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Having pioneered the development of finite element methods, the faculty of Civil Engineering has a long established international reputation in computational engineering and its integration with civil engineering. These computational techniques have fundamentally changed the modern industrial practice in civil engineering.

As a student on the Master's course in Civil Engineering, you will find the course utilises the expertise of academic staff to provide high-quality postgraduate training.

Key Features of MSc in Civil Engineering

  • 8th in the UK for Graduate Prospects (Complete University Guide 2019)
  • Top 10 in the UK for Research Quality (Complete University Guide 2019)
  • Recognised as one of the top 200 Department in the World (QS World Rankings)

The MSc in Civil Engineering course aims to provide advanced training in civil engineering analysis and design, particularly in modelling and analysis techniques.

Our brand new facilities include comprehensive laboratories for structures, concrete, fluid, soil and surveying, all equipped with state-of-the-art facilities at the highest quality.

Built on the world leading research capacity in computational engineering, the program has a unique strength in computer modelling and its application in civil engineering.

As a Civil Engineering student you will be provided with in-depth knowledge and exposure to conventional and innovative ideas and techniques to enable you to develop sound solutions to civil engineering problems.

You will also be provided with practical computer experience through the use of computational techniques, using modern software, to provide a solution to a range of current practical civil engineering applications. This will enable you to apply the approach with confidence in an industrial context. 


Modules on the MSc in Civil Engineering course typically include:

  • Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations
  • Dynamics and Transient Analysis
  • Computational Plasticity
  • Advanced Structural Design
  • Advanced Structural Analysis
  • Flood Risk Management
  • Fluid-Structure Interaction
  • Reservoir Modelling and Simulation
  • Coastal Structure Design
  • Coastal Engineering
  • Finite Element Method
  • Finite Element Computational Analysis
  • Coastal Processes and Engineering


MSc in Civil Engineering at Swansea University is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM), which is composed of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT), and the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE). The accreditation is on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of partially meeting the educational requirement for Further Learning for Engineering Council registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). Study on this accredited degree will provide you with some of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills needed as a Chartered Engineer. Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.


Civil Engineering facilities

The Bay Campus includes an extensive Engineering Quarter, designed to capitalise on our research expertise and our collaboration with major companies.

The £450 million development project includes specialist laboratories and excellent computing facilities. £0.75 million was spent on Civil Engineering facilities at the Bay Campus.

Experimental facilities

Experimental facilities are used for both Civil Engineering undergraduate teaching and research purposes, including:

  • Structures Teaching Laboratory
  • Geomechanics Laboratory
  • Concrete Laboratory

Computational facilities

High Performance Computing

The College of Engineering has always maintained state-of-the-art computing facilities in order to support the leading edge research in the area of computational engineering. All of these facilities are available to researchers within the centre and for contract work to external clients.

 Linux Cluster

The Linux cluster was installed in order to provide a performance increase for large parallel applications. It currently comprises:

  • 260 AMD Opteron 64-bit processor cores
  • Memory ranging from 2Gb - 8Gb per node
  • Myrinet interconnect for maximum communication performance

Engineering Quarter

At the College of Engineering, we continually strive for excellence in our teaching and research. The Bay Campus provides the space for growth and enable us to build on our current success, co-locating industry with our academic staff and students including those in Civil Engineering.

The Bay Campus includes purpose built facilities for students, staff and businesses allowing for the benefits of co-location, enabling applied research, an accelerated innovation pathway and employment opportunities. 

The seven buildings that form the College of Engineering house high-tech teaching and research laboratories. There are brand new lecture theatres, smaller tutorial and seminar rooms, teaching laboratories and PC facilities.

Engineering East

Engineering East is home to the Engineering Manufacturing Centre, which along with the Swansea Bay Innovation Hub, has been part funded by the European Regional Development Fund through Welsh Government.

It provides work areas and research space for staff and research students involved in Civil Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Materials and Mechanical Engineering. The building also incorporates the main workshop facilities for the whole of the College of Engineering.

As part of the College of Engineering, Engineering East has a strong focus on manufacturing industry and primarily provides a research and development resource for manufacturing applications. It houses a state-of-the-art Scanning Electron Microscope facility. In addition it is home to the Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating and the SPECIFIC project.

Engineering East includes research groups studying polymers and composites, materials, civil engineering, electronics and sport and exercise science. It has eight ‘Research Hubs’ providing accommodation for up to 60 academic staff and up to 275 researchers.

The building has been designed to provide state-of-the-art facilities for research particularly in manufacturing. It provides research space which is flexible and large scale allowing full size experimentation and prototype development to take place.

Key facts

  • BREEAM Excellent rating. BREEAM is the world's leading design and assessment method for sustainable buildings.
  • Includes space for the Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating, (WCPC).
  • SPECIFIC pilot line, offices and laboratories.
  • Main disciplines: Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Sport and Exercise Science.
  • Materials Engineering including testing facilities and Scanning Electron Microscopes.
  • Main engineering workshop and Formula Student workshop.
  • This project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.

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





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