Civil Engineering, M.Sc. | University of Portsmouth | Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Work toward Chartered Engineer status with this accredited Civil Engineering programme from the University of Portsmouth, that helps you become a critically reflective practioner in civil engineering.

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On this MSc Civil Engineering , you'll develop postgraduate-level skills and knowledge covering the different phases of public works projects, from planning and design to construction and management. You'll master the theory and use of Finite Element Method (FEM) tools, apply numerical analysis techniques, and explore the ways in which engineering can engage with environmental issues.

Our syllabus is regularly updated in consultation with industry specialists, so you can be sure of building your strategic management skills in line with what the sector needs. You'll also be able to shape this degree to meet your own needs, as you plan and deliver an integrated design project exploring your engineering interests.

You'll be studying with lecturers who are professionally engaged with the sector, working closely with the construction industry and its professional bodies alongside their research and teaching, and you'll have opportunities to develop your industry contacts through our visiting speakers. When you graduate, you'll be qualified to work toward your Chartered Professional Review, to take on professional roles in the civil engineering field, or to dig into PhD research and an academic career. 

Course highlights

  • Master civil engineering science, using structural analysis, numerical analysis, and solving engineering problems using the Finite Element Method (FEM) and FEM software packages
  • Apply your skills to practical problems as part of our partnership schemes with local and global organisations, and design an integrated project that focuses your learning on your career interests
  • Use our laboratory facilities – including an environmental lab and computing equipment – in support of your lectures and seminars, and join workshops and talks with industry practitioners
  • Study for a Master's that follows the current needs of the industry, shaped by advice from our Industrial Advisory Committee, made up of senior executives from leading client, contracting and consulting organisations

Careers and opportunities

You'll graduate with a strong understanding of the theory and practice of civil engineering. You'll be confident that your learning is up to date with industry practice, thanks to the regular input of our Industrial Advisory Committee, which invites alumni and other senior engineering executives to influence the content of our course. 

Your demonstrable skills and technical ability in management, structural design and planning will equip you for roles in civil engineering, but also for careers in consultancy, project management, and the wider construction industry. 

Graduates of this course have gone onto roles such as:

  • Civil engineer
  • Graduate structural engineer
  • Assistant site manager
  • Engineer

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Structural Analysis and Design
  • Environmental Management 
  • Advanced Engineering Science 
  • Civil Engineering Group Design Project 
  • Tools, Techniques and Processes of Project Management 

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January, September


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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

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Other requirements

General 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

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Living costs for Portsmouth

710 - 1099 GBP /month
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