MSc Civil Engineering
University of Surrey
Guildford, United Kingdom
Distance Learning, On-Campus
1 - 5 year
Full time, Part time
GBP 10,900 / per year **
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Earliest start date
* Applications for September 2023 are still open for students who do not require a visa.
** full-time UK students: £23,900 | part-time UK students: £1,200; overseas students: £2,700
Why choose this course
Our well-established and fully accredited MSc will equip you with exceptional analytical and technical skills across a range of civil engineering disciplines, helping you pursue a highly successful career in the field of civil engineering.
Taught by research-active academics, together with practicing engineers from consultancies and local authorities, this course will provide you with an excellent balance of academic and industry-relevant knowledge.
The MSc is fully aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, and it puts emphasis on sustainability and resilience in civil engineering infrastructure design and assessment.
What you will study
Our fully accredited MSc will help you acquire advanced capabilities and in-depth knowledge across a range of civil engineering disciplines, including structural engineering, infrastructure management, geotechnical engineering, and water/environmental engineering. This allows you to tailor your master's according to your aspirations.
This course offers six study streams:
- Bridge engineering
- Infrastructure engineering and management
- Geotechnical engineering
- Structural engineering
- Water/environmental engineering.
If you are an engineer working in the construction industry and you hold a related degree, such as engineering geology or construction management, this course will provide you with the opportunity to expand on your existing knowledge and skills.
It is also designed to update the technical skills of practicing engineers engaged in the planning, design, construction, and operation of civil engineering works.
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 complete a dissertation in your chosen subject (like full-time and part-time students) but can take up to five years to complete your master's. You’ll be able to access all module materials through our virtual learning environment SurreyLearn and arrange to take end-of-module exams at a local university.
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, 75 and 120 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
- Advanced Soil Mechanics
- Applied Chemistry and Microbiology
- Durability of Bridges and Structures
- Energy Geotechnics
- Global Challenges in Water and Health
- Infrastructure Financing
- Infrastructure Systems, Interdependencies and Resilience
- Prestressed Concrete Bridge Design
- Steel Building Design
- Structural Mechanics & Finite Elements
- Wastewater Treatment
- Water Treatment
- Building Information Modelling
- Concrete Building Design
- Deep Foundations and Earth-Retaining Structures
- Earthquake Engineering
- Geographical Information Science and Remote Sensing
- Infrastructure Asset Management
- Nature Based Solutions in Environmental Engineering
- Soil-Structure Interaction
- Steel and Composite Bridge Design
- Sustainability and Infrastructure
- Water Resources Management and Hydraulic Modelling
- Dissertation Project
Optional modules for Unstructured (3-5 years) DL - FHEQ Level 7
Students need to take one from each of the following groups: Bridge Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Infrastructure Engineering and Structural Engineering and a further four modules from any group.
Structural Engineering Group:
- ENGM042 Steel Building Design
- ENGM053 Structural Mechanics & Finite Elements
- ENGM041 Concrete Building Design
- ENGM054 Earthquake Engineering
Bridge Engineering Group:
- ENGM031 Prestressed Concrete Bridge Design
- ENGM033 Durability of Bridges & Structures
- ENGM032 Steel & Composite Bridge Design
Infrastructure Engineering Group:
- ENGM263 Infrastructure Financing
- ENGM264 Infrastructure Interdependencies and Resilience
- ENGM265 Sustainability and Infrastructure
- ENGM266 Infrastructure Asset Management
Water Engineering Group:
- ENGM035 Water Treatment
- ENGM304 Wastewater Treatment
- ENGM055 Applied Chemistry & Microbiology
- ENGM057 Water Resources Management and Hydraulic Modelling
- ENGM289 Global Challenges in Water and Health
- ENGM303 Nature Based Solutions in Environmental Engineering
Geotechnical Engineering Group:
- ENGM269 Advanced Soil Mechanics
- ENGM270 Energy Geotechnics
- ENGM048 Soil-Structure Interaction
- ENGM272 Deep Foundations and Earth Retaining Structures
Digital Civil and Environmental Engineering Group:
- ENGM281 Building Information Modelling
- ENGM285 Geographical Information Science and Remote Sensing
Scholarships and Funding
About the Discounts for Surrey Graduates 2023 entry
If you are a fully self-funded Home or International student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you may be eligible for a 20 percent discount on our taught postgraduate master program fees.
The discount applies to:
- September/October 2023 entrants
- February 2024 entrants
- February 2024 entrants. Note: if applicable Masters's programs are running with a February intake for the 2023/24 academic year.
- This scheme is only open to 2023 postgraduate taught entry students who are not in receipt of any external sponsorship.
Postgraduate Master's Loans
A Postgraduate Master’s Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate course.
What you'll get
You can get up to:
- £12,167 if your course starts on or after 1 August 2023
- £11,836 if your course started between 1 August 2022 and 31 July 2023
- £11,570 if your course started between 1 August 2021 and 31 July 2022
- £11,222 if your course started between 1 August 2020 and 31 July 2021
- £10,906 if your course started between 1 August 2019 and 31 July 2020
- £10,609 if your course started between 1 August 2018 and 31 July 2019
This loan is non-means tested, i.e. the amount you can request is not dependent on your or your family's income. Your loan can be used towards the cost of your course fees and living expenses.
To be eligible, you will need to meet a number of eligibility criteria set by the Government including residency, age and course. See the full eligibility criteria.
Not all courses at the University of Surrey are eligible for postgraduate loan funding, for example, unstructured, part-time or distance learning courses where the maximum period of registration is five years are not eligible.
Contact the Student Records team for more information on whether your course is eligible.
You’ll repay your postgraduate loan using a percentage of your income. Once you are earning more than £21,000 a year (or £1,750 a month), you’ll pay six percent of the amount you earn above the £21,000 threshold.
You’ll be charged interest from the day you get the first payment.
Get more information on repaying your postgraduate loan.
How to apply
The quickest and easiest way to apply is through the Government's Postgraduate Master's Loans website.
Receiving your loan
To receive the first payment of your loan, you’ll need to have fully completed registration with the University (which includes part payment of tuition fees).
You get the first payment after your course start date, once your university or college confirms that you’ve registered.
There are specific rules around students who transfer or repeat the study and how this affects eligibility. For further information, please contact the Student Records team.
If you have been accepted for the Postgraduate Master's Loan, and are having difficulties in paying your fees before your first installment is due, please contact our Student Finance team once you’ve received a tuition fee invoice.
We offer career information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University. Our graduates have lifetime access to Surrey Pathfinder, our online portal for appointment and events bookings, jobs, placements and interactive development tools.
Our masters courses in civil engineering open up a huge range of career opportunities, not only with major consultancies and contractors but across other sectors such as management and business consultancy. The Graduate Outcomes Survey 2023 found that 93 per cent of our postgraduate taught civil engineering students going on to employment or further study.
Recent MSc graduates have been employed by:
- Capita Real Estate and Infrastructure
- Laing O’Rourke
- Mott MacDonald
- Peter Brett Associates
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)
MSc - The Permanent Way Institution
Accredited as partially meeting the academic requirement for CEng registration: i.e. Bachelors (Honours) degrees accredited as partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). Graduates from these programmes will need to demonstrate 8 additional AHEP Learning Outcomes1 to demonstrate the required underpinning knowledge and understanding for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).
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