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School of Built Environment & Engineering

Build contacts, build experience, engineer your career

The School of Built Environment & Engineering represents an inclusive and enthusiastic community of staff, students and professional partners who recognise that what they do, design and develop will have a lasting impact on the fabric of society. Joining this school is your opportunity to leave a tangible imprint on our neighbourhoods of the future – locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

The quality of the professional experience and expertise of the staff in the School – and the unique industry links and connections they facilitate – will help you forge a meaningful understanding of how to plan, design, construct, protect and maintain the world around us. And how together we can collaborate with industry to make a real-world difference.

The majority of our courses are accredited by professional bodies – 17 in total – allowing you to develop both the academic and the hands-on practical experience that is so valued by employers. You have the unique opportunity to leave university with both a degree and full professional status. Our annual careers fair provides an opportunity for students to meet with major employers who are keen to promote a range of employment opportunities including work experience, industry placements and graduate schemes.

This school is home to the Leeds Sustainability Institute and the active enterprise hub for the regional built environment sector, the Centre for Knowledge Exchange. These allow our practicing staff to continue their valued consultancy work, and allow you to participate in community and university estate projects, often linked to relevant professional sectors.

This highly research rated school has both national and international influence – the school’s CERF group (Civil Engineering Research Facility) has a live, award-winning project in Mali exploring the impact of simplified water purification in deprived and remote regions and villages.

We aim to combine technology and knowledge; creativity and community; research and reward. Being anchored in a city with such cultural, industrial, historical and entrepreneurial perspectives only adds to the relevance and accessibility of what we offer: collaborative and imaginative ways of teaching, learning and working and state-of-the-art innovation tools and facilities; together providing clear pathways to personal growth and professional employability.

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97.1% of graduates from the School of Built Environment & Engineering are in work or further study six months after graduating*

*Destination of Leavers in Higher Education (DLHE) 2016/17 Survey - Combined UG and PG responses.

Northern Terrace

Work is now complete on a £150k makeover of the Northern Terrace building, home to the School of Built Environment and Engineering.

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School News

Human geography and planning students visit Lille

Students visited Leeds’s twin city of Lille in Northern France in October and enjoyed guided tours of the Euratechnologies regeneration area, the city centre and South Lille sustainable neighbourhood with local planners from Lille City Council.

Course wins national award for teaching quality

Leeds Beckett’s Building Services Engineering course has scooped a national award for the quality of its teaching. 

School of Built Environment and Engineering Student Awards 2018

Over 150 guests attended the School of Built Environment and Engineering’s annual prize giving ceremony to celebrate student achievements from the past academic year.

School Events

Mar 7

Degree Apprenticeships Breakfast Briefing

Join us and speak to our expert staff who are developing and delivering our programmes and find out how our degree apprenticeships can help your business.

Mar 13

Helping Solve Global Water Sustainability Challenges of the Future – Development of Membrane Technologies to Allow Full Wastewater Recycling

Global climate change coupled with increasing population growth requires us to radically re-think how we provide water for households, businesses and industry in the future.

Apr 10

Accelerating Innovation to Transform the Construction Industry

The construction industry’s attitude towards and understanding of innovation; how innovation can be triggered and managed effectively, are critical to a more strategic investment and management of innovation (Dulaimi 1996).

May 20

Women and Planning in the UK Conference

This conference seeks to develop a conversation between academics and practitioners, and those in-between, and to develop a network of those interested in women and planning in the UK.

Jul 11

Constructing Excellence Yorkshire & Humber Awards Dinner

Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber (CEYH) are delighted to announce the return of our annual awards.

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Our graduates

Students from our School of Built Environment & Engineering speak about their time at our University.
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Our Research

The School continues to pursue high quality planning and built environment research with quality outputs that underpin a core aim to provide research, education and training, focused on the creation and management of a more sustainable built environment.

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Transforming access to clean water: "Our research has discovered a solution that could reduce water-related diseases and save lives throughout the developing world." - Dr Martin Pritchard - School of Built Environment & Engineering

Continuing Professional Development

APM Qualifications
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Leeds Beckett University offers professional qualifications in Project Management accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM).
BIFM Qualifications
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Leeds Beckett University is an accredited British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) centre offering a full range of BIFM Qualifications.

For Business

Knowledge Exchange

Our Knowledge Exchange enables employers in the construction industry to benefit from our range of services that interlink disciplines. With our support you can:

  • Improve your business services
  • Network across the construction industry
  • Further your knowledge at forums and events
  • Train in the built environment core skills
  • Access funding

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