MSc Civil Engineering

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

Program Description

MSc Civil Engineering

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University


China has invested heavily in infrastructure development. There are a large number of active construction projects within the local environment of the University, making XJTLU an ideal location for an engineer in training. XJTLU’s masters programmes attract students from across the world, generating an international feel within a Chinese context. This combination provides you with an excellent cross-cultural experience.

Civil engineering encompasses all of the key elements of engineering design of the built environment. As such, the MSc Civil Engineering programme provides you with broad, advance-level training in the application of the civil engineering principles of structural, environmental and geotechnical engineering, fluid mechanics and advanced materials. The programme introduces you to modelling approaches that allow the effective and sustainable design of structures and systems within the built environment. In addition, it provides you with design perspectives that allow you to extend your knowledge from fundamental principles to the appreciation of the influence of using sustainable materials.

This full-time, 18-month programme comprises two semesters of taught modules, assessed by coursework and examination, followed by a research dissertation during your third semester. The programme is also offered on a part-time 36-month basis for potential students currently working in industry. All the modules are delivered in English by international academic staff who specialise in sustainability and civil engineering.

Graduates of this programme, as with all XJTLU masters degrees, earn a University of Liverpool degree that is recognised by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

On the basis of accreditation by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM), the MSc programme may be used as Further Learning, the final element of the educational base for being a chartered engineer (CEng).


• Sustainable technology and building materials

• Sustainable drainage systems

• Critical state soil mechanics

• Advanced construction management

• Advanced simulation of sustainable structural systems

• Sustainable engineering with timber

• Environmental engineering and management practice

• Advanced structural design

• Dissertation.

Additional learning activity modules


The MSc Civil Engineering programme provides you with sufficient training to obtain employment across the industry. With the global growth of civil engineering, encompassing design, construction and continual maintenance of the built environment, students should find themselves able to take up roles within this important industry.

With the strong global investment in construction and infrastructure driven by increasing urbanisation, civil engineering is a key field of growth. Civil engineering as a discipline is taking into account current trends such as CO2 reduction, utilisation of new materials and the application of modern computer modelling and simulation-based techniques. Designs and design methods have become more efficient and more sustainable with civil engineers driving these innovations.


RMB 90,000 for the entire 18 month full-time programme.

University tuition fees cover the cost of your study with us.

Entry requirements:

academic background

An undergraduate degree (UK 2:1 or equivalent) in a relevant field such as civil engineering or a related programme.

English language requirements

• IELTS: 6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in all sections)

• TOEFL iBT: 90 (minimum of 21 in any skill)

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 4, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
18 - 36 months
Part time
Full time
90,000 CNY
June 30, 2017
Start date Sept. 2017
China Suzhou
Application deadline June 30, 2017
End date Request Info
Duration 18 - 36 months
Price 90,000 CNY
Price for the entire programme