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Engineering - Civil & Infrastructure Engineering

Focusing on design and sustainability, this course is grounded in technical modules covering waste, water, structural design, utilities, road safety, and highways. These are supported by project management and sustainable development and a dissertation bringing research-led studies with substantial industrial linkages to the fore. Sustainable development is the key driver in the design, delivery and assessment of all course material. Input from leading professionals as guest lecturers, mentors and advisors will enhance your educational experience.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

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.

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.

Duration

Attendance

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.

Careers or further progression

Graduate employment may be found in public or private sectors in built environment disciplines or careers such as 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. Recent graduates have found professional employment in the UK water sector, Australian engineering industries, Scottish local authorities, Irish councils and research posts.

Accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators as a Technical Masters, leading to Chartered Engineering status through the Engineering Council.

Further enquiries

Contact
Admissions
Dorothy McCrory
T: +44 (0)28 9036 6231
E: de.mccrory@ulster.ac.uk

Dr R Eadie
T: +44 (0)28 9036 8590
E: r.eadie@ulster.ac.uk

Subjects taught

Year one

Project Management
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.

Dissertation
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.

Sustainable Development
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.

Waste Systems
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 water engineering and utilities services covering legislation, construction, remediation and decommissioning. 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 water supply resilience.

Application date

Application is through the University's online application system.

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2020/21

Postgraduate Information Session 20 February 2020
Register at: ulster.ac.uk/pg-information-events

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