This part-time, distance learning Masters course aims to develop the next generation of senior construction professionals working in concrete production, construction and design. It’s designed to provide you with advanced, in-depth knowledge of both the theory and practical application of concrete technology to prepare you for a variety of senior roles.
You’ll gain academic and industrial expertise using a range of online resources that give you the flexibility to study around your work and personal lives. From health and safety and quality control to mixture proportioning, repair and maintenance and life cycle analysis, you’ll develop an understanding of a wide range of issues that affect professionals in the concrete industry today.
If you complete the MSc, you’ll also have the chance to conduct your own research project – a chance to focus on a single topic and demonstrate valuable skills when you present your findings in a comprehensive technical report.
Approved prior learning
Students who have approved prior learning meeting our requirements may complete just the research project over 12 months part-time to graduate with an MSc at a cost of £5,000.
This programme is also available to study part-time over 36 months. You can also study for a PGDip qualification over 24 months, which means you’ll study the same content without completing a research project.
Institute for Resilient Infrastructure
The programme also has close links with our interdisciplinary Institute for Resilient Infrastructure, which collaborates with industry to focus on key challenges facing the construction sector. It broad scope incorporates the impacts of the engineering, environmental, economic, social and political domains on the whole life performance of infrastructure
The course is accredited by the Institute of Concrete Technology.
At the start of the programme you’ll attend an induction event over two or three days at the University of Leeds, giving you the chance to meet fellow students and talk to tutors about course content, learning and assessment methods and what’s expected of you as a part-time student.
From there you’ll study four modules spread over the next two years covering different aspects of concrete technology such the constituent materials of concrete, thermal movements, strength development, fire resistance, life cycle costing, formwork and sustainability. You’ll work on a series of group and individual projects online to apply your knowledge and develop your skills.
If you undertake the MSc, you will have an opportunity to carry out independent research on a contemporary topic that is relevant to the construction industry in Year 3. This will enable you to use the scientific knowledge gained during the taught modules, apply it to a more contextual situation and present the outcome of the research in a comprehensive technical report.
Want to find out more about your modules?
Take a look at our Advanced Concrete Technology module descriptions for more detail on what you will study.
Year 1 Compulsory modules
Year 2 Compulsory modules
Year 3 Compulsory modules
The four taught modules each run over a semester period and are taught using a range of online distance learning methods. Short pre-recorded lectures will introduce each topic, and you’ll then learn through group assignments conducted online. You’ll also have access to the reference books and other consultation documents you need through the programme portal and our library’s online resources.
Each module contains a mixture of group and individual assessment; with two compulsory, formative pieces of coursework and two summative, individual assignments completed at different stages of the module. These will evaluate your problem-solving skills as well as the breadth and depth of your understanding of the topics covered.
You’ll undertake a research project in Year 3, or Year 1 if you are studying based on approved prior learning.
This is an excellent opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills you’ve gained to explore a topic that interests you, or relates to your own career plans or professional context, and present your findings in a comprehensive technical report.
You’ll have an external supervisor close to your place of work, where you can complete your research, as well as an internal University of Leeds supervisor appointed by the programme leader. They’ll review the three progress reports you submit during the project and offer feedback to help you shape and refine your work.
A three-day induction event at the University of Leeds will help you to prepare for conducting your own research, with the chance to review the taught modules and study the research methods and statistical tools used in experimental research.
It is expected that the majority of students on the course will already be working within the concrete industry and looking to progress their career within their chosen field.
If you have no industrial experience, this course will provide an excellent route to a career within the concrete industry as you learn industrial practices through group projects involving participants from industry.
During your course you will have the opportunity to get to know people from the concrete industry through their association with tutors from the industry who will be part of the course delivery team.
The University of Bath Civil Engineering: Innovative Structural Materials MSc is a full-time, one-year taught postgraduate course.
Students study a range of modules before carrying out an individual research dissertation project in order to complete their Master of Science degree.
The course produces graduates with an in-depth and practical understanding of the use of innovative structural engineering materials in the provision of sustainable and holistic construction solutions for the built environment.
The use of construction materials is key to infrastructural development globally. New approaches are now needed for innovative renewable and low carbon structural engineering materials.
This MSc course will not only help prepare you for an exciting career in the industry, but it will also help prepare you to continue your studies onto a Doctor of Philosophy research programme.
The course is aimed at engineering and science graduates who wish to work in the construction industry.
As a student you will be provided with the practical knowledge and tools to support you in the use of innovative structural engineering materials in the context of sustainable and holistic construction. You will also learn how to harness that knowledge in a business environment. You will gain analytical and team working skills to enable you to deal with the open-ended problems typical of structural engineering practice.
The MSc is based on research expertise of the BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials (http://www.bath.ac.uk/ace/research/cicm/) and is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree. Please visit the Joint Board of Moderators (http://www.jbm.org.uk/) for further information about accreditation.
The course includes traditionally taught subject-specific units and business and group-orientated modular work. These offer you the chance to gain experience in design, project management and creativity, while working with students from other subjects.
Group project work:
In semester 2 you undertake a cross-disciplinary group activity for your professional development, simulating a typical industrial work situation.
Individual project work:
In the final semester, you undertake an individual research project directly related to key current research at the University, often commissioned by industry.
A full list of units can be found on the programme catalogue (http://www.bath.ac.uk/catalogues/2015-2016/ar/ar-proglist-pg.html#AC).
Semester 1 (October-January)
The first semester provides a foundation in the most significant issues relating to the sustainable use of innovative structural engineering materials in design and construction; and involves units in natural building materials, advanced timber engineering, advanced composites, sustainable concrete technology and architectural structures.
- Five taught compulsory units
- Includes coursework involving laboratory or small project sessions.
- Typically each unit consists of 22 hours of lectures and 11 hours of tutorials, and may additionally involve a number of hours of laboratory activity and field trips with approximately 65-70 hours of private study (report writing, laboratory results processing and revision for examinations).
Semester 2 (February-May)
Semester 2 consists of a further 30 credits comprising of five core 6 credit units. These units include:
- Materials engineering in construction
- Advanced timber engineering
- Engineering project management.
Students will undertake a group-based design activity and an individual project scoping and planning unit (Project Unit 1). The group-based activity involves application of project management techniques and provides the basis for an integrated approach to Engineering, but with the possibility of specialising in the chosen master's topic.
It is a feature of this programme that the project work proceeds as far as possible in a way typical of best industrial practice. The Semester 2 project activities have significant planning elements including the definition of milestones and deliverables according to a time-scale, defined by the student in consultation with his/her academic supervisor and (where appropriate) his/her industrial advisor.
Summer/Dissertation Period (June-September)
Individual project leading to MSc dissertation.
Depending on the chosen area of interest, the individual project may involve theoretical and/or experimental activities; for both such activities students can use the department computer suites and well-equipped and newly refurbished laboratories for experimental work. The individual projects are generally carried out under the supervision of a member of academic staff.
There may be an opportunity for some projects to be carried out with the Building Research Establishment (BRE).
- Advanced structures
- Advanced composites in construction
- Advanced timber engineering
- Materials engineering in construction
- Natural building materials
- Sustainable concrete technology
The Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering brings together the related disciplines of Architecture and Civil Engineering. It has an interdisciplinary approach to research, encompassing the fields of Architectural History and Theory, Architectural and Structural Conservation, Lightweight Structures, Hydraulics and Earthquake Engineering and Dynamics.
Our Department was ranked equal first in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 for its research submission in the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning unit of assessment.
Half of our research achieved the top 4* rating, the highest percentage awarded to any submission; and an impressive 90% of our research was rated as either 4* or 3* (world leading/ internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour).
The dominant philosophy in the joint Department is to develop postgraduate programmes and engage in research where integration between the disciplines is likely to be most valuable. Research is carried out in collaboration with other departments in the University, particularly Management, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, and Psychology.
Find out how to apply here - http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pg/apply/
The following postgraduate funding may be available to study the Civil Engineering: Innovative Structural Materials MSc at The University of Bath.
UK / EU: £9.500
This programme offers students with a Bachelor's or Master's degree advanced non-technical training in information management, with an emphasis on the efficient and effective application and management of information technology in various business contexts (e.g. finance, marketing, HR, production and logistics, etc.). Following basic training in technology, the programme explores specific management issues in greater depth, particularly in order to develop the skills required to analyse information needs, design and manage information systems and fine-tune an IT strategy as an integral part of an overall business strategy.
The key focus is the preliminary design needed to develop and set up an information system. In completing your Master's thesis, you can apply these skills within a specific business context. Finally, a wide range of electives enables you to either explore specific areas in greater depth or gain a broader understanding through a multidisciplinary approach.
This programme presents a non-technical curriculum in information management. It focuses on the effective and efficient application and management of information technology in a business setting. First, a basic technological background is offered, after which the management aspects are elaborated in more detail. The programme aims at developing skills in analysing information needs, the modelling and management of information systems and the alignment of information technology strategy with business strategy. Hence, the main focus is on the early phases of the information system development cycle. By means of the master project, skills acquired throughout the programme are applied in a concrete business setting. Finally, the electives provide the opportunity to explore particular aspects in more depth or to broaden the scope by taking one or more multidisciplinary courses.
By the end of the programme, students will have acquired:
In the business world, there is a great demand for IT specialists with highly developed management skills. Our graduates are trained to gain leverage within a company through the strategic use of technology. The analysis and management of information, knowledge, processes and systems, in line with an overall business strategy, play a bridging role between computer science and business. Qualities such as strong communication skills, teamwork and group management are therefore more essential than mere technological expertise. Our graduates pursue careers as information analysts, project leaders and information technology strategists.
This programme enables students to study architecture at an advanced level. Most major subjects and fields of inquiry within architecture are available for research, including the history and theory of architecture; cultural and visual studies; digital media; technology, structures and materials; and sustainable design.
The programme structure comprises a compulsory research methods course, the choice of one optional course subject, and a 20,000-word dissertation based on independent research.
Our expertise and interests range across the following areas:
Our focus includes conservation theory and history; urban conservation; conservation technology; and the challenges of bridging the gulf between heritage and new architecture.
Architectural History, Theory and Criticism
We have particular strength in the history of architecture in Britain and the British colonial world (18th and 19th centuries); Germany, Central Europe and Russia; modernism in Europe, North America and Africa; Renaissance Italy; the history of landscape; the history of technology; the international history of mass housing and urban development; the theory and philosophy of architecture; the philosophy of place; and critical inquiry and methodology.
Design-led Research and Studio Practice
We focus on research in and through design, as informed by contemporary architectural and cultural theory; studio pedagogy; research-led teaching; and methodologies of urban research and fieldwork.
Digital Media and Design
We have expertise in the spatial, social and philosophical implications of media; the relationship between computers and design practice; cognitive models of human-computer interaction; 3D modelling; mobile computing; the sonic environment; and e-commerce.
Technology, Environment and Sustainability
We offer expertise in lightweight steel structures; the building envelope; concrete construction; design and manufacturing; and sustainable design in both qualitative and quantitative senses, looking at environmental response, design theory, rural planning and user-centred solutions.
The programme consists of a compulsory research methods course, the choice of one option course subject and a 20,000-word dissertation based on independent research.
Students are equipped with skills in advanced research techniques, critical analysis and writing, presentation, and a developed understanding of architecture and its applications.
Research programmes in architecture are served by high-quality library facilities. All students in the programmes are provided with 24-hour-accessible study space, as well as access to well-equipped multimedia laboratories, photography and exhibition facilities.