About us

The School of Architecture, Design and Construction is the result of a merger between the former Schools of Architecture and Landscape and Land and Construction Management. Anyone wondering where to study any of the programmes now offered by the School would be hard-pressed to find a rival in London. Its international, cultural and educational strengths provide a rich environmental stimulus in which to study a variety of design-based and other built environment disciplines, such as real estate, housing, construction, urban design, garden design, graphic design, surveying and 3D digital design.

The programmes we run open doors to a wide range of exciting and creative careers. Most are related to the design and construction industries: landscape, architecture, graphics, building and management. We produce sought-after graduates and many employers encourage them to return for postgraduate degrees, diplomas or professional practice courses. Most programmes can be taken full-time or part-time. Some are available in distance learning mode and students can switch their mode of study to suit their circumstances.


We blend teaching with research and consultancy to ensure that academic programmes are up-to-date and linked to the professions they serve. The School is committed to pure research and also to applied research in collaboration with professional bodies, industry and public sector organisations.

Study Centres Overseas

University staff regularly visit the Far East and have close contacts with many universities and colleges. Links include collaboration with research or pathways. Professional activities include research and consultancy for industry.Through such links, students can be sure not only that their qualifications are of a high quality but that they also reflect the needs of their local business.

In keeping with the close association students develop with the university, there is a thriving Malaysian Students' Society and a Hong Kong branch of the Alumni Association. Indeed, students from the Far East have their own award ceremonies in Hong Kong and Malaysia.

Built Environment courses

The MSc Real Estate has been offered in Hong Kong since 1995 in collaboration with SPACE, Hong Kong University. In 1997 the MSc Facilities Management, was added to the portfolio. More recently, the MSc Project Management completed the Built Environment Portfolio.

In addition to Hong Kong, the Built Environment distance learning programmes are now offered in collaboration with Yunnan University of Finance and Economics and, of course, in the UK at our Avery Hill Campus. Discussions are taking place with potential collaborative partners and it is likely that additional centres will be introduced in the future.

Safety, Health and Environment courses

The School has offered distance learning health and safety programmes since 1994, initially the MSc Occupational Safety and Health and the MSc Occupational Hygiene. These programmes were delivered in the UK and Hong Kong, and are still delivered in both centres today along with SBCS in Trinidad. The BSc Occupational Safety, Health and Environment programme was first delivered in the UK and Trinidad in 2004. In addition to those centres, it is also delivered in Malaysia at Kolej Fajar and in Singapore at Absolute Kinetics (September 2010).

In response to the demands of industry and professionals, the MSc programmes were reviewed in 2007 and the MSc Safety, Health and Environment programme was developed to replace the MSc Occupational Safety and Health. The MSc portfolio now comprises of the MSc Safety, Health and Environment and the MSc Occupational Hygiene.

All our safety, health and environment programmes are accredited by either (or both) The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) or the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS).

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