M.Sc. Civil Engineering Structures

City University London

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Application deadline: We have no specific application deadline, and an early application is recommended
Tuition fee:
  • € 10,700 / Year (EEA)
  • € 16,600 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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The MSc Civil Engineering course is for graduates who wish to gain specialist knowledge in this area. Applicants working in the civil engineering industry may attend individual modules as short courses on a day-release basis.

Students interested in this course may also be interested in the Analysis and Design of Structures for Fire, Blast and Earthquakes course or the Professional Engineering (Civil Engineering) course.


The course is taught by staff from the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, with some contribution from Industrial experts. Teaching is mainly in the form of lectures, but IT sessions and seminars are also used where appropriate. Modules are shared between two ten-week teaching terms running October-December and January-March. Although work for the MSc dissertation commences during the second term, most of the research work is carried out during the summer months.

The duration of full-time studies is 12 months. A part-time route is also available, where students spend either two or three years completing this programme. For completion following two years of study, part-time students attend lectures for up to two days each week. Alternatively, three year completion can be achieved by attending a single day each week.


Assessment of theoretical modules is based on a combination of examinations and coursework. Examinations are shared between the January and April/May examination periods. Design oriented modules are normally assessed by coursework only, where students work both in groups and individually on challenging projects that are varied each year. For the MSc dissertation, students are required to attend a viva following submission of the final report.

Career Prospects
Graduates have been very successful in securing employment with leading civil engineering consultants, research institutes and government agencies and pursuing doctoral studies both in the UK and internationally.


Course Content

The course covers advanced study of modern structural engineering subjects, providing an up-to-date combination of design and analytical topics and of theory and professional practice.The course modules cover theoretical aspects of advanced structural engineering and develops appropriate design skills. The course offers a blend of theory and practice at postgraduate level to enhance the career prospects of both recent graduates and midcareer structural engineers.

Course Structure Core modules: * Advanced analysis and analysis of structures
* Structural dynamics
* Finite element methods
* Structural reliability and risk
* Design of concrete structures
* Design of steel and composite structures

In addition, two elective modules are selected from: * Shock and earthquake analysis
* Bridge engineering
* Design of concrete and steel structures exposed to fire


The standard entry requirement is an honours degree (2:2 minimum) in civil engineering or another appropriate subject. The Postgraduate Diploma course has more flexible entry requirements and students complete the taught part of the MSc course, but do not undertake the project.

For those students whose first language is not English, the following
qualifications are also required:

* IELTS: 6.5
* TOEFL (internet-based): 100

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL iBT® test: 100

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.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


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