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MScCivil Engineering (with optional specialist streams)

Why this course?

Engineering graduates are in high demand from recruiting companies worldwide.

This course has been designed to meet the needs of a broad range of engineering industries. As a Masters student, you’ll gain the specialist and generic skills necessary to lead future developments.

This one-year MSc in civil engineering is suitable for graduates with a background in any discipline of civil engineering. Applicants with a degree in environmental engineering, earth science, maths, physics and mechanical engineering may also be considered.

You can graduate with an MSc in Civil Engineering or choose to follow a specialist named stream:

  • Civil Engineering with Structural Engineering & Project Management
  • Civil Engineering with Geotechnical Engineering & Project Management
  • Civil Engineering with Geoenvironmental Engineering & Project Management
  • Civil Engineering with Water Engineering & Project Management

You’ll study

You'll take the compulsory module Civil Engineering Design Projects. This module gives you the opportunity to work on real projects. Students currently undertake a renewable energy project. You’ll develop comprehensive and innovative designs that involve structural engineering, geotechnical engineering and water engineering, management, environmental and financial planning.

You'll also take the compulsory module Qualitative & Quantitative Research Methods which supports the dissertation project. You also have a wide choice of optional modules.

Following successful completion of the taught component, you’ll undertake a dissertation. If you’re on one of the specialist streams you’ll undertake a research project on a topic related to that stream.

New class

Starting in session 2017-18, a new class on Building Information Modelling (BIM) will be available as an option for students who register for this MSc. Knowledge of BIM, a process for creating and managing information on a construction project across the project lifecycle, is sought after by employers.

Placements

As part of the class Independent Study in Collaboration with Industry, you can apply to work with industry projects.

Facilities

Our £6 million state-of-the-art laboratory facilities are well-equipped with high-technological instrumentation and available space to investigate:

  • environmental & molecular microbiology
  • environmental chemistry
  • analytical chemistry
  • geomechanics & soil quality
  • structural design & material science

Discover more about our laboratory facilities.

Teaching staff

MSc Civil Engineering Course Director and Leader of the Water Engineering stream:

Leader of the Geotechnical Engineering stream:

Leader of the Geoenvironmental Engineering stream:

Leader of the StructuralEngineering stream:

Most of the staff that contribute to this MSc are part of three main centres:

Accreditation

The MSc Civil Engineering programme (including the specialist streams except for the water engineering stream) has been fully accredited by Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree.

The accreditation of MSc in Civil Engineering with Water Engineering & Project Management will be applied three years after initial launch in 2016. 

Course content

Please note

You can only pick a particular specialist stream if you have the necessary background to qualify for the compulsory classes of that stream. Click on the classes to find out about the necessary requirements.

Compulsory classes

For all MSc Civil Engineering students (including specialist streams)

Civil Engineering Design Projects

This class involves undertaking a renewable energy project. The project takes in the full breadth of the civil engineering profession from concept to detailed design, from political drivers to financial viability, from environmental issues to technical risk. Students will develop comprehensive and innovative designs that involve structural engineering, geotechnical engineering and water engineering, management, environmental and financial planning. 

Qualitative & Quantitative Research Methods

Students will acquire familiarity with, and practice of, research techniques, and examine different ways of, and gain experience in, presenting research results.

The class discusses the key principles, and practical exercises, on both quantitative and qualitative research methods, including survey methods, interviewing techniques, use of census data and statistical methods. The class also includes discussion of ethical issues. Finally, there is dissertation-related teaching on choosing a research question and a research method, and writing a research proposal. This is a semester 1 and 2 class but meetings do not happen every week.

Compulsory classes

For students undertaking MSc Civil Engineering with Structural Engineering & Project Management

Advanced Structural Analysis & Design

This class examines the links between form, geometric shape, and structural performance and design. It deals with different ways of breaking up a continuum, and how this affects global structural properties, structural concepts and preliminary design methods that are used in tension structures, and deployable structures.

You’ll also look at the fundamental principles of composite structures. 

Necessary requirement for this class

Understanding of structural analysis (finding reactions in statically determinate and indeterminate structures – trusses, beams, frames; construction of shear force and bending moment diagrams; main principles of elastic analysis), basic grounding in matrix algebra, basic programming knowledge (in any language).

Prestressed Concrete, Composite Materials & Structural Stability

The overall aim of the class is to provide you with strong skills in the structural behaviour, analysis and design of civil engineering structures.

You’ll gain an understanding of the fundamental principles of structural stability and become familiar with common types of bifurcation and buckling phenomena. This will allow you to formulate methods capable of dealing with geometrically non-linear structural behaviour.

You’ll also gain knowledge of structural behaviour structural systems commonly adapted by the construction industry including prestressed concrete and concrete-steel composite members. 

Necessary requirement for this class

Understanding of fundamentals of structural mechanics; fundamentals of reinforced concrete design (reinforced concrete technology, serviceability and ultimate limit state analysis.

Ground Improvement & Reinforcement

This class covers the principles and techniques of ground improvement and soil reinforcement. You’ll apply the appropriate design methods in various ground conditions including the use of computer-aided design.

Necessary requirement for this class

Understanding of the principles, techniques and methods of analysis for ground improvement and soil reinforcement, piles and pile groups, and the application of these techniques for design in various ground conditions.

Project Management

This class will develop your skills in the use of engineering practices in project management.  The focus is on the effective and efficient use of resources. Areas covered include:

  • introduction to project management techniques and project control
  • basic aspects of project teams
  • project networks
  • procedural and graphical presentation techniques
  • introduction to contract law
  • project budgetary control

Compulsory classes

For students undertaking MSc Civil Engineering with Geotechnical Engineering & Project Management

Rock Mechanics, Tunnelling & Groundwater

The class aims to provide you with an understanding of sub-surface geology and rock mechanics and its influence on the engineering design of slopes and tunnels.

You’ll gain an overview of groundwater flow through soil and rocks. You’ll be introduced to techniques for the in-situ measurement of permeability and methodologies for site investigation in dewatering projects. 

Necessary requirement for this class

Knowledge of mathematics (including basic differential equations, trigonometry, resolving forces), and of basic hydrology.

Ground Improvement & Reinforcement

This class covers the principles and techniques of ground improvement and soil reinforcement. You’ll apply the appropriate design methods in various ground conditions including the use of computer-aided design.

Necessary requirements for this class

Understanding of the principles, techniques and methods of analysis for ground improvement and soil reinforcement, piles and pile groups, and the application of these techniques for design in various ground conditions.

Slopes & Walls

This class aims to cover the design of geotechnical structures under ultimate conditions including slopes and retaining walls, based on Eurocode 7.

The syllabus covers these areas:

  • Introduction to geotechnical structures - slopes and embankments, shallow foundations, pile foundations, retaining walls
  • Stability Analysis of Geostructures
  • Earth Retaining Structures
  • Slope Stability

Necessary requirements for this class

Understanding of fundamentals of soil mechanics (principle of effective stress, compressibility and consolidation of soil, the shear strength of soils including the critical state framework).

Project Management

This class will develop your skills in the use of engineering practices in project management.  The focus is on the effective and efficient use of resources.  Areas covered includes:

  • introduction to project management techniques and project control
  • basic aspects of project teams
  • project networks
  • procedural and graphical presentation techniques
  • introduction to contract law
  • project budgetary control

Compulsory classes

For students undertaking MSc Civil Engineering with Geoenvironmental Engineering & Project Management

Site Investigation & Risk Assessment

This class explores the complete sequence of a site investigation:

  1. Desk study
  2. Site sampling organisation and techniques
  3. Data collection
  4. Chemical analysis

The class also covers data modelling and interpretation using risk assessment models. 

Contaminated Land

Within the background of land redevelopment (residential, industrial/commercial and gardens/parks), this class aims to provide insights into the remediation of contaminated land, including the regulatory framework and risk assessment, sampling & analysis, and various remedial techniques for contaminated land.

Necessary requirements for this class

Some previous knowledge of environmental engineering, environmental science, chemistry, or public health is beneficial.

Waste Management & Landfill Design
This class covers organisational and regulatory aspects of waste management practice in the UK: legislation, composition of domestic and industrial wastes, storage, collection, reception, and disposal of solid wastes, clinical wastes, sewage sludge disposal, recycling and recovery.
Project Management

This class will develop your skills in the use of engineering practices in project management.  The focus is on the effective and efficient use of resources.  Areas covered includes:

  • introduction to project management techniques and project control
  • basic aspects of project teams
  • project networks
  • procedural and graphical presentation techniques
  • introduction to contract law
  • project budgetary control

Compulsory classes

For students undertaking MSc Civil Engineering with Water Engineering & Project Management

Water & Wastewater Treatment Design

This module aims to develop a detailed understanding of treatment processes, as well as the ability to undertake design calculations sufficient to produce a concept and detailed design of a water and wastewater treatment plant.

Necessary requirement for this class

You must have a working knowledge of mathematics, equivalent to year-1 Calculus, and introductory knowledge of chemistry either from undergraduate or high school studies.

Water & Environmental Management

The module develops an understanding of the physical, chemical and biological parameters within surface water and how these relate to water quality, water quality objectives and pollution control strategy. The class also provides an introduction to water and wastewater treatment.

Urban Water Supply & Drainage Systems

This module aims to provide essential knowledge for the planning, management and efficient operation of urban water supply and sewerage systems.

Project Management

This class will develop your skills in the use of engineering practices in project management.  The focus is on the effective and efficient use of resources. Areas covered include:

  • introduction to project management techniques and project control
  • basic aspects of project teams
  • project networks
  • procedural and graphical presentation techniques
  • introduction to contract law
  • project budgetary control

Elective classes

List A

Ground Improvement & Reinforcement

This class covers the principles and techniques of ground improvement and soil reinforcement. You’ll apply the appropriate design methods in various ground conditions including the use of computer-aided design.

Site Investigation & Risk Assessment

This class explores the complete sequence of a site investigation:

  1. Desk study
  2. Site sampling organisation and techniques
  3. Data collection
  4. Chemical analysis
The class also covers data modelling and interpretation using risk assessment models.
Advanced Structural Analysis & Design

This class examines the links between form, geometric shape, and structural performance and design. It deals with different ways of breaking up a continuum, and how this affects global structural properties, structural concepts and preliminary design methods that are used in tension structures, and deployable structures.

You’ll also look at the fundamental principles of composite structures. 

Necessary requirements for this class

Understanding of structural analysis (finding reactions in statically determinate and indeterminate structures – trusses, beams, frames; Construction of shear force and bending moment diagrams; main principles of elastic analysis), a basic grounding in matrix algebra, basic programming knowledge (in any language).

Prestressed Concrete, Composite Materials & Structural Stability

The overall aim of the class is to provide you with strong skills in the structural behaviour, analysis and design of civil engineering structures.

You’ll gain an understanding of the fundamental principles of structural stability and become familiar with common types of bifurcation and buckling phenomena. This will allow you to formulate methods capable of dealing with geometrically non-linear structural behaviour.

You’ll also gain knowledge of structural behaviour structural systems commonly adapted by the construction industry including prestressed concrete and concrete-steel composite members. 

Necessary requirements for this class

Understanding of fundamentals of structural mechanics; fundamentals of reinforced concrete design (reinforced concrete technology, serviceability and ultimate limit state analysis.

Waste Management & Landfill Design

This class covers organisational and regulatory aspects of waste management practice in the UK including:

  • legislation
  • the composition of domestic and industrial wastes
  • storage
  • collection
  • reception and disposal of solid wastes
  • clinical wastes
  • sewage sludge disposal
  • recycling and recovery

Necessary requirements for this class

Some previous knowledge of environmental science, chemistry, or public health is beneficial, but not essential.

Project Management

This class will develop your skills in the use of engineering practices in project management.  The focus is on the effective and efficient use of resources.  Areas covered includes:

  • introduction to project management techniques and project control
  • basic aspects of project teams
  • project networks
  • procedural and graphical presentation techniques
  • introduction to contract law
  • project budgetary control
Rock Mechanics, Tunnelling & Groundwater

The class aims to provide you with an understanding of sub-surface geology and rock mechanics and its influence on the engineering design of slopes and tunnels.

You’ll gain an overview of groundwater flow through soil and rocks. You’ll be introduced to techniques for the in-situ measurement of permeability and methodologies for site investigation in dewatering projects. 

Necessary requirements for this class

Knowledge of mathematics (including basic differential equations, trigonometry, resolving forces), and of basic hydrology.

 

Hydrogeology

This class will help you to:

  • gain an understanding of Hydrogeology as a discipline
  • discuss and explore the physical mechanisms of water movement in the subsurface
  • undertake experiments in the lab that demonstrate key principals of groundwater movement
  • explore hydrogeological issues based on case studies
Renewable Energy Marine Systems
This class gives you an understanding of the ways in which the maritime environment can offer a significant contribution, in a sustainable manner, to global energy demands. You’ll undertake engineering assessments of the design and operation of marine energy generating systems.
Slopes & Walls

This class aims to cover the design of geotechnical structures under ultimate conditions including slopes and retaining walls, based on Eurocode 7.

The syllabus covers these areas:

  • Introduction to geotechnical structures - slopes and embankments, shallow foundations, pile foundations, retaining walls
  • Stability Analysis of Geostructures
  • Earth Retaining Structures
  • Slope Stability
Contaminated Land
You’ll gain knowledge of the relevant planning advice and legislation and determine appropriate remediation technologies and strategies.

This class introduces you to the problem of urban land reuse, the regulatory framework and risk assessment and the various remedial techniques to enable an understanding of the role of land recycling in urban development.

Water & Environmental Management

This module, run by the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, develops an understanding of the physical, chemical and biological parameters within surface water and how these relate to water quality, water quality objectives and pollution control strategy.

The class also provides an introduction to water and wastewater treatment.

Urban Water Supply & Drainage Systems

This module, run by the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, aims to provide essential knowledge for the planning, management and efficient operation of urban water supply and sewerage systems.

Water & Wastewater Treatment Design

This class gives you an understanding of water treatment and wastewater treatment processes. You’ll also develop the ability to undertake design calculations sufficient to produce a concept and detailed design of a water and wastewater treatment plant.

Necessary requirements for this class

You must have a working knowledge of mathematics, equivalent to year-1 Calculus, and introductory knowledge of chemistry either from undergraduate or high school studies.

ICT integrated in AEC

This module evaluates the innovative methodologies and approaches for adopting cutting-edge Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to address the myriad of issues related to the fragmented nature of Architecture/Engineering/Construction (AEC) industry. The module seeks to extend knowledge of ICT integrated practices and approaches in terms of innovative transdisciplinary solutions such as advanced manufacturing technologies the transportation/assembly of components, and intelligent decision making support.

Building Information Management

The aim of this module is to provide the students with insight about main concepts and principles of Building Information Management (BIM), vis-à-vis processes, protocols, and enabling technologies. The module is mainly concerned with recent paradigm shift within the Architecture/Engineering/Construction (AEC) industries worldwide to implement BIM Level 2 and target BIM Level 3 in all public projects as well as encouraging it in private projects. This module is also heavily inspired by the UK Government's BIM mandate to adopt BIM technologies and processes on all public sector projects from 2016.

Structural Health Monitoring
The course aims to provide the fundamentals of health monitoring of civil structures, and includes the following topics:
  • the logic of structural identification based on sensor observations
  • an overview of sensor technologies for civil applications, with focus on accelerometers, strain gauges, thermocouples, fiber-optic sensors and wireless sensors
  • numerical methods for signal processing and data analysis
  • analysis of case studies, including bridges, buildings and heritage structures

Necessary requirement for this class: understanding of structural mechanics, steel design and reinforced concrete design; basic knowledge of statistics; ​and an interest in using Matlab for data analysis.

Advanced Materials Science for Structures

This course gives a foundation in how building materials are formed or made, how they chemo-mechanically degrade and breakdown and some advanced scientific methods of analysis for conservation of historic and modern structures.

Building materials will be investigated at the micro-structural and nanoscale level to explore how chemical composition affects mechanical properties. Environmental and conservation principles will be addressed, as will quantitative understanding of water damage to building stone, brick and concrete and rising damp.

Necessary requirements for this class: Some understanding of materials science or chemistry, preferably at university level but not absolutely necessary. Comfortable with Maths, Physics and some basic Matlab programming.

List B

Global Water Policy

 This class aims to provide you with the ability to:

  • recognise the issues relating to overall global water policy and its interactions with other global issues
  • discuss the impact of climate change and economic development on water resources and availability
  • explore the different implementation issues based on regional case studies
  • explore the role of stakeholders on the acceptance and achievement of policy objectives
Financial Engineering

The class introduces elements of financial engineering that are applied to reduce risk of business insolvency and enhance the financial robustness of business enterprises.

Also covered are the essentials of financial engineering both as an academic discipline and as a strategy of financial and business risk management in the light of current conditions.

Principles of Environmental Microbiology

This class introduces microbiology in a manner that is of practical importance in environmental engineering and science.

Topics covered include:

  • the microbial ecology and microbiology of dilute nutrient solutions such as lakes, subsurface environmental and biological treatment processes
  • microbial physiology
  • biochemistry
  • biodegradation
  • public health aspects of microbiology
Fundamentals of Environmental Forensics

This class provides you with an understanding of:

  • environmental forensics as a subject
  • a range of contaminants found in the environment, and their fate and transport
  • approach and analytical techniques to determine the responsible parties for contamination found in the environment
  • real-world applications of environmental forensics
Science, Technology & Innovation Policy

This class aims to introduce the conceptual and practical issues underlying policy-making processes, with a particular focus on the significance of science and technology policies and innovation management strategies and the application of these for the economic, social and environmental objectives of policy in the context of sustainable development.

The module also aims to explore questions as to how innovations occur and how they can be managed to enhance the objectives of sustainability. A major aspect of the module is the systems approach to innovation management, particularly with respect to the design of research strategies and the generation and use of knowledge.

Environmental Pollution Management

This class develops in-depth knowledge & skills regarding the science, engineering & management of environmental pollution control approaches to protect public health.

The class achieves these aims through research-led teaching at the interface between public health and environmental engineering, with a particular focus on methodologies based on risk-centred approaches.

Lecture sessions are complemented by industrial & government case studies in contemporary air quality management practice.

Air Pollution, Climate Change & Human Health

This class provides you with knowledge and skills related to atmospheric pollution impacts, ranging from local to global scales.

This includes a focus on the assessment & management of impacts on human health through interface between the public health sciences of environmental epidemiology and environmental toxicology; and environmental engineering approaches to manage environmental risks.

Independent Study in Collaboration with Industry

This class will allow students carrying out placements and projects with industry to develop and refine professional skills while gaining credits in the process.

One project will be the small or medium sized enterprise (SME) Carbon Audit that students carry out with training from Carbon Trust. A placement type project activity is another possibility, by individual agreement.

Approval of students being able to take this module would be done on case-by-case basis by MSc course leaders. You’ll be selected by competitive application and CV. 

Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
This practical-based classe provides a thorough introduction to the rapidly growing field of Geographical Information Science.

The class covers the key theoretical principles but also provides many computer-based exercises using current state-of-the-art Geographical Information Systems (GIS) – namely IDRISI and ArcGIS. The class evaluates how GIS can be used for spatial query and analysis, while at the same time assessing the quality and the effectiveness of the resultant products in terms of their use.
Design Management
To provide a structured introduction to the Design Management process, issues and tools.
Pollution and Rehabilitation of Degraded Ecosystems

The class looks at:

  • ecological principles (organism, population, community, & ecosystem levels)
  • the impact of various forms of pollution on ecosystems
  • options available for monitoring pollution impacts;
  • remediation alternatives, recovery management, or ways to enhance environmental systems
Risk Management

Under Health and Safety legislation, and under the wider European Post-Seveso Directives, it's mandatory for any industries to carry out risk assessments with the aim of showing that risk is “As Low As Reasonably Practicable”.

This class aims to introduce the fundamental techniques of risk analysis and risk-informed decision making. You'll have the opportunity to learn the general principles of methods and their place in risk management, as well as the chance to develop skills in applying these methods to variety of engineering examples.

Environmental Impact Assessment

This class provides an introduction to the methods used to predict environmental impacts, and evaluates how these may be used to integrate environmental factors into decisions.

The class draws principally on the UK planning context of environmental impact assessment of individual projects (project EIA), but also takes account of EIA experience in other countries and international organisations.

City Systems & Infrastructure

This class provides you with a comprehensive understanding of the complex and interrelated systems upon which cities depend, whilst developing knowledge of urban processes, technologies and infrastructure options for sustainable cities.

Public Health Studies

This class, run by the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, develops students’ understanding of public and environmental health, and the multidisciplinary approach in preventative and proactive action to safeguarding public health.

A diverse range of subjects are covered ranging from the risk assessment approach taken with respect to protecting the public from private water supplies, to the role of environmental health professionals in the prevention of the spread of infectious disease.

The class also provides students with fundamental knowledge regarding Health Improvement/Promotion and Health Protection, including the different methods used and the variety of agencies involved.

Strategic Environmental Assessment in Action

This class, run by the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, allows students to develop theoretical and applied understanding of key principles of sustainability and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA).

SEA is a significant appraisal and decision-aiding tool that evaluates the environmental impacts of policies, plans and programmes, such as a transportation policy or a local development plan.

Information Management

This module, run by the Department of Design, Manufacture & Engineering Management, gives students an understanding of the types of different approaches, techniques and systems used in building information based systems.

Topics include the software engineering process, requirements specification, visual modelling and an understanding of information storage and retrieval systems.

Leading Issues in Circular Economy

This class, run by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering with a strong industry input, introduces circular economy as a systems-based concept in which production is designed to be restorative and regenerative, while waste is designed out of the system. Circular economy is thus featured as a reaction to the conventional dispensation of the linear ‘make-use-dispose’ economy, and as a framework for the development and management of a sustainable, 'waste-as-resource' economic system. The implications of the concept for research, policy and industrial practice are also explored as these relate to innovation and knowledge production; social trends; consumer behaviour and market trends; conservation and sustainable use of energy and material resources; climate change and environmental sustainability; and design of business models for green enterprise development and for sustainable growth and employment generation. 

Learning & teaching

The course has two semesters of taught classes. Some classes involve fieldtrips and/or lab work. For fieldtrips, you need to wear warm clothing, waterproof jacket/trousers and sturdy shoes/boots (e.g. hiking boots or non-slip wellington boots).

For lab work, you’ll need a lab coat. At the start of your course you’ll attend a two-day induction welcoming you to the department.

Entry requirements

Normally, a first or upper second-class Honours degree from a UK university (or equivalent overseas qualification) in any civil engineering discipline.

Applicants with a degree in environmental engineering, earth sciences, maths, physics and mechanical engineering may also be considered.

Lower degree classifications might be considered if there is strength elsewhere (for example, relevant work experience, excellent final project/dissertation, very strong academic letter of reference, very strong application statement linking with career goals.)

English language requirements

For candidates whose first language is not English, minimum standards of written and spoken English are an IELTS minimum overall band score of 6.5 (no individual test score below 5.5). Applicants with slightly lower scores have the opportunity to attend the University's Pre-Sessional English classes to bring them up to the required level.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit International Study Centre and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Fees & funding

2018/19

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

  • £7,800

Rest of UK

  • £9,250

International

  • £18,750

How can I fund my course?

Faculty of Engineering scholarships

Faculty of Engineering Excellence Scholarship (FEES)

We're offering a substantial number of Faculty of Engineering Excellence Scholarship (FEES) for new self-funded, international (non-EU) fee paying students with excellent academic qualifications.

It's a scholarship for £2,700 towards course tuition fees for an MSc programme.

Eligibility

Students must achieve a minimum of a 2:1 (or equivalent) in their undergraduate degree to be considered.

More engineering scholarships
Take a look at a full list of scholarships available in the Faculty of Engineering.

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students starting in 2017 may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England can apply for Postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Wales

Postgraduate students starting in 2017 who are ordinarily resident in Wales can apply for support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. We are waiting on further information being released about this support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students starting in 2017 who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland can apply for support from Student Finance NI. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. We are waiting on further information being released about this support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

International students

We have a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

Careers

High-calibre civil engineers are in demand throughout the world. As a graduate you'll have many different career options including:

  • engineering consultancies, where the work normally involves planning and designing projects
  • contractors, where you’ll be managing and overseeing works on-site
  • working for utilities or local authorities
  • working for large companies such as those within oil & gas production, mining, power generation, renewable energy & sustainable infrastructure

MSc Civil Engineering with Structural Engineering & Project Management

Structural engineers are a key part of the design and construction team, working alongside civil engineers, architects and other construction professionals.

Together they create all kinds of structures from houses, theatres, sports stadia and hospitals to bridges, oil rigs and space satellites. Additionally, structural engineers are charged with developing existing structures to ensure that they remain safe, fit for purpose and take into account environmental and sustainability issues that may not have been understood when the structures were first designed.

As well as working in building construction, you could use your skills to work in

  • construction design
  • project management
  • research
  • lecturing

With experience, you could move into consultancy work, for example providing services to building insurers. You could also work overseas on construction and engineering projects, for example with disaster relief agencies.

MSc Civil Engineering with Geotechnical Engineering & Project Management

There is a huge skills shortage in the geotechnical industry worldwide and, despite the recent economic downturn, this need continues. This is partly to do with the fact that 50% of the Chartered Engineers in the field are expected to retire within ten years.

There is an increasing need to respond to the demands created by ageing infrastructure, sustainable transport infrastructure and the challenges created by climate change. Geotechnical Engineering Consultants specialise in projects involving

  • site investigation
  • foundation design
  • foundation repair

and expert advice on soil, rock and groundwater aspects in relation to a project’s feasibility, buildability or dispute resolution.

MSc Civil Engineering with Geoenvironmental Engineering & Project Management

Geoenvironmental engineering is an emerging field at the interface between infrastructure and the natural environment. The complex environmental challenges that we face in the 21st century require a transdisciplinary approach.

Geoenvironmental engineers draw skills from civil and environmental engineering; earth and environmental sciences; and environmental chemistry and microbiology.

Geoenvironmental engineering graduates have exciting career opportunities in:

  • environmental risk assessment
  • management and remediation of contaminated soils and water
  • environmental impact assessment
  • water and sanitation engineering
  • water resource management
  • contaminant fate and transport
  • waste management
  • international development

MSc Civil Engineering with Water Engineering & Project Management

The World Economic Forum’s Global Risks 2015 Report ranked water as the global risk with the greatest potential to impact economies and societies over the next decade. Efficient water management is necessary to safeguard future water supplies.

Water management involves planning, development and sustainable use of water resources while satisfying the relevant regulatory requirements. As well as traditional Civil Engineering, water management offers careers in areas such as water services, infrastructure management and water dependent sectors such as agriculture. In addition to new systems (for example, less than 10% of the cultivated land in Africa employs irrigation), there is an urgent need for investment to renew aging water infrastructure worldwide. Water scarcity affects more than 40% of the global population while 2.4 billion people lack access to basic sanitation services.

How much will I earn?

As a contracting civil engineer, the average graduate starting salary is around £23,500. With five years' experience, this could rise to £28,523.*

*Information intended only as a guide

Post Study Work

The University of Strathclyde can endorse graduates on a visa that allows them to engage in business. The Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Scheme is for international students who have an innovative business idea and want to work in the UK (initial permission to stay of 12 months, with a possible extension of 12 months if suitable progress is made). The Strathclyde Entrepreneurial Network (SEN) can give support and guidance to help you develop your business idea.

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Apply

Home/EU/Rest of UK students

When submitting your application, please upload full copies of degree transcripts, CV, a supporting statement and academic reference letters if available. 

International students

Please upload copies of supporting documentation when submitting your MSc application (including full degree transcripts, CV and Supporting Statement). See 'Frequently Asked Questions' for further details on documents and tuition fees. We advise applications are submitted in time to fulfil all academic and financial conditions by the end of July.

Civil Engineering with Industrial Placement

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Jan 2019, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

Civil Engineering

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2018, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

Civil Engineering

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2018, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

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