MSc Civil Engineering
Full time 1 year
Part time 2 years, 4 years
Civil engineering is essential for sustainable provision of the infrastructure used in our daily lives and more innovative solutions are constantly being sought as the demands of modern civilisation increase.
This programme brings together the latest scientific developments in a range of civil engineering disciplines to provide you with an in-depth knowledge of the subject, specifically geotechnical and structural engineering.
Graduates will be prepared for a successful career, equipped with the knowledge and skills to play a leading role in providing essential infrastructure for society whilst maintaining the quality of our environment.
Why this course?
- You will learn how to analyse, design, construct and maintain infrastructure, and put the theory you learn in to practice to solve complex problems
- Option to include additional management modules into the programme, through the MSc Civil Engineering with Management pathway
- Study with a wide range of students across all Engineering postgraduate programmes
MSc Civil Engineering with Management pathway available
This programme is modular and flexible, carrying 180 credits in total and offering flexibility in choice of modules studied.
MSc Civil Engineering consists of eight core engineering modules totalling 150 credits, which includes the 60-credit Engineering MSc project, and one 15-credit option module.
The programme begins in September each year and the taught elements are concluded by May. The Engineering MSc project, under the personal supervision of a research expert in the chosen area, continues until September.
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
Part-Time Postgraduate Study
The following MSc Engineering programmes are available taught over 2 or 4 years:
- MSc Civil Engineering
- MSc Civil Engineering with Management
- MSc Materials Engineering
- MSc Materials Engineering with Management
- MSc Mechanical Engineering
- MSc Mechanical Engineering with Management
- MSc Structural Engineering
- MSc Structural Engineering with Management
- MSc Water Engineering
- MSc Water Engineering with Management
Pricing for the part-time programmes is scaled with the full time MSc.
4-year programme = ¼ full-time fees per year
2-year programme = ½ full-time fees per year
Please note: Fees are subject to an annual increase in line with University pricing.
If you are being sponsored by your company please attach a sponsorship letter with your application so that we can invoice appropriately.
Learning and teaching
Teaching and assessment
The programme is delivered through a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, industrial presentations, case studies, industry visits, computer simulations, project work and a dissertation.
You will develop transferable skills such as management and communication skills, computational techniques, data handling and analysis, problem solving, decision making and research methodology. Many of these will be addressed within an industrial and commercial context.
You will be allocated a Personal Tutor who is available for advice and support throughout your studies, along with support and mentoring from graduates who are now placed in industry. There is also a Postgraduate Tutor available to help with further guidance and advice.
A research- and practice-led culture
We believe every student benefits from being taught by experts active in research and practice. You will discuss the very latest ideas, research discoveries and new technologies in seminars and in the field and you will become actively involved in a research project yourself. All our academic staff are active in internationally-recognised scientific research across a wide range of topics. You will also be taught by leading industry practitioners.
Throughout your studies you will have access to support materials designed to refresh your knowledge of engineering mathematics. Mathematics for Engineers is a non-credit bearing online resource that covers the mathematics needed to undertake an MSc. It is an invaluable revision tool for those wishing to refresh their knowledge of common mathematical topics.
Topics covered include:
- Complex numbers
- Differential equations
- Partial differentiation
- Vector calculus
- Numerical methods
- Probability and statistics
Sample mathematics test
Unsure whether your maths is good enough for an MSc? Take the short test below to find out. This has been developed in conjunction with the Mathematics for Engineers module and covers many of the topics listed above.
There is considerable demand in the workplace for graduates with knowledge in both a specialist technology area and in management, particularly in the modern tools and techniques to support the management of a dynamically changing engineering business.
Recent graduates have taken employment in a variety of sectors, including both large companies and small and medium sized enterprises.
The University of Exeter has an established reputation of training tomorrow's great minds to a high standard, so when it comes to life after graduation you can be confident that you are starting your next professional adventure in a prime, leading position. All programmes are designed so you not only get a second to none education in your area of choice, but you also are equipped with the correct vocational skills to achieve success in the working world or in further study.
All students, current and alumni, receive support from our dedicated Career Zone team who provide excellent career guidance at all stages of the career planning cycle. The Career Zone provides one-on-one support and is the home of a wealth of business and industry contacts. Additionally, they host useful training events, workshops and lectures which are designed to further support you in developing your enterprise acumen. Please visit the Career Zone for additional information on their services.
The professional destinations of our graduates reflect the quality of this programme. Our graduates have gone on to enjoy prosperous and successful careers in several areas after graduation, such as engineers and teachers, and work at companies such as Devon County Council, Balfour Beatty, Pell Frischman and AECOM. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey (2011-2016).
This degree is accredited as a technical programme, meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree. See the Joint Board of Moderators website for further information.
Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.
It should be noted that prior to enrolling on this programme, those applicants with an IEng or a non-accredited first degree who are intending to pursue a professional qualification at Chartered level should contact one of the JBM member institutions for advice on the recognition status of their qualifications. Candidates completing the MSc who hold an underpinning accredited IEng degree or a non-accredited bachelor degree will need to apply for an academic assessment with the relevant engineering institution to determine whether they will meet the educational base for CEng registration.
A good degree (normally a 2:2) in a relevant science or engineering discipline.
Requirements for international students
If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.
English language requirements
Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.
Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.
Pearson Test of English (Academic)
58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.
Cambridge English: Advanced & Proficiency
Overall score 176. No less than 169 in any section.
Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees per year 2019/20
- UK/EU: £10,500 full-time; either £5,250 per year or £2,625 per year when studied part-time (2 or 4 years)
- International: £23,700 full-time
Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.
UK government postgraduate loan scheme
Postgraduate loans of up to £10,609 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
Global Excellence Scholarship
We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2019.
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