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Civil Engineering MSc


Course Description

Swansea University has an excellent reputation for civil engineering. As a student on the Master's course in Civil Engineering, you will find the course utilises the expertise of academic staff to provide high-quality postgraduate training.

The MSc Civil Engineering course aims to provide advanced training in civil engineering analysis and design, particularly in modelling and analysis techniques.

As a student on the MSc Civil Engineering course you will be provided with in-depth knowledge and exposure to conventional and innovative ideas and techniques to enable you to develop sound solutions to civil engineering problems.

Through the MSc Civil Engineering course, you will also be provided with practical computer experience through the use of computational techniques, using modern software, to provide a solution to a range of current practical civil engineering applications. This will enable you to apply the approach with confidence in an industrial context. Civil Engineering at Swansea University is recognised as one of the top 200 departments in the world (QS World Subject Rankings).

The MSc Civil Engineering course at Swansea University is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM). The Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) is composed of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT), and the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE).

This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng(Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree.

Modules on the MSc Civil Engineering course typically include:

Finite Element Computational Analysis
Advanced Structural Design
Fluid-Structure Interaction
Entrepreneurship for Engineers
Computational Plasticity
Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations
Computational Case Study
Reservoir Modelling and Simulation
Dynamics and Transient Analysis
Coastal Engineering
Coastal Processes and Engineering
Flood Risk Management
MSc Research Project

Links with Industry

Strong interaction and cooperation is forged with the construction industry and relevant member institutions of the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM), particularly the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE).

These companies actively engaged with Civil Engineering at Swansea University: Atkins, Arup, Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Ltd, Black and Veatch Ltd, City and Council of Swansea, Dean and Dyball, Halcrow UK, Hyder (Cardiff), Interserve Ltd, the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Laing O’Rourke, Mott MacDonald Group Ltd, Veryard Opus.

Career Prospects

The civil engineering sector is one of the largest employers in the UK and demand is strong for civil engineering graduates. Thie MSc Civil Engineering course also equips you with the skills to be involved in other engineering projects and provides an excellent basis for a professional career in structural, municipal and allied engineering fields.

The MSc Civil Engineering is suitable for those who would like to prepare for an active and responsible career in civil engineering design and construction. Practising engineers will have the chance to improve their understanding of civil engineering by attending individual course modules.

Student Quotes

“I decided to study at the College of Engineering as it is a highly reputable engineering department.

My favourite memories of the course are the practical aspects and the lab work. Group projects have given me the opportunity to work in a team to overcome engineering-based problems. Studying at the College of Engineering has given me a good knowledge of engineering principles and has helped me to apply this to real life problems.

As part of my time here, I took part in the IAESTE programme. I worked with the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Manipal, Southern India, on a development project involving an irrigation system.

My future plan is to get some experience in an engineering firm, and hopefully, this experience will allow me to work abroad for an NGO on further development projects."

Thomas Dunn, MSc Civil Engineering

Visit the Civil Engineering MSc page on the Swansea University website for more details!



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Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the MSc Civil Engineering is a first or second class honours degree in Civil Engineering or a similar relevant engineering or science discipline. English language requirement IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or Swansea University recognised equivalent.

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