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. Students will experience the full project cycle – from problem identification, research design and data collection to the interpretation, analysis of data and final report writing.
For full-time students on the MSc Civil Engineering, 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. For example, one student employed by Staffordshire County Council chose a current work project, the Stafford Western Access Route.
Students on the MSc Civil Engineering (Technical route) will undertake an independent investigation into a technical area of civil engineering under the supervision of a member of academic staff experienced in the field of enquiry. This not only provides an opportunity to apply appropriate theoretical and practical methods to the analysis and solution of a technical engineering problem, a requirement of CEng status, but also develops your research and investigative skills.
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.