MSc Civil Engineering: Innovative Structural Materials

This programme produces graduates with an in-depth and practical understanding of the use of innovative structural engineering materials in the provision of sustainable and holistic construction solutions for the built environment. 

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Main areas of research

The promotion of collaborative research between Architecture and Civil Engineering is fundamental to our research. There are three interdisciplinary research groups: the Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture (CASA), the BRE-sponsored Centre in Innovative Construction Materials (BRE CICM) and the Centre for Engineering and Design of Environments (EDEn). We also have a research unit for Water, Environment and Infrastructure Resilience (WEIR). Closely associated with the Department is the industrially-funded Centre for Window and Cladding Technology (CWCT). Current research includes:

  • Renaissance history and theory
  • contemporary architectural theory
  • Greek and Roman architecture
  • computer tools for urban design
  • architectural conservation
  • computer modelling of historic buildings and sites
  • urban environment and sustainability
  • advanced composites in construction
  • natural fibre composite materials
  • low carbon cements
  • innovative timber and masonry engineering
  • natural building materials
  • unfired masonry construction
  • traditional construction materials
  • geotextiles in construction
  • structural glass
  • building acoustics
  • thermal comfort and urban microclimate
  • environmental modelling
  • rational use of energy in the built environment
  • combined use of natural and electric lighting in buildings
  • sustainable infrastructure design
  • fa├žade engineering
  • fire performance
  • computational fluid dynamics
  • coastal and offshore engineering
  • wave energy converters
  • wind interaction with structures
  • water resources engineering
  • natural hazards
  • coastal and ocean engineering
  • infrastructure resilience

The Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering brings together the related disciplines of Architecture and Civil Engineering. It has an interdisciplinary approach to research, encompassing the fields of Architectural History and Theory, Architectural and Structural Conservation, Lightweight Structures, Hydraulics and Earthquake Engineering and Dynamics. 

Our Department was ranked equal first in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 for its research submission in the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning unit of assessment.

Half of our research achieved the top 4* rating, the highest percentage awarded to any submission; and an impressive 90% of our research was rated as either 4* or 3* (world leading/ internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour).

The dominant philosophy in the joint Department is to develop postgraduate programmes and engage in research where integration between the disciplines is likely to be most valuable. Research is carried out in collaboration with other departments in the University, particularly Management, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, and Psychology.