Duration & study mode
1 year full-time, typically 2 years part-time
Course starting dates
Paisley: September, January
Our technical MSc Civil Engineering provides you with the advanced knowledge and skills for supporting the delivery of infrastructure projects whilst minimising the impact on the natural environment. You will advance your knowledge to support your career progression within consulting and contracting organisations whilst satisfying the learning requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.
Civil Engineering, as a discipline, involves the design, construction, and maintenance of the built environment, including infrastructure projects such as roads, bridges, dams, airports, sewerage systems, pipelines, and railways.
This master's satisfies the technical and managerial expectations required by civil engineering employers as our course will develop the skills needed to interface with functional users, other than engineers, giving you a more holistic view of the processes behind successfully delivering a civil engineering project.
The MSc Civil Engineering is accredited by:
on behalf of the UK Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer under the provisions of UK-SPEC.
NB: Candidates must hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree to comply with full CEng registration requirements.
The MSc also meets the EUR-ACE® Framework Standards.
We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.
Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience
If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Postgraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.
Applicants should possess at least a second class Honours degree or equivalent qualification in civil engineering or similar area from a recognised institution.
Applicants with equivalent professional qualifications or lower qualifications with appropriate professional or industrial work experience will also be considered.
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.
General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:
TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:
* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.
West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*
*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:
For the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) stage, you will study the following core modules:
Successful completion of the PgDip allows you to proceed to the master's dissertation module:
Your dissertation is an individual research project which is based on a topic of your choosing and will be aligned to your career aspirations. These research projects are industry-relevant and may be supported (through funding) from the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CS-IC).
Teaching staff are all experienced within industry and academia.
Transferable and key skills are delivered throughout the course through:
Breakdown of the taught elements of the MSc is as follows:
Assessment within the MSc is principally from:
Students will also be expected to present design work to internal staff and external industrialists as part of the learning and assessment process.
Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.
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.
£5,500 per year of study
£7,300 per year of study
£7,300 per year of study
£14,600 per year of study
£790 per module (20 credits)
£1,045 per module (20 credits)
£1,045 per module (20 credits)
£2,350 per module (20 credits)
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An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.
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