Sustainable Civil and Structural Engineering MSc (Eng)

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months   Part-time: 24 months
  • Programme start: January and September 2022
  • Entry requirements: You will need a UK 2:1 (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering or Structural Engineering only. Previous relevant industry experience is a strong advantage.
Sustainable Civil and Structural Engineering msc

Module details

Compulsory modules

Capstone: Multidisciplinary Project (CIVE462)
LevelM
Credit level30
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To provide the students with the opportunity to: work in groups to conduct a complete holistic design of a real-life engineering project, interact with clients, architects and consultants from different design backgrounds, combine their theoretical knowledge of analysis and design within a large design project, and instil awareness of the various activities involved in the planning, design and construction of large-scale projects.

Learning Outcomes

(LO2) Understand digitally enable workflows that support the project lifecycle

(LO3) Understand built environment project lifecycle and UK workstages according to PAS1192-2

(LO4) Demonstrate proficiency in applying the creative design process to an engineering challenge in the built environment

(LO5) Understand and correctly apply "rules of thumb" and validation to support engineering judgement and decision

(LO6) Understand and correctly apply principles of "safe by design"; including health and safety and CDM

(LO7) Experience using digital tools to support the engineering design and documentation process

(LO8) Demonstrate proficiency and confidence in presenting engineering solutions to technical and non-technical stakeholders

(LO9) Understand the implications of procurement, contracts and financial considerations in project creation and delivery

(S1) On completion of the module, students should be able to show experience and enhancement of key skills in: Working as part of a team and providing leadership when necessary IT skills including the use of drawing, design and analysis packages Oral skills in presentations given to students and staff and in group meetings with staff Producing work under pressure and presenting ideas to clients

(S2) On completion of the module, students should be able to show experience and enhancement of the following discipline-specific practical skills in: Planning and costing on an integrated design project. Sharing workload and responsibilities within their teams Presentation of their engineering solutions in a professional manner Management of their time in the production of a feasible design solution

(S3) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate ability in: Problem formulation as part of the design process Development of feasible design solutions that satisfy the design constraints and the efficiency requirements Selection of appropriate construction materials that are suitable for the structure under design Presenting their work in a professional, clear and concise manner Responding to questions on design with confidence Collecting and analysing information with earlier designs that are relevant to the structure being designed Application of computer-based analysis packages Production of professional reports and drawings on their design

(S4) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: How to take part in group exercises in order to share responsibilities to achieve a realistic design scheme for the required structure while taking account of relevant constraints and environmental issues The difficulties that may arise when working in a group and ways of avoiding these difficulties The need for approximate hand calculations at the initial design stages and as a means of checking output of computer-based analysis packages The conceptual and planning issues affecting a schematic design The need to evaluate buildability and safety at an early stage of the design procedure The business, commercial and financial issues involved in construction project The environmental issues involved in construction projects

(S5) Communication

(S6) Team Working

Advanced Geomechanics (CIVE420)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

This module introduces students to advanced theories, concepts and methods of modern geomechanics, with emphasis on: - DEM and other advanced methods of simulation - Plasticity theory and limit analysis  - Constitutive modelling of soft and hard soils

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Understanding the potentials and limitations of the available computational methods of simulation and identifying the appropriate method for the problem at hand

(LO2) Understand Particle methods such as the Discrete Element Method (DEM)

(LO3) Awareness of other advanced methods of simulation including Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH)

(LO4) Understand Plasticity theory and Plastic limit analysis 

(LO5) Understand the role of constitutive modelling in the solution of geotechnical engineering problems

(LO6) Experience Finite element analysis for geomechanics problems

(S1) Problem Solving

(S2) Information Technology (Application of)

(S3) Communication

Structural Systems (CIVE405)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
Aims

This module aims to provide students with knowledge of modern structures and the necessary requirements of a careful design strategy to achieve efficiency and cost effectiveness, and avoid excessive material use. The module seeks to introduce students to the theory and practice in structural design and teach them how to deal with common design situations. The module further aims to emphasise the learning of structural design, safety considerations and environmental impact of structural decisions.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) At the end of the module, students will be able to use composite action to develop large span structural solutions

(LO2) With the class discussions, students will be able to optimise structural solutions to achieve efficiency and low cost

(LO3) On successful completion of the module, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the efficient use of arches, masted structures, portal frames and space structures in covering large spans

(LO4) On successful completion of the module, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the history of development of structural systems, advantages and limitations of cable supported structures, and methods to control the cost of structures impractical applications

(S1) Problem solving skills

(S2) Communication skills

(S3) International awareness

(S4) Adaptability

Advanced Construction Management (CIVE445)
LevelM
Credit level7.5
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
Aims

To develop student awareness of professional practices in construction management.

To develop a knowledge and understanding of strategic and lifecycle approaches to management.

To stimulate an appreciation of construction managements’ role in creating new business and opportunities.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Understand project management as applied to contracts, finance and strategy in business development.

(LO2) Comprehend the key components of BIM-related and IT-based approaches to support project management.

(LO3) Determine the impact of organisational culture change and client-based needs on the construction industry.

(LO4) Analyse a range of corporate problems and challenges, and the varied input of management in their solution.

(LO5) Highlight strategies for change, along with new approaches to revenue generation and cost recovery.

(LO6) Undertake the analysis and modelling of strategies for process improvement, specific to professional development.

(S1) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

(S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Synthesis

(S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Evaluation

(S4) Commercial awareness - Relevant understanding of organisations

(S5) Time and project management - Project management

Structural Steelwork, Timber and Masonry (CIVE444)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
Aims

To introduce students to the basic behaviour of various forms of steel structures, timber structures and masonry structures. To ensure that the students are aware of the limitations of each material. To introduce students to the relevant Eurocode codes of practice and their use in structural design.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Knowledge and Understandingthe basic types of behaviour of the three materials; the optimum for structural forms and members; the connections involved in each material; the appropiate methods of design for each material; the choices of materials for specific purposes.

(LO2) Intellectural Abilities evaluating the load paths within a structure; selecting an appropriate section in any of the materials; selecting an appropriate system of connections for each material.

(LO3) General Transferable Skills presentation of analysis

(S1) Problem solving skills

(S2) Numeracy

(S3) Communication skills

(S4) IT skills

Materials for Durable and Sustainable Construction (CIVE401)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
Aims

The aim of the module is to enhance students' knowledge and understanding of the advances made in conventional construction materials and alternative construction materials that have and are currently being developed for use in construction to achieve more innovative, and sustainable structures.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Knowledge and Understanding At the end of this module a student is expected to: Understand the advances and recent developments made with regards to conventional construction materials. Understand and acknowledge the development of innovative construction materials and the research, trials, product developments and case studies that support the use of such alternatives. Understand and appreciate why it is important to develop and use more durable and sustainable construction materials in response to globally driven protocols which aim to protect the environment and reduce green house gases and CO² emissions. Intellectual Abilities On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate ability in: Identifying a suitable material/technology which will be economical and durable within a given environment whilst at the same time being the most suitable material in terms of long term sustainability and satisfying the project requirements. Identifying the need for alternative construction materials based on economic, environmental and sustainability drivers. Understanding the process involved in developing new and alternative construction materials. Understand the chemistry, composition and manufacture of materials. Practical Skills On successful completion of the module, students should be able to show experience and enhancement of the following discipline-specific practical skills: Selecting/specifying materials (advanced conventional and newly developed alternatives) for optimised economics, increased durability and long term sustainability within a given environment. General Transferable Skills On successful completion of the module, students should be able to show experience and enhancement of the following key skills: Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry; IT skills. Report writing skills Presenting skills

Energy and the Environment (MECH433)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To give students an understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of alternative and conventional energy generation methods.

To develop detailed knowledge of wind, solar energy capture and nuclear energy.

To develop skills in quantitative analysis of energy generation methods.

To develop skills in dealing with complex problems in a systematic manner. To develop ability in independent learning.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the energy sources, the concept of sustainability, the way energy is generated or harvested and their impact to the natural environment.

(LO2) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the basic theory of wind energy, solar energy and nuclear energy.

(LO3) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate ability in using simple theory to estimate the energy production and associated costs.

(LO4) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate ability in using simple economic model to estimate the viability of the energy scheme and sustainability issues.

(S1) Problem formulation and analysis

(S2) Using analytical methods taught in the module, dealing with complex issues in a systematic manner

(S3) Applying analytical methods to wind, solar power and nuclear energy generation problems; decision making in complex and unpredictable situations

(S4) Understanding of alternative energy generation methods. Impact of conventional energy generation methods on the environment; quantitative analysis techniques for energy generation methods

Msc(eng) Project (60 Credits) (ENGG660)
LevelM
Credit level60
SemesterWhole Session
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

This module enables students to pursue a research project under the guidance of a member of academic staff.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) On successful completion of the project, the student should have developed a substantial and systematic knowledge and understanding of key aspects of the engineering or engineering-related topic of his/her project, including the theory, recognised principles and best practices (as appropriate). Much of this knowledge will be at, or informed by, the forefront of defined aspects of the discipline.

(LO2) On successful completion of the project, the student should also have developed a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the experimental and theoretical techniques and research methodology appropriate to advanced study in their field.

(S1) On successful completion of the project, the student should be able to show experience and enhancement of the following key skills:
Dealing with complex issues in a systematic and creative manner;
Effectively communicating findings orally and in writing to specialist and non-specialist audiences;
Planning and implementing tasks autonomously at a professional level;
Interacting effectively with others (eg, supervisor, technicians, etc);
Designing poster/webpages;
Computing and ITskills (scope-dependent);
Self-discipline, self-motivation, self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems.

(S2) On successful completion of the project, the student should be able to show experience and enhancement in some of the following discipline-specific practical skills (depending on the scope of the project):
Using sophisticated research equipment to carry out experimental/laboratory/workshop activities with due regard to safety;
Using appropriate engineering analysis software and IT tools.

(S3) On successful completion of the project, the student should be able to demonstrate ability in several of the following:
Critically evaluating current research and advanced scholarship;
Defining/specifying a problem;
Researching and information-gathering;
Planning/designing experimental work using suitable techniques and procedures with due regard to safety;
Assessing and managing risk;
Analysing technical problems qualitatively and/or quantitatively and drawing conclusions;
Designing a system, component or process based on an outline or detailed specification;
Assembling and analysing data and drawing conclusions;
Evaluating current methodologies and (where appropriate) propose new methodologies;
Critically evaluate the project outcomes;
Making an original contribution to knowledge.

Optional modules

Project Management (MNGT502)
LevelM
Credit level7.5
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting55:45
Aims

To teach students the fundamentals of practical project management required in later university study and in professional engineering careers;

To provide students with the opportunity to develop a range of professional and project management skills through group project work.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) On completion of this module students will have developed knowledge un understanding of fundamentals of practical project management including:
- situational analysis
-preparation of requirements documentation
- formulation of objectives
- work programme planning
- work programme scheduling
- understanding and use of critical path

(LO2) On completion of this module students will have developed knowledge un understanding of fundamentals of practical risk management including:
- identification of risks to project completion
- quantification of risk severity
- risk analysis and mitigation / contingency planning

(LO3) On completion of this module students will have developed knowledge un understanding of fundamentals of practical cost management including:
- understanding and analysis of direct and indirect costs
- calculation of key costs such as labour and depreciation of capital
- understanding and analysis of cost behaviour over time
- understanding and calculation of overheads and overhead absorption rates
- cost analysis as a decision making tool (eg special order costing)

(S1) On completion of the 5 project tasks students will be able to demonstrate their development of group work and communications skills

(S2) On completion of the 5 project tasks students will be able to demonstrate their development of meeting management and record keeping skills

(S3) On completion of the 5 project tasks students will be able to demonstrate that they can deliver project outputs to a hard deadline

(S4) On completion of the 5 project tasks students will be able to demonstrate their ability to use MS Project software as a management tool.

(S5) On completion of the MSc only task the students will develop and evidence skills in self and peer performance evaluation


Please note, UK students are exempt from ENGG596 and should select optional module, MNGT502, instead. EU/OSI students with strong English language skills can be exempt as well, subject to the Programme Director’s approval.

Part-time students study ENGG596, CIVE445, CIVE405, MECH433 and CIVE401 in Year 1 and CIVE444, CIVE462, CIVE420 and ENGG660 in Year 2, with the option of MNGT502 (as above).  Part-time students select their project and supervisor during module ENGG597 in Year 1, then have flexibility to spread the 600 hours effort on ENGG660 over the rest of the two-year programme.