How will I study the built environment?

The built environment includes a range of careers fields including construction, and surveying. Blending technical knowledge and project management, built environment professionals will need strong industry knowledge, imagination and attention to detail. 

At Salford we use a range of learning approaches to help you build the knowledge and skills to become a built environment professional. Alongside lectures and tutorials that are the core of learning, we use our industry-focus and amazing location at the heart of Greater Manchester to take you out on site visits.

Lectures and tutorials

Construction student presenting

Lectures and tutorials are a key part of building your knowledge base. During your built environment study, you will experience teaching from our highly-skilled lecturers, who have real-world experience in their field and are active researchers in their specialist subjects. 

Throughout your chosen course, you will experience a modern learning environment, with accessible lecture theatres and AV-equipped classrooms, computing suites and multimedia libraries, with access to industry journals, databases, and industry software.

Site visits

Construction at Salford

Salford is a leading UK centre for built environment studies. Through strong industry connections, and our enviable location at the heart of Greater Manchester, surrounded by impressive development projects, you will have the opportunity to see your subject in action and gain practical context for your studies during site visits. Experiences like this will help build your knowledge and your professional network before you graduate. 

Industry collaborations

Civil engineering students

In 2018, leading construction and infrastructure company, Morgan Sindall and Salford formed a collaborative partnership to help students get ‘work ready’. Focused on enhancing the employability credentials of undergraduates, the partnership builds on the University’s proud legacy to combine leading academic insight with real-world experiences.

If you are studying on our Construction Project Management or Civil Engineering courses, you will also have the opportunity to take part in Constructionarium, a week-long field course in Norfolk. Constructionarium puts your learnt theory into practice, so you experience how things work in the real world. Working in project teams, you’ll get to construct, scaled down versions of iconic bridges, buildings and dams from around the world, working in a controlled environment and supported by both academic and industrial staff .

By the end of the course, you’ll have gained invaluable experience of life on a construction site, and will have dealt with a number of challenges that you’ll face in your future career. You’ll also have the opportunity to make new friends, and forge connections with industry experts.