Concrete Structures or (with Business Management or with Sustainable Development)

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 12.7 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 33.7 k / Year(s)  
11 place StudyQA ranking:5379 Duration:1 year

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 Established in 1946, and now spanning a period covering over half a century, the course aims to provide training in the analysis, design and assessment of concrete structures under general conditions and their impact on reinforced and prestressed concrete structures, using advanced analytical and numerical techniques. The course has evolved to cover Eurocodes, durability/repair of structural concrete materials and structural dynamics. Ideally suited to practising engineers with relevant experience, recent graduates with an appropriate first degree will also greatly benefit from attending. The option to add either Business Management or Sustainable Development came online in 2003.

Course Objectives

  • Produce graduates equipped to pursue careers in structural design and analysis in industry, the public sector and non-governmental organisations;
  • Provide the basis for the recognition and understanding of the major features of structural engineering;
  • Develop an understanding of how this knowledge may be applied in practice in an economic and environmentally sustainable manner;
  • Foster the acquisition and implementation of broad research and analytical skills related to structural engineering;
  • Attract highly motivated students irrespective of race, gender, background and physical disability, from the UK and overseas;
  • Develop new areas of teaching in response to the advance of scholarship and the needs of the community including vocational training;
  • Provide an introduction to the subject for students from other relevant disciplines

Students will undertake 6* modules in the autumn term (October to December), examined in January; and a further 6* modules in the spring term (January-March), examined after the Easter break.  This second examination period is followed by a 2-week conceptual group design exercise and a major individual piece of work, either research or design based. The course culminates in a final project which can be design or research orientated.  *For those taking Business Management or Sustainable Development, two of the six core structural engineering modules will be replaced with material from these options.

All students are required to take 12 taught (and examined) modules, six in the Autumn Term and six in the Spring Term.  Students undertaking the MSc with Business Management or Sustainable Development take four modules from the following lists in each of the two terms, in addition to the relevant Business Management or Sustainable Development material.  All students then undertake either a research-based or detailed design project to complete the MSc programme.  

Autumn Term

  • CI9-STR-02 Reinforced Concrete I (core)
  • CI9-STR-03 Prestressed Concrete (Core)
  • CI9-STR-06 Finite Element Analysis
  • CI9-STR-08 Structural Dynamics
  • CI9-STR-24 Structural Stability
  • CI9-STR-34 Structural Analysis (Core)
  • CI9-STR-40 Design of Timber & Masonry Structures

Spring Term

  • CI9-STR-01 Concrete Materials (Core)
  • CI9-STR-09 Reinforced Concrete II (Core)
  • CI9-STR-11 Nonlinear Structural Analysis
  • CI9-STR-13 Seismic Design of Concrete Structures
  • CI9-STR-35 Design of Bridges
  • CI9-STR-36 Structural Reliability Theory
  • CI9-STR-39 Theory of Shells

Summer Term

  • CI9-STR-18 Design Project - Dissertation

Minimum Entry requirements

  • A good Upper Second, or First Class Degree (or Overseas Equivalent), in engineering or another numerate discipline.

  • Good mathematical skills.
  • Relevant Postgraduate industrial experience is favoured.
  • Meet the College English language requirements for postgraduate applicants. 

Departmental MSc Scholarships

All candidates who have indicated their wish to be considered for available funding at the application stage.
Awards will be based on academic excellence and relevant experience. 
Number of awards: up to 17
Application Deadline: 31 March 2014

Value - full or partial tuition fee waiver

Statoil Scholarships

Awards will be based on academic excellence and relevant experience. The recipients will undertake their research dissertation in the area of Offshore Engineering.
Number of awards: 2
Deadline to apply: 15 July 2014

Contribution of £12,500 towards the course tuition fees and subsistence

Business Management add-on module

Is designed to provide you with the ability to think about the business side of civil engineering, addressing key principles of accounting, microeconomics, business law, human resource management and project management, and to complement your core technical MSc programme.  Crossing all disciplines, it enables you to interact and work with students from our other civil engineering MSc programmes to broaden your appreciation of the wider engineering business, its context and complexity.


Business Management comprises four discrete units, taught over two terms (Microeconomics and Principles of Accounting in Autumn term, examined at the beginning of January; Project Management and Business Environments-Construction Law in Spring term, examined at the beginning of the Summer Term). Each exam is of two hours duration. Project Management is primarily assessed by hands-on project-based coursework. Each unit also has coursework assessment during term, including individual written work and classroom-based group work.

These options comprise 120 contact hours of study and are taken as an alternative to a corresponding Amount of core engineering study.

Sustainable Development add-on module

Is designed to provide you with the basic skills to incorporate the concepts of sustainable development into all the stages of an engineering project’s development. It is suitable for those who wish to direct their career towards issues of development and redevelopment, especially in the provision of infrastructure, and its renovation and renewal. You will gain the practical tools necessary to apply the principles of engineering for sustainable development in real world contexts.

Comprises three units, taught over the autumn and spring terms, and covered by one 3-hour written examination at the beginning of the summer term, multiple pieces of coursework, both in-class, group and individual and a design guide.  Recent DesignGuides have included an analysis of tourist accommodation in Switzerland, concrete manufacturing processes, packaging design, and transportation projects.  The choice of topics is very broad, as the goal is not to do a detailed analysis of a specific industry, but to gain an appreciation of the general sustainability tools and techniques that might be used for analysing any engineering system.  By contrast, the special projects are more technical and are typically based on work within the core MSc subject (e.g. structures, transport, etc), with sustainability elements in parallel.  A recent example performed a life-cycle assessment of alternative structural designs.

These options comprise 120 contact hours of study and are taken as an alternative to a corresponding Amount of core engineering study.

Modules not taken with Business Management and Sustainable Development

Autumn Term:  CI9-STR-40 Design of Timber and Masonry Structures

Spring Term: CI9-STR-11 Nonlinear Strutural Analysis

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