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Course content

Why this course?

Civil engineering develops and improves facilities and services that society needs – from the supply of clean water and energy to the design and construction of roads, railways and stations. Solving problems of air, land and water pollution and protecting society against natural disasters are also important aspects of civil engineering.

Engineering graduates are in high demand from recruiting companies worldwide.

This 18-month MSc course has been designed to meet the needs of a broad range of engineering industries. As a Masters student, you’ll gain the specialist and generic skills necessary to lead future developments, with practical experience provided by the industrial placement.

The course has a significant design element based on the most up-to-date specialist design guidelines. This includes a major design project that integrates acquired knowledge and acts as a platform for structured self-learning.

This MSc in Civil Engineering with Industrial Placement is suitable for graduates with a background in any discipline of civil engineering. Applicants with a degree in environmental engineering, earth science, mathematics, physics and mechanical engineering may also be considered.

The MSc in Civil Engineering with Industrial Placement has four optional specialist streams:

  • Structural Engineering & Project Management
  • Geotechnical Engineering & Project Management
  • Geoenvironmental Engineering & Project Management
  • Water Engineering & Project Management

Industrial placement or industry-linked project

You'll complete an industry-linked project or industrial placement in the period from June to August. The Department will support you in making applications for industry internships, and will provide project topics with industry partners, for industry-linked projects. Industry-linked projects generally involve a short secondment to industry as part of the project.

You’ll study

You'll take the compulsory module Civil Engineering Design Projects. This module gives you the opportunity to work on real projects. Students currently undertake a renewable energy project. You’ll develop comprehensive and innovative designs that involve structural engineering, geotechnical engineering and water engineering, management, environmental and financial planning.

In additional to the industrial placement you'll also take the compulsory module Research Protocols for Science & Engineering which supports the dissertation project. You also have a wide choice of optional modules.

Following successful completion of the taught component, you’ll undertake a dissertation. If you’re on one of the specialist streams you’ll undertake a research project on a topic related to that stream. The dissertation can be linked to the industrial placement and worked on together with the industrial partner.

New class

Starting in session 2017-18, a new class on Building Information Modelling (BIM) will be available as an option for students who register for this MSc. Knowledge of BIM, a process for creating and managing information on a construction project across the project lifecycle, is sought after by employers.


Our £6 million state-of-the-art laboratory facilities are well-equipped with high-technological instrumentation and available space to investigate:

  • environmental & molecular microbiology
  • environmental chemistry
  • analytical chemistry
  • geomechanics & soil quality
  • structural design & material science


The MSc Civil Engineering programme (including the specialist streams except for the water engineering stream) has been fully accredited by Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree.

The accreditation of MSc in Civil Engineering with Water Engineering & Project Management will be applied three years after initial launch in 2016.

Course structure

You'll take 210 credits made up of 120 credit taught modules, 30 credits industrial placement and 60 credits dissertation. The 18 months full-time MSc course spans three semesters as follows:

  • Semester 1 – Year 1, January to May - 60 credits of taught classes
  • Industrial placement – Year 1, June to September - 30 credits
  • Semester 2 – Year 1, October to December - Research methods and design project classes and 30 credits of taught classes
  • Semester 3 – Year 2, January to June - 60 credits dissertation

Learning & teaching

Some classes involve fieldtrips and/or lab work. For fieldtrips, you need to wear warm clothing, waterproof jacket/trousers and sturdy shoes/boots (e.g. hiking boots or non-slip wellington boots).


High-calibre civil engineers are in demand throughout the world. As a graduate you'll have many different career options including:

  • engineering consultancies, where the work normally involves planning and designing projects
  • contractors, where you’ll be managing and overseeing works on-site
  • working for utilities or local authorities
  • working for large companies such as those within oil & gas production, mining, power generation, renewable energy & sustainable infrastructure

For lab work, you’ll need a lab coat.

Visit the Civil Engineering with Industrial Placement MSc page on the University of Strathclyde website for more details!






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