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Civil Engineering (MSc)

Course Description

This is a broad based civil engineering course covering the areas of structures, geotechnics, water engineering and water transportation.

The technical modules of the course aim to develop the understanding and application of advanced theoretical contents of the specialist subject.

Structural topics are taught in the two modules of Finite Elements and Stress Analysis, and Advanced Structural Design. The interaction of geotechnics and structures is covered in the Soil-Structure Engineering module. The Water Resources Systems Management module looks into the water engineering aspects. The transportation field is studied in the Highway and Railway Engineering and Operations module. The final module, Asset Management and Project Appraisal of Infrastructures examines the methods, merits and economics of repairs of existing structures.

You'll be required to complete an individual project into a specific area of the programme studied, providing you with the opportunity of pursuing a programme of independent study. The work is to be of an investigative nature having an experimental, analytical, computer-based or fieldwork input.

If you'd like any further information, please contact the course administrator, Ms. Jo Hillman: or call 020 7815 7106.

- Accreditation:
Joint Board of Moderators (ICE, IStructE, IHE, CIHT)

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/civil-engineering-msc


Teaching techniques include lectures, workshops, tutorials, laboratories, field trips and IT based blended learning. Visiting lecturers from industry contribute in some modules.

- Advanced structural design
The module will use the European codes for safe and effective design of normal structural elements and structural systems. It will cover engineering principles and analytical techniques and using software.

- Soil-structure engineering
This module will acquaint the students with classical and modern methods for the analysis and design of structures which are embedded in the ground, specifically embedded retaining walls, piled foundations and tunnels.

- Finite elements and stress analysis
The module will equip the student with linear elastic analysis of thin-walled sections, 2D and 3D stress analysis and transformations. It will introduce the Finite Element method theory and use ANSYS software.

- Highway engineering and operation
The module covers the system characteristics and operations for highways before considering geometric alignment and construction of highways.

- Railway engineering and operation
This module will underpin understanding of railway system characteristics and operations, and provide skills in geometric design for railways.

- Water engineering
This module covers the concepts and theories of groundwater hydrology, the principles of groundwater flow, well hydraulics analysis and design, contaminants transport in the aquifer, and remediation technology of contaminated groundwater. There is an introduction to aspects of 3-dimensional groundwater flows using USGS MODFLOW and FEFLOW with practical.

- Project
This module is one third of the course and is an individually supervised piece of work that is typically either a research project or an innovative design exercise. The theme is related to topics covered on the course.


Employment prospects for graduates of these courses are very good, especially in view of the upturn in new infrastructure projects in the UK and overseas. Successful students enter into a variety of positions within the construction industry, ranging from working in a design office, with contractors and in local authorities.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes. This degree is an accredited MSc (Technical) course by the Joint Board of Moderators as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng(Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree.

Visit the Civil Engineering (MSc) page on the London South Bank University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship - 20+ Awards

At London South Bank University (LSBU) we understand how important a postgraduate degree is to career progression and professional fulfilment. The Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship programme offers a range of awards from £1,000 bursaries to full fee waivers, creating opportunities for a variety of postgraduate students. The programme is made possible by donations to the University's Annual Fund from alumni and other supporters.

Value of Scholarship(s)



All Home, EU or International students who have firmly accepted their unconditional or conditional offer of a place to study on an eligible postgraduate programme at LSBU are invited to apply for a scholarship in up to three categories. Their application will be assessed and, if successful, the student will receive one award. Only one application is allowed.

Application Procedure

You will be invited to apply online via email after you firmly accept your unconditional or conditional offer to study at LSBU. We recommend you apply for your place at LSBU as soon as possible to ensure you have been made an offer by the scholarship deadline of Friday 10 July, 2015.

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