The Department offers a full-time MSc programme in Civil Engineering lasting twelve months. Students will have the advantages of studying in a multi-faculty college with a long tradition of excellence in teaching, research and scholarship, situated within the heart of one of the world's greatest cities. The first eight months of the programme will comprise multidisciplinary Integrated Design project work and taught material. All the major areas of civil engineering will be included, reflecting the broad range of expertise available within the Department and its strong links with the engineering profession across the United Kingdom and further afield. There will be an emphasis on developing skills within a teamwork environment, equipping the students for subsequent professional practice. The final 4 months of the programme will be dedicated to the Project - an individual research project. Early in the year, students will be able to designate a preferred specialist area, which they will be able to pursue in the context of the Integrated Design and in their Dissertation.
The programme consists of three equally important parts:
Integrated Design (45 credits):
- Design projects and workshops: establishing a background in design thinking and studio working.
- Integrated design: a teamwork project on the feasibility assessment and detailed design of a major civil engineering project, including the interaction between structural, geotechnical, fluid, environmental and transport considerations.
Project (60 credits):
- Individual research project: involving an in-depth investigation of a specific topic in the student's chosen specialist field.
Taught modules (75 credits):
- Taught modules: these consists of a broad range of topics that are applicable to Civil Engineers. Each module are normally worth 15 credit. The breakdown of the modules is given in the programme overview.
There are two mandatory components, the Integrated Design (45 credits) which is taught over terms 1 & 2 and the Project (60 credits) done in term 3. In addition five optional taught modules (75 credits) from the list must be taken (15 credits each). The total number of credits acquired by all students should be 180. Students are responsible for ensuring that they choose optional modules without clashes.
(minimum 30-max 60 credits)
(min 15-max 45 credits)
The taught part of the programme is mainly in the form of lectures with tutorials, seminars and lab classes depending on a module. Large proportion of the Integrated Design consists of the collective and individual studio work. The Project involves individual research and can involve laboratory, computational or field work depending on the nature of your project and your supervisor. Field trips will take place for Systems, Society and Sustainability in Term 1 and Coastal Engineering in Term 2. These dates will be made available as soon as they are confirmed.
Entry Requirements and Applications
The minimum entry requirements are a good 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. Applicants should be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of the principal disciplines within civil engineering. Normally, only candidates with a first degree at upper-second (2.i) level or higher will be accepted, although applicants with a second-class degree supported by good performance in the core subjects (structures, geotechnics, fluids) or extensive work experience covering these areas will be considered. Any applicants that do not automatically meet the entry criteria will be asked to provide a portfolio demonstrating existing design and engineering skills. This would not be expected for the pre-qualifying year. Read more about the pre-qualifying year.
Please visit the Application & Entry website for downloadable and online application forms and details of application procedure as well as information on fees, living expenses and scholarships.
Applications are accepted throughout the year but applicants are advised to apply as early as possible to ensure commencement in the following September. It takes approximately 8 weeks to process an application.
The MSc is accredited by The JBM
This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for
Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have
already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng(Hons) or an Accredited IEng
(Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree.
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.