Course structure & content

The MSc in Civil Engineering can be studied on a one year full-time basis, or part-time basis over 24 or 36 months, starting in September. It requires completion of 8 modules and a major research project dissertation. The course is modular, allowing students some flexibility in the design of their degree.

You will be allocated an academic supervisor who will provide advice and guidance throughout the period of study.

The MSc consists of:
• 6 compulsory modules
• optional modules (choose 3)
• a major research project

Core modules

CIV6735 Engineering Hydrology

This module is intended to provide an introduction to Hydrology and to equip you with basic quantitative skills for generating design rainfalls, simulating rainfall runoff and estimating flood flows.

CIV6733 Advanced Hydraulics

This unit aims to provide a solid base for the analysis of water flows in closed and open ducts. The module provides the basic physical insights of the dynamic of turbulent flows in pipes and open channels. It will also give you a detailed overview of the governing equations and of the assumptions involved in their application at different scales of analysis. The module finishes with a review of applications of the one-dimensional approximations for the design of engineering systems.

CIV6704 Hydrogeology

Hydrogeology is an introductory survey of the geologic and hydrologic factors controlling the occurrence, movement, and development of subsurface water. The course includes applications to groundwater resource development, and management of chemicals in groundwater, whether they are natural occurring or pollutants. This module is designed for non-geologists and leads towards qualitative and quantitative analyses of the behaviour of groundwater at local and regional scales.

CIV685 Civil Engineering Research Proposal

This is a self-contained 5 credit unit on research skills. It combines lectures and a seminar, with the primary learning objective to produce a pass-to-progress research proposal to support the semester 2 (MEng) or summer (MSc) individual research project.

CIV6747 Surface Water Quality Processes

Water becomes contaminated with substances that pose risks to living organisms and the environment as it moves through the hydrologic cycle. This module aims to address the sources, transport and treatment of chemical and microbiological contaminants that pollute water. The module focuses on developing qualitative understanding of mechanisms as well as describe quantitative tools to describe, predict and control the behavior of physical-chemical processes. You will also discuss water quality issues, monitoring and sampling techniques, laboratory methods related to the quality of water and regulatory development

CIV6745 Computational methods for water engineering

This core module is designed to improve your conceptual understanding of computational skills and numerical methods applied to solve practical hydraulic engineering problems. It introduces you to several mathematical and computer programming skills and involves writing your own computer codes and use openly-accessible freeware. There will be applied for computing groundwater flow with contaminant transport and free-surface flows. Through the lectures, tutorials, weekly and final assessment coursework, as well as group discussion, you will develop your knowledge in the field of computational hydraulics, including both theoretical and practical capabilities. You will also develop your ability to communicate effectively and professionally through individual report writing and interactive class participation.

Optional modules

CIV6729 Flood Risk management

The module explores causes and long term pressures on flood risk as well as modelling and mitigation methods. The module focuses on surface water flooding from urban drainage systems as well as river flooding. Teaching delivery is a mixture of lectures, seminars, computer modelling tutorials, as well as a laboratory demonstration and a field visit.

CIV6750 Coastal engineering

This module will provide a broad introduction to coastal hydrodynamics, including but not limited to, linear wave theory, shallow water waves, wave breaking/overtopping, wave forces on coastal structures, wave simulation. In addition, you will cover relevant aspects of coastal design, protection and maritime renewable energy. The module introduces state-of-the-art concepts and modelling and design techniques. 

CIV6748 Pollutant fate and transport in the subsurface

Groundwater constitutes the major accessible source of fresh-water on earth. Risk of pollution for groundwater is posed by agricultural and industrial activities, drainage of urban water, and disposal of contaminants and solid waste on land. This course provides a survey of the geological, hydrological, hydrogeological and biogeochemical factors controlling the movement and the fate of contaminants in the subsurface.

CIV6744 Remediation of groundwater pollution

Groundwater is an important resource for potable and industrial water supply in many parts of the world. It is vulnerable to long-term contamination from a wide variety of organic and inorganic compounds that originate from natural and anthropogenic sources in urban and rural settings. Many remediation concepts and technologies have been developed to manage and restore contaminated groundwater, according to identified risks to receptors and other objectives. Both passive and active techniques can be implemented, using biological, chemical and physical treatment approaches for in situ and ex situ applications. A key feature is the sustainability of any remediation system, as well as the need for adequate characterisation of the host media and performance assessment methods to ensure effective implementation. This module covers the scientific and technical aspects underpinning the design and implementation of remediation systems for contaminants in the unsaturated zone and saturated zone of aquifers.

CIV6746 Design of Water Distribution and Sewer Networks

This module will provide students with a high level of knowledge and understanding as to how aging water distribution and urban drainage systems operate in the UK. Teaching will focus on acquiring knowledge about current regulatory and design practices. Students will also be required to use industry standard software to apply hydraulic and water quality/pollution concepts to evaluate and modify the performance of water distribution and sewer networks. Students will be expected to demonstrate this knowledge and understanding via application in case studies - water distribution network and a sewer network.

Major research project

In addition, all students complete an Advanced Engineering Research Project. The planning for this starts when you arrive in Sheffield, but the time to complete it is primarily during the summer.

A detailed timetable is available for the current year.  Please note that this may be subject to change.