Civil Engineering MSc
Options: PG Diploma
This MSc aims to equip students with the skills of analysis and design necessary for a career in civil engineering, and give them a solid academic background to become Chartered Engineers. The programme combines UCL’s renowned Integrated Design Project with specialist taught modules and a Research Project in the student's chosen field.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Part-time 2 years
- Flexible up to 5 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £10,450
- UK/EU Part-time: £5,400
- Overseas Full-time: £21,700
- Overseas Part-time: £10,800
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
What will I learn?
Students develop an advanced knowledge of civil engineering and associated engineering and scientific disciplines (structure dynamics, sustainable building design, transport, fluids, geotechnics, water and drainage, environmental and coastal engineering, planning and construction). They gain an awareness of the context in which engineering operates, in terms of design, construction and the environment, alongside transferable skills, which leads to careers in industry and research.
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-disciplinary department with a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research, situated within the heart of London.
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.
There is a strong emphasis on developing skills within a teamwork environment, equipping the students for subsequent professional practice. The MSc provides a clear route to a professional career in civil engineering.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of a four optional modules (60 credits), an integrated design project (60 credits), and a research project (60 credits).
Applied Building Information Modelling
All students undertake an independent research project, which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 12,000 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:
Scholarships available for this department
This scholarship is to assist prospective Master's students from developing Commonwealth countries who are of excellent academic calibre but for financial reasons would not otherwise be able to afford to study in the United Kingdom. Students must not have previously studied for one year or more in a developed country and must hold the equivalent of a UK first- or upper second-class undergraduate degree. Students must have applied to study one of the 10 eligible Master's programmes. Students must return to their home country on completion of their degree.
For prospective Master's students from the Nigerian Delta States. Students must be applying for the Chemical Process Engineering MSc, the Civil Engineering MSc or the Mechanical Engineering MSc, and must not have aleady had the chance of studying in the UK or another developed country. Students must not be current or former employees of SPDC, the Royal Dutch Shell Group of Companies or Wider Perspectives Ltd, or be a the relative of a current employee, and must intend to return to Nigeria after completion of the degree. These awards are based on intellectual ability and leadership potential.
Founded in 1976 by Dr K.K. Gupta as a memorial to Mr R.C. Vaughan who was a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from 1940 to 1952
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
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 with a good performance in the core subjects (design, structures, geotechnics, and fluids) or extensive work experience covering these areas may be considered. For non-civil or structural engineering candidates we offer a Graduate Diploma in Civil Engineering, recognised by our accrediting body (the Joint Board of Moderators), which can be used as a pre-qualifying year for the Civil Engineering MSc.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Standard
How to apply
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.
The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.
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
There are excellent employment prospects for our graduates. Civil Engineering graduates are readily employed by consultancies, construction companies and government departments.
Top career destinations for this programme
- Wellcome Trust, Evaluation Officer, 2010
- Hyder Consulting (UK) Ltd., Civil Engineer, 2010
- University of Cambridge, PhD in Engineering, 2009
- Chengda Engineering Company, Designer, 2010
- Morgans Singlle, Civil Engineer, 2011
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