MSc in Civil Engineering

University of Bolton

Program Description

MSc in Civil Engineering

University of Bolton

Civil Engineering - MSc

Postgraduate studies in Civil Engineering at the University of Bolton are ideal if you would like to broaden and deepen your technical knowledge of specialised civil engineering areas and develop a wider perspective and understanding of the issues facing the civil engineering industries. Our courses provide a distinctive educational platform to encourage the development of articulate, numerate, literate, imaginative, versatile, confident and inquisitive postgraduates who are able to link the theoretical with the practical.

The courses are designed for those who have already graduated with a civil engineering or engineering-related degree.

MSc (technical) Civil Engineering at University of Bolton is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng(Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree.

The MSc Civil Engineering is accredited for CEng Registration purposes as a Technical MSc for Further Learning for the period 2008 to 2016.

You will be taught through lectures, seminars and tutorials and a great deal of the teaching uses case studies where academic theory is applied to real-life practical scenarios.

About the course

Postgraduate studies in Civil Engineering at the University of Bolton have a modular structure. Successful completion of the first stage (60 credits at masters level, HE7) leads to a postgraduate certificate (PgCert); the second stage (60 credits at HE7) leads to a postgraduate diploma (PgDip). Successful completion of the final stage, the dissertation (60 credits at HE7), leads to the Master of Science degree (MSc).

Both the PgDip and the PgCert only run as part-time courses, each taking one academic year. On a part-time basis, the dissertation requires a further year of study. So the part-time MSc takes three years of study in total. Alternatively, the MSc can be completed in one year of full-time study.

All three years of part-time study may run in parallel with the gaining of experience and initial professional development necessary for the Chartered Professional Review stage of becoming a chartered engineer.

Special features

  • Courses at the University of Bolton are practically oriented with significant industry focus. Many projects and assignments are based on real life projects.
  • We understand that studying for a masters degree takes commitment and an investment of time, money and effort. You will be taught by professionals experienced in supporting both full-time and part-time students achieve academic excellence.
  • As well as small group learning and support, the University of Bolton has excellent libraries, 24/7 IT facilities and campus-wide Wi-Fi for all students.

What you will learn

You will obtain advanced analytical skills in your chosen subject areas. You will have the opportunity to learn to design steel and concrete framed structures using modern structural analysis software, use advanced theory for the design and implementation of geotechnical works, apply advanced hydraulic concepts and model hydraulic systems, learn about advanced materials technologies and use advanced techniques to model transport and other systems. You will develop skills in environmental management.

In structures, you will also learn to assess existing buildings and design adaptations and apply the stiffness matrix method to analyse two-dimensional structures. In geotechnical engineering you will design earthworks, and slope and retaining walls. In hydraulics you will study open channel and pipe flow and urban pollution management. In materials you will learn about special concretes and sustainability. In transport you will apply linear programming and queuing theory to practical problems.


To gain the postgraduate certificate you should choose four of the following optional modules:

  • Advanced Structural Analysis (15 credits);
  • Appraisal and Re-use of Old Buildings (15 credits);
  • Geotechnical Engineering (15 credits);
  • Geotechnical Modelling and Analysis (15 credits);
  • Urban Drainage Systems (15 credits);
  • Concrete Technology and Sustainability (15 credits);
  • Transport Analysis (15 credits).


To gain the postgraduate diploma you must complete six of the postgraduate certificate modules listed above, as well as:

Environmental Management (30 credits).


To be awarded the MSc you must complete all the modules necessary for the postgraduate diploma, plus the following module:

Dissertation (60 credits).

The dissertation is a major piece of work that will develop your creative, analytical, organisational and presentation abilities and give you the opportunity to extend your in-depth knowledge in your area of specialisation.

Entry requirements

You should hold at least an upper second class honours degree (2.1) in civil engineering. Applicants with a lower second class honours degree (2.2) in civil engineering will be considered only exceptionally and with evidence of significant learning having taken place in a relevant industry following graduation. Applicants with other qualifications equivalent to the above that are deemed acceptable to the University will be considered.

You should have passed final level units in structures, hydraulics and soil mechanics in your civil engineering honours degree. Students with an inadequate grasp of these subjects may be asked to undertake appropriate balancing studies before entry.

You will be interviewed (this may be over the telephone or online for non-UK-based applicants).

If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent). If you do not have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent).

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Aug. 2018
1 - 3 years
Full time
5,400 GBP
United Kingdom - Bolton, England
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