MSc Civil Engineering

If you’re aiming to build a solid foundation for a career in civil engineering, our MSc in Civil Engineering could be the ideal course for you. The programme is designed to provide an in-depth introduction to advanced theory and practice for engineers who want to take their prospects to the next level.

MSc Civil Engineering

Course details

Our Masters in Civil Engineering is aimed at engineers who want to broaden and deepen their technical knowledge of specialised civil engineering areas and develop a wider perspective on the issues facing the civil engineering industry. The part-time programme is designed to build on the knowledge and skills already developed, introducing advanced concepts and theories to challenge your problem solving and critical evaluation capabilities.

This course explores the complex roles and responsibilities of civil engineers in relation to social, natural and built environments, assessing how economic constraints can influence project management and decision making.

Research and design also play key parts in this comprehensive course, which will challenge you to design creatively and apply engineering modelling and analysis methods to projects. You’ll have the opportunity to grow your skillset by linking theory with practice in a variety of assignments, reports and design processes, enhancing your literacy and risk management abilities along the way.

  • Start date: 23/09/2019
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: MSc
  • Duration: 2 years

Course highlights:

  • Build on your existing engineering knowledge with a series of modules designed to challenge and stimulate your abilities with rich and varied content.
  • Benefit from the University’s longstanding and excellent reputation for civil engineering postgraduate and professional development courses.
  • On successful completion of this course you will receive an MSc in Civil Engineering.

Key features:

  • Our programme has been expertly developed to give a broad overview of the advanced civil engineering discipline, including influencing issues and challenges, such as economic constraints and professional and ethical responsibilities.
  • Lessons are taught in small groups, maximising opportunities for personal tuition and contact with staff.
  • As well as small group learning and support, the University has excellent libraries, 24/7 IT facilities and campus-wide WiFi for all students.
  • English language support will be provided via a dedicated module that focuses on improving students’ English language skills, especially in relation to engineering.

Entry requirements

  • Start date: 23/09/2019
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: MSc
  • Duration: 2 years

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 on a case by case basis and evidence of significant relevant learning/work experience following graduation will be expected. Applicants with other qualifications equivalent to the above that are deemed acceptable to the University will be considered.

You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.

If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details. Find out more

Career opportunities

Postgraduate studies in civil engineering 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. The course is designed for those who have already graduated with a civil engineering or engineering-related degree.

As a graduate of this programme you will have the opportunity to develop a range of transferable skills including problem solving, research skills, analysis of complex sets of information, use concepts and theories to make engineering judgments, critical thinking, creativity, communication, team work, commercial awareness and health and safety.

What can I do with this qualification?

A civil engineering degree will prepare you for a career in the construction industry as well as in the wider business, management and financial sectors. Recent graduates have been employed by civil and structural engineering practices, local authorities, government agencies and civil engineering contractors. Civil and structural engineers have the opportunity to work on buildings of all kinds as well as transport and communication infrastructures. These can include bridges, roads, tunnels, canals and other large constructions. They also work for employers involved in the production, storage and distribution of electricity, gas and water. Opportunities are available with employers both in the UK and overseas.

Alternative career options

  • Building services engineering
  • Geology
  • Environmental consultancy
  • Quantity surveying
  • Logistics
  • Operation management
  • Patent law and intellectual property
  • Teaching
  • Research and development
  • Procurement, purchasing and buying
  • Supply chain management
  • Technical sales and consultancy
  • Aerospace

Professional recognition

Fees & funding

No fee information is currently available, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or SDMenquiries@bolton.ac.uk for more information

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply

Home/EU

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

Before you commence the online application please read the Application Guidance Notes.

You should also ensure you have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk

International

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

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Teaching & assessment

Modules

Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Advanced Geotechnical Modelling, Analysis and Design
  • Advanced Structural Modelling, Analysis and Design
  • Group Project
  • Dissertation Part 1
  • Dissertation Part 2
  • English for Engineering
  • Project Management

Teaching, learning and assessment

Our Civil Engineering MSc course is delivered through a variety of teaching and learning methods to give you the fullest experience. In many cases, we focus on case studies and apply academic theory to real life scenarios using a blended style of teaching. You can expect structured lectures, tutor-led individual and group sessions, discussions and seminars, as well as online learning over the summer periods when students are working on their dissertations.

You’ll be assessed throughout the course in a number of different ways, including assignments, individual and group presentations, discussions, reports, written and oral examinations and design processes such as calculations, specifications, drawings and models.

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.


Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (65%), Written exams (35%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (78%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (22%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • Course type:
    Part-time
  • Start date:
    23/09/2019
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
    MSc
  • Duration:
    2 years

Contact us

Abbes Berrais
Admissions Tutor and Programme Leader
Email: A.Berrais@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903837

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903