The Civil Engineering MSc at UCL now offers five additional specialist routes which reflect the expertise within the department and expanding career paths of civil engineers. This programme is for those students who wish to combine a general MSc in the subject with the related discipline of seismic design.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2017/18)
- £11,800 (FT) £6,010 (PT)
- £24,610 (FT) £12,570 (PT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.
A minimum of an upper 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 who do not meet the standard entry criteria may be asked to provide a portfolio demonstrating existing engineering and design skills. 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.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
Select your country:
The programme provides 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. This route will also offer you the opportunity to gain specialist knowledge in your chosen area of seismic design and provide a clear path to a professional career in civil engineering.
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).
A Postgraduate Diploma, four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) is also offered.
- Seismic Design of Structures
- Structural Dynamics
- Seismic Risk Assessment
- Project Management (Professional Development Module)
Students choose four from the following:
- Advanced Soil Mechanics
- Advanced Structures
- Anatomy of a Railway
- Applied Building Information Modelling
- Building Engineering Physics
- Coastal Engineering
- Data Analysis
- Engineering and International Development
- Environmental Modelling
- Environmental Systems
- GIS Principles and Technology
- Introduction to Seismic Design of Structures
- Natural and Environmental Disasters
- Principles and Practices of Surveying
- Roads and Underground Infrastructure
- Systems, Society and Sustainability
- Urban Flooding and Drainage
Please note: combinations of different modules will be determined by timetable constraints
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 fieldwork depending on the nature of the project. Assessment is through examinations, coursework, project reports and the research project.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)
- Overseas students
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Civil Engineering graduates are readily employed by consultancies, construction companies and government departments.
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.
Why 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 multidisciplinary 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 students for subsequent professional practice.
This degree is accredited, as a Technical MSc, as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree. See www.jbm.org.uk for further information.
Department: Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering
Student / staff numbers › 107 staff including 48 postdocs › 154 taught students › 119 research students
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering
78% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
Application and next steps
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?
The programme is suitable for students with a background in civil, structural, environmental or geomatic science.
- All applicants
- 28 July 2017
Applications are accepted throughout the year but applicants are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. It takes approximately four weeks from submission of an application to receiving an offer letter. If you are an overseas student requiring a visa we recommend applying no later than 15 June to give you sufficient time to obtain the CAS number required for your visa.
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Civil Engineering (with Seismic Design) at graduate level
- why you want to study Civil Engineering (with Seismic Design) at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this 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. Applicants who have a portfolio are strongly recommended to submit it when they apply.