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  • Structural Design and Construction Management with Sustainability Masters (MSc)

Structural Design and Construction Management with Sustainability MSc

Why choose this course?

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. 

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.
Mode Duration Start date
Full time 1 year September 2020
Full time 2 years including professional placement September 2020
Part time 2 years September 2020
Location Penrhyn Road

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • Kingston has a reputation for research excellence in sustainable concrete construction. This course is fully compatible with the Government and Foresight Strategy on Sustainable Construction.
  • Sustainability is a key issue; 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 (non technical)

This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators, which includes the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) and the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) 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 partial CEng accredited BEng(Hons) undergraduate first degree. We are accredited until 2023 entry.

It should be noted that candidates completing the MSc who hold an underpinning accredited Eng 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.

See the Joint Board of Moderators website 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.

Teaching on these courses usually takes place in the evenings and/or a specific week block (Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm). For further details please contact secpgstudentoffice@kingston.ac.uk.

Modules

Additional 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.

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 tier 4 visa.

The placement fee amount will only be charged to your account after you find a placement and are enrolled on the work placement module. You will not be charged this fee if you do not manage to secure a work placement.

International students applying for a Tier 4 visa will need to pay the £300 non-refundable immigration health surcharge up front for both years.

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.

Entry requirements

Typical offer

  • Good honours degree (minimum 2.2) or academic equivalent in civil engineering or structural engineering.
  • Exceptionally, applicants who have substantial working experience in a related discipline (without a first degree) may be considered (if you can satisfy the admissions tutor of your motivation, numeracy and evidence of your ability to work at this level).
  • Overseas students must satisfy the admissions tutor that they have reached an equivalent academic standard.

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 the minimum requirement is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in Reading, Listening and Speaking.

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.

Teaching and assessment

Guided independent study

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, undertaking preparing 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 teaching and learning activity.

  • Scheduled teaching and learning: 282 hours
  • Guided independent study: 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 students who are on these courses within the School.

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 Tier 1-5 visa to reside in the UK (this includes a Tier 4 student visa), you will not be able to enrol on a part-time programme at the University.

Home and European Union 2020/21

  • MSc full time £9,200
  • MSc part time £5,060

Overseas (not EU) 2020/21

  • MSc full time £14,500
  • MSc part time £7,975

Home and European Union 2019/20

  • MSc full time £8,000
  • MSc part time £4,400

Overseas (not EU) 2019/20

  • MSc full time £14,100
  • MSc part time £7,755

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

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.
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