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Civil & Environmental Engineering Postgraduate FAQs

1. Where can I get information on courses?
Visit our Postgraduate Study page to find full details of what we offer.
2. Is my background suitable?

For our PhD and MRes Degrees, we accept applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds. 

These MSc courses are also offered to students from all disciplinary backgrounds, including social sciences, arts, agriculture, marketing, IT, accounting and business, law, sciences and engineering:

  • MSc Environmental Entrepreneurship 
  • MSc Sustainability & Environmental Studies

These MSc courses require a specific life science, environmental science, earth science or engineering background but many different backgrounds are accepted:

  • MSc Civil Engineering
  • MSc Civil Engineering with Industrial Placement
  • MSc Environmental Engineering
  • MSc Environmental Health Sciences
  • MSc Hydrogeology
  • MRes Geo-Environmental Engineering 
  • MRes Integrated Pollution Prevention & Control (IPPC)
3. How do I apply?

Applications for postgraduate study are made online via the Pegasus system. There is no application fee to pay.

MSc Programme Application

You’ll find the online application button on your chosen course web page.

You’ll be asked to input your contact details and then you’ll receive an email. You’ll then receive an email from Registry with your username and password to log into your application – please keep it in a safe place.

You’ll also need to check your online application in Pegasus for details of any offer that’s been made, approximately seven days after your application has been submitted.

Your application is only fully complete once you click on the submit button and the status changes to ‘application submitted’.

Research degrees (MRes, MPhil or PhD applications)

Application for research degrees will be made on the individual course pages.

What is required?

When completing your application form, please upload copies of supporting documentation including:

Supporting documentation

When completing the online application form, please upload copies of supporting documentation, including:

  • Bachelor and any previous Masters degree transcripts showing all grades and subjects (if awaiting final result, please upload all current degree transcripts)
  • Bachelor and any previous Masters degree certificates showing final award and classification
  • IELTS minimum score 6.5 total (with no individual section score lower than 5.5). Applicants from West African countries may be able to provide evidence of WAEC Grade C5 or above in English, if dated within the past 10 years. Candidates will be informed if they are eligible for any exceptions.
  • Those with IELTS 6.0 may be able to improve their level to meet the UKBA requirements by first undertaking and passing a Pre-Sessional English Language course at University of Strathclyde from June to September (separate fees apply).
  • A copy of your CV if you have relevant work experience and a Supporting Statement outlining your motivation for the course.
  • Two official references (at least one of which should be an academic reference; the other can be an employer if the field is relevant to your chosen area of study). You can either upload official reference letters to your application as an attachment, or you should provide the referees’ email addresses in the online form, so that we can contact them on your behalf.
  • [FOR PHD/MRES ONLY]: A research statement, outlining your research interests and your future career aspirations. 

International students

Additional requirements (may be submitted at a later stage):

  • Copy of your main passport page showing valid passport number and photo
  • Provide a £2,000 deposit towards tuition fees, OR official evidence of full sponsorship from a recognised institution (the deposit is refundable in the case of a visa not being issued by the UK visa authorities).This should be provided by June at the latest to ensure sufficient time to apply for a visa. Please initially provide as much of the above as possible - once all the above documentation has been provided and approved as suitable, an unconditional CAS offer document will be provided. Conditional offer letters can be made in the meantime, if you are still awaiting documentation.


4. What is the deadline for applications?

International Applicants

For September entry, due to visa processing time, we advise that applications with all supporting documentation are submitted before June, to allow sufficient time to apply for your Tier4 Student visa.

The £2,000 deposit must be paid before you can apply for your visa, and applicants will also need to provide the visa authorities with evidence of the full balance of funding (including living expenses). Overseas applicants who have evidence of full sponsorship may be able to apply by the end of July, if all paperwork is provided & complete.

Home/EU Applicants

For September entry, we advise applications are submitted as soon as possible. When submitting your application, please upload full copies of degree transcripts, CV, a supporting statement and academic reference letters if available.

If you're awaiting final undergraduate degree results, copies of all current degree transcripts, CV, Supporting Statement and two academic references will be required to assess your suitability for the programme in the meantime.


Note - for MSc Civil Engineering with Industrial Placement applicants, this course starts in January, and therefore it is advised applications are submitted before end November for international students, or end December for home/EU applicants.

5. Can I send my supporting paperwork by email?

Supporting documentation should be uploaded as individual attachments via the Pegasus online application system.

If you have any difficulties with uploading your documents, you can contact a member of the Department's admissions team by clicking on the Messaging Service link within the online application system.

6. Can I apply now for next year's entry?
It's usually possible to apply in advance for the next academic session. Once the following year's application session is open, you'll be able to access the 'Apply' links for September entry, which will be located within the 'Apply' section of each individual course webpage.
7. Can I apply for SAAS funding? (Home/EU students only)

Funding for Home/EU students is now available for all our Department's MSc courses. This is in the form of a universal student loan entitlement of £10,000 for all eligible one year full-time taught postgraduate students. This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500.

Part-time MSc students studying over two years can apply for tuition fee loan of up to £2,750 per year.

Further details are available via Student Awards Agency Scotland website.

8. Where can I get information on international scholarships/funding?

Further information can be found within:

 Select 'Civil & Environmental Engineering' and 'postgraduate study' within the drop-down boxes at the top of the University scholarships & funding page.

9. Can I submit an application for more than one MSc course offered by the Department?

Due to the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering being unable to make an applicant multiple offers for different MSc courses, it is advisable to submit one MSc application only, for your preferred first choice course.

You're welcome to make a note on your application form/personal statement if you have a second choice course, and in the event your preferred course application is unsuccessful, we would consider you for an alternative if you meet the entry requirements.

Having been given an offer for a specific course, students can later change their mind and swap the course if they wish, provided it complies with entry requirements.

10. Can I study by distance learning?

Yes, it is possible to study some of our MSc courses via distance learning. Our Distance Learning courses enable you to complete an MSc without studying at our Glasgow campus, enabling you to balance study with existing work and family commitments.

Modules are taught using online material (e.g. by video, podcasts, webinars and presentations) as well as providing access to online forums, live web chats and dedicated staff support.

The courses currently available via Distance Learning are:

For further information, visit our Flexible learning pages.

11. Can I study part time?

Home Students - yes, part-time study is possible for all MSc courses. Apply through the part-time 'option' on the individual course page.

Overseas students -  no, unfortunately, it isn't possible to study any of the postgraduate courses part-time at Strathclyde campus, due to Tier 4 Student visa regulations. However there are alternative distance and flexible learning options.

12. What does part time study involve?

Part-time study involves attendance at classes, completing one third of course (60 taught credits) in Year 1, another third of course (60 taught credits) in Year 2 and the project/dissertation in Year 3. Note that it is possible for the project/dissertation to be done in Year 2.

Often, students who are working, do a project/dissertation of interest to their employer.

Depending on the timetable and option classes chosen, part-time study may require just one or two days work release per week for the 22 weeks of the taught terms. View current timetables.

13. What are the tuition fees?
Please visit the University Fees page for more details on Postgraduate tuition fees for home, international and RUK students.

Tuition fees may be subject to an annual increase. There is no application fee payable.


Early payment 3% discount

The University normally offers a 3% discount to full-time students who pay their tuition fees in full by end August, provided students are full-time, fully self-funded and are receiving no other discounts or scholarships.

14. Can I pay the fees by instalments?

Yes, a 3-payment instalment plan is offered by the University.

Find out more information about paying by instalments.

15. What is the difference between a PhD, MRes and an MSc?

An MSc is 67% Taught (120 credits of taught classes), 33% Project (worth 60 credits).

An MRes is 33% Taught (60 credits of taught classes), 67% Project (worth 120 credits).

A PhD is 100% Research.

16. Can I use an MRes to progress to a PhD?

Yes, subject to satisfactory progress this can be done in two ways:

  • You can do the MRes first (one year full time) and then do the PhD (three years full time).
  • You can do the MRes first (one year full time) but then do not graduate with an MRes. Instead the MRes year becomes equivalent to the first year of the PhD. A further two years of full time study completes the PhD programme.
17. Can I take an MSc by only doing a few classes per year?

Yes - this is called Flexible Learning by Open Access. You can do a couple of classes per year, adding up eventually to a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc (up to the maximum time of 60 months).

This option is currently available to home students who are able to attend classes on campus.

Visit our Flexible learning pages for further information.

18. What does First or Upper Second-Class Honours degree mean?

In UK universities, undergraduate honours degrees are classified as follows:

  • First Class Honours = 70% or above
  • Upper Second Class Honours = 60% - 69%

Our entry requirements accept International qualifications which are of an equivalent standard to a First or Upper Second-Class honours degree from a UK university.

We consult with the UK National Qualifications Agency NARIC on international qualification equivalencies. Please be aware that in other countries, the equivalent classification to a UK First Class or Upper Second Class Honours degree may require a higher overall average mark, such as a minimum of 80%.

Although normally at least 2:1 is required, lower degree classifications may be considered if there is strength elsewhere (e.g. substantial relevant work experience, excellent final project/dissertation).

19. Are the courses accredited by professional bodies?

Our MSc Civil Engineering, MSc Environmental Engineering and MSc Hydrogeology courses are 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.

Our MSc Sustainability & Environmental Studies course is 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) undergraduate first degree.

See www.jbm.org.uk for further information.


20. Does the course or individual classes qualify for CPD?
We can provide certificates of attendance at request. Please visit our Flexible Learning page for more details.
21. What career and job opportunities are available after postgraduate study?

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

Additionally, many of the MRes students (and some of the MSc students) progress to a PhD. You can find out more by reading the careers section within each MSc/MRes course page. You can also read the student/graduate recommendations within each MSc/MRes course page, to discover the type of jobs students get as a result of their postgraduate degree.

Please visit the University's Career Opportunities web page to find out more regarding opportunities in the engineering, environmental and sustainability sectors.

22. Do you hold a Postgraduate Open Day where I can look around the Department?

We normally hold a Postgraduate Open Evening in April each year.
The next Postgraduate Open Evening will be held on Wednesday 19th April from 4.00pm - 6.00pm at the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, James Weir Building, Room 5.09b, Montrose Street, Glasgow, G1 1XJ.

The Registration page provides further information if you wish to attend this event.

For those who are unable to attend the Open Evening, we are happy for prospective students to visit the Department and make an appointment to speak with the relevant Course staff. We also hold an online web chat in February and May each year, with the opportunity to ask our staff questions about the courses.

23. Where can I find information for new students?

Please visit our page containing information page for incoming students (including useful advice for international students).

This page also includes forthcoming key University calendar dates.

24. What are the benefits of studying in the city of Glasgow?

Host City of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and named European City of the Year 2011, Glasgow is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city which offers a welcoming student experience.

Find out more about the City of Glasgow.

25. Do you offer any placements or links with industry?

The MSc Civil Engineering with Industrial Placement programme enables students to undertake an 8-12 week placement with a wide range of companies including:

  • Atkins
  • Capita
  • CH2M Hill
  • ClimateXChange

The MSc Environmental Engineering programme is associated with the following companies who have provided projects and supervision for students in the class 'Independent Study in Collaboration with Industry' and Dissertations:

  • Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK)
  • Scottish Water
  • Scottish Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Association
  • Scottish Wildlife
  • Scottish Canals
  • Scottish Analytical Services for Archaeology & Arts

The MSc Environmental Entrepreneurship includes a 'Client Based Entrepreneurship in Practice' class which sees students carry out a 4 month project of interest to a client, while at the same time contributing to ecopreneurship in practice.

In addition, with the 'Independent Study in Collaboration with Industry' class, you can apply to work with industry projects (such as the carbon clinic in collaboration with the Carbon Trust).

Students on the MSc Hydrogeology programme have the opportunity to undertake their research project in Malawi, and work on various projects with non-government organisations.

26. What is the difference between a Postgraduate Certificate, a Postgraduate Diploma and an MSc?

For more information on the difference between a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and an MSc, please visit the Prospects Page