Civil Engineering MSc

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Why Surrey?

This fully accredited MSc programme helps graduate engineers to acquire advanced capabilities and in-depth knowledge across a range of civil-engineering disciplines, including bridge engineering, construction management, and geotechnical, structural and water engineering.

This well-established programme is delivered by experienced University staff, together with practising engineers from consultancies and local authorities.

Programme overview

You can access six study streams on this Masters programme:

  • Bridge Engineering
  • Construction Management
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Water Engineering and Environmental Engineering
  • Infrastructure Engineering and Management

As well as supporting the career development of Civil Engineering graduates, this programme provides the necessary further learning for engineers working in the construction industry who hold related first degrees such as engineering geology or construction management.

It is also designed to update the technical skills of practising engineers engaged in the planning, design, construction and operation of civil-engineering works.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time / distance learning for between two to five academic years. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation.

This 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.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Structural Engineering Group Modules

Bridge Engineering Group Modules

Geotechnical Engineering Group Modules

Construction Management Group Modules

Infrastructure Engineering Group Modules

Water and Environmental Engineering Group Modules


Educational aims of the programme

  • The 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
  • A working knowledge of some of the UK and European standards and codes of practice associated with the design, analysis and construction of civil engineering structures and the ability to interpret and apply these to both familiar and unfamiliar problems
  • The necessary further learning towards fulfilling the educational base for the professional qualification of Chartered Engineer in both a technical or non-technical capacity dependent upon module selection

Programme learning outcomes

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding

  • The mathematical principles necessary to underpin their education in civil engineering and to enable them to apply mathematical methods, tools and notations proficiently in the analysis and solution of multi-disciplinary open ended engineering problems
  • The properties, behaviour and use of relevant materials
  • The management techniques which may be used to achieve civil engineering objectives within that context
  • Some of the roles of management techniques and codes of practice in design
  • The principles and implementation of some advanced design and management techniques specific to civil engineering
  • Mathematical and computer models relevant to civil engineering, and an appreciation of their limitations
  • The role of the professional engineer in society, including health, safety, environmental, sustainability, ethical issues and risk assessment within civil engineering
  • The wider multidisciplinary engineering context and its underlying principles
  • Developing technologies related to civil engineering and the ability to develop an ability to synthesize and critically appraise some of them
  • The framework of relevant requirements governing engineering activities, including personnel, health, safety, and risk issues (an awareness of)
  • The advanced design processes and methodologies and the ability to adapt them in open ended situations.

Intellectual / cognitive skills

  • Analyse and solve problems
  • Think strategically
  • Synthesis of complex sets of information
  • Understand the changing nature of knowledge and practice in the management of culturally diverse construction environments
  • Select and transfer knowledge and methods from other sectors to construction-based organisation
  • Produce sound designs to meet specified requirements such as Eurocodes, deploying commercial software packages as appropriate
  • Dynthesis and critical appraisal of the thoughts of others

Professional practical skills

  • Awareness of professional and ethical conduct
  • Extract data pertinent to an unfamiliar problem, and apply its solution using computer based engineering tools where appropriate
  • Evaluate and integrate information and processes in project work
  • Present information orally to others
  • Show a capability to act decisively in a coordinated way using theory, better practice and harness this to experience
  • Use concepts and theories to make engineering judgments in the absence of complete data
  • Observe, record and interpret data using appropriate statistical methods and to present results in appropriate forms for the civil engineering industry

Key / transferable skills

  • Communicate engineering design, concepts, analysis and data in a clear and effective manner 
  • Collect and analyse research data 
  • Time and resource management planning

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

Learn more about opportunities that might be available for this particular programme by using our student exchanges search tool.


Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time Sep 2017 £9,500 £19,000
Part-time Sep 2017 £1,100* £2,200*
Distance-learning Sep 2017 £1,100* £2,200*
Full-time Feb 2018 £9,500 £19,000
Distance-learning Feb 2018 £1,100* £2,200*
Part-time Feb 2018 £1,100* £2,200*

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2017/2018 only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

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Course facts

Qualification Study mode Course length Start date
MSc Full-time 12 months Sep 2017
MSc Part-time 60 months Sep 2017
MSc Distance-learning 60 months Sep 2017
MSc Full-time 12 months Feb 2018
MSc Distance-learning 60 months Feb 2018
MSc Part-time 60 months Feb 2018

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 60 per cent in a UK honours degree in civil engineering accredited to CEng with a minimum of 60 per cent in Structures and Codified Design subjects, Management and Soil mechanics/Geotechnics subjects ). Alternatively a minimum of 70 per cent in a UK honours degree in civil engineering accredited to IEng, plus approval from the relevant institution. Overseas equivalent qualifications are also welcome.

Alternatively, at least five years’ relevant industrial experience (preferably codified design) or a professional qualification (for example, CEng)

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English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, 6.0 in each component (or equivalent)

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.


Loans, scholarships and financial support

There are many streams of funding for postgraduate students including awards, scholarships and loans. Learn more.


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Discounts for Surrey graduates

Thinking of continuing your education at Surrey? As an alumnus of Surrey you may be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught Masters programme fees.

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Surrey International Scholarship for Engineering and Physical Sciences

These university-funded scholarships are worth £2,000 - £4,000 for 2017 entry onto the MSc programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences departments.

Offer holders for these programmes who are overseas feepayers and achieve either a 2:1 or a 1st class honours degree, or equivalent, are eligible. Those paying UK/EU fees are not eligible.

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Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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