M.Sc. In Sustainable Critical Infrastructure

M.Sc. In Sustainable Critical Infrastructure

The MSc Sustainable Critical Infrastructure program will be conducive to developing highly skilled researchers and workforce and attracting substantial government and industry interest. The academic program is designed to develop core capabilities, through the integration of coursework and research that is critical to the region. Urban development will continue globally while the requirements for reducing its ecological footprint and carbon emissions in particular will be increasingly more aggressive. The Sustainable Critical Infrastructure (SCIN) Program aims at advancing research and education in integrated sustainable infrastructure development. The program is addressed to architects, urban planners and civil engineers, as well as engineers and building scientists interested in infrastructure planning.

The need for urban critical infrastructure development and maintenance will remain acute; as urbanization will be a continuing process, well into the middle of the century to accommodate the growing global population and migration waves. Infrastructures can be defined as “network[s] of independent man-made systems and processes that function collaboratively and synergistically to produce and distribute a continuous flow of essential goods and services.”

Typical critical infrastructure systems include:

  • Transportation networks
  • Logistics systems (including waste processing and reverse logistics),
  • Buildings and urban components
  • Energy generation and distribution systems
  • Water supply and wastewater treatments systems,
  • Information and communication technology (ICT) systems etc.

The efficiency and reliability of urban critical infrastructure affect many aspects of society that include the cost of food and consumer goods, health and safety of citizens, availability and reliability of power systems, reliability and speed of telecommunications, travel times. Critical infrastructures also affect the environment and natural resources.

Career Opportunities

The MSc in Sustainable Critical Infrastructure will meet its overarching goal to educate its graduates professionally and ethically to be valuable professionals in the UAE and internationally with disciplinary preparation to guide and lead the design of integrated urban infrastructure systems for new or existing developments with careful examination of environmental, social and financial requirements. The career prospects for students from the SCIN program include but not limited to urban planners, urban designers, transportation planners, city managers, community development, sustainability consultant in public, private, and non-profit sectors.

The Master of Science in Sustainable Critical Infrastructure will meet its overarching goal to educate its graduates professionally and ethically to be valuable professionals in the UAE and internationally with disciplinary preparation that imparts the following:

  1. Ability to design integrated urban infrastructure systems for new or existing developments with careful examination of environmental, social and financial requirements.
  2. Ability to apply planning and design tools using multi-disciplinary inputs in order effectively generate and implement solutions to urban infrastructure problems.
  3. Understanding of the complex interactions between infrastructure systems solutions and their implications on larger scale (regional, national, global) technological, economic, societal and environmental systems with a view on long-term sustainability.
  4. Understanding of the value of technical and scientific scholarship, service to society, leadership and life-long learning required to further their career aspirations in support of the needs of the community.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to attain the following outcomes:

  1. Successfully apply advanced concepts of planning and engineering to identify, formulate and solve complex infrastructure planning problems, particularly as they pertain to sustainable urban infrastructure planning.
  2. Successfully apply advanced concepts of infrastructure planning to the analysis, design and development of infrastructure projects, urban design, and transportation systems to meet societal needs.
  3. Use advanced techniques, skills, and modern scientific and engineering software tools for planning professional practice.
  4. Successfully develop integrated infrastructure plans that account for long term resource availability on one hand and the financial and social constraints on the other with a long-term sustainability objective.
  5. Use an advanced approach to design and conduct surveys, and to analyze and interpret data.
  6. Communicate effectively in written and oral form, both, individually and as a member of a multidisciplinary team, and thus to put forward the scientific findings at national and international levels successfully.

1.1 Overall Structure

The M.Sc. in Sustainable Critical Infrastructure (SCIN) program consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours. The required program credits are distributed as follows: 12 credits of Program Core courses, the ENGR 695 Seminar in Research Methods at 0.0 credits, 12 credits of Program Elective courses, and 12 credits of SCIN Master’s Thesis work. A student may organize the selection of the elective courses and the master’s thesis topic to follow a specialization (optional) track within the broad field of SCI. In such cases, the track will be noted on the student’s transcript. The table below presents a summary of the MSc in SCIN degree program structure and requirements. All the M.Sc. in SCIN program courses, with the exception of the Seminar in Research Methods and the Master’s Thesis, have a credit rating of three credits each.

Summary of MSc in SCIN Degree Program Structure and Requirements

Category Credits Required
Program Core 12
Program Electives 12
ENGR 695 Seminar Research Methods 0
SCI Master’s Thesis 12
Total 36

1.2 Program Requirements

Students seeking the degree of MSc in SCIN must successfully complete a minimum of 36 credited hours as specified in the categories detailed in this section, with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0.

1.2.1 Program Core

The MSc in SCIN degree program core requires a minimum of 12 credits, consisting of core courses, and the research seminar course, which has zero credit rating. The courses for each one of the core categories are specified below.
1.SCIN Core Courses (12 credits)
Students must select all four courses below:

  • SCIN 601 Transportation Systems Analysis: Demand and Economics
  • SCIN 602 Urban Design for Sustainability: Theory and Practice
  • SCIN 612 Sustainable Building Science: Fundamentals, Tools, and Applications
  • ESMA 603 Systems Optimization or ESMA 610 Business Analytics, Statistics for Engineering Systems

2. ENGR 695 Seminar in Research Methods (0 credits)

1.2.2 Program Electives

Students must complete a minimum of 12 credits of electives. The SCIN program electives that students can select from are listed below. Students can also select up to one elective courses (3 credits) from other M.Sc. programs in the College of Engineering at KU subject to the approval of their research advisor.

  • SCIN 603 Management of Infrastructure Systems
  • SCIN 604 Infrastructure Finance
  • SCIN 605 Planning Theory, Practice, and Ethics
  • SCIN 606 Geographic Information Systems
  • SCIN 607 Infrastructure and Development
  • SCIN 608 Urban Planning and Design Studio
  • SCIN 609 Comparative Land Use and Transportation Planning
  • SCIN 610 Public Transportation Systems
  • SCIN 611 Thermal Energy in Buildings
  • SCIN 694 Selected Topics in Sustainable Critical Infrastructure

1.2.3 SCI Master’s Thesis

SCIN 699 Master’s Thesis (minimum 12 credits)

A student must complete a master’s thesis that involves creative research-oriented work within the broad field of SCIN, under the direct supervision of a main advisor, who must be a full-time faculty in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department, and at least one other full-time faculty who acts as co-advisor. The research findings must be documented in a formal thesis and defended successfully in a viva voce examination. Furthermore, the research should lead to publishable quality scholarly articles.

1.3 Program Tracks

A student may select a group of elective courses to form an optional specialization track within the MSc in SCIN program. The track will be noted on the student’s academic record (transcript), provided that the student completes:

  • A minimum of 9 credits from the group of courses designated by the track.
  • A master research thesis within the domain of the track.

The tracks supported by the MSc in SCIN program and the required courses for each of the tracks are set out below.

Sustainable Urban Planning and Design
SCIN 603/ or SCIN 604 Management of Infrastructure Systems

/Infrastructure Finance

SCIN 605 Planning Theory, Practice, and Ethics
SCIN 606 Geographic Information Systems
SCIN 607 Infrastructure and Development
SCIN 608 Urban Planning and Design Studio
Transportation Planning
SCIN 603/ or SCIN 604 Management of Infrastructure Systems

/Infrastructure Finance

SCIN 606 Geographic Information Systems
SCIN 607 Infrastructure and Development
SCIN 609 Comparative Land Use and Transportation Planning
SCIN 610 Public Transportation Systems

1.4 Study Plan

Typical study plans for full-time and part-time students enrolled in the MSc in SCIN program are shown below. Each student is expected to select the courses in consultation with her/his academic advisor.

Typical Study Plan for Full-Time Students
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1 · SCIN Core course 1

· SCIN Core course 2

· ESMA 603/or ESMA 610

· ENGR 695 Seminar in Research Methods

· SCIN Core course 3

· Elective course 1

· SCIN 699 Master’s Thesis

Year 2 · Elective course 2

· Elective course 3

· SCIN 699 Master’s Thesis

· Elective course 4

· SCIN 699 Master’s Thesis

Typical Study Plan for Part-Time Students
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1 · SCIN Core course 1

· SCIN Core course 2

· ENGR 695 Seminar in Research Methods

· SCIN Core course 3

· ESMA 603/or ESMA 610

Year 2 · Elective course 1

· SCIN 699 Master’s Thesis

· Elective course 2

· SCIN 699 Master’s Thesis

Year 3 · Elective course 3

· SCIN 699 Master’s Thesis

· Elective course 4

· SCIN 699 Master’s Thesis