MSc Civil and Environmental Engineering

Course summary

Overview

This course is designed to advance analytical skills in the core subject areas of civil engineering including structural analysis, sustainability and hydraulics. Application of modern IT techniques to complex problem solving is a theme that runs through the course. 

The course also covers broader issues of project and process management in Civil Engineering. 

Why choose this course?

Our MSc Civil and Environmental Civil and Environmental EngineeringEngineering course is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES), and successful completion satisfies the academic requirements for chartered status.

The course is designed to advance your analytical skills and give you a better understanding of the interrelationship of current environmental issues and civil engineering. The course links these studies to the core subject areas of civil engineering including, but not limited to, sustainability, geotechnics and hydraulics.

You will have access to dedicated computing laboratory in two locations, and the academic and professional elements of the course are well supported by the university library. 

You will also have a range of digital resources available to you including specialist simulation packages with full licences such as: 
  • ANSYS
  • ETABS 
  • SAFE  
  • LUSAS.
This course is offered within a research-based school with some thirty PhD students, and it covers the broader issues of project and process management in Civil Engineering.

Tutor Information 

This course is run by the School of Computing and Engineering to provide you with both the high-quality teaching and the personal attention you need to make the most of your University education.

The School of Computing and Engineering teaching staff includes: 

Dr Kourosh Behzadian is a Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering, an expert in Hydrosystems Engineering and Management, Geotechnical Design and Operations Research, a Chartered Civil Engineer by the Engineering Council, a Chartered Water and Environmental Manager by the Chartered Institution of Water & Environmental Management, Fellow of Higher Education Academy in the UK, Editor of the Journal of Cogent Environmental Science, Taylor & Francis Group, Official Reviewer of the British Council Newton Fund, Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter, Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI) Alumni at Brown University.

Senior Lecturer Indira Chauhan has considerable industrial experience within design and construction of building and infrastructure projects.

Working in Academia from 2006, Indira has been teaching various undergraduate courses in Building Surveying, Construction Project Management/Architectural Design and Technology and Civil & Environmental Engineering at the School of Computing and Engineering.

Professor Joe Rizzuto has considerable industrial and academic experience. He has worked on a wide variety of schemes with consulting engineers and contractors both in the UK and overseas. His most recent roles have included Head of Department of Civil Engineering and Associate in industry.

He has been the main leader of taught design modules for civil engineering structural design on undergraduate and postgraduate Civil Engineering degree programmes and has been main coordinator and supervisor for the 'Constructionarium' residential field activity.

Dr Fabio Tosti has been involved in several European and Italian Research projects as a Research team member. He is the leader of Project 2.5 “Determination, by using GPR, of the volumetric water content in structures, sub-structures, foundations and soil”, within the framework of the COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action TU1208 “Civil Engineering Applications of Ground Penetrating Radar”. 

Since 2013, he is co-Convener at the EGU General Assembly for Session GI3.1 “Civil Engineering Applications of Ground Penetrating Radar”. He has served as EGU Representative of Early Career Scientists (ECS) within the “Geosciences Instrumentation & Data Systems (GI)” Division for the year 2015-2016, and he is currently in charge for the year 2016-2017.

Career and study progression
The course aims to provide routes into a number of career options and positions within the Civil Engineering field. 

Students from this course can find employment opportunities with:
  • consulting civil engineering companies
  • structural engineering firm
  • contractors
  • local/national government
  • utility companies. 
Outstanding graduates can continue their studies at the level of MPhil and PhD at UWL.


Course detail

This course is designed to advance analytical skills in the consideration of the interrelationship of current environmental issues and civil engineering. The course links these studies to the core subject areas of Civil Engineering including Structural Analysis, Sustainability, Geotechnics and Hydraulics.

Whilst there is the opportunity to complete empirical study the application of modern IT techniques to complex problem solving is a theme that runs through the course. The course also covers broader issues of project and process management in Civil Engineering.

Modules

  • Advanced Structural Analysis
  • Construction Project Management
  • Advanced geotechnical engineering
  • Advanced Structural Design
  • Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering
  • Research Method for Civil and Built Environment
  • Dissertation.

Module summaries

Advanced Structural Analysis
The module provides a programme of study covering theoretical and computational aspects of the advanced structural analysis combined with the Finite Element Method (FEM). It also provides a primary analysing tool which can overcome the limitation of classical calculation and encourages design creativity.  Whilst the focus of study will be on steel structures the implications for other types of structure will also be considered.

Construction Project Management
The focus of this module is on developing awareness of the issues which need to be considered during construction projects and procurements.

Advanced geotechnical engineering
This module provides in-depth content which covers advanced geotechnical modelling and demonstration on real-world applications. The module also presents innovative and cutting-edge geotechnical methods and experimental tests that are used for practical applications in geotechnical engineering such as advanced technics for stabilisation of slopes ad soil cuts.

Advanced Structural Design
This module has been created to provide you with the skills you require to safely analyse and design multi-story concrete structures. You will tackle civil engineering problems and design solutions (in groups and individually) in a way which reflects industry environment whilst working on developing enhanced understanding of the underpinning design codes.

Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering
This module covers concepts and design methods required to analyse hydrological processes and floodplain hydraulics. It also addresses the computational methods for calculating flows in open channels and closed conduits and hydraulic and hydrologic routing in rivers. The application of these techniques will be explored for:

  • water supply
  • watershed studies
  • floodplain computation
  • flood control
  • urban hydrology
  • stormwater design
  • computer modelling.

Research Methods for Civil and Built Environment
This module provides in-depth knowledge on specific tools and theories to develop your research skills at master’s level in the area of civil engineering. You will learn how to carry out an extensive literature review of a topic, selected in agreement with the assigned supervisor. Additionally, you will also learn to design research questions, their methodology and aims.

Dissertation
This module aims to provide you with an opportunity to develop research skill proportionate with postgraduate study whilst investigating an area of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Structural Engineering or Construction Management.

Entry requirements

An honours degree, minimum 2:2, in Civil or Structural Engineering or other Engineering qualification at equivalent level.

Alternatively, a lower level qualification in a numerate area (e.g. BSc/BEng in Engineering) together with appropriate experience will also be considered.

International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.5 or above, and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit http://www.uwl.ac.uk/international/your-country to check for local equivalencies.

We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses

Fees

Fees for home and EU students

Main fee
£7,500

Fees for overseas students

Main fee
£12,000
Find out if you are a home or overseas student.

Funding

A range of loans, bursaries and scholarships are available to help you fund your studies.

Students on some Masters courses may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards their course and living costs. Find out how to apply for a Postgraduate Loan on GOV.UK

Other loans available to postgraduate students include Professional and Career Development Loans, which also allow you to borrow up to £10,000.  Find out more about Loans on GOV.UK

Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as disabled students. Find out more about funding opportunities

Within the university, we offer a range of scholarships and bursaries. In the 2017 - 18 academic year, they included:

  • The William Brake Bursary: a £1,000 award for candidates on undergraduate or postgraduate degree courses
  • The Mollie Clay Scholarship: a £2,500 scholarship awarded to an outstanding student
  • Exclusive alumni discounts: a £2,000 discount on taught postgraduate courses or a 10% discount on research courses, exclusive to students who graduated from the University of West London.

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility.


Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

How to apply

Include any tips on applying:
When you submit your application for this course it is very helpful to make a positive statement as to why we should consider your application.

If you are in doubt whether your background is appropriate for this course, we suggest that you still make an online application instead of sending us an email.  The course leader will then be able to look at all of your information.

Do I have to apply online for a postgraduate taught course?
Yes. To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We are unable to accept your application by any other means than online.

What essential documentation should I have available before I start my application?
As well as completing your online application fully, it is essential that you submit the following documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)
Apply for this course

UK and EU students

You can apply for most of our Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters’ Degree courses using our online application system.  Simply click the red ‘apply now’ button above.

Your application will be dealt with by our Admissions team who will be in touch with you.

If you are applying for a research degree (MPhil or PhD), you will need to submit: a CV, research proposal, transcript of academic qualifications and online application form.  Full details of how to apply for research degrees

International students

To apply for a Masters’ Degree course, please complete our online application form for international students or you can download the print version (Word, 186kb).

You can also review the relevant information about the qualifications we accept from your country and our English language requirements, as well as details about your visa application.

If you are applying for a research degree (MPhil or PhD), you will need to submit: a CV, research proposal, transcript of academic qualifications and online application form.  Full details of how to apply for research degrees

More about the application process for international students.

More about how to apply for postgraduate courses.

 

During the course

Special resources

Specialist simulation packages with full licences including Ansys, ETABS, SAFE and LUSAS.

Teaching methods

A range of diverse methods are used to explore all aspects of the field. A strong supportive culture exists amongst the course tutors which enable students achieve their potential.

Learning materials

You will have access to dedicated computing laboratory in two locations. The academic and professional elements are well supported by the university library and a good range of digital resources are available.

Assessment

Coursework

Course works or mini-projects make 50% of the total assessment. There is practical work, report writing, critical academic writing and the skills and knowledge gained in these contribute to the delivery of a high quality dissertation.

Exams

All the core modules have end of term examination as well as mini- project. Module leaders provide appropriate support throughout the module to ensure candidates are well prepared.

Student support

An honours degree, minimum 2:2, in Civil or Structural Engineering or other Engineering qualification at equivalent level. Alternatively, a lower level qualification in a numerate area (e.g. BSc/BEng in Engineering) together with appropriate experience will also be considered.

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Jobs and placements

Career and study progression

Graduate can find employment opportunities with:
- consulting civil engineering companies
- structural engineering firm
- contractors
- local/national government
- utility companies.

Study progression

In completion student can continue their study for PhD in Civil Engineering and PhD in Structural Engineering.