Civil Engineering MSc

London, Bloomsbury

The programme combines traditional lectures with group projects and an individual research project in the student's chosen specialist field.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
Pathways include:
with Fluids (TMSCIVSFLD14)
with Infrastructure Planning (TMSCIVSSIP14)
with Integrated Design (TMSCIVSIDS14)
with Transport (TMSCIVSTRN14)
with Seismic Design (TMSCIVSSEI14)

Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
Pathways include:
with Fluids (TMSCIVSFLD14)
with Infrastructure Planning (TMSCIVSSIP14)
with Integrated Design (TMSCIVSIDS14)
with Transport (TMSCIVSTRN14)
with Seismic Design (TMSCIVSSEI14)

Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2023
Applications accepted
All applicants: 17 Oct 2022 – 31 Mar 2023

Applications open


Application closes at 17:00 (UK time).

Entry requirements

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 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.

The English language level for this programme is: Level 1

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

This programme enables students to develop advanced knowledge of civil engineering and associated engineering and scientific disciplines such as structural dynamics, sustainable building design, transport, fluids, geotechnics, water and drainage, environmental and coastal engineering, planning and construction. It provides students with the awareness of the context in which engineering operates, and equips them with the transferable skills necessary for careers in industry and research.

Who this course is for

This programme is most likely to appeal to students who have completed a BEng degree in Civil or Structural Engineering (or similar) and wish to supplement this with a taught graduate Master's degree, thereby continuing their progression towards fully qualified professional engineering status in the UK or elsewhere.

What this course will give you

UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering is an energetic and exciting multidisciplinary department with a tradition of excellence in teaching and research, situated within the heart of London.

This MSc reflects the broad range of expertise available within the department, its strong links with the engineering industry, and places emphasis on developing skills within a teamwork environment. The programme provides a clear route to a professional career in civil engineering.

There is a wide choice of optional modules available (subject to timetabling requirements), enabling students to customise their learning. 

The foundation of your career

Civil Engineering graduates are readily employed by consultancies, construction companies and government departments, with a well-established path to become Chartered Engineers after the required professional experience.


Our Civil Engineering graduates have found careers in consultancies, construction companies and government departments.


This degree is accredited 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 for further information.

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.

The workload for students is approximately 40 hours per week.

This is typically made up of formal learning and teaching events such as lectures, seminars and tutorials, as well as self-directed study.

The PG Dip consists of four core modules (60 credits) and four optional modules (60 credits).


Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

Four of these modules (60 credits) are compulsory and will vary according to your selected pathway. You will also take four optional modules (60 credits) and an individual research project (60 credits).

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits and will be expected to complete in two years.

In the first year you will take four compulsory modules (60 credits) relevant to your selected pathway. In the second year you will take four optional modules (60 credits) and an individual research project (60 credits).

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability are subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Civil Engineering. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Civil Engineering.


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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2023/24) £18,000 £9,000
Tuition fees (2023/24) £35,000 £17,500

Pathways include:
with Fluids (TMSCIVSFLD14)
with Infrastructure Planning (TMSCIVSSIP14)
with Integrated Design (TMSCIVSIDS14)
with Transport (TMSCIVSTRN14)
with Seismic Design (TMSCIVSSEI14)

Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website:

Additional costs

Short local visits may form part of your programme; these may incur public transport costs.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Brown Family Bursary

Deadline: 8 June 2023
Value: £15,000 (1 year)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: UK

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.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

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.

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
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 in sufficient time to obtain the CAS number required for your visa.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

Choose your programme

Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

Year of entry: 2023-2024

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