With the construction sector struggling to meet current global demands for sustainable buildings and infrastructure - let alone the needs of future generations - a new course at Kingston University, London, is aiming to help fill the gap.
Students embarking on the new MSc in Sustainable Concrete Structures with Construction Management will focus on the challenges and opportunities for the concrete industry in meeting the demands of sustainable development.
“Sustainability expertise is at the top of the qualification requirements for 21st century practicing-engineers,” said Costas Georgopoulos, from the Faculty of Engineering, who is set to run the new course. The Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers added: “We are hoping to train civil and structural engineers of the future - students who can acquire advanced knowledge and understanding of the principles of sustainability applied to concrete specification, design and construction.”
Supported by The Concrete Centre, the course combines concrete technology, sustainable construction, earthquake engineering, fire assessment, geo-environmental engineering and construction management. It is delivered by a mixture of both academic and industry experts. Students will learn about all the sustainability credentials of concrete including its inherent and enhanced material performance in advanced concrete-framed structures and substructures. They will also examine modern construction management practices and special processes which can be applied in areas prone to natural disasters.
The course, which has been launched for the first time this year, is one-year full-time or two-years part-time with both September and January intakes. The two-year, part-time course is arranged with working hours to suit civil or structural engineers at work.