Civil Engineering Masters/MSc/Diploma

This programme is designed for civil engineering graduates and graduates with related degrees wishing to study a general
Masters-level course rather than specialise in one subject area. Students can tailor their studies to meet the needs of their chosen career path by selecting from a wide range of modules to support their individual research projects.

Our graduates enjoy worldwide careers in consultancy, contracting industry, or choose a career which is underpinned by a good understanding of civil engineering. 

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

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

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 we will make an assessment based on previous study and experience.

You will develop a broad knowledge base and understanding of the civil engineering profession and acquire problem-solving, team working, and communication skills; all essential when dealing with complex issues in this multi-disciplinary profession.

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.

The course is delivered in intense week-longmodules, so you can choose to study either full-time or part-time. Learning is delivered

via lectures, tutorials, workshops, industrial seminars 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 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 we will make an assessment based on previous study and experience.

Civil Engineering MSc

Modules

This course consists of 180 credits. As well as your core modules, you will choose a 20-credit module from the themes of Structural, Water and Geotechnical Engineering (total 60 credits) and two other options (total 40 credits).

Core Modules Credits 

Financial Decision-Making in the Business Environment

 

10

 

Synoptic Engineering

 

10

 

Individual Research Project

 

60


Optional Modules
Please choose a 20-credit module from the themes of Structural, Water and Geotechnical Engineering (total 60 credits) and two other options (total 40 credits).

     

Seimic Engineering (structural)

 

20

 

Structural Engineering (structural)

 

20

 

Flooding and Water Resource Management (water)

 

20

 

Water Engineering and Management (water)

 

20

 

Underground Construction (geotechnical)

 

20

 

Geomechanics (geotechnical)

 

20

 

Road Asset Management

 

20

 

Sustainable Construction

 

20

 

Engineering Production and Risk Management

 

20

 

Sustainable Transport Policy

 

20

 

Road Design and Planning

 

20

 

Pavement Engineering

 

20

 

 

 

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.

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Fees and funding

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: £3,090

International students

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 02 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 on  Monday 1  October 2018.

UK/EU (non-Tier 4) students

The application deadline is Friday 21 September 2018. Applications will reopen for 2019 on Monday 1 October 2018.

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Making your application

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. It 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.

Upon graduation, you can choose to begin or resume a career in civil engineering design consultancies, general management/engineering consultancies, civil engineering contractors, construction and structural engineering companies.

Your MSc counts towards achieving Chartered Engineer accreditation.

University Careers Network

Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree, our Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.

Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CVs and job applications will help give you the edge.

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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