MSc Civil Engineering


Program Description

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 in 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.

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 compulsory Civil Engineering Research Project Preparation module taken on this course are 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.

This 12-month course is taught through lectures, tutorials, projects and student-centred learning.

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.


Core modules

  • Research Project Preparation(spring): 20 credits
  • Research Project(summer): 60 credits

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

  • Advanced Structural Design: 20 credits
  • Geotechnical Modelling: 20 credits
  • Coastal Engineering: 20 credits
  • Advanced Structural Analysis: 20 credits
  • Dynamics and Wind Engineering: 20 credits
  • Managing Infrastructure and Systems: 20 credits
  • Satellite-Based Positioning and Practical: 20 credits
  • Environmental Fluid Mechanics: 10 credits
  • Railway Technology: 10 credits
  • Highway and Pavement Design: 10 credits
  • Sustainable Construction and Life Cycle Assessment: 10 credits
  • Mappring for Engineering Surveying and GIS Practical: 10 credits

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

  • Engineering and Deformation Surveying and Practical: 20 credits
  • Highway infrastructure Evaluation and Maintenance: 10 credits
  • Infrastructure Asset Management: 10 credits
  • Bridge Engineering: 20 credits
  • Earthquake Engineering: 20 credits
  • Tall Building Group Design Project: 20 credits

Subject to approval and agreement with the Course Director, students may select 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.

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.


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, b 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.

Entry Requirements

  • 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)
Last updated Nov 2018

About the School

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