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Civil Engineering (with optional specialist stream) (MSc)

Course Description

Why this course?

Engineering graduates are in high demand from recruiting companies worldwide.

This 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.

This one-year MSc in civil engineering is suitable for graduates with a background in any discipline of civil engineering. Applicants with a degree in environmental engineering, earth science, maths, physics and mechanical engineering may also be considered.

You can graduate with an MSc in Civil Engineering or choose to follow a specialist named stream:
- Civil Engineering with Structural Engineering & Project Management
- Civil Engineering with Geotechnical Engineering & Project Management
- Civil Engineering with Geoenvironmental Engineering & Project Management

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

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.

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.


As part of the class Independent Study in Collaboration with Industry, you can apply to work with industry projects.


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 & 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.

Open Access

Home students can also choose to study through Open Access. This is initially a non-graduating route. You register for one module at a time and have the option to build up credits eventually leading to a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc. You can take up to five years to achieve the qualification.

This option is popular with students in employment, who may wish to undertake modules for Continuing Professional Development purposes.

Home students who do not meet the normal MSc entry requirements for this programme are welcome to apply through the Open Access route instead.

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

The course has two semesters of taught classes. 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

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

Visit the Civil Engineering (with optional specialist stream) (MSc) page on the University of Strathclyde website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Anthony Ogirima Sulle

I would recommend Strathclyde to other people because when it comes to engineering and technology in the UK, I think they are far in front of many.

Anthony Ogirima Sulle,
MSc Geotechnics


£1,000 Prestigious International Excellence Award for overseas students - Single Award

£1,000 International Excellence Awards are available for the following 1-year degrees offered by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept/David Livingstone Centre for Sustainability:MSc Environmental Engineering
MSc Environmental Entrepreneurship - first in Europe
MSc Environmental Health
MSc Sustainability & Environmental Studies
MSc Hydrogeology

Value of Scholarship(s)



In order to be eligible for this award, you should be a candidate of high academic calibre and submit an online application for your preferred MSc course within our Department. The awards will be allocated based on quality but applying early increases the changes to get one of these awards.

Application Procedure

In order to be eligible for this prestigious award, all you need to do is apply online for your chosen course, via the link provided in the individual web page for each degree. Please make sure your application is complete and includes evidence of previous degree qualification, two references (academic/employer) and proof of English language if applicable. In addition, please attach a one A4 page Supporting Statement covering these two points: * Why do you want to take this postgraduate degree and how will the degree support your career goals?
* What makes you 'excellent' that justifies you getting one of these Excellence Awards?The awards will be allocated based on quality, but applying early increases your chances of receiving one of these awards. Applicants with the equivalent to a 1st class honours UK degree (70% or above) will be prioritised, but applicants with the equivalent to a high 2.1 honours UK degree (65-69%) and/or with relevant professional experience may also be considered.

Further Information



Chevening Scholarships - 10 Awards

Prestigious awards funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office are available for postgraduate study in the UK to able international graduates through a number of different schemes.
Chevening Scholarships are currently available in 150 countries around the world. Strathclyde University has agreed to contribute 20% of the tuition fee as a part-scholarship for all Chevening Scholarship holders.Selection is carried out by British Embassies and High Commissions overseas in consultation with the local British Council representative. Competition is keen.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Awards vary, but can cover tuition fees, monthly stipend and one-off allowances.


Prestigious awards funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office are available for postgraduate study in the UK to able international graduates through a number of different schemes.

Application Procedure

Further details are available from local British Council officers or from http://www.chevening.com

Further Information



Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Awards (CSC) - 10 Awards

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commision scheme provides scholarships to citizens from developing Commonwealth countries for study in the UK. These scholarships are offered for Master's study in the UK and are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).Candidates must apply well in advance through their nominating agency (or university if applicable) in their home country.Examples of nominating agencies:1). The candidate’s national Commonwealth Scholarship agency. This is the main route of application and a full list of Commonwealth Scholarship agency addresses can be obtained from the CSC website2). The Executive Head of an eligible developing country University on whose staff the applicant serves. (In the case of Bangladesh and India, nominations are made through the University Grants Commission; in Pakistan, through the Higher Education Commission; and in Sri Lanka, through the Secretary, Ministry of Higher Education)3). Selected non-governmental organisations, charitable bodies and development partnershipsEach year, the CSC invites each nominating agency to forward a specific number of nominations. Each nominating agency is responsible for its own selection process.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Tuition fees/maintenance to commonwealth citizens.


Candidates must apply well in advance through the Commonwealth Scholarship Agency (usually based in the Department of Education) in the country in which the candidate permanently resides.
Commonwealth citizens of high intellectual calibre will be considered.

Application Procedure

Candidates must apply well in advance through the Commonwealth Scholarship Agency (usually based in the Department of Education) in the country in which the candidate permanently resides. Approximately 300 scholarships are awarded each year. The CSC invites around three times more nominations than scholarships available – therefore, nominated candidates are not guaranteed to get a scholarship.Further information on the scheme and how to apply is available from the CSC website and from local British Council Offices.Closing dates for applications are usually around December of the year prior to the course commencing.Applications for MSc study in September 2013 closed on 7th December 2012.

Further Information



Carnegie-Cameron Taught Postgraduate Bursary - 13 Awards

The Carnegie Trust offers awards for students wishing to undertake a one-year taught postgraduate course. Alternatively, it is permissible that the one-year course be taken on a half-time basis over two consecutive years. The award will cover the standard home tuition fee only and does not pay a maintenance stipend.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Home Tuition Fees


Applicants must be Scottish by birth, descent (at least one parent born in Scotland) or have been continuously resident in Scotland for a period of at least three years for the purpose of secondary or tertiary education.Bursaries are awarded on the basis of overall assessment of merit of the candidate, including financial circumstances. While the most promising candidates will normally have a first-class honours degree or equivalent, this is not essential.

Application Procedure

Application forms for entry in 2013 will be available in February/March 2013. Please contact Shirley Kirk, tel 0141 548 3204 or email [email protected] for further details.

Further Information



Dean's Excellence Awards for India - Single Award

The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering is highly rated with a world-class reputation for research and teaching. This multidisciplinary department has a large international student population and a global research profile. The Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Department have introduced a new scholarship for students from India applying to its postgraduate MSc/MRes programmes. One £4,000 Excellence Award is available to an outstanding-calibre overseas student for the MSc and MRes degrees offered by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Applications are invited from well-qualified applicants from India joining the one year full-time postgraduate MSc programmes in September 2013

Value of Scholarship(s)

£4,000 toward tuition fees


The Dean’s Excellence Awards are open to all well-qualified applicants from India joining any of our one year full-time postgraduate MSc programmes in session 2013/2014.

Application Procedure

See following link:

Further Information



RUK Scholarship - Single Award

The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering is jointly offering with the Faculty of Engineering, ONE £3,000 RUK scholarship towards the MSc tuition fee cost.These Awards were introduced to support high calibre students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK) who wish to pursue their MSc studies in Scotland.

Value of Scholarship(s)



RUK students on any of our MSc degrees within the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at University of Strathclyde. Those with first class honours degrees will be prioritised for shortlisting, but high upper second class honours degree candidates may also be considered.

Application Procedure

How do I apply and by when?Via a scholarship application made available from the Department. Please email [email protected] for an application form.
The closing date is 1st August 2013.

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, maths, 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 £4,500; Rest of UK £9,000; International £16,700

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