Description of Civil Engineering

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Our programme provides graduate engineers with advanced capabilities and in-depth knowledge in a range of aspects to civil engineering - bridge engineering, construction management, geotechnical, structural and water engineering.

Why Surrey?

Five study streams can be accessed by students on the Civil Engineering programme – Bridge Engineering, Construction Management, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering and Water Engineering.

The programme is organised and delivered by university staff, as well as practising engineers from consultancies and local authorities.

Programme overview

Our Civil Engineering programme aims to provide graduate engineers with advanced capabilities and in-depth knowledge in a range of specialised aspects of civil engineering. It is also designed to update the technical skills of practising engineers engaged in the planning, design, construction and operation of civil engineering works and to contribute to a personal professional development programme.

This programme is particularly useful in providing the necessary further learning for engineers working in the construction industry who hold related first degrees such as engineering geology or construction management.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • GBP 17300 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 6600 Year (EEA)
Start date September  2015, February  2016 Sep 2015, Feb 2015, Feb 2016
Duration full-time 12 months
Languages
  • English
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Delivery mode On CampusOnline
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Structure Fully structured
Student interaction Online group works/assignments
Teacher support Continuous support with feedback on request

Course Content

Module overview

The modular arrangement is intended to tailor the programme to your individual needs and provide maximum flexibility in terms of attendance of full-time and part-time students.

The majority of modules run for ten weeks and comprise approximately 30 hours (three hours per week) of class time and 120 hours of self-study and assignments.

Successful completion of four modules is required for a student to gain a Postgraduate Certificate, eight modules for a Postgraduate Diploma. Eight modules and a dissertation are required for the award of an MSc.

Individual modules can be used to contribute towards a continuing professional development programme.

Civil Engineering Module Groups

MSc programmes in Bridge Engineering, Civil Engineering and Structural Engineering share module options. The modules fall under five streams of study:

Bridge Engineering modules

  • Bridge Management
  • Bridge Deck Loading and Analysis
  • Durability of Bridges and Structures
  • Pre-stressed Concrete Bridge Design
  • Steel and Composite Bridge Design
  • Long Span Bridges

Structural Engineering modules

  • Steel Building Design
  • Space Structures
  • Structural Mechanics and Finite Elements
  • Concrete Building Design
  • Structural Safety and Reliability
  • Earthquake Engineering
  • Design of Masonry Structures

Construction Management modules

A number of management modules will be available covering:

  • Construction Organisation
  • Project and Risk Management
  • Construction, Management and Law

Geotechnical Engineering modules

  • Soil–Structure Interaction
  • Geotechnics Engineering 2

Water Engineering Modules *

  • Environmental Health
  • Water Treatment
  • Wastewater Treatment and Sewerage
  • Applied Chemistry and Microbiology (Intensive)
  • Pollution Control and Waste Management
  • Groundwater Control
  • Regulation and Management
  • Water Resources Management and Hydraulic Modelling

* Students must meet prerequisites for some of these modules to be able to take them.

Teaching

Apart from the usual full-time mode, there are also part-time options. The majority of Bridge, Geotechnical and Structural Engineering modules can be studied by distance learning through the use of an interactive web-based e-learning platform (SurreyLearn).

Teaching hours

Each module corresponds to 150 hours of work, which includes 30 hours of lectures in the case of contact students.

Assessment

Modules are generally assessed by a combination of examinations and continuous assessment. The latter will be based on solutions to tutorial questions, reports covering practical sessions and fieldwork, and essays on a number of suitable topics.

Each module is assessed separately. There is a written final examination for most modules (some modules are examined by continuous assessment only) at the end of each semester. The modules and the dissertation have a minimum pass mark of 50 per cent.

Academic support, facilities and equipment

Modules related to the different groups are taught by a total of 17 full- or part-time members of staff, as well as over 20 visiting lecturers.

In addition to the University Library and Learning Centre’s extensive resources, our excellent testing facilities can support experimentally based MSc dissertation projects.

Professional recognition

These courses have been accredited by The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) and The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT).

MSc Civil Engineering (technical) (1 year FT, 2-5 year PT and DL)

This degree is accredited 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. See www.jbm.org.uk for further information.

Further Learning Programme (for candidates with IEng approved HND/HNC/FdEng/FdSci)

This programme is approved as meeting the Further Learning requirements for an Incorporated Engineer for candidates who have an IEng approved first qualification. See www.jbm.org.uk for details of approved qualifications.

English Language Requirements

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

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Requirements for Civil Engineering

A minimum of 60 per cent in an honours degree in civil engineering or equivalent accredited to CEng, or a minimum of 70 per cent in an honours degree in civil engineering accredited to IEng.

Overseas equivalent qualifications are also welcome. Alternatively, at least five years’ relevant industrial experience (preferably codified design) or a professional qualification (for example, CEng). Strength in geotechnical engineering also needs to be demonstrated for this programme.

English language requirements

  • IELTS minimum overall: 6.5
  • IELTS minimum by component: 6.0

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Work Experience for Civil Engineering

No work experience is required.

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Accreditation

This degree 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) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree.

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