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Civil Engineering

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

Civil engineers help to create and protect the world we live in. Driven by teaching and research excellence, we inspire and empower our students to engineer a sustainable future.
Civil Engineering postgraduate Wan Muhammad Djawad Wan in lab with colleague

Course description

This course offers a broad-based knowledge in civil engineering covering geotechnical, structural and water engineering, placing an equal emphasis on analysis and design. Effective civil engineers need a sound understanding of these three areas and their interconnections.

The core modules give you a grounding in engineering analysis and design. In the second semester, you can follow your interests and choose from a list of specialist modules.

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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. See the Joint Board of Moderators website for more details.


Core modules

  • Linear Systems and Structural Analysis
  • Structural Design
  • Geotechnical Design
  • Constitutive Modelling of Geotechnical Materials
  • Hydrogeology
  • Advanced Hydraulics or Engineering Hydrology
  • Civil Engineering Research Proposal
  • Advanced Engineering Research Study

Optional modules

Choose from a range of optional modules. These might include:

  • Innovations in Structural Concrete
  • Earthquake Engineering and Risk Management
  • Advanced Concrete Design
  • Blast and Impact Effects on Structures
  • Design of Earthquake Resistant Structures
  • Sustainable Concrete Technology
  • SuDS and Green Infrastructure
  • Remediation of Groundwater Pollution
  • Computational Methods in Water Engineering
  • Design of Water Distribution and Sewer Networks
  • Coastal Engineering


  • Lectures by academic staff
  • Design tutorials
  • Design projects
  • Computational tutorials
  • Lab work
  • Industrial seminars
  • Advanced engineering research study (dissertation)

Some modules engage our industrial partners, laboratory work and site visits.

September–June: Taught modules and preparation for your dissertation.

June–August: Complete your dissertation. Your Advanced Engineering Research Study gives you the opportunity to work with an academic on a piece of research in a subdiscipline. We’ll give you training in research skills.


1 year full-time

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 honours degree (BEng, MEng, BSc) in civil or structural engineering or other appropriate engineering or science subject.

We’ll consider your application if you have appropriate professional qualifications and work experience, but you’ll need a strong background in the areas covered on the course.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.