Year one and two
At the start of the course, in the September of your first year, there is a one-day online induction event. Since students on the course are spread across the globe, attendance in the live sessions is not compulsory, but it is highly recommended. Recordings of the sessions are made available for those who are unable to attend live. This event gives you the chance to meet fellow students on your course and talk to tutors about course content, learning and assessment methods and what’s expected of you as a part-time student.
You’ll also have the chance to meet students who have completed the taught component of the MSc, and you’ll gain an insight into the experiences of those who have graduated from this course. There is also the opportunity to meet representatives from the Institute of Concrete Technology and learn how the course matches on to their professional requirements.
From there you’ll study four modules spread over the next two years covering different aspects of concrete technology such as the constituent materials of concrete, thermal movements, strength development, fire resistance, life cycle costing, formwork and sustainability. You’ll work on a series of group and individual projects online to apply your knowledge and develop your skills.
In the final year of the course, you will have an opportunity to carry out independent research on a contemporary topic that is relevant to the construction industry. This will enable you to use the scientific knowledge gained during the taught modules, apply it to a more contextual situation and present the outcome of the research in a comprehensive technical report.
You’ll undertake a research project in year three, or year one if you are studying based on approved prior learning.
This is an excellent opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills you’ve gained to explore a topic that interests you, or relates to your own career plans or professional context, and present your findings in a comprehensive technical report.
Example projects for Advanced Concrete Technology MSc students have included:
Material and design factors which influence the embodied carbon of industrial concrete floor slabs
Use of calcined clays as supplementary cementitious material or in blended cements in the Caribbean region to improve durability of concrete structure
Use of artificial plastic aggregate in concrete
Advanced nanotechnology for concrete applications: effect of the addition of nanomaterials on concrete properties
Cement Kiln Dust as part of cementitious material in structural concrete.
You’ll have a University of Leeds supervisor with expertise in your chosen field. They’ll review the three progress reports you submit during the project and offer feedback to help you shape and refine your work.
An online induction event will help you to prepare for conducting your own research, with the chance to review the taught modules and study the research methods and statistical tools used in experimental research.
Want to find out more about your modules?
Take a look at our Advanced Concrete Technology module descriptions for more detail on what you will study.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Advanced Concrete Technology MSc (Eng) in the course catalogue
Constituent Materials of Concrete
Cement and Concrete Properties
Testing, Quality Assurance, Repair and Maintenance of Concrete Structures
Concrete Production, Processes, Applications and Construction Practice
Independent Research Project
Learning and teaching
The four taught modules each run over a semester period and are taught using a range of online distance learning methods. Short pre-recorded lectures will introduce each topic, and you’ll then learn through group assignments conducted online. There are also regular online Q&A sessions with course tutors to guide you through the background material and the assignments.
You’ll also have access to the reference books and other consultation documents you need through the programme portal and our library’s online resources.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, all professors in their field. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience.
Our Virtual Learning Environment will help to support your studies: it’s a central place where you can find all the information and resources for the School, your programme and modules.
You can also benefit from support to develop your academic skills, within the curriculum and through online resources, workshops, one-to-one appointments and drop-in sessions.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
Each module contains a mixture of group and individual assessment; with in-depth problem-based assessment complemented by questions probing your understanding of concrete technology, and by online assessment. These will evaluate your problem-solving skills as well as the breadth and depth of your understanding of the topics covered.