Civil Engineering

This MSc aims to equip graduate students with a strong academic background in a broad range of Civil Engineering topics and advanced skills in problem solving necessary for a successful career in the Civil Engineering sector. The programme has six routes and these reflect the expertise within the department and the expanding career paths of Civil Engineers. Students have the opportunity of combining a general MSc in Civil Engineering with specialist routes in related engineering disciplines.

What will I learn?

To develop an advanced knowledge of Civil Engineering and associated engineering 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 industry and research. The taught modules are taken from 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 different routes within the Civil Engineering programme offer the opportunity to broaden your knowledge and gain expertise in a related engineering discipline. All programmes conclude with an individual Research Project on a chosen subject.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering at UCL is an energetic and exciting environment in which to explore new and constantly evolving engineering science. 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. We carry out advanced research in structures, environmental engineering, laser scanning and seismic design. The 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 in Civil Engineering.

What is the structure of the degree?

The programme has six routes, each with three components: 
  • Specialist Pathways and Professional Studies: Choose three modules within a specific route and a professional development module. For the Integrated Design route the specialist and professional modules are taught within the Integrated Design Project. ​The compulsory modules are denoted by a *.
  • Optional Civil Engineering Modules: Choose four modules. The selection of the modules is based on personal interest, career aspiration and timetable constraints - see example of the draft timetable​​
  • Dissertation:  A research project in the student’s chosen specialist field. 
In order to qualify with a Masters in Civil Engineering, students must undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. A student can graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma by completing 120 credits of taught modules.

UCL MSc Civil Engineering Course Structure

What are my careers prospects after this degree?

There are excellent employment prospects for our graduates. There is international demand for multi-skilled, solutions-focussed professionals who can break down and solve complex problems. The aim of progamme is to impart specialism and skills required for a career in Civil Engineering and other engineering sectors that require problem solving skills. The programmes aim to create future engineers that are able to take a holistic approach to solving complex problems. 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 programme is suitable for students from a civil, structural, environmental or geomatic science background. 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
  • What particularly attracts you to this programme
  • How your personal, academic and professional backgrounds meet the demands of this challenging programme
  • How this degree fits 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 Monday 3rd August 2015. 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