Civil Engineering MSc

Our Civil Engineering programme aims to provide graduate engineers with advanced capabilities and in-depth knowledge in a range of specialised aspects of civil engineering.

Why Surrey?

Five study streams can be accessed by students on the Civil Engineering programme – Bridge Engineering, Construction Management, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering and Water Engineering. 

The programme is organised and delivered by University staff, as well as practising engineers from consultancies and local authorities.

Programme overview

Our Civil Engineering programme aims to provide graduate engineers with advanced capabilities and in-depth knowledge in a range of specialised aspects of civil engineering. It is also designed to update the technical skills of practising engineers engaged in the planning, design, construction and operation of civil engineering works and to contribute to a personal professional development programme.

This programme is particularly useful in providing the necessary further learning for engineers working in the construction industry who hold related first degrees such as engineering geology or construction management. 

Five study streams can be accessed by students on the Civil Engineering programme – Bridge Engineering, Construction Management, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering and Water Engineering. 

The programme is organised and delivered by University staff, as well as practising engineers from consultancies and local authorities.

Module overview

The modular arrangement is intended to tailor the programme to your individual needs and provide maximum flexibility in terms of attendance of full-time and part-time students. 

The majority of modules run for ten weeks and comprise approximately 30 hours (three hours per week) of class time and 120 hours of self-study and assignments. 

Successful completion of four modules is required for a student to gain a Postgraduate Certificate, eight modules for a Postgraduate Diploma. Eight modules and a dissertation are required for the award of an MSc. 

Individual modules can be used to contribute towards a continuing professional development programme.

Civil Engineering Module Groups 

MSc programmes in Bridge Engineering, Civil Engineering and Structural Engineering share module options. The modules fall under five streams of study: 

Bridge Engineering modules 
  • Bridge Management 
  • Bridge Deck Loading and Analysis 
  • Durability of Bridges and Structures 
  • Pre-stressed Concrete Bridge Design 
  • Steel and Composite Bridge Design 
  • Long Span Bridges 
Structural Engineering modules 
  • Steel Building Design 
  • Space Structures 
  • Structural Mechanics and Finite Elements 
  • Concrete Building Design 
  • Structural Safety and Reliability 
  • Earthquake Engineering 
  • Design of Masonry Structures 
Construction Management modules 

A number of management modules will be available covering:

  • Construction Organisation 
  • Project and Risk Management 
  • Construction, Management and Law
Geotechnical Engineering modules 
  • Soil–Structure Interaction 
  • Geotechnics Engineering 2
Water Engineering Modules * 
  • Environmental Health 
  • Water Treatment 
  • Wastewater Treatment and Sewerage 
  • Applied Chemistry and Microbiology (Intensive) 
  • Pollution Control and Waste Management 
  • Groundwater Control 
  • Regulation and Management 
  • Water Resources Management and Hydraulic Modelling

* Students must meet prerequisites for some of these modules to be able to take them. 

Teaching

Apart from the usual full-time mode, there are also part-time options. The majority of Bridge, Geotechnical and Structural Engineering modules can be studied by distance learning through the use of an interactive web-based e-learning platform (SurreyLearn).

Teaching hours

Each module corresponds to 150 hours of work, which includes 30 hours of lectures in the case of contact students.

Assessment

Modules are generally assessed by a combination of examinations and continuous assessment. The latter will be based on solutions to tutorial questions, reports covering practical sessions and fieldwork, and essays on a number of suitable topics.

Each module is assessed separately. There is a written final examination for most modules (some modules are examined by continuous assessment only) at the end of each semester. The modules and the dissertation have a minimum pass mark of 50 per cent.

Academic support, facilities and equipment

Modules related to the different groups are taught by a total of 17 full- or part-time members of staff, as well as over 20 visiting lecturers.

In addition to the University Library and Learning Centre’s extensive resources, our excellent testing facilities can support experimentally based MSc dissertation projects.

Professional recognition

These courses have been accredited by The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) and The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT).

MSc Civil Engineering (technical) (1 year FT, 2-5 year PT and DL)

This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree. See www.jbm.org.uk for further information.

Further Learning Programme (for candidates with IEng approved HND/HNC/FdEng/FdSci)

This programme is approved as meeting the Further Learning requirements for an Incorporated Engineer for candidates who have an IEng approved first qualification. See www.jbm.org.uk for details of approved qualifications.

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Programme director

Tony Thorne

Find out more

General Enquiries:

+44 (0)1483 681 681

pg-enquiries@surrey.ac.uk

Admissions Enquiries:

+44-(0)1483-682-222

admissions@surrey.ac.uk

Programme facts

Type of programme:

MSc

Programme length:

  • Full-time: 12 months
  • Part-time: 24-60 months
  • Distance-learning: 24-60 months

Start date:

Sep 2014, Feb 2015

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 60 per cent in an honours degree in civil engineering or equivalent accredited to CEng, or a minimum of 70 per cent in an honours degree in civil engineering accredited to IEng. Overseas equivalent qualifications are also welcome. Alternatively, at least five years’ relevant industrial experience (preferably codified design) or a professional qualification (for example, CEng). Strength in geotechnical engineering also needs to be demonstrated for this programme.

English language requirements

IELTS minimum overall: 6.5

IELTS minimum by component: 6.0

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Fees

Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time Sep 2014 £6,330 £16,345
Part-time Sep 2014 £705 * £1,815 *
Distance-learning Sep 2014 £705 * £1,815 *
Full-time Feb 2015 £6,330 £16,345
Part-time Feb 2015 £705 * £1,815 *
Distance-learning Feb 2015 £705 * £1,815 *

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2014/15 only. All fees are subject to annual review.

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