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Civil & Environmental Engineering Flexible learning

Looking to expand your career options or work towards a qualification? Our flexible learning programmes allow you to study in a way that suits you, allowing you to study anything from one or two modules to a full MSc.

Our flexible learning options include:

Distance learning

Our Distance Learning courses allow you to complete an MSc without studying at our Glasgow campus. This means you can study for one of our Postgraduate Degrees, while balancing your existing work and family commitments.

Modules are taught using online material (e.g. by video, podcasts, webinars and presentation), meaning you can study at a time that suits you.

You’ll have full access to all class materials and will be able to chat with your class tutors via email, online forums and live webchats. We also have a dedicated staff who can answer any questions you have and can help support you through your studies.

Courses available

For more information on our MSc degrees available by part-time Distance Learning, including entry requirements and course fees, visit our course pages:

Continuing Professional Development

We offer courses accredited by the Institute of Acoustics to provide professionals with a thorough understanding of the theory and practice of noise measurement.

Find out more information about Noise Measurement courses.

Open Access

How does Open Access work?

Open Access enables students to undertake single modules from our MSc courses, via on-campus attendance.  When you apply, you’ll select your first module and arrange payment of the tuition fees. 

Some students take only one module for CPD purposes. If you successfully complete the module, you’ll have the option either to take a module completion certificate and end your studies, or continue to build up credits and build towards a Postgraduate Certificate, paying for the modules as you study them.

Credits

Most courses are 10 credit modules; you need to pass six modules to qualify for a Postgraduate Certificate.

Transferring to MSc or PgDip

You may eventually transfer to a part-time MSc or PGDip programme to complete you studies (over a maximum period of five years).

Please note we do not currently offer these modules through distance learning.

Open Access students take part in classes with other postgraduate students, but study part-time to fit in with life's other commitments.

Fees

For session 2016/17, the fees are currently £800 per 10-credit module.

The cost to complete the whole MSc over a 5 year period via the Open Access route would be £10,800 in total (including the Master's Project Fee).

Modules offered (either September or January depending on timetable)

Leading issues in Circular Economy

CL988 Leading Issues in Circular Economy - Thursday, 1-3 pm, 19 January 2017 – 23 March 2017

The class introduces circular economy as a systems-based concept in which production is designed to be restorative and regenerative, while waste is designed out of the system. Circular economy is thus featured as a reaction to the conventional dispensation of the linear ‘make-use-dispose’ economy, and as a framework for the development and management of a sustainable, ‘zero-waste’ economic system. The implications of the concept for research, policy and industrial practice are also explored as these relate to innovation and knowledge production; social trends; consumer behaviour and market trends; conservation and sustainable use of energy and material resources; climate change and environmental sustainability; and design of business models for green enterprise development and for sustainable growth and employment generation. Cases of product re-use through repair, remanufacturing and reconditioning are considered together with the business opportunities created for service providers.

Class times are provisional and will be confirmed at the start of term.
  • Course tutor: Dr Elsa João
  • Class times: Thursdays 13.00-15.00
  • Dates: Jan 2017 - March 2017

Application guidelines

We are accepting applications for January 2017 and September 2017 intake for modules via Open Access. To apply for modules beginning January/September please email civeng-flexstudy@strath.ac.uk

If you make sufficient progress in your modules and you decide to build up your modules towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or eventually MSc, you may be transferred to the appropriate programme at a later stage.

Class times are provisional and will be confirmed at the start of the academic semester. If you would like to know the draft timetable for a specific module, please email civeng-flexstudy@strath.ac.uk

Sustainability & Strategic Environmental Assessment

The module has a strong project component as the students, working in groups, will be required to produce a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) or Sustainability Appraisal for a local plan. The module has been designed so that students can develop a theoretical and applied understanding of sustainability and strategic environmental assessment.

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is a process for identifying and assessing environmental impacts of policies, plans and programmes, such as a transportation policy or a local development plan. Knowledge of SEA has become particularly important following the approval of the European SEA Directive in July 2001, that was implemented in Member States in July 2004.

SEA is considered one of the main ways to achieve sustainability, and in England, for example, SEA is carried out via a sustainability appraisal. According to the new directive, before a programme or a plan is approved or adopted, the public must be consulted and an Environmental Report must be prepared, describing the likely significant effects of the plan or programme and of any reasonable alternatives to the proposal. The SEA directive applies to plans or programmes in 11 sectors:

  • agriculture
  • forestry
  • fisheries
  • energy
  • industry
  • transport
  • waste
  • water
  • telecommunications
  • tourism
  • land use planning

The module starts by examining how the idea of sustainable development and sustainability have evolved and been conceptualised, including weak vs. strong sustainability. The main focus of the module will then be how SEA and sustainability appraisal have come about in order to achieve sustainability.

The course will combine lectures, group discussions, seminars, case studies and presentations by practitioners.

There will be two assignments weighted 50/50.

Class times are provisional and will be confirmed at the start of term.

  • Course tutor: Dr Elsa João
  • Class times: Mondays 15.00-17.00
  • Dates: September - December
  • Cost: £800 - students must register for CL959 (10-credit module code)

Application guidelines

We are accepting applications for January 2017 and September 2017 intake for modules via Open Access. To apply for modules beginning January or September please email civeng-flexstudy@strath.ac.uk

If you make sufficient progress in your modules and you decide to build up your modules towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or eventually MSc, you may be transferred to the appropriate programme at a later stage.

Class times are provisional and will be confirmed at the start of the academic semester. If you would like to know the draft timetable for a specific module, please email civeng-pgt@strath.ac.uk.

Science, Technology & Innovation Policy

This class introduces the conceptual and practical issues underlying policy-making processes, with a particular focus on science and technology policy and innovation management.

The class addresses elements of policy analysis as an interdisciplinary exercise. Within this context. It explores questions as to how innovations occur and how they can be managed to enhance prospects for socio-economic development and environmental protection through sustainable use of resources.

A major aspect of the module is the systems approach to technology and innovation management, particularly as this relates to the design of strategies for research and development, and mechanisms for technology transfer and for the generation, use, exchange and sharing of knowledge.

In this respect, innovation paradigms will be explored in terms of closed and open innovation practices.

The class aims to give students working under different disciplines at PG level, a feel of the significance of S&T policy and innovation management, as a crucial basis for the understanding of how various disciplines fit into the making of sustainability and sustainable development.

Course aims

The course will allow you to understand: 

  • the nature of policy & policy analysis as an interdisciplinary exercise in the context of sustainable development
  • strategic skills, tools and techniques for forward thinking and thinking across disciplinary boundaries in the process of planning and policy making
  • management system standards, reporting, appraisal and use of S&T indicators in a systems framework
  • the systemic nature of innovation as a process, and contemporary approaches to innovation (innovation systems, triple helix, closed innovation versus open innovation

Course details

  • Tutor:  Dr Girma Zawdie
  • Class times: Mondays 9.00-1100 
  • Dates: Sept - December
  • Cost: £800

Application guidelines

We are accepting applications for January 2017 and September 2017 intake for modules via Open Access. To apply for modules beginning January or September please email civeng-flexstudy@strath.ac.uk

If you make sufficient progress in your modules and you decide to build up your modules towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or eventually MSc, you may be transferred to the appropriate programme at a later stage.

Class times are provisional and will be confirmed at the start of the academic semester. If you would like to know the draft timetable for a specific module, please email civeng-pgt@strath.ac.uk.

Site Investigation & Risk Assessment

The class covers the complete sequence of a site investigation, followed by data modelling and interpretation. It considers both geotechnical and geoenvironmental sides of site investigation including:

  • desk study
  • site sampling organisation and techniques
  • data collection
  • chemical analysis

Syllabus

  • site investigation.
  • industrial case study
  • geotechnical sampling
  • cone penetration test technique
  • sampling techniques
  • invasive & non-invasive detection techniques
  • site visit - Glasgow, site reconnaissance & sampling
  • sampling Analysis - storage, analytical instruments, laboratory procedures
  • risk assessment models (CLEA, RBCA, CONSIM)
  • CLEA software tutorials
  • industrial case studies
  • Eurocodes for site investigation

Course details

  • Tutor: Dr Philippe Sentenac
  • Class times: Tues 9-11am
  • Dates: September - December
  • Credits: 10
  • Cost: £800

Application guidelines

We are accepting applications for January 2017 and September 2017 intake for modules via Open Access. To apply for modules beginning January or September please email civeng-flexstudy@strath.ac.uk

If you make sufficient progress in your modules and you decide to build up your modules towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or eventually MSc, you may be transferred to the appropriate programme at a later stage.

Class times are provisional and will be confirmed at the start of the academic semester. If you would like to know the draft timetable for a specific module, please email civeng-pgt@strath.ac.uk.

Hydrogeology

This class is for those interested in subsurface fluid dynamics and contaminant transport. It presents information on the hydrologic cycle, the porosity and permeability of porous material, and on fluid, energy and mass transport in porous media.

The lectures also cover a range of issued related to dissolved contaminants in the soil and groundwater environment, the general chemistry of groundwaters and the difficulties associated with prediction of contaminant transport in the subsurface environment.

A concurrent computer tutorial uses MathCad as a study guide to aquifer mechanics for pump-test data evaluation.

You’ll undertake a one-week pump-test practical class project, where you’ll gain hands-on experience undertaking hydrogeologic and chemical evaluation of groundwater.

The aim of the class is to serve a diversity of interests, including those of geologists, practising hydrogeologists and engineers, geochemists and geophysicists.

Class details

  • Tutor: Professor Bob Kalin
  • Class times: Fridays 9.00-13.00 (tbc)
  • Dates: September - December
  • Credits: 10
  • Cost: £800

Application guidelines

We are accepting applications for January 2017 and September 2017 intake for modules via Open Access. To apply for modules beginning January or September please email civeng-flexstudy@strath.ac.uk

If you make sufficient progress in your modules and you decide to build up your modules towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or eventually MSc, you may be transferred to the appropriate programme at a later stage.

Class times are provisional and will be confirmed at the start of the academic semester. If you would like to know the draft timetable for a specific module, please email civeng-pgt@strath.ac.uk.

Global Water Policy

This class explores the issues relating to overall global water policy and its interaction with other global issues; the impact of climate change and economic development on water resources and availability; the different implementation issues based on regional case studies and the role of stakeholders on acceptance and achievement of policy objectives.

Class details

  • Tutor: Professor Robert Kalin
  • Class times: Thurs 3-5pm
  • Dates: Sept - Dec
  • Credits: 10
  • Cost: £800

Application guidelines

We are accepting applications for January 2017 and September 2017 intake for modules via Open Access. To apply for modules beginning January or September please email civeng-flexstudy@strath.ac.uk

If you make sufficient progress in your modules and you decide to build up your modules towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or eventually MSc, you may be transferred to the appropriate programme at a later stage.

Class times are provisional and will be confirmed at the start of the academic semester. If you would like to know the draft timetable for a specific module, please email civeng-pgt@strath.ac.uk.

Principles of Environmental Microbiology

This module aims to introduce microbiology in a manner that is of practical importance in environmental engineering and science.

Emphasis is placed on the microbial ecology and microbiology of dilute nutrient solutions such as lakes, subsurface environmental and biological treatment processes.

Microbial physiology and biochemistry will be discussed in detail as it pertains to environmental systems. Both biodegradation and public health aspects of microbiology are also included. The course combines theoretical and fundamental concepts in biology and laboratory analytical skills to provide a basic background in microbiology grounded in practical applications.

Course details

  • Tutor: Dr Charles Knapp
  • Class times: Tues 11-1pm and Thurs 12-2pm
  • Dates: September - December
  • Credits: 10
  • Cost: £800

Application guidelines

We are accepting applications for January 2017 and September 2017 intake for modules via Open Access. To apply for modules beginning January or September please email civeng-flexstudy@strath.ac.uk

If you make sufficient progress in your modules and you decide to build up your modules towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or eventually MSc, you may be transferred to the appropriate programme at a later stage.

Class times are provisional and will be confirmed at the start of the academic semester. If you would like to know the draft timetable for a specific module, please email civeng-pgt@strath.ac.uk.

Water & Environmental Management

This module aims to develop an understanding of the physical, chemical and biological parameters within surface water and how these relate to water quality, water quality objectives and pollution control strategy.

It provides an introduction to the design and processes involved with the control of water and wastewater treatment.

Syllabus

  • physical and chemical characteristics of water and wastewater, including BOD,COD, TOC, alkalinity, hardness, colour, turbidity, Fe, nitrogen, fluoride, trihalomethanes.
  • microbial quality of water and its measurement, water and disease transmission
  • effects of principal pollutants on aquatic ecosystems
  • marine, coastal, estuarine pollution issues and control, objectives in out-fall design, bathing beaches, shell fisheries
  • river pollution, oxygen sag curve
  • pollution of lakes and reservoirs, eutrophication, thermal stratification
  • review of sources of pollution control strategy on the basis of Environmental Quality Objective, Best Practical Environmental Option, Environment Quality Standard
  • demand for water and production of wastewater
  • wastewater Treatment: Water characteristics and water quality
  • overview of sewage works design, preliminary processes including screens and grit removal, sedimentation theory and the design of settling tanks, activated sludge design, sludge treatment and disposal
  • water Treatment: Review of water types and water quality objectives, overview of water treatment works design, coagulation, flocculation, filtration

Course details

  • Tutor: Dr Tara Beattie
  • Class times: Mon 2-3 & Weds 10-11
  • Dates: September - December
  • Credit: 10 credits
  • Cost: £800

Application guidelines

We are accepting applications for January 2017 and September 2017 intake for modules via Open Access. To apply for modules beginning January or September please email civeng-flexstudy@strath.ac.uk

If you make sufficient progress in your modules and you decide to build up your modules towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or eventually MSc, you may be transferred to the appropriate programme at a later stage.

Class times are provisional and will be confirmed at the start of the academic semester. If you would like to know the draft timetable for a specific module, please email civeng-pgt@strath.ac.uk.

Air Pollution, Climate Change & Human Health

The class provides you with knowledge & skills applicable to atmospheric pollution impacts, ranging from local to global scales.

This includes a focus on the assessment and management of impacts on human health through effective interface between the public health sciences of environmental epidemiology and environmental toxicology; and environmental engineering approaches to manage environmental risks.

The class achieves these aims through research-led teaching at the interface between public health and environmental engineering, with a particular focus on methodologies based on risk-centred approaches.

The class is delivered using conventional lectures based on a well-established textbook. Student interaction is encouraged throughout the class through directed reading, project work, student-led presentation & question sessions, and structured feedback.

Syllabus

Principles of risk, exposure assessment & environmental epidemiology
  • Hazard identification
  • Exposure assessment
  • Risk assessment (including environmental epidemiology)
  • Risk management (including health-based environmental standard setting)
Urban air pollution
  • Air pollution episodes & long-term pollution climates
  • Risk-based assessment & management of impacts on human health
Climate change
  • Physical & chemical processes
  • Evidence of climate change
  • Prediction of future change
  • Risk-based assessment & management of impacts on human health(including civil & environmental engineering approaches to mitigation & adaptation)
Stratospheric ozone depletion
  • Chemical mechanisms
  • Human Health Impacts
  • International Management approaches

Course details

  • Tutor: Dr Iain Beverland
  • Class times: Wednesday 1-5pm
  • Dates: September - December
  • Credits: 10
  • Cost: £800

Application guidelines

We are accepting applications for January 2017 and September 2017 intake for modules via Open Access. To apply for modules beginning January or September please email civeng-flexstudy@strath.ac.uk

If you make sufficient progress in your modules and you decide to build up your modules towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or eventually MSc, you may be transferred to the appropriate programme at a later stage.

Class times are provisional and will be confirmed at the start of the academic semester. If you would like to know the draft timetable for a specific module, please email civeng-pgt@strath.ac.uk.

Pollution & Rehabilitation of Degraded Ecosystems

This class introduces key principles of ecology and it then explores the ecosystems problems caused by pollutants, both atmospheric and aquatic, with regard to toxicity, bioaccumulation and ultimate disruption. Approaches to remedial clean up are described in relation to current legislation.

Course details

  • Tutor: Dr Charles Knapp
  • Class times: Thurs 9-11am
  • Dates: Sept - Dec
  • Cost: £800

Application guidelines

We are accepting applications for January 2017 and September 2017 intake for modules via Open Access. To apply for modules beginning January or September please email civeng-flexstudy@strath.ac.uk

If you make sufficient progress in your modules and you decide to build up your modules towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or eventually MSc, you may be transferred to the appropriate programme at a later stage.

Class times are provisional and will be confirmed at the start of the academic semester. If you would like to know the draft timetable for a specific module, please email civeng-pgt@strath.ac.uk.

Food Safety & Hygiene

This class aims to provide a thorough understanding of the current food enforcement bodies, the national and European food laws and their enforcement power and procedures.

The main focus is to ensure that students learn the general and specific food legislation and requirement for the protection of public health.

The class will teach the following:

Food Control System in the UK

  • Local and Central Governmental Bodies
  • Local Authority Environmental Health Departments
  • Local Liaison Groups
  • Former SFCC
  • LG Regulation
  • Food Standards Agency
  • Scientific Services
  • Enforcement Liaison Group
  • Scottish Food Enforcement Liaison Group
  • European Commission

Introduction to Food Safety

  • History of Food Safety Regulation
  • Food Hygiene Regulations in Europe
  • National Food Legislation
  • General Requirements under the European Influences

Food Hygiene Legislation, Code of Practice and Guides to Compliance

  • EC Regulations
  • Food Hygiene (Scotland) Regulations 2006
  • Code of Practice & Practice Guidance/li>
  • Industry Guides

Food Safety Management Systems & the Law

  • Seven Principles of HACCP
  • Pre-requisite systems
  • HACCP in UK Law
  • CookSafe & Eat Safe
  • Workshop/ Discussion
  • Training of Food Handlers

Product Specific Legislation

  • Legislation that applies in product specific establishments i.e. establishments that produce, process and distribute food of animal origin
  • Various types of establishments where product specific legislation would apply (establishments requiring Approval)

Food Safety Enforcement Powers & Procedures

  • Legislation covering enforcement powers
  • Enforcement Policy; Informal Procedures
  • Hygiene Improvement Notices; Prosecution
  • Hygiene Prohibition Action
  • Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Action
  • Remedial Action Notices
  • Powers of Entry

Food Safety Inspections

  • Code of Practice
  • Chapter 4.0: Inspections Issued under Section 40 of the Food Safety Act 1990
  • Regulation 24 of the Food Hygiene (Scotland) Regulations 2006
  • Primary and Secondary Inspections
  • Inspection Ratings and Frequency of Inspections
  • Food Hygiene & Food Standards Inspections

Food Labelling & Sampling

  • Food Labelling (Scotland) Regulations 1996 & various specific legislation concerning food labelling
  • Requirement on Food Labels
  • Quantitative Ingredient Declaration (QUID)
  • Allergic Ingredients
  • Date Marking
  • Storage Conditions
  • Quantity & Lot Marking
  • Nutrition Labelling
  • Food Safety Act 1990
  • Food Safety (Sampling and Qualification) (Scotland) Regulations 2013
  • Code of Practice

Food Complaints & Alerts

  • Food Safety Act 1990 - Code of Practice Scotland
  • Handling of Consumer Complaints
  • Food Alerts - LA's Assessment of Scale, Extent and Severity

Detention & Seizure of Food

  • Food Safety Act 1990 and Code of Practice
  • Legal Power on Inspection
  • Detention & Seizure of Suspect Food
  • Voluntary Surrender
  • Border Inspection Posts
  • Port Health

European Food Legislation

  • European Union & EU Law
  • Changes & Consolidation of EU Food Hygiene Law
  • Regulation (EC) 178/2002
  • EC 852/2004 Hygiene of Foodstuffs
  • UK Compliance with EU Regulations
  • Microbiological Criteria for Foodstuffs ICMSF 2 and 3 Class Food Sampling Plan

September - December, Thurs 2-5pm

Application guidelines

We are accepting applications for January 2017 and September 2017 intake for modules via Open Access. To apply for modules beginning January or September please email civeng-flexstudy@strath.ac.uk

If you make sufficient progress in your modules and you decide to build up your modules towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or eventually MSc, you may be transferred to the appropriate programme at a later stage.

Class times are provisional and will be confirmed at the start of the academic semester. If you would like to know the draft timetable for a specific module, please email civeng-pgt@strath.ac.uk.

Infection & Vector Control

This module aims to develop your understanding of the common vectors of human disease, public health and financial significance of disease vectors, and the concept of control and management of these organisms.

Syllabus

  • Introduction to Pest Control - significance, disease, pest control and management, influencing factors, risk assessment
  • Integrated pest management, building design & pest proofing, house keeping, environmental management
  • Control methods - non-chemical, chemical
  • Rodents - species, anatomy, physiology, significance and infection, evidence of infestation, control of rodents - rodenticides, treatment
  • Insects - need for control, insect structure, reproduction, growth, functionality
  • Flying & crawling insects, cockroaches, bedbugs, stored product pests - anatomy, physiology, life cycle, medical significance, control measures, treatment.
  • Control of Insects - mechanical, physical and biological measures; insecticide usage; insecticide groups and formulation, general precautions in the use of insecticide formulations
  • Mosquitoes - infections and control
  • Insecticides - history, types, application, formulations
  • Pesticides - storage criteria, safe use of pesticide for non-agricultural purposes, risk assessment, exposure control
  • Birds - species, health hazards, infestations, types and systems of bird control
  • Range of pest, types of pest control, identifying infestations, pest control contractors.
  • Other Pests - Nuisance pests - moles, cats, bats, foxes, rabbits; control
  • PPE, pest control contracts, staff awareness and training, reporting and record keeping, inspections

Course details

  • Tutor: Dr Tara Beattie
  • Class times: Fri 11-1pm
  • Dates: Sept – Dec
  • Credit: 10 credits
  • Cost: £800

Application guidelines

We are accepting applications for January 2017 and September 2017 intake for modules via Open Access. To apply for modules beginning January or September please email civeng-flexstudy@strath.ac.uk

If you make sufficient progress in your modules and you decide to build up your modules towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or eventually MSc, you may be transferred to the appropriate programme at a later stage.

Class times are provisional and will be confirmed at the start of the academic semester. If you would like to know the draft timetable for a specific module, please email civeng-pgt@strath.ac.uk.

Occupational Health & Toxicology

This class demonstrates how health is affected by the working environment. It introduces hazard analysis and risk assessment, in relation to workplace exposures and provides an introduction to toxicological sciences.

You’ll gain a general understanding of hazard identification and risk assessment and then deal with more specific issues, such as asbestos, sick building syndrome and humidifier fever.

The Toxicology part of the course includes mechanisms of toxicity and factors affecting toxic response. It covers immunotoxicity, carcinogenesis, metal toxicity and reproductive toxicity.

To register your interest in this course, or to discuss your training requirements please email civeng-pgt@strath.ac.uk.

Course details:

  • Tutor: Dr Iain Beverland
  • Class time: Thursday 1-3pm
  • Dates: Jan - April
  • Credits: 10
  • Cost: £800

Application guidelines

We are accepting applications for January 2017 and September 2017 intake for modules via Open Access. To apply for modules beginning January or February please email civeng-flexstudy@strath.ac.uk

If you make sufficient progress in your modules and you decide to build up your modules towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or eventually MSc, you may be transferred to the appropriate programme at a later stage.

Class times are provisional and will be confirmed at the start of the academic semester. If you would like to know the draft timetable for a specific module, please email civeng-pgt@strath.ac.uk.