Why choose this course

Civil engineers design, build and maintain the physical world around us. Become a civil engineer, and you’ll be advancing and protecting the physical fabric of civilisation itself.

This well-established and fully accredited MSc Civil Engineering is delivered by leading academics, together with practising engineers from consultancies and local authorities. It will equip you with first-class analytical and technical skills across a range of civil engineering disciplines, which will help you pursue a highly successful career in the field of civil engineering.

What you will study

Our fully accredited MSc Civil Engineering will help you 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 course offers six study streams, including bridge engineering, construction management, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, water engineering and environmental engineering, and infrastructure engineering and management.

As well as supporting your career development, this course provides you with 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.

Course facts

Qualification Study mode Course length Placement Start date
MSc Distance-learning 60 months February 2020
MSc Full-time 12 months February 2020
MSc Part-time 60 months February 2020
MSc Part-time 60 months October 2019
MSc Distance-learning 60 months October 2019
MSc Full-time 12 months October 2019

Location:

Stag Hill / Distance learning

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)

Distance learning

Surrey is one of the only universities in the UK to offer MSc courses in civil and environmental engineering via distance learning. This flexible option allows you to study for our distinctive, accredited MSc courses from anywhere in the world, without the need to relocate or give up your existing job. 

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

Learn more about distance learning programmes (PDF).

Programme leader

MITOULIS S Dr (Civl Env Eng)

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and 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 generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
 
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will 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 vary to take into account specifics of your course.

Disclaimer

This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

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 or 60 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:

Year 1

Optional modules for Year 1 - FHEQ Level 7

Students need to take one from each of the following groups: Bridge, Geotechnics, Construction Management and Structures and a further four modules from any group.

Structural Engineering Group Modules
ENGM042 Steel Building Design
ENGM043 Spatial Structures
ENGM053 Structural Mechanics & Finite Elements
ENGM041 Concrete Building Design
ENGM050 Structural Safety & Reliability
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

Construction Management Group Modules
ENGM292 Construction Management Administration & Law
ENGM293 Corporate and Project Management

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
ENGM036 Wastewater Treatment
ENGM055 Applied Chemistry & Microbiology
ENGM057 Water Resources
ENGM285 Geographical Information Science and Remote Sensing
ENGM289 Global Challenges in Water and Health

Unstructured (3-5 years)

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

Students need to take one from each of the following groups: Bridge, Geotechnics, Construction Management and Structures and a further four modules from any group.

Structural Engineering Group Modules
ENGM042 Steel Building Design
ENGM043 Spatial Structures
ENGM053 Structural Mechanics & Finite Elements
ENGM041 Concrete Building Design
ENGM050 Structural Safety & Reliability
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

Construction Management Group Modules
ENGM292 Construction Management Administration & Law
ENGM293 Corporate and Project Management

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
ENGM036 Wastewater Treatment
ENGM055 Applied Chemistry & Microbiology
ENGM057 Water Resources
ENGM285 Geographical Information Science and Remote Sensing
ENGM289 Global Challenges in Water and Health

Unstructured (3-5 years) DL

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

Students need to take one from each of the following groups: Bridge, Geotechnics, Construction Management and Structures and a further four modules from any group.

Structural Engineering Group Modules
ENGM042 Steel Building Design
ENGM043 Spatial Structures
ENGM053 Structural Mechanics & Finite Elements
ENGM041 Concrete Building Design
ENGM050 Structural Safety & Reliability
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

Construction Management Group Modules
ENGM292 Construction Management Administration & Law
ENGM293 Corporate and Project Management

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
ENGM036 Wastewater Treatment
ENGM055 Applied Chemistry & Microbiology
ENGM057 Water Resources
ENGM285 Geographical Information Science and Remote Sensing
ENGM289 Global Challenges in Water and Health

Timetable

Timetables are scheduled between the hours of 9 am to 12pm. After this timeframe, they fall between 12pm to 3pm and then 3pm to 6pm. We do this to avoid clashes between any of the modules you may decide to take on this course.

Learning and disability

We have two services, Academic Skills and Development and the Disability and Neurodiversity Service which can help develop your learning.

Academic Skills and Development

Academic Skills and Development is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Disability and Neurodiversity Service

The University’s Disability and Neurodiversity Service supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (including autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you tell us about any conditions and register with us, we can give you appropriate support during your studies.

We can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance, and test you for dyslexia and dyspraxia. We can also offer regular study skills and mentoring support.

Find out more about the support available or contact the team directly for further information.

English language support

Our English Language Support Programme (ELSP) provides tailored English language support during your studies. It is particularly valuable to students who speak English as a second or additional language, but native speakers are also welcome.

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 or 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. We'll also accept a recognised equivalent international qualification. At least five years of relevant industrial experience or a professional qualification (for example, CEng) will also be considered if you don't meet these requirements.

View entry requirements by country

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 this applies to you, 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, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and 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. 

Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.

Fees

Study mode Start date Placement UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Distance-learning February 2020 £1,100* £2,200*
Full-time February 2020 £10,000 £20,400
Part-time February 2020 £1,100* £2,200*
Part-time October 2019 £1,100* £2,200*
Distance-learning October 2019 £1,100* £2,200*
Full-time October 2019 £10,000 £20,400
* per 15 credits

Please note:

  • These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2019-20 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 2019-20 academic year. The fee payable in subsequent years will be reviewed annually.

View the list of fees for all postgraduate taught courses.

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.

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Campus location

Stag Hill

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

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