This is a part-time, online distance learning course in which the first four modules are compulsory for the Advanced Concrete Technology PG Diploma (120 credits) and all five modules are compulsory for the Advanced Concrete Technology MSc (Eng) (180 credits). These are the modules studied in 2018. If you are starting in September 2019, these will give you a flavour of the modules you are likely to study. All modules are subject to change.
Constituent Materials of Concrete - 30 credits
The aim of this module is to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the constituent materials of structural concrete, including: material types and production; physical and chemical characteristics; coverage in codes and standards; impact on fresh and hardened concrete properties; and contributions to carbon footprint and sustainability.
Cement and Concrete Properties - 30 credits
The aim of this module is to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the early-age and the long-term performance of concrete, including issues such as its ability to be placed and compacted, properties and performance characteristics, structural movements, strength development, fire resistance and durability performance.
Testing, Quality Assurance, Repair and Maintenance of Concrete - 30 credits
This module provides students with an in-depth understanding of the quality concepts and quality control of concretes, and test methods used both in laboratories and on site for measuring physical and chemical properties of concrete in fresh and hardened states. It also gives an in-depth knowledge of different repair and maintenance methods that can be used to ensure durable concrete structures.
Concrete Production, Processes, Applications and Constructions - 30 credits
The aim of this module is to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the key construction methodologies associated with concrete buildings and infrastructure, and the range of types of concretes that can be used for different applications.
Independent research project - 60 credits
The individual research project module will provide you with an opportunity to carry out independent research on a contemporary topic relevant to the construction industry. This will enable you to use your scientific knowledge and understanding gained during the taught modules and apply them to a more contextual situation, presenting the outcome of research in a comprehensive technical report.