Civil Engineering MSc – 2023 entry

Key information

Start date: February 2023

Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 5 years

Distance-learning: 5 years

Start date: October 2023

Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 5 years

Distance-learning: 5 years

Why choose this course

Our well-established and fully accredited MSc will equip you with exceptional analytical and technical skills across a range of civil engineering disciplines, helping you pursue a highly successful career in the field of civil engineering.

Taught by research-active academics, together with practising engineers from consultancies and local authorities, this course will provide you with an excellent balance of academic and industry-relevant knowledge.

The MSc is fully aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, and it puts emphasis on sustainability and resilience in civil engineering infrastructure design and assessment.

Meet the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

What you will study

Our fully accredited MSc will help you acquire advanced capabilities and in-depth knowledge across a range of civil engineering disciplines, including structural engineering, infrastructure management, geotechnical engineering and water/environmental engineering. This allows you to tailor your masters according to your aspirations.

This course offers six study streams:

  • Bridge engineering
  • Infrastructure engineering and management
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Structural engineering
  • Water/environmental engineering.

If you are an engineer working in the construction industry and you hold a related degree, such as engineering geology or construction management, this course will provide you with the opportunity to expand on your existing knowledge and skills.

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

Distance learning

Surrey is a pioneer in distance learning based MSc courses in civil and environmental engineering and has been offering this option long before the Covid-19 pandemic. This flexible option allows you to study for our distinctive, accredited programme from anywhere in the world, without the need to relocate or give up your existing job.

As a distance learner, you’ll study eight modules and complete a dissertation in your chosen subject (like full-time and part-time students), but you can take up to five years to complete your masters. You’ll be able to access all module materials through our virtual learning environment, SurreyLearn, and arrange to take end-of-module exams at a local university.

Learn more about distance learning programmes (PDF).

Facilities

Masters students benefit from a range of highly specialised facilities in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. These include:

Professional recognition

MSc - Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT).
Accredited by CIHT as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer under the provisions of UK-SPEC for candidates that have already acquired a CEng accredited BEng(Hons) undergraduate first degree.

MSc - Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE).
Accredited by IHE as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer under the provisions of UK-SPEC for candidates that have already acquired a CEng accredited BEng(Hons) undergraduate first degree.

MSc - Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).
Accredited by ICE as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer under the provisions of UK-SPEC for candidates that have already acquired a CEng accredited BEng(Hons) undergraduate first degree.

MSc - Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE).
Accredited by IStructE as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer under the provisions of UK-SPEC for candidates that have already acquired a CEng accredited BEng(Hons) undergraduate first degree.

MSc - European Accreditation of Engineering Programmes (EUR-ACE)
This Programme is accredited by the European Accreditation of Engineering Programmes (EUR-ACE)

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University. Our graduates have lifetime access to Surrey Pathfinder, our online portal for appointment and events bookings, jobs, placements and interactive development tools.

Our masters courses in civil engineering open up a huge range of career opportunities, not only with major consultancies and contractors, but across other sectors such as management and business consultancy.

Recent MSc graduates have been employed by:

  • AECOM
  • Amey
  • Arcadis
  • ARUP
  • Atkins
  • Capita Real Estate and Infrastructure
  • Fluor
  • Laing O’Rourke
  • Mott MacDonald
  • Peter Brett Associates
  • WSP

Modules

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

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:

Optional modules for Year 1 - FHEQ Level 7

Students need to take one from each of the following groups: Bridge Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Infrastructure Engineering and Structural Engineering and a further four modules from any group.

Structural Engineering Group Modules
ENGM042 Steel Building Design
ENGM053 Structural Mechanics & Finite Elements
ENGM041 Concrete Building Design
ENGM054 Earthquake Engineering

Bridge Engineering Group Modules
ENGM031 Prestressed Concrete Bridge Design
ENGM033 Durability of Bridges & Structures
ENGM032 Steel & Composite Bridge Design

Geotechnical Engineering Group Modules
ENGM269 Advanced Soil Mechanics
ENGM270 Energy Geotechnics
ENGM048 Soil-Structure Interaction
ENGM272 Deep Foundations and Earth Retaining Structures

Infrastructure Engineering Group Modules
ENGM263 Infrastructure Financing
ENGM264 Infrastructure Interdependencies and resilience
ENGM266 Infrastructure Asset Management
ENGM265 Sustainability and Infrastructure
ENGM281 Building Information Modelling

Water & Environmental Engineering Group Modules
ENGM035 Water Treatment
ENGM304 Wastewater Treatment
ENGM055 Applied Chemistry & Microbiology
ENGM057 Water Resources
ENGM285 Geographical Information Science and Remote Sensing
ENGM289 Global Challenges in Water and Health
ENGM303 Nature Based Solutions in Environmental Engineering

Optional modules for Unstructured (3-5 years) - FHEQ Level 7

Students need to take one from each of the following groups: Bridge Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Infrastructure Engineering and Structural Engineering and a further four modules from any group.

Structural Engineering Group Modules
ENGM042 Steel Building Design
ENGM053 Structural Mechanics & Finite Elements
ENGM041 Concrete Building Design
ENGM054 Earthquake Engineering

Bridge Engineering Group Modules
ENGM031 Prestressed Concrete Bridge Design
ENGM033 Durability of Bridges & Structures
ENGM032 Steel & Composite Bridge Design

Geotechnical Engineering Group Modules
ENGM269 Advanced Soil Mechanics
ENGM270 Energy Geotechnics
ENGM048 Soil-Structure Interaction
ENGM272 Deep Foundations and Earth Retaining Structures

Infrastructure Engineering Group Modules
ENGM263 Infrastructure Financing
ENGM264 Infrastructure Interdependencies and resilience
ENGM266 Infrastructure Asset Management
ENGM265 Sustainability and Infrastructure
ENGM281 Building Information Modelling

Water & Environmental Engineering Group Modules
ENGM035 Water Treatment
ENGM304 Wastewater Treatment
ENGM055 Applied Chemistry & Microbiology
ENGM057 Water Resources
ENGM285 Geographical Information Science and Remote Sensing
ENGM289 Global Challenges in Water and Health
ENGM303 Nature Based Solutions in Environmental Engineering

Optional modules for Unstructured (3-5 years) DL - FHEQ Level 7

Students need to take one from each of the following groups: Bridge Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Infrastructure Engineering and Structural Engineering and a further four modules from any group.

Structural Engineering Group Modules
ENGM042 Steel Building Design
ENGM053 Structural Mechanics & Finite Elements
ENGM041 Concrete Building Design
ENGM054 Earthquake Engineering

Bridge Engineering Group Modules
ENGM031 Prestressed Concrete Bridge Design
ENGM033 Durability of Bridges & Structures
ENGM032 Steel & Composite Bridge Design

Geotechnical Engineering Group Modules
ENGM269 Advanced Soil Mechanics
ENGM270 Energy Geotechnics
ENGM048 Soil-Structure Interaction
ENGM272 Deep Foundations and Earth Retaining Structures

Infrastructure Engineering Group Modules
ENGM263 Infrastructure Financing
ENGM264 Infrastructure Interdependencies and resilience
ENGM266 Infrastructure Asset Management
ENGM265 Sustainability and Infrastructure
ENGM281 Building Information Modelling

Water & Environmental Engineering Group Modules
ENGM035 Water Treatment
ENGM304 Wastewater Treatment
ENGM055 Applied Chemistry & Microbiology
ENGM057 Water Resources
ENGM285 Geographical Information Science and Remote Sensing
ENGM289 Global Challenges in Water and Health
ENGM303 Nature Based Solutions in Environmental Engineering

Timetable

Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the Academic Hive. View our Code of practice for the scheduling of teaching and assessment (PDF).

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree in civil engineering (or mechanical engineering, architecture, land surveying or other related subjects), or equivalent recognised international degree.

Applicants will be considered on an individual basis, based on strength in specific subjects related to the MSc programme and/or professional experience.

International entry requirements by country

Do I meet the requirements for this course?

We require you to submit a full application so that we can formally assess whether you meet the criteria published. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an outcome based on an enquiry (via email, webform enquiry, phone or live chat).

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in each other element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Credit transfer

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If your experience exceeds the typical requirements for entry to the programme, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience. If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for specific modules through your previous learning, it may be possible to exempt you from those modules, and for you to be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.

In some cases, prior knowledge and skills may allow applicants to join the start of a course without meeting the formal entry requirements.

Please see our code transfer and recognition of prior learning guide (PDF) and recognition of prior learning and prior credit web page for further information. Please email Admissions (admissions@surrey.ac.uk) with any queries.

Fees

Start date: February 2023

Full-time - 1 year

UK
£10,900
Overseas
£22,400

Part-time - 5 years

UK
£1,200*
Overseas
£2,400*

Distance-learning - 5 years

UK
£1,200*
Overseas
£2,400*

Start date: October 2023

Full-time - 1 year

UK
To be confirmed
Overseas
To be confirmed

Part-time - 5 years

UK
To be confirmed
Overseas
To be confirmed

Distance-learning - 5 years

UK
To be confirmed
Overseas
To be confirmed
* per 15 credits

Please note:

  • These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2023-24 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually
  • If you are on an unstructured self-paced part-time course, the fee shown is per 15 credits for the 2023-24 academic year
  • Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements.

View the list of fees for all postgraduate taught courses.

Funding

You may be able to borrow money to help pay your tuition fees and support you with your living costs. Find out more about postgraduate student finance.

Admission information

Our postgraduate admissions policy* provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students. You can also read our postgraduate applicant guidance.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our Charter, Statutes, Ordinances, Policies, Regulations and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our registration terms and conditions (PDF) for the 2022/2023 academic year as a guide as to what to expect.

Please note: the offer terms and conditions and registration terms and conditions which you will be asked to agree to may be different from those detailed in the examples. Our offer terms and conditions will generally be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will be available at the start of each academic year and will vary to take into account specifics of your course and changes for the specific academic year.

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Stag Hill

Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught. 

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