MSc Civil Engineering

Throughout the next century developing solutions to environmental challenges are likely to become more and more important. Our graduates will be at the forefront, working on strategies to remedy coastal flooding or groundwater pollution.

Throughout the next century developing solutions to tackle the global challenges we face in relation to our infrastructure, both above and below ground, will become more and more important. Our graduates will be at the forefront, working on strategies to remedy problems such as making our construction practices more sustainable and efficient, ensuring a safe and clean water supply for future generations, or tackling coastal flooding and groundwater pollution.

Our Civil Engineering MSc offers a broad-based knowledge in civil engineering covering geotechnical, structural and water engineering, placing an equal emphasis on both analysis and design. Effective civil engineers need a sound understanding of these three areas and their inherent interconnections. For all three of these primary strands, you will gain an understanding of essential principles and their application. As the course progresses you can choose modules that focus on your interests. The core modules give you a grounding in advanced structural analysis and design, advanced geotechnics, hydraulics, surface and subsurface hydrology. During the second semester you can choose from a range of specialist modules in order to tailor the course to your specific interests. Options include coastal engineering, green infrastructure, design of water networks, innovation and advanced design in concrete, design to protect against earthquakes, fire, blast & impact, and groundwater pollution.

Our department is research-led, meaning you’ll be taught about the latest ideas and concepts within the field, while the advanced research project provides you with an opportunity to explore a current issue in civil engineering in much greater detail.  You'll gain understanding, knowledge and skills at the forefront of rapidly developing research fields and will be able to interact with leading academics in the area, as well as with other members of a diverse student cohort who bring a rich variety of skills and perspectives to the course.

This course is ideal for practising civil or structural engineers who want to enhance their skills in the emerging fields of today’s job market. Our graduates are in high demand from the construction industry, engineering and consulting firms. Some go on to further postgraduate studies leading to careers in higher education.

Study Locations

We timetable teaching across the whole of our campus, the details of which can be found on our campus map. Teaching may take place in a student’s home department, but may also be timetabled to take place within other departments or central teaching space.

Course Duration

  • 1 year Full Time

MSc Civil Engineering (2019-20)

Full Academic Year

CIV6000 Advanced Engineering Research Study

Weeks 1 - 6 Weeks 7 - 12
Semester 1

CIV6115 Structural Analysis

CIV6733 Engineering Hydraulics or CIV6735 Engineering Hydrology

CIV6704 Groundwater Engineering

CIV685 Civil Engineering Research Proposal

CIV6215 Structural Design

Semester 2

CIV6505 Constitutive Modelling of Geotechnical Materials

Option 1

CIV6503 Geotechnical Design

Option 2

Option 1 Option 2

CIV6445 Design of Earthquake Resistant Structures

CIV6750 Coastal Engineering

CIV6730 Sustainable Drainage and Green Infrastructure

CIV6236 Advanced Concrete Design

CIV6745 Computational Methods in Water Engineering

CIV6175 Innovations in Structural Concrete

CIV6415 Blast and Impact Effects on Structures

CIV6746 Design of Water Distribution and Sewer Networks

CIV6195 Earthquake Engineering and Risk Management

CIV6744 Management of Soil and Groundwater Pollution

CIV6729 Flood Risk Management

CIV6782 Sustainable Water Resources Systems

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is current and relevant. Individual modules may be updated or withdrawn in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, curriculum review, staff availability, and variations in student numbers. In the event of a material change the University will inform students in good time and will take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Careers & employability

Our graduates work internationally, in a range of public and private sector organisations from major civil engineering companies to world leading research institutes.

Course Accreditation - MSc (Technical and non-technical)

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