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Civil Engineering - MSc

Course Description

Are you a civil engineering graduate? Do you want to improve your technical knowledge and enhance your career prospects? Our MSc programme will deepen and broaden your understanding of civil engineering and help you fulfil your professional role in creating, improving and protecting the environment. You’ll obtain advanced analytical skills in the core subject areas of structural analysis, geotechnics and hydraulics applying your knowledge in a range of project settings.

Key features

-Benefit from a postgraduate degree accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng (Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree. See http://www.jbm.org.uk for further information.
-Take part in an integral work placement year and conduct the programme over two years.
-Be inspired by our new £19 million Marine Building, housing the acclaimed COAST laboratory which offers facilities for teaching water and coastal engineering as well as conducting world-class research.
-Explore our core content including advanced structural, geotechnical and hydraulic engineering analysis.
-Broaden your knowledge - other taught modules include project management and professional practice.
-Undertake a dissertation relating to the range of ongoing civil engineering research in the School of Marine Science and Engineering.
-Recent graduates work in a wide range of consultant, contractor and client organisations, including: Hyder Consulting, Babcock International Group plc, Manhire Associates Consulting Engineers and Maverick Ventures UK Ltd.

Course details

You’ll obtain advanced analytical skills in the core subject areas of geotechnics, structural analysis and hydraulics. You’ll also be introduced to the broader issues of project and process management in civil engineering. You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake a substantial research project on a topic of your choosing under the supervision of our academic staff. An optional placement year in industry is available for suitably successful participants.

Core modules
-ENBS542 Project Management and Professional Practice
-BPIE500 Masters Stage 1 Placement Preparation
-PRCE505 MSc Dissertation
-MGMT503 International Engineering Business Management
-GEEN501 Advanced Geotechnical Engineering
-STAD505 Advanced Structural Engineering
-MATH511 Advanced Engineering Analysis
-HYFM504 Advanced Hydraulic Engineering

Final year
-BPIE504 Civils Masters Industrial Placement

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

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

(Student Profile)

Fotini Ntousikou

640.jpg From the beginning of my Civil Engineering studies, my dream was to have my own company. Thanks to my time at the University of Plymouth that dream is starting to become a reality.

During my foundation year in Greece I decided to continue my studies in the UK. I chose Plymouth as it is recognised in Greece as one of the 10 best universities in the UK, especially the Civil Engineering department.

My MSc project was an investigation into the fire protection of steel frame buildings. At the moment there are only a few steel frame buildings in Greece as engineers there currently prefer concrete, but I think, as the advantages of steel frames for multi-storey and office buildings become more widely known, this will soon change. As there are only a few engineers in Greece who have studied the fire protection of steel frames I feel my MSc will put me in great demand.

After my masters I returned to Greece and found a job in an architectural and construction company in Athens. My work involves studies, computer programs, 3-D images models, detailed construction studies, financial analysis and timetabling for various projects around Greece and the Greek Islands. I am also visiting the construction sites for supervision, which is exciting and this is where I am learning the most.

My projects have included the study and construction of a two storey office building with 5 basements for parking and the study and construction of many mansions and luxurious residences including a two storey mansion with basement, inside and outside swimming pools and a tennis court on the island of Corfu.

Apart from the work in the office, I have joined together with three friends - an architect, a civil engineer and a mechanical engineer - to take over our own jobs and do our own studies in the hope of starting our own company.


Plymouth University graduates - Automatic Postgraduate Bursaries - 20+ Awards

This award is available for:Graduates of the University of Plymouth assessed as Home or EU.
Enrolled on a full-time taught postgraduate programme on which a postgraduate fee is charged and no student loan is available.
Where the student is self-funded.
Where the student is part funded/sponsored the discount will apply to the self funded element of the tuition fee only.Please note:The award is not available from postgraduate to postgraduate programmes.
The following programmes are not covered by this postgraduate discount: PGCE programmes and Graduate Diploma in Architecture.
The award of 10% off the fees is only redeemable once, within the first year of the programme.

Value of Scholarship(s)



A 10% alumni discretionary award is available in all faculties for Home and EU graduates.

Application Procedure

Automatic scholorship.Contact [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

You’ll need a minimum of a lower second-class BEng honours degree (2:2) in civil engineering or an upper second-class BSc honours degree (2:1) in civil engineering. If you have considerable professional experience and can evidence an academic ability to undergraduate degree levels you may also be considered. If you have overseas qualifications you can check your comparability with the UK equivalent through NARIC, who provide an advisory service.

Last Updated

24 April 2017

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