MSc Civil and Environmental Engineering with Internship

Course summary

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

The Internship Course seeks to provide the same rigorous and challenging programme of professional practice as the MSc Civil and Environmental Engineering but has the added advantage of including a 6 months internship incorporated into the period of study. This makes it ideal for students seeking to add a practical dimension to their studies and understand the demands of workplace supervision and management. Internship opportunities exist throughout the civil and construction industry within the UK.

Professional Accreditation
This course is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES). Successful completion of this course satisfies the academic requirements for the grade Member.

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.


  • 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.

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 2:1, 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.

Candidates who do not meet the academic requirements may still qualify for entry through relevant work experience.

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 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 for home and EU students

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Fees for overseas students

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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

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.

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.

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During the course

Notable aspects

This course is offered within a research based school with some 30 PhD students and a diversity of research groups

Special resources

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

Teaching methods

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

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.



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 a capacity to deliver a high quality dissertation.


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

Student support

The school and course team is well experienced and qualified. The university also offers central support for learning skills. A strong student role is actively encouraged.

Throughout the course, all students will have access to a variety of sources of support, including support from the course leader, the module leaders and tutors.

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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.

Alternatively, you may choose this course as the basis for further education or extensive research.

Study progression

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