• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 12 months
  • School: Science & Engineering
  • Study Mode: Full Time
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Study within our world class research centre - the Concrete Technology Unit.

This course serves to deepen your knowledge, increase understanding, and develop skills in concrete technology, and to help prepare you for a career in industry, commerce or academia. It builds on the Division's renowned research expertise and industrial experience in current aspects of civil engineering.

Our Concrete Technology Unit (CTU) was established in 1989 and has grown into a world class research Centre of Excellence. It is guided by an Advisory Committee of leading practitioners and is committed to carrying out research to the highest level. The Unit's state-of-the-art research facilities has a broad research base covering concrete science, environment, technology and construction; durability, repair and maintenance strategies; recycling/reuse of materials and sustainability issues; novel construction applications; and risk assessment and whole life cost analysis.

Professional Accreditation

This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng(Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree. Visit the Joint Board of Moderators homepage for further information.

Research and facilities

Civil Engineering at Dundee is ranked top in Scotland for research. You will have the opportunity to engage with leading edge research at Dundee, meaning we attract students of the highest calibre and our graduates are highly sought after by employers worldwide. Students studying on our masters programmes benefit from our renowned research expertise and industry experience.

We have recently undertaken a major upgrade of laboratory facilities particularly in the areas of Concrete Technology and Geotechnical Engineering, thanks to an investment of £1.8M from the European Regional Development Fund and the University to create the Scottish MArine Renewables Test (SMART) Centre for Concrete and Geotechnics. This has resulted in new state-of-the-art commercial grade experimental equipment being commissioned, strengthening our capability in these research areas and enhancing our capacity for experimentally focussed work.

The University of Dundee is home to a state-of-the-art geotechnical centrifuge, only one of three in Europe capable of earthquake replication. The purpose of the centrifuge is to enable small scale models of geotechnical structures such as tunnels, foundations or retaining walls to be tested under the high-stress conditions experienced by these structures at full scale. This is achieved by increasing gravity. The Dundee centrifuge is 3m radius and capable of carrying models up to 1000 kg mass and at accelerations up to 100 times earth’s gravity. Whilst “in flight”, various additional loads can be applied to the models, including earthquake shaking, large scale fault rupture, environmental wetting/drying, and translational and rotational loading can be applied using our robot.

Key reasons to choose Dundee include:

  • Combination of core modules providing skills generic to engineering and research, and specialist modules providing in-depth and advanced knowledge
  • Approved by the Joint Board of Moderators (ICE/IStructE) as an Approved Further Learning Scheme for Chartered Engineers
  • Access to advanced world-class experimental and computational facilities and staff expertise
  • Industry or research related project in a wide range of areas such as developing high strength foam concrete, development of carbonation resistance, high performance concrete, use of novel materials in concrete

Who should study this course?

This course is designed both for people pursuing a higher degree soon or immediately after obtaining their first degree, and for those with considerable work experience.

How you will be taught

Modules are taught via lectures and tutorials.

How you will be assessed

The course is assessed by coursework and examination.

The research project accounts for half of the programme and gives you the opportunity to benefit from, and contribute to our research. At the end of the project students submit a dissertation based on their research.

What you will study

The programme consists of 180 Credits. The Credits are made up as follows:

Core modules 40 credits
Specialist codules 80 credits
Research project 60 credits

(One credit represents 10 hours of notional student effort)

Core Modules

These provide skills generic to engineering and research. The two modules are:

Carrying out a literature search. Analysing literature. Writing a literature review. Quantitative and qualitative approaches to research. Planning a research project. Planning a presentation. Delivering a presentation. Statistical analysis of data. Hypothesis testing. Preliminary work on your research project.

30 credits

Background to legislation: safety statistics; causes of accidents. Framework of Health and Safety Legislation. The Health and Safety at Work Act; CDM Regulations; COSHH, Construction Regulations Managing Construction Health and Safety. Implementing the CDM regulations. International and Governmental Environment Policy and Targets. What is Sustainable Construction? Minimisation of Construction Waste and Pollution Prevention Guidelines on Construction and Demolition Sites. Environmental Assessment Methods, eg ISO 14000 and BREEAM (BRE Environment Assessment Method). Use of Recycled Materials in Production of Cement and Concrete. ‘Brown’ Land Remediation with cement. Examples of Best Practice for Recycling, Reuse and Reconstitution. Site visit to review the use of recycled materials in concrete production.

10 credits

Specialist Modules

The specialist modules provide in-depth and advanced knowledge, and build upon our recognised expertise in concrete technology. These cover the following topics:

Review of the nature of concrete in structures. Overview of the causes and mechanisms of deterioration of concrete. Chemical attack. Corrosion of reinforcement. Physical and mechanical attack. Production of durable concrete: Mix constituents and composition. Integrating durability into design: British and European standards, design, detailing, and workmanship. Theoretical evaluation of potential durability of structural concrete. Test methods for evaluating potential durability of structural concrete. Environmental Benefits of Durable Concrete Construction.

Review of common defects in concrete and concrete structures and their effect on serviceability. Inspection, Testing and Assessment of Concrete Structures. Performance and Integrity Testing.

Planning and Interpretation of In-situ testing. Strengthening Methods for Concrete Elements. Characteristics of repair materials.

20 credits

Introduction to construction systems. Factors influencing mix design and specification. Production, delivery and placing of ready-mixed concrete. Finishing and curing of concrete. Quality Assurance. Materials for formwork/specialized systems. Evaluation of formwork pressure/striking times. Basic formwork design. Manufacture of precast concrete. Erection and assembly of precast concrete. Case studies. The design process with reinforced concrete. Structural form. Materials / stress and resistance of members. Joints, connections and constructability. Materials and forms of concrete masonry construction. Plain concrete masonry design. Reinforced concrete masonry design. Masonry detailing and construction issues.

20 credits

Introduction and review of constituent materials. Binders. Hydration of cements. Aggregates: sources, evaluation and problems. Chemical admixtures, mineral additives and bonding agents. Materials for special concretes. Mix design. Handling and placing. Highway works; cement and concrete-bound materials.

Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment. Review of Environmental Concepts. Natural Resources. Energy. Pollution. Recycling. Quality of Life. Environmental Valuation. Environmental Life-Cycle Analysis. Other Environmental Impact Assessment Methods. Case Studies / Worked Examples.

20 credits

Working in teams, leading project teams, completing successful projects, assessing the feasibility of projects, procurement on projects, project risk, design in projects.

This module is taught through problem based learning. You will operate in teams to solve management problems and write a management report, which will be submitted as an item of coursework.

You are encouraged to reflect on the performance of teams and their leaders.

20 credits

Research Project

The research project is made up of two parts:

Students work on one project, the first part, CE50028 is completed before April. Students who satisfy the progression requirements then complete CE50007.

Carrying out a literature search. Analysing literature. Writing a literature review. Quantitative and qualitative approaches to research. Planning a research project. Planning a presentation. Delivering a presentation. Statistical analysis of data. Hypothesis testing. Preliminary work on your research project.

30 credits

The aim of the project is to allow students to undertake a substantial, individual programme of research, either experimental, analytical, in-depth survey, or on-site, which addresses a specific engineering problem. The topic of the project will be related to the student’s MSc specialism.

The project will enable students to put into practice skills learnt in some or all of the Core modules, and to build upon the knowledge and understanding gained in the specialist modules.

60 credits

There is a continuing demand for civil engineers particularly in the energy and water sectors and the skills of the civil engineer are highly portable in the multi-disciplinary engineering sectors. The latest Institution of Civil Engineers Salary Survey for the UK (2010) indicates that the average total income of its senior members is nearly £100k, while that of recent graduates is £27.5k.

We are proud of our achievements in graduate employment. The blend of science, technology and management education and training gained in a unique learning environment that is both challenging and friendly, makes our graduates attractive to employers in civil engineering and a wider range of sectors.

Graduates from Dundee have gone on to achieve high level positions in most sectors of the profession. These include consulting engineers and contractors, the offshore industry and research organisations.

Noushin Khosravi, MSc in Concrete Engineering and Environmental Management

“I graduated from the Baha'i Institute for Higher Education with a BSc in Civil Engineering in and then worked for a Structural Engineering firm in Iran before coming to the University of Dundee to study for a Masters. I’m extremely impressed by the University’s state-of-art research facilities, which provide a lot of hands-on experience in concrete technology. International students receive a very warm welcome whenever they arrive and everybody is very kind and helpful. We’re well-supported and guided in many aspects of student life, such as accommodation, and I feel very settled in Dundee, where I’ve made some very good friends.”

Postgraduate Students Allowances Scheme (PSAS)

Scottish and EU applicants for this course may be eligible for a PSAS tuition fee loan