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Civil Engineering with Management (2023)

1. Programme Title:

Civil Engineering with Management

NQF Level:


2. Description of the Programme (as in the Business Approval Form)

Civil engineering is essential for the sustainable provision of the infrastructure used in our daily lives, from buildings, to roads, bridges and waterways, and more innovative solutions are constantly being sought as the demands of modern civilisation increase.

Alongside the core engineering modules, you will also study three management modules taught by the Business School which will help you develop transferable professional management skills that will enhance your study experience and improve your career prospects.

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. You will learn how to analyse, design, construct and maintain infrastructure, and put the theory you learn in to practice to solve complex problems.

The programme prepares you for a career in the civil industry.  It will equip you with the knowledge and skills to play a leading role in providing essential infrastructure for society whilst maintaining the quality of our environment.


3. Educational Aims of the Programme

The MSc degree programme is designed to deliver all of the required learning outcomes as set out in UK-SPEC for a Masters (Further Learning) degree and hence aims to contribute towards graduates becoming professionally qualified engineers in the UK, with international recognition. This programme is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng (Hons) undergraduate first degree. Graduates may apply for CEng registration through membership of an appropriate Professional Institution following an assessment of their subsequent professional development and experience.

To provide you with advanced knowledge of classical and contemporary analysis and design methods used in civil, geotechnical engineering and opportunities to undertake projects with a specialisation in management practices.

To generate an enthusiasm for advanced analysis and design methods, and an understanding of their application in an industrial and business context and to involve them in an intellectually stimulating and satisfying experience of learning and scholarship.

To develop research skills, personal skills and core academic skills that will prepare you for a wide range of employment opportunities.

To prepare students for further research in the area of Civil Engineering and/or Management.

4. Programme Structure

Your MSc Civil Engineering with Management programme is a 1 year programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 7 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). This programme is divided into 1 ‘Stage’.  The programme is also divided into units of study called ‘modules’ which are assigned a number of ‘credits’. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.

Exit Awards

If you do not complete the programme you may be able to exit with a lower qualification.

Postgraduate Diploma: At least 120 credits of which 90 or more must be at NQF level 7.

Postgraduate Certificate: At least 60 credits of which 45 or more must be at NQF level 7.

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the College web site

Stage 1

Code Title Credits Compulsory NonCondonable
ECMM103Computer Aided Engineering Design15YesNo
ECMM109Advanced Geotechnical Engineering15YesNo
ECMM149Linear Systems and Structural Analysis15YesNo
ECMM150Structural Design15YesNo
ECMM164MSc Dissertation60YesYes
ECMM153Conceptual Design of Buildings15YesNo
ENGM039Modelling, Simulation and Machine Learning for Operations Management15YesNo
ENGM040Research Ethics and Methodology15YesNo
Select 15 credits:
BEMM118 Strategic Innovation Management15NoNo
BEMM068 Managing Competitive Strategy15NoNo

Full-time MSc students will take all modules.

For the Diploma (120 credits) you take all modules except ECMM129.
For the Certificate (60 credits) you must complete 60 credits which must include ECMM109 and ECMM103. 

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning & Assessment Methods

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to: Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be accommodated & facilitated by the following learning & teaching and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

A Specialised Subject Skills & Knowledge

1. Gain understanding of advanced design and analysis methods in geotechnical engineering

2. Learn advanced topics in the construction of sustainable buildings and infrastructure to safeguard resources for future generations.

3. Understand the design, operational and management aspects of urban infrastructure and its effect on the larger environment, its characteristics and its impact.

4. Investigate relevant case studies and make appropriate and critical use of systems modelling, management principles and systems analysis techniques for urban infrastructure.

5. Develop knowledge of how management of civil engineering projects can be effectively done with the application modern techniques.


Learning & Teaching Activities

The modules will be delivered by a mixture of formal lectures, tutorial classes and computer practical /demonstration sessions. Example sheets and other assignments will be set and marked by the module lecturers. You will be expected to read the assigned texts and assistance will be given during tutorials and office hours. Dissertations (ECMM164) will be individually supervised, with a weekly meeting (typically one hour) between yourself and your supervisor.

Core modules will be used to develop and test skills 1-5.



Assessment Methods

All modules will be assessed as indicated in the relevant module descriptor. The dissertation (ECMM164) will be graded both by the supervisor and a second independent marker.

B Academic Discipline Core Skills & Knowledge

6. Identify, formulate, analyse and solve complex problems in civil engineering and design appropriate solutions

7. Organise tasks into a structured form

8. Summarise and analyse data

9. Integrate theory and applications

10. Develop a working knowledge of software packages and tools, techniques, methods for analysis and modelling

11. Critically assess research results

12. Transfer knowledge and methods from one subject area to a different area


Learning & Teaching Activities

All compulsory and optional modules are designed to provide opportunities to gain skills (1-5).

The dissertation module ECMM164 will further develop skills (6 -7). We will encourage you to interact, as this will accelerate the learning process. You will have personal tutorial advice and a project supervisor to achieve (6) and (7).


Assessment Methods

These skills will be tested by the marking of coursework, by examination and by the marking of the dissertation.


C Personal / Transferable / Employment Skills & Knowledge

13. Improve necessary skills for independent learning.

14. Enhance report and presentation skills.

15. Improve IT skills.

16. Work as part of a team.

17. Manage time effectively.

18. Plan career and personal development.


Learning & Teaching Activities

(13) and (14) are required for the dissertation
(15) will be developed in Module ECMM103 and ECMM109.
(16) teamwork will be encouraged during coursework exercises to allow students to mentor and learn off each other but most coursework will be individually assessed.
(17) and (18) will be developed throughout the programme. All the modules require timely submission of coursework and encourage students to organise their independent study and ensure effective time management.  We will encourage you to interact, as this will accelerate the learning process. Each student will have personal tutorial advice to achieve (17) and (18).

Assessment Methods

Assessed through the dissertation and the coursework of the modules.


7. Programme Regulations


The programme consists of 180 credits. The pass mark for award of credit in an individual PG module is 50%.


Condonement is the process that allows you to be awarded credit (and so progress to the next stage or, in the final stage, receive an award), despite failing to achieve a pass mark at a first attempt. You are not entitled to reassessment in condoned credit.

For student cohorts entering stage 1 from 2017/18 onwards:

For MSc/PGDip award, up to 30 credits of failure can be condoned (15 credits for PGCert). The following conditions apply:

a.     You must have completed and been assessed in modules amounting to sufficient credit for the final award (i.e. 180 credits for a Masters; 120 credits for a PGDip; and 60 credits for a PGCert).

b.     You must pass the modules marked with a 'Yes' in the 'non-condonable' column in the tables above.

c.     You must achieve an average mark of at least 50% across the full 180 credits of assessment in the stage (120 credits for PGDip, 60 credits for PGCert), including any failed and condoned modules.

d.     Condonement can only be applied to failed modules where the mark is no greater than 10% below the normal pass mark (i.e. 40-49 for modules at NQF level 7).

e.     Condonement (MSc) will only be permitted where the total failed credit in a stage does not exceed 45 (30 for PGDip, 15 for PGCert). In cases where 45 condonable credits have been failed (MSc), the 30 credits with the highest failed mark(s) will be condoned.

For student cohorts entering stage 1 in 2016/17 and earlier:

Condonement is the process that allows you to be awarded credit (and so progress to the next stage or, in the final stage, receive an award), despite failing to achieve a pass mark at a first attempt. You are not entitled to reassessment in condoned credit.

Up to (45/30/20) credits of failure can be condoned on the following conditions:

a.     You must have completed and been assessed in modules amounting to sufficient credit for the final award (i.e. 180 credits for a Masters; 120 credits for a PGDip; and 60 credits for a PGCert).

b.     You must pass the modules marked with a 'Yes' in the 'non-condonable' column in the tables above.

c.     You must achieve an average mark of at least 50% across the full 180 credits of assessment in the stage, including any failed and condoned modules.

Assessment and Awards

The award will normally be based on at least 180 credits of which 150 or more must be at NQF level 7


The marking of modules and the classification of awards broadly corresponds to the following percentage marks:

Postgraduate Degrees

Distinction   70%+

Merit            60-69%

Pass            50-59%


Full details of  PGT programmes assessment regulations can be found in the Teaching Quality Assurance Manual (TQA) on the University of Exeter website.  Generic marking criteria are also published here.

Please see the Teaching and Quality Assurance Manual for further guidance.


8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

In accordance with University policy a system of personal tutors is in place for all students on this programme.  A University-wide statement on such provision is included in the University's TQA Manual.  As a student enrolled on this programme you will receive the personal and academic support of the Programme Coordinator and will have regular scheduled meetings with your Personal Tutor; you may request additional meetings as and when required. The role of personal tutors is to provide you with advice and support for the duration of the programme and extends to providing you with details of how to obtain support and guidance on personal difficulties such as accommodation, financial difficulties and sickness. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff.

Information Technology (IT) Services provide a wide range of services throughout the Exeter campuses including open access computer rooms, some of which are available 24 hours, 7 days a week.  Help may be obtained through the Helpdesk, and most study bedrooms in halls and flats are linked to the University's campus network.

Additionally, the College has its own dedicated IT support staff, helpdesk and computer facilities which are linked to the wider network, but which also provide access to some specialised software packages.  Email is an important channel of communication between staff and students in the College and an extensive range of web-based information (see is maintained for the use of students, including a comprehensive and annually revised student handbook.

The Harrison Learning Resource Centre is generally open during building open hours. The Centre is available for quiet study, with four separate rooms that can be booked for meetings and group work. Amongst its facilities, the Learning Resource Centre has a number of desks, four meeting rooms with large LCD screens, and free use of a photocopier. Also available are core set texts from your module reading lists, and undergraduate and MSc projects from the past two years.

Online Module study resources provide materials for modules that you are registered for, in addition to some useful subject and IT resources. Generic study support resources, library and research skills, past exam papers, and the 'Academic Honesty and Plagiarism' module are also available through the student portal (

Student/Staff Liaison Committee enables students & staff to jointly participate in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision.

10. Admission Criteria

All applications are considered individually on merit. The University is committed to an equal opportunities policy with respect to gender, age, race, sexual orientation and/or disability when dealing with applications. It is also committed to widening access to higher education to students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience.

Entry requirements for this programme can be found on the Postgraduate Study Page.

Candidates must satisfy the general admissions requirements and English Language requirements of the University of Exeter.


11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice.  See the University's TQA Manual for details.



12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

Certain programmes are subject to accreditation and/or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

The MSc Civil Engineering with Management is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM*) as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who hold a CEng accredited BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree. See for further information.

Accreditation is a mark of assurance that a degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

Accreditation is awarded for a maximum of 5 years under each assessment exercise. The dates applicable to the current accreditation of this degree programme can be viewed on the Engineering Council list of accredited degrees:

*JBM incorporates the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), the Institution of Highways and Transportation (CHIT), and the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE).


14 Awarding Institution University of Exeter
15 Lead College / Teaching Institution College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences
16 Partner College / Institution
17 Programme accredited/validated by
18 Final Award(s) MSc
19 UCAS Code (UG programmes) M108
20 NQF Level of Final Awards(s): 7
21 Credit (CATS and ECTS) 180 credits (90 ECTS)
22 QAA Subject Benchmarking Group (UG and PGT programmes) Engineering
23 Origin Date February 8th 2023 Last Date of Revision: July 5th 2023