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.
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 PGDip 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
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.