Employers respect the specialist knowledge and drive that postgraduates can bring to the site, but in a competitive job market real-world experience will always carry considerable weight. If you can get these while you study then you ought to be in a good position to land a job.
If you are a non-cognate and want to change direction, you should consider a construction conversion course.
Postgraduate profile: MBA construction and real estate
A distance learning construction and real estate MBA has helped Christina Voda Forde with her job in real estate and her plans to work overseas.
Postgraduate profile: MSc sustainable electrical engineering
John Shadbolt on his applying to Manchester University for a distance-learning MSc in sustainable electrical engineering.
Postgraduate profile: Postgraduate conversion course
Finbar McLaughlin on his conversion course into building services, giving him a better understanding of the technical issues surrounding his day-to-day work and helping towards his CIBSE membership.
The Chartered Institute of Builders accredits masters programmes all over the world. Find out more about the list
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Use our funding finder tool to help you find funding for your engineering course.
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In the world of construction, there are professional bodies representing individuals across a range of disciplines.
The main body is the Chartered Institute of Building, which provides funding, awards and accreditations.
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