Civil Engineering with Structural Engineering MSc
MSc Civil Engineering with Structural Engineering
If you're ready to take your engineering experience or education into the fields of civil and structural engineering, our MSc Civil Engineering with Structural Engineering degree course is the perfect way to advance your career.
Building on your previous work and study, you'll learn about the design and construction processes in structural engineering. You'll also cover topics such as environmental management, civil engineering science, and strategic and general management. When you graduate, you'll be an expert with the skills and knowledge to plan, design, construct and manage large-scale structural engineering projects.
You'll also have satisfied the educational requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) – so you'll be well-set to advance your civil or structural engineering career, or to pursue associated professions like construction and project management.
What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:
- Benefit from the expertise of our academic staff and practitioners from client, contracting and consulting organisations
- Get to grips with real-life practical problems, thanks to the University's links with local and global businesses
- Unpack 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
- Complete a Structural Engineering Design Project based on your own research. You'll conduct site visits outside the University and receive support from professionals in the industry
- Use our labs, which are equipped with the latest experimental and computational facilities used by engineers
- Have access to our extensive library resources and get help with tricky problems at our Maths Cafe
- Be able to study overseas through the ERASMUS exchange scheme
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.
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.
Careers and opportunities
Your knowledge and skills will be in demand for many large-scale building projects. And because you're given plenty of opportunities to develop industry contacts during your studies, you'll be in a strong position to secure work once you graduate. Alongside technical know-how, you'll also have the commercial and interpersonal skills to give you the edge.
Career opportunities include:
- Civil engineering
- Structural engineering
- Project management
The MSc Civil Engineering with Structural Engineering degree course meets 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.
- 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.
Tuition fees (2019 start)
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
- Full time – £8,700
- Part time – £4,350 (subject to annual increase)
- Full time – £15,900
- Part time – £7,950 (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.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
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.
You'll be provided with hard hats and Hi-Vis vests. However, you'll need to buy your own safety boots, which cost around £35.
What you'll study
Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 units worth 30 credits and 1 unit worth 60 credits.
Core units include:
- Environmental Management for Civil Engineering
- Civil Engineering Science
- Structural Engineering Design Project
- Strategic and General Management
- Independent Project
Changes to course content
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 and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
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
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
Teaching on this course includes:
- discussion groups
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:
- Autumn teaching block – September to December
- Spring teaching block – January to Easter
- Assessment period – Easter to June
Most teaching takes place during the day, on Thursdays, Fridays and very occasionally on Saturdays. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
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 practice and formal assessments so you can improve in future.
Apply for this course using our online application form.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us 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.