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Civil Engineering MSc

The UCL Civil Engineering MSc routes aim to equip students with the analysis and design skills professional civil engineers need, plus give a solid academic background for chartered engineership.

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All our Civil Engineering MSc routes combine traditional lectures with group projects and an individual research project in your chosen specialist field. Choose from various routes, including our general Civil Engineering MSc, or one of the below specialisms. 

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

Programme information

The programme has the following routes, each with three components. Each route requires students to undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

Please note, you must decide which route you wish to take when you apply to study with us. If you wish to study the surveying route, for example, you must apply for Civil Engineering (with Surveying) MSc. 

Compulsory modules

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

Civil Engineering​ MSc 

You will develop advanced knowledge of civil engineering and associated engineering and scientific disciplines (e.g. structural dynamics, sustainable building design, transport, fluids, geotechnics, water and drainage, environmental and coastal engineering, planning and construction). You will gain awareness of the context in which engineering operates, in terms of design, construction and the environment, alongside transferable skills, which are ideal for careers in industry and research.

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

Compulsory modules

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Civil Engineering (with Environmental Systems)​ MSc

The programme aims to provide you 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 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 you 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 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 aims to provide you with a strong academic background in a broad range of civil engineering topics, and the 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 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 Integrated Design) MSc

The programme aims to provide you with a strong academic background in a broad range of civil engineering topics, and the 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 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 you with a solid academic background in a broad range of civil engineering topics, and the 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 railways, 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 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 aims to provide you with a strong academic background in a broad range of civil engineering topics, and the 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 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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Optional Civil Engineering modules

Students select 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 choices are subject to change, and vary according to which route you apply to (for example, you cannot take a module as an optional choice if it is already compulsory for your route).

Module Group A
Module Group B

Dissertation

You will undertake an independent research project (worth 60 out of 180 credits) in your chosen specialist field, culminating in a dissertation of approximately 10, 000 words.