Postgraduate study

MSc Civil and Structural Engineering (with Advanced Practice)

Our MSc programmes are ideal if you are a graduate or professional in the civil engineering, structural engineering or construction sector and want to deepen and broaden your technical knowledge and understanding of specialised areas.

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  • 2 years

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January 2018 entry

September 2018 entry


  • Not available part-time

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There are three routes you can select from to gain a postgraduate Master’s award:

  • MSc Civil and Structural Engineering – one year full time
  • MSc Civil and Structural Engineering – two years part time
  • MSc Civil and Structural Engineering (with Advanced Practice) – two years full time

The one-year programme is a great option if you want to gain a traditional MSc qualification – you can find out more here. This two-year master’s degree with advanced practice enhances your qualification by adding to the one-year master’s programme an internship, research or study abroad experience.

The MSc Civil and Structural Engineering (with Advanced Practice) offers you the chance to enhance your qualification by completing an internship, research or study abroad experience in addition to the content of the one-year MSc. Our MSc helps you to enhance your technical skills in various core areas of civil engineering that are in demand in the construction industry, such as advanced geotechnics and river and coastal engineering. You further develop your conceptual understanding of critical aspects of structural engineering, such as advanced structural analysis and design, and become familiar with complex analysis and design techniques, modelling the causes and solutions of problems involving the real behaviour of structures. You also acquire an advanced knowledge and understanding of the design of structures under dynamic and earthquake conditions. Advanced project planning and visualisation methods, such as building information modelling, are also integrated into the course.

Professional accreditation

Our MSc Civil and Structural Engineering is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (representing the ICE, IStructE, IHE and CIHT) as a technical master's. This means it meets the requirements for further learning for Chartered Engineer (CEng) under the provisions of UK-SPEC for candidates who have already acquired a CEng-accredited BEng (Hons) undergraduate first degree.

By completing this professionally accredited MSc you benefit from an easier route to professional membership or chartered status. It also helps improve your job prospects, enhancing your career and earning potential. Some companies show preference for graduates who possess a professionally accredited qualification.

The Joint Board of Moderators represents the following four professional bodies:

  • Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Institution of Structural Engineers
  • Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation
  • Institute of Highway Engineers

The two-year MSc Civil and Structural Engineering with Advanced Practice incorporates all the elements of the one-year MSc and adds to these the advanced practice module. The new title is being prepared for formal recognition as an accredited title.

For the MSc with advanced practice, you complete 120 credits of taught modules, a 60-credit master’s research project and 60 credits of advanced practice.

Examples of past MSc research projects include:

  • Shear strength of composite and non-composite steel beam and concrete slab construction
  • Investigation into the self-healing capability of bacterial concrete
  • A review of the use of smart materials and technologies in cable stayed bridge construction
  • FRP and its use as structural components
  • Non-linear modelling of ground performance under seismic conditions

Course structure

Core modules

Advanced Geotechnics

In this module you will learn advanced geotechnical concepts and techniques and will further your understanding of soil behaviour and its impact on geotechnical design. You will apply advanced method of geotechnical analysis and critically investigate the role of geotechnics in the civil engineering design process.

Advanced Project Planning and Visualisation

This module will provide students with knowledge and understanding of the principles of project planning and management. Students will explore a range of advanced planning and visualisation techniques used to increase cost and resource efficiency in engineering projects.

Advanced Structural Analysis with Dynamics

This module enables you to advance your knowledge and understanding of structural analysis, introducing you to new methods of analysis. You apply complex analysis techniques, including static and dynamic analysis methods, to model the causes and solutions of problems involving the real behaviour of structures. The module also aims to develop a thorough understanding of the behaviour of structures subjected to dynamic loading.

Advanced Structural Design

This module further develops your knowledge and understanding of the design of structural elements and complex structural systems. You apply complex design techniques modelling the causes and solutions of problems involving the real behaviour of structures. Case studies are used to demonstrate application and effectiveness of design techniques.

Advanced Structural Engineering

This module will enable you to advance your knowledge and understanding of structural engineering , including the application of engineering approaches to the solution of complex and specialist scenarios. You will consider the interaction of simultaneously applied design parameters from different causes. You will learn to apply analytical and design techniques used in industry to model the behaviour of a range of structural scenarios and case study structures.

Practical Health and Safety Skills

This module ensures you are able to work in a safe manner during practical sessions. You learn about the need to adhere to health and safety regulations. You are also taught good practice and learn how to maximise your safety and the safety of others.

Research and Study Skills

You are introduced to issues which relate to research and study beyond undergraduate level. You explore issues such as qualitative and quantitative research methods and ethical research, creating appropriate research material, referencing and avoiding academic misconduct.

Research Project (Advanced Practice)

River and Coastal Engineering

This module introduces and develops the principles of river and coastal engineering, including flooding, flood prediction and alleviation, coastal erosion and protection. You will apply these principles to investigate the causes and solutions of typical problems in river and coastal engineering.


Advanced Practice options

Research Internship

Develop your research and academic skills by undertaking a research internship within the University. Experience working as part of a research team in an academic setting – ideal if you are interested in a career in research or academia.

Study Abroad

Take part in an academic exchange with one of our partner universities and experience study, student life and culture in a different environment. This option offers a valuable life experience and enhances your ability to adapt to working and living internationally. This option does incur additional costs such as travel and accommodation. You must also take responsibility for ensuring you have the appropriate visa to study outside the UK, where relevant.

Vocational Internship

Spend one semester working full-time in industry. We have close links with a variety of local companies who can offer you the chance to develop your knowledge and professional skills in the workplace through an internship. Although we can’t guarantee you an internship, we will provide you with practical support and advice on how to find and secure your own internship position. A vocational internship is a great way to gain work experience and give your CV a competitive edge.


Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

You learn through lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. Lectures provide the theoretical underpinning while practical sessions give you the opportunity to put theory into practice, applying your knowledge to specific problems.

Tutorials and seminars provide a context for interactive learning and allow you to explore relevant topics in depth. In addition to the taught sessions, you undertake a substantive MSc research project.

In addition to the taught sessions, you undertake a substantive MSc research project and the Advanced Practice module. This module enables you to experience and develop employability or research attributes and experiential learning opportunities in either an external workplace, internal research environment or by studying abroad. You also critically engage with either external stakeholders or internal academic staff, and reflect on your own personal development through your Advanced Practice experience.

How you are assessed

Assessment varies from module to module. It may include in-course assignments, design exercises, technical reports, presentations or formal examinations. For your MSc project you prepare a dissertation.

Your Advanced Practice module is assessed by an individual written reflective report (3,000 words) together with a study or workplace log, where appropriate, and through a poster presentation.

Career opportunities

The course equips you with the relevant technical and transferrable skills to pursue a career as a civil or structural engineer or technical manager with leading multidisciplinary consultancies or contractors, as well as research and government organisations.

Entry requirements

You will need at least an upper second class (2.1) honours UK degree in civil engineering (or equivalent) qualification. We may consider a lower second class (2.2) honours degree if you can evidence significant relevant experience.

Non-UK students must also meet the University's minimum English language requirements.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country

Course information


  • 2 years

More full-time details

January 2018 entry

September 2018 entry


  • Not available part-time

Contact details

Further information