Sustainable Construction

Professional Education, Dubai campus

14 days (2 blocks of 7 days)
Dates TBC
Course Type
Continuing professional development
13,000 AED 
Dr Dexter Hunt

Our Civil Engineering professional development programmes equip recent graduates and mid-career engineers with the knowledge and technical, intellectual and transferable skills required to take on leading roles in the profession.

You will learn from world-leading researchers from the University of Birmingham. Sustainable Construction is taught by Professor Ian JeffersonDr Dexter Hunt and Dr Richard Davies, and you will benefit from their expertise in the lectures and seminars.

The Sustainable Construction module introduces the concepts of sustainable design and construction. It provides an understanding of the environmental and resource implications of construction activity.

The course considers the theoretical and methodological basis of approaches designed to quantify the impacts associated with choices made at different stages of the construction life cycle, as well as tools designed to evaluate relative environmental and sustainability performance.

The module is centred around a group-based case study with an individual report. This will develop knowledge of policy and legislative drivers, carbon critical design, life cycle assessment and costs, socio-economic impacts and the impacts of construction activity (energy, water, materials, waste, biodiversity, etc.) associated with civil engineering infrastructure and buildings.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • Critically analyse the basis of sustainable construction and the role of construction activity in the context of the wider environment
  • Understand the theoretical and methodological basis of techniques used to measure relative environmental/ sustainability performance
  • Describe the implications of the construction life cycle in terms of sustainability and the interdependency of individual life cycle stages
  • Describe and review critically the key issues and tools available for analysing sustainability in different types of construction activity including individual buildings, civil engineering and infrastructure, and multi-building developments.

Why study with us?

This professional development module is the same as the module in the Masters programme and you will be taught and examined to the same high standards as at our UK campus. The University of Birmingham is a global top 100 University and is ranked in the top 10 for Civil Engineering in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2020).

Our staff are world-leading researchers in their subject areas and they bring their research expertise in civil engineering, deterioration and repair of existing concrete structures and sustainable construction into their lectures and seminars. This ensures that the curriculum is informed by current research practice and knowledge, and that it adopts approaches to learning that support the research ethos.

We are an outstanding University producing professionals and leaders that change lives, and transform and enhance society. Our graduates are highly sought after by some of the world’s best employers.

Who should attend?

  • Early to mid-career engineering professionals, typically in graduate engineer positions.
  • Experienced engineers interested in enhancing their knowledge and skills in structural engineering and/or sustainable construction.

Language: English
 Dr Dexter Hunt

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for this professional education course are the same as those for our standard MSc Civil Engineering

Learning and Teaching

You will take part in lectures and seminars at the University of Birmingham’s Dubai campus.

  • The module is centred on a group-based case study with an individual report.
  • The module is taught across two blocks of seven days with time for project work in the second week.
  • Teaching hours are 4pm to 9.30pm on weekdays and full days at the weekend.
  • Sustainable Construction is 100% assessed by coursework.