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    Full time available

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  • Course Duration

    1 year full time

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  • Last Updated

    23 August 2018

Course content

The MSc Civil Engineering course is ideal for those wishing to switch to a career in civil engineering or graduates looking to advance their career towards Chartered Engineer status. The flexible course offers two professional pathways, and the option to carry out a research project while undertaking an industrial placement.

Introducing your degree

Our MSc in Civil Engineering will help you meet the further learning requirements to become a Chartered Engineer, as it is accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers. For non-civil engineering graduates, who can demonstrate competence in mathematics and physics, we offer a two year integrated degree. If you are a UK/EU student, you will have the option to organise your own 11-month industrial work placement, which would provide you with valuable work experience.


The full-time course is taught by leading researchers in this field. You will learn to apply the latest statistical analysis tools. You also have the opportunity to study advanced modules in coastal, environmental, infrastructure and transport engineering.

The year is divided into two semesters. Each semester, you will select from a range of specialist modules, including earthquake engineering and groundwater hydrology and contamination. You also have the option to develop your knowledge of project economics, and law and contracts.

Practical sessions form a large part of the course. You will have access to specialist facilities, including heavy structures, hydraulics and geotechnical laboratories. You will also complete a final research project to evolve your critical-thinking and technical expertise.

We offer two pathways - a conversion pathway for non-Civil Engineering graduates wishing to convert their degree, and a standard pathway for those who already have a first degree in Civil Engineering; both pathways undertake a research project. There may also be the option for UK and EU students to undertake an 11 month industrial placement, please see the ‘Industrial Placement Option’ information below.

View the programme specification document for this course


Compulsory modules include: MSc Research Project; Data Analysisand Experimental Methods for Civiland Environmental Engineering

Optional modules include: Understanding Civil Engineering (compulsory for non-civil engineering graduates); Coastal and Maritime Engineering and Energy; Earthquake Engineering; Project Economics and Management; Groundwater Hydrology and Contamination; Water Resources Planning and Management; Highway And Traffic Engineering; Waste Resource Management; Advanced Structural Engineering; Advanced Foundation Engineering; Energy Performance Assessment of Buildings; River Engineering; Water and Wastewater Engineering 2; Advanced Finite Element Analysis; Transport Management and Safety; Coastal Flood Defence. The following modules are not available for non-civil engineering graduates: Applied Hydraulics; Geotechnical Engineering; Railway Engineering and Operations; Structural Engineering

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





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