Structural Engineering with Materials (MSc)

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The award
MSc

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
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All study options

About Structural Engineering with Materials at Nottingham Trent University

Designed for professionals aspiring to technical leadership positions within structural engineering design practice, our MSc Structural Engineering with Materials course focuses on applying engineering principles in advanced materials behaviour and technical themes, within structural engineering.

Who is this course designed for?

This course is suitable for professionals working in construction-related industries, who aspire to senior technical or management positions. Additionally, it's suitable for BSc (Hons) and BEng (Hons) undergraduate students in related subject areas, looking to progress to study a technical postgraduate programme. The skills and knowledge gained on this course opens up opportunities for application to senior technical and middle/senior management positions.

Why study this course?

    • Study on a course accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators of the Engineering Council, recognising the quality and relevance of our course content. The course is evidence of further learning, to meet the educational base for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. The course also aims to give you the necessary education and qualifications to meet the Engineering Council's Matching Section criteria.*
    • Our flexible study options support part-time learners, who wish to balance employment with further study. Significant academic support and guidance is in place to help students returning to study after extended periods in employment, and students who are pursuing high-level study for the first time.
    • Benefit from our industry-standard facilities in our Maudslay building, right in the heart of Nottingham's city centre. You'll have hands-on access to our workshops and laboratories, supported by our team of expert technicians, enabling you to test, learn and research for yourself. Some modules include laboratory investigations and computer applications as part of the delivery method.
    • Benefit from our team of expert academic staff who have established links to industry and significant experience of working in practice. Most staff teaching on the course are members of one or more professional institutions relating to civil engineering, and participate in industrial activities, consultancy and research, ensuring our course content allies with current industry practice.
    • Hear from visiting industry and academic experts, some of whom are NTU alumni, who will be teaching parts of the modules, providing a 'real life' perspective on the topics you will be studying. This input helps bind together both the theory and the practice of civil engineering and management. Some modules also include a field trip, designed to help develop your understanding of theory in practice.
    • Benefit from our peer and lecturer support network, with social networking, peer-to-peer support sessions and a Course Committee encouraged each year. We aim to develop a strong course community with each intake of students, developing a sense of belonging and collective peer-to-peer support to help you achieve your potential and stay on-track.

* Providing you have the appropriate entry qualifications.

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Not sure which course to choose? Take a look at our course comparison table to help find the right postgraduate civil engineering course for you.

We also offer a suite of postgraduate construction management courses, which may be of interest.

How you're taught

  • A wide range of teaching and learning methods are used to deliver the course content. In most modules, you'll take part in intensive sessions of key point lectures, supported by study guides and other literature.
  • Many modules include presentations by external industry specialists, to provide a real life perspective on the module content. Some modules also include laboratory investigations and computer applications.
  • Non-contact hours include direct out-of-classroom reading and activities, and independent learning and reading is deemed necessary to achieve the learning outcomes for the course.
  • Assessment methods vary from module to module, however assignments and case studies form a significant part of the assessment process.  You may also be required to develop reports and designs for assessment.
  • Assignments are investigative in nature, enabling you to develop principles, analyse, critically appraise and evaluate relevant issues, demonstrating your creativity and sustainable thinking.

Balancing work and study with our full-time or part-time study options

All of our taught postgraduate civil engineering courses are offered either as a full-time or part-time study route. Full-time study typically takes one year, but there is the option of extending this to two years, and the part-time route takes between two and five years to complete.

The part-time route is suitable for students in full-time employment. We offer a weekend delivery option which is popular with employers, as it tailors study requirements to sit comfortably alongside employment.

Choosing the right study pattern for you

  • Midweek delivery

Modules are taught for up to two days a week, for thirteen weeks and are run in parallel with other midweek modules, enabling you to study more than one module a week.

  • Weekend delivery

Other modules will be delivered over two intensive weekends. These modules will be delivered consecutively, with a significant gap between successive weekend-delivered modules. These modules will be delivered in parallel with the midweek delivered modules.

Most of the modules delivered at weekends in one year, will be delivered as weekday modules the following year, and vice-versa.

Full-time students will be studying a mixture of midweek and weekend delivery modules, whereas it is likely that part-time students will opt to predominantly study weekend delivery modules.

Careers and employability

Mentoring and support

During your research project/dissertation, full-time students will be allocated an NTU supervisor, whilst part-time students will have the chance to be mentored by a nominated Employer Tutor alongside their NTU supervisor.  This will probably be a line manager who will be willing to act as a mentor to you during the course, supporting you throughout the course and specifically during the Research Project/Dissertation module. The Employer Tutor will also be a point of contact, and represent your employer to discuss your progress.

Course accreditation

This course is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators of the Engineering Council, satisfying the educational requirements necessary for advancement to Chartered Engineer status with the following professional bodies:- the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) and the Institution of Highway Engineers (IHE), and will give you the opportunity to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to progress into a senior management role in civil engineering.

Your employability

Students from this course will graduate with improved professional and technical skills to operate at senior positions in the construction industry. Although this course does not offer a formal placement, all our courses are vocationally focused and benefit from strong links with industry. Graduates have gone on to work for a wide range of national and international organisations in senior positions in both the consulting and contracting fields. Alternatively, some graduates have chosen to continue within the education sector and embarked on PhD studies.


Sir John Armitt, Institution of Civil Engineering and Royal Academy of Engineering Fellow, delivering a lecture to NTU civil engineering students

Facilities

Facilities for Civil Engineering students

The School has excellent lab and workshop resources for structural testing, materials science, and soils and building services. See a full gallery of facilities used by our civil engineering students.

Dedicated resource centre

Students in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment have access to a dedicated resource centre. This centre, based in the Maudslay building, enables students to undertake private study in a facility equipped with computers, large format plotters and desk space, together with the latest, and archived, journals and publications.

This resource centre is open from 8 am to 8 pmMonday to Friday.

IT resources

Our IT resource rooms and PC clusters are distributed across the City Campus, with PCs providing access to Microsoft Office, email, web browsing, networked file storage, and high-speed online printing services (with a free printing allowance for each student). Resource rooms are available 24 hours a day.

Books and library resources

In the library, you will have access to an extensive and diverse range of books and periodicals that focus on specialist areas within the Built Environment. The library's OneSearch system provides access to all our electronic resources, journals and books.

You'll also benefit from a liaison librarian, who has specialist subject knowledge. They can offer detailed help in finding and using print and electronic resources and also support on things such as Harvard referencing and research skills.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out
  • The awardMScHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Entry requirements

If you're not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Applying with prior qualifications

  • 2:2 honours degree in civil engineering or an appropriate built environment subject area.

Applying with non-standard entry qualifications/experience

We will also consider applicants with the following qualifications:

  • Postgraduate diploma, or equivalent academic achievement in civil engineering or appropriate built environment subject area.

Applying with industry experience

  • Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and/or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis. Assessment of your experience will confirm that you have achieved the necessary skills in the course of your general experience.
  • If you are applying for the part-time mode, you would typically have two to three years' experience, and have the support of your employer who will wish to integrate study and projects into your day-to-day work.
  • You will probably be employed on significant infrastructure, and civil engineering and/or building works, either as a direct employee of local or national government, or in the private sector. You will likely have experience of developing and coordinating significant infrastructure, and civil engineering or building projects.


English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

  • For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.
  • If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

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