MSc(Eng) 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.

I appreciate the quality of teaching the most. Our lecturers are highly experienced within the academic and industrial field and the University’s standing and reputation in Structural Engineering was the main reason for my decision to study here.

Wan Muhammad Djawad Wan, Postgraduate student in Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

About the course

September 2018 start

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 inherent 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.

Civil engineering postgraduate student

Core modules

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

Optional modules

These vary but can include:

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

Teaching and assessment

Lectures, design tutorials, computational tutorials, lab work and industrial seminars.

All courses use lectures by academic staff and industrial partners, laboratory work, site visits, design projects and dissertation.

Assessment is by formal examinations, coursework assignments and a dissertation with oral examination.

  • September–June: taught modules and preparation for your dissertation.
  • June–August: complete your dissertation.

Your research dissertation 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.

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 honours degree in a relevant 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

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Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

T: +44 (0)114 222 5711

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