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The Civil Engineering Graduate Diploma enables applicants with a degree in a related subject (for example mathematics, physics or geology) to take a qualifying year before moving into a Civil or Structural Engineering MSc programme. It offers a unique opportunity to be awarded a fully recognised Civil Engineering MSc after two years of study, opening the path to a career in civil engineering as a chartered engineer.

Degree information

This bespoke programme provides grounding in fluids, soils, structures and materials engineering, and consists of second and third-year undergraduate core civil engineering subjects. Students are also allocated a civil engineering project which they are required to complete in pairs.

Students undertake modules to the value of 120 credits. The programme consists of seven core modules and a research project. There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules
-Structural Analysis and Design
-Materials II and Applied Fluid Mechanics II
-Mathematical Modelling and Analysis II
-Soil Mechanics and Engineering Geology
-Civil Engineering in Practice
-Structure and Materials
-Civil Engineering Project

Dissertation/report
Students conduct a civil engineering research project over two terms, usually working in pairs. Assessment is by a final report (78%), interim report (10%) and final presentation (10%).

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars and laboratory classes. The civil engineering project involves individual research and can include laboratory, computational or fieldwork depending on the nature of your project and your supervisor. It is usually completed in pairs. The programme also includes a field trip and a one-week Constructionarium visit.

Other information for overseas students
Overseas students requiring a visa to study should note that the Graduate Diploma (pre-qualifying year) and the Civil Engineering MSc are treated as TWO separate programmes. You will only be able to obtain a one-year visa for the Graduate Diploma and then you will need to apply for a second visa for the MSc. You will almost certainly have to leave the UK between finishing the Graduate Diploma in June and commencing the MSc in September.

Careers

Civil engineering graduates are readily employed by consultancies, construction companies and government departments.

Students who complete both this pre-qualifying year and a Civil Engineering MSc or an Earthquake Engineering and Disaster Management MSc, have excellent career prospects with leading civil and structural engineering companies.

Employability
The are excellent employment prospects for our graduates. There is international demand for multi-skilled, solutions-focused professionals who can take a holistic approach to solving problems.

Why study this degree at UCL?

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

Our innovative research is at the forefront of engineering development. Our staff are leaders in their fields and often called upon for their detailed knowledge by the media, industry and policymakers.

This programme offers applicants without a first degree in civil engineering a unique opportunity to be awarded a fully recognised Civil Engineering MSc after two years of study, opening the path to a civil engineering career as a chartered engineer.

Visit the Civil Engineering - GradDip page on the University College London website for more details!

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