This course will begin on schedule in the Autumn and we plan to reopen our campuses. We are looking forward to seeing you in person, if travel and visa arrangements allow. If you can’t travel to campus in time for the start of term, we want to reassure you that your academic Department has made plans which make it possible to offer you a high-quality remote educational experience during the Autumn term.

Your teaching will be a combination of on-campus (in-person) and remote learning (online). We call this ‘multi-mode’ delivery. Depending on official government guidance throughout the entirety of next academic year, the ‘multi-mode’ balance may be subject to change. We hope to be able to offer you increased on-campus teaching and learning activities throughout the year.

For more information about multi-mode delivery, your learning experience and the steps we’ll be taking to keep you safe on campus if you are able to join us, please see our Covid 19 information for applicants and offer holders page.


Microstructure of corroded reinforced concrete

Caption: Microstructure of corroded reinforced concrete

Student observing the microstructure of cementitious materials.

Caption: Student observing the microstructure of cementitious materials.

Developing construction materials from waste plastics.

Caption: Developing construction materials from waste plastics.

Student measuring the transport properties of concrete.

Caption: Student measuring the transport properties of concrete.

Determining the aggregate content in concrete using micro X-ray fluorescence.

Caption: Determining the aggregate content in concrete using micro X-ray fluorescence.

thermal insulation material

Caption: Understanding the impact properties of thermal insulation materials at cryogenic conditions using scanning electron microscopy.

Applications 2020-2021

We are still accepting and processing applications for entry to our MSc programmes in October 2020. 

The MSc Advanced Materials for Sustainable Infrastructure was introduced in October 2019, to meet industry demand, and to address skills-shortages.  The programme will educate future Engineers wishing to have an in-depth understanding of the behaviour and characteristics of civil engineering materials and the ability to develop sustainable designs for construction. Students will have access to the College’s new world-class  Advanced Infrastructure Materials Laboratory  to perform and observe experimental investigations; allowing them to cement principles introduced on the taught part of the programme. They will also undertake a research project with academics within the UK’s top-rated Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. 

 

Intro about course and reasons

Visual representation of the course layout. Go to indicative syllabus for this information in text format.

What is the programme layout?

This programme of study is made up of entirely core material: 

12 taught and assessed modules, six in each of the autumn (October-December) and spring (January-March) terms. 

  • a research project, taken over the summer and culminating in a written dissertation. 
  • Autumn term modules are examined in early January and spring term modules are examined in late April/early May. 

Each module offers a variety of skills and the programme is structured to help you excel whatever your background; 

  • the first term focuses on the fundamentals, building a good foundation, introducing concepts and standardising the knowledge base of students. 
  • the second term develops and enhances the material taught in the autumn. 
  • the final term is dedicated to research so that you can really apply the knowledge you’ve gained. 

Transferable skills will focus on technical writing, oral presentations and team working. We have designed these modules to be complementary and teach a wide range of the skills required by modern engineers. 

Find out more about each of the modules further down this page. 

Why should I study this programme?

The programme material covers cutting-edge techniques, develops key skills and prepares you ideally for the future.
You consider yourself to be innovative, pragmatic, professional and motivated by the pursuit of sustainable solutions to engineering problems, considering risks within economic, social and environmental constraints. 

The programme material covers cutting-edge techniques, develops key skills and prepares you for the future. The training exposes you to analytical, numerical and laboratory-based approaches to problem solving and will provide you with the skills and training for the broader application of the knowledge you acquire. In addition to the training, it introduces you to a network of staff and fellow students, and opportunities to build lifelong global connections.   

There has never been a better time to develop expertise in infrastructure materials, nor has there ever been a greater focus on material use.  Within sectors of the construction industry, there is an identified shortage of, and demand for, materials experts. Potential employers of our graduates are expected to include materials manufacturers and suppliers; engineering consultants and contractors designing and supervising new infrastructure projects or upgrades to existing infrastructure; owners of built assets; test houses involved in testing materials and surveying structures; companies involved in designing and installing monitoring systems on infrastructure; Government research laboratories concerned with the Built Environment; and Universities with Civil Engineering Departments, for those wishing to pursue PhD studies. 

The University is one of the best in the world.
Imperial College London is consistently ranked in the top 10 universities in the World and top 5 in Europe. The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering itself is considered one of the best in the World and consistently excels in both teaching  and research (See our top ranking in recent research assessments. See more reasons to choose Imperial.

The City is one of the most vibrant and exciting places to live, let alone be a student.
London is a vibrant, global, capital that is ranked amongst the best student cities in the world. Everything from global Engineering consultancies to niche start-ups are located on your doorstep, offering you a wide range of opportunities for networking and applying for jobs. 

Continue reading for module information and frequently asked questions (FAQs). 

Convinced already? Apply now.

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Indicative Programme Syllabus for 2020/21

Taught material will be delivered to you using formal lectures by academic staff and tutorials that will enable you to test your understanding of the lecture material, ask specific questions and consolidate your knowledge, support your learning and prepare you for assessment. There will be an appropriate balance of teaching methodologies to cover both the theoretical and practical aspects of the programme, with practical elements being achieved using laboratory practicals.

Finally, the research project will enable students to learn skills essential for independent research, and an opportunity to make a significant contribution to the field.  

The module content provided is indicative and is subject to annual update. 

Autumn Term modules

CIVE97141 Materials Selection

This module will cover:

  • Overview of the materials used in civil engineering.
  • Classification of materials: metals, ceramics, polymers and hybrids.
  • History of the evolution of materials.
  • Defining design requirements and translating them into material properties.
  • Engineering properties of materials (including mechanical, thermal and mass transfer properties).
  • Material indices.
  • Selection using material property charts.
  • Shape Factors.
  • Multi- and conflicting- criteria
  • Material life cycle and eco-selection.
  • CES materials selection software (CES EduPack is essential software).
  • Case studies of materials selection.

Read the full module descriptor. 

CIVE97142 Mechanics of Materials

This module will cover:

  • Concepts of model, continuum mechanics, boundary value problem.
  • Kinematics of deformable bodies. Stresses and strains.
  • Balance of mass and momentum. Continuum Thermodynamics.
  • Constitutive modelling of materials: elasticity, plasticity.
  • Damage: fracture mechanics, fatigue, creep, environmentally assisted cracking.
  • Strength of materials and structural mechanics
  • Beam design
  • Buckling of columns
  • Use of continuum mechanics models in practical applications
  • Relevant research at Imperial College. 

Read the full module descriptor. 

CIVE97145 Geomaterials

This module will cover:

  • Characterisation and engineering properties of rocks, soils and minerals. (3hrs)
  • Origin of geomaterials.  (1hr)
  • Testing geomaterials in situ and in the laboratory.  (6hrs)
  • Aggregates in road construction and concrete.  (2hrs)
  • Construction stone, including masonry and heritage structures. (2hrs)
  • Clay for bricks and tiles production, and sand for glass production.  (1hr)
  • Ground improvement.  (6hrs)
  • Weathering, durability and sustainable use of geomaterials.  (2hrs)
  • Relevant research at Imperial College  (2hrs)

Read the full module descriptor. 

 

CIVE97146 Sustainable Development

This module will cover:

  • Definitions and principles of sustainability, sustainable development, and industrial ecology
  • Systems thinking
  • Circular economy
  • Material flow analysis
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Software and databases for sustainability assessments
  • Applications of sustainability assessments and analyses to engineering problems

Read the full module descriptor. 

CIVE97152 Characterisation of Materials

This module will cover:

  • Microscopy (optical and electron microscopy)
  • X-ray analysis (XRD and XRF)
  • Thermal analysis (thermogravimetry and calorimetry)
  • Pore and surface analysis (gas and vapour sorption, mercury intrusion porosimetry and contact angle)
  • Vibrational spectroscopy (FTIR and Raman)
  • Particle analysis (laser diffraction)
  • Micro-mechanical testing (hardness, modulus, tensile and compressive)
  • Applications of these techniques to building materials 

Read the full module descriptor. 

CIVE97xxx Cementitious Materials

This module will cover:

  • History and types of cements and binders
  • Cement chemistry, including thermodynamics, phase diagrams, equilibrium
  • Portland cement, production and hydration
  • Supplementary cementitious materials
  • Alternative and low-carbon cements
  • Alkali-activated materials/geopolymers
  • Cement paste microstructure
  • Thermodynamic modelling

Read the full module descriptor. 

Spring Term modules

CIVE97093 Concrete Materials

This module will cover:

  • Constituent materials used in concrete (cement, supplementary cementitious materials, aggregate, water and admixtures) with emphasis on their influence on the microstructure of concrete.  
  • Properties and behaviour of concrete including early age properties, rheology, mechanical properties, volume changes and durability. 
  • Typical problems affecting concrete and their prevention strategies.
  • Design and selection of mix proportions to produce concrete with specified performance.  
  • Sustainability of cements and concretes
  • Advanced concrete technology e.g. light/heavy-weight concrete, high-performance concrete, self-compacting concrete, shotcrete, underwater concrete, fibre-reinforced concrete, no-fines concrete, mass concrete and roller-compacted concrete. 

Read the full module descriptor. 

 

CIVE97144 Metals

This module will cover:

  • Overview of metals and alloys used in civil engineering.
  • Manufacture of steels
  • Metallurgy and microstructure
  • Fracture mechanics of metals
  • Corrosion, stress corrosion cracking and hydrogen embrittlement.
  • Practical applications of metallurgy
  • Steel technology in construction: quality control, use of standards.
  • Welding technology and effects
  • Metal 3D printing.
  • Relevant research at Imperial College

Read the full module descriptor. 

 

CIVE97147 Numerical Modelling of Materials

This module will cover:

  • The purpose of modelling and types of model, including their use in design.
  • Continuum mechanics concepts.
  • Finite element modelling, including the use of commercial packages.
  • Underlaying mathematical foundations of numerical methods.
  • Basics of programming.
  • Multiphysics modelling, including heat transfer and mass transport.
  • Multiscale modelling, including an introduction to atomistic and meso-scale methods.
  • Discrete Element Methods.
  • Case studies, including geomaterials and structural analysis.
  • Relevant research at Imperial College.

Read the full module descriptor. 

CIVE97149 Masonry, Timber and Glass

This module will cover:

  • The purpose of modelling and types of model, including their use in design.
  • Continuum mechanics concepts.
  • Finite element modelling, including the use of commercial packages.
  • Underlaying mathematical foundations of numerical methods.
  • Basics of programming.
  • Multiphysics modelling, including heat transfer and mass transport.
  • Multiscale modelling, including an introduction to atomistic and meso-scale methods.
  • Discrete Element Methods.
  • Case studies, including geomaterials and structural analysis.
  • Relevant research at Imperial College.

Read the full module descriptor. 

CIVE97150 Polymers and Polymer Composites

This module will cover:

  • Polymers including thermosets and thermoplastics
  • Synthesis of polymers, processing methods
  • Physical and mechanical properties of polymers
  • Reinforcement and fibres
  • Composites and manufacturing methods
  • Composite mechanics and laminate theory
  • Chemical and physical characterisation of polymers and composites
  • Composites recycling
  • Polymer and composite products in civil engineering
  • Applications in civil engineering (including in bridges, structural repair, pipes, bearings)
  • Introduction to design, relevant codes and standards

Read the full module descriptor. 

CIVE97151 Assessment, Monitoring and Repair of Structures

This module will cover:

  • Topic introduction
  • Sources of deterioration and structural pathologies
  • Testing and inspection techniques
  • Automated monitoring
  • Sensors (theory and demo)
  • Signal processing
  • Feature extraction, pattern recognition, and damage identification
  • Prognosis
  • Advanced SHM systems

Read the full module descriptor.

 

Summer term modules

CIVE97153 Research Project

The project will be supervised by at least one member of the academic staff within the Materials section of the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department.

A number of students may have the opportunity to undertake their research project as part of an industry placement.

The research project may be analytical, theoretical, experimental or numerical in nature, or a combination of these.

Students will be given introductions to research techniques such as:

  • Guide to technical writing
  • Presentation skills
  • Reference Management
  • Database searching

The research project will begin with a review of the literature within the given research area.

Read the full module descriptor. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

What are my options after graduating from the programme?

The programme material covers cutting-edge techniques, develops key skills and prepares you for the future. The training exposes you to analytical, numerical and laboratory-based approaches to problem solving and prepares you with the skills and training for the broader application of the knowledge you acquire. In addition to the training, it introduces you to a network of staff and fellow students, building lifelong global connections.   

Within sectors of the construction industry, there is an identified shortage of, and demand for, materials experts. Potential employers of our Infrastructure Materials graduates are expected to include Materials manufacturers and suppliers; Engineering consultants and contractors designing and supervising new infrastructure projects or upgrades to existing infrastructure; owners of built assets; test houses involved in testing materials and surveying structures; companies involved in designing and installing monitoring systems on infrastructure; Government research laboratories concerned with the Built Environment; and Universities with Civil Engineering Departments, for those wishing to pursue PhD studies. 

How is industry involved with the programme?

Up to 10% of the taught material is delivered by industry experts.  

What facilities are available?

The programme will be taught in excellent, modern facilities including:

Are there any scholarships opportunities?

Yes, there are Departmental and other scholarships available for the very best students. If you are interested in receiving a scholarship, then early application is strongly recommended. 

Departmental MSc Scholarships
AwardSponsorEligibility and number of awardsValue
Departmental MSc Scholarships The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering All candidates who have indicated their wish to be considered for available funding at the application stage.
 
Awards will be based on academic excellence and relevant experience. 
 
Number of awards: tbc

Application Deadline: 31 March 2020
Full or partial tuition fee waiver
Geotechnics MSc Industrial Bursaries  A consortium of  Geotechnical  employers Bursaries are awarded to successful applicants to the Geotechnics Cluster MSc programmes on excellent academic and professional records, supported by relevant references and a strong personal statement.  Priority is given to UK-Based applicants.

Number of awards: 5-10

Deadline to apply: 31 May 2020
Typical contributions of £5,000 to £15,000 towards the programme tuition fees and in some cases, subsistence
Rees Jeffreys Road Fund Bursaries

Transport cluster
Rees Jeffreys Road Fund Bursaries are awarded to students who obtained a first degree of at least 2.1 standard or equivalent and who wish to pursue a masters programme in a subject directly related to highways and transportation. Apply through the Department.

Number of awards: Up to 3

Deadline to apply: 30 May 2020
£10,000 each
Brian Large Bursary  Brian Large Bursary Fund Bursaries are awarded to full-time, UK resident, applicants, who have obtained a first degree of at least 2:1 standard or equivalent and who wish to pursue a masters programme in a subject directly related to transport.  

Number of awards: Up to 3

Deadline to apply: 30 May 2020
 £6,500 each
These are the only sources of funding available within the Department. For European and Overseas applicants there are many foundations and organisations who can help with and advise on funding, including the British Council, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Society for Underwater Technology (Geotechnics). Enquiries should be directed to the relevant organisation. 
Departmental MSc Scholarships
Contacts
Departmental contact forName, email and phone number
MSc and Scholarships Fionnuala Donovan, Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 5929
Geotechnics MSc Industrial Bursaries Sue Feller, Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 6077
Rees Jeffreys Road Fund Bursaries
Brian Large Bursary 
cts.admin@imperial.ac.uk, Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 6100
Contacts
Contacts

 

Who are we?

We are a newly formed group of enthusiastic and engaged academics. We excel at teaching and research and we are looking forward to teaching the next cohort of leading Materials Engineers. Click on the link below for more information about the people within our section.

https://www.imperial.ac.uk/infrastructure-materials/people/

How is the programme assessed?

Assessments include individual and group courseworks; laboratory and design projects; oral presentations; written examinations and a research dissertation. To complete the requirements of the degree, all assessments must be undertaken to the appropriate level. Successful candidates will be awarded the MSc degree of Imperial College London.

How do I apply?

Information on how to apply and the link to apply can be found here: Application Information

Haven't found an answer to your query / question?

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The PGT Team For questions and advice relating to MSc application, basic eligibility, supporting documentation required, and information on entry to our postgraduate taught (MSc) programmes, and general information pre-registration.
Postgraduate Taught Office
Fionnuala, +44 (0)20 7594 5929, cvpgo@imperial.ac.uk 
Professor Chris Cheeseman For all queries related to the academic content of the programme
Programme Director
Professor Chris Cheeseman, +44 (0)20 7594 5971, c.cheeseman@imperial.ac.uk
 Rebecca Naessens For all other queries. 
Programme Administrator
Miss Rebecca Naessens, +44 (0)207 594 5990, rebecca.naessens@imperial.ac.uk

Administration contacts for the Fluid Mechanics cluster
Administration contacts

MSc Application Information

Minimum academic entry requirements

  • A good Upper Second or First Class Degree result (or International equivalent), in engineering or another numerate discipline, or Masters level degree qualification
  • Good mathematical skills (B or above at A-level or equivalent qualification)
  • Relevant Postgraduate industrial experience is favoured
  • English Language qualification (where relevant)

Please also check that your previous study meets the minimum academic requirements by country index

Note: The Department may set higher requirements than those specified by the College as minimum entry requirements and that places are not guaranteed for any applicant.  Relevance of degrees and eligibility can be checked with the Department.  

English Language Requirements

Applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to present an English language qualification, passed at the appropriate level. This may follow the application if not available at the time of submission. Please see the College English language requirements for postgraduate applicants for information. Please also check that your previous study meets the minimum academic requirements by country index

Visa requirements for International Students

Please visit the international students website for more information: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/international-students/visas-and-immigration/

Apply Now

We hope you have found all of the information you need to reach a decision. If you would like to apply for this programme, please follow the application instructions here: Application Information and application link

Further resources for this programme

Further resources for this programme

TypeDocument
Webpage Handbook
Webpage Programme Specification - To follow
Pdf document  Professional skills development for Master's students
Webpage Imperial College Terms and Conditions
Webpage Entry on the College Prospectus
Resources for this programme
Resources for this module