Coventry University’s Building, Town and Planning course ranked top in the UK

Wednesday 23 September 2020

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Coventry University’s Building, Town and Country Planning course has been named as the best of its type in the Guardian University Guide 2021 subject rankings.

The subject category covers the study of all aspects of buildings except design, from construction to location, and encompasses the university’s BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying & Commercial Management, BSc (Hons) Building Surveying, and BSc (Hons) Construction Management degrees.

The courses sit within the School of Energy, Construction and Environment, which boasts a strong portfolio of industry-related research, particularly in the areas of low carbon building technology, sustainable construction materials and engineering education, ensuring students stay abreast of new technologies and emerging issues.

We are delighted to be ranked first for Building, Town and Country Planning by the Guardian University Guide. Our staff possess impressive academic and professional experience in the industry, while our students have demonstrated a strong work ethic and discipline for success. It is no wonder that we boast successful alumni working for some of the most prestigious names in the relevant industries.

Professor Michael Fitzpatrick, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Engineering, Environment and Computing)

Charlie Shephard graduated with a first-class BSc (Hons) Building Surveying in 2016 and now works as a trainee solicitor with the international law firm, Pinsent Masons LLP.

The industrial placement gave me a huge insight into the infrastructure industry, allowing me to explore the various branches a surveyor can practice. Due to the legal nature of this work, and combined with the expert teaching on law and contract modules, I obtained a first class degree and am now undertaking a training contract at an international law firm specialising in construction and engineering law.

Charlie Shephard, former student

Blending theoretical and highly practical approaches, the courses provide students with opportunities to learn through real-life examples such as undertaking a real building survey for a client. Students can also choose to spend a year on industrial placement.

The university’s state-of-the-art Simulation Centre allows students to simulate real life construction scenarios and engage in role play, which prepares them for the challenges of the professional world.

The courses are professionally accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Builders (CIOB).

The Guardian University Guide 2021 ranked Coventry University as the joint top modern university in England for its graduates’ career prospects and also as the top modern university in the Midlands.