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Postgraduate study in Civil Engineering Once you understand Civil Engineering, you will begin to appreciate the challenges that society faces. Professor Mark Sterling School of Civil Engineering
Contents The University 4 MSc, PGDip, PGCert in Civil Engineering 6 MSc, PGDip, PGCert in Civil Engineering and Management 7 MSc, PGDip, PGCert in Construction Management 8 MSc, PGDip, PGCert in Geotechnical Engineering/Geotechnical Engineering and Management 9 MSc, PGDip, PGCert in Railway Systems Engineering and Integration 10 MSc, PGDip, PGCert in Road Management and Engineering 11 MSc, PGDip, PGCert in Water Resources Technology and Management (WRTM) 12 What our former students say… 13 Combined Research and Taught Programmes 14 Doctoral Research Programmes 16 Further information 18
School of Civil Engineering 3 Welcome to the School of Civil Engineering Civil Engineering has been taught at Birmingham since 1875 and through our alumni, academic staff, students and involvement with industry, our influence stretches around the world. We ensure that the work we undertake has real impact and that our students are equipped with the skills they need in an ever changing global workplace. At postgraduate level we offer a comprehensive range of research and taught MSc programmes. We pride ourselves in having created a supportive environment which encourages intellectual growth through academic curiosity and endeavour. Professor Mark Sterling Head of the School of Civil Engineering
4 School of Civil Engineering The University The University of Birmingham is one of the top 100 Universities worldwide. Our research leads the field in many of the emerging disciplines of the 21st century. Postgraduate students are central to our trains and a wind engineering field site at Silsoe be studied for continuing professional learning community and make a rich contribution in Bedfordshire. Advanced computer systems development (CPD). We offer the following to the academic life and culture of our University. are provided for research into numerical MSc, Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate We have over 7,500 postgraduate students modelling of complex systems and issues Certificate programmes: drawn from nearly 150 different countries; associated with resilience. All our research n Civil Engineering it is home to one of the largest communities teams are supported by funding from research n Civil Engineering and Management of international students in the UK. councils, industry and other sources. n Construction Management n Geotechnical Engineering Birmingham is a university rich in high calibre Research excellence n Geotechnical Engineering and Management research, with academic staff who are global The School has a long tradition of distinguished n Railway Systems Engineering experts in their field. Here you will be studying research that benefits from being funded by and Integration with people whose work advances the industry, charities and research councils, which n Road Management and Engineering boundaries of knowledge. encourages innovative thinking and creates n Water Resources Technology internationally recognised results. Our website and Management Civil Engineering at Birmingham (www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/civil- Civil Engineering, in all its aspects, is a engineering/research/index.aspx) provides a Accreditation cornerstone of the development and the brief overview of recent and ongoing research The MSc versions of these degrees are sustainability of civilizations. Our research projects in each area. accredited as meeting the requirements for tackles the problems faced by society today Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer and develops the knowledge and tools to Postgraduate study (CEng) for candidates who have already build the communities of the future. Many We have a thriving community of enthusiastic acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) of our projects have already made a significant postgraduate students, and we welcome BEng(Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) impact on society, whereas the impact of others new students who wish to contribute to BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree. will be felt by generations to come. Alumni from the advances being made here. We offer our MSc programmes can be found in nearly a stimulating research environment with See www.jbm.org.uk for further information. every country around the world, and are held structured research training in almost every in high regard by the engineering community. branch of civil engineering. This enables Combined research and taught our graduates to obtain interesting and programmes We are a large and vibrant department with rewarding careers, whether in industrial 27 academic staff: experts drawn from around practice, industrial research or academia. MRes programmes involve taught classes in the world. Over 270 students attend your chosen subject and a substantial thesis undergraduate courses and more than 260 Postgraduate programmes which accounts for two-thirds of the degree. postgraduate taught and/or research students. It provides a first-stage towards doctoral study The School prides itself in the quality of its Our portfolio of programmes in Civil or a career in research. The following MRes research, the excellence of its teaching and Engineering combines: taught programmes, programmes can be studied on either part-time the pastoral care we provide to every student. combined research and taught programmes, or full-time basis: and doctoral research programmes. With our n Railway Systems Integration Facilities broad range of academic staff and research n Engineering, Sustainability and Resilience We have extensive laboratories and facilities skills you will have the opportunity to study on and off campus for undertaking research subjects that lie between the traditional Research programmes in geotechnical engineering, water engineering, disciplines or which focus in depth on one wind engineering, railway engineering and particular field. These are degrees by research alone, with structural engineering. In addition to this, a high level of research training and we are a facility to simulate down draughts from Taught programmes always keen to discuss research opportunities thunderstorms, and three half-sleeper rigs for with individuals from a wide variety of undertaking near full-scale investigations into MSc, Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate backgrounds. Research within the School is railway track foundations have recently been Certificate may be studied on a full time clustered into two themes – Transport, and commissioned. We also have an aerodynamic or part-time basis and some modules may Resilience and Sustainability. moving-model testing facility for high-speed
School of Civil Engineering 5 Duration of programmes Taught programmes Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Masters, Postgraduate Diploma and Several of the modules in many of our n MSc (Masters) – 1 year full-time; Postgraduate Certificate Programme programmes are available for CPD purposes. or on a part-time basis over 2+ years Structure It is possible to complete the directed individual n MRes – 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time n Master of Science Degree study associated with each module and n MPhil – 2 years full-time (12 months full-time or 24 months part-time) participate fully in the team exercise activities. n PhD – 3 years full-time n Postgraduate Diploma In order to be awarded full credits for (8 months full-time or 16 months part-time) attendance, CPD delegates also need to Entry requirements n Postgraduate Certificate pass the end of year examination associated A good Honours degree or equivalent in (4 months full-time or 8 months part-time) with the module. a relevant subject is the basic requirement. n Continuing Professional Development Specific entry requirements for each options (1 or 2 week modules) Assessment and awards programme can be found on the following Assessment is by a combination of written pages, along with programme descriptions. Masters (MSc), Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) examination and coursework. Merit and Any academic and professional qualifications and Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) may distinction awards are available for those or industrial experience you may have are be studied on a full-time or part-time basis. who perform highly in their overall assessment, normally taken into account, and in some As a result of our teaching method, they are as well as some university and industry- cases form an integral part of the entrance particularly suitable for practicing engineers sponsored prizes. requirement. To find out what our grade who wish to study part-time or who may wish requirements are for a qualification studied in to take a single module to earn Continuing Funding your own country, please see our individual Professional Development (CPD) points. Funding support, awards and scholarships country page information at: www.birmingham. may be available to eligible applicants. ac.uk/international/students/country. Patterns of study Please visit www.birmingham.ac.uk/students/ Full-time study requires attendance at the fees/postgraduate for details. If your first language is not English, you will University for eight months (October–May) also need to have obtained : for the taught modules which comprise of How to apply for masters programmes lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and An application can be submitted online at: n IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band site visits (where relevant). Modules are taught www.apply.bham.ac.uk in week-long blocks, allowing for part-time students to attend with reduced interruption to Admissions enquiries to: their work routine. Taught module blocks are email@example.com, or telephone normally followed by a period of self-study time, Mr Dean Moody, Postgraduate Office, Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org allowing time for assimilation of knowledge. on +44 (0) 121 414 5089 if you are uncertain about the English Language Between June and September, all masters level requirements. The University of Birmingham students work on their major projects. offers short term English language training if required, to attain minimum entry proficiency. Successful completion of four taught modules and one research module leads to the award Please be aware that entry to many programmes of a Certificate. Eight taught modules and two is highly competitive; consequently we also research modules results in the award of a consider the skills, attributes, motivation and Diploma, and completion of 120 taught credits, potential for success of an individual when combined with a dissertation (60 credits) will deciding whether to make an offer. After we result in the award of an MSc. have received your application you may, if you live in the UK, be invited for an interview or to visit us to discuss your application.
6 School of Civil Engineering MSc, PGDip, PGCert in Civil Engineering www.birmingham.ac.uk/MScCivilEng ‘From one of the UK’s best established providers of Civil Engineering Masters education, the University of Birmingham offers a programme which enables students to tailor their own MSc in Civil Engineering. It will provide education and training to pursue a career as a civil engineer, worldwide.’ Professor Andrew Chan, School of Civil Engineering About the programme built on nearly 60 years of postgraduate n Road Design The Birmingham MSc in Civil Engineering provision in civil engineering. n Road Financing is offered for civil engineering and related n Road Safety graduates wishing to enter the profession. Programme content n Sustainable Road Transport With one of the largest ranges of study In addition to a 60 credit research project options it allows you to choose modules you will study 120 credits of taught modules Finance and Core Skills is a compulsory module. in a wide range of subjects in order to tailor in the five main core themes of Civil your programme of studies to suit your own Engineering and Construction Career opportunities chosen career. n Geotechnics MSc Civil Engineering graduates will go on n Structures to careers world-wide in the civil engineering You will acquire the skills needed to deal n Transport Engineering consultancy or contracting industry, or choose with complex issues in practice, making n Water a career in an industry requiring a good sound judgements and communicating these understanding of civil engineering issues. to specialist and non-specialist audiences. Modules include: You will develop systematic knowledge and n Individual Research Project Admission requirements understanding of civil engineering, including n Finance and Core Skills Applicants for admission to the MSc should emerging technologies, and you will achieve n Engineering Structural Dynamics normally hold, or be expecting to achieve, a high levels of numeracy in problem-solving, n Advanced Structures and Design good first degree (Bachelor or Master) or other together with research, team working n Flooding and Water Resource approved qualification at an equivalent level. communication and information technology Management This would usually be Civil Engineering or a skills. All this will prepare you for a successful n Water and Wastewater Treatment related discipline. Applications from holders career in the civil engineering industry. n Soil Mechanics of pertinent non-engineering degrees will be n Ground Engineering welcome. Relevant post-graduate experience The programme is built around our key n Construction Management in industry will also be taken into account principles for learning and teaching: to n Road Asset Management in considering applications. develop and deliver a curriculum that is n Sustainable Construction flexible, distinctive and current, and stimulates n Engineering Production Applicants with CEng and IEng qualifications students’ own natural curiosity. All this is and Risk Management or equivalent, but without a degree, are also invited to apply. Image courtesy of Arup
School of Civil Engineering 7 MSc, PGDip, PGCert in Civil Engineering and Management www.birmingham.ac.uk/MScCivilEngMan ‘Success of major civil engineering construction requires excellence of design coupled with good management’. Dr Pedro Martinez-Vazquez, School of Civil Engineering. This programme covers the core themes Career opportunities level. This would usually be Civil Engineering of Structural Engineering, Geotechnical Being flexible in its nature, this MSc in Civil or a related discipline. Applications from Engineering, Construction Management and Engineering and Management permits every holders of pertinent non-engineering degrees Highway Transport. The course is made up student to tailor the programme of studies to will be welcome. of a total of 180 credits, 120 of which are from suit their own chosen career, benefiting from taught modules and a research project forms the range of specialist modules available to Relevant post-graduate experience in industry the basis of the remaining 60 credits. all MSc students. Flexibility also means that will also be taken into account in considering graduates of non-civil engineering disciplines applications and holders of CEng and IEng The Birmingham MSc in Civil Engineering may be eligible for study: please enquire if this qualifications or equivalent, but without a and Management allows students to tailor applies in your particular case and the School degree, are also invited to apply. their studies to meet the needs of their will make an assessment based on previous chosen career path by offering a wide study and experience. This programme is commencing in September range of modules which can be selected 2013 and we are applying for accreditation. together with a wide choice of individual Admission requirements research projects. Applicants for admission to the MSc should Learn more normally hold, or be expecting to achieve, a Please visit our website at The following modules are offered: good first degree (Bachelor or Master level) www.birmingham.ac.uk/MScCivilEngMan n Individual Research Project or other approved qualification at an equivalent for up to date accreditation information. n Finance and Core Skills n Sustainable Construction n Engineering Production and Risk Management n Engineering Structural Dynamics n Advanced Structures and Design n Ground Engineering n Soil Mechanics Image courtesy of Carillion
8 School of Civil Engineering MSc, PGDip, PGCert in Construction Management www.birmingham.ac.uk/MScConMan ‘Effective construction management is to apply advanced management technology and skills to ensure that the project is completed on time and to budget, and performs as required.’ Dr Min An, School of Civil Engineering About the programme Programme content managers can expect to play leading This highly popular MSc programme addresses In addition to a 60 credit research project roles in a professional capacity in design, construction management in its widest sense you will study 120 credits of taught modules construction and project management and emphases the demands of sustainable including: organisations in the UK and overseas. construction and project risk management in n Human Resources the industry. Since its inception in 1975 over n Construction and Project Planning Admission requirements 1000 students have benefited and alumni are n Contract Procedures The programme is suitable for graduates found in the construction industry worldwide. n Financial Management employed in civil engineering design and/or Management skills are in great demand across n Lean Construction construction. It is primarily intended for early a wide range of industrial sectors, both public n Risk Management to mid-career training, to enable practising and private from house building and plant to n Sustainable Construction and civil engineers and other professionals aspiring infrastructure works. The purpose of the Lifecycle Assessment to high management positions in public and programme is to provide advanced training private organisations, to upgrade their to engineering graduates, professional civil Career opportunities knowledge and develop management skills engineers and other non-engineering graduates MSc Construction Management graduates applicable to the construction industry. who wish to specialise in management in the are held in high regard by the construction Graduates from disciplines other than civil construction sector. industry world-wide, as demonstrated by an engineering are welcome and the programme exemplary record of graduate employment. is adapted to take account of changes and The programme is built around our key Professional construction and project developments in the industry. principles for learning and teaching: to develop and deliver a curriculum that is flexible, distinctive and current, and stimulates students’ own natural curiosity. Expert visiting lecturers from the engineering and construction industry enhance the programme with insights and experience. Image courtesy of Lightworks Photography/Barrett Byrd Associates
School of Civil Engineering 9 MSc, PGDip, PGCert in Geotechnical Engineering / Geotechnical Engineering and Management ‘Geotechnical Engineer – a noble profession; www.birmingham.ac.uk/MScGeoeng / others found their worlds on their work.’ www.birmingham.ac.uk/MScGeoEngMan Dr Ian Jefferson, School of Civil Engineering About the programmes Programme content Career opportunities The Birmingham MSc in Geotechnical In addition to a 60 credit research project Graduates are held in high regard by the Engineering and Management provides you will study 120 credits of taught modules, geotechnical and related industry, as advanced education and management skills including: demonstrated by regular 100% record of to students who aim to become geotechnical n Properties of Rocks and Soils employment each year. They may join a and foundation engineers. Over 800 students n Engineering Geology specialist geotechnical engineering company have graduated since its inception in 1956. n Soil Mechanics or a general engineering organisation, as a n Ground Engineering specialist engineer in this area. Some of the The programme is intended for civil n Foundation Engineering most senior positions in industry are filled by engineering and geology graduates who n Slopes and Retaining Structures graduates of this programme and industry wish to widen their professional scope or to n Research Skills prizes are regularly awarded to graduates. specialise in geotechnical engineering whilst n Geomechanics developing a range of key managerial skills. Admission requirements It is relevant to individuals from all areas Construction management Applicants for admission to these programmes of the construction industry, including All of these aim to develop a depth of scientific should normally hold, or be expecting to consultancy, contracting, local authority understanding, management problem-solving achieve, a good first degree (Bachelor or and other construction professionals. and industrial experience. Local companies Master) or other approved qualification at an This programme is continually updated to support the programme by providing visiting equivalent level in an appropriate discipline meet the ever-changing environment faced lecturers, materials and access for site visits (for example, Engineering, Sciences, Geology, by geotechnical engineering, underpinned by on a regular basis. Geography or Mathematics). Relevant excellence in research with strong links from experience in industry may also be taken industry. Graduates often secure employment All students are required to attend the Midland into account in considering applications. long before they graduate or use it as a Geotechnical Society lectures, which are stepping stone in their career development. normally held monthly at the University.
10 School of Civil Engineering MSc, PGDip, PGCert in Railway Systems Engineering and Integration www.birmingham.ac.uk/MScRailway ‘Railways have a key role in sustaining and enhancing the economic and social fabric of cities, regions and whole countries, at minimal cost to our environment.’ Dr. Gurmel S Ghataora, School of Civil Engineering About the programme Programme content Career opportunities Railway Systems Engineering and Integration In addition to a 60 credit industry-related RSEI graduates often return to their sponsoring (RSEI) has been taught at the University since or university-based research project, companies in more senior roles, as many 2005 and is one of a range of programmes MSc modules cover the following topics participants study on a part-time basis. offered by the Birmingham Centre for Rail during the programme, in depth: Others will join rail organisations or the Research and Education. n Strategic Management of Railway Operations relevant department of a larger engineering n Railway Rolling Stock Systems Design company. Many senior managers and directors This programme offers truly interdisciplinary n Railway Traction Systems Design in the industry, world-wide, are graduates postgraduate study. The main objective n Systems Engineering and Integration of this programme. of the course is to encourage a thorough for Dependability understanding of the principles involved in n Railway Infrastructure and Track Systems Admissions requirements developing, designing and operating modern n Train Control Systems Engineering This programme for the railway industry is railway systems, as well as to develop in n Railway Economics and Strategic intended for new graduates, practicing railway postgraduates a robust understanding of Management of Technology engineers and engineering managers from the issues involved in interface management n Ergonomics and Human Factors for Railways all disciplines and functional specialisations. for both existing and new railway systems. The part-time version is structured in such The programme has a strong focus on Railway engineering specialists and senior a way as to allow attendance by students developing individuals’ railway engineering managers active in the railway industry are from Britain, continental Europe and overseas, and management knowledge, their system members of the faculty and contribute recent without affecting their ability to play a full role integration skills and their ability to work discoveries and knowhow in lectures. This at their place of work. The full-time programme in focused project teams. represents about 50% of the contact time on suits graduates who wish to enter the railway the programme, ensuring up-to-date course industry and professionals working in the Many participants are experienced railway content. Many of the industry contributors are industry who wish to up-skill in the shortest engineers and managers, sponsored by employed by sponsors of the programme, possible time. their own employers, but the programme also such as Atkins, Bechtel, Bombardier, Deltarail, allows new entrants to the railway industry Halcrow, London Underground, Network How to apply to familiarise themselves with the specialist Rail, Swiss Federal Railways, Tubelines Admissions enquiries for Railway disciplines involved in railway systems, while and Virgin Trains. Systems Engineering and Integration: gaining a strong understanding of the complex Mrs Joy Grey +44 (0)121 414 4342 interactions between the subsystems. or email email@example.com
School of Civil Engineering 11 MSc, PGDip, PGCert in Road Management and Engineering www.birmingham.ac.uk/MScRoad ‘Viae vita sunt – Roads are life.’ ‘Though actually the work of man’s hands... roads have long since come to seem so much a part of Nature that we have grown to think of them as a feature of the landscape no less natural than rocks and trees.’ Richard Le Gallienne (1866–1947) About the programme Programme content Career opportunities The MSc in Road Management and You will study 120 credits of taught modules The programme is intended for graduates Engineering is one of the world’s leading on engineering and management topics, plus who aim to be future leaders in organisations programmes in highway management and a 60 credit research project. The engineering responsible for the planning, budgeting, engineering. Since 1963 more than 2,000 modules cover the principles of highway design and maintenance of highway networks. students have benefited from this programme capacity and geometric design: MSc Road Management and Engineering and some of the most senior positions in n Junction capacity and design graduates are held in high regard and many industry are filled by its graduates. n Pavement materials of today’s senior executives in road authorities n Road safety throughout the world are graduates are sought The programme provides advanced education n Road drainage after by local authorities, highways agencies, for engineers aspiring to higher or middle- n Structural design of road pavements public works departments, government management positions in private and public agencies, international donor agencies and sector road engineering organisations. Management focused modules complement consulting engineers specialising in the road The course attracts participants from all over the range of subjects taught in the engineering sector. Many graduates go on to become the world, including practicing engineers who oriented modules and include: sustainable senior executives in road authorities wish to gain knowledge of the state of the transport policy, Road economics, HDM-4, throughout the world. art in road management or change career Road asset management and Road Maintenance. paths as well as recent graduates who want All of these aim to develop a depth of scientific Admission requirements to pursue a career in road management. understanding, management problem-solving Applicants for admission to the MSc and industrial experience of highway should hold, or be expecting to achieve engineering and design. degree equivalent to UK 2.1 honours degree in an appropriate discipline (for example, Engineering, Sciences, Geology, Geography or Mathematics). Relevant post-graduate experience in industry will also be taken into consideration. Image courtesy of Balfour Beatty Image courtesy of Arup
12 School of Civil Engineering MSc, PGDip, PGCert in Water Resources Technology and Management (WRTM) www.birmingham.ac.uk/MScWRTM ‘Water is crucial for economic and social development. Properly managing water resources is essential for maintaining healthy ecosystems and sustainable development.’ Dr Xiaonan Tang, School of Civil Engineering About the programme Programme content ministries, environmental and engineering This MSc programme has provided education In addition to a 60 credit research project consultants or they may continue with research. to over 800 students since its inception you will study 120 credits of taught modules, Students who complete the programme are in 1965. Some of the most senior positions covering: held in high regard by the water industry, as in industry are filled by graduates of this n Hydrology demonstrated by an almost 100% record of programme. n Flooding and Water Resource Management employment. The programme benefits from n Water Distribution Pipeline Network significant contribution to by such organisations The Birmingham MSc in Water Resources Analysis as the Environment Agency, Halcrow, HR Technology and Management provides n River Flow Fundamental Wallingford, Jeremy Benn Associates, Jacobs, advanced instruction to students who aim to n Water Quality Management Mott MacDonald, OFWAT, Severn Trent become specialist water resources scientist, n Water and Wastewater Treatment Water, South Staffs Water, Thames Water, managers and engineers. n Water and Environmental Management United Utilities, Atkins and WRc Ltd. n Management and Research Techniques The programme is intended for graduates Admission requirements with a scientific (eg. chemistry, earth sciences, All of these aim to develop a depth of scientific Applicants for admission to the MSc geography, mathematics, physics) or understanding, management problem-solving should normally hold, or be expecting engineering background who wish to develop and industrial experience of the water to achieve, a good first degree or other a specialist knowledge in water resources engineering industry. approved qualification at an equivalent level technology and management. The programme in an appropriate discipline (for example, is relevant to recent graduates and those with Career opportunities Engineering, Sciences, Geology, Geography some industrial experience and it provides a MSc Water Resources Technology and or Mathematics). Relevant experience in sound knowledge in water resources science, Management graduates will go on to careers industry may also be taken into account technology and management. world-wide in the environmental regulation in considering applications. agencies, water companies, government
School of Civil Engineering 13 What our former students say... ‘I came in to the MSc with a Degree in Applied Geology ‘Holding a full-time job and with the presumption I may struggle with the mathematics studying in my free time involved in the course. This was not the case due to the was never easy because it help from the lecturers and demonstrators, the lecturing required a lot of sacrifices team are not only innovative engineers but great teachers. and strategic planning which often led to very difficult I now work in underground coal mining and used the trade-offs. Nonetheless, taught course content from day one.’ when I factor in the fun I Tom Roper, Site Geotechnical Engineer with PIMS group, Australia had on the course, the great people I met and the wealth of knowledge I learnt, the benefits were priceless in ‘Coming from a construction management background, the long run! My eyes were I wanted exposure to all elements of civil engineering. finally opened and I could This was exactly what the University of Birmingham see roads in a completely delivered… A few of the modules were run by professionals new light, which was when I from the industry. This fostered a greater understanding discovered my new passion of how industries work and inevitably, prepared me with for a career in International what to expect once I left the University.’ Development…’ Hamzh Al-Azzani, former MSc Civil Engineering student Mike Butler, RME graduate 2011 ‘A challenging but ‘I already had a number of years’ experience in Highways worthwhile experience.’ Engineering field when I joined the MSc programme of Joshua Pragas, former student Road Management and Engineering in the University of Birmingham and I think it was the best step I took to enhance my professional career. Curriculum of the course was very well planned, well delivered and covered all the aspects ‘Graduating from the MSc that a Highway Manager needs to be aware of to manage Programme in Railway the road assets efficiently. The course was extremely helpful Systems Engineering and to enhance knowledge and confidence to manage large Integration at UoB has road projects independently and following the successful been a heaven-sent key to completion of the course my responsibility at work has open the doors to a holistic been increased significantly. The course had a truly global understanding of the perspective and also provided the opportunity to meet complex railway business.’ people from different parts of the World.’ Merve Mercimek, former student Rana Ghosal, former student
14 School of Civil Engineering Combined Research and Taught Programmes MRes programmes are aimed at high calibre students who wish to develop and apply techniques appropriate for industrial or academic careers at the cutting-edge of research and development. MRes can be studied on a one year full time (or a two year part-time where available) basis. These are combined taught and research programmes that contain taught elements alongside training in research skills and methodology. The programmes require the production of a final dissertation or thesis of up to 20,000 words on a specific research topic. The School of Civil Engineering offers two MRes programmes: n Engineering Sustainability and Resilience n Railway Systems Integration. MRes Engineering Sustainability Plus options which include: a good first degree or equivalent approved and Resilience n Construction Management qualification. Relevant post-graduate n Engineering Geology experience may also be taken into account. www.birmingham.ac.uk/MResSustainability n Foundation Engineering n Site Investigation Scholarships and funding This research-based programme provides n Waste Management We have several research council studentships, academic training and research-based n Water and Environmental Management bursaries and postgraduate scholarships learning that is necessary for future leaders n Applied Fluid Mechanics for Civil Engineers available, most of which provide full funding in many areas of engineering. When n Ground Engineering and some of which are enhanced by industrial designing, constructing and operating the n Soil Mechanics funding where the topic has a specific industrial built environment there are many, potentially n Maintenance of Roads and Bridges relevance. Other sources of funding are the conflicting, decisions to be made, and many n Road Asset Management EPSRC, the BBSRC, the Knowledge Transfer scenarios for the future landscape of urban n Road Design Safety and Environment Partnership (KTP), the European Union and living. This programme will help students to n Road Economics and Finance industrial funding for UK and EU students. achieve a built environment that is flexible n Water and Wastewater Treatment International students can often gain funding and efficient regardless of which future n Flooding and Water Resource Management through Commonwealth scholarships or their actually emerges. n Engineering Production and Risk home government. Management in Construction The main component of this programme is a The School also offers the William Lardner research project, which provides structured This list is not exhaustive and other modules award, worth up to £9,000 to selected training in research. Usually carried out with available at the university may be substituted MRes students. industrial involvement, with some time spent if appropriate for the research project being in the collaborating organisation, this undertaken. How to apply programme includes study within your area An application can be submitted online at: of interest within the theme of engineering Career opportunities www.apply.bham.ac.uk resilience and sustainability. MRes graduates have unique skills in applied research and are therefore in demand Programme enquiries to: In addition to the research project, worth in industrial research groups, or they may Bill Ling, Tel: +44 (0)121 414 5148, 120 credits, all students will take the continue to further their research careers, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org following modules: via PhD study. n Research skills and research environment Admissions enquiries to: n Sustainable Construction Admission requirements Miss Helen Booth, +44 (0)121 414 4160, Applicants for admission to the MRes should Email: email@example.com normally hold, or be expecting to achieve,
School of Civil Engineering 15 ‘I thoroughly enjoyed studying on the MSc course, and found the whole Birmingham University experience challenging and highly rewarding, both in terms of what was learnt and its practical application in my profession. I would highly recommend it to any person seeking to develop themselves within the railway industry.’ Clive Cashin, former student MRes Railway Systems Integration technologies, as well as the approaches Admission requirements needed to apply these developments. The normal entrance qualification for MRes www.birmingham.ac.uk/MResRailway study is at least an upper second-class Programme content Honours degree, or equivalent. This is one of a range of programmes offered In addition to the research project, worth 120 by the Birmingham Centre for Railway credits, all students study topics related to Scholarships and studentships Research and Education (BCRRE). The Research Skills and the Research Environment, Several research council studentships, programme allows students to carry out plus a selection of one or two technical bursaries and postgraduate scholarships a substantive research project, usually in modules from the following list: are available, most of which provide full collaboration with industry, whilst learning n Railway Rolling Stock Systems Design funding and some of which are enhanced more about specific technical and managerial n Railway Traction Systems Design by industrial funding, where the topic has issues relevant to the railway industry. n Railway Infrastructure and Track Systems a specific industrial relevance. International n Train Control Systems Engineering students can gain funding through Overseas This is an interdisciplinary programme that n Ergonomics and Human Factors Research Scholarships, Commonwealth combines a major research project with for Railways scholarships or their home government. technical studies that build on prior academic study or industrial experience in a relevant Additionally, students must choose either How to apply subject area. It gives students the opportunity one or two management modules from the An application can be submitted online at: to benefit from the fundamental and applied following list, to complement the choice of www.apply.bham.ac.uk research being conducted in the Birmingham technical modules: Centre for Railway Research and Education. n Strategic Management of Railway Programme enquiries to: The programme allows students to research Operations Professor Chris Baker, +44 (0)121 414 5067. a technical, social or economic problem n Systems Engineering and Integration Email firstname.lastname@example.org associated with the railway industry. Projects for Dependability are usually undertaken in collaboration with n Railway Economics and Technology Admissions enquiries to: industry. At the same time, students learn more Management Mrs Joy Grey, +44 (0)121 414 4342. about specific technical and management Email: email@example.com issues relevant to the railway industry. Career opportunities Graduates of this MRes programme have As a result, students gain an understanding unique skills in applied research and are of the most recent developments in railway therefore in demand in industrial research research. The results of their work often satisfy groups, or they may continue to further their the industry’s needs for new and emerging research careers, via PhD study.
16 School of Civil Engineering Doctoral Research Programmes www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/civil-engineering/ research/index.aspx These are degrees by research alone, with a high level of research training. Working closely with the support and guidance of a supervisor, you will produce a thesis, which at PhD level is a work of original scholarship worthy of publication in a learned journal. Your thesis is usually required to be between of which are enhanced by industrial funding, Programme overview 50,000 and 80,000 words. Research degrees where the topic has a specific industrial Our research tackles the problems faced by can start at any time during the academic year relevance. Other sources of funding are the society today and develops the knowledge in agreement with your supervisor. EPSRC, the BBSRC, the Knowledge Transfer and tools to build the communities of the Partnership (KTP), the European Union and future. Many of our projects have already had Entry requirements industrial funding for UK and EU students. a significant impact on society; the impact The normal entrance qualification for PhD International students can often gain funding, of others will be felt by generations to come. study is either at least an upper second-class Commonwealth scholarships or their home Research within the School is clustered into Honours degree, or a first degree of a lower government. two themes – Transport; and Resilience and classification, along with an MSc/MRes, or Sustainability. It benefits from being funded evidence of substantial relevant industrial How to apply by industry, charities and research councils, experience. It is recommended to contact the research which encourages innovative thinking and theme leader before making any application creates internationally recognised research. Scholarships and funding for PhD study to discuss your project and We pride ourselves in offering a stimulating Several research council studentships, funding. Thereafter, applications for PhD research environment and are always keen to bursaries and postgraduate scholarships study can be submitted on-line at: discuss research opportunities with individuals are available for MPhil and PhD students, www.apply.bham.ac.uk from a wide variety of backgrounds. most of which provide full funding and some Transport Technology Railway Engineering For full details on the research topics, please see www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/ www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/ Within Britain, the rail network is at the activity/railway civil-engineering/transport/index.aspx heart of the transportation infrastructure. Its reliability, its future and the management of the Transport and Sustainability A healthy public transport system is effects of climate change on the use of railway fundamental to the prosperity of any nation. systems are key to ensuring the network’s Research in this area includes: long term Within the UK, the road and rail network is at future success. BCRRE brings together a large scale change and transitions to the heart of this and raises scientific questions, multidisciplinary team from across the university sustainability; behavioural change; the role of on its reliability, its future and the effects of to tackle fundamental railway engineering walking and cycling in sustainable transport climate change on transport systems – problems. The team actively engages with policy and how these modes might be its use and its development. industry, other universities through Rail Research enhanced; environmental impacts of transport UK Association, and international partners. and transport infrastructure, including climate Transport based research at the University of BCRRE also delivers the MSc programme in change and local air pollution; road safety and Birmingham has a long history, dating back to Railway Systems Engineering and Integration risk, especially consideration of human factors, the 1960s. Research in highway engineering and the MRes programme in Railway Systems behaviour and engineering solutions; equity makes strong advances in pavement structural Integration, as detailed earlier in this brochure. issues in transport; global issues. performance and highway capacity, design, deterioration modelling and maintenance. There are six main areas of research within Contact information Railway engineering is underpinned by the BCRRE, covering all aspects of railway For information regarding research multi-disciplinary Birmingham Centre for engineering: opportunities in the field of Transport Railway Research and Education (BCRRE). n Aerodynamics and Environment and Sustainability please contact: n Capacity Management Professor Miles Tight, +44 (0)121 414 5071. n Monitoring and Decision Support Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. n Materials and Testing n Traction and Energy n Systems and Control
School of Civil Engineering 17 Image courtesy of Arup Image courtesy of Carillion Road Management and Engineering Recent work in this area at the University of of research questions we are concerned with. Birmingham has concentrated on the effects However, unlike traditional approaches, we Research in Road Management and of cross winds on road and rail vehicles, do not restrict ourselves to considering only Engineering includes road asset management, the effects of vehicle slipstreams and the the structural engineering options; instead road management and investment assessment dispersion of pollutants in the wake of vehicles. we endeavour to ensure that non-structural systems, road economics and financing, road measures are at the heart of our thinking. development and strategic planning, road Contact information Two distinct research areas emerge: maintenance and operations, road safety, For information regarding research n Long-term resilience of the built road administration, energy use and vehicle opportunities in the field of Vehicle environment and built infrastructure, emissions, social benefits from road investments, Aerodynamics please contact: ie, the sustainability of the physical pavement design and analysis, the development Professor Chris Baker, +44 (0)121 415 5067. infrastructure into the far future, notably of long-term prediction relationships, data Email: email@example.com in delivering utility service provision, collection and analysis methods, data integrity and and information quality. Safety and Reliability Management n Short-term resilience of the built environment and built infrastructure Research in highway management and This research theme focuses on target risk and to natural hazards, the severity and engineering informs the MSc programme reliability, safety-cost analysis based decision frequency of which is often increasing in Road Management and Engineering. The making, life cycle analysis, uncertainty analysis, due to climate change Group also delivers Continuing Professional safety-critical software assessment, dynamic Development (CPD) courses such as the and static finite element analysis, and overall Research topics in resilience and Senior Roads Executive Programme (SREP) safety case preparation for industry. It transfers sustainability include: and other bespoke courses and workshops in research in risk and reliability from the n Geotechnical Engineering the areas of road management and financing. construction industry into the transport industry. n Environmental Engineering n Risk and Reliability Management Contact information Contact information n Structural Engineering For information regarding research For more information regarding research n Wind Engineering and Aerodynamics opportunities in Highway Management opportunities in the area of Safety and n Water Engineering and Engineering, please contact: Reliability Management, please contact: n Highways Management Dr Michael Burrow, +44 (0)121 414 2626. Dr Min An, +44 (0)121 414 5146. n Computation Engineering and Modelling Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Email: email@example.com Contact information Vehicle Aerodynamics Resilience and Sustainability For more information about research opportunities in the area of Resilience Research in vehicle aerodynamics concentrates Our ability to respond in a sustainable way to and Sustainability please contact: on the behaviour of road and rail vehicles in the challenges that we and future generations Dr John Bridgeman, +44 (0)121 414 3071. cross winds, the development of early warning face is at the core of this theme. These Email: firstname.lastname@example.org systems for high winds, investigations of the challenges may be posed by climate change, slipstreams and wakes of vehicles, and the regulation and natural disasters, and how we effect of transient pressure loading on train adapt our existing cities to ensure that they structures due to other trains passing and the are future-proof, gives a flavour of the type passage through tunnels.
18 School of Civil Engineering Further information Accommodation Entertainment, arts and culture Cricket World Cup. The city also boasts many The University has a large amount of Famous for its industrial past, Birmingham has golf courses, including The Belfry, which has accommodation although most of our also long been noted for its cultural heritage. hosted the Ryder Cup four times. In the summer research students prefer to make their own The Hippodrome, Alexandra and Birmingham of 2012 Birmingham was the home base and arrangements for accommodation. First-year Repertory Theatres between them stage touring training venue for the USA and Jamaican international postgraduate students who are dramas and West End shows, ballets, operas, Olympic athletics teams. new to Birmingham are guaranteed a place pantomimes and stand-up comedy. in University accommodation, subject to Shopping certain conditions. For more information In addition to theatres, there is an excellent Bullring shopping centre is one of Europe’s visit: www.has.bham.ac.uk/studentaccom choice of cafes and restaurants providing largest city retail development and includes culinary experiences from a variety of cultures, the award-winning, iconic, Selfridges building. Sporting facilities most notably in the Balti Triangle and the The Mailbox development houses a wide range Birmingham offers some of the best sports Chinese Quarter. There are museums, cinemas, of designer chains, including Harvey Nichols. facilities in the country, supported by nightclubs, pubs and wine bars in abundance. professional coaching and imaginative Birmingham hosts four major markets, as programmes that give you a vast choice If you like live entertainment, then take your well as all the principal chain stores. There of sporting opportunities to suit your taste pick from comedy clubs, local music gigs is also a wealth of smaller shops and retail and ability. For more information visit: and top shows at Birmingham’s principal centres, where you can find everything from www.sport.bham.ac.uk theatres. The National Exhibition Centre and fresh herbs and spices for authentic international the National Indoor Arena regularly showcase dishes, to hand-crafted jewellery made in the The Guild of Students star names from the worlds of rock, pop and Jewellery Quarter. As the first purpose-built students’ union in sport. The world famous City of Birmingham the country, Birmingham’s Guild of Students Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) has its home The heart of England is the hub of University life. Its mission ‘to in Symphony Hall. Located in the heart of the country, Birmingham enhance the student experience’ is achieved has so much to offer visitors. With Warwickshire, through a wide range of activities, services, Sport the Malvern Hills and the Ironbridge Gorge all societies and social events. With cafes, Birmingham is home to Premier League nearby, you are never more than a short drive restaurants, nightclubs, shopping outlets, football and international athletics at Alexander from some of the UK’s most scenic countryside. support and welfare services, the Guild Stadium and in recent years it has staged provides representation, help and a variety more sporting championships than any other Birmingham is at the centre of the motorway, of social activities for students. For more UK city. Edgbaston cricket ground, home to rail and canal network, with its own international information visit: www.guildofstudents.com Warwickshire Country Cricket Club close to airport – you can get almost anywhere in the the University regularly hosts test matches world from here. The city of Birmingham and international tournaments including the Around £9 billion has been ploughed into the city centre over the past 20 years and Birmingham continues to attract significant investment. The landscape of the area has changed, and stylish apartments and offices have replaced factories and warehouses. An astounding £800 million and 8,000 jobs were brought into the City of Birmingham’s economy through the construction of the Bullring shopping centre alone. www.birmingham.ac.uk This brochure was written several months in advance of the start of the academic year. It is intended to provide prospective students with a general picture of the programmes and courses offered by the School. Please note that not all programmes or all courses are offered every year. Also, because our research is constantly exploring new areas and directions of study some courses may be dropped and new ones offered in their place.
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