Dr Muhammad Rana is a full-time academic tutor, and for the Spring provision is the module leader for CON7CMC Management of Projects.

He has previously worked with University of Wolverhampton, University of Salford, and Highways England on various projects in the UK related to highways maintenance, simulation modelling and lean construction. He is a mechanical engineer by profession and completed his PhD in Construction Management (lean construction and simulation modelling on highway’s operations) from the University of Salford in 2018. He has been the course leader for MSc Demolition Management and MSc off-site construction at University of Wolverhampton and joined the University College of Estate Management on 14th February 2022 as a fulltime tutor in Construction Management.

During last three years, Dr Muhammad Rana has won several research funding grants totalling up to £300k from the Innovate UK, Qatar National Research Fund, British Council, Salford University, Highways England, and CIB on various topics of Sustainability, Off-site Construction, Energy Efficiency, Water Management and Environmental Resilience.

He also publishes frequently around the topics like off-site construction, MMC, Lean and simulation modelling.

Qualifications and membershipsTeachingResearch interestsIndustry


PG Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education, University of Wolverhampton

PhD, Construction Management, University of Salford

MSc, Engineering Project Management, University of Manchester

BSc Mechanical Engineering, University of Salford


FHEA (Fellow, Higher Education Academy)


Dr Muhammad Rana is currently the module leader for CON7CMC, Management of Projects and is deputy module leader for CONTE2.

He has previously taught:

  • Modern Methods of Construction
  • Operational Project Management
  • Research Methodology
  • Construction Technology


Off-site Construction, Lean optimisation, Innovation in Construction, Discrete Event Simulation Modelling, Sustainability.

Dr Muhammad Rana has been successful in winning following grants in the past:

  1. British Council Environmental Link Project with British University Egypt on investigating Technical Barriers in the implementation of Renewable Energy worth £48,500
  2. The STELLAR project funded by Innovate U.K. accelerated research into Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) and found solutions to the U.K. housing crisis. Worth £300k
  3. Developing an Automated Design Decision Support Software for Productive Indoor Environment (ADSPE) funded by Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) worth £400k
  4. British Council Researcher Links grant with the Philippines 2020 on “Developing Smart Environmental Resilience Solutions for Coastal areas in the Philippines: Susceptibility, Adaptation and Mitigation Measures: SEACAP” worth £67,000.
  5. British Council Researcher Links grant with Brazil 2020 on “Urbanisation confronts Human Rights: Simulating a sustainable Urban future in Brazil using the integration of BIM and Systems Modelling: BIM2S” worth £40,000.
  6. British Council Researcher Links grant with Jordan 2019 on “Shifting the Energy Efficiency to a New Level in Jordan: Integrating Ambient Intelligence and Big data in the Built Environment. SEENJordan” worth £19,800.
  7. British Council Researcher Links grant with Jordan 2019 on “Coping with Climate Change and Water Scarcity in Jordan for Sustainable Growth: Vulnerability, Adaptation and Mitigation Measures:  HydJo” worth £18,040.
  8. Global Challenges Research Fund 2019 worth £3000 on Smart and Safe Transportation in China. Muhammad Rana 100%
  9. CIB Sebestyen Future Leaders Award Winner 2017 is worth £2500 to integrate CIB construction traditional forums and social media.
  10. Salford University Internal funding 2016, worth £2000 internal from the University of Salford to study and improve the Traffic Management in the UK


Dr Muhammad Rana has worked with Lean implementation Departments of Highways England, Costain and Mott MacDonalds during this PhD work at the University of Salford especially on the A556 Project.


Refereed Conference Papers
  • Rana, M.Q, Aziz, Zeeshan. (2017), “Using the integration of Simulation and Lean-to enhance road maintenance processes”. (13th International Postgraduate Research Conference 14th / 15th September 2017), IPGRC 2017 University of Salford Manchester, U.K.
  • Rana, M.Q, Aziz, Zeeshan. (2017), “Improving Productivity of Road Surfacing operations with the help of Lean and Discrete Event Simulation techniques; a U.K. case study”. (The 9th International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century (CITC- 9), Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 2017).

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