Civil Engineering

Drawings from Students' Projects

This MSc aims to equip graduate students with advanced skills in analysis and design necessary for a career in Civil Engineering, and give them a solid academic background for becoming Chartered Engineers. The programme combines UCL’s unique and highly regarded Integrated Design Project with Specialist Taught Modules and a Research Project. This programme can be taken full time or part-time. Candidates looking to combine part-time studies with work are recommended to get in contact with us prior to applying. 


What will I learn?

To develop an advanced knowledge of Civil Engineering and associated engineering and scientific disciplines. You will gain an awareness of the context in which civil engineers operates, in terms of design, construction, environmental, social and economic aspects, alongside a wide range of transferable skills, enabling you to develop careers in research and industry. The programme comprises the Integrated Design Project, a design of a major Civil Engineering project, and Specialist Taught Modules. Topics cover a broad range of Civil Engineering disciplines: structural engineering, sustainable building design, transport engineering, geotechnical engineering, water and drainage, environmental engineering, fluids and coastal engineering, planning and construction. The programme concludes with an individual Research Project on a chosen specialist subject.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering (CEGE) is an energetic and exciting place to study. Students have the advantage of studying in a multidisciplinary department with a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research situated within the heart of London. This MSc covers all the major areas of civil engineering, reflecting the broad range of expertise available within CEGE and its strong links with the engineering profession across the UK and beyond. There is a strong emphasis on developing skills within a teamwork environment, equipping you for subsequent professional practice. The MSc provides a clear route to a professional career with Civil Engineering. ​

What is the structure of the degree?


Integrated Design Project

  • Establish background in project design thinking and studio working. 
  • A teamwork project on the feasibility assessment and detailed design of a complex civil engineering project, including the interaction between structural, geotechnical, fluid, environmental and transport design considerations.

Specialist Modules

  • Broad range of topics that is applicable to Civil Engineers. You will have the option of picking four specialist subjects. 
  • Taught part of the programme is mainly in the form of lectures with tutorials, seminars and laboratory classes depending on a module.
  • You will need to pick at least two options from Block A and one from Block B. 
Block A
​​Block B
Block C​

Research Project 

  • Involves an in-depth investigation of a specific in the student's chosen specialist field
  • Students will be able to select a project in their specialist area.
  • Depending on the nature of the project and supervisor this typically involves some laboratory, computational or field work.​​​​​​​​​



This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an appropriate accredited undergraduate first degree.

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What are my careers prospects after this degree?

There are excellent employment prospects for our graduates. Civil Engineering graduates are readily employed by consultancies, construction companies and government departments. First destinations of recent graduates include:
  • Environment Agency: ICE Graduate Engineer 
  • Ramboll: Design Engineer
  • University of Cambridge: PhD Engineering
  • Southern Water: Research and Development Officer
  • Arup: Civil Engineer

What are the entry requirements?

The minimum entry requirements are a second class honours degree in civil or structural engineering (or a closely related subject) from a UK university or the equivalent from an overseas institution. Normally, only candidates with a first degree at upper-second (2.1) level or higher will be accepted, although applicants with a second-class degree supported by good performance in the core subjects (design, structures, geotechnics, fluids) or extensive work experience covering these areas will be considered. Suitability of the applicants that do not  meet the standard entry criteria may be asked to provide a portfolio demonstrating existing engineering and design skills. For non-civil or structural engineering candidates we offer a Graduate Diploma in Civil Engineering, recognised by our accrediting body (the Joint Board of Moderators), which can be used as a pre-qualifying year for the MSc in Civil Engineering.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:
  • Why you want to study Civil Engineering at graduate level
  • Why you want to study Civil Engineering at UCL
  • Why you want to study Civil Engineering at UCL
  • What particularly attracts you to this programme
  • How your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • How this degree fits to your career aspirations

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.  ​

How to apply?

Applications are accepted throughout the year but applicants are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. It takes approximately 4 weeks from submission of an application to receiving an offer letter. If you are an overseas student requiring a visa we recommend applying no later than 15th June to enable you time to obtain the CAS number required for your visa. The deadline for applications is 1st August. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Details on how to apply and further information can be found here:

Where can I get some further information?

Please contact programme director Dr Tristan Robinson.

​​​​It may also help you to visit our Frequently Asked Questions page. Here you can find more information on the application process, including visa issues for international students, as well as more general information applicable to all our Masters courses.

If you have any queries you can contact the course administrator on (+44)(0)20 7679 4046 or email