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Civil and Structural Engineering MSc 2017/18 entry

Course code:

ECT054

Study options:

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2018
May 2018

Fees:
Faculty:

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Overview

Structural engineers shape the world with their problem-solving abilities. A Civil and Structural Engineering MSc could mean you do too.

Focused on the advanced technical knowledge and skills required in the field of structural engineering, this highly practical course has been designed and is delivered with input from industry to help you establish or advance your career as a civil or structural design engineer.

Accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM), this course meets the educational base for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status and successful completion provides automatic progression for holders of an accredited Bachelor’s degree. If you are seeking chartered status and currently hold an Incorporate Engineer (IEng) accredited or overseas undergraduate degree, we advise you to follow the MSc Civil Engineering (Technical route).

Ranked among the 25 best universities in the country for both ‘Civil Engineering’ and ‘Building’, we offer facilities in our High Performance Engineering Centre, including construction site management simulation. We have links with industry and the course is developed and delivered by academic lecturers and guest speakers in collaboration with civil engineering employers, such as Underground Professional Services and Morgan Sindall. 

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng)

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. The accreditation bodies are the following: Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) and the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE). A ‘Technical Route’ is available for holders of Institute of Engineering (IEng) accredited degrees, who wish to obtain Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

Course information

The course is designed to develop knowledge and understanding of engineering principles and practices, together with methods used to analyse, design, test and monitor structural engineering systems, materials and structural performance.

From concept to construction, we will cover the technical skills required to analyse, design and develop sound solutions to structural civil engineering projects. Using case studies, practical sessions, simulation labs and site visits to live projects, you will apply engineering principles and use computer modelling techniques to analyse complex engineering systems, gaining valuable experience of the work you will carry out in an industrial context. Past projects have included the Severn Trent building and the Coventry A45/A46 by-pass.

10th

Ranked 10th in the UK for Civil Engineering.

Guardian University Guide 2018

Modules

Overview

You will learn the laboratory testing procedures and techniques used to assess material and structural performance, such as lightweight concrete and heavy structural steel beam testing techniques using modern and upgraded loading equipment automated with data loggers, saturated and unsaturated stress path soil testing apparatus and commercial civil engineering materials mixing and synthesising equipment.

The course culminates with a technical research project, during which you will apply the theoretical and practical knowledge acquired so far from your academic training on real structural/civil engineering problems. Previous research projects have covered a wide range of topics, including: human structure interaction problems in long span, hybrid and slender structures; non-conventional reinforcement design for rigid pavements and overlays; the effect of joints rigidity on steel frames; and the study of the fire performance of post-tensioning concrete slab buildings.

This course includes the Global Professional Development module. Each of the participating postgraduate courses have an individually tailored version of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Global Professional Development module.

Modules

  • Advanced Design Concepts

  • Computational Mechanics

     

  • Global professional Development

  • Soil-structure Interaction

  • Advanced Structural Analysis Concepts

  • Experimental Methods for Material / Structural Evaluation

  • Bridge Engineering

  • Global Professional Development - Consultancy

  • Technical Research Project

  • Integrated Project (Civil)

In more detail...

  • Home to the Coventry University Simulation Centre.
  • High levels of student satisfaction, 89%, above the sector average of 82% (2016 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey PTES).
  • Strong portfolio of research with 60% of ‘General Engineering’ research rated as 4* or 3* in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.
  • Accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JMB) as the educational base for Chartered Civil Engineers for holders of a CEng accredited Bachelor’s degree – a slightly modified ‘Technical Route’ is available for holders of Institute of Engineering (IEng) accredited degrees.

Visiting lecture programme which in the past has featured the chairman of Geotechnical Ltd.

Our main study themes are:

  • Soil-structure Interaction: Aims to share the technical knowledge and skills to develop the analytical, decision-making and critical powers required to solve soil-structure interaction problems with ground engineering, along with the transferrable skills to enable a leading career in Civil Engineering (Geotechnical Engineering).

  • Advanced Structural Analysis Concepts: We will aim to improve your previously acquired knowledge of structural mechanics and design principles for the plastic analysis and design of steel structures. There will be opportunities to develop knowledge and understanding of advanced techniques, such as optimisation analysis and reliability analysis of structures and demonstrate expertise in their application.

  • Advanced Design Concepts: Aims to extend your previously acquired knowledge of steel and timber structures to help you tackle structural designs of greater complexity. You will develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of design techniques for complex steel and timber connections, as well as demonstrate expertise in their application.

  • Bridge Engineering: Aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of motorway bridge design and management. We emphasise design and execution for durability as an integrated concept, which links deck design with other bridge components, such as bearings, parapet and drainage system for inspection, corrosion protection and economical fabrication/erection. The design of medium span composite decks is also covered in more detail. 

  • Computational Mechanics: We will aim to help you develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of structural vibrations combined with computational methods and modelling techniques, in both statics and dynamics and demonstrate expertise in their usage. These methods will be placed in the context of applications within engineering in general and structural engineering, using finite element analysis techniques.

The course can be studied on a one-year full-time basis or over two years part-time. Tuition is in one-week intensive blocks, with three weeks' gap in between blocks for individual research and study. For part-time students, the blocks are spread over two years rather than one. 

You will also be given training in research methods to prepare you for the Integrated Project and individual Research Project.

For full-time students, the Integrated Project is normally team-based and investigates a real engineering problem. In the past, students have revaluated the £55-60 million projects at the Coventry A45/A46 By-pass and the I54 Wolverhampton Junction Technopark. For part-time students, the project is chosen to specifically link their work with their studies. 

Partners such as Underground Professional Services, currently involved in HS2 rail projects, often suggest research topics for our MSc students. For example, one such project is on the method of monitoring strength gain in sprayed concrete at the tunnel’s crown, comparing thermal imaging (SMUTI) and penetrometer methods. 

You will attend Midlands Structural Engineers and Geotechnical Engineers workshops, visit constructions sites, such the Coventry A45/A46 by-pass, and design offices, which are organised in conjunction with industry partners. You will also be invited to special visiting researcher seminars and talks.

Teaching methods include: lectures, tutorials, practical work, laboratory exercises and online sessions.

Assessment includes examinations, written tests, computer modelling work, your thesis and coursework, consisting of analysis and evaluation of a number of laboratory exercises, case study assignments and projects. 

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Coursework: 55%
  • Formal examinations: 30%
  • Dissertation/project: 10% 
  • Practical work: 5%

On the successful completion of 180 level Masters credits, awards may be made with a ‘Distinction’ or ‘Merit’, based on the achievement of an average mark of at least 70% or 60% respectively. Students may be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) if they achieve 120 credits and a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) if they achieve 60 credits. Students may only progress to the final stage of Masters programmes after meeting the requirements for award of a Postgraduate Diploma.

55% assessed by coursework

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • The application of systems theory to the management of projects in the construction industry.
  • The regulatory and legal framework within which the construction industry operates.
  • Procurement systems and standard forms of construction contracts.
  • Safety and health in the construction workplace.
  • Environmental principles and legislation applied to the construction industry.
  • Application of engineering principles, using computer modelling techniques, to the analysis of complex engineering systems.
  • Laboratory testing procedures and techniques used in monitoring material and structural performance.• Design of complex structural engineering.
  • The theoretical principles underpinning the practice of structural engineering in particular specialisms.
  • The processes involved in the application of engineering principles to achieving realistic solutions.


On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Analyse, interpret and present information including appropriate use of information technology.
  • Analyse and solve civil engineering problems of an advanced technical and managerial nature, with sound judgement.
  • Apply project management principles to civil engineering projects.
  • Develop appropriate procurement systems for a range of construction scenarios.
  • Apply and use engineering modelling systems.
  • Apply and use of structural analysis and design simulation tools to solve complex engineering problems.
  • Plan and carry out laboratory exercises for the testing of materials and structures.

In a typical teaching week, you will have a minimum of 35 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. 

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 20 hours of self-directed study each week, eg. working on course assignments.

Civil engineering is a global industry and this course attracts students from around the world, including Europe, China, Africa, India, Brunei, Malaysia and the Middle East, providing a multicultural learning experience.

The content of the course continuously refers to the international context in which civil engineering takes place, drawing on case studies such as the collapse in 1940 of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and the design and construction of the new twin suspension bridges over the Tacoma Narrows strait of Puget Sound in Pierce County, Washington. 

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,264

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


Entry Requirements

Normal entry requires a minimum 2:2 undergraduate honours degree in Civil Engineering.

Applicants with professional/industrial experience and/or training, but not meeting the normal entry requirements, will be considered on their merits.

Normal entry requires a minimum 2:2 undergraduate honours degree in Civil Engineering.

Applicants with professional/industrial experience and/or training, but not meeting the normal entry requirements, will be considered on their merits.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.5. overall. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Normal entry requires a minimum 2:2 undergraduate honours degree in Civil Engineering.

Applicants with professional/industrial experience and/or training, but not meeting the normal entry requirements, will be considered on their merits.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.5. overall. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£7,374 (per year)


May 2018

£7,374 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£7,374 (per year)


May 2018

£7,374 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£14,311 (per year)


May 2018

£14,311 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Career prospects

Engineering-related sectors contribute a staggering £280 billion in gross value added to the UK economy – 20% of the total, according to a recent report by the Royal Academy of Engineering (2016).

You may want to consider this course if your are considering specialising in Civil and Structural Engineering or require further qualification to advance your career within the public and private sector as civil or structural engineer. If you are already working within the profession, the course provides an opportunity to enhance previously acquired knowledge latest issues and technological advances. For example, all design-related modules are taught in accordance with the new structural Eurocodes. In addition, we employ civil and structural engineering software, such as ANSYS and MIDAS for teaching and learning; you are also able to download these computer applications to undertake your coursework.  

As a postgraduate student, you can also receive support from our award-winning Faculty careers service, EC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016. 

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Some of our graduates have gone on to work for Jacobs, Atkins and AECOM as structural/civil engineers. You could also move into construction, design, project management or go on to pursue an academic or research-orientated career.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.