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Analysis and Design of Surface Structures

Civil and Structural Engineering Mx
  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Short course
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 20 February 2021
  • Course duration: Four Saturdays, 9 am - 5 pm (20 February, 13 March, 8 and 15 May 2021) plus exam

This course introduces you to the principles, analysis and design aspects of surface structure systems such as roads, airfields, ports, concrete hard standing and industrial ground floors.

It covers the fundamental scientific and engineering principles of surface structure engineering.


On this course, you'll appraise the theories that underpin the application of design techniques and make judgements about how to apply design codes.

You'll also evaluate alternative design strategies and learn how to select a strategy that meets requirements.

Case studies will feature prominently in this course.

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

  • integrate mathematics, science, IT, design and engineering practice in the analysis and design of surface structures
  • assess the capabilities and limitations of computer-based methods
  • evaluate new and emerging technologies.

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 fundamentals of surface structures analysis and design
  • the prediction and analysis of loading
  • the analysis of surface structure and material properties
  • pavement foundation design
  • highways, port and airfield pavement design
  • industrial ground floor design.

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