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Portsmouth offers CIOB chartership degree

PORTSMOUTH UNIVERSITY confirmed this week that it will offer a civil engineering degree leading to chartership with the Chartered Institute Of Building.

The university is one of 20 others expected to offer similar degrees in the next academic year. The degree is intended as an alternative to the Engineering Council's revamped IEng and a rival to its BEng degrees in civil engineering.

Head of civil engineering professor Brian Lee said: 'We have decided to go in a different direction because we cannot continue to provide excellence to the industry by running an IEng degree.'

He said the CIOB had yet to accredit the course but felt there was no reason it would not. 'We have kept in close touch with the Institute over the last few months and we are all set to go.'

The course is expected to gain interim accreditation before September and full accreditation next year. It is expected to suit engineers working for contractors, who do a cross section of civils and building work, said Lee.

Core elements would mirror a civil engineering BEng until the third year, after which elements such as procurement of buildings, new building technology and project development would be studied rather than advanced engineering.

The Chartered Institute of Building this week had its application to change its name to the Chartered Institute of Construction rejected by the Privy Council.

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