Civil Engineering MSc

Options: PG Diploma


This general Civil Engineering MSc aims to equip graduate students with a strong academic background in a broad range of civil engineering topics and advanced skills in problem-solving necessary for a successful career in the sector. The programme also offers five additional specialist routes should students wish to combine a general MSc with a related engineering discipline.


Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Part-time 2 years
  • Flexible up to 5 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £10,450
  • UK/EU Part-time: £5,400
  • Overseas Full-time: £21,700
  • Overseas Part-time: £10,800

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.


What will I learn?

Students gain exceptional knowledge of civil engineering and associated engineering disciplines, an awareness of the contexts (design, construction, environmental, social and economic) in which civil engineers operate, and a wide range of transferable skills, providing a clear route to a professional career either in industry or research.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering at UCL 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 at the heart of London. We carry out advanced research in structures, environmental engineering, laser scanning and seismic design.

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.


Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of four core modules, including three specialist modules and one professional development module (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits), and a research project (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Advanced Soil Mechanics
  • Advanced Structures
  • Roads and Underground Infrastructure
  • Plus Project Management (Professional Development Module)

Options

  • Applied Building Information Modelling
  • Building Engineering Physics
  • Coastal Engineering
  • Data Analysis
  • Design of Accessible Transport Systems
  • Engineering and International Development
  • Environmental Systems
  • Finite Element Modelling and Numerical Methods
  • GIS Principles and Technology
  • Natural and Environmental Disasters
  • Principles and Practices of Surveying
  • Seismic Loss Mitigation and Strengthening of Low Engineered Buildings
  • Structural Dynamics
  • Systems, Society and Sustainability
  • Urban Flooding and Drainage
  • Please note: combinations of different modules will be limited by timetable constraints.

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10–15,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

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

Further details available on subject website:


Scholarships available for this department

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

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.

SPDC Niger Delta Postgraduate Scholarship

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.

Brown Family Bursary

This award is based on financial need.

R.C. Vaughan Bursary

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.


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 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 and its specialist routes.

International equivalencies

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?

The programme is suitable for students with a background in civil, structural, environmental or geomatic science.

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.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • Environment Agency, ICE Graduate Engineer, 2012
  • University of Cambridge, PhD in Engineering, 2012
  • Ramboli, Design Engineer, 2012
  • Arup, Civil Engineer, 2012
  • Southern Water, Research & Development Officer, 2012

Employability

There are excellent employment prospects for our graduates. There is international demand for multi-skilled, solutions-focused professionals who can take a holistic approach to solving problems.


Next steps

Contact

Miss Shani Crawford

T: +44 (0)20 3108 4046

Department

Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering

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