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Mrs Ewa Kedzierska

Email: cege-pg-admissions@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 4046

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£10,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£21,000 (FT)

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Key facts

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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Civil Engineering MSc

This MSc aims to equip students with the skills of analysis and design necessary for employment as professional Civil Engineers, and give them a solid academic background for becoming Chartered Engineers. The programme combines integrated design project work with an individual research project in the student's chosen specialist field.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students develop an advanced knowledge of Civil Engineering and associated engineering and scientific disciplines. They gain an awareness of the context in which engineering operates, in terms of safety, environmental, social and economic aspects, alongside a wide range of transferable skills, enabling them to develop careers in research and industry.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering is an energetic and exciting environment. Students have the advantages of studying in a multi-faculty college with a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research, situated within the heart of one of the world's greatest cities.

This MSc covers all the major areas of civil engineering, reflecting the broad range of expertise available within the Department and its strong links with the engineering profession across the UK and beyond.

The emphasis on developing skills within a teamwork environment equips students for subsequent professional practice in this field.

The MSc is JBM accredited for those students that hold a Civil Engineering BEng (Hons) degree on entry.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of a design project (45 credits), five optional modules (75 credits), and a research project (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Integrated Design

Foundation modules

  • Advanced Soil Mechanics
  • Advanced Structures
  • Coastal Engineering
  • Financial Aspects of Protect Engineering
  • Finite Element Modelling and Numerical Methods
  • Systems, Society and Sustainability
  • Transport Studies
  • Infrastructure Planning, Appraisal and Delivery
  • Mathematics for Engineers
  • Project Management


  • Advanced Modules
  • Data Analysis
  • Natural and Environmental Disasters
  • Roads and Underground Infrastructure
  • Seismic Design of Structures
  • Seismic Risk Assessment
  • Structural Dynamics with Mitigation
  • Urban Flooding and Drainage

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project in a preferred specialist area, which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials, seminars, laboratory classes and field trips. The design project includes collective and individual studio work, while the research project includes laboratory, computational or field work depending on the nature of the project. Assessment is through exams, coursework, project reports and the research project.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor's degree in civil or structural engineering or a closely related subject, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants should be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of the principal disciplines within civil engineering. Normally, only candidates with a first degree at upper-second level or higher will be accepted, although applicants with a lower second-class degree supported by good performance in the core subjects (structures, geotechnics, fluids) or extensive work experience covering these areas will be considered.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

This programme enables students who have completed a BEng degree in Civil or Structural Engineering (or similar) to supplement this with a taught graduate Master's degree, thereby continuing their progression towards fully qualified professional engineering status in the UK or elsewhere.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Civil Engineering at graduate level
  • why you want to study Civil Engineering at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Career

There are excellent employment prospects for our graduates. Civil Engineering graduates are readily employed by consultancies, construction companies and government departments.

First destinations of recent graduates include:

  • Environment Agency: ICE Graduate Engineer
  • Whitby Bird: Design Engineer
  • University of Cambridge: PhD Engineering
  • Southern Water: Research and Development Officer
  • Arup: Civil Engineer

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:


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