Civil Engineering MSc
MSc Civil Engineering
Do you want to build on your knowledge of civil engineering by understanding how environmental factors can influence the engineering process?
On this Master's in Civil Engineering MSc degree course, you'll learn more about the environment's impact on the way we plan, design, construct and manage large-scale public works. You'll cover issues such as pollution, public health and resource management, and study the impacts they make.
You can specialise in earthquake, environmental, geotechnical or structural engineering in your design project and graduate with an award that reflects your specialism, for example, Civil Engineering with Earthquake Engineering.
We'll provide you with the expertise and support you need to develop your professional practice – so that once you graduate, you'll have the expertise to enter a career as a construction industry professional or environmental consultant.
What you'll experience
On this course you'll:
- 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 real-life practical problems as part of our partnership schemes with local and global organisations
- Be able to study overseas through the ERASMUS+ exchange scheme
- Specialise in a specific area of civil engineering in your design project
- Complete your own civil engineering design project and independent research project
- Learn how to address complex construction project problems
The degree you graduate with depends on what area you focus on in your design project. Your options are:
- MSc Civil Engineering
- MSc Civil Engineering with Earthquake Engineering
- MSc Civil Engineering with Environmental Engineering
- MSc Civil Engineering with Geotechnical Engineering
- MSc Civil Engineering with Structural Engineering
You don't need to decide which area to specialise in until you begin your design project.
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. The employment rate for our civil engineering graduates is excellent.
What can you do with a Civil Engineering degree?
Career opportunities include:
- Civil engineering
- Site engineering
- 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.
Core modules currently include:
- Civil Engineering Science
- Design Project: Earthquake, Environmental, Geotechnical or Structural Engineering
- 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.
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:
academicwriting notetaking timemanagement criticalthinking presentationskills referencing workingin groups revision, memory and exam techniques
Teaching methods on this course include:
- discussion groups
- independent learning strategies
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- September to December – teaching block 1
- January – assessment period 1
- January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
- May to June – assessment period 2
Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.
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 all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
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.
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)
- 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.
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.
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.