Advanced Concrete Technology (PG Dip)

University of Leeds the United Kingdom

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The award
PG Dip

How long you will study
24 months

Domestic course fees
GBP 6500 per total

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 6500 per total

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About Advanced Concrete Technology at University of Leeds

This part-time, distance learning Postgraduate Diploma course aims to develop the next generation of senior construction professionals working in concrete production, construction and design. It's designed to provide you with advanced, in-depth knowledge of both the theory and practical application of concrete technology to prepare you for a variety of senior roles.

You'll gain academic and industrial expertise using a range of online resources that give you the flexibility to study around your work and personal lives. From health and safety and quality control to mixture proportioning, repair and maintenance and life cycle analysis, you'll develop an understanding of a wide range of issues that affect professionals in the concrete industry today.

The programme also has close links with our interdisciplinary Institute for Resilient Infrastructure, which collaborates with industry to focus on key challenges facing the construction sector. It broad scope incorporates the impacts of the engineering, environmental, economic, social and political domains on the whole life performance of infrastructure assets.

You can also study for a MSc qualification over 36 months, which means you'll study the same content and complete an additional research project.


The course is accredited by the Institute of Concrete Technology.

  • Course content

    At the start of the programme, in the September of your first year, you are invited to attend an induction event over two or three days at the University of Leeds. While attendance is not compulsory, it is highly recommended. This event gives you the chance to meet fellow students on your course and talk to tutors about course content, learning and assessment methods and what's expected of you as a part-time student.

    You'll also have the chance to meet students who have completed the taught component of the MSc, and you'll gain an insight into the experiences of those who have graduated from this course. There is also the opportunity to meet representatives from the Institute of Concrete Technology and learn how the course matches on to their professional requirements.

    From there you'll study four modules spread over the next two years covering different aspects of concrete technology such the constituent materials of concrete, thermal movements, strength development, fire resistance, life cycle costing, formwork and sustainability. You'll work on a series of group and individual projects online to apply your knowledge and develop your skills.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Constituent Materials of Concrete 30 credits
    • Cement and Concrete Properties 30 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Testing, Quality Assurance, Repair and Maintenance of Concrete Structures 30 credits
    • Concrete Production, Processes, Applications and Construction Practice 30 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Advanced Concrete Technology PGDip in the course catalogue

    Learning and teaching

    The four taught modules each run over a semester period and are taught using a range of online distance learning methods. Short pre-recorded lectures will introduce each topic, and you'll then learn through group assignments conducted online.

    You'll also have access to the reference books and other consultation documents you need through the programme portal and our library's online resources.


    Each module contains a mixture of group and individual assessment; with two compulsory, formative pieces of coursework and two summative, individual assignments completed at different stages of the module. These will evaluate your problem-solving skills as well as the breadth and depth of your understanding of the topics covered.

  • Applying, fees and funding

    Entry requirements

    A bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) in civil engineering or a related discipline.

    We will also consider applications from candidates with at least 5 years' experience at senior managerial level in concrete plant and concrete constructions. This will need to be independently verifiable.

    If you have passed the Institute of Concrete Technology exam stages 1-3, you'll be eligible for approved prior learning which would allow you to be admitted to the PGDip or MSc (Eng).

    All applicants will need to have GCSE English Language at grade C or above, or an appropriate English language qualification.

    International qualifications

    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    Improve your English

    If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies. This can help if you:

    • don't meet the English language requirements for your course or
    • want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.

    Our pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to the degree programme and are tailored to the subject area. For information and entry requirements, read Language for Engineering (6 weeks) and Language for Science: Engineering (10 weeks). 

    How to apply

    • Apply

    This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
    If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

    Admissions policy

    Faculty of Engineering Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy


    UK/EU: £6,500 (total)

    International: £6,500 (total)

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

    Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Scholarships and financial support

    The School of Civil Engineering offers a range of scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

    Find out more about our Scholarships

  • Career opportunities

    It is expected that the majority of students on the course will already be working within the concrete industry and looking to progress their career within their chosen field.

    If you have no industrial experience, this course will provide an excellent route to a career within the concrete industry as you learn industrial practices through group projects involving participants from industry.

    During your course you will have the opportunity to get to know people from the concrete industry through their association with tutors from the industry who will be part of the course delivery team.

  • 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 awardPG DipHow you will studyDistanceHow long you will study24 months
      Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 6500 per totalInternational course feesGBP 6500 per total

    Entry requirements

    A bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) in a related subject, or management experience.

    Language requirements
    IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component

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