LJMU student in front of James Parsons Building


Department of the Built Environment

Careers support from the Department

The Department of the Built Environment will prepare you for the global jobs market

Alumni from the Department of the Built Environment are making a huge impact within their industry, from Steve Morgan, the CEO of Redrow Homes, to Steve Williams, who was the Former President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Possible careers

Curious about what career you could pursue once you've graduated? Here are a few potential positions: 

  • Commercial property surveyor
  • Site engineer
  • Wuantity surveyor
  • Property planner
  • Project Manager
  • Land Surveyor
  • Building surveyor
  • Facilities manager
  • Structural manager
  • Building services engineer
  • Rural practice serveyor
  • Architectural technologist
  • Construction Manager

How we'll help you achieve your dream career

Here are just a few ways we can help you stand out from the competition.

We'll help you secure experience at a prestigious organisation

As an undergraduate you will have the opportunity to take a placement year within your sandwich degree. Previously, students have secured exciting positions working for companies such as Deloitte, Barratt Developments and Transport for London. Although placement years could provide you with a wealth of experience and knowledge, we also encourage our students to go on short-term placements and work shadow too.

We'll help you make global connections

Gaining knowledge of the global issues that affect your field will help you succeed professionally. This is why we will encourage you to go on an international placement, to places like Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the USA and Canada.

Our Building Surveying and Quantity Surveying students, for example, have worked at Faithful and Gould in Arizona. Our Quantity Surveying students have also held placements with CB Ross in Toronto, while our Civil Engineering students have  been on placements at Brunsfield, Kuala Lumpur.

Other international organisations we collaborate with include the University of Malaya, Georgia Institute of Technology and the Zurich University of Applied Sciences. These collaborations give our students the chance to go on an exchange or study programme abroad.

We'll organise field trips

Our Department organises a lively programme of field trips, from visits to the Shard, the Bank of England and the Law Courts, to residential trips, such as the month-long exchange programme we run with the University of Malaya.

These site and field visits are supported by our industry partners, including major capital projects such as the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and the Alder Hey Children’s hospital.

We'll ensure our courses are professionally relevant

So that you graduate with the skills employers are looking for, we make sure our courses are relevant to your industry. To achieve this, staff keep up-to-date with trends through knowledge transfer partnerships with industry leaders. Academic staff are also members of professional bodies and we ensure our curriculum is informed by our cutting-edge research.

We'll organise an Employer Career Day

Every year we invite respected employers and professional bodies to our Employer Career Day, giving you the chance to discuss your career options and potential future employment with company representatives. 

We'll organise events that will enhance your career prospects

Throughout the year our Department takes part in a range of thought-provoking events, including the Annual End of Year Show (in conjunction with Baltic Creative) and the Annual Built Environment and Natural Environment Research Student Conference.

You'll benefit from our Learning Enhancement Team

The Learning Enhancement Team ensure innovations in learning and teaching are explored and embedded within our Department’s curriculum.

Staff development events are organised to make sure academic staff are armed with the most effective tools and techniques to support your learning. The primary aim of the team is to ensure that you are as engaged and challenged by your programme as possible.

We can help you start your own business

The Centre for Entrepreneurship has been helping students and alumni get their business ideas off the ground since 2003. The Centre can help you with funding, networking, as well as business, legal and financial advice. Find out more about the type of support on offer at the Centre for Entrepreneurship.