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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

- Civil Engineering with Water 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


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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