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    Full time & Part time available

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    1 year full time, 2 years part time

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    19 March 2019


If you're ready to take your engineering experience or education into the fields of civil and structural engineering, our MSc Civil Engineering with Structural Engineering degree course is the perfect way to advance your career.

Building on your previous work and study, you'll learn about the design and construction processes in structural engineering. You'll also cover topics such as environmental management, civil engineering science, and strategic and general management. When you graduate, you'll be an expert with the skills and knowledge to plan, design, construct and manage large-scale structural engineering projects.

You'll also have satisfied the educational requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) – so you'll be well-set to advance your civil or structural engineering career, or to pursue associated professions like construction and project management.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Benefit from the expertise of our academic staff and practitioners from client, contracting and consulting organisations
  • Get to grips with real-life practical problems, thanks to the University's links with local and global businesses
  • Unpack the science behind civil engineering, using analytical structural analysis, numerical analysis, and solving engineering problems using the finite element method (FEM) and FEM software packages 
  • Understand topics including environmental issues associated with civil engineering projects, management in the construction industry, and the development of organisational and project strategic direction
  • Complete a Structural Engineering Design Project based on your own research. You'll conduct site visits outside the University and receive support from professionals in the industry
  • Use our labs, which are equipped with the latest experimental and computational facilities used by engineers
  • Have access to our extensive library resources and get help with tricky problems at our Maths Cafe
  • Be able to study overseas through the ERASMUS exchange scheme

Work experience and career planning

We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.


Teaching on this course includes:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • discussion groups
  • tutorials

How you're assessed​

You'll be assessed through:

  • examinations
  • coursework
  • projects
  • dissertation

You'll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on practice and formal assessments so you can improve in future.

Careers and opportunities

Your knowledge and skills will be in demand for many large-scale building projects. And because you're given plenty of opportunities to develop industry contacts during your studies, you'll be in a strong position to secure work once you graduate. Alongside technical know-how, you'll also have the commercial and interpersonal skills to give you the edge.

Career opportunities include:

  • Civil engineering
  • Structural engineering
  • Construction
  • Consultancy
  • Project management

Visit the Civil Engineering with Structural Engineering MSc page on the University of Portsmouth website for more details!






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