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Postgraduate degree programme Civil Engineering and Management Masters/Msc/Diploma/Certificate

This Masters / MSc / PG diploma postgraduate degree course in Civil Engineering and Management is offered for civil engineering and related graduates wishing to study project and construction management within a civil engineering context. It addresses the working of engineering and construction organisations and provides disciplines and techniques of practical use in civil engineering, management and implementation of all stages of construction and civil engineering projects. This opens up a wide range of career opportunities, as many of the techniques are applicable both within and outside the civil engineering design and construction industry.

  • Masters degree/MSc: 12 months full-time, 24-36 months part-time
  • Postgraduate Diploma: 10 months full-time, 24-36 months part-time
  • Postgraduate Certificate: 10 months full-time, 24-36 months part-time

The MSc/PG Diploma in Civil Engineering and Management allows students to tailor their studies to meet the needs of their chosen career path by offering a wide range of modules which can be selected, together with a wide choice of individual research projects.

Course details

The Birmingham MSc in Civil Engineering and Management allows students to tailor their studies to meet the needs of their chosen career path by offering a wide range of modules which can be selected together with a wide choice of individual research projects.

Breakdown of course

The programme covers the core themes of Structural Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering and Construction Management. The course is made up of a total of 180 credits, 120 of which are from taught modules and a research project forms the basis of the remaining 60 credits.

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Learning and teaching

This programme provides a solid basis for a career in the management and implementation of construction and civil engineering projects. Comprising lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, coursework, group project work and site visits, it addresses the management of technical (engineering) activities, the development of personal, interpersonal and project management skills, and provides a fundamental understanding of the social, economic, resource management and legal frameworks within which civil engineering projects take place.

The taught element takes place between September and May. In order to achieve the MSc degree, students will go on to undertake a major individual project in the May to September period. Diploma students do not take the individual project. The taught part of the programme consists of nominally 1200 student effort hours including some 400 contact hours of lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. The individual project involves approximate 600 hours of student effort.

It is possible to study full-time or part-time, as modules are delivered in intensive week-long blocks. This means that students can combine work and study, attending university for these weeks only. A student's performance is assessed by written examinations and individual coursework. The research project report is submitted and presented (end of August/early September) for assessment. Students must normally reach a satisfactory standard in the written examinations to be permitted to proceed to the individual project. Formal examinations are normally held during the week immediately before the Spring term, in early January, and during May; submission of the project thesis is usually due by early September.

Transfer between Postgraduate Diploma and MSc is possible upon completion of the Diploma for a Diploma student who satisfies the MSc requirements. The Diploma may be awarded to an MSc student who fails to complete the individual project.

Employability

Being flexible in its nature, this MSc in Civil Engineering and Management permits every student to tailor the programme of studies to suit their own chosen career, benefiting from the range of specialist modules available to all MSc students. Flexibility also means that graduates of non-civil engineering disciplines may be eligible for study: please enquire if this applies in your particular case and the School will make an assessment based on previous study and experience.

University Careers Network

Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree, our Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.

Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CVs and job applications will help give you the edge.

If you make the most of the wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.


Visit the Civil Engineering and Management - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

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