University of Bath

Civil Engineering: Innovative Structural Materials MSc units

Details of the units you'll study on this master's course, starting September 2020, including synopsis, number of credits and learning outcomes.

Professional and research skills for the construction industry

20 CATS credits (10 ECTS)

Learn the essential knowledge and train in a range of professional skills and research techniques for the construction sector.

Learning outcomes

  • Show that you have the knowledge, thinking and skills to work well in professional teams in the construction sector
  • Devise and investigate a theoretical or practical research question relevant to your studies
  • Present your solution to the research question, showing your ability to critically interpret the results

Project and construction management

20 CATS credits (10 ECTS)

Develop the project and construction management understanding needed to work effectively on multidisciplinary construction projects.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the complexities and uncertainties of managing projects in the construction industry
  • Communicate effectively with stakeholders at different levels
  • Learn to work within the constraints imposed on construction projects
  • Understand why there might not be a single solution that meets all desired outcomes

Sustainable concrete design and technology

20 CATS credits (10 ECTS)

Advance your knowledge in sustainable concrete use including minimising the impact of concrete materials and novel design methods to reduce concrete use in structures.

Learning outcomes

  • Assess the production, manufacture and use of low-carbon concrete technologies and other cementitious composites for modern construction
  • Design sustainable concrete structures
  • Understand the need for optimisation and appropriate material choice
  • Critique current practice and new, research-led developments
  • Analyse the benefits and limitations of concrete technologies

Natural building materials

20 CATS credits (10 ECTS)

Understand how natural building materials and methods can be used for low-impact construction. Explore bio-based materials such as timber, and inorganic materials such as natural stone.

Learning outcomes

  • Develop your understanding of natural building material properties and how they can be used to design sustainable buildings
  • Select appropriate natural building materials for specific applications

Innovative structural materials: past, present and future

20 CATS credits (10 ECTS)

Advance your knowledge of modern structural materials and techniques used in the construction industry. Explore future materials and methods, such as graphene or 3D printing of buildings.

Learning outcomes

  • Assess the use of nanomaterials and multifunctional materials in construction
  • Apply solutions to material incompatibility problems
  • Recommend advanced materials technologies to improve the built environment
  • Prioritise sustainable materials solutions in a modern building context

Multidisciplinary project

20 CATS credits (10 ECTS)

Work with students from other construction-related MSc courses to develop a building design. Investigate aspects related to your MSc in depth.

Learning outcomes

  • Work as part of a multidisciplinary team to develop the outline design of a building
  • Communicate the outcomes as if to a professional client team
  • Develop an element of the building design in detail, as appropriate for your course

Research dissertation

60 CATS credits (30 ECTS)

Carry out fundamental or applied research in a topic relevant to your studies. You'll be supervised by one of our academic experts and supported by other staff.

Learning outcomes

  • Independently research a topic relevant to your studies
  • Critique your research approach and results
  • Effectively communicate your outcomes