• 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.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

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.

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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.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

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TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

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
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Core Modules

Credits: 30

This module includes:

  • 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

Credits: 10

This module includes:

  • 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, e.g. 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

Specialist Modules

All students take CE50005, CE50018 and CE50019, and either CE50017 or CE50025

Credits: 20

This module includes:

  • 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

Credits: 20

This module includes:

  • Specialist grouping: Concrete Engineering and Environmental Management
  • 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


Credits: 20

This module includes:

  • 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


Credits: 20

This module includes:

  • Introduction and review of concrete constituent materials
  • Cements, aggregates and chemical admixtures, alternative waste and secondary materials
  • Materials for special concretes
  • Optimisation of materials
  • Metrics for sustainable construction
  • 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

Credits: 20

This module includes:

  • Origin of earthquakes and seismic ground motion
  • Effects of earthquakes on the built environment
  • Definition of performance-based design ground motion
  • Site response to earthquake loading: various approaches for design
  • Structural dynamics and modelling
  • Response spectra
  • Inelastic structural response and displacement-based design
  • Seismic structural detailing (capacity design)
  • Remedial methods
  • Soil-structure interaction
  • Seismic behaviour and design of shallow and deep foundations
  • Seismic behaviour and design of earth-retaining and buried structures
  • Stability of slopes during earthquakes
  • Liquefaction of soils: hazard assessment and remedial methods
  • non-seismic dynamic loads
  • vibration propagation and design for vibration
  • Cyclic soil behaviour and rate effects

Credits: 60

Students choose from a selection of projects in the fields of structural engineering or concrete materials.

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.

Professional Accreditation: ICE/IStructE/CIHT/IHE

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) and the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE). 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.

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Craig Davidson


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.

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English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.0
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 5.5
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 2019-20
Scottish and EU students £6,950 per year of study
Rest of UK students £6,950 per year of study
International students (non-EU) £20,950 per year of study
Fee statusFees for students starting 2020-21
Scottish and EU students £8,750
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Rest of UK students £8,750
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International students (non-EU) £21,950
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Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students will increase by no more than 5% per year for the length of your course.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

You apply for this course through our Direct Application System, which is free of charge. You can find out more information about making your application when you click Apply Now below

  Degree Course code
Apply nowStructural Engineering and Concrete Materials MScP060225

Course Contact

Dr Ian Mackie
Science and Engineering
+44 (0)1382 384702

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