Master of the Built Environment (MBE)

Master of the Built Environment (MBE)

The Master of the Built Environment (MBE), by dissertation is offered by the Department of Construction Management and Quantity Surveying at the Durban University of Technology.

This qualification is intended for persons who will make a contribution, through research, to understanding the application and evaluation of existing knowledge in a specialised area of construction management and quantity surveying. They will also demonstrate a high level of overall knowledge in that area ranging from fundamental concepts to advanced theoretical or applied knowledge.

The primary purpose of the Master’s Degree is to educate and train researchers, in a chosen Built Environment field, who can, under minimal guidance, contribute to the development of knowledge at an advanced level. The research problem, its justification, process and outcome are reported in a dissertation, which complies with the generally accepted norms for research at this level.


  1. A Bachelor of Technology in Construction Management, or Bachelor of Technology in Quantity Surveying, or Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Construction Management, or Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying, or equivalent qualification.
  2. In the case of a Bachelor of Technology, candidates must have been granted a Conferment of Status for the pre-requisite qualification.

The Master’s Degree is offered by full dissertation only.

The DRC (Department Research Committee) is to be satisfied that the candidate is capable of undertaking and succeeding in this advanced course of study.

Where a student has not already completed a Research Methodology course then the student will be required to complete it concurrently with his/her research.


The Department is currently engaged in the following broad research focus areas:

►        Sustainability (green buildings, procurement, BIM, lean construction)

►        Construction Management Processes

►        Health and Safety

►        Construction Education