Civil Engineering Grad Dip
The Civil Engineering Graduate Diploma enables applicants with a degree in a related subject (e.g. mathematics, physics or geology) to take a qualifying year before moving into a Civil or Structural Engineering MSc programme. It offers a unique opportunity to be awarded a fully recognised Civil Engineering MSc after two years of study, opening the path to a career in Civil Engineering as a chartered engineer.
Mode of study
- Full-time 9 months
- UK/EU Full-time: £7,200
- Overseas Full-time: £20,100
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
What will I learn?
This bespoke programme provides grounding in fluids, soils, structures and materials engineering, and consists of second and third-year undergraduate core civil engineering subjects. Students are also allocated a civil engineering project which they are required to complete in pairs.
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 at the heart of London.
Our research is innovative and at the forefront of engineering development. Our staff are leaders in their fields and are often called upon to provide detailed knowledge to anyone from the media to industry and policy-makers. We work with other academics, with industry partners and with local and national government providing research and expertise.
This programme offers applicants without a first degree in civil engineering a unique opportunity to be awarded a fully recognised Civil Engineering MSc after two years of study, opening the path to a career in civil engineering as a chartered engineer.
Students undertake modules to the value of 120 credits.
Students conduct a Civil Engineering research project over two terms, usually working in pairs. Assessment is by a final report (78%), interim report (10%) and final presentation (10%).
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars and lab classes. The Civil Engineering Project involves individual research and can include laboratory, computational or field work depending on the nature of your project and your supervisor. It is usually completed in pairs. The programme also includes a field trip and a one-week Constructionarium visit.
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.
This award is based on financial need.
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.
To be able to progress to fully chartered status students entering the pre-qualifying year should have a degree in a related subject, e.g. Architecture, or a subject that would be approved by the Institution of Civil Engineers, e.g. Mathematics or Physics.
General entry requirements and application procedures for the pre-qualifying year are the same as for the one-year MSc programme. When completing your application form you should enter "MSc in Civil Engineering" as the programme title. If you satisfy all admission criteria you will be given a conditional offer, and successful completion of the Graduate Diploma will be the condition of entry to the main MSc programme.
Overseas students requiring a visa to study should note that the Graduate Diploma (Pre-qualifying year) and the MSc in Civil Engineering are treated as TWO separate programmes. This means that you will only be able to obtain a one year visa for the Graduate Diploma and then you will need to apply for a second visa to study the MSc. This will mean that you will almost certainly have to leave the UK between finishing the Graduate Diploma in June and commencing the MSc in September.
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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 is used as the pre-qualifying year for students who are aiming for a Civil Engineering MSc or an Earthquake Engineering and Disaster Management MSc, but whose first degree is not in Civil or Structural Engineering. To be able to progress to fully chartered status students entering the pre-qualifying year should have a degree in a related subject, e.g. Architecture, or a subject that would be approved by the Institution of Civil Engineers, e.g. Mathematics or Physics.
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.
Miss Shani Crawford
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