MRes Smart Construction

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Key information


MRes Smart Construction

Types of study

Full time


12 months

Start date

September 2024


Civil Engineering / Faculty of Science and Engineering

Entry requirements

  • Course requirements- All applicants must either have obtained, or be on track for a minimum 2:1 (upper second class) degree (or equivalent). 
  • Language requirements- IELTS no less than 6.0 in total (no less than 5.5 in each element).

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Course overview

The main aim of the programme is to impart advanced knowledge in specialist areas of civil engineering and smart construction as well as generic transferable skills in research and project management in order to allow candidates to engage in innovative and blue sky research and development. This programme is aimed at meeting the demands of employers for advanced skills in these areas. Compared to MSc programmes more emphasis is placed on research especially for students wishing to progress to PhD degree programme to pursue an academic or industrial career.

Depending on the availability of teaching resources and demands in future, this MRes programme may introduce optional modules to reflect the progresses and state of the art advances in Civil Engineering and Smart Construction areas such as advanced surveying, structural engineering, transportation engineering, coasting engineering, geotechnics, construction management, construction materials, traffic engineering, Geospatial, GIS and Information Modelling technologies for buildings and infrastructure assets, advanced FE/DEM/CFD analysis, advanced data analysis methods, supply chain and manufacturing management together with advanced construction technologies.

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Course structure

  • Generic Research Training module

Students are required to take a compulsory Generic Research Training module which is run by the Faculty of Science and Engineering. The Generic Research Training module includes three components, including:

Component 1 – Research training

Training sessions are delivered by the Graduate School. Face-to-face and online standalone training options are available.

Component 2 - Scientific research paper writing

This face-to-face training is delivered by the module convenor. The training sessions focus on the development of scientific research paper writing skills, and scientific publication and metrics issues. This component consists of training sessions of total 4-5 hours in 2 mornings/afternoons and a tutorial session of 2 hours in a morning/afternoon (all sessions: to be arranged locally).

Component 3 - Professional Development

Relevant state-of-the-art techniques and up-to-date knowledge are obtained from the public lectures and research seminars organised by relevant professional institutions/organisations and Schools/Research Groups in the Faculty. Supervisor’s approval must be obtained before attending each event. Attendance of each event must be checked and signed by supervisor.

  • Thesis

Students are required to submit their thesis prior to the end of the period of registered study. The thesis is examined by both an External Examiner and an Internal Examiner appointed under the regulations governing the assessment of research degrees, who should provide independent reports on the thesis, indicating whether the thesis module has been passed; and also whether a viva voce examination is necessary.


Mainland Chinese students

100,000 RMB / year

Hong Kong, Macau & Taiwan students

100,000 RMB / year

International students

110,000 RMB / year

Contact us

Student Recruitment and Admission Office (before application submission)

Room 231, Trent Building
University of Nottingham Ningbo China
199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China

T. +86 (0) 574 8818 0182

Graduate School (after application submission)

Room 451-2, Trent Building
University of Nottingham Ningbo China
199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China