The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Strathclyde University, Glasgow, UK

Postgraduate Studies

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Civil and Environmental Engineering at Strathclyde University has been one of the first departments in the UK to fully embrace the importance of integrating infrastructure and the environment in today’s world.

This has made it a strong and forward-looking department and the ideal choice for graduate students who are interested in doing a post-graduate degree that is highly marketable.  Our research and teaching is underpinned by strong collaborative links to industry and public bodies. This is the case of the innovative SME Carbon Audit with training from Carbon Trust.

The success rate of graduates from our department is excellent, with most finding permanent course-related employment within six months of completing their degree.

Please click below to find out more about the postgraduate courses we offer:

Research Degrees (PhD and MPhil)

MPhil and PhD are research degrees involving independent research within one of our three Research Groups: Engineering Geosciences & Geomechanics; Environment and Infrastructure.

Current areas of study include:

  • Assessment of flood defences
  • Design of improved tools and strategies for monitoring and analysis of ground and structural deformations
  • Environmental Engineering, Sustainability & Biotechnology
  • Environmental Forensics
  • Environmental Health and Sanitation
  • Modelling the mechanical behaviour of soils and rocks
  • Performance of structures
  • Spatial and temporal permeability evolution in deep flow systems
  • Transport Planning and Sustainability
  • Water Resources
  • Water Supply and Distribution Systems
  • Urban Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Systems

More detailed titles for current projects and research interests can be found on the Staff and Research Students pages.

Potential Funding Sources:

Masters by Research (MRes)

Our Masters by Research (MRes) Degress are one-year research-led Master’s Degrees.  They are ideal for students who are looking for an alternative to an MSc, are interested in carrying out shorter research projects or for students who wish to tailor their studies to suit their own research interests and/or career objectives.  It differs from an MSc as it consists of 60 credits worth of taught content and a 120 credit research project (rather than 120 credits of taught content and a 60 credit dissertation).

We currently offer two MRes Courses:

Our MRes' can be taken either one year full-time or two years part-time.  They are open to applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds and we offer September and January start dates.


Master of Science (MSc)

Courses offered to ALL disciplines, including social sciences, arts and business:

Courses that usually require Engineering or Earth Science background:

Courses that usually require Life Science/Environmental Science or Engineering background:

Most of our MSc courses are accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for Chartered Engineer (CEng) Status under the provisions of UK-SPEC.

The MSc degrees are flexible - they can be taken full-time over one year or part-time over two years. Modules from any programme can also be taken via Open Access, where students may take a couple of classes per year, adding up eventually to a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc (up to the maximum time of 5 years). Attendance at classes is required for all routes.

On-Line Application

Please use the online application process for all of the MSc courses. Select the desired Course Page from the above list and then click on the grey 'Apply' button to create your application record.

Postgraduate Funding : Home/EU

Eligible postgraduate students can apply to SAAS for a tuition fee loan to help with the cost of their fees (up to £3,400 for full-time students and £1,700 for part time students.  find out more here

International Scholarships

Outstanding-calibre First-Class honours applicants are welcome to submit an application to be considered for one of the University's international scholarship schemes (awards are highly limited and competitive). Please note the formal scholarship application form and eligibility criteria is separate to the online application process for the MSc course. find out more here


Modules availabe via Masters Programmes

Module Descriptors for modules available via selected Masters programmes in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Some of the listed modules are presented by other departments. Students wishing to see module descriptors for those classes, if not provided here, should check the relevant department website.

Relevance of studying 'green' courses at Strathclyde, Glasgow

Glasgow is regenerating at an amazing pace making it a “living laboratory” on sustainability, civil engineering, and urban renewal.

 Glasgow Green Year 2015 Glasgow City Council is also hosting
Glasgow Green Year 2015
building on the momentum from the
Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Faculty of Engineering Excellence Scholarship!

The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde is offering a substantial number of scholarships for international students with outstanding academic qualifications who are commencing their studies from September 2015. Students may be eligible for a scholarship towards their tuition fees of up £3,340 for the first year of their programme of study.

Visit the website for more information.

Fully-funded PhD and MRes Studentships

For information on current vacancies, please visit our Fully-funded PhD and MRes Studentships page.

Postgraduate Tuition Fees - Session 2014/2015

Please see here for details on all Tuition Fees & also view our FAQs page (Q13).

Scholarships for MSc courses

Click here for full details on MSc scholarships & funding for top-calibre UK, EU & International students

Further Details

Useful Postgraduate Information