Civil Engineering and Management Masters/Msc/Diploma/Certificate

Designed for civil engineering graduates and graduates with related degrees, this programme allows you to study project and construction management within a technical civil engineering context. You will learn about the working of engineering and construction organisations, discovering the disciplines and techniques of practical use in civil engineering, management and implementation of all stages of construction and civil engineering projects.

The course opens up a wide range of career opportunities, with students tailoring studies towards their chosen career by selecting relevant modules, plus completing an individual research project.

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

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The Birmingham MSc in Civil Engineering and Management 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.

The nature of the course also means that graduates from non-civil engineering disciplines may be eligible for study. The taught element of your course takes place between September and May, and your individual research project will be undertaken from May to September (MSc students only).

You can transfer from the Postgraduate Diploma to the MSc programme, upon completion of the Diploma, provided you satisfy the MSc requirements.

Breakdown of course

The programme covers the core themes of Structural Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering and Construction Management. 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.

The course is delivered in intense week-long modules, so you can choose to study full-time or part-time. Learning is delivered via lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, coursework, group project work and site visits, as well as your individual project. We have extensive laboratories and other facilities both on and off our campus for undertaking research in geotechnical engineering, water engineering, wind engineering and structural engineering.

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Why study this course

MSc Civil Engineering and Management 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 and Management 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 we will make an assessment based on previous study and experience.


This course consists of 180 credits. As well as your five core modules, you must choose a 20-credit module from the theme of Structural Engineering a 20-credit module from the theme of Geotechnical Engineering.

Core modules:



Individual Research Project



 Financial decision-making in the business environment



Sustainable Construction



Engineering Production and Risk Management



Construction Management



Synoptic Engineering



You must choose a 20-credit module from the theme of Structural Engineering a 20-credit module from the theme of Geotechnical Engineering. Examples of optional modules are listed below:



Structural Engineering 3 (structural)



Forensic Engineering (structural)


Earthworks Engineering (geotechnical)



Geomechanics (geotechnical)





Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods.

Fees and funding

Annual Tuition fees 2018/19

UK/EU students

  • MSc full-time: £9,270
  • MSc part-time: £4,635
  • Postgraduate Diploma full-time: £6,180
  • Postgraduate Diploma part-time: £6,180
  • Postgraduate Certificate full-time: £6,180
  • Postgraduate Certificate part-time: £6,180

International students

  • MSc full-time: £20,610
  • Postgraduate Diploma full-time: £13,740
  • Postgraduate Certificate full-time: £6,870
    For further information please view the fees for international students page.

Learn more about fees and funding.

Scholarships and studentships

We offer a range of postgraduate scholarships for taught programmes and research opportunities to ensure the very best talent is nurtured and supported at postgraduate level.

Additional scholarships can be found in the funding database.

Contact the department for further information.

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 non-engineering 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

International students requiring visas

Monday 2 July 2018 is the application deadline for international students who require a visa to study in the United Kingdom. We are not able to consider applications for 2018 made after this date; a new application should be made for September 2019. Applications will reopen for 2019 entry by 21 September 2018.

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Making your application

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This programme provides a solid basis for a career in the management and implementation of construction and civil engineering projects. Comprising lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, coursework, group project work and site visits, it addresses the management of technical (engineering) activities, the development of personal, interpersonal and project management skills, and provides a fundamental understanding of the social, economic, resource management and legal frameworks within which civil engineering projects take place.

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.

The management skills and knowledge you acquire during these studies, coupled with technical learning will open up a  wide range of career opportunities.

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