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Modern civil engineering professionals often require an extensive understanding of construction management due to the strategic benefits it can bring to both individuals and project teams.

As the industry becomes more competitive, organisations and their clients are increasingly demanding the combined time, cost and quality assurances that good project management practice provides. Furthermore, the industry now recognises that there is a need for engineers to gain specialist technical knowledge which compliments their academic and professional background.

These observations form the basis of the MSc/Postgraduate Diploma in Civil Engineering and Construction Management (See http://www.postgraduate.hw.ac.uk/prog/msc-civil-engineering-and-construction-management/ ); an essential core of construction management material augmented by a broad range of specialist civil engineering options.

Our students and graduates

Our students are recruited mainly from the civil engineering profession and are typically looking to broaden their knowledge base, extend their technical expertise or gain further learning to meet the needs of the professional institutions. Applicants from other backgrounds planning to develop a career in civil engineering and construction management will also be considered. Graduates of this programme are much sought after by employers, working in areas such as transport, water and wastewater engineering and the energy sector.

The Institute for Infrastructure and Environment (IIE)

This programme is delivered by Heriot Watt University’s Institute for Infrastructure and Environment (http://www.sbe.hw.ac.uk/research/institute-infrastructure-environment.htm) . As a Civil Engineering and Construction Management postgraduate student you will be part of the Institute’s Graduate School, connecting you with staff, research associates and fellow students engaging in cutting-edge research in areas such as water management, ultra-speed railways, construction materials, geomechanics and more.

Professional Recognition

This MSc degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng(Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree. See http://www.jbm.org.uk for further information. This programme is supported by our Civil Engineering Industry Advisory Committee, which includes representatives from major multi-national employers AECOM, Arup, Atkins, Balfour Beatty, Halcrow, Jacobs and WSP Group. This committee convenes regularly and advises on the programme content and structure, ensuring quality, up-to-date content and relevance to industry needs.

Teaching and research excellence

Our teaching staff is engaged in a wide range of research within the field of civil engineering and construction management, with at least 90% of our overall research activity in General Engineering confirmed as world-leading or internationally excellent in the UK's Research Excellence Framework (REF) of 2014. Our track record in teaching civil engineering is strong, with our undergraduate programme ranked 1st in Scotland in the 2014 National Student Survey. Over half of our teaching staff are chartered engineers.

With a history dating back to 1821, Heriot-Watt is one of the UK’s leading universities, and Scotland’s most international. Find out more about Heriot-Watt University’s reputation, rankings and international profile http://www.hw.ac.uk/about/reputation/key-facts.htm .

Programme content

The MSc / Postgraduate Diploma in Civil Engineering and Construction Management provides students with a combination of courses designed to improve their knowledge and understanding of advanced civil engineering and modern construction management theory and practice. The programme structure consists of four mandatory construction management courses (CM) which all students must complete. Students must also choose four civil engineering courses (CE) from a list of specialist topics as detailed below. MSc students also complete two research projects.

Course Choice Semester 1
· Project Management: Theory & Practice (CM) - Mandatory
· Value & Risk Management (CM) – Mandatory
· Indeterminate Structures (CE) - Optional
· Sustainability in Civil Engineering (CE) - Optional
· Ground Engineering (CE) - Optional
· Environmental Geotechnics (CE) - Optional

Course Choice Semester 2
· Project Management: Strategic Issues (CM) – Mandatory
· Construction Financial Management (CM) – Mandatory
· Safety, Risk & Reliability (CE) - Optional
· Foundation Engineering (CE) - Optional
· Water and Waste Water Treatment (CE) - Optional
· Urban Drainage Design and Analysis (CE) - Optional
· Earthquake Engineering (CE) - Optional

Find out more about programme content here http://www.postgraduate.hw.ac.uk/prog/msc-civil-engineering-and-construction-management/

Career opportunities

This programme uses experience from an internally recognised postgraduate qualification, (MSc Construction Management from Heriot-Watt University) and combines it with the high profile Heriot-Watt University Civil Engineering Postgraduate Programme to provide an internationally acclaimed Masters programme.

Recent graduates have been employed by a variety of national and international employers.

English language requirements

If English is not the applicant’s first language a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is required with all elements passed at 6.0 or above.

Applicants who have previously successfully completed programmes delivered in the medium of English language may be considered and will be required to provide documentary evidence of this. Examples would be secondary school education or undergraduate degree programme. A minimum of at least one year of full time study (or equivalent) in the medium of English language will be required.

We offer a range of English language courses (See http://www.hw.ac.uk/study/english.htm ) to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme:
- 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no more than one skill at 4.5);
- 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with minimum of 5.0 in all skills);
- 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with minimum of 5.5 in reading & writing and minimum of 5.0 in speaking & listening)

Find information on Fees and Scholarships here http://www.postgraduate.hw.ac.uk/prog/msc-civil-engineering-and-construction-management/

Scholarships available

We have a number of fully funded Scottish Funding Council (SFC) scholarships available for students resident in Scotland applying for Civil Engineering and Construction Management. Find out more about this scholarship and how to apply http://www.hw.ac.uk/student-life/scholarships/postgraduate-funded-places.htm .

Visit the MSc/Dip Civil Engineering & Construction Management page on the Heriot-Watt University website for more details!






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