MSc

Civil Engineering with Structural Engineering

Gain specialist expertise in modern structural engineering

Star Course Overview

Why take this course?

As large structures dominate our skylines and our infrastructure is of utmost necessity, it is important that we have professionals who are equipped to manage and develop the modern world that we live in.

Our course aims to extend your understanding of the core disciplines of civil engineering and provides an in-depth insight into the current design and construction practices for structural engineering works.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Attend lectures and seminars given by practitioners from client, contracting and consulting organisations
  • Apply your skills to real-life practical problems as part of our partnership schemes with local and global organisations
  • Opt to study overseas at a variety of European universities through the ERASMUS exchange scheme

 

What opportunities might it lead to?

This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng (Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • civil engineering
  • structural engineering
  • construction
  • consultancy
  • project management

Key Facts

Duration
1 year full time, 2 years part time
Entry
A good honours degree in Civil Engineering or a related subject, or equivalent industrial and work experience. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
Fees

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2016/17: full time: £6,400, part time: £3,200 p/a* (2 years)

International students
2016/17: full time: £13,700, part time: £6,850 p/a* (2 years)

* Fees are subject to annual increase.

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Contact
technology.admissions@port.ac.uk
+44 (0)23 9284 2555
Department
School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Programme specification
Programme specification (PT)

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The course is divided into three stages, the first two stages are generally taught through formal tuition, with stage three covering independent research in an academic or industrial setting.

You will build upon established fundamental civil/construction engineering and project management principles in order to confidently apply them to a range of complex construction project problems with due regard to the reliability and safety of structural designs.

Here are the units you will study:

  • Environmental Management for Civil Engineering: This introduces you to the main environmental issues associated with civil engineering projects and how they are considered and mitigated in the Environmental Assessment process.
  • Civil Engineering Science: In this unit you will study integrated topics of analytical structural analysis, numerical analysis and solving engineering problems. Whilst being an introduction to the finite element method (FEM) and application of FEM software packages, this unit aims to give you the ability to solve engineering problems in the design of real structures.
  • Structural Engineering Design Project: This unit gives you an opportunity for simulating the design activities of a civil engineering consultancy. Project briefs are typically drawn from the work of professional contacts in the civil engineering industry. You will be required to make professional contacts, obtain advice and guidance, carry out research and conduct site visits outside the University.
  • Strategic and General Management: You will cover management in the construction industry, and the development of organisational and project strategic direction, taking into account internal and external environments.
  • Independent Research Project: This covers the generic research framework within which new knowledge is discovered, and involves the practical application of research skills and techniques to a chosen system within the construction industry.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching on this course will focus on small lectures, seminars and discussion groups. It will also centre on supporting your independent learning strategies, which tutorials will help to develop.

How are you assessed?

Assessment can take many forms and is geared towards the subject matter in a way that encourages a deeper understanding and allows you to develop your skills. It includes:

  • examinations
  • coursework
  • projects
  • a dissertation

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Laboratories

We offer you a range of labs where you can carry out materials and structures testing, fluid flow modelling and chemical investigation, as well as an onsite environmental laboratory located at a real sewage treatment works. All are well equipped with industry-standard experimental and computational facilities.

ERASMUS Exchange Scheme

We have active exchange opportunities with a variety of European universities, which are funded through the ERASMUS programme and allow you to experience learning within another context. Current partners include:

  • Aalborg Universitet, (Denmark)
  • University of Trondheim (Norway)
  • TecUniversidad de, Sevilla, (Spain)
  • UniverzaV Ljubljana, (Slovenia)
  • Tecnische Universitat Wien, Vienna, (Austria)
  • Thessaloniki (Greece)
  • Istanbul Ticaret Universitesi, Istanbul (Turkey)
  • Iceland Academy of Arts, Ljubljana (Slovenia)
  • RWTH Aachen (Germany) Estonian Academy of Arts, Estonia (Tallin)

Maths Café

Drop in any time and get one-to-one help with that tricky maths or stats problem. With handouts on key topics to take away and computer-aided learning packages, we can get the problem solved and help you improve your numeracy skills.


 

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.

Other costs to consider

We provide you with hard hats and Hi-Vis vests. However, you will need to buy your own safety boots which cost approximately £35.

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Career prospects

In an uncertain and increasingly competitive environment, the civil engineer is required to develop a wide range of skills and abilities to stay abreast of current industrial needs. Therefore, this course is designed to equip you with knowledge, skills and competencies that employers in the construction industry expect. Alongside the technical topics, we will introduce you to commercial and interpersonal skills that illustrate the employment context of construction industry professionals.

From roads and bridges to skyscrapers and airports, as a qualified civil engineer with specialist expertise in the area of structural engineering, your knowledge and skills will be in high demand for a huge variety of large-scale building projects.

Overall, the delivery of this course and its opportunities for you to interact with the industry throughout your studies means the employment rate of our civil engineering graduates is excellent.

Career planning

One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the support that we provide to our Master's and Research Degrees students in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service – Purple Door – can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. Help is also available if you wish to find a part-time job while studying your degree.

We offer our postgraduate students and alumni one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser, or an online service for those not able to travel back to the University. Our alumni can call on our career services for five years after graduation.

In addition, regular employability events offer you the chance to meet employers, find out about different career sectors and improve your applications or CV. The Graduate Summer Programme provides a range of guidance and employability seminars and workshops.

Benefits of Postgraduate Study

Regardless of whether you are seeking to build on your studies, further your career or pursue a career change, a postgraduate qualification adds to your achievement record.

  • Postgraduate study may greatly improve your chances of getting that first break.
  • Many graduate employers prefer the higher intellectual rigour displayed in postgraduate students.
  • Recruiters for roles requiring specialist knowledge or research particularly target those with higher level qualifications.
  • Postgraduate study shows you can take the challenge of in-depth study; acquiring transferable skills in team working and problem solving techniques.
  • If you have a passion for a particular subject, postgraduate study can also be something undertaken as part of your own development at an appropriate time in your life.

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Your application will be received by the University Admissions Centre for consideration.

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International Students

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Fees and Funding

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