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Mode of Study
Part-time, Full-time
Duration
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Start Date
October 2020
Accredited
Yes

Overview

Do you want to develop your knowledge of civil engineering to postgraduate level, work towards Chartered Engineer status and have the opportunity to specialise in earthquake, environmental, geotechnical or structural engineering?

On this Master's in Civil Engineering MSc degree course, you'll focus on environmental management for civil engineering in different phases of projects, including the planning, designing, constructing and managing of public works.

You’ll develop strategic and general management skills and learn the theory behind the Finite Element Method (FEM) analysis and its application.

Specialist pathways

You'll deliver an integrated design project, where you can focus on an aspect of Civil Engineering such as Earthquake, Structural, Geotechnical or Environmental Engineering. You can further develop your specialist research on your dissertation, using experimental and numerical methods.

You'll graduate with an award that reflects the specialism you focused on in your design project, for example, MSc Civil Engineering with Earthquake Engineering or MSc Civil Engineering with Structural Engineering.

When you graduate, you'll have the expertise to enter a career in areas that reflect your specialist skills.

Accredited by:

This course is accredited by the Engineering Council, meeting the requirements for Further Learning for CEng for candidates who have already acquired an accredited CEng (partial) BEng (Hons) or an accredited IEng (full) BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree.

Entry requirements​

MSc Civil Engineering Master's degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • A good honours degree in Civil Engineering or a related subject, or equivalent industrial and work experience.
English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Learn the science behind civil engineering, using analytical structural analysis, numerical analysis, and solving engineering problems using the finite element method (FEM) and FEM software packages
  • Understand topics including environmental issues associated with civil engineering projects, management in the construction industry, and the development of organisational and project strategic direction
  • Have the option to specialise in a specific area of civil engineering in your design project and dissertation
  • Learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and discussion groups, and benefit from the expertise of our academic staff as well as experienced practitioners from outside organisations
  • Use our laboratory facilities, including an environmental lab and computing equipment
  • Apply your skills to practical problems as part of our partnership schemes with local and global organisations

Specialist pathway options

The degree you graduate with depends on what area you focus on in your design project and dissertation. Your options are as follows.

MSc Civil Engineering

You can focus on any aspect of the design task in your civil engineering design project, while your dissertation will allow you the opportunity for in-depth learning of any technical area of civil engineering, such as materials or transportation.

MSc Civil Engineering with Earthquake Engineering

Your design project will focus on structural and geotechnical design to resist earthquakes.

Your dissertation could consider seismic-related analysis of structures and foundations, such as soil-structure interaction and site response analysis. You could use experimental and numerical methods.

MSc Civil Engineering with Environmental Engineering

On this pathway, you'll cover issues such as pollution, public health and resource management, and study the impacts they make.

MSc Civil Engineering with Geotechnical Engineering

On this pathway, you'll develop the analytical and technical skills – such as ground investigations and soil structure testing  – needed to solve geotechnical problems in civil engineering projects.

MSc Civil Engineering with Structural Engineering

You'll learn about the design and construction processes in structural engineering and develop the expertise to plan, design, construct and manage large-scale structural engineering projects.

Careers and opportunities

Civil engineers need a wide range of skills and abilities in order to meet society's changing needs. When you graduate from the MSc Civil Engineering degree course, you'll have the expert knowledge, technical skills and competencies that employers in industry expect

What can you do with a Civil Engineering degree?

Areas you can work include:

  • Civil engineering
  • Site engineering
  • Construction
  • Consultancy
  • Project management

What you'll study on this MSc Civil Engineering degree course

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

You'll need to study modules worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 30 credits and 1 module worth 60 credits.

Due to changing circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we may need to make changes to courses to ensure your safety and to ensure compliance with Government guidelines. We'll provide you with as much notice as possible of any such changes. Your course leader will inform you of these. Changes may include things such as modules being taught in teaching block 2 instead of teaching block 1 and teaching activities occurring in smaller group sizes.

Modules

Core modules are:

  • Civil Engineering Science
  • Design Project: Earthquake, Environmental, Geotechnical or Structural Engineering
  • Dissertation
  • Environmental Management for Civil Engineering
  • Strategic and General Management

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry.

Work experience and career planning

We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the construction industry, or in related fields.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • discussion groups
  • independent learning strategies

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • Teaching block 1 – September to December (October to December for some courses in 2020/21 only)
  • Assessment period 1 – January (and early February for some courses in 2020/21 only)
  • Teaching block 2 – January to May (February to May for some courses in 2020/21 only)
  • Assessment period 2 – May to June

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through:

  • examinations
  • coursework
  • projects
  • dissertation

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2020 start)

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students

  • Full-time: £9,000
  • Part-time: £4,500 per year (may be subject to annual increase)

International students

  • Full-time: £16,400
  • Part-time: £8,200 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending. 

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

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

Apply

Start your application by following the link below:

International students

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us (above) or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

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