School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
This programme aims: to develop and apply advanced analytical skills; implement and draft design codes; apply advanced materials and construction techniques; rationalise the conflicting requirements of environment, professional standards and commercial pressures; devise and appraise new methods and procedures for the realisation and financing of construction projects; understand and assess the impact of quality assurance, design and management regulations.
For the MSc you take compulsory modules (60 credits) and optional modules (40 credits), followed by a research project written up as a dissertation (80 credits). For the Diploma you take six compulsory modules (60 credits), two optional modules (20 credits) and undertake a 40-credit project and dissertation.
Compulsory modules include: specialist structures; finite element theory in structural mechanics; design of building systems; structural dynamics; seismic resistant design; research methods. Optional modules include: construction management; the construction business; soil modelling and numerical methods; advanced structural materials; structural risk, reliability and sustainability; project management.
Teaching methods include: formal lectures; tutorials; seminars; open learning; group projects; computing workshops; laboratory and fieldwork; site visits. Assessment is by formal written examinations, course work, the dissertation, and oral and poster presentations.
This programme is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (Institution of Civil Engineers, Insti