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Structural Design & Construction Management with Sustainability Masters (MSc)

Mode Duration Start date
Full time 1 year September 2016
January 2017
Part time 2 years September 2016
January 2017

Please note: this course was previously called Sustainable Construction MSc.

Choose Kingston's Structural Design & Construction Management with Sustainability MSc

This industry-accredited course is aimed at civil and/or structural engineers who aspire to become senior sustainability managers in both consulting engineering and contracting organisations. It successfully balances sustainable structural engineering with advanced construction management, and is led by a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and Institution of Structural Engineers. With sustainability being a key issue for the 21st century, this course offers specialised knowledge and skills that will enhance your employability potential.

Key features

  • This programme builds on the research excellence in sustainable concrete construction at Kingston University and is fully compatible with the existing Government and Foresight Strategy on Sustainable Construction.
  • Input from experts at leading civil engineering, construction and related companies complements the academic teaching. This enables you to develop a wider perspective and understanding of the worldwide sustainability issues facing the construction industry.

Further learning programme – MSc (technical)

This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators, which includes the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Structural Engineers, under licence from the Engineering Council, as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng(Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc(Hons) undergraduate first degree.

See www.jbm.org.uk for further information.

Engineering Council logoAccreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

Please check the Engineering Council website for more information.

What will you study?

The hands-on course focuses on the challenges and opportunities for the concrete industry in meeting the demands of sustainability. It combines concrete technology, sustainable construction, earthquake engineering, fire assessment, geo-environmental engineering and construction management.

The advanced concrete design module is assessed by coursework based on the national university competition organised by The Concrete Centre, the trade body representing the concrete industry in the UK.

Assessment

Coursework (including real-world case studies) and/or exams, practice-led research dissertation.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Modules

  • The module starts with a general introduction into the management of projects, and then goes more deeply into the technical aspects of project management techniques and project risk analysis.

    It also covers many aspects of health and safety legislation and practice, starting from the history of health and safety in the UK, the Health and Safety at Work Act, risk assessment, and covers major sets of regulations that impact on construction work. The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations are dealt with in depth, as this is a key piece of statutory legislation that relates to the construction industry. Good practice and the importance of advice and guidance are emphasised.

    Quality management is dealt with in relation to the requirements of the latest edition of ISO9000, and the process leading to registration under this standard. Modern practices in quality and the use of various quality management techniques are covered. 

     
  • This module is a core module examines the environmental, social and economic principles of sustainability relevant to concrete construction and covers robust sustainable practice including associated regulatory framework and initiatives. The module also covers the design of reinforced concrete substructures and foundations to Eurocode 7 (EC7) including soil-structure interaction and cyclic loading issues. 

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Identify and define the principles of sustainable concrete construction, and explain associated practical implications.
    • Review environmental, social and economic impacts of concrete and specify concrete constituents, production techniques and construction methods for durable and sustainable concrete structures & substructures.
    • Identify, define and apply regulatory provisions and newly introduced initiatives for sustainable concrete engineering practice.
    • Analyse and design shallow footings, rafts and special foundations using numerical methods in accordance with EC7.
    • Assess the loaded behaviour of single piles and pile groups including settlement prediction for both short term and long term conditions.
    • Analyse the stability and deformation of various geotechnical elements subjected to seismic loading.
     
  • This core module covers latest developments in specification, design and detail of reinforced and pre-stressed concrete framed buildings and, steel framed structures. Methods of analysis and structural design are in accordance with Eurocode 2 (EC2) and Eurocode 3 (EC3) for concrete and steel respectively. 

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Analyse, design and detail reinforced and pre-stressed concrete elements includinf flat slabs and post-tensioned slabs to EC2.
    • Carry out the conceptual design including design for stability and robustness of multi-storey concrete framed buildings.
    • Specify sustainable modern concretes including self-compacting concrete, high strength voncrete, admixtures and additions, in accordance with up-to-date practice.
    • Critically compare various methods of design with steel such as simple, continuous and semi-rigid and carry out plastic analysis of steel frames.
    • Analyse, design and detail incl. fire resistance requirements of steel elements such as beams, columns and composite floors to EC3.
    • Design single and multi-bay industrial structures in steel including bolted and welded connections.
     
  • This module concentrates on the way the construction product is priced and paid for and aims to give an in-depth understanding of the roles that the client/employer, the main contractor, and the professional service consultants have in relation to the procurement of construction works.

    It also examines the processes that need to be undertaken at senior management level in terms of the estimating and tendering decisions by contactors' during the bidding process. It analyses in detail the strategic decision making rationale that needs to be put in place when making a decision to tender a bid and the process of turning an estimate into a tender submission.

     
  • The overall aim of the module is to allow you to develop research skills and gain an appreciation of a subject area of the your own choosing. In undertaking the work that is required you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and competence in reviewing existing published literature and data and through the use of your own efforts apply one or more of a range of research methods to collect and analyse data and draw well-founded conclusions as a result of your research.

    The module allows you to study an area of interest in significant depth and allows you to demonstrate a clear understanding of what has been learnt through a variety of means; a literature review, a research proposal, an oral presentation and a substantial dissertation.

     

You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

For further information:

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Location

This course is taught at Penrhyn Road

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For further information:

Postgraduate admissions
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 4546
Email us

Location

This course is taught at Penrhyn Road

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