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Course Handbooks

Your Course Handbook is where you can find vital information about submitting assignments, mitigation and a range of other important issues.

Course Handbooks for the 2020/21 academic year will be published on this page in due course. If your Course Handbook is not published yet, please check back soon. All Course Handbooks will be published prior to the course induction.

Master of Science Civil Engineering, Level 7, Hong Kong College of Technology, 2020/21 - Course Handbook

Master of Science Civil Engineering
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Welcome to the Course

Dr Adrian Bown

This handbook provides you with information that you will need on your course. You should find it helpful when you first start, when you are preparing for assessment and at any time that you need help or advice in connection with your studies here. You will also receive a Module Handbook for each module you study on your course.

The course team is looking forward to working with you this year and we hope that your time studying with us is both enjoyable and successful.

On behalf of our University and the whole course team I would like to wish you well in your studies.

Whether you are joining us as a new student or returning to continue your studies, and whether your course is on-campus, distance learning, degree apprenticeships or you are on one of our UK and overseas collaborative and franchise courses, we hope you will enjoy your experience and find your studies interesting, challenging and relevant to your development and future career plans.

Our aim is to provide students with a research informed, innovative and relevant curriculum that is linked to current industry practices and standards. Our courses are highly valued by employers, professional bodies and other stakeholders. Our School has a strong tradition of delivering programmes that provide students with the opportunity for academic and practical experience. This approach, coupled with our close involvement with employers, produces graduates who are highly regarded in the workplace.

Through our approach to student support and to teaching and learning we aim to place you, our students, at the heart of everything we do. You will experience a diverse range of teaching approaches. We also use a variety of different methods of assessment and attach considerable importance to providing you feedback on your assessments.

The School curricula encompasses sustainability embracing broader social, economic, and environmental issues fundamental to understanding, preserving, and enriching the built, natural and digital environments.

As a School we strive to be student-centred and value your opinions and feedback. We want to hear about the things you enjoy and that you think we do well, but also want to know when you think there are ways in which we can improve your experience. There are many ways in which you can provide feedback including through your student academic representatives, through written or on-line module evaluation feedback forms and through student open meetings, forums with staff and student representative meetings with me.

We maintain a strong commitment to our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and our facilities are well equipped for each major area of our course provision. Our Built Environment, Planning, Human Geography and Civil and Building Services Engineering courses are situated in the heart of the City at Northern Terrace Building, with the Computing and Electrical and Electronic Engineering courses located in Caedmon Building at our Headingley Campus.

If you are studying on campus, where possible, the majority of your teaching will take place at the School’s buildings; however, some teaching sessions may be scheduled in other buildings on our City Campus and Headingley Campus. The City Campus library is located in the Leslie Silver Building, which is adjacent to Northern Terrace, while the James Graham Building houses the library at our Headingley Campus.

This academic year, because of the need to maintain social distance as a result of Covid-19, thereby keep both students and staff safe, the School of Built Environment, Engineering and Computing will be using a blended learning approach. All essential delivery will take place online and this will include lectures, seminars and virtual drop-in sessions. Some limited face-to-face sessions (for example tutorials/seminars/workshop) will be delivered onsite to provide additional small-group learning opportunities. For those who are unable to visit us on campus, these face-to-face sessions will be recorded and made available electronically. In addition, courses that have laboratory work and practical sessions, where these cannot be delivered in any alternative way will be arranged for students to come to Campus for the sessions. The delivery methods will be reviewed as we know more about Covid-19 through Government advice and directives.

I would like to wish you well in your chosen studies and hope you have an enjoyable and successful year.

Professor Akin Akintola

Professor Akintola Akintoye, Dean of School

The information in this handbook had been carefully developed to help you through the exciting and challenging journey ahead. You will need to read this document carefully to ensure that you are fully aware of the requirements and regulations relating to this programme of study. Inside you will find contact information, some useful information regarding access to your learning facilities and the structure of your programme of study. We value your effort during the course of study. We hope you will have a good student experience with the Leeds Beckett University, whilst making full use of the resources at your disposal to develop your potential. If you wish to make any comments about this document please contact us with your suggestions.

Course-specific information

Key Contacts & Keeping in Touch

Henry Chiang

Henry Chiang

Sandy So & Wickson Leung

Course Representatives are student volunteers who represent your views at course-level, in course forums and in meetings with academic and support staff.

Details about being a Course Representative are available at

The Students’ Union oversees Course Representatives and more information is available at

Students are eligible to use the library facilities of all HKCT’s campuses which include the twin campuses at Ma On Shan and Homantin Campus.

In addition to the physical and online resources provided by the library at Hong Kong College of Technology, you will have access to a range of resources via the University’s online library. The Library website ( provides access to resources and information to help support you.

To ensure that students maintain good communication with the College, all the students are assigned a student email account. Students are required to check their email regularly to ensure the most up-to-date notices and announcements are received. The students are also able to download the module hand-outs, assignment briefs etc. from the College’s Blackboard at:

HKCT Single Sign-On Portal

During the study period, the students can contact the related academic, administrative and IT support staff when necessary.

Timetable Information

Course Overview

The course provides a focused education enabling successful students to develop careers as leaders in design, construction, and management operations within civil engineering. The course aims to:

  • provide an effective, coherent, intellectually challenging and technical focused post graduate education in civil engineering
  • achieve high-level competence across a range of specialist technical disciplines applying existing and emerging knowledge and technology
  • develop research capability and cognitive skills enabling students to analyse complex problems in their professional context
  • develop leadership skills applicable to meet changing technical and commercial needs in civil engineering
  • provide the basis for personal commitment to professional development recognising the need to maintain professional standards and obligations to society

  1. Demonstrate the ability to use a range of general and specialist knowledge and their application in complex engineering analysis
  2. Develop and critically evaluate solutions to complex engineering requirements
  3. Utilise a range of appropriate traditional and contemporary methods and tools to optimise solutions to engineering technical and commercial problems, cognisant of unpredictability, uncertainty and risk
  4. Conduct research into a specialist area of civil engineering, clearly establishing the research context, utilising an appropriate research methodology and formulating a creative solution
  5. Take responsibility for technical proficiency through the development of solutions with due regard to whole life performance especially with regards to health and safety, sustainability and cost
  6. Demonstrate commitment to professional standards and the need for both initial and on-going professional development utilising reflective learning.

Assessment & Feedback

On this course students will be assessed through a mix of coursework and examinations. There is a 60 credit point Civil Engineering Dissertation module which will require the production of a dissertation with a viva-voce or formal presentation.

Please note the exam/assessment periods in the academic calendar and make sure that you are available during those periods. Further details of your schedule of examinations can be found on your timetable once the examination schedule is released. Coursework submission deadlines can normally be found on MyBeckett, on course noticeboards or in individual Module Handbooks/other module guides.

It is important for your progression and achievement that you submit all work for all assignments in a timely manner. It is also important that you keep copies of all work submitted until after you have graduated. You should also keep any receipts confirming the submission of assignments. In the event of your submitted work being lost you may be required to produce a copy of the work and submission receipt. If you are unable to do so, your work will not be marked.

It is important to note that submitting all assignments is a requirement of your course. Should you experience extenuating circumstances which prevent you from submitting on time please make yourself aware of the Mitigation and Extenuating Circumstances process. Without any form of extenuating circumstances, standard penalties apply for late submission of assessed work. Full details of the penalties for late submission of course work are available in section 3.11 of the Academic Regulations at Please check the penalties that apply to this course as some Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body requirements may mean that different penalties apply.

If you have been recommended ‘flexibility around deadlines’ as a reasonable adjustment in a Reasonable Adjustment Plan, your Course Administrator will be able to advise you of the process.

You may be required to submit your written work via Turnitin; further information on Turnitin is available here:

Assessed work will normally be returned with appropriate feedback within four weeks of your submission. Each Module Handbook will provide you with specific guidelines on how and when you will receive feedback on your assessments.

Results from module assessments and decisions on progression to the next level of study (e.g., from Level 4 to Level 5 of an undergraduate degree) or awards (if you are in the final level) are available on the Results Online system:

Results will appear within Results Online five working days after the date of the Progression and Award Board meeting (the meeting where your end of level outcome will be decided) or the Module Board meeting (the meeting where modular outcomes are decided).

If you are unsure about when you might receive your results or have queries relating to your results, you should contact your Course Administrator.

If you have not passed a module at the first attempt you will be eligible for re-assessment. See your Module Handbook for details of the relevant re-assessment process (e.g., whether it is coursework, an examination, a presentation or other form of assessment/when it will take place/what the deadline is). You will be advised via Results Online of your options for re-assessment. You are advised to contact your Course Director, Course Administrator or Academic Advisor for any necessary clarification.

Details about our Appeals process can be found on the Appeals web page.

Academic integrity means intellectual honesty and is part of good academic practice. Further information can be found on our Academic Integrity web page.

Teaching & Learning

You will experience a blended approach to learning for 2020/21; this is a mix of face-to-face, on campus online, and digital content, teaching and learning.

In most cases, the taught content will also be available online so you can still access it if you are not able to attend campus due to the pandemic (for example, due to self-isolation, shielding or travel restrictions). There will be digital content and recorded lectures available online to support students who may be unable to travel to campus. In some circumstances, other formal taught sessions may also be recorded.

In the event of a further government lockdown in response to Covid-19, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies.

Materials Technology

Geotechnical Analysis and Design

Water Engineering and Fluid Mechanics

Civil Engineering Dissertation

Professional Applications for Management

Structural Analysis and Design

Transportation Studies

Overall Workload for the Course

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

398 hours

Independent Study

1402 hours


0 hours

Attendance & Absence

If you are considering withdrawal from your course you should speak to your personal tutor / academic advisor to discuss your reasons. If there is a problem, staff at your delivery provider or the University may be able to help. It may be possible to arrange suspension of studies from your course.

If you are considering withdrawing, permanently or temporarily, you must complete a withdrawal form, which you can obtain from the administrative staff at your delivery provider. This form must be submitted as soon as possible as withdrawals cannot normally be backdated. For further details see the Student Regulations.

Skills, Employability & Graduate Opportunities

The course structure is designed to provide the general, but technical academic base associated with the role of the Chartered Engineer in civil engineering. Emphasis is placed on the application of engineering principles under uncertain conditions. Aspects of the course which are particularly relevant to professional and transferable skills development and employability are:

  • Technical study covering the main civil engineering disciplines with an overarching view of industry standards and processes
  • Design applications and case studies relevant to current engineering practice
  • Exposure to and practice in industry standard software for analysis, design and drawing
  • Use of industry codes of practice including the Eurocode design standards
  • Consideration given to commercial and contractual aspects of projects, with key references to the government endorsed NEC4 suite of contracts
  • Independent laboratory or fieldwork-based data collection, analysis and contextualisation
Knowledge and experience of personal skills based on the ICE attributes including: Knowledge and Understanding of Engineering, Technical and Practical Application of Engineering, Management and Leadership, Independent Judgement and Responsibility, Commercial Ability, Health, Safety and Welfare, Sustainable Development, Interpersonal Skills and Communication and Professional Commitment.

As a post graduate you can work for consultants, contractors, central government, local authorities or government agencies and will, with suitable experience, lead the design, construction and maintenance of a variety of infrastructure projects. You will specialise in areas such as structures, transportation, water supply and treatment, power generation and supply. For part-time students particularly, the acquisition of advanced technical skills will lead to enhanced performance in their current employment. Some students may wish to progress to research based further study.

Learning Support

Your Academic Advisor will be an academic member of staff who teaches you on your course. Your Course Director will make sure that you are given the contact details of your Academic Advisor at the beginning of each year, usually in your course induction. Further details on the role of your Academic Advisor are available on the Academic Advisor web page.

Applicants with special learning difficulties are required to declare their situations when they submit their application so that the College can provide assistance during the admission process and after joining the programme as appropriate.

HKCT Library

IT Support (Students only)



Student Voice

We are committed to working in partnership with you and nominated Student Representatives to provide you with an inclusive, safe and engaging learning environment which is conducive to study for all our students and our staff. An important element of your time studying with us is your engagement in developing your learning. Your engagement and attendance on your course enables you to further your learning and supports your achievement, course completion and aspirations for the future. There is an expectation that students will attend, engage in their learning and submit for assessment. We provide support for you to maximise your time studying with us and to develop your learning, skills and abilities to support you in your chosen career path.

We seek active participation by all our students in the continuous enhancement of our courses and through our monitoring, annual review and enhancement processes. These are formal processes used by our University for assuring the academic standards and quality of your course and its continuous improvement. These processes utilise your feedback, External Examiners’ reports, feedback from staff and others, data relating to student outcomes on the course and student surveys to reflect on areas of good practice and areas for further enhancement. We invite all students to participate in a range of opportunities to provide us with feedback on your course and modules. This may include discussions with staff, focus groups, and meetings (e.g. with Course Representatives or with staff) and formalised student surveys e.g. mid module reviews, end of module evaluations and specific course or other surveys.

Course Representatives are student volunteers who represent your views at course level, in formal and informal meetings with academic and support staff online and follow up on actions that have occurred as a result of student feedback at School Forums. Details about being a Course Representative are available on the Students web pages. The Students’ Union oversees Course Representatives and more information is available on the Students’ Union website.

You have the opportunity to become an elected Course Representative working in a voluntary capacity with students, the Students’ Union, the Course Director and members of the course team and our University. The Course Director, working in partnership with our Students’ Union, enables the process for election and appointment of Course Representatives. The Students’ Union provides training and development for Course Reps and supports their engagement in enhancement activities. Being a Course Representative provides an opportunity for you to enhance your own learning and the development of relevant professional and employability skills in parallel with your studies.

As a Course Representative you would play an important role in:
• acting as a point of contact and advocate for students on your course and in supporting their active engagement;
• gathering feedback from students on your course to inform further enhancements to the quality of your course and the student experience;
• enabling dialogue and good communication between students and staff on the course;
• working with the Course Director, members of the course team and the Students’ Union to enhance your course;
• facilitating and engaging in meetings about your course; and
• being an ambassador for your course.

Further details about Course Representatives are available on the web pages above and in our University’s Academic Regulations.

We invite all students to participate in a range of opportunities to provide us with feedback on your course and modules. This may include discussions with staff, focus groups, and meetings (e.g. with Course Representatives or with staff) and formalised student surveys e.g. mid module reviews, end of module evaluations and specific course or other surveys.

We are committed to providing a high quality experience for all our students. We welcome comments and compliments from students, and find them valuable for on-going improvements to our provision. Comments and compliments about your course can be raised with your course representative or directly with your personal tutor / academic advisor.

If you have a specific complaint about your course, you should initially follow the complaints procedure of your delivery provider.

If this does not resolve the matter, then you should make a formal complaint under the University's Student Complaints Procedure. Information about how to make a complaint, including the student complaints procedure and a complaints form, is available on the Students web pages.

General Information

Master of Science Civil Engineering

Post Graduate Certificate Civil Engineering

Post Graduate Diploma Civil Engineering

Leeds Beckett University

Hong Kong College of Technology

Level 7

180 credits

PT delivery is usually at half the intensity of the FT equivalent course, although there may be flexibility to increase your pace of study to shorten the overall course duration. Some modules may be delivered in a different sequence to that defined within this information set, but the modules offered within each level are consistent.

Hong Kong College of Technology (plus location of any work placement, if applicable).

School of Built Environment, Engineering & Computing:

• Level 6 – HK$ 57,750 per Student – BSc (Hons) Computing

• Level 6 – HK$ 75,000 per Student – BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering

• Level 7 – HK$ 92,400 per Student

School of Clinical and Applied Sciences:

• Level 7 – HK$56,000 per Student – PG Dip Health and Safety

• Level 7 – HK$92,400 per Student – MSc Health and Safety

Leeds Business School:

• Level 4 – HK$ 47,250 per Student

• Level 5 – HK$ 52,500 per Student

• Level 6 – HK$ 57,750 per Student

Policies, Standards & Regulations

There are no additional or non-standard regulations which relate to your course.

The External Examiner assures that you are assessed fairly in relation to other students on the same course and also that the standard of your own award is comparable to similar courses taken by students in other higher education institutions within the UK. The External Examiner(s) provide an annual report for your course. External Examiner reports are available on our External Examiner Reports web page, which is accessible via the Course Information link on the Students home page.

The details of the External Examiner for this course are as follows:

Professor Joseph Rizzuto BSc, MSc, PhD, CertEd, CEng, MICE, MIStructE, MCIHT

Head of Engineering and Built Environment, University of West London

Module Information

The Course Administrator can provide you with the module information for your course, or tell you where to locate the details. This includes a description of module content, how the module will be taught and how you will be assessed.. In most cases, you will be provided with a module handbook at the start of the module or one will be made available to you In My Beckett

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