School of Engineering

MSc Civil Engineering

Are you a civil engineering graduate? Do you want to improve your technical knowledge and enhance your career prospects? Our MSc programme will deepen and broaden your understanding of civil engineering and help you fulfil your professional role in creating, improving and protecting the environment. You’ll obtain advanced analytical skills in the core subject areas of structural analysis, geotechnics and hydraulics applying your knowledge in a range of project settings.

Key features

  • Benefit from a postgraduate degree 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. See www.jbm.org.uk for further information.
  • Be inspired by our new £19 million Marine Building, housing the acclaimed COAST laboratory which offers facilities for teaching water and coastal engineering as well as conducting world-class research.
  • Explore our core content including advanced structural, geotechnical and hydraulic engineering analysis.
  • Broaden your knowledge - other taught modules include project management and professional practice.
  • Undertake a dissertation relating to the range of ongoing civil engineering research in the School of Marine Science and Engineering.
  • Recent graduates work in a wide range of consultant, contractor and client organisations, including: Hyder Consulting, Babcock International Group plc, Manhire Associates Consulting Engineers and Maverick Ventures UK Ltd.

Course details

  • Programme overview
  • You’ll obtain advanced analytical skills in the core subject areas of geotechnics, structural analysis and hydraulics. You’ll also be introduced to the broader issues of project and process management in civil engineering. You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake a substantial research project on a topic of your choosing under the supervision of our academic staff. An optional placement year in industry is available for suitably successful participants.
    Core modules
    • ENBS542 Project Management and Professional Practice

      This module combines the examination of project management process and practice together with the essential requirements of both operating as a professional, and operating in, a professional environment. The module focuses on embedding knowledge and understanding issues faced by modern construction professionals in delivering construction projects in a professional and ethical manner.

    • GEEN501 Advanced Geotechnical Engineering

      It is expected that students completing this module would be able to (have the option to) pursue a career in geotechnical design, given the level of analysis used (examples include the calculations of the deflection around a tunnel cross section, along a laterally loaded pile or along a combined foundation).

    • HYFM504 Advanced Hydraulic Engineering

      This module investigates the hydraulic engineering factors influencing the computational modelling and management of riverine flood risk. It appraises the relative merits of techniques used in civil engineering practice for flood modelling and for flood risk management, with an emphasis on reliability assessment. The module is supported by the use of computer software and laboratory work.

    • MATH511 Advanced Engineering Analysis

      This module consists of two parts: Advanced IT & Advanced Engineering Analysis. The IT part explores the benefits and limitations of IT in engineering practice. State of the art tools will be introduced and experts from industry will demonstrate practical applications of IT to complex engineering projects. The 2nd part of the module uses a range of numerical methods for the solution of various engineering problems.

    • MGMT503 International Engineering Business Management

      In this module students will deepen their knowledge and understanding of general engineering and professional practice through a critical analysis of systems used to conduct engineering business at an international level.

    • PRCE505 MSc Dissertation

      The student will complete a research project of their choosing, and communicate their motivation, methodology, and conclusions through a formal dissertation or journal paper.

    • STAD505 Advanced Structural Engineering

      This module develops deeper understanding of complex structural analysis techniques & practical applications and understanding of the limitations of Codes of Practice. Approximate analysis and simplified hand calculation are also used along with practical applications of dynamic & torsion loads & the design of complex structure based on ¿real world¿ scenarios with a practice-led approach.

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MSc Civil Engineering Programme Specification 2016 2367

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Entry requirements

You’ll need a minimum of a lower second-class BEng honours degree (2:2) in civil engineering or an upper second-class BSc honours degree (2:1) in civil engineering.

If you have considerable professional experience and can evidence an academic ability to undergraduate degree levels you may also be considered.

If you have overseas qualifications you can check your comparability with the UK equivalent through NARIC, who provide an advisory service.

English language requirements 

If your first language is not English then evidence of English proficiency is required. The level of proficiency that is required can vary with the type of programme for which you are applying.

The minimum IELTS score for acceptable English proficiency for entry is normally 6.5. 

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2017 2018
Home/EU £6,500 £9,500
International £13,250 £14,000
Part time (Home/EU) £350 £550
Part time (International) To be confirmed To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 10 credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

International students

Scholarships are available for international students.

How to apply

Applying for postgraduate taught study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Postgraduate Admissions and Enquiries team are on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

If you would like any further information please contact the Postgraduate and Enquiries team:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 585858

Email: admissions@plymouth.ac.uk 


Submitting an application

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

 

Applying for postgraduate research study

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. The Doctoral College is available to answer any queries on our postgraduate research degrees.  If  you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Services website. Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk

If you would like any further information please contact the Doctoral College:

Telephone: +44 (0)1752 587640

Email: doctoralcollege@plymouth.ac.uk


Submitting an application

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

MSc Civil Engineering

The skills of the civil engineer have long been recognised as providing the tools for the solution of engineering problems to benefit society. However, the role of the civil engineer is rapidly changing as society changes.

You are responsible for being proactive and proposing and seeking funding for engineering schemes, not just the technical aspects of the scheme.

Facilities and resources - MSc Civil Engineering / Coastal Engineering

From dedicated computer laboratories to a wealth of electronic information, you’ll benefit from a range of facilities and resources that will help your learning and development.

Our facilities include our new £19 million Marine Building and dedicated engineering laboratories equipped with industry standard software.

Find out more about our exceptional engineering facilities and resources

Marine Station

Boasting lecture facilities overlooking the sea, a wet lab for sample examination and analysis, a seawater aquarium, and field equipment storage and changing facilities.

The Marine Station is a landmark £5 million development; a state-of-the-art teaching and research facility on the shores of Plymouth Sound.

Discover more about the Marine Station

Fotini Ntousikou - graduate profile

From the beginning of my civil engineering studies, my dream was to have my own company. Thanks to my time at Plymouth University, that dream is starting to become a reality.
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Michael Rustell - graduate profile

My MSc was instrumental in me getting this job. Both optimisation and BIM were covered in the MSc lectures which gave me the foundation for the work I currently undertake. The programme was challenging and covered a lot of topics, some in great detail.
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Research in civil engineering

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise 100 per cent of the research outputs for the civil and coastal engineering group were deemed to be internationally recognised, with over 70 per cent being internationally excellent or world leading.

All our staff are involved in research, and this informs both postgraduate and undergraduate teaching.

Find out more about our research in this area

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