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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

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.

You'll also take the compulsory module Qualitative & Quantitative Research Methods 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.

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.


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


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. 

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 & gas production, mining, power generation, renewable energy & sustainable infrastructure

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






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