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The global shortage of qualified civil engineers includes specialists in water engineering and this MSc programme helps redress this imbalance by providing graduates with an advanced knowledge and skill base to equip them for senior industry roles. Read more

About the course

The global shortage of qualified civil engineers includes specialists in water engineering and this MSc programme helps redress this imbalance by providing graduates with an advanced knowledge and skill base to equip them for senior industry roles.

Brunel’s MSc in Water Engineering is unique in providing specialist knowledge on the critical sub-topics of water and wastewater management and engineering, desalination systems, building water services engineering, industrial waste water management, and water in health care.

The programme demonstrates the links between theory and practice by including input from our industrial partners and through site visits. This is a key aspect for establishing a competitive and high added value course that provides adequate links with industry.

Features of the course include:

Students’ skills in gathering and understanding complex information from a variety of sources (including engineering, scientific and socio-economic information) will be developed in an advanced research methods module. 

Issues relating to risk and health and safety will be introduced in the research methods module and built on in specialist modules. 

Generic modules in financial and project management will underpin specialist modules focusing on water engineering topics.

Real problem-solving examples – starting from basic principles, to the identified problem, the solution, the implementation process and was implemented and the end result. 

Real case studies – demonstrating how environmental and economic sustainability is considered within civil engineering, particularly in water resources management.

Aims

Problems associated with water resources, access, distribution and quality are amongst the most important global issues in this century. Water quality and scarcity issues are being exacerbated by rising populations, economic growth and climate change*.

Brunel's programme in Water Engineering aims to develop world class and leading edge experts on water sustainability who are able to tackle the industry’s complex challenges at a senior level. During the programme you will also learn about the development and application of models that estimate the carbon and water footprint within the energy and food sector.

The MSc is delivered by experienced industry professionals who bring significant practical experience to the course – and the University’s complete suite of engineering facilities and world-class research experience are set up for development and engineering of advanced systems, testing a variety of processes, designs and software tools.

*Recent figures indicate that 1.1 billion people worldwide do not have access to clean drinking water, while 2.6 billion do not have adequate sanitation (source: WHO/UNICEF 2005). 

Course Content

The primary aim of this programme is to create master’s degree graduates with qualities and transferable skills for demanding employment in the water engineering sector. Graduates will have the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development and acquiring new skills at the highest level.

Specific aims are as follows:

- To provide education at postgraduate level in civil engineering. 
- To develop the versatility and depth to deal with new, complex and unusual challenges across a range of water engineering issues, drawing on an understanding of all aspects of water engineering principles. 
- To develop imagination, initiative and creativity to enable graduates to follow a successful engineering career with national and international companies and organisations. 
- To provide a pathway that will prepare graduates for successful careers including, where appropriate, progression to Chartered Engineer status.

The programme will provide opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities, skills and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding of:

- The principles of water engineering, including fluid mechanics, hydrology, and sustainable design. 
- Specialist areas that impact on the successful application of water engineering knowledge projects, e.g. sustainable construction management, financial management and risk analysis. 
- The interplay between engineering and sustainability in complex, real-world situations.

At the cognitive level students will be able to:

- Select, use and evaluate appropriate investigative techniques.
- Assemble and critically analyse relevant primary and secondary data.
- Recognise and assess the problems and critically evaluate solutions to challenges in managing water engineering projects.
- Evaluate the environmental and financial sustainability of current and potential civil engineering activities.

Personal and transferable skills that students develop will allow them to:

- Define and organise a substantial advanced investigation. 
- Select and employ appropriate advanced research methods. 
- Organise technical information into a concise, coherent document.
- Effectively employ a variety of communication styles aimed at different audiences. 
- Plan, manage, evaluate and orally-presented personal projects. 
- Work as part of, and lead, a team.

Typical Modules

Each taught module will count for 15 credits, approximating to 150 learning hours. The Master's programme can be taken full time, over 12 months. The first eight months of the full time course will eight taught modules. For the final four months, students will complete a dissertation counting for 60 credits. Modules cover:

Sustainable Project Management
GIS and Data Analysis
Water Infrastructure Engineering
Risk and Financial Management
Hydrology & Hydraulics
Water Treatment Engineering
Water Process Engineering
Research Methods
Civil Engineering Dissertation

Teaching

Our philosophy is to underpin theoretical aspects of the subject with hands-on experience in applying water engineering techniques. Although you may move on to project management and supervision roles, we feel it important that your knowledge is firmly based on an understanding of how things are done. To this end, industrial partners will provide guest lectures on specialist topics.

In addition to teaching, water engineering staff at Brunel are active researchers. This keeps us at the cutting edge of developments and, we hope, allows us to pass on our enthusiasm for the subject.

How many hours of study are involved?

Contact between students and academic staff is relatively high at around 20 hours per week to assist you in adjusting to university life. As the course progresses the number of contact hours is steadily reduced as you undertake more project-based work.

How will I be taught?

Lectures:
These provide a broad overview of the main concepts and ideas you need to understand and give you a framework on which to expand your knowledge by private study.
Laboratories:
Practicals are generally two- or three-hour sessions in which you can practise your observational and analytical skills, and develop a deeper understanding of theoretical concepts.
Design Studios:
In a studio you will work on individual and group projects with guidance from members of staff. You may be required to produce a design or develop a solution to an engineering problem. These sessions allow you to develop your intellectual ability and practice your teamwork skills.
Site visits:
Learning from real-world examples in an important part of the course. You will visit sites featuring a range of water engineering approaches and asked to evaluate what you see.
One-to-one:
On registration for the course you will be allocated a personal tutor who will be available to provide academic and pastoral support during your time at university. You will get one-to-one supervision on all project work.

Assessment

Several methods of assessment are employed on the course. There are written examinations and coursework. You will undertake projects, assignments, essays, laboratory work and short tests.

Project work is commonplace and is usually completed in groups to imitate the everyday experience in an engineering firm, where specialists must pool their talents to design a solution to a problem.

In this situation you can develop your management and leadership skills and ensure that all members of the group deliver their best. Group members share the mark gained, so it is up to each individual to get the most out of everyone else.

Special Features

Extensive facilities
Students can make the most of laboratory facilities which are extensive, modern and well equipped. We have recently made a major investment in our Joseph Bazalgette Laboratories which includes hydraulic testing laboratory equipment and facilities such as our open channel flow flumes.

Personal tutors
Although we recruit a large number of highly qualified students to our undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees each year, we don’t forget that you are an individual. From the beginning of your time here, you are allocated a personal tutor who will guide you through academic and pastoral issues.

World-class research
The College is 'research intensive' – most of our academics are actively involved in cutting-edge research. Much of this research is undertaken with collaborators outside the University, including construction companies, water utilities, and other leading industrial firms. We work with universities in China, Poland, Egypt, Turkey, Italy, Denmark and Japan. This research is fed directly into our courses, providing a challenging investigative culture and ensuring that you are exposed to up-to-date and relevant material throughout your time at Brunel.

Strong industry links
We have excellent links with business and industry in the UK and overseas. This means:
Your degree is designed to meet the needs of industry and the marketplace.
The latest developments in the commercial world feed into your course.
You have greater choice and quality of professional placements.
We have more contacts to help you find a job when you graduate.

Visting Professors 
The Royal Academy of Engineering - UK’s national academy for engineering has appointed senior industrial engineers as visiting professors at Brunel University London.
The Visting Professors Scheme provides financial support for experienced industrial engineers to deliver face-to-face teaching and mentoring at a host of institutions. Our engineering undergraduates will benefit from an enhanced understanding of the role of engineering and the way it is practised, along with its challenges and demands. 

Women in Engineering and Computing Programme

Brunel’s Women in Engineering and Computing mentoring scheme provides our female students with invaluable help and support from their industry mentors.

Accreditation

This course has been designed in close consultation with the industry and is accredited as a designated 'technical' MSc degree by the Join Board of Moderators (JBM). The JBM is made up of Institution of Highways and Transport and the Institution of Highway Engineeres respectively.

1. This means this course provides Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer who holds a CEng accredited first degree (full JBM listing of accredited degrees).
2. As a designated ‘technical’ MSc, it will also allow suitable holders of an IEng accredited first degree to meet the educational base for a Chartered Engineer.

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This Master's degree is designed for students who wish to practice across a broad range environmental engineering and apply new sustainable risk management strategies for complex environmental problems. Read more
This Master's degree is designed for students who wish to practice across a broad range environmental engineering and apply new sustainable risk management strategies for complex environmental problems. Water, Waste and Environmental Engineering has been traditionally referred to as public health engineering in the United Kingdom. In this postgraduate course, the technical aspects of both natural and engineering environmental systems will be covered. There will be broad interdisciplinary subjects synthesizing knowledge from a wide spectrum of science and engineering, expanding the content of public health engineering, which in the UK has traditionally been responsible for developing the infrastructure for managing water and waste.

Students will develop engineering skills and be able to design, develop and apply concepts for water and waste as a resource based on environmental sensitivity and be competent in planning, modelling, design, construction, operations, maintenance and control of both engineered and natural water and earth resources.

Students who select this postgraduate programme will gain a skill set that will enable them to progress in the fields of:

- Environmental engineering
- Desalination and water reuse
- Water resources engineering
- Hydraulics and hydrology
- Environmental fluid hydraulics
- Environmental remediation
- Waste management
- Other specialities valued in both the private and public sectors.

The MSc in Water, Waste and Environmental Engineering will incorporate solid waste management, contaminated land treatment and the use of geographic information systems (GIS) with emphasis on management of the earth's resources.

The programme will explain the relationship between different earth resources including hydrosystems, both 'engineered' - hydro-power plants, water/wastewater treatment plants, sewers - and 'natural' - rivers, lakes, wetlands, irrigation districts, reservoirs etc., solid wastes, brownfield land, and geo-derived primary resources and their sustainable management.

The aims of the programme are:

- To show you how to design, implement and manage sustainable, risk-reduced eco-friendly solutions for reducing the environmental impact of exploitation of earth's resources in the context of environmental engineering-related issues facing global societies

- To provide you with the skills to further your careers in these areas

- To support you in understanding the innovative and pioneering approaches in this field and to be able to apply them to the solution of real-world problems in developing novel industrially-relevant solutions.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/enggen/wwee

What you'll study

Full time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Environmental Engineering and Sustainability (15 credits)
Hydrosystems Engineering and Management (15 credits)
Individual Research Project for Civil and Environmental Engineering (60 credits)
Information Technologies for Environmental Engineering (15 credits)
Research, Planning and Communication (15 credits)
Waste Management and Remediation Technology (15 credits)
Desalination and Water Reuse (15 credits)
Water and Sanitation for Developing Countries (15 credits)
Water and Wastewater Engineering (15 credits)

Part time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Environmental Engineering and Sustainability (15 credits)
Information Technologies for Environmental Engineering (15 credits)
Waste Management and Remediation Technology (15 credits)
Desalination and Water Reuse (15 credits)

-Year 2:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Hydrosystems Engineering and Management (15 credits)
Individual Research Project for Civil and Environmental Engineering (60 credits)
Research, Planning and Communication (15 credits)
Water and Sanitation for Developing Countries (15 credits)
Water and Wastewater Engineering (15 credits)

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Teaching and learning

The number of contact hours (e.g. lectures, seminars and feedback on assignments) per module/course ranges from 50-75 hours for the one year full time programme or roughly equivalent to four hours per week per module. The expected self-study time is approximately 80-90 hours per module per year (roughly equivalent to four hours per week per module).

You will be taught by academics with a range of industrial and academia experience for each module.

Assessment

Project work, assignments and laboratory exercises in addition to substantial written examination of course materials will occur in most modules. The Environmental Engineering Research Project will require submission of a substantial final report/dissertation. Assessment of this module will involve participation in a poster and seminar presentation and a final oral examination.

Professional recognition

Accreditation will be sought from the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) and The Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) including the Institution of Civil Engineers, The Institution of Structural Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and Institute of Highway Engineers.

Career options

Postgraduate students from this programme will find such employment opportunities as engineers, scientist and technical managers in the private sector (engineering design firms, engineering consultancy, project management, risk management and waste management), in the public sector (environmental protection engineering, regulations and standards, local government) and in non-governmental sectors (NGOs, environmental advocacy) or may wish to pursue further qualifications such as a PhD within the Faculty of Engineering and Science at the University of Greenwich to become even more specialised. Employers of environmental engineers include engineering consultancies (such as AECOM, Atkins, Mott MacDonald Group, Hyder), government agencies (such as Environment Agency, Scottish Environment Protection Agency) and NGOs (such as Oxfam, Engineers without Boarders, Water Aid).

Careers and employability

FACULTY OF ENGINEERING & SCIENCE
We work with employers to ensure our degrees provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the world of work. They also provide a range of work experience opportunities for undergraduates in areas such as civil engineering, manufacturing and business information technology.

Students also benefit from the services provided by the university’s Guidance and Employability Team, including ‘JobShop’, mentoring, volunteering and the student ambassador scheme.

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

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This MSc in Advanced Engineering Design is aimed at high calibre and ambitious engineering graduates who want to gain expertise in systematically developing complex, multidisciplinary engineering design. Read more

About the course

This MSc in Advanced Engineering Design is aimed at high calibre and ambitious engineering graduates who want to gain expertise in systematically developing complex, multidisciplinary engineering design.

You will learn how to design products requiring embedded intelligence and comprehensive engineering analysis and how to use six CAE software packages.

The programme - accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE) - has been developed to fulfil the industry’s need for an integrated course that offers:
teaching of advanced theory, human factors and creativity tools essential to successful product development
training in software, research and applications
practical experience of applying your knowledge and skills through an integrating, real life group project.

Aims

Integration of mechanical, electrical, electronic and control knowledge into a single product is challenging – and this course allows you to appreciate the complexity of modern product design and to develop your expertise.

The Brunel programme aims to create the new generation of engineering designers who can combine knowledge from different areas and produce world class design.

Engineering design is the application of engineering principles, the experience of making, and use of mathematical models and analysis. The design and production of complex engineering products often require the use of embedded intelligence and detailed engineering analysis involving mechanical, electronic and control functions. Advanced theoretical knowledge and a wide range of computer driven tools, methods and methodologies are essential for this process – and the course provides graduates with these essentials.

Course Content

Continued design of modern complex products demands advanced knowledge in mechanical, electronic, manufacturing and control engineering disciplines and human factors in design, and an ability to use advanced engineering software packages, integrating application experience and a capacity to carry on learning.

The Advanced Engineering Design MSc has been developed to produce design engineers who can meet these demands. It contains six taught modules where advanced multi-disciplinary theory is taught. As part of the course, six engineering software packages are also taught. In order to give an integrating application experience in an industrial setup, 'Design Experience', a group project module with an industry, has been included as part of the curriculum.

The dissertation is aimed at providing training in carrying out an in-depth engineering task on a self-learning basis. By the end of the course you will become a confident design engineer equipped with high quality and advanced knowledge and skills to work on design tasks in an advanced computer assisted environment.

Compulsory Modules

Sustainable Design and Manufacture
Manufacturing Systems Design and Economics
Computer Aided Engineering 1
Computer Aided Engineering 2
Design Experience
Dissertation Project

Optional Modules (choose two modules)

Advanced Manufacturing Measurement
Human Factors in Design
Robotics and Manufacturing Automation
Design of Mechatronic Systems

Special Features

Special facilities

MSc Engineering Design students work in a well-equipped design studio with various experiential learning facilities, with computers available for your exclusive use of Engineering Design students.Our investment in laboratory facilities and staff ensures that we can provide an excellent experience in a friendly and supportive environment.

Industry-focused programme

The high standard of our research feeds directly into curriculum design and our teaching, ensuring our graduates are equipped with the most up-to-date techniques, methods and knowledge bases. Our teaching has an excellent reputation and is orientated to the expressed needs of modern enterprises and the industry.
The course is underpinned by the current research still being carried out by the staff in the former academic unit Advanced Manufacturing and Enterprise Engineering which promotes manufacturing as a discipline.  Thus the academics teaching on the Advanced Engineering Design which were part of this unit have strong research portfolios in manufacturing. This research has been judged world leading.  In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, academics teaching on the course were involved with Brunel’s General engineering submission, one of one of the largest in the UK. The area’s percentage of world leading research doubled, with a significant increase in our research judged as internationally excellent as well. The impact of over 75% of this research was judged to be world leading or internationally excellent. This placed the discipline in the top 20% in the UK terms of research power.

Global reputation

With around 150 postgraduate students from all around the world and substantial research income from the EU, research councils and industry, we are a major player in the field of advanced manufacturing and enterprise engineering.
 
Women in Engineering and Computing Programme

Brunel’s Women in Engineering and Computing mentoring scheme provides our female students with invaluable help and support from their industry mentors.

Accreditation

The MSc Advanced Engineering Design is accredited by both the Institution of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE). This will provide a route to Chartered Engineer status in the UK.

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This programme enables graduates and engineers to develop their technical knowledge and skills to meet the future demands of the construction industry. Read more
This programme enables graduates and engineers to develop their technical knowledge and skills to meet the future demands of the construction industry. It will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, analytical and management skills to an advanced level. It provides a broad, subject-specific curriculum with the chance to specialise through a variety of course options and an individual project. Topics for the project cover a variety of industrial applications and are inspired by the consultancy and research activities of academic staff. The programme is run by a team of research-active staff and is supported by world-class experimental facilities, including the largest concrete slab testing rig in Europe, geotechnical and hydraulics laboratories, and one of the largest environmental chambers in the country. This environment will provide you with unique support and enable you to undertake course-related activities that involve analytical and experimental tasks as well as computer simulations. Our staff work hard to support learning and are committed to student satisfaction. In return, we have received very positive feedback: No.1 in the UK for student satisfaction with the quality of teaching for civil engineering from the Complete University Guide 2016.

The Department of Engineering Science, part of the Faculty of Engineering & Science, has built strong links with local and national employers. We enjoy the support of an industrial board, a forum which enables us to constantly revise our programmes to reflect the changing needs of industry. Our students leave equipped with the skills and practical experience that employers value. We have invested in the very latest facilities and industry-standard equipment, so you will graduate with hands-on experience of the technology being used in the workplace. Many of our programmes are accredited or recognised by relevant professional bodies, which can widen your career options and increase your opportunities for career progression. Our success has been widely acknowledged.

The aims of the programme are:

- To enhance specialist knowledge in selected areas of civil engineering which build upon studies at the undergraduate level

- To develop a broader insight into aspects of civil engineering design

- To develop critical insight into broader management issues relating to civil engineering in particular and construction in general.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/engciv/civeng

Engineering - Civil

Our programmes offer graduates and engineers an opportunity to update technical knowledge and enhance skills to serve the future demands of the construction industry, to participate in professional development and to achieve career progression. The School of Engineering seeks to make the postgraduate experience both challenging and rewarding, and, by working closely with industry, strive to uphold our tradition of the high level of industrial relevance of our programmes.

What you'll study

Full time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Computer Modelling of Civil Engineering Problems (15 credits)
Highway Engineering (15 credits)
Principles of Management for Civil Engineering. (15 credits)
Analysis and Management of Risk in Civil Engineering (15 credits)
Individual Research Project for Civil and Environmental Engineering (60 credits)
Research, Planning and Communication (15 credits)
Dynamics of Structures (15 credits)

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Advanced Materials Engineering for Construction (15 credits)
Water and Wastewater Engineering (15 credits)

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Analysis and Design for Seismic Action (15 credits)
Advanced Geotechnical Engineering (15 credits)

Part time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Computer Modelling of Civil Engineering Problems (15 credits)
Highway Engineering (15 credits)
Analysis and Management of Risk in Civil Engineering (15 credits)
Dynamics of Structures (15 credits)

- Year 2:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Principles of Management for Civil Engineering. (15 credits)
Individual Research Project for Civil and Environmental Engineering (60 credits)
Research, Planning and Communication (15 credits)

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Advanced Materials Engineering for Construction (15 credits)
Water and Wastewater Engineering (15 credits)

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Analysis and Design for Seismic Action (15 credits)
Advanced Geotechnical Engineering (15 credits)

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Assessment

You will be assessed through examinations, case studies, assignments, practical work and a dissertation.

Professional recognition

This programme is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (comprising the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Institute of Highway Engineers) as fully satisfying the further learning requirement for chartered engineer (CEng) registration. An individual holding an accredited MSc must also hold a CEng-accredited honours degree to have the full exemplifying qualifications for CEng status.

Career options

You may join world-class engineering consultants, contractors and clients with established, accredited training programmes and continuing professional development opportunities worldwide.

Find out about the teaching and learning outcomes here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/?a=643911

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

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The Civil Engineering Graduate Diploma enables applicants with a degree in a related subject (for example mathematics, physics or geology) to take a qualifying year before moving into a Civil or Structural Engineering MSc programme. Read more

The Civil Engineering Graduate Diploma enables applicants with a degree in a related subject (for example mathematics, physics or geology) to take a qualifying year before moving into a Civil or Structural Engineering MSc programme. It offers a unique opportunity to be awarded a fully recognised Civil Engineering MSc after two years of study, opening the path to a career in civil engineering as a chartered engineer.

About this degree

This bespoke programme provides grounding in fluids, soils, structures and materials engineering, and consists of second and third-year undergraduate core civil engineering subjects. Students are also allocated a civil engineering project which they are required to complete in pairs.

Students undertake modules to the value of 120 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules, one optional module and a research project.

Core modules

  • Structural Analysis and Design
  • Materials II and Applied Fluid Mechanics II
  • Soil Mechanics and Engineering Geology
  • Civil Engineering in Practice
  • Structure and Materials
  • Civil Engineering Project

Optional modules

You will need to choose one module from the optional list:

  • Mathematics Modelling II
  • Fluids & Soils III

Dissertation/report

Students conduct a civil engineering research project over two terms, usually working in pairs. 

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars and laboratory classes. The civil engineering project involves individual research and can include laboratory, computational or fieldwork depending on the nature of your project and your supervisor. It is usually completed in pairs. The programme also includes a field trip and a one-week Constructionarium visit.

Fieldwork

Constructionarium

  • Constructionarium is held as a 6 day working field course. The participants construct scaled down versions of bridges, buildings, dams and civil engineering projects. Students are assessed on the final day in terms of budgetary control, methodology and timely completion.
  • The basic model consists of a university, contractor and consultant working in partnership to deliver a unique learning experience, where students gain practical site experience.
  • Students are supported and mentored by employees from two partner organisations. One is a contractor and the other a consulting agent.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Civil Engineering Grad Dip

Careers

Civil engineering graduates are readily employed by consultancies, construction companies and government departments.

Students who complete both this pre-qualifying year and a Civil Engineering MSc or an Earthquake Engineering and Disaster Management MSc, have excellent career prospects with leading civil and structural engineering companies.

Employability

The are excellent employment prospects for our graduates. There is international demand for multi-skilled, solutions-focused professionals who can take a holistic approach to solving problems.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering is an energetic and exciting multidisciplinary department with a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research, situated at the heart of London.

Our innovative research is at the forefront of engineering development. Our staff are leaders in their fields and often called upon for their detailed knowledge by the media, industry and policymakers.

This programme offers applicants without a first degree in civil engineering a unique opportunity to be awarded a fully recognised Civil Engineering MSc after two years of study, opening the path to a civil engineering career as a chartered engineer.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

60% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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Have you ever wondered how the latest life science discoveries - such as a novel stem cell therapy - can move from the lab into commercial scale production?… Read more

Have you ever wondered how the latest life science discoveries - such as a novel stem cell therapy - can move from the lab into commercial scale production? Would you like to know whether it is possible to produce bio-polymers (plastics) and biofuels from municipal or agricultural waste? If you are thinking of a career in the pharma or biotech industries, the Biochemical Engineering MSc could be the right programme for you.

About this degree

Our MSc programme focuses on the core biochemical engineering principles that enable the translation of advances in the life sciences into real processes or products. Students will develop advanced engineering skills (such as bioprocess design, bioreactor engineering, downstream processing), state-of-the-art life science techniques (such as molecular biology, vaccine development, microfluidics) and essential business and regulatory knowledge (such as management, quality control, commercialisation).

Three distinct pathways are offered tailored to graduate scientists, engineers, or biochemical engineers.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme offers three distinct pathways tailored to: graduate scientists ("Engineering Stream"); graduate engineers from other disciplines ("Science Stream"); or graduate biochemical engineers ("Biochemical Engineering Stream"). The programme for all three streams consists of a combination of core and optional taught modules (120 credits) and a research or design project (60 credits).

Core modules

Students are allocated to one of the three available streams based on their academic background (life science/science, other engineering disciplines, biochemical engineering). The programme for each stream is tailored to the background of students in that stream. Core modules may include the following (depending on stream allocation). 

  • Advanced Bioreactor Engineering
  • Dissertation on Bioprocess Research
  • Fundamental Biosciences
  • Integrated Downstream Processing
  • Sustainable Industrial Bioprocesses and Biorefineries

Please go to the "Degree Structure" tab on the departmental website for a full list of core modules.

Optional modules

Optional modules may include the following (details will vary depending on stream allocation).

  • Bioprocess Management – Discovery to Manufacture
  • Bioprocess Microfluidics
  • Bioprocess Systems Engineering
  • Bioprocess Validation and Quality Control
  • Commercialisation and Bioprocess Research
  • Vaccine Bioprocess Development

Please go to the "Degree Structure" tab on the departmental website for a full list of optional modules

Research project/design project

Students allocated to the "Engineering" stream will have to complete a bioprocess design project as part of their MSc dissertation.

Students allocated to the "Science" and "Biochemical Engineering" streams will have to complete a research project as part of their MSc dissertation.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, and individual and group activities. Guest lectures delivered by industrialists provide a professional and social context. Assessment is through unseen written examinations, coursework, individual and group project reports, individual and group oral presentations, and the research or design project.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Biochemical Engineering MSc

Careers

The rapid advancements in biology and the life sciences create a need for highly trained, multidisciplinary graduates possessing technical skills and fundamental understanding of both the biological and engineering aspects relevant to modern industrial bioprocesses. Consequently, UCL biochemical engineers are in high demand, due to their breadth of expertise, numerical ability and problem-solving skills. The first destinations of those who graduate from the Master's programme in biochemical engineering reflect the highly relevant nature of the training delivered.

Approximately three-quarters of our graduates elect either to take up employment in the relevant biotechnology industries or study for a PhD or an EngD, while the remainder follow careers in the management, financial or engineering design sectors.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Biopharmaceutical Processing Engineer, Johnson & Johnson
  • Process Engineer, ExxonMobil
  • PhD Biochemical Engineering, UCL
  • Bio-Pharmaceutical Engineer, GSK (GlaxoSmithKline)
  • Research Analyst, CIRS (Centre for Innovation in Regulatory Science)

Employability

The department places great emphasis on its ability to assist its graduates in taking up exciting careers in the sector. UCL alumni, together with the department’s links with industrial groups, provide an excellent source of leads for graduates. Over 1,000 students have graduated from UCL with graduate qualifications in biochemical engineering at Master’s or doctoral levels. Many have gone on to distinguished and senior positions in the international bioindustry. Others have followed independent academic careers in universities around the world.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL was a founding laboratory of the discipline of biochemical engineering, established the first UK department and is the largest international centre for bioprocess teaching and research. Our internationally recognised MSc programme maintains close links with the research activities of the Advanced Centre for Biochemical Engineering which ensures that lecture and case study examples are built around the latest biological discoveries and bioprocessing technologies.

UCL Biochemical Engineering co-ordinates bioprocess research and training collaborations with more than a dozen UCL departments, a similar number of national and international university partners and over 40 international companies. MSc students directly benefit from our close ties with industry through their participation in the Department’s MBI® Training Programme.

The MBI® Training Programme is the largest leading international provider of innovative UCL-accredited short courses in bioprocessing designed primarily for industrialists. Courses are designed and delivered in collaboration with 70 industrial experts to support continued professional and technical development within the industry. Our MSc students have the unique opportunity to sit alongside industrial delegates, to gain deeper insights into the industrial application of taught material and to build a network of contacts to support their future careers. 

Accreditation

Our MSc is accredited by the Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).

The “Science” and “Biochemical Engineering” streams are accredited by the IChemE as meeting the further learning requirements, in full, for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng, MIChemE).



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This MSc will equip you with state-of-the-art knowledge of biomaterials, bioengineering, tissue engineering, medical engineering and related management topics. Read more

This MSc will equip you with state-of-the-art knowledge of biomaterials, bioengineering, tissue engineering, medical engineering and related management topics. Delivered by experts from across UCL and eminent visiting lecturers from industry and medical charities, this interdisciplinary programme attracts physical sciences, engineering and life sciences graduates, including those with qualifications in medicine.

About this degree

You will develop an advanced knowledge of topics in biomaterials and tissue engineering alongside an awareness of the context in which healthcare engineering operates, in terms of safety, environmental, social and economic aspects. You will also gain a wide range of intellectual, practical and transferable skills necessary for a career in this field.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Biomaterials
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Biofluids and Medical Devices
  • Biomechanics and Biostructures
  • Applications of Biomedical Engineering
  • Bioengineering
  • Medical Imaging (ionising and non-ionising)
  • Evaluation and Planning of Business Opportunities

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/report

Culminating in a substantial dissertation and oral presentation, the research project focuses your research interests and develops high-level presentation, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The project can be based in any relevant UCL department.

Teaching and learning

This dynamic programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials, individual and group projects, and practical laboratory work. Assessment is through written, oral and viva voce examinations, the dissertation and coursework (including the evaluation of laboratory reports, technical and project reports, problem-solving exercises, assessment of computational and modelling skills, and oral presentations).

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering MSc

Careers

There are many career opportunities and the programme is suitable for students wishing to become academics, researchers or professionals and for those pursuing senior management careers, in manufacturing or healthcare engineering

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Dentist, Dental Life
  • Good Manufacturing Process Scientist, RMS (Regenerative Medical System)
  • Postgraduate Research Assistant, University of Cambridge
  • PhD in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, UCL
  • PhD in Surgery, UCL

Employability

Delivered by leading researchers from across UCL, as well as industrial experts, you will have plenty of opportunities to network and keep abreast of emerging ideas in biomaterials and tissue engineering. Collaborating with companies and bodies such as the NHS, JRI Orthopaedics and Orthopaedics Research (UK) is key to our success and you will be encouraged to develop networks through the programme itself and through the department’s careers programme which includes employer-led events and individual coaching. We equip our graduates with the skills and confidence needed to play a creative and leading role in the professional and research community.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

There are internationally renowned research groups in biomaterials and bioengineering in UCL Engineering and you will have access to a state-of-the-art research portfolio.

In recent years, UCL Mechanical Engineering has seen unprecedented activity in refurbishing and re-equipping our laboratories. For example, six new biomaterials and bioengineering laboratories have been set up with funding from the Royal Society and Wolfson Foundation. A new biomaterials processing and forming laboratory is also available in the Materials Hub in the Engineering Building.

The programme is also delivered by leading researchers across UCL's Division of Medicine, Eastman Dental Institute, the Institute of Biomedical Engineering and visiting experts from other UK organisations.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Mechanical Engineering

90%: Aeronautical, Mechanical, Chemical and Manufacturing Engineering subjects; 95%: General Engineering subjects rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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The Mechanical Engineering MSc is designed to offer an advanced level of study in specific aspects of mechanical engineering that are in demand from industry. Read more

The Mechanical Engineering MSc is designed to offer an advanced level of study in specific aspects of mechanical engineering that are in demand from industry. The degree comprises study in analysis and design of power machinery systems, engineering structures, vibration, control and the use of computers in advanced engineering analysis.

About this degree

You will develop an advanced knowledge of mechanical engineering and associated disciplines, alongside an awareness of the context in which engineering operates, in terms of safety, environmental, social and economic aspects. Alongside this you will gain a range of intellectual, practical and transferable skills necessary to develop careers in this field.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), optional modules (15 credits), and a research project (75 credits).

Core modules

  • Advanced Computer Applications in Engineering
  • Group Project
  • Materials and Fatigue
  • Vibrations, Acoustics and Control
  • Project Management
  • Power Transmission and Auxiliary Machinery Systems

Optional modules

One of the following subject to availability:

  • Applied Thermodynamics and Turbomachinery
  • Heat Transfer and Heat Systems
  • New and Renewable Energy Systems

Dissertation/report

Culminating in a substantial dissertation, the research project, which often has industry input, focuses your research interests and develops high-level presentation and critical thinking skills.

Teaching and learning

This dynamic programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and example classes all of which frequently draw upon real-life industrial case studies. Each module is assessed by coursework submission alone or a combination of examination and coursework. Some include an oral presentation of project or assignment work.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Mechanical Engineering MSc

Careers

Engineering graduates with good analytical abilities are in high demand and our graduates have little difficulty gaining employment across many industries. The programme specifically aims to equip students with skills in analysis and design such that they can be employed as professional engineers in virtually any sector of the mechanical engineering industry.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Graduate Mechanical Engineer, Babcock
  • Graduate Trainee, Jaguar Land Rover
  • Petroleum Engineer, Total
  • Facility Engineer, Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC)
  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering, UCL

Employability

Delivered by leading researchers from across UCL, you will definitely have plenty of opportunities to network and keep abreast of emerging ideas. Collaborating with companies and bodies such as the Ministry of Defence and industry leaders such as BAE Systems and Shell are key to our success and we will encourage you to develop networks through the programme itself and via the department’s careers programme which includes employer-led events and individual coaching. We equip our graduates with the skills and confidence needed to play a creative and leading role in the professional and research community.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Mechanical Engineering scored highly in the UK's most recent Research Excellence Framework survey with research in such diverse areas as Formula 1, biomedical engineering and naval architecture. The department is located in the centre of one of the most dynamic cities in the world.

The department has an international reputation for the excellence of its research which is funded by numerous bodies including: the Royal Society, the Leverhulme Trust, UK Ministry of Defence, BAE Systems, Cosworth Technology, Shell, BP, Lloyds Register Educational Trust, and many others.

The Mechanical Engineering MSc has been accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) as meeting the further learning requirements, in full, for registration as a Chartered Engineer for a period of five years, from the 2017 student cohort intake.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Mechanical Engineering

90%: Aeronautical, Mechanical, Chemical and Manufacturing Engineering subjects; 95%: General Engineering subjects rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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This programme pathway is designed for students with an interest in the engineering aspects of technology that are applied in modern medicine. Read more

This programme pathway is designed for students with an interest in the engineering aspects of technology that are applied in modern medicine. Students gain an understanding of bioengineering principles and practices that are used in hospitals, industries and research laboratories through lectures, problem-solving sessions, a research project and collaborative work.

About this degree

Students study in detail the engineering and physics principles that underpin modern medicine, and learn to apply their knowledge to established and emerging technologies in medical imaging and patient monitoring. The programme covers the engineering applications across the diagnosis and measurement of the human body and its physiology, as well as the electronic and computational skills needed to apply this theory in practice.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of seven core modules (105 credits), one optional module (15 credits), and a research project (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) is offered.

Core modules

  • Ionising Radiation Physics: Interactions and Dosimetry
  • Imaging with Ionising Radiation
  • MRI and Biomedical Optics
  • Ultrasound in Medicine
  • Medical Electronics and Control
  • Clinical Practice
  • Medical Device Enterprise Scenario

Optional modules

Students choose one of the following:

  • Applications of Biomedical Engineering
  • Materials and Engineering for Orthopaedic Devices
  • Computing in Medicine
  • Programming Foundations for Medical Image Analysis

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project within the broad area of physics and engineering in medicine which culminates in a written report of 10,000 words, a poster and an oral examination.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, demonstrations, practicals, assignments and a research project. Lecturers are drawn from UCL and from London teaching hospitals including UCLH, St. Bartholomew's, and the Royal Free Hospital. Assessment is through supervised examination, coursework, the dissertation and an oral examination.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Physics and Engineering in Medicine: Biomedical Engineering and Medical Imaging MSc

Funding

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

Graduates from the Biomedical Engineering and Medical Imaging stream of the MSc programme have obtained employment with a wide range of employers in health care, industry and academia sectors.

Employability

Postgraduate study within the department offers the chance to develop important skills and acquire new knowledge through involvement with a team of scientists or engineers working in a world-leading research group. Graduates complete their study having gained new scientific or engineering skills applied to solving problems at the forefront of human endeavour. Skills associated with project management, effective communication and teamwork are also refined in this high-quality working environment.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The spectrum of medical physics activities undertaken in UCL Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering is probably the broadest of any in the United Kingdom. The department is widely acknowledged as an internationally leading centre of excellence and students receive comprehensive training in the latest methodologies and technologies from leaders in the field.

The department operates alongside the NHS department which provides the medical physics and clinical engineering services for the UCL Hospitals Trust, as well as undertaking industrial contract research and technology transfer.

Students have access to a wide range of workshop, laboratory, teaching and clinical facilities in the department and associated hospitals. A large range of scientific equipment is available for research involving nuclear magnetic resonance, optics, acoustics, X-rays, radiation dosimetry, and implant development, as well as new biomedical engineering facilities at the Royal Free Hospital and Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore.



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This MSc aims to equip students with the skills of analysis and design necessary for employment as professional civil engineers, and give them a solid academic background for becoming chartered engineers. Read more

This MSc aims to equip students with the skills of analysis and design necessary for employment as professional civil engineers, and give them a solid academic background for becoming chartered engineers. The programme combines traditional lectures with group projects and an individual research project in the student's chosen specialist field. The Civil Engineering MSc at UCL now offers six additional routes.

About this degree

Students develop advanced knowledge of civil engineering and associated engineering and scientific disciplines (structure dynamics, sustainable building design, transport, fluids, geotechnics, water and drainage, environmental and coastal engineering, planning and construction). They gain awareness of the context in which engineering operates, in terms of design, construction and the environment, alongside transferable skills, which leads to careers in industry and research.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits), and a research project (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Advanced Soil Mechanics
  • Advanced Structures
  • Roads and Underground Infrastructure
  • Project Management (Professional Development Module)

Optional modules

Students choose four from the following:

  • Advance Research Writing
  • Advanced Civil Engineering Materials
  • Advanced Soil Mechanics
  • Advanced Structural Analysis
  • Applied Building Information Modelling
  • Building Engineering Physics
  • Data analysis
  • Design and Analysis of Structural Systems
  • Engineering & International Development
  • Engineering Study of Rail Systems and Infrastructure
  • Environmental Systems
  • Financial Aspects of Project Engineering and Contracting
  • Finite Element Modelling and Numerical Methods
  • GIS Principles & Technology
  • Infrastructure business case
  • Introduction to Seismic Design of Structures
  • Natural and Environmental Disasters
  • Offshore and Coastal Engineering
  • Planning, Policies & Organization of the Railways within the UK
  • Principles & Practices of Surveying

Please note: combinations of different modules will be determined by timetable constraints.

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project, which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 12,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials, seminars, laboratory classes and field trips. The design project includes collective and individual studio work, while the research project includes laboratory, computational or fieldwork depending on the nature of the project. Assessment is through examinations, coursework, project reports and the research project.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Civil Engineering MSc

Careers

There are excellent employment prospects for our graduates. Civil Engineering graduates are readily employed by consultancies, construction companies and government departments.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering is an energetic and exciting multidisciplinary department with a tradition of excellence in teaching and research, situated within the heart of London.

This MSc reflects the broad range of expertise available within the department and its strong links with the engineering industry and places emphasis on developing skills within a teamwork environment. The programme provides a clear route to a professional career in civil engineering.

In addition, students wishing to combine the general MSc in Civil Engineering can now apply to one of six specialist pathways in related disciplines (Seismic Design, Environmental Systems, GIS, Surveying, Integrated Design and Infrastructure Planning).

Accreditation

This degree is accredited, as a Technical MSc, 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. See http://www.jbm.org.uk for further information.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

60% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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The global challenge of environmental sustainability highlights the need for holistic design and management of complex environmental and technological systems. Read more

The global challenge of environmental sustainability highlights the need for holistic design and management of complex environmental and technological systems. This interdisciplinary Master's programme presents environmental issues and technologies within a systems engineering context. Graduates will understand interactions between the natural environment, people, processes and technologies to develop sustainable solutions.

About this degree

Students will develop an understanding of systems engineering and environmental engineering. Environmental engineering is a multidisciplinary branch of engineering concerned with devising, implementing and managing solutions to protect and restore the environment within an overall framework of sustainable development. Systems engineering is the branch of engineering concerned with the development and management of large complex systems.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), a collaborative environmental systems project (30 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and an individual environmental systems dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered.

Core modules

  • Collaborative Environmental Systems Project
  • Environmental Systems
  • Systems Engineering and Management
  • Systems Society and Sustainability
  • Environmental Modelling

Optional modules

Options may include the following:

  • Engineering and International Development
  • Industrial Symbiosis
  • Politics of Climate Change
  • Project Management
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Urban Flooding and Drainage
  • Offshore and Coastal Engineering
  • Natural and Environmental Disasters
  • Energy Systems Modelling
  • Smart Energy Systems: Theory, Practice and Implementation
  • Indoor Air Quality in Buildings
  • Light, Lighting and Wellbeing in Buildings
  • Building Acoustics
  • Science, Technology and Engineering Advice in Practice
  • Energy Systems and Sustainability
  • Waste and Resource Efficiency

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project addressing a problem of systems research, design or analysis, which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory classes and projects. The individual and group projects in the synthesis element involve interaction with industrial partners, giving students real-life experience and contacts for the future. Assessment is through written examination, coursework, presentations, and group and individual projects.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Environmental Systems Engineering MSc

Careers

Career paths for environmental systems engineers are diverse, expanding and challenging, with the pressures of increasing population, desire for improved standards of living and the need to protect the environmental systems. There are local UK and international opportunities in all areas of industry: in government planning and regulation, with regional and municipal authorities, consultants and contracting engineers, research and development organisations, and in education and technology transfer. Example of recent career destinations include Ford, KPMG, EDF Energy, Brookfield Multiplex, and the Thames Tideway Tunnel Project.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Air Quality Engineer, National Environment Agency
  • Environmental Engineering Consultant, DOGO
  • Nuclear Analyst, EDF Energy
  • Graduate Flood Risk Engineer, Pell Frischmann
  • Project Manager, Veolia Environmental Services

Employability

The discipline of environmental systems engineering is growing rapidly with international demand for multi-skilled, solutions-focussed professionals who can take an integrated approach to complex problems.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The discipline of environmental systems engineering is growing rapidly with an international demand for multi-skilled professionals who can take an integrated approach to solving complex environmental problems (e.g. urban water systems, technologies to minimise industrial pollution). Environmental engineers work closely with a range of other environmental professionals, and the community.

Skills may be used to:

  • design, construct and operate urban water systems
  • develop and implement cleaner production technologies to minimise industrial pollution
  • recycle waste materials into new products and generate energy
  • evaluate and minimise the environmental impact of engineering projects
  • develop and implement sound environmental management strategies and procedures.

UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering is an energetic and exciting environment in which to explore environmental systems engineering. Students have the advantages of studying in a multi-faculty institution with a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research, situated at the heart of one of the world's greatest cities.

Accreditation

The progamme is accredited by the Joint Boad of Moderators, which is made up of the Institution of Civil Engineers, The Institution of Structural Engineers, the Chartered Institutions of Highways and Transportation, and the Institute of Highway Engineers.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

60% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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This course is aimed at professional engineers aspiring to increased management responsibility in the building services sector or who have reached a stage in their careers when they are carrying increasing management responsibility. Read more

About the course

This course is aimed at professional engineers aspiring to increased management responsibility in the building services sector or who have reached a stage in their careers when they are carrying increasing management responsibility.

It caters to the worldwide demand for building services engineering managers who have a sound knowledge of engineering and management principles – and the ability to apply this knowledge to complex situations.

Management modules cover engineering finance and accounting, people management, business organisation and facilities and contract management.

Aims

Building Service Engineers help buildings to deliver on their potential by working with architects and construction engineers to produce buildings that offer the functionality and comfort we expect, with the minimum impact on our environment. They design the lighting appropriate for the space, the heating, cooling, ventilation and all systems that ensure comfort, health and safety in all types of buildings, residential commercial and industrial.

Building services engineering is an interdisciplinary profession. It involves the specification, design, installation and management of all the engineering services associated with the built environment.

With the growing complexity of engineering services in modern buildings and the significance of energy conservation and pollution control, the role of the building services engineer is becoming increasingly important.

As an interdisciplinary profession that involves the specification, design, installation and management of all the engineering services associated with the built environment, comfort and function also need to be combined – which calls for engineers with a wide range of knowledge and skills.

This MSc programme is for:

Recent engineering and technology graduates, moving into building services and related disciplines.
Established engineers and technologists, working in building services and faced with the challenge of new areas of responsibility.
Engineers who want to develop technical understanding and expertise across the multi-disciplines of building services engineering.
Managers and designers, who need to broaden their experience and require updating.
Lecturers in higher education, moving into or requiring updating in building services engineering.
Others with engineering and technology backgrounds, perhaps working in advisory or consultancy roles, who wish to familiarise themselves with building services engineering. However, choice of course will be dependent upon the type and extent of knowledge and skills required.

Course Content

Modes of Study
3-5 Years Distance Learning

The distance learning programme is designed to enable you to conduct most of your studies at home, in your own time and at your own pace.

There is no requirement to attend lectures at Brunel University and there is no set timetable of lectures, instead you follow a structured programme of self-study at home or at work. This gives you the freedom to arrange a work programme to suit yourself and you should usually allow about twelve hours each week for study.

There are set submission dates for assignments but we have tried to design the programme so that they are well-spaced, giving you the maximum flexibility in your study plans.

You can take between three and five years to complete the course. The average is three years, with students taking four modules in the first year, four modules in the second year and the dissertation in the third year. However, depending on your other commitments you can take longer up to a maximum of five years.

You are supplied with a study pack in the form of textbooks and CD-ROMs; you have assignments to submit and exams to sit each year.

Examinations can be taken either at Brunel University or in the country you are resident in. We have an extensive network of organisations (universities, colleges and British Council offices) throughout the world who will provide invigilation services.

The cost of invigilation away from Brunel is your responsibility. Examinations are held in May each year.

Compulsory Modules

Building Heat Transfer and Air Conditioning
Electrical Services and Lighting Design
Acoustics, Fire, Lifts and Drainage
Engineering Finance and Accounting
Management of People in Engineering Activities
Organisation of Engineering Business
Management of Facilities and Engineering Contracts
Dissertation

Students should choose one of the two themes below:

Theme A - Traditional

Energy Conversion Technologies
This element provides a broad introduction to the principles of energy conversion and thermodynamic machines and demonstrates their application to energy conversion and management in buildings. Emphasis is placed on refrigeration plant, energy conversion plant and energy management.
Refrigeration covers the basic principles and components of vapour compression systems, heat pumps and absorption systems.
Energy Conversion considers power cycles, combined heat and power, combustion processes, boiler plant, thermal energy storage and environmental impacts of plant operation.

Theme B - Renewable

Renewable Energy Technologies
This element includes: energy sources, economics and environmental impact, energy storage technologies, the role of renewables, solar thermal, solar electricity, wind power generation, hydro, tidal and wave power, biofuels, building integrated renewables.

Special Features

There are several advantages in choosing Brunel's Building Services programme:

Award-winning courses: Building Services Engineering courses at Brunel have been awarded the Happold Brilliant Award for teaching excellence by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers.

Relevance: it is well established within the building services industry, with sponsors of students that include major design and contracting organisations, area health authorities, local authorities and the British Council, as well as several national governments.

Applicability: emphasis on applications enables students and employers to benefit immediately from the skills and knowledge gained.

Responsiveness: Brunel's proximity to London, where large and innovative building developments have been taking place over the last decade, enables rapid infusion of new ideas and technological innovations into the programme content.

Excellent facilities

We have extensive and well-equipped laboratories, particular areas of strength being in fluid and biofluid mechanics, IC engines, vibrations, building service engineering, and structural testing. Our computing facilities are diverse and are readily available to all students. The University is fully networked with both Sun workstations and PCs. Advanced software is available for finite and boundary element modelling of structures, finite volume modelling of flows, and for the simulation of varied control systems, flow machines, combustion engines, suspensions, built environment, and other systems of interest to the research groups.

Accreditation

The course is approved by the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) as appropriate additional academic study (further learning) for those seeking to become qualified to register as Chartered Engineers (CEng).

Teaching

Students are supplied with a study pack in the form of text books and CD-ROMs; you have assignments to submit and exams to sit each year. Examinations can be taken either at Brunel University or in the country you are resident in.
We have an extensive network of organisations (Universities, Colleges and British Council Offices) throughout the world who will provide invigilation services. The cost of invigilation away from Brunel is your responsibility. Examinations are held in May each year.

Assessment

Each module is assessed either by formal examination, written assignments or a combination of the two. Cut-off dates for receipt of assignments are specified at the beginning of each stage. Examinations are normally taken in May.
Successful completion of the taught modules allows the student to proceed to the dissertation stage. To qualify for the award of the MSc degree, the student must submit a satisfactory dissertation.

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Structural engineers help to make, shape and maintain the built environment. They are professionals who enjoy innovation, a challenge, opportunities, responsibility and, excitement in a varied and very satisfying career. Read more

About the course

Structural engineers help to make, shape and maintain the built environment. They are professionals who enjoy innovation, a challenge, opportunities, responsibility and, excitement in a varied and very satisfying career.

The MSc programme in Structural Engineering is designed to attract both international and home students, who wish to pursue their career in civil and structural engineering. To meet the increasing demand for structural engineers to design more safe, economic and environmental friendly buildings, the programme content has specifically been designed to give a thorough grounding on current practice with regards to dealing with structural fire and earthquake resistances and design of carbon neutral buildings.

A particular feature of the course content lies with the emphasis on the performance-based, structural design philosophy. The strong focus on these aspects will appeal to any students who intend to become the next generation of structural engineers after graduation.

Aims

Structural engineering is a profession that provides a tremendous opportunity to make a real difference to people's lives and their environment. In the current century, climate change is an increasingly important issue which needs to be tackled - and the role of the structural engineer in tackling climate change is immense.

To meet these challenges, structural engineers need to combine traditional structural engineering expertise with an understanding of a wide range of issues related to design of zero carbon buildings. There is a significant shortage of structural engineers with the requisite knowledge, skills, and experience to deal efficiently with complex issues for designing structurally sound, elegantly simple and environmentally sustainable buildings. The skills shortage and its effects on the construction industry will be further exacerbated by the huge demand from some rising economic powers.

This new MSc programme has been developed in response to this growing need for graduates aware of current challenges in structural engineering. The primary aim of this programme is to create master’s degree graduates with qualities and transferable skills for demanding employment in the construction and civil engineering sector. The graduates will have the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development and acquiring new skills at the highest level.

Course Content

The programme is currently taken full-time, over 12 months. Each taught module will count for 15 credits, approximating to 150 learning hours. The modules will be taught over the first eight months and during the final four months, students will conduct an individual research project worth 60 credits (Dissertation).

Compulsory Modules:

Nonlinear Structural Analysis & Finite Element Method
Structural Dynamics & Seismic Design
Advanced Construction Materials and Structural Retrofitting Technology
Advanced Reinforced and Prestressed Concrete Design
Advanced Steel Design
Case Studies of Modern Structures and Sustainable Structural Design
Research Methods and Professional Studies
Msc Civil Engineering Dissertation

Optional Modules:

Structural Design for Fire
Foundation, Earthworks and Pavement Design and Construction

Teaching

Our Philosophy

The philosophy behind the teaching and learning strategy we use is largely underpinned by high quality and accessible learning opportunities developing over the years by the University and the College, which are highly acclaimed standards and practices for learning and teaching.

In addition to teaching, the academics staff of this MSc programme are active in research. Teaching is therefore informed by research, giving you the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in structural engineering from leading experts in their chosen fields of specialisation.

Contact between students and academic staff is relatively high at around 20 hours per week initially to assist you in adjusting to university life. As the programme progresses the number of contact hours is steadily reduced as you undertake more project-based work. You will be taught by various approaches that complement each other in achieving the set learning outcomes.

How you will be taught

Lectures: These provide a broad overview of the main concepts and principles you need to understand, give you with a framework on which to build and expand your knowledge on through private studies.
Laboratories: Practical’s are generally two or three-hour sessions in which you can practice your observational and analytical skills, and develop a deeper understanding of theoretical concepts.

Design Studios: In a studio you will work on individual and group projects with guidance from members of staff. You may be required to produce a design or develop a solution to an engineering problem. These sessions allow you to develop your intellectual ability and practice your teamwork skills.

Computer Sessions: These allow for the opportunity to develop knowledge and experience of structural analysis and design software packages and apply them to structural engineering problems. Students have access to computers outside scheduled sessions to allow them to develop their transferable skills and learn at their own pace and time as well.

One-to-one Tutoring: On registration for the course you will be allocated a personal tutor who will be available to provide academic and pastoral support during your time at university. You will get one-to-one supervision on all project work.

Input from Guest Lecturers: Industry practitioners are invited to present lectures on the real structural engineering projects at regular seminars. The seminars are designed to facilitate informal interactions between students and guest lecturers, encouraging student active engagement in the discussions.

Site Visits: Learning from real-world examples is an important part of the course. You will visit sites featuring a range of structural engineering approaches. This exposure will provide you with invaluable experience including opportunities to debate on the real projects.

Assessment

Each of the taught modules is assessed either by formal examination, an assignment, or a balanced combination of two. Methods of assessing assignments include essay, individual/group report, oral presentation and class test.

Information on assignments in terms of the aims, learning outcomes, assessment criteria and submissions requirements are clearly specified at the beginning of the academic year. Detailed feedback on assignments is provided to students to assist them in achieving the required learning outcomes. The research project is assessed by dissertation and oral presentation.

Special Features

Emphasis on safety and sustainability: This MSc programme is distinctive because of its emphasis on building safety and sustainability and disaster mitigation of civil structures – with four taught modules totalling 60 credits. The dissertation projects will also be closely linked to ongoing research in these areas.

Industry support: Brunel has a very active Industrial Liaison Panel, which is immensely supportive of our programmes. The Panel and the companies have also shown keen interest in offering industrial support for the new programme through assistance such as support with project dissertations and site visits.

Guest speakers: Our strong contact with industry is also used to invite experienced industry practitioners to come and give talks on specialist topics at regularly organised seminars. The seminars also serve as a platform for student project presentations, which goes to build their confidence level because of the recognition and value their project gains through such dissemination.

Supporting professional development: Under a professional development module, you will be required to actively pursue your personal development planning through continuously recording and record keeping of progress being made throughout the course duration. Personal tutors will offer support to their tutees by regularly checking these records (i.e. a Personal Development Log (PDL) and discussing any relevant issues with the aim of supporting them to find solutions.

Women in Engineering and Computing Programme

Brunel’s Women in Engineering and Computing mentoring scheme provides our female students with invaluable help and support from their industry mentors.

Accreditation

This new course has been designed in close consultation with industry and we are currently in the process of seeking accreditation for it from the major professional institutions (JBM). Related courses in the College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences are already accredited.

To ensure the programme addresses current industry concerns, it was developed in compliance with international standards, using Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge as a guide. The programme also satisfies the requirements of the major civil engineering professional bodies (JBM) as stipulated in their guidelines on coverage given to the teaching of structural engineering.

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The Civil Engineering MSc at UCL now offers five additional specialist routes which reflect the expertise within the department and expanding career paths of civil engineers. This programme is for those students who wish to combine a general MSc in the subject with the related discipline of integrated design.

About this degree

The programme provides students with a strong academic background in a broad range of civil engineering topics and advanced skills in problem-solving necessary for a successful career in the sector. This route will also offer you the opportunity to gain specialist knowledge in your chosen area of integrated design and provide a clear path to a professional career in civil engineering.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of one core module, (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma, one core module (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) is also offered.

Core modules

  • Integrated Design Project

Optional modules

Students choose four from the following:

  • Advance Research Writing
  • Advanced Civil Engineering Materials
  • Advanced Soil Mechanics
  • Advanced Structural Analysis
  • Applied Building Information Modelling
  • Building Engineering Physics
  • Data analysis
  • Design and Analysis of Structural Systems
  • Engineering & International Development
  • Engineering Study of Rail Systems and Infrastructure
  • Environmental Systems
  • Financial Aspects of Project Engineering and Contracting
  • Finite Element Modelling and Numerical Methods
  • GIS Principles & Technology
  • Infrastructure business case
  • Introduction to Seismic Design of Structures
  • Natural and Environmental Disasters
  • Offshore and Coastal Engineering
  • Planning, Policies & Organization of the Railways within the UK
  • Principles & Practices of Surveying

Please note: combinations of different modules will be determined by timetable constraints.

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000–15,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials, seminars, laboratory classes and field trips. The design project includes collective and individual studio work, while the research project includes laboratory, computational or fieldwork depending on the nature of the project. Assessment is through examinations, coursework, project reports and the research project.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Civil Engineering (with Integrated Design) MSc

Careers

Civil Engineering graduates are readily employed by consultancies, construction companies and government departments.

Employability

There are excellent employment prospects for our graduates. There is international demand for multi-skilled, solutions-focused professionals who can take a holistic approach to solving problems.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering at UCL is an energetic and exciting environment. Students have the advantages of studying in a multidisciplinary department with a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research, situated at the heart of London. We carry out advanced research in structures, environmental engineering, laser scanning and seismic design.

This MSc covers all the major areas of civil engineering, reflecting the broad range of expertise available within the department and its strong links with the engineering profession across the UK and beyond.

There is a strong emphasis on developing skills within a teamwork environment, equipping students for subsequent professional practice.

Accreditation

This degree is accredited, as a Technical MSc, 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. See http://www.jbm.org.uk for further information.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

60% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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The Civil Engineering MSc at UCL now offers six additional specialist routes which reflect the expertise within the department and expanding career paths of civil engineers. This programme is for those students who wish to combine a general MSc in the subject with the related discipline of seismic design.

About this degree

The programme provides students with a strong academic background in a broad range of civil engineering topics and advanced skills in problem-solving necessary for a successful career in the sector. This route will also offer you the opportunity to gain specialist knowledge in your chosen area of seismic design and provide a clear path to a professional career in civil engineering.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules including three specialist modules and one professional development module (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma, four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) is also offered.

Core modules

  • Seismic Design of Structures
  • Structural Dynamics
  • Seismic Loss Mitigation
  • Project Management (Professional Development Module)

Optional modules

Students choose four from the following:

  • Advance Research Writing
  • Advanced Civil Engineering Materials
  • Advanced Soil Mechanics
  • Advanced Structural Analysis
  • Applied Building Information Modelling
  • Building Engineering Physics
  • Data analysis
  • Design and Analysis of Structural Systems
  • Engineering & International Development
  • Engineering Study of Rail Systems and Infrastructure
  • Environmental Systems
  • Financial Aspects of Project Engineering and Contracting
  • Finite Element Modelling and Numerical Methods
  • GIS Principles & Technology
  • Infrastructure business case
  • Introduction to Seismic Design of Structures
  • Natural and Environmental Disasters
  • Offshore and Coastal Engineering
  • Planning, Policies & Organization of the Railways within the UK
  • Principles & Practices of Surveying

Please note: combinations of different modules will be determined by timetable constraints

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000–15,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials, seminars, laboratory classes and field trips. The research project includes laboratory, computational or fieldwork depending on the nature of the project. Assessment is through examinations, coursework, project reports and the research project.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Civil Engineering (with Seismic Design) MSc

Careers

Civil Engineering graduates are readily employed by consultancies, construction companies and government departments.

Employability

There are excellent employment prospects for our graduates. There is international demand for multi-skilled, solutions-focused professionals who can take a holistic approach to solving problems.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering at UCL is an energetic and exciting environment. Students have the advantages of studying in a multidisciplinary department with a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research, situated at the heart of London. We carry out advanced research in structures, environmental engineering, laser scanning and seismic design.

This MSc covers all the major areas of civil engineering, reflecting the broad range of expertise available within the department and its strong links with the engineering profession across the UK and beyond.

There is a strong emphasis on developing skills within a teamwork environment, equipping students for subsequent professional practice.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

60% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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