Sustainable, integrated and technical design.
This technical master's programme focuses on design, this is grounded in technical modules covering waste, water, structural design, utilities, road safety and highways, and supported by project management and sustainable development; Dissertation brings research-led studies and unique knowledge with industrial linkages. Sustainable Development is the key driver in design, delivery and assessment of curricula and material; also, content is set in the context of scholarly activity in which academic research is blended with professional knowledge and experience to provide a rich learning environment. Input from professionals as guest lecturers, mentors and advisors enhances the educational experience. The course offers a linked postgraduate course which is intellectually coherent, academically challenging, progressive in nature and has vocational relevance to the disciplines of civil and infrastructure, linked to transport, construction, waste management and water engineering. It is designed to provide: (1) development of infrastructure engineering in the context of global sustainability and local drivers, by studying relevant theoretical concepts and making critical reflection on application; (2) access to inter-disciplinary teaching and professional strengths of the Faculty's staff; (3) innovation in teaching, learning and assessment, relating to current professional practice; (4) leaders of infrastructure engineering for the future; and (5) opportunities for graduates and professionals to enhance their knowledge and skills through the application of appropriate methods.
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About this course
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This technical masters programme focuses on Technical subjects in a framework of Design and Sustainability, and this approach is grounded in technical modules covering waste, water, structural design, utilities, road safety and highways, supported by project management and sustainable development; a large Dissertation brings research-led studies and unique knowledge with substantial industrial linkages. Sustainable Development is the key driver in the design, delivery and assessment of all curricula and material; also, all content is set in the context of scholarly activity in which academic research is blended with professional knowledge and experience to provide a rich learning environment. Input from leading professionals as guest lecturers, mentors and advisors enhances the delivery and educational experience. Therefore the course offers a linked postgraduate course which is intellectually coherent, academically challenging, progressive in nature (with appropriate exit points) and has vocational relevance to the disciplines of civil and infrastructure engineering, as well as being linked to transport, construction, waste management and water engineering. It is designed to provide: (1) development of infrastructure engineering in the context of global sustainability and local strategic drivers, by studying relevant theoretical concepts and making critical reflection on their application;& (2) access to multi and interdisciplinary teaching and professional strengths of the Faculty staff;& (3) innovation in teaching, learning and assessment strategies, thereby relating to current professional practice; (4) leaders of infrastructure engineering for the future; and;(5) opportunities for graduates and professionals within the broad construction and built environment industry to enhance their knowledge and skills through the application of appropriate methods and techniques.
Attendance is full-time for one year over 3 Semesters, commencing normally in September, but it is also possible to commence in January.
Attendance for the part-time Postgraduate Diploma is over 3 years, requiring attendance in 2 semesters of Years 1 and 2, and attendance in Year 3 as agreed with the Dissertation supervisor
Semester 1 - Compulsory: Project Management Practice; Integrated Design Studies; Optional – two from: Utilities and Water Engineering, Road Safety Engineering or Highway Asset Management; total of 4 x 15 credit modules.
Semester 2 - Compulsory: Sustainable Development; Infrastructure Design Studies; Optional – two from Structural Design for Infrastructure, Waste Systems or Road Safety Engineering; total of 4 x 15 credit modules.
Semester 3 – Compulsory: Dissertation - 1 x 60 credit module. Study will normally involve a weekly 12 hours of lectures, tutorials, site visits, design studio work, with independent study of 20+ hours.
- September 2018
Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.
Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.
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The module is designed to provide a postgraduate multi disciplinary learning experience on the subject of Project Management. It introduces the concepts of Project Management, examines the recognised practices and accepted principles involved in the project management function, and combines these with an understanding of the increasingly demanding multi-dimensional aspects of the discipline. It provides an overall project orientated management framework (theoretical tempered with world best practice) with local, national and international dimensions within which you can develop your knowledge / understanding and key professional competencies.
Integrated Design Studies A
The module builds upon previous knowledge of civil and infrastructure engineering, building services engineering and broader transport and energy issues to prepare students to participate in the design of a broad range of built environment projects. The module is firmly grounded in the principles and application of sustainable development and requires each student to apply innovation and creativity in a systematic approach.
Structural Design for Infrastructure
This module provides students with the opportunity to further their knowledge, understanding and appraisal of the specialist nature of civil engineering structures with a particular emphasis on infrastructure projects. Several techniques are used in design studies of bridge and culvert structures, earth retaining, water retaining and other geotechnical solutions. Specialist geotechnical design methods are introduced for the solution of a range of geotechnical problems.
Infrastructure Design Studies
The module builds upon previous conceptual design experiences, builds on the themes offered in the Master technical modules, and requires a detailed design folio to cover several infrastructural aspects of a large project. The connections between the themes will be captured through procurement, environmental audits, appraisal of health and safety matters and a whole life costing approach. The module is firmly grounded in the principles and application of sustainable development and requires each student to apply innovation and creativity in a systematic approach.
This research project and associated dissertation gives students the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in problem solving and desision making by engaging in rigorous research into a practical problem in infrastructure engineering. They then have to demonstrate their skills in written and oral presentation of their work, demonstrating their knowledge of the subject treated, their powers of critical analysis, the investigation methods employed and the principal arguments and conclusions of their work.
This module consolidates and develops knowledge and understanding of Sustainable Development concepts, practice and context. Sustainability-related legislative frameworks and auditing and measurement methods ensure a deep appreciation of SD and its position within the Built Environment disciplines, while seeking greater integration across disciplines and within the pillars of Economy, Environment and Society.
This module addresses prudent resource management and low energy usage wastewater treatment systems. The waste issues cover the fields of municipal, hazardous, commercial, construction and industrial sectors, including yields, collection, treatment and disposal of by-products. Wastewater treatment impact on the environment requires energy efficient and appropriate treatment, and is dealt with through secondary and tertiary processes, as well as their effective management due to potential pollution from sewage discharges.
Highway Asset Management
This module introduces the professional skills necessary to design, appraise and maintain a safe sustainable highway, applying a range of technical and managerial systems.
Advanced Structures and Geotechnics
This module is optional
This module introduces advanced structural analysis techniques such as frequency determination, stress evaluation in thin plates and concrete strain calculation. These techniques are used in design studies of framed structures, structures comprising plactes and water retaining structures. Advanced geotechnical design methods are introduced for the solution of a range of geotechnial problems. Parametric studies are undertaken to identify critical technoeconomic features of designs.
Utilities and Water Engineering
This module is optional
This module describes and develops a broad range of essential utilities and water engineering services covering legislation, construction, operation, management, and repair. Hydraulic analysis and performance of key elements of water supply and distribution systems will be given detailed attention; this will all be set in the context of resilience, by addressing the necessity of meeting social needs and working within economic restraints.
We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.
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Applicants should either possess an Honours degree or equivalent qualification, in a civil engineering or similar area from a recognised institution or an equivalent professional qualification, for MSC entry. Entry to the PgDip may be from a non-honours degree for those seeking chartered status via a ‘technically focussed MSc’. Exceptionally, we will admit students with non-engineering related qualifications provided they have significant industry /professional experience. In exceptional circumstances, where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of the graduate qualities (including subject specific outcomes, specified by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against modules within the programme.
English Language Requirements
English language requirements for international applicants. The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.
Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.
Teaching and learning assessment
The class contact time allocated to each module of study is indicated on each module booklet, and this time is divided between lectures, tutorials, seminars, site visits and laboratory work according to the specific module and module assessment methods. All University courses are designed on the assumption that you will study an average of 10 hours for each credit point; an example being ENE810 Sustainable Development which has 15 credit points, it is therefore expected an average of 150 study hours are required for this module. This is formed from Lectures - 30 hrs, Tutorials -10 hrs, Site Visits - 8 hrs and Independent study (including assessment) -102 hrs. The independent study time should be time you spend in reading around the subject, carrying out preparatory work, preparing assignments, and preparing for examinations – all of which supports and articulates the concept of ‘reading for a Degree’. Assessment and feedback are provided across Diagnostic, Summative and Formative styles using a range of methods as appropriate for the qualitative and quantitative nature of the content.
Exemptions and transferability
Exemption can be obtained for up to 20 credits of study by using industrial output experience by application of the University policy on 'Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning'. Students may transfer out to similar Masters programmes. Students may transfer into this Masters degree by application of the University policy on 'Accreditation of Prior Learning'. Exemption or condonement from the Dissertation is not permitted.
Careers & opportunities
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Graduate employment may be found in public or private sectors in built environment disciplines, especially in the careers of civil engineering, transportation, public health or environmental engineering, dealing with many key activities such as utilities, construction, design, infrastructure, sustainability, environmental and traffic impacts and waste management. Skills developed will include rational thinking, integrative studies and recent knowledge of current issues such as legislative structures, sustainability challenges, design practices, research-led knowledge. Recent graduates have found professional employment in the UK Water Sector, Australian engineering industries, Scottish Local Authorities, Irish County Councils, major consulting engineers and in Research posts.
Accredited by the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
Accredited by the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
Accredited by the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
Accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
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Application can be made through the Ulster University online process; prior communication with the Course Director is encouraged to obtain information and establish a personal career plan.
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Fees and funding
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Fees (total cost)
Important notice - fees information
Fees illustrated are based on 18/19 entry and are subject to an annual increase. Correct at the time of publishing. Terms and conditions apply. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.
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Scholarships, awards and prizes
William Bald Scholarship - 'Best Dissertation'
Golder Associates Award ' 'Best MSc Student'
Additional mandatory costs
Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.
Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.
We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.
There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.
Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.
Please contact the course team for more information.
Course Director: Dr Robert Eadie
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'This course met my academic needs toward chartered engineer application, and added considerable knowledge, despite my intense period on a number of major UK Projects'. Dean Elder (London)
'Getting a BSc Hons in Civil Engineering gave me an Incorporated Engineer degree; this MSc has opened the door for me to apply for CEng status, as well as assisting me in getting a Graduate Training Agreement with Atkins Global' . Matthew Donnelly