Civil Engineering MSc

 
  

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Qualification
MSc Civil Engineering
Duration
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
2.1(Upper 2nd class hons degree or international equivalent)
Other requirements
Applicants need to have studied multiple courses in Structures, Geotechnics and Fluids
IELTS
6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
September
Campus
University Park Campus
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.
 

Overview

This course provides a comprehensive programme of civil engineering study across a range of subject areas.
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Civil engineering problems require the application of analytical, decision making and critical thinking skills, this course will provide students with the technical knowledge and experience needed to develop these skills. It will also equip students with a range of transferable skills; an ideal combination for a leading career in civil engineering. 

This course is also taught at The University of Nottingham's Malaysia Campus.

Key facts

  • We have recently invested over £3 million into upgrading our facilities.
  • The department has extensive links with industrial sponsors and other organisations, locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Our research is supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), UK industrial and commercial companies, UK government departments, charities and the European Union.
  • This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators of the ICE, IStructE, CIHT and IHE.

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Course details

This MSc Civil Engineering provides a comprehensive programme of study across a range of subject areas. You may prefer to choose a more specialised approach by adopting a subject theme and choosing specific modules in the first two semesters with a research project related to the theme. However, it is possible to choose a more generalised programme of study across these subject areas for the award of MSc Civil Engineering.

Course content

The course is studied over one academic year of 12 months. Sixty credits of modules are studied in each of the Autumn and Spring Semesters. Any digression from this (for example 50:70 credit split) can only be with agreement of the course director. A research project is undertaken in the summer period. 

Teaching and learning takes place through a combination of lectures, seminars (both teacher- and student-led), individual consultations, literature study, practical work including laboratory work, group interaction and discussion and learning through self-directed study.

Assessment is by a combination of written examinations, coursework, oral presentations and a dissertation.

The compulsory 

The compulsory Civil Engineering Research Project Preparation module taken on this course is designed to give a strong foundation in the skills and methodology necessary to successfully complete your research project over the summer period.  

In addition, you will be able to choose from a number of optional modules to create a more generalised path of study for the award of MSc Civil Engineering or to augment your degree with a specific theme.

Over the summer period, you will be required to complete a 60-credit dissertation/research project. The research project is a chance to carry out a major piece of independent research under the supervision of a suitable member of academic staff.

 

Academic English preparation and support

If you need additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.

Students who successfully complete the presessional course to the required level can progress to postgraduate study without retaking IELTS or equivalent.

A specialist engineering course is available and you could be eligible for a joint offer, which means you will only need to apply for your visa once.

 

 
 

Modules

Core modules

Students must take a minimum of 60 and a maximum of 70 credits from this group:

And a minimum of 30 and a maximum of 50 credits from the group below:

Subject to approval and agreement with the Course Director, students mayselect up to 20 credits per year of modules at level 3. All other choices must be at level 4.

Please note that all module details are subject to change. For more details on our modules, please see the module catalogue. Some module restrictions may apply for example due to timetabling or pre or co requisites.

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.

 
 

Funding

The fees for this course can be found on our tuition fees webpages.

Please visit our funding your masters web page for general information and advice on financial support.

UK/EU Students

Funding information can be found on the Graduate School website.

Please visit the faculty website for information on any scholarships currently available through the faculty.

Government loans for masters courses

The Government offers postgraduate student loans for students studying a taught or research masters course. Applicants must ordinarily live in England or the EU. Student loans are also available for students from Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

International and EU students

Masters scholarships are available for international students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure your course application is submitted in good time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.

 
 

Careers

The blend of academic study and development of practical and professional skills that the course provides is an ideal preparation for the future challenges of working in a multidisciplinary environment. Graduates of this course are highly sought-after and enter a range of careers related to the field of civil engineering.

The University of Nottingham has been recognised as delivering a Gold standard in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), which aims to recognise and reward excellent learning and teaching.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2016, 100% of postgraduates in the department who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £26,000.

*Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates, 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career Prospects and Employability

The University of Nottingham has been named as the best university in the UK for graduate employment, by the 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.

*The Graduate Market 2013-2017, High Fliers Research.

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential.

Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.

 
 
 
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Disclaimer
This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to 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 the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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