Civil Engineering Masters/MSc/Diploma

Postgraduate degree programme Civil Engineering Masters/MSc/Diploma:

This Masters / MSc / PG diploma postgraduate degree course in Civil Engineering is offered for civil engineering and related graduates wishing to enter the profession and who choose to study a general Masters-level course rather than specialising in a particular subject area. 

  • Masters degree/MSc: 12 months full-time, 24-36 months part-time
  • Postgraduate Diploma: 10 months full-time, 24-36 months part-time 

The MSc/PG Diploma in Civil Engineering allows students to tailor their studies to meet the needs of their chosen career path by offering a wide range of modules which can be selected, together with a wide choice of individual research projects. 

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This MSc/PG Diploma in Civil Engineering is offered for civil engineering and related graduates wishing to enter the profession and who choose to study a general Masters-level course rather than specialising in a particular subject area. This course allows students to tailor their studies to meet the needs of their chosen career path by offering a wide range of modules which can be selected, together with a wide choice of individual research projects.

Civil Engineering MSc-Masters degree 

Breakdown of course

The course is made up of a total of 180 credits, 120 of which are from taught modules and a research project forms the basis of the remaining 60 credits.

Being flexible in its nature, this MSc/PG Diploma in Civil Engineering permits every student to tailor the programme of studies to suit their own chosen career, benefiting from the range of specialist modules available to all MSc students. Flexibility also means that graduates of non-civil engineering disciplines may be eligible for study: Please enquire if this applies in your particular case and the School will make an assessment based on previous study and experience.

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Why study this course

MSc Civil Engineering graduates will go on to careers world-wide in consultancy, contracting industry, or choose a career in industry that requires a good understanding of civil engineering issues. They may also resume existing careers or enter new branches of the wider engineering industry.

The University of Birmingham has six decades' worth of experience delivering Masters level education to students from across the world in more specialised areas of civil engineering. This new programme meets the need for general, flexible civil engineering learning to Masters level for future Chartered and Incorporated engineers.

Being flexible in its nature, this MSc in Civil Engineering permits every student to tailor the programme of studies to suit their own chosen career, benefiting from the range of specialist modules available to all MSc students. Flexibility also means that graduates of non-civil engineering disciplines may be eligible for study. Please enquire if this applies in your particular case and the School will make an assessment based on previous study and experience.

Civil Engineering MSc

Modules

MSc Civil Engineering

Module

Core/Optional

Credits

 

Individual Research Project

C

60

 

Financial decision-making in the business environment

C

10

 

Synoptic Engineering

C

10


Seimic Engineering (Structures)

O

20

 

Structural Engineering 3 (Structures)

O

20

 

Flooding and Water Resource Management (Water)

O

20

 

Water and Wastewater Treatment (Water)

O

20

 

Underground Construction (Geotechnics)

O

20

 

Geomechanics (Geotechnics)

O

20

 

Road Asset Management

O

20

 

Sustainable Construction

O

20

 

Engineering Production and Risk Management

O

20

 

Sustainable Transport Policy

O

20

 

Road Design and Planning

O

20

 

Pavement Engineering

O

20

 

Students must choose a 20-credit module from each of the themes of Structural, Water and Geotechnical Engineering respectively (i.e. 60 credits) and chose two other options (i.e. 40 credits).

 

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to keep them up-to-date, which may require changes to module content. Also, key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees 2017/18

UK/EU students

  • MSc full-time: £8,910
  • MSc part-time: £4,455
  • Postgraduate Diploma full-time: £5,940
  • Postgraduate Diploma part-time: £2,970

International students

Further funding information

Scholarships and studentships

Scholarships may be available, further information is in our funding database.

Learn more about fees and funding.

For further information contact the department directly or email financialsupport@bham.ac.uk

Entry requirements

Applicants for admission to the MSc/PG Diploma should normally hold, or be expecting to achieve, a 2:1 Honours degree in Civil Engineering or a relevant nonengineering subject; industrial experience and CEng/IEng qualifications will also be taken into account. 

Learn more about entry requirements.

International students
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements. Standard English language requirements apply.

How to apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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This programme provides a solid basis for a career in the implementation of construction and civil engineering projects.

The programme includes lectures, tutorials, workshops, industrial seminars, site visits and an individual project.

The taught element takes place between September and May. In order to achieve the MSc degree, students will go on to undertake a major individual project in the May to September period. Diploma students do not take the individual project. The taught part of the programme consists of nominally 1200 student effort hours including some 400 contact hours of lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. The individual project involves approximate 600 hours of student effort.

It is possible to study full-time or part-time, as modules are delivered in intensive week-long blocks. This means that students can combine work and study, attending university for these weeks only. A student's performance is assessed by written examinations and individual coursework. The research project report is submitted and presented (end of August/early September) for assessment. Students must normally reach a satisfactory standard in the written examinations to be permitted to proceed to the individual project. Formal examinations are normally held during the week immediately before the Spring term, in early January, and during May; submission of the project thesis is usually due by early September.

Transfer between Postgraduate Diploma and MSc is possible upon completion of the Diploma for a Diploma student who satisfies the MSc requirements. The Diploma may be awarded to an MSc student who fails to complete the individual project.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the MSc/PG Diploma in Civil Engineering go on to or resume their careers in civil engineering design consultancies, general management/engineering consultancies, civil engineering contractors, construction, structural engineering.

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If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.

Professional accreditation

The MSc version of this degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng(Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree.
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