• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 12 months
  • School: Science & Engineering
  • Study Mode: Full Time

You will deepen your knowledge of concrete materials in structural engineering, and take advantage of our renowned research expertise and industrial experience.

You will study modules in computational analysis of structures, earthquake engineering, concrete materials and construction, environmental management. Furthermore, you will undertake a project, which may be research or industry focused, or a combination of the two, and will give you the opportunity to work with Scotland’s leading civil engineering research group. The course is professionally accredited.

On the course you will study aspects of both structural engineering and concrete materials and see how the two aspects relate to each other. You will also study core modules that provide skills generic to engineering and research.

The course is backed by our Concrete Technology Unit (CTU). Our concrete research covers concrete science, environment, technology and construction; durability and repair technologies; durability, repair and maintenance strategies; recycling/reuse of materials and sustainability issues; novel construction applications; and risk assessment.

Professionally Accredited

Accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) at Chartered Engineer (CEng) Level.

Funding for our research is widely based, coming from research councils, government and industry. This combination provides a culture where industry and academia can move together to optimise concrete to be cost effective, sustainable and durable, whilst allowing flexibility for radical innovation and development.

Our work covers a wide-range of areas, including: concrete performance in marine environments; durability of modern concretes; utilisation of recovered fly ash; photocatalytic concrete; historic building; bioprotection; concrete mechanics; dynamic analysis of structures.

How you will be taught

You will be taught using a variety of methods including

  • Lectures
  • Workshops
  • Practical classes
  • Site visits

How you will be assessed

Assessment is via

  • Coursework
  • Examinations
  • Dissertation

What you will study

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

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

Core Modules

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

Finite Element Analysis

Introduction and key concepts; mesh design; shape functions; plane stress; stiffness matrices and load vectors; computational aspects; beam, plate and shell elements; iso-parametric elements.

Bridge Engineering

Introduction to structural forms; computational structural modelling; bridge deck analysis; cable stayed bridges; bridge loadings.

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

Earthquake Engineering

Origin of earthquakes and seismic ground motion; Structural dynamics and response spectra; Seismic structural design and detailing; Soil-structure interaction; Seismic behaviour and design of foundations; Seismic behaviour and design of retaining walls; Stability of slopes during earthquakes.

Concrete Assessment

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

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

Students choose from a selection of projects.

60 credits

This programme is accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) at Chartered Engineer (CEng) Level. The programme is accredited as follows:

This degree is accredited 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. See www.jbm.org.uk  for further information. The programme is accredited as a Technical MSc.

The quality of teaching and resources available to students of the Geotechnical Engineering MSc are exceptional and its reputation is well deserved. From each of the expertly delivered modules, I have gained a comprehensive understanding of the principles of Geotechnical Engineering and how to apply them in a wide range of scenarios.

United Kingdom

Craig Davidson
Graduate

Work with leading experts in the field

Study in a leading concrete technology research group

Home of the Scottish Marine Renewables Test Centre for Concrete and Geotechnics (SMART)

You should normally have, or expect to have an honours degree at 2.2 or above, or equivalent professional or overseas qualifications, in a relevant academic discipline.

 EU and International qualifications


English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.0
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 5.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers

 

English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

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The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

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Fee statusFees for students starting 2017/18
Scottish and EU students £5,950 per year of study
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Rest of UK students £5,950 per year of study
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Overseas students (non-EU) £17,950 per year of study
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You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate (UKPASS) website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the How to Apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

  Degree Course Code
Apply NowStructural Engineering and Concrete Materials MScP060225

Course Contact

Dr Ian Mackie
Science and Engineering
r.i.mackie@dundee.ac.uk
+44 (0)1382 384702