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Civil Engineering, M.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #301 (WUR) Online
This Civil Engineering Msc, offerred by Heriot-Watt University, is designed to equip graduates with the knowledge and skills to work at a high level in the design and construction of major infrastructure projects. Its structure allows students to choose from a broad range of courses including foundation engineering; safety, risk and reliability, among others.

About

This Civil Engineering programme, delivered by Heriot-Watt University, design allows students to select courses which best fit their personal and professional needs, ensuring maximum added value to each individual’s study aspirations. Delivered only by Independent Distance Learning (IDL) this programme is ideal for those in employment or with other commitments, providing flexible study options that fit around work or family.

Our students are recruited mainly from the civil engineering profession and are typically looking to broaden their knowledge base, extend their technical expertise or gain further learning to meet the needs of the professional institutions. Applicants from other backgrounds planning to develop a career in civil engineering will also be considered. Graduates of this programme are much sought after by civil engineering employers, working in areas such as transport, water and wastewater engineering and the energy sector.

This programme is delivered by Heriot Watt University’s Institute for Infrastructure and Environment. As a Civil Engineering postgraduate student you will be part of the Institute’s Graduate School, connecting you with staff, research associates and fellow students engaging in cutting-edge research in areas such as water management, ultra-speed railways, construction materials, geomechanics and more.

An Independent Distance Learning (IDL) programme - whether at PgDip or MSc level - can be completed in a minimum of 2 years. On average, our PgDip programmes studied via IDL are completed in 2-3 years, while MSc programmes are completed in 2.5-7 years. Most students intend to complete their studies via IDL within 2-3 years.

Accreditation

  • This MSc 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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Environmental Geotechnics
  • Environmental Hydrology & Water Resources
  • Ground Engineering
  • Indeterminate Structures
  • Sustainability in Civil Engineering
  • Project Management: Theory & Practice
  • Earthquake Engineering
  • Foundation Engineering
  • Safety, Risk and Reliability
  • Urban Drainage and Water Supply
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Project Management: Strategic Issues

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
    Part-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
    • Time flexibility
      Self-paced
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Online group works/assignments

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    90

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    6.5

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):

    176

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  • Minimum required score:

    58

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

For MSc level entry applicants must have:
  • Minimum of 2:2 honours degree or equivalent academic qualification in cognate and semi-cognate subject area. For PG conversion programmes, non-cognate degrees will be considered. Corporate (or chartered) membership of relevant professional institutions will also be considered.

Technological Requirements

Please note that independent distance learning students who access their studies online will be expected to have access to a PC/laptop and internet.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1185 GBP/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1185 GBP per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1185 GBP/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1185 GBP per credit and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
*per course

Funding

Scholarships & bursaries
  • Alumni Scholarship Scheme
    Heriot-Watt Alumni
  • Carnegie-Cameron Taught Postgraduate Bursaries
    Applicants must be Scottish by birth, have at least one parent born in Scotland or have been continuously resident in Scotland for a period of three years for the purpose of secondary or tertiary education.
  • Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan
    International (Commonwealth citizens)
  • Department for International Development (DFID) Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme(SBE)
    International (Commonwealth citizens)
  • Department for International Development (DFID) Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme
    Commonwealth citizens
  • East Lothian Educational Trust
    Applicants must be a resident of the old county of East Lothian (ie excluding Musselburgh, Wallyford and Whitecraig.)
  • India Scholarship (SBE)
    Students who have applied via the Heriot-Watt India office. Please note that this award is available for study at our Edinburgh campus only.
  • Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust
    Restricted to residents of the UK who are a son, daughter, spouse, widow or widower of a commercial traveller, chemist or grocer.
  • Local Education Authority Awards
    Various
  • Mexican Scholarships
    Mexican applicants
  • Music Scholarships
    All students
  • Part-time Fee Grant (SAAS)
    See SAAS residence conditions.
  • Postgraduate Student Allowance Scheme (SAAS)
    EU and UK applicants who meet the SAAS criteria on eligible courses
  • Remission of Fees (families of staff)
    Spouses/civil partners and children of members of staff, also retired members of staff of the University
  • Royal Caledonian Schools Trust
    Applicants must be of Scots parentage (conditions apply - see below)
  • Scotland's Saltire Scholarships
    Citizens of Canada, the People's Republic of China, India or USA (2 awards for each country)
  • Sports Scholarships
    All students
  • Staff Scholarships
    Employees of Heriot-Watt University
  • The Consumer Affairs UK Scholarship Programme
    All currently enrolled students
  • West Lothian Educational Trust
    Individuals must have originated in West Lothian or have lived there for the last 3 years.

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