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Why this course?. Engineering graduates are in high demand from recruiting companies worldwide. This course has been designed to meet the needs of a broad range of engineering industries. Read more

Why this course?

Engineering graduates are in high demand from recruiting companies worldwide.

This course has been designed to meet the needs of a broad range of engineering industries. As a Masters student, you’ll gain the specialist and generic skills necessary to lead future developments.

This one-year MSc in civil engineering is suitable for graduates with a background in any discipline of civil engineering. Applicants with a degree in environmental engineering, earth science, maths, physics and mechanical engineering may also be considered.

You can graduate with an MSc in Civil Engineering or choose to follow a specialist named stream:

- Civil Engineering with Structural Engineering & Project Management

- Civil Engineering with Geotechnical Engineering & Project Management

- Civil Engineering with Geoenvironmental Engineering & Project Management

- Civil Engineering with Water Engineering & Project Management

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/civilengineering/

You’ll study

You'll take the compulsory module Civil Engineering Design Projects. This module gives you the opportunity to work on real projects. You can choose between a renewable energy project or an industrial project. You’ll develop comprehensive and innovative designs that involve structural engineering, geotechnical engineering and water engineering, management, environmental and financial planning.

You'll also take the compulsory module Research Protocols for Science & Engineering which supports the dissertation project. You also have a wide choice of optional modules.

Following successful completion of the taught component, you’ll undertake a dissertation. If you’re on one of the specialist streams you’ll undertake a research project on a topic related to that stream. The dissertation can be linked to the industrial placement and worked on together with the industrial partner.


As part of the class Independent Study in Collaboration with Industry, you can apply to work with industry projects.


In the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering we’ve invested £6million in state-of-the-art laboratories which cover core areas of activity including:

- geomechanics

- microbiology

- analytical chemistry

- structural design

- Field investigation

We’re equipped with:

- nanoseismic systems for monitoring the mechanical evolution of soil and rock masses

- Electrical Resistivity Tomography systems to detect clay fissuring and ground water flow in earth-structures

- dielectric permittivity-based sensors to monitor water flow in the sub-surface environment

- Geomechanics Laboratory

We’re equipped with state-of-the art technologies for testing multiphase (unsaturated) porous geomaterials. These include:

- suction-controlled double-wall triaxial cells

- pressure plates

- triaxial cells equipped with bender elements for dynamic testing

- image analysis unit to monitor soil specimen deformation

- instruments for measurement of pore-water tensile stress

- Mercury Intrusion Porosimeter and SEM for microstructure investigation

- Software & numerical modelling

You’ll have access to a wide range of software packages relevant to civil and geotechnical engineering applications, including:

- GEOSTUDIO suite (Slope, Seep, Sigma, Quake, Temp, CTran, Air and Vadose)

- ABAQUS finite element packages

- Ansys

- Autodesk Civil 3D

- Limit State

- Strand 7

- Talren 4


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.

Open Access

Home students can also choose to study through Open Access. This is initially a non-graduating route. You register for one module at a time and have the option to build up credits eventually leading to a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc. You can take up to five years to achieve the qualification.

This option is popular with students in employment, who may wish to undertake modules for Continuing Professional Development purposes.

Home students who do not meet the normal MSc entry requirements for this programme are welcome to apply through the Open Access route instead.

Additional requirements

For candidates whose first language is not English, minimum standards of English proficiency are an IELTS score of 6.5. Applicants with slightly lower scores have the opportunity to attend the University's Pre-Sessional English classes to bring them up to the required level. Some exceptions to the above may apply to nationals of UKBA-approved Majority English Speaking countries.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at the University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Learning & teaching

The course has two semesters of taught classes. Some classes involve fieldtrips and/or lab work. For fieldtrips, you need to wear warm clothing, waterproof jacket/trousers and sturdy shoes/boots (e.g. hiking boots or non-slip wellington boots).

For lab work, you’ll need a lab coat. At the start of your course you’ll attend a two-day induction welcoming you to the department


High-calibre civil engineers are in demand throughout the world. As a graduate you'll have many different career options including:

- engineering consultancies, where the work normally involves planning and designing projects

- contractors, where you’ll be managing and overseeing works on-site

- working for utilities or local authorities

- working for large companies such as those within oil production, mining and power generation

How much will I earn?

As a contracting civil engineer the average graduate starting salary is around £23,500. With five years' experience this could rise to £28,523

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/index.jsp

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Those who study the Masters in Civil Engineering will gain advanced knowledge and associated analytical and problem-solving skills in a range of key sub-disciplines of Civil Engineering, and develop the ability to apply this knowledge in engineering design and to the solution of open-ended and multi-disciplinary problems. Read more
Those who study the Masters in Civil Engineering will gain advanced knowledge and associated analytical and problem-solving skills in a range of key sub-disciplines of Civil Engineering, and develop the ability to apply this knowledge in engineering design and to the solution of open-ended and multi-disciplinary problems. The MSc in Civil Engineering is intended for students with a first degree in Civil Engineering or a closely related discipline who wish to extend their expertise to a higher level in preparation for a professional career.

Why this programme

◾Civil engineering at the University of Glasgow is ranked 4th in the UK and 1st in Scotland (Guardian University Guide 2017).
◾The University of Glasgow’s School of Engineering has been delivering engineering education and research for more than 150 years and is the oldest School of Engineering in the UK.
◾You will select courses from key sub-disciplines of Civil Engineering, notably structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, environmental engineering, computational mechanics and transportation engineering.
◾With all lecture courses selected from sets of options, you can choose to develop a degree of specialization in a given sub-discipline or to remain broad-based, thus tailoring the programme to suit your interests and career aspirations.
◾Two major design project courses will develop your abilities to apply your knowledge of Civil Engineering to design of engineering projects. One of these projects is specifically civil engineering in content, but the other is multi-disciplinary in nature and will also involve MSc students from other engineering disciplines, working in teams to tackle a broad-based design problem.
◾You will also undertake an individual project, allowing you to investigate a specific topic in considerable depth.
◾You will be taught by staff who are leading researchers in their fields, so that course content can reflect state-of-the-art understanding, relevant to future challenges for civil engineering industry and the profession.
◾The programme is designed to provide the advanced education required of civil engineers of tomorrow.
◾With a 93% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2016, Civil Engineering at Glasgow continues to meet student expectations combining both teaching excellence and a supportive learning environment.

Programme structure

Modes of delivery of the MSc Civil Engineering include lectures, tutorials, design classes and computing labs, and give you the opportunity to take part in team design projects, other coursework and project-based activities, and a major individual project.

Core courses
◾Civil design project
◾Integrated systems design project.

Optional courses

Select a total of 8 courses, at least 5 of which must be from List A:

List A
◾Advanced soil mechanics 5
◾Advanced structural analysis and dynamics 5
◾Applied engineering mechanics 4
◾Computational modelling of non-linear problems 5
◾Introduction to wind engineering
◾Principles of GIS
◾Reclamation of contaminated land 5
◾Structural concrete C5.

List B
◾Environmental biotechnology 4
◾Geotechnical engineering 4
◾Ground engineering 4
◾Renewable energy 4
◾Structural analysis 4
◾Structural design 4
◾Transportation systems engineering 4.


◾To complete the MSc degree you must undertake an individual project worth 60 credits.
◾Projects can involve laboratory work, computational modelling, fieldwork, theoretical development, design or a study of industry application.
◾The project is an important part of your MSc where you can apply your newly learned skills and show to future employers that you have been working on cutting edge projects relevant to industry.
◾Your project is completed under the supervision of an academic staff member. You can choose a topic from a list of MSc projects in Civil Engineering. Alternatively, should you have your own idea for a project, staff members are always open to discussion of topics.

Example projects

Examples of projects can be found online

*Posters shown are for illustrative purposes

Industry links and employability

◾The School of Engineering has extensive contacts with industrial partners who contribute to several of the taught courses, through active teaching, curriculum development, and panel discussion.
◾The two design projects courses represent the types of projects undertaken in industry, and typically there will be input from industry practitioners in setting up the projects used in these courses.
◾Some MSc individual projects will involve interaction with industry.

Career prospects

Career opportunities include positions in civil engineering, structural engineering and environmental engineering, and working with design consultants, contractors and public authorities or utilities.

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