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Civil Engineering with Industrial Placement (MSc)

Course Description

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 three optional specialist streams:
- Structural Engineering & Project Management
- Geotechnical Engineering & Project Management
- Geoenvironmental Engineering & Project Management

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/civilengineeringwithindustrialplacement/

Industrial placement

A wide range of companies, such as AECOM, ATKINS, CAPITA, CH2M HILL and ClimateXChange (Scotland’s Centre of Expertise on Climate Change), are offering placements exclusively for this MSc. A full list of companies can be provided upon request. The 8 to 12 weeks industrial placement will take place in the period from June to September.

You’ll study

You'll take the compulsory module Civil Engineering Design Projects. This module gives you the opportunity to work on real projects. You can choose between a renewable energy project or an industrial 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.


In the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering we’ve invested £6million in state-of-the-art laboratories which cover core areas of activity including:
- geomechanics
- microbiology
- analytical chemistry
- structural design

- Field investigation
We’re equipped with:
- nanoseismic systems for monitoring the mechanical evolution of soil and rock masses
- Electrical Resistivity Tomography systems to detect clay fissuring and ground water flow in earth-structures
- dielectric permittivity-based sensors to monitor water flow in the sub-surface environment

- Geomechanics Laboratory
We’re equipped with state-of-the art technologies for testing multiphase (unsaturated) porous geomaterials. These include:
- suction-controlled double-wall triaxial cells
pressure plates
- triaxial cells equipped with bender elements for dynamic testing
- image analysis unit to monitor soil specimen deformation
- instruments for measurement of pore-water tensile stress
- Mercury Intrusion Porosimeter and SEM for microstructure investigation

- Software and numerical modelling
You’ll have access to a wide range of software packages relevant to civil and geotechnical engineering applications, including:
- GEOSTUDIO suite (Slope, Seep, Sigma, Quake, Temp, CTran, Air and Vadose)
- ABAQUS finite element packages
- Ansys
- Autodesk Civil 3D
- Limit State
- Strand 7
- Talren 4


This degree is accredited 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.

Additional requirements

For candidates whose first language is not English, minimum standards of English proficiency are an IELTS score of 6.5. Applicants with slightly lower scores have the opportunity to attend the University's Pre-Sessional English classes to bring them up to the required level. Some exceptions to the above may apply to nationals of UKBA-approved Majority English Speaking countries.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at the University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options
To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

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).
For lab work, you’ll need a lab coat. At the start of your course you’ll attend a two-day induction welcoming you to the department


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 production, mining and power generation

How much will I earn?

As a contracting civil engineer the average graduate starting salary is around £23,500. With five years' experience this could rise to £28,523*.

*Information is intended only as a guide.

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/index.jsp

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

(Student Profile)

Lorenzo Leoni

816.JPG My name is Lorenzo and I come from Italy. Since I gained my undergraduate degree in
Civil Engineering in my home country, I was really looking forward to add a postgraduate
course to my background, ideally from abroad. I can tell you that my experience in
Glasgow has proved amazing!
The MSc Geotechnics course I attended at the University of Strathclyde was really well
organised, with very interesting classes, highly-prepared lecturers and detailed lab tests.
A main feature was the collaboration with design engineers from industry, ready to
advise and share their experience. This made the course a great mix of theoretical and
practical aspects and really prepares students for the business world.
I'm now working in Genova, Italy as a consultant engineer for Wechselwirkung Studio
Italiano Snc, a company which provides services in the field of numerical Geotechnics.
Our intention is to employ the most current scientific knowledge in solving practical
problems. Using the newest constitutive models for Geomaterials, we strive to replicate
the interaction between soil and structures as accurately as possible, while optimizing
computational and material resources and taking into account the sustainability of
construction methods.
When I travelled to Glasgow almost two years ago, I was looking for a course that could
help me in filling the gap between my studies at the university and the business world in
general. In Italian universities, even for a quite practical subject like geotechnical
engineering, the link between theory and what the market requires from a consultant is
unfortunately weak. At Strathclyde I found exactly what I needed: helpful tutors, a great
course leader who was always willing to talk to me and give very useful suggestions and,
last but not least, the opportunity to work on real case studies with advisors from the
Then when you are not studying, the city of Glasgow offers you many cultural
opportunities: art museums, incredible parks, concerts, international parties with people
from all over the world and organised trips to the main key attractions in Scotland. A
really modern town for dynamic people!
What are you waiting for?


Pakistan 50th Anniversary Fund Scholarship - 4 Awards

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Foundation of the State of Pakistan a small number of scholarships are awarded by the University of Strathclyde from funds donated by the late Mr Yaqub Ali through the Scottish Pakistani Association to the University of Strathclyde Foundation. The aim of the Fund is to provide an opportunity for well qualified but needy Pakistan nationals to pursue a one-year MSc in the UK. The awards are made for one year only and are not renewable.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Tuition fees/living costs/return travel/other expenses.


First Class Honours Degree from a recognised Pakistan University; candidates must be in their home country at the time of application; preference will be given to candidates who have relevant work experience and have not previously studied in the UK; candidates must return to Pakistan at the end of their studies and serve there for three years. The awards are made for one year only and are not renewable. Priority to subjects in the areas of engineering, computing and business management or any other subject which the partners deem acceptable or which cannot be pursued adequately in Pakistan.

Application Procedure

Further information will be available from Shirley Kirk by email [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

First or upper second-class Honours degree from a UK university (or equivalent overseas qualification) in any civil engineering discipline. Applicants with a degree in environmental engineering, earth sciences, mathematics, physics and mechanical engineering may also be considered. Students with a Lower Second-class Honours degree may be considered where they have substantial relevant professional experience.

Course Fees

2015/16: Scotland/EU £5,625; Rest of UK £11,250; International £20,875

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