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Civil Engineering (MSc)

Course Description

The growing demand for infrastructure to sustain modern societies and underpin economic and social development requires creative solutions from all engineering professionals. This course will give you the skills to shape and maintain the world around us.

You might be a graduate from our BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering course, or perhaps someone with a BEng qualification. We will help you move your career forward so you can play a leading role in the design, construction and maintenance of a broad range of infrastructure projects.

One of the key objectives of our course is preparing you for chartered status. We will develop your technical ability, understanding of engineering principles, commercial flair and environmental awareness. In addition, you'll look at contractual issues, health and safety, business functionality, communication skills, report writing, code of conduct and your responsibility to a team.

We are seeking Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) accreditation for Leeds based delivery, subject to final output, from Autumn 2013.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University's results for the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning unit, which it entered for the first time, were impressive with 37% of its research being rated world leading or internationally excellent

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/civilengineering_msc

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


You will specialise in areas such as structures, transportation, water supply and treatment, power generation and supply, and your potential employers could include consultants, local authorities, central government, contractors and government agencies. If you're already working in the industry this is a chance to progress in your career by studying part-time to prepare yourself for applying for chartered status.

- Civil Engineer
- Design Engineer
- Project Engineer
- Structural Engineer

Careers advice:
The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

You'll have access to first-class teaching laboratories, including a full range of civil engineering testing equipment for hydraulics, geotechnics, highway materials, concrete, structures and general materials. Our civil engineering research facility - dedicated to the research work of students and staff - will be available to play a major role in your dissertation project.

We'll give you the opportunity to plan your own objectives for career development, setting up visits to sites and consultancy offices to aid your development - while engineering experts will share their expertise and experience in a series of guest talks. We'll also encourage you to research and discuss current civil engineering issues on a regular basis.

This is a very accessible course in which our teaching takes up only one afternoon and evening of your time.


Transportation Studies (20 Credits)
This module considers the analysis, design and maintenance of highways - you will study areas such as route location, geometrics, junction and pavement design, and management. You will also examine the design and operation of airports and railways.

Civil Engineering Management (20 Credits)
We will cover all the management and procedural considerations that go into the development and delivery of a civil engineering project. You'll develop an understanding of the legal and commercial frameworks that projects work with and build your confidence in making decisions based on qualitative and quantitative analysis.

Civil Engineering Professional Context (20 Credits)
This module examines the role of the civil engineer in society - such as responsibilities to society, the environment and economy - and the professional conduct expected of the role. The module will cover the requirements and processes for making a professional membership application.

Structural Analysis & Design (20 Credits)
You will gain a greater understanding of the engineering principles applied to the analysis and design of structures, giving you the skills and confidence to apply these techniques.

Fluid Mechanics & Water Engineering (20 Credits)
In this module you will focus on the properties of fluids and the principles of fluid mechanics, hydraulic modelling and fluid systems analysis. You will develop an understanding of the issues, problems and solutions within the water infrastructure sector of civil engineering.

Geotechnical Analysis & Design (20 Credits)
You will learn to produce complex engineering solutions to a professional standard. We will provide you with an in-depth understanding of engineering principles in relation to geotechnical analysis and design, looking at how to solve geotechnical engineering problems and produce innovative designs.

Materials Technology (20 Credits)
We will increase your understanding of the uncertainties and consequences of material behaviour during design, manufacture and in service. You'll study the environmental and safety implications of the materials used for nuclear power production.

Civil Engineering Dissertation (40 Credits)
This is an in-depth study of a topic relevant to civil engineering and that reflects your specific interests. This is an opportunity to apply and further enhance your research skills and technical knowledge.


- Design Studios
Our modern multi-media studios include a dedicated CAD suite and specialist software, such as REVIT, allowing students to develop skills in 3D design and building information modelling.

- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Broadcasting Place
Broadcasting Place provides students with creative and contemporary learning environments, is packed with the latest technology and is a focal point for new and innovative thinking in the city.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Visit the Civil Engineering (MSc) page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Postgraduate Support Scheme (PSS) - 20+ Awards

To be eligible for a Scholarship from our University you must:•Be progressing from an Undergraduate course for which you were charged the higher tuition fee applying since 2012-13 (i.e. your Undergraduate course began on or after 1 September 2012).
•Be undertaking a Masters course (students on Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diplomas, MA/MSc ‘top-up’ courses, Integrated Masters or any other type of Postgraduate or Professional course will not be eligible).
•Meet the entry requirements of the course you are applying to study.
•Be undertaking a course that is fundable by HEFCE (for example, NHS and NTCL funded courses are not fundable by HEFCE, so students to those courses will not be eligible).
•Be studying full-time or part-time for a maximum of two years (applicants to courses where the duration exceeds 24 months will not be eligible).
•Be domiciled in the UK or European Union (EU).
•Be paying your fees through personal or family resources. If you have your fees paid or part paid through a sponsorship arrangement you would not be eligible for a Scholarship.
•Be able to attend the course applied for in 2015-16.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Leeds Beckett University is offering 105 scholarships, each worth £10,000, to UK and EU students who will be starting Postgraduate taught Masters courses in September 2015. The Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme is part of a Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) initiative, aimed at widening access to Masters courses by removing barriers to Postgraduate education for students from under-represented groups. Included in this scheme are 15 scholarships to support Women in Science.

Application Procedure

You must make an application for a Scholarship alongside your application for the Masters course. Your application will be considered against the eligibility criteria stated at http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/pss/.All applications for a Scholarship must be received by the University by 31 May 2015.You must complete the PSS application form and supply the relevant supporting evidence by 31 May 2015. Failure to submit by the deadline and/or provide the necessary supporting evidence will mean that the application will not be considered.To apply for this scholarship, please complete the online form at: http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/pages/postgraduate-support-scheme-apply/

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Please check our site for the most up-to-date entry requirements (View Website).

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