MSc Civil Engineering

Course contact

Dr Donal Ryan
0800 027 1000 (44 141 849 4101 outwith UK)


  • School of Engineering and Computing

Qualifications and durations

MSc (full-time/part-time) 1 year^/3 years


Start date(s)

  • September

Tuition Fees

Additional costs
Please note that for some programmes of study there may be additional costs involved which are not included in the tuition fee advertised. These could be, for example, for study materials, fields trips or equipment. Programme leaders will be able to provide detail of any additional costs.
This technical Masters programme is aimed at engineering graduates aspiring to responsible positions within consulting and contracting organisations, and is also for engineers who require the additional learning that addresses current Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) requirements for candidates to obtain chartered engineer (CEng) status. Graduates from related disciplines can embrace further technical training that includes structural, geotechnical, materials engineering with project design and management at a level that prepares them well for senior positions within their areas of expertise.
Applicants should possess at least a second class Honours degree or equivalent qualification in civil engineering or similar area from a recognised institution for MSc entry.

Applicants with other degree qualifications, who have appropriate professional or industrial experience may also be eligible for entry to the Postgraduate Diploma. On successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma students would be invited to join the MSc programme.

Applicants with non-standard qualifications should contact the appropriate professional institution (eg Institution of Civil Engineers) to check that their existing qualification plus the MSc will be acceptable to achieve their career goals.

Overseas students must meet UWS English language requirements.

This programme has a UK and global appeal for career development and future plans are currently being developed to offer students the requisite skills to become CEng qualified through the Joint Board of Moderators. It satisfies the technical and managerial expectations required by civil engineering employers as the programme will develop the skills needed to interface with functional users, other than engineers, giving students a more holistic view of the processes behind successfully delivering a civil engineering project.
Modules** studied include:

  • Advanced Structural Analysis 
  • Applied Finite Element Analysis 
  • Advanced Geotechnical Engineering 
  • Advanced Materials for Sustainable Construction 
  • Civil Engineering Scheme Design 
  • Research Design & Methods 
  • Engineering Project Management 
  • Civil Engineering Project Design 
  • MSc Dissertation 

The uniqueness of this MSc programme is the industrial input to the overall delivery of the modules, in particular, the Scheme Design and Project Design. Students will be given the opportunity to develop a project from inception to completion where potential sites will be selected, based on realistic constraints and challenges. At Scheme Design stage, students will be able to develop the brief and present conceptual design, whereas at Project Design stage they will be able to provide a detailed proposal under the assistance and guidance of lecturing staff and industrial expertise. Students will also be exposed to existing staff research interests when completing their MSc Dissertation encompassing several areas including Construction management, Digital Technologies, Sensor Technologies, Hydromechanics, Concrete Research and Structural Engineering.

** Some modules can be taken as CPD

Your learning

Transferable and key skills are delivered throughout the programme through online material, specialist lectures, site visits, laboratory work, integrated project work and interaction with experienced professionals. Teaching staff are all experienced within industry and academia. Assessment is principally from coursework assignments, examinations and a research dissertation. Students will also be expected to present design work to internal staff and external industrialists as part of the learning and assessment process.
Graduate employment may be found in both public or private sectors within civil engineering and other built environment disciplines such as transportation or public health dealing with many key activities such as construction, design, infrastructure, sustainability, environmental and transportation impacts and project management.

Useful Information

  • Merit Scholarships available. Non-EU applicants with a minimum 2nd class upper honours degree or equivalent are invited to apply. Applicants who have succeeded despite unusual challenges are particularly encouraged to apply.

    Financial Support

    This course is recognised by SAAS (Student Awards Agency for Scotland) for access to postgraduate loan funding towards postgraduate tuition fees and living costs. Check the SAAS website for details of loan eligibility criteria for UK and EU students.

    The  MSc Civil engineering is subject to JBM accreditation. 

    NB To obtain the MSc, students will normally take 9 months to gain the Postgraduate Diploma and then an additional 3 months of study to gain the MSc from the date of commencement of the project.

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