International Graduate Diploma in Built Environment

This programme provides progression to a number of courses accredited by the CIBSE and the Energy Institute, an element that will appeal to future employers in the industry.

Why apply for the Graduate Diploma programme?

  • university placement for all successful students
  • a quality assured university programme with accreditation in the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF)
  • full university status
  • a campus based programme with access to all facilities at Glasgow Caledonian University's award winning, city centre campus

What is special about this programme?

A full-time academic programme, the International Graduate Diploma prepares you for postgraduate study in built environment at Glasgow Caledonian University.

This course will offer you the opportunity to improve your language skills in preparation for postgraduate study, improve your understanding of business through core academic modules and develop the necessary study and research skills for postgraduate study. It will also help you to gain an understanding of the UK education system before entering as a postgraduate.

You'll also benefit from:

  • a campus based programme with access to all facilities at Glasgow Caledonian University's award winning, city centre campus
  • a conditional offer of a place on a postgraduate course at Glasgow Caledonian University
  • the highest levels of personal care and support

Who should apply for the Graduate Diploma programme?

The Graduate Diploma is suitable for international students who need an introduction to the study of a subject in preparation to study it at postgraduate level, or to upgrade qualifications if you have studied a 3 year Diploma in a relevant subject. The Graduate Diploma is also suitable for those that want to increase or update their subject knowledge or those that need to improve their English language study skills within the context of their chosen subject.

This course is not available for UK or EU students.


Successful completion of the International Graduate Diploma leads to Graduate Diploma of Higher Education (SCQF Level 10) awarded by Glasgow Caledonian University.

What will I study?

English for Academic Purposes

You will look at reading techniques and writing styles as well as developing your note taking and presentation skills. Additionally you will learn how to use dictionaries and other study aids.

You'll also study specialist modules. These depend on which postgraduate degree you choose to progress to and what your current qualifications are. Examples of modules you may study are:

  • Advanced Structural Engineering
  • Building Performance and Energy Assessment
  • Waste Management
  • Water Resource Management

What are classes like?

The course includes an average of 21 hours per week of teaching.

English language classes have a maximum of 16 students per class to ensure you have the attention and support you need from teaching staff.

Academic support

Throughout your programme you will receive advice and feedback from your teachers during seminars and tutorials. They will be able to answer any questions and provide guidance, to ensure your academic success.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through exams and coursework including:

  • written assignments
  • practical exercises
  • group and individual research projects
  • presentations
  • problem-solving exercises.

Marks do not count towards your final master's degree, but do help the university assess whether you are ready to progress to your chosen route of study.

How is the programme validated?

The programme is quality-assured and validated by Glasgow Caledonian University.

How do I qualify?

Academic requirements:

Applicants should have successfully completed a minimum of 3 years in higher education in a related subject area (or equivalent). This could constitute a: 4-year bachelor's degree (in a related area) 3-year bachelor's degree (in a related area) 2-year higher national diploma (HND) plus 2 years' relevant work experience Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  

For information about country-specific entry requirements please contact us.

English requirements:

Three terms: IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum 5.5 in all subskills) or equivalent

If you do not meet the minimum English language level you can apply for our Academic English course.

Please note that in addition to the UKVI IELTS, INTO is able to accept other English language qualifications for this course. Check which other qualifications we accept.

When can I start?

Start date Term dates Fees

Sept 2017 start (3 terms)

Term 1: Mon 18 Sep 2017 to Fri 08 Dec 2017

Term 2: Mon 08 Jan 2018 to Fri 23 Mar 2018

Term 3: Mon 26 Mar 2018 to Fri 15 Jun 2018



Tuition fees do not include:

  • text books and other learning materials: an additional cost approximately £210 per academic course (three term), £290 per academic course (four term), £370 per academic course (five term)
  • enrolment fee: an additional charge of £150 per academic programme (charged upon confirmation)

Is accommodation included in the fees?

Accommodation is not included in the fees. View our accommodation options.

How do I pay?

You can pay by bank transfer or by credit card. Please contact us for bank transfer details.

How do I apply?

You can apply online or by post. Find out more about how to apply.

Where will it take me?

The Graduate Diploma in Built Environment leads to the following postgraduate degrees:

At Glasgow Caledonian University

MSc Building Services Engineering

MSc Construction Management

MSc Quantity Surveying

 At GCU London

 MSc Construction Economics

MSc Construction Management

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