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Learn the analytical and design skills needed to create successful structures in challenging environments. This is the largest academic concrete research centre in the UK so you’ll benefit from some great facilities. Read more

About the course

Learn the analytical and design skills needed to create successful structures in challenging environments.

This is the largest academic concrete research centre in the UK so you’ll benefit from some great facilities.

We have international-level expertise in cement chemistry, aggregate science, binder technology, concrete durability, alternative concrete materials, structural performance and design, earthquake and nuclear reactor design, and finite element analysis.

About us

We are one of the largest and most active civil engineering departments in the UK. All our masters courses are informed by our own world-leading research and industry needs. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) puts us in the UK top four.

Our structures-based courses are accredited by The Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, and Institute of Highway Engineers as satisfying part 2 academic base requirements for a Chartered Engineer under UK-SPEC.

Your career

Our graduates work for top UK and international consultancies, contractors, regulators, universities and other private and public sector organisations.

Many of them join engineering consultancies, in roles such as Structural Engineer, Building Services Engineer and Sustainability Consultant. Some join architecture practices. Employers include Arup, Buro Happold, Capita Symonds, Roger Preston and Partners, Cundall and Foster and Partners.

Core modules

Linear Systems and Structural Analysis
Structural Dynamics (Earthquakes and Vibration)
Computational Structural 
Analysis and Research Skills
Advanced Concrete Design
Sustainable Concrete Technology
Innovations in Structural Concrete
Structural Design

Examples of optional modules

Blast and Impact Effects on Structures
Advanced Simulation of High Strain Rate Dynamics
Geotechnical Design

Teaching and assessment

Lectures, design tutorials, computational tutorials, lab work and industrial seminars.

All courses use lectures by academic staff and industrial partners, laboratory work, site visits, design projects and dissertation. Assessment is by formal examinations, coursework assignments and a dissertation with oral examination.

September–June: taught modules and preparation for your dissertation.
June–August: complete your dissertation.

Your research dissertation gives you the opportunity to work with an academic on a piece of research in a subdiscipline. We’ll give you training in research skills.

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Are you dedicated to the study of psychology and want to take your learning to the next level? The MRes Psychology will give you a practical education in psychological research training which is informed by staff research experience. Read more
Are you dedicated to the study of psychology and want to take your learning to the next level? The MRes Psychology will give you a practical education in psychological research training which is informed by staff research experience.

You will benefit from working in a professional research environment, and develop advanced research skills that will enable you to plan, execute, analyse and disseminate high-quality psychological research.

With the opportunity to work both individually and collaboratively on research projects you will gain valuable critical and transferable skills and an understanding of the professional and ethical issues relating to producing research. You will graduate ready for employment in a research context, or doctoral level training in psychological research or applied psychology.

Learn From The Best

Staff are active researchers, passionate about their subject and dedicated to the discovery of new knowledge through innovative and exciting research projects. You will learn from those at the forefront of their fields. In fact, our strength in psychology research has significantly increased, placing us second in the Alliance group of universities for world-leading research (REF 2014).

You will work alongside academics with international backgrounds in research and experience in both higher education and industry.

Teaching And Assessment

You will study advanced research skills and techniques, exploring qualitative and quantitative methods, data collection and analysis through a variety of sessions including interactive lectures, workshops and tutorials. Benefitting from studying in a professional academic research environment you will put what you have learnt into practice, leading both collaborative and individual pieces of research.

All assessments are reflective of the kinds of tasks which active researchers engage with, to provide you with experience of practical research activities which are typically carried out in professional research settings. A final thesis will cement your learning and you will work closely with a member of staff to design, develop and implement a research project that is aligned to your interests. You will learn how to disseminate your findings to a variety of audiences.

Module Overview
PY0766 - Practical Research Skills and Techniques (Core, 30 Credits)
PY0767 - Research Experience: Design and Development (Core, 20 Credits)
PY0768 - Research Experience: Implementation and Dissemination (Core, 20 Credits)
PY0769 - MRes Thesis (Core, 90 Credits)
PY0774 - Qualitative and Quantitative Methods (Core, 20 Credits)

Learning Environment

You will learn in a professional research environment with access to state-of-the-art laboratories equipped with industry standard equipment. You will be able to collect and analyse your data using the most current software tools and will benefit from technology enabled learning with use of the eLearning Portal where electronic reading lists, lecture capture and online submission and feedback tools support your learning.

You will be immersed in an active research environment with access to Northumbria’s innovative research centres including The Brain Performance and Nutrition Research Centre and The Northumbria Centre for Sleep Research. With staff working at the cutting-edge of their fields in innovative research areas, there is nowhere better to hone your research skills.

Research-Rich Learning

Research excellence is embedded at every stage of this course. Through research-orientated education and practical instruction you will develop the advanced research skills and critical evaluation techniques needed to conduct your own and collaborative research projects in the field of Psychology from initial idea to dissemination of results. The core purpose of this MRes is to make you into a confident and skilled professional researcher.

Staff are actively engaged in a wide range of research with almost three-quarters of Northumbria’s psychology research being judged to have outstanding reach and significance for its impact, placing us top 20 in the UK (REF 2014).

Give Your Career An Edge

This distinctive and specialist postgraduate course incorporates professional training and advanced study in psychological research and is designed to make you as employable as possible.

We provide you with an authentic learning experience, enabling you to work in a professional research environment. You will have the invaluable opportunity to work on a research placement with an academic researcher from the Department of Psychology, collaborating with this member of staff, their research partners and research groups to design, develop and implement a research project based on shared interests and enabling you to gain the applied research and team working skills that are desired by employers in the sector.

Your Future

The MRes Psychology provides you with the advanced research experience, critical knowledge and transferable skills to enable you to plan, execute, analyse and disseminate high-quality psychological research.

You will graduate as a trained psychological researcher fit for employment in professional research settings, enterprising and entrepreneurial activity or further study. Many of our previous graduates have continued to build on their research interests by going on to PhDs in psychological research or applied psychology, whilst others have worked as assistant psychologists or followed careers in the NHS.

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Run in partnership with Sky, the largest pay-tv broadcaster in the United Kingdom. -Unique 12 month course,. -Run in partnership with Sky, the largest pay-tv broadcaster in the United Kingdom. Read more
Run in partnership with Sky, the largest pay-tv broadcaster in the United Kingdom.

-Unique 12 month course,
-Run in partnership with Sky, the largest pay-tv broadcaster in the United Kingdom
-Prepares you to work in a multicamera studio environment
-Work as a Vision Mixer, or a Camera/ Lighting or Sound specialist.
-Includes a six-week internship with Sky and some of the modules are taught at Sky Studios.
-Sky also guarantees to employ at least one graduate of the course each year.
-Unlike other schools, all production costs are met by the School.

We welcome EU/EEA Students. Course fees charged at UK rate.


This course commences in January each year. This intensely practical and pioneering course aims to prepare students for a successful future in multi-camera studio entertainment production. Students are taught by NFTS staff and visiting Industry Professionals and have hands-on experience of a variety of studio roles as well as in their specialisation.

Students will apply for, and be accepted onto the course in one of three craft specialisations:

I. Cameras and Lighting
Practise the core skills of TV studio camera operators, positioning the camera, framing and focus. Learn to use broadcast cameras in a multi-camera studio, repositioning and changing shot as the director demands while the vision mixer cuts and mixes the show. Learn to develop shots, moving with artists or in sympathy with music to create dynamic and exciting television. Begin to light simple interviews and more complex multi-camera lighting techniques. You’ll need a passion for pictures, quick reactions, clear and proactive thinking with excellent co-ordination and a good sense of musical rhythm.

II. Vision Mixing
Train on sophisticated broadcast vision mixing consoles, build and realise complex live visual effects to the director’s brief. Using these high-end production tools, Vision Mixing is like editing - but in real time! Cut, mix and wipe between cameras, pre-edited clips and other video sources live. Learn how to mix a variety of genres from situation comedy to fast paced entertainment and music shows adding digital effects and captioning in real time. You’ll need to be logical, quick thinking, calm under pressure and have an excellent feel for timing and rhythm, both dramatic and musical.

III. Sound (in a broadcast studio environment)
Sound carries the story, sets the mood and the tempo. It provides the enabling structure against which TV pictures can shine. Good sound is essential to a TV programme. Learn how to choose and place microphones for the best results for a variety of shows including live music. Train to use ‘Fisher booms’ - in great demand for sitcoms and soaps - to pick up drama dialogue. Mix studio sound in real time using sophisticated broadcast desks. Enhance the show with spot effects, music cues and audio processing to create atmosphere and energy. Learn how to manage TV comms including studio talkback systems allowing key production team members to communicate and collaborate effectively. You’ll need to be a quick, logical thinker, have a ‘good ear’ and a passion for high quality sound.

These are the core disciplines of multi camera studio operations and people trained at a high level in these craft areas are hotly in demand.


Students will be exposed to the creative challenge of working across a range of entertainment programming, including: Situation Comedy, Magazine Shows, Talent Shows, Panel Shows, Game Shows etc.

The award focuses on developing students’ specific capabilities, in the following areas:
-The language of entertainment television so that they can work effectively within production teams
-A high level technical understanding of their chosen specialist area
-A critical awareness of the production workflow and the impact of multiplatform on production

Modules include:
-The Grammar of Television Entertainment
-Media Technology
-Music and Magazine Programming
-Chat Shows and Panel Shows

The six week internship at Sky is constituted of two distinct elements. Firstly the student will shadow a Sky Production Services member of staff working in their specialisation (Vision Mixer, Sound, Camera/Lighting). This will cement the students understanding of the wide range of professional practices and competencies associated with each role. Secondly, students will undertake a range of simulated exercises (designed by the NFTS with Sky involvement) to hone their craft and understanding on the Sky equipment.

At the end of the course, students will be well placed to work professionally in their chosen job role within broadcast production. They will also have a thorough understanding of the television production process encompassing everything from the creative to the technical and the business aspects.

Unlike other schools, all production costs are met by the School. In addition you will be given a cash Production Budget. NFTS students are engaged in more productions as part of the curriculum than any of our competitors.

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Project Objectives. To assess the current national and international testing methodologies for the evaluation of durability of stone products. Read more

Project Objectives

  • To assess the current national and international testing methodologies for the evaluation of durability of stone products.
  • To collate and evaluate existing information regarding pyrite both nationally and internationally. To work in -conjunction with local, national and international industry leaders. (We have ongoing research links with Cement Roadstone Ltd, Morrisseys Ltd, IGSL Ltd, Arup Consulting and the proposed research will strengthen these links.)
  • To develop tests that replicate the actual in-situ conditions and stresses the stone experiences during its design life so that the performance of different stone types can be statistically compared. For example: Violent impacts that occur during removal and processing of crushed aggregate are somewhat comparable to the frequently used Los Angeles Abrasion Test. However this test does not consider the life -time performance of the material where it is under daily loading in a road or railway scenario where the subgrade degrades over time and high velocity soil and water is forced through and around the stone; Sodium Soundness testing tries to evaluate the response of stone to freeze-thaw cycles but again this test i s conducted in isolation from the other damaging effects. It also does not include the environmental effects of water infiltration or freeze-thaw during winter months.

Each of the above tests measure a material property but they do not consider the effect of a number of stresses together – the real life scenario.

The issue of expansive pyrite within existing houses is frequently in the news in Ireland. There are at present no direct simple tests that can evaluate the likelihood of future damage when stone containing pyrite is used within or under a building. A long-term objective is to develop a simple laboratory test that will evaluate the likelihood of heave due to the presence of pyrite, this objective will commence with the collating of existing information on pyrite.

Methodology proposed

Hypothesis: As noted above there are significant deficits in the testing of stone, particularly aggregates produced by quarries.

Decisions are being made on the acceptability of material for use in construction, infrastructure, rail, road etc. based on testing that does not replicate the actual conditions the aggregate encounters during its useable life.

Large volumes of marginal material must be considered waste unless an engineering use can be found for it. Our natural resources are finite and the best possible uses of the valuable assets. We cannot afford to dispose of material when there is a possibility that it can be better used.

Further the costs associated with inadequate testing of aggregates are being felt daily. The pyrite issue continues to expand in effect. Originally it was considered the hardcore under a few houses were degrading and causing aesthetic and structural damage to the a few houses. More recently it has been recognised that the problem is bigger and that a large number of homes are being affected. As of this week the Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland (ACEI) has warned members that there is evidence of pyrite damage ion houses where the block work is disintegrating.

Methodologies: Before new testing can be considered the tests now in use, both in Ireland and internationally will be examined. This will be undertaken by procuring samples from Quarries – Morrissey’s, CRH (Roadstone), Murphy’s, Kilsaran.

Two sample types will be considered referenced based on NRA standards – Class 6F (capping) and Class 800 series (sub-base). Testing will then be undertaken on these samples to:

  • Classify the rock type and material – Particle Size distribution, Atterberg Limits
  • Categorize the source of the material
  • Identify properties including durability and hardness of the materials – Water Absorption, Flakiness Index, Sodium Soundness, Los Angeles Abrasion
  • Determine the strength of the material – Unconfined compression tests, point load index tests, 10% fines tests

In cooperation with a number of large suppliers and commercial laboratories we propose to evaluate the existing tests by simulating the repeated loading effects of traffic, both road and rail and comparing these simulations with the existing tests.

As part of this research it is hoped to begin to evaluate the possibilities for the development of a test or tests to predict pyritic reaction in granular material. This will likely be a long-term project and will require collation and digestion of the existing experience both nationally and internationally.

Expected outcomes: (e.g. deliverables & strategic impacts)

Locally and nationally the use and availability of granular material influences productivity. Tests that do not predict performance are causing operational difficulties in a number of multi -national developments that have been completed or are in the process of completion. Very good granular material is a scarce resource and should be used only where needed – in effect applying the business strategy “just-in-time delivery” to infrastructure development “just-good -enough material”. Material “not-good enough” fails in operation and the knock -on costs are usually many multiples of the original construction cost.

(a) Recommendations regarding existing tests as to their reliability and suitability

(b) Recommendations as to further research for suitable tests for particular loading and environmental conditions – rail, road, aircraft runway

(c) Commencement of pyrite testing programme – this hopefully will develop into a long-term research project

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