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Civil Engineering MSc

Our 9 MSc routes aim to equip students with the skills of analysis and design necessary for professional civil engineers, as well as giving a solid academic background for becoming chartered engineers

Forth Bridge Scotland

Choose from nine Civil Engineering MSc routes in the UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering; our general Civil Engineering MSc, or one of eight specialisms. 

All our Civil Engineering MSc routes combine traditional lectures with group projects and an individual research project in the student's chosen specialist field.

To find out core information about these degrees, such as entry requirements, programme length and cost, visit the relevant UCL prospectus page:

Course information

Each route requires students to undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme has nine routes (including our general Civil Engineering MSc), each with three components:

Component 1: Compulsory, specialist modules

The Integrated Design Route has one module worth 60 credits. The other eight routes have three compulsory modules, plus a professional development module. 

Civil Engineering​ MSc 

Students develop 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 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.

The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules totalling 60 credits (find out more in Section 2 below), and a research project (60 credits).

Compulsory modules

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Civil Engineering (with Environmental Systems)​ MSc

The programme aims to provide students with a solid 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 environmental systems, and aims to provide a clear path to a professional career in civil engineering.

This route consists of four core modules including three specialist modules and one professional development module (60 credits), four optional modules totalling 60 credits (find out more in Component 2 below) and a research project (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma, consisting of four core modules (60 credits) and four optional modules (60 credits) is also offered.

Compulsory modules

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Civil Engineering (with Fluids) MSc​

The programme aims to provide students with a solid 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 environmental systems and provide a clear path to a professional career in civil engineering.

This route consists of four core modules including three specialist modules and one professional development module (60 credits), four optional modules totalling 60 credits (find out more in Component 2 below) and a research project (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma, consisting of four core modules (60 credits) and four optional modules (60 credits) is also offered.

Compulsory Modules

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Civil Engineering (with Geographic Information Science) MSc​

The programme provides students with a strong academic background in a broad range of civil engineering topics and advanced skills in problem-solving, which are 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 geographic information science, and aims to provide a clear path to a professional career in civil engineering.

This route consists of four core modules including three specialist modules and one professional development module (60 credits), four optional modules totalling 60 credits (find out more in Section 2 below) and a research project (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma consisting of four core modules (60 credits) and four optional modules (60 credits) is also offered.

Compulsory Modules

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Civil Engineering (with Infrastructure Planning) MSc 

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 is for those students who wish to combine a general MSc in the subject with the related discipline of infrastructure planning.

Civil Engineering (with Infrastructure Planning) MSc consists of four core modules, including three specialist modules and one professional development module (60 credits), four optional modules totalling 60 credits (find out more in Section 2 below) and a research project (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma consisting of four core modules (60 credits) and four optional modules (60 credits) is also offered.

Compulsory modules

Visit the UCL Bartlett School of Planning website to find out more about the three specialist modules:

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Civil Engineering (with Integrated Design) MSc

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 integrated design, and aims to provide a clear path to a professional career in civil engineering.

The programme consists of one core module (60 credits), four optional modules totalling 60 credits (find out more in Section 2 below) and a research project (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma consisting of one core module (60 credits) and four optional modules (60 credits) is also offered.

Compulsory module

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Civil Engineering (with Railways) MSc 

The programme aims to provide students with a solid 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 environmental systems and provide a clear path to a professional career in civil engineering.

This route consists of four core modules including three specialist modules and one professional development module (60 credits), four optional modules totalling 60 credits (find out more in Component 2 below) and a research project (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma, consisting of four core modules (60 credits) and four optional modules (60 credits) is also offered.

Compulsory modules

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Civil Engineering (with Seismic Design) MSc

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.

Civil Engineering (with Seismic Design) MSc consists of four core modules, including three specialist modules and one professional development module (60 credits), four optional modules totalling 60 credits (find out more in Section 2 below) and a research project (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma, consisting of four core modules (60 credits) and four optional modules (60 credits) is also offered.

Compulsory modules

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Civil Engineering (with Surveying) MSc

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 surveying and provide a clear path to a professional career in civil engineering.

Civil Engineering (with Surveying) MSc consists of four core modules, including three specialist modules and one professional development module (60 credits), four optional modules totalling 60 credits (find out more in Section 2 below) and a research project (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma, consisting of four core modules (60 credits) and four optional modules (60 credits) is also offered.

Compulsory modules

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Component 2. Optional Civil Engineering modules

Students select any four modules from the options below, with a maximum of one non-technical module from Module Group B. You should note that due to timetable constraints it may not be possible to take all of the modules you want to.

Module Group A
Module Group B

Component 3: Dissertation

A research project (worth 60 out of 180 credits) in the student's chosen specialist field.