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CEM Course Structure

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The Construction Engineering Masters programme is a two-year part-time course.  Students spend a total of seven residential weeks in Cambridge during the two years; four weeks in the first year and three in the second.  Students become full members of Queens' College, a medieval college founded in 1448 that sits astride the River Cam with its two halves joined across the river by the famous Mathematical Bridge.  The college system has a reputation for providing a friendly and cosmopolitan environment, where members are able to interact with like-minded students from around the world.  The college also provides accommodation for all our students during residential weeks.

During each residential week, the programme includes:

  • Lectures and seminars
  • Workshops
  • Group projects
  • Presentations
  • Individual meetings with supervisors.

The course is delivered primarily by academic staff from the Department of Engineering, Cambridge Judge Business School and other University departments.  Industry experts also provide lectures and seminars on the latest technologies and cutting-edge ideas.

A typical week will comprise of a mixture of the following:

Lectures

The lectures for each residential week are based on a specific theme.  The course is delivered primarily by academic staff from the University of Cambridge's Department of Engineering, Judge Business School and other University departments.  In addition to this, industry experts also provide lectures and seminars on the latest technologies and cutting-edge ideas.

Discussion panels

Discussion panels are an opportunity for students to engage with and challenge leading experts from both industry and academia.

Seminars and workshops

Seminars and workshops provide opportunities for open discussions, role playing and brainstorming, all of which engage students in knowledge sharing and constructive debates.  The diverse background and experience of the students encourage a wealth of insights and different perspectives, which enhance learning outcomes.

Horizon lectures

Horizon lectures cover topics of general interest and are delivered by leading University or industry experts who present the most innovative ideas.  These lectures may be held in association with students in the Interdisciplinary Design for Built Environment (IDBE) Masters programme.  The aim is to broaden the perspectives of students and expose them to the latest in industry thinking.

Projects

Projects are undertaken in teams of three or four students who work together for the duration of the week.  Projects are selected to provide students with challenges at a variety of scales and types; from small bridge construction to major city development.  Projects may include various forms of constructed facilities, team bids to clients, or building components such as cladding systems.  Use of modelling tools such as BIM (Building Information Modelling) may be included in the brief.  Projects usually take place in one of the lecture rooms in the Department of Engineering and may involve a presentation of the team's output.  All presentations are retained by the CEM course team as part of an archive of project work.