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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Engineering

  • Start Date

    October, January

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

  • Course Type

    Research Only

  • Course Fees

    For current fees visit our website

  • Last Updated

    31 July 2017

Course content

Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Civil Engineering at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).

Swansea University has been at the forefront of international research in the area of civil and computational engineering. Internationally renowned engineers at Swansea pioneered the development of numerical techniques, such as the finite element method, and associated computational procedures that have enabled the solution of many complex engineering problems. Swansea University provides an excellent base for your research as a MSc by Research student in Civil Engineering.

Key Features of MSc by Research Civil Engineering

Computer simulation is now an established discipline that has an important role to play in engineering, science and in newly emerging areas of interdisciplinary research.

Civil Engineering students benefit from the Zienkiewicz Centre for Computational Engineering at Swansea University which has excellent computing facilities, including a state-of-the-art multi-processor super computer with virtual reality facilities and high-speed networking.

Research within Engineering at Swansea University is multidisciplinary in nature, incorporating our strengths in research areas across the Engineering disciplines including Civil Engineering.

Computational mechanics forms the basis for the majority of the MSc by Research projects within this civil engineering discipline.

Civil Engineering at Swansea University is recognised as one of the top 200 departments in the world (QS World Subject Rankings).

MSc by Research in Civil Engineering typically lasts one year full-time, two to three years part-time. This Civil Engineering research programme is an individual research project written up in a thesis of 30,000 words.

Links with industry

The Zienkiewicz Centre for Computational Engineering has an extensive track record of industrial collaboration and contributes to many exciting projects, including the aerodynamics for the current World Land Speed Record car, Thrust SSC, and the future BLOODHOUND SSC, and the design of the double-decker super-jet Airbus A380.

Civil Engineering Facilities

Our new home at the innovative Bay Campus provides some of the best university facilities in the UK, in an outstanding location.

Hardware includes a 450 cpu Cluster, high-end graphics workstations and high-speed network links. Extensive software packages include both in-house developed and 'off-the-shelf' commercial.

Research in Civil Engineering

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranks Engineering at Swansea as 10th in the UK for the combined score in research quality across the Engineering disciplines.

World-leading research

The REF shows that 94% of research produced by our academic staff is of World-Leading (4*) or Internationally Excellent (3*) quality. This has increased from 73% in the 2008 RAE.

Research pioneered at the College of Engineering harnesses the expertise of academic staff within the department. This ground-breaking multidisciplinary research informs our world-class teaching with several of our staff leaders in their fields.

Highlights of the Engineering results according to the General Engineering Unit of Assessment:

Research Environment at Swansea ranked 2nd in the UK

Research Impact ranked 10th in the UK

Research Power (3*/4* Equivalent staff) ranked 10th in the UK


Visit the Civil Engineering MSc by Research page on the Swansea University website for more details!

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