depending on destination, for which hardship bursaries will be available. Before the start of the 1st year, a residential weekend will be organised to meet other students and make friends. Attendance is optional but may incur additional costs.

A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).

Funding your studies

Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.


The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Next steps

Your application

We are looking for students who can demonstrate enthusiasm or previous experience in engineering, developing their leadership skills, innovation and policy awareness.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.


For further information on UCL's selection process see: How we assess your application.

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