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MSc Civil and Environmental Engineering

Course Description

This course is designed to advance analytical skills in the consideration of the interrelationship of current environmental issues and civil engineering. The course links these studies to the core subject areas of Civil Engineering including Structural Analysis, Sustainability, Geotechnics and Hydraulics.

Whilst there is the opportunity to complete empirical study the application of modern IT techniques to complex problem solving is a theme that runs through the course. The course also covers broader issues of project and process management in Civil Engineering.


Advanced Structural Analysis
Construction Project Management
Advanced geotechnical engineering
Advanced Structural Design
Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering
Research Method for Civil and Built Environment
Module summaries

Advanced Structural Analysis
The module provides a programme of study covering theoretical and computational aspects of the advanced structural analysis combined with the Finite Element Method (FEM). It also provides a primary analysing tool which can overcome the limitation of classical calculation and encourages design creativity. Whilst the focus of study will be on steel structures the implications for other types of structure will also be considered.

Construction Project Management
The focus of this module is on developing awareness of the issues which need to be considered during construction projects and procurements.

Advanced geotechnical engineering
This module provides in-depth content which covers advanced geotechnical modelling and demonstration on real-world applications. The module also presents innovative and cutting-edge geotechnical methods and experimental tests that are used for practical applications in geotechnical engineering such as advanced technics for stabilisation of slopes ad soil cuts.

Advanced Structural Design
This module has been created to provide you with the skills you require to safely analyse and design multi-story concrete structures. You will tackle civil engineering problems and design solutions (in groups and individually) in a way which reflects industry environment whilst working on developing enhanced understanding of the underpinning design codes.

Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering
This module covers concepts and design methods required to analyse hydrological processes and floodplain hydraulics. It also addresses the computational methods for calculating flows in open channels and closed conduits and hydraulic and hydrologic routing in rivers. The application of these techniques will be explored for:

water supply
watershed studies
floodplain computation
flood control
urban hydrology
stormwater design
computer modelling.
Research Method for Civil and Built Environment
This module provides in-depth knowledge on specific tools and theories to develop your research skills at master’s level in the area of civil engineering. You will learn how to carry out an extensive literature review of a topic, selected in agreement with the assigned supervisor. Additionally, you will also learn to design research questions, their methodology and aims.

This module aims to provide you with an opportunity to develop research skill proportionate with postgraduate study whilst investigating an area of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Structural Engineering or Construction Management.

Visit the MSc Civil and Environmental Engineering page on the University of West London website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

An honours degree, minimum 2:2, in Civil or Structural Engineering or other Engineering qualification at equivalent level.Alternatively, a lower level qualification in a numerate area (e.g. BSc/BEng in Engineering) together with appropriate experience will also be considered.International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.5 or above, and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

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