Both in UK and global contexts environmental threats, impacts and compliance with environmental standards are now mainstream concerns for governments, industry and developers.
Environmental change poses challenges to current and future populations and activities on a number of levels. The engineering profession will play a central role in achieving sustainable adaptation to and mitigation of these challenges.
Nationally and internationally the move to lowcarbon energy (including nuclear new build and waste management), the protection of coastlines against extreme weather and projected sea level rises, the growth of advanced transport infrastructure, and the sustainable restoration and redevelopment of brownfield land to support expanding urban populations give rise to strong demand for civil engineers not only literate but practically-skilled in environmental assessment and sustainable development.
The MSc Civil and Environmental Engineering programme provides a broadening, non-technical Masters-level education in civil and environmental engineering. The programme is suitable for both civil engineers seeking to broaden their knowledge into environmental engineering, and for numerate physical and environmental scientists seeking an application for their talents in the challenging and rewarding field of engineering.
This programme is also available to study part-time over two years. The same modules are followed and the same total credits are achieved, but these are spread over four semesters at 30 credits per semester. The independent research project (module ENGG660) is chosen in the first year, but the completion deadline is not until the end of the second year, allowing flexibility in timing and distribution of effort over the full duration of the course.
The programme is designed to embed the knowledge, skills and understanding required to critically assess major global, regional and local environmental challenges faced by civil engineering and to participate at a professional level in the conception, design, implementation and evaluation of sustainable civil engineering projects. It is pending accreditation by the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, the chartered Insititution of Highways and Transportation and the Institution of Highway Engineers.
This 12-month programme consists of taught modules over two semesters and a major project starting in semester 2 and continuing through the summer. Assessment is by examinations, coursework and an individual dissertation. Places on the programme are limited to between 15 and 20.
Project work, based on a topic of industrial or scientific relevance, contributes 60 credits and is carried out in laboratories in the University or at an approved placement in industry. The project is examined by dissertation, and award of the MSc (Eng) degree will require evidence of in-depth understanding, mastery of research techniques, ability to analyse assembled data, and assessment of outcomes.
Why School of Engineering?
The School of Engineering has a well-deserved and highly respected reputation for its excellent experimental and computational facilities. Our £32 million redevelopment includes the stateof- the-art ‘Active Learning Labs’, a cutting-edge teaching facility, one of the largest and best equipped in Europe.
We have two research-standard full motion flight simulators (one of which is unique in the academic world), mechanical robotics, wind turbines, water flumes, additive layer manufacturing and many more facilities.
Our Postgraduate courses are designed to ensure students develop their expertise, communication and team working skills as well as skills in fields of research whilst increasing their employability and professional accreditation.
We provide pathways into rewarding careers and our award-winning University of Liverpool
Careers & Employability Service provides a range of services to maximise your career prospects and opportunities after you graduate.
There are many opportunities to work with our industry partners and develop your knowledge, skills and experience. Some of our partners include:
National Oceanography Centre
National Nuclear Laboratory.
World Leading Research
The University of Liverpool
’s School of Engineering has the second highest proportion of world-leading research in Metallurgy and Materials in the UK and is also involved with internationally recognised, ground breaking research, including the following:
The Centre for Biomedical Engineering – The Centre for Biomedical Engineering is one of the fastest growing engineering disciplines. We have state-of-the-art biomedical facilities including new tissue engineering and biomaterials laboratories
Additive Manufacturing and Medical Engineering – we are the international leader in the field of Additive Manufacturing (AM) working on both AM equipment development and the production processes for the manufacture of implants. We work with the international leaders in orthopaedic implant manufacturing and world-renowned Metrology/ AM equipment manufacturers to develop our ideas from laboratory to fabrication
Flight Science and Technology (FS&T) is one of our five star research groups within the School of Engineering and has received over £10 million in funding for ground breaking rotor craft and wing simulations research to date
The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation – this is the only centre of its kind in Europe, bringing together the expertise, resources and global contacts from the University of Liverpool
, University partners and international industry to develop new products, processes and services to deliver positive environmental impacts globally.
Centres of Doctoral Training
The University of Liverpool
has been awarded significant funding as part of a government investment in postgraduate training. As one of only 24 UK Universities to be involved in setting up prestigious Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT), the University of Liverpool
is collaborating in the following CDTs:
Global Risk & Uncertainty in Complex Systems & Environments
Next Generation Nuclear
Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing
New and Sustainable Photovoltaics
Understanding the Earth, Atmosphere and Ocean.
These CDTs offer great opportunities for funding PHD study.
Engineering Research Centres
Our postgraduate programmes and worldclass research groups are clustered into interdisciplinary Research Centres which cut across traditional departmental boundaries. The result is a dynamic and stimulating academic environment where you’ll be challenged by new ideas, concepts and approaches to engineering challenges.
The Centre for Materials and Structures incorporates research that is ranked second highest in the UK for world-leading research in Metallurgy and Materials. Core areas of expertise include Advanced Manufacturing, Advanced Manufacturing with lasers, Functional Materials, Bioengineering, Structural Materials and Mechanics.
The Centre for Engineering Dynamics specialises in world-class research on the dynamics of flight, fluids and structures, including Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Aeroelasticity, Vibration, Flight Simulation, Automative Engine Design, and Complex Systems Dynamics.
The Centre for Engineering Sustainability is excelling through our long-standing expertise in Marine Renewable Energy, Coastal and Maritime Engineering, Water Resource Engineering, Alternative Technology, and growing areas in Environmental and Sustainable Engineering.
Integrated throughout all of our research centres and working closely with various University departments is our Institute for Risk and Uncertainty. The institute leads our internationally-recognised and acclaimed research and teaching in Engineering Risk Analysis, Stochastic Modelling and Robust Design, the Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC), the Lairdside Laser Engineering Centre, the Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy and the new Nano Investigation Centre (NiCaL), in addition to close working relationships with many international industrial partners.
Postgraduate research opportunities are continually changing and developing. They may be supported by funding linked to a specific research programme, however we welcome enquiries from applicants with their own research ideas and will work with you to secure funding for your PhD studies.
For all applicants we expect normally at least a UK 2:1 (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering or Structural Engineering. Applications will also be considered from students with an equivalent degree in a numerate science or engineering discipline. Previous relevant industry experience is a strong advantage. All applications will be considered on individual merits.