The civil engineers of the future will have to find innovative solutions to environmental challenges. We believe graduates from our MSc will be at the forefront of the new generation.
The core modules give you a grounding in engineering analysis and design. In the second semester, you can follow your interests and choose from a list of specialist modules.
We are one of the largest and most active civil engineering departments in the UK. All our masters courses are informed by our own world-leading research and industry needs. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) puts us in the UK top four.
Our structures-based courses are accredited by The Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, and Institute of Highway Engineers as satisfying part 2 academic base requirements for a Chartered Engineer under UK-SPEC.
Our graduates work for top UK and international consultancies, contractors, regulators, universities and other private and public sector organisations.
Many of them join engineering consultancies, in roles such as Structural Engineer, Building Services Engineer and Sustainability Consultant. Some join architecture practices. Employers include Arup, Buro Happold, Capita Symonds, Roger Preston and Partners, Cundall and Foster and Partners.
Our laboratories are equipped to a very high standard:
Large-scale tri-axial apparatus for stress path and cyclic load testing; flexible walled tri-axial calibration chambers; optical microscopy, digital camera and measurement software; model pile testing and durability testing facilities. We have recently established the Centre for Energy and Infrastructure Ground Research that is home to our world leading 4m diameter beam centrifuge and complementary £1m teaching facility.
Linear Systems and Structural Analysis Structural Dynamics (Earthquakes and Vibration) Computational Structural Analysis and Research Skills Structural Design Design of Earthquake Resistant Structures Advanced Simulation of High Strain Rate Dynamics
Examples of optional modules
Advanced Concrete Design Sustainable Concrete Technology Structural Design and Fire Resistance Innovations in Structural Concrete Blast and Impact Effects on Structures Geotechnical Design
Teaching and assessment
Lectures, design tutorials, computational tutorials, lab work and industrial seminars.
All courses use lectures by academic staff and industrial partners, laboratory work, site visits, design projects and dissertation. Assessment is by formal examinations, coursework assignments and a dissertation with oral examination.
September–June: taught modules and preparation for your dissertation. June–August: complete your dissertation.
Your research dissertation gives you the opportunity to work with an academic on a piece of research in a subdiscipline. We’ll give you training in research skills.