Structural Design and Construction Management with Sustainability MSc

Why choose this course?

This course focuses on the challenges and opportunities facing the concrete industry in meeting the demands of sustainability. You will examine concrete technology, sustainable construction, earthquake engineering, steel and concrete building design, fire assessment, geo-environmental engineering and construction management. You will take part in practical work, group work, case studies and presentations. Experts at leading civil engineering and construction companies contribute to the course. For your dissertation, you may choose an industry-relevant project to research.

Mode Duration Start date
Full time 1 year September 2022
January 2023
Full time 2 years including professional placement September 2022
January 2023
Part time 2 years September 2022
January 2023
Location Penrhyn Road

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • This course is fully compatible with the Government and Foresight Strategy on Sustainable Construction.
  • This course offers specialised knowledge and skills that will enhance your employability.
  • The course meets the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) if you already have an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng (Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons).

Accreditation

Joint Board of Moderators

Joint Board of Moderators

Joint Board of Moderators

Further learning programme – MSc

This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM), comprising the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, on behalf of the Engineering Council, 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. 

It should be noted that candidates completing the MSc who hold an underpinning accredited IEng degree or a non-accredited bachelor degree will need to apply for an academic assessment to determine whether they will meet the educational base for CEng registration.

Our MSc course in Structural Design and Construction Management with Sustainability is accredited until 2023 entry.

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

Accreditation 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 you will 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 structural design in concrete 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.

For a student to go on placement they are required to pass every module first time with no reassessments. It is the responsibility of individual students to find a suitable paid placement. Students will be supported by our dedicated placement team in securing this opportunity.

Modules

Optional placement year

Core modules

Management of Project Risk, Quality and Safety

30 credits

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. 

Seismic Design of Structures and Substructure Design

30 credits

This core module covers the conceptual design and detailed design of concrete framed buildings subjected to earthquake in accordance with Eurocode 8 (EC8). The module also covers the design of reinforced concrete substructures and foundations to Eurocode 7 (EC7) including soil-structure interaction, cyclic loading and sustainability issues. 

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

  • Carry out conceptual design, seismic analysis and detailed design of concrete framed buildings to EC8.
  • Critically analyse technical structural requirements and recommend credible practical solutions for concrete structures subjected to earthquake induced loading including repair and strengthening of earthquake-damaged structures.
  • 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.
  • Discuss and interpret environmental as well as practical issues related to geotechnical construction.
Structural Design in Concrete and Steel

30 credits

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.
Estimating, Tendering and Procurement

30 credits

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.

Dissertation

60 credits

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.

Sustainable Construction and Substructure Design

30 credits

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.

Optional modules

Professional Placement

120 credits

The Professional Placement module is a core module for those students following a masters programme that incorporates an extended professional placement. It provides students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an appropriate working environment, and develops and enhances key employability and subject specific skills in their chosen discipline. Students may wish to use the placement experience as a platform for the major project or future career.

It is the responsibility of individual students to find and secure a suitable placement opportunity; this should not normally involve more than two placements which must be completed over a minimum period of 10 months and within a maximum of 12 months. The placement must be approved by the Course Leader, prior to commencement to ensure its suitability. Students seeking placements will have access to the standard placement preparation activities offered by Student Engagement and Enhancement (SEE) group.

Read more about the postgraduate work placement scheme.

Work placement scheme

Many postgraduate courses at Kingston University allow students to do a 12-month work placement as part of their course. The responsibility for finding the work placement is with the student; we cannot guarantee the work placement, just the opportunity to undertake it. As the work placement is an assessed part of the course, it is covered by a student's Student Route visa.

Find out more about the postgraduate work placement scheme.

 

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. The regulations governing this course are available on our website. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.

Work placement scheme

Many postgraduate courses at Kingston University allow students to take the option of a 12-month work placement as part of their course. The responsibility for finding the work placement is with the student; we cannot guarantee the placement, just the opportunity to undertake it. You may find securing a professional placement difficult as they are highly competitive and challenging, but they are also incredibly rewarding. So it is very important to prepare and apply yourself if this is the route you wish to take. Employers look for great written and oral communication skills; and an excellent CV/portfolio. As the work placement is an assessed part of the course, it is covered by a student's Student Route visa.

Find out more about the postgraduate work placement scheme.

Entry requirements

Typical offer

  • A 2:2 or above honours degree or equivalent in either civil engineering or structural engineering. Candidates who do not have a degree in civil engineering or structural engineering but have suitable industrial experience will be considered.

Please note: each application is assessed on an individual basis and may be subject to additional requirements, such as undertaking short course(s), work experience and/or English language qualification(s). Meeting particular minimum entry requirements does not automatically guarantee a place.

International

In order to complete your programme successfully, it is important to have a good command of English and be able to apply this in an academic environment. Therefore, if you are a non-UK applicant* you will usually be required to provide certificated proof of English language competence before commencing your studies.

For this course you must pass IELTS academic test in English with an overall score of 6.5, with no element below 6.0, or meet the scores listed on the alternative online tests. Please note that we do not accept Standard XII as proof of Academic English.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements may be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Please make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we'll consider.

* Applicants from one of the recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Country-specific information

You will find more information on country specific entry requirements in the International section of our website.

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Teaching and assessment

Guided independent study (self-managed time)

When not attending timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS, the online virtual learning platform.

Support for postgraduate students

As a student at Kingston University, we will make sure you have access to appropriate advice regarding your academic development. You will also be able to use the University's support services

Your workload

Year 1: 16% of your time is spent in timetabled learning and teaching activity.

  • Scheduled learning and teaching: 282 hours
  • Guided independent study (self-managed time): 1518 hours

Contact hours may vary depending on your modules

 

How you will be assessed

Assessment typically comprises

  • exams (eg test or exam).
  • practical (eg presentations, performance).
  • coursework (eg essays, reports, self-assessment, portfolios, dissertation).

The approximate percentage for how you will be assessed on this course is as follows, though depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose:

  • 80% coursework
  • 20% exams

 

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.

Class sizes

­You will be part of an intimate cohort of students which provides dedicated academic guidance and advice as well as the opportunity to build a life-long network of colleagues. Some modules are common across other postgraduate programmes, therefore you may be taught alongside postgraduates from other courses.

Who teaches this course?

This course is delivered by the Department of Civil Engineering, Construction and Surveying which is part of the School of Engineering and the Environment in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing.

Postgraduate students may run or assist in lab sessions and may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader.

Fees for this course

Here you can find more details about fees for this course, as well as any funding opportunities available to you for this course. Please note that fees relate to the academic year in question and will increase in future years.

If you require a Student Route visa to reside in the UK you will not be able to enrol on a part-time programme at the University.

2022/23 fees for this course

Home 2022/23

  • MSc full time £9,620
  • MSc part time £5,291

International 2022/23

  • MSc full time £15,400
  • MSc part time £8,470

2021/22 fees for this course

Home 2021/22

  • MSc full time £9,430
  • MSc part time £5,187

International 2021/22

  • MSc full time £14,900
  • MSc part time £8,195

Tuition fee information for future course years

If you start your second year straight after Year 1, you will pay the same fee for both years.

If you take a break before starting your second year, or if you repeat modules from Year 1 in Year 2, the fee for your second year may increase.

Fees for the optional placement year

If you choose to take a placement as part of this course, you will be invoiced for the placement fee in Year 2. Find out more about the postgraduate work placement scheme and the costs for the placement year.

Funding and bursaries

Kingston University offers a range of postgraduate scholarships, including:

If you are an international student, find out more about scholarships and bursaries.

We also offer the following discounts for Kingston University alumni:

Additional costs

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs that are not covered by tuition fees which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, access to shared IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

Where a course has additional expenses, we make every effort to highlight them. These may include optional field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering), security checks such as DBS, uniforms, specialist clothing or professional memberships.

Textbooks

Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to buy your own copy of key textbooks, this can cost between £50 and £250 per year.

Computer equipment

There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan. You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residences. Free WiFi is available on each of the campuses. You may wish to purchase your own computer, which can cost between £100 and £3,000 depending on your course requirements.

Photocopying and printing

In the majority of cases written coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing, binding and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees, this may cost up to £100 per year.

Travel

Travel costs are not included in your tuition fees but we do have a free intersite bus service which links the campuses, Surbiton train station, Kingston upon Thames train station, Norbiton train station and halls of residence.

Placements

If the placement year option is chosen, during this year travel costs will vary according to the location of the placement, and could be from £0 to £2,000.

Field trips

All field trips that are compulsory to attend to complete your course are paid for by the university. There may be fees incurred for optional field trips which can range from £30 to £800 per trip.

3D printing

It is not compulsory as part of your degree to print projects using the 3D printer. However if you wish to, you will need to pay for the material. Printing costs are estimated by weight (cheapest material is 3p per gram and most expensive material is 40p per gram).

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Kingston University will supply you with a lab coat, hard hat and safety goggles at the start of the year. A £10 voucher will be supplied to help cover the cost of the safety boots when purchasing with our supplier Activity Work Wear. Safety boots can range between £25 and £100.

You may need to purchase equipment when going on site visits such as safety gloves. This may cost up to £50.

Our modern teaching environment

There is a wide range of facilities for practical work at our Penrhyn Road campus, where this course is based. You will have access to a modern environment with the latest technology and industry-standard equipment, including:

  • extensive materials and structures facility for concrete, masonry, steel and timber
  • geotechnical and hydraulics testing facilities
  • surveying equipment, such as satellite global-positioning systems

Dedicated computer-aided design facilities include:

  • a range of CAD/CAM packages, such as Ideas, SolidWorks and AutoCad
  • finite element analysis
  • computational fluid dynamics
  • virtual instrumentation

What our students say

Somesh AinapurSomesh Ainapur

MSc Structural Design and Construction Management with Sustainability (2022)

What first inspired you to want to study engineering?

Since my childhood I loved Maths and problem-solving skills that inspired me to study engineering. I was also fascinated by everything built around me such as buildings and bridges, and this directed my interest to Civil/Structural Engineering.

Having further guidance from my seniors in A-Levels about the role and responsibilities of a Civil/Structural Engineer, I decided to study Civil/Structural Engineering.

What attracted you to Kingston University?

Kingston University is probably the only university in the UK offering a dual MSc Structural Design and Construction Management (with Sustainability), which would give me career opportunities in consulting engineering using the Structural Design part or contracting using the Construction Management part. Also, the Sustainability addition would give me current skills as required by all employers due to climate emergency.

Other attractive attributes that convinced me to choose Kingston University included the:

  • full accreditation of the MSc
  • subject ranking
  • course structure
  • core modules
  • highly qualified practicing staff
  • prime location of the University
  • great alumni.

I felt totally confident that I had chosen the right university to kick off my career in Civil/ Structural Engineering.

Can you tell us more about your fantastic achievement of the GOLD Kingston award?

The Kingston Award was a fantastic opportunity for me to get motivated and be actively involved to gain soft skills that make a student a stand-out personality.

Being an international student, working towards achieving this award helped me to grow personally and professionally.

After the Kingston Award was mentioned during induction, I flagged this and started working towards achieving each attribute necessary by getting involved in various opportunities such as course representative, social media officer for the water sports club, member of the student union and team leader for the course works.

Apart from my activities at the University I gained experience by volunteering at Oxfam and a part-time job at KFC, where I met a lot of people from different diversities, cultures, and places.

These activities improved my soft skills such as communication, time management, problem-solving, decision making, self-confidence, financial management, and managerial skills which enhance my employability.

Congratulations on your new role! How do you feel Kingston University contributed to your success?

A huge thanks to Kingston University for giving me wonderful opportunities to grow myself and progress in my career.

In my opinion, the University is not just about teaching the modules but also giving students the support and opportunities which a young graduate needs to get himself pushed into the industry, I am confident that Kingston University has provided me with every opportunity to achieve my success.

The Faculty of Science Engineering and Computing is amazing in encouraging students to achieve great heights of success.

I would also like to thank all academic staff at Kingston University for their incredible support during my MSc and particularly Professor Costas Georgopoulos (Prof Costas) who designed this wonderful postgraduate programme and delivers a major part of it.

Prof Costas, Fellow of the Institutions of Civil and Structural Engineers, taught us the technical knowledge and sustainability parts that are necessary for Civil/Structural Engineers who come to study in the UK from all over the world.

From day one I noted all the information which he supplied in the class such as websites, competitions, Institution events, The Concrete Centre, etc., and I got actively involved with all relevant bodies.

I still remember Prof Costas classes and use his lifelong resources such as lecture notes, videos and free computer aided learning software to enhance my knowledge and help my performance in practice.

Prof Costas motivated me and pushed me towards achieving things in tough times such as the pandemic. He has always been part of my career achievements and awards. As a course rep I also heard from many students about his continuous support to them.

Prof Costas has a special way to communicate with students and manages to engage with everyone in making them knowledgeable and employable. He is an email away all the time for all graduates who need his advice and recommendation to secure a job. Prof Costas is also a mentor and sponsor for graduates applying to become a Chartered Civil / Structural Engineer incl. myself.

After you graduate

Where this course will take you

The market for sustainable construction management is continually evolving. Graduates from this programme will be prepared for senior technical and managerial positions in both private and governmental sectors, including:

  • civil/structural engineer
  • concrete technologist
  • materials engineer
  • technical manager
  • designer/ consultant
  • project engineer
  • construction engineer
  • sustainable construction manager
  • systems engineering consultant
  • project manager

Careers and recruitment advice

The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing has a specialist employability team. It provides friendly and high-quality careers and recruitment guidance, including advice and sessions on job-seeking skills such as CV preparation, application forms and interview techniques. Specific advice is also available for international students about the UK job market and employers' expectations and requirements.

The team runs employer events throughout the year, including job fairs, key speakers from industry and interviews on campus. These events give you the opportunity to hear from, and network with, employers in an informal setting. For example, in the picture here students are practising their interview skills with real employers at a 'speed interviewing' event on campus.

What this course offers you

  • 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. It is run in association with The Concrete Centre UK.
  • Input from experts at leading civil engineering, construction and related companies complement the academic teaching. This enables you to develop a wider perspective and understanding of the worldwide issues facing the construction industry.
  • Each module combines a stimulating mix of lectures, practical laboratory work, group work, case studies and presentations.
  • You will have the opportunity to undertake research and industry-relevant dissertation projects.
  • The course will also develop your professional, analytical and management skills, as well as improving your technical skills and knowledge. For example, you will gain communication, teamwork, IT and problem-solving skills.
  • You can choose to study the course full-time or part-time to fit in with work commitments. September and January start dates give you extra flexibility plus the programme is modular, with majority of the modules delivered over one week.
  • We regularly review all our postgraduate courses to make sure that they are up-to-date, reflect industry needs and are comparable to other university courses. This programme was developed in consultation with the leading industrial specialists and will be delivered in association with the Concrete Centre-UK.

Links with business and industry

How the engineering staff work with industry partners

Our excellent industrial links have developed over many years and throughout many countries. Some examples include work with:

  • Matra-Marconi Space Ltd;
  • Ericsson;
  • Balfour Beatty;
  • The National Health Service; and
  • British Gas.

Our Industrial Advisory Committee reviews and advises industrial activities. The Committee acts as a forum for discussing teaching, research and consultancy to industry.

Research areas

Engineering research 

Many academic staff are engaged in a range of research and consultancy activities funded by the Research Councils, the European Union, the government, trade unions and industry. These activities ensure our staff are in touch with the latest industry thinking and bring best practice to your studies.

Research centres

Engineering research within the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing is organised into three research centres, which provide focus and encourage the cross-fertilisation of ideas.

Civil engineering and construction research takes place in the Sustainable Technology Research Centre. The research groups within the centre cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • land use
  • building design and construction
  • re-cycling waste materials
  • efficient energy use and distribution
  • water resources (hydraulics)
  • monitoring using remote sensing

Extra activities for this course

There are always interesting activities taking place at Kingston and exciting opportunities to take advantage of.
Our lively research culture is reflected in our regular seminars. Recent examples include:

  • International Conference on Autoclaved Aerated Concrete;
  • Recent Advances in the Micromechanics of Ductile Fracture;
  • Environmental Degradation in Adhesively Bonded Structures;
  • Modelling of Deformation and Failure of Polymers: Why is Bridging of Length and Time Scales Necessary?; and
  • Why Bolt It When You Can Bond It? The Gluing Evolution.