Civil Engineering, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #501 (WUR) ,
Modern civil engineers plan, design, construct and manage the large-scale public works and amenities that underpin societies throughout the world. Our course aims to provide you with a greater framework within which to understand the core disciplines of civil engineering. It will give you an opportunity to update your technical skills and to study issues of growing importance within the civil engineering and construction industries.


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
  • site engineering
  • construction
  • consultancy
  • project management

Programme 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.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. Examples are:
  • examinations
  • coursework
  • projects
  • a dissertation

Student Destinations

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.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.


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.

Programme Structure

Module Details

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.

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: This unit seeks to integrate the topics of analytical structural analysis, numerical analysis and solving engineering problems. Whilst introducing you 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.
  • Civil Engineering Design Project: In this unit you will have the opportunity to simulate 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: On this unit 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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

  • 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 Fee

  • International Applies to you

    14400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14400 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    6400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6400 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Portsmouth

  • 710 - 1100 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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