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Advanced Construction Materials

Civil and Structural Engineering Mx
  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Short course
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 17 October 2020
  • Course duration: Four Saturdays, 9 am - 5 pm (17 and 31 October, 14 and 28 November) plus exam

The aim of this course is to enhance your professional knowledge about the behaviour and performance of specialist construction materials (including composites) when applied to structures built from diverse range of materials.


On this course you'll learn about the characteristics and durability of various advanced construction materials, ranging from fibre-reinforced concrete to reinforced plastics and advanced paving materials.

You'll be able to assess how you can affect strength/weight ratio, durability and the safety of structures by using different materials.

You'll also be able to assess the behaviour and performance of materials, write reports related to lab experiments, and learn how the application of these materials can affect design, durability and safety of structures.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • explain and critique engineering principles used in advanced materials behaviour
  • appraise the use of advanced materials as they affect the design process
  • adapt techniques in the use of advanced materials to create novel solutions to a wide range of problems
  • evaluate and improve health and safety issues as they relate to the use of materials
  • explain and debate complex sustainability and environmental issues related to the use of materials
  • identify and assess risks and apply risk assessments and mitigation strategies.

A CPD certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the course.

Successful completion can also contribute 15 credits towards a postgraduate award.

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:

Email: cpdbe@ntu.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

This course will include:

  • the material properties, test methods and durability of materials
  • structural behaviour, design guidelines, de-bonding and reinforcing concrete beams
  • the use of plastics as construction material
  • the different materials for paving
  • relevant case studies.

How you’re taught

Teaching and learning will take place using a flexible programme of lectures, workshops, seminars and tutorials.

Entry requirements

Level: Professional/postgraduate

Entry Requirements: You should have a minimum of three years’ professional experience and have the support of your employer to integrate study and projects into your day-to-day work.

You will probably be employed on significant infrastructure or building works, with experience of developing and coordinating projects.

If you wish to receive credit, you should also have a 2:2 honours degree in a built environment subject area.

Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and/or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Level: Professional/postgraduate

Entry Requirements: You should have a minimum of three years’ professional experience and have the support of your employer to integrate study and projects into your day-to-day work.

You will probably be employed on significant infrastructure or building works, with experience of developing and coordinating projects.

If you wish to receive credit, you should also have a 2:2 honours degree in a built environment subject area.

Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and/or relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis.

How to apply

Please read the guidance notes and complete the application form.

You should then your form to be considered by the academic team: cpdbe@ntu.ac.uk

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Please read the guidance notes and complete the application form.

You should then your form to be considered by the academic team: cpdbe@ntu.ac.uk

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £925

Payment is due before the course starts.

The fee for this course is £925.

Payment is due before the course starts.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418