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Civil Engineering MSc

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Subject area

Civil Engineering

Mode of study

1 year full-time

14 months full-time



UK £12,500

International £21,470

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The main aim of this MSc course is to provide a more general MSc programme for Civil Engineering students and engineering professionals who wish to enhance their skills which covers all main sub-disciplines of Civil Engineering. The course MSc Civil Engineering is designed to include subjects from across the major sub-disciplines of Civil Engineering and equip our students with holistic knowledge and experience in Civil Engineering.

From the perspective of the needs of industry and government, such graduates with a broader understanding of Civil Engineering problems would be able to contribute to global challenges that require more holistic knowledge such as fulfilling UN Sustainable Development Goals ( and addressing climate emergency. The structure of the programme includes seven compulsory modules and seven optional modules, two of which must be taken. A range of compulsory and optional modules are provided from all Civil Engineering sub-disciplines such as Structural Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Water and Hydraulic Engineering and Project and Infrastructure Management.

Students will access our technical laboratory facilities in various fields of Structural, Geotechnical and Hydraulic Engineering during the delivery of the modules and for their MSc dissertations. The latest industry-standard engineering software packages are available for students to use in the purpose-built computer laboratories which can be also used for their dissertation works.

The aims of this MSc course are:

  • Offer postgraduate education in Civil Engineering with a broad knowledge/experience from all major sub-disciplines within Civil Engineering
  • Provide advanced design capabilities and required versatilities for contributing to the most complicated contemporary Civil Engineering tasks in industry

Provide a solid pathway for graduates towards their continuing professional development and potential progression to the membership/chartership of appropriate institutions such as the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) and The Chartered Institution of Water and Environment Management (CIWEM).     

You can explore our campus and facilities for yourself by taking our virtual tour.

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Course content

This course can be studied 1 year full-time, starting in September. Or this course can be studied 14 months full-time, starting in January.

Year 1

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

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Careers and your future

An MSc Civil Engineering degree will equip you with advanced knowledge and skills to work on a vast range of modern projects in the construction and civil engineering sector. From the perspective of the needs of industry and government, graduates of this MSc, who will have a broader understanding of Civil Engineering problems, would be able to contribute to global challenges that require more holistic knowledge such as fulfilling UN Sustainable Development Goals ( and addressing climate emergency.

Many of our civil engineering graduates have technical and creative roles with contractors and consultants working on large infrastructure projects.

Some go on to jobs with national and local government agencies or major firms of consulting engineers. Others specialise in construction, sustainability, innovative materials, foundation engineering, geotechnical exploration, and highway engineering.

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UK entry requirements

  • A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree, or equivalent internationally recognised qualification, in an Engineering, Science or technology subject. Other qualifications and relevant experience will be assessed on an individual basis.
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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 59 (59 in all sub scores)
  • BrunELT: 58% (min 55% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 77 (min R18, L17, S20, W17) 

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2023/24 entry


£12,500 full-time


£21,470 full-time

More information on any additional course-related costs.

Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase. 

Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2023/24 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to continue our support during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course.  

See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

An integrated holistic approach is taken for delivering the teaching including classroom lectures/seminars, self-studies, individual research reports, laboratory experiments and field trips. A number of practical (physical or computer labs) and field works are employed for delivering the module blocks. The labs (physical or computer labs) and field trips will be delivered using a hybrid model (online and face-to-face).

Some teaching innovations introduced in recent years improve the teaching and learning experiences including Team-Based Learning (TBL) and the use of digital media for teaching and assessment. The CEE’s Industry Advisory Panel (IAP) facilitates speakers/guest lecturers from industry providing practical inputs towards making the teaching/learning process more relevant to industry.

It is ensured that the teaching/learning strategy is aligned with nine attributes recommended by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) through addressing them in various study blocks. Although students are not expected to fully meet ICE attributes during their study or even a few years after graduation, it is important that they learn about the professional attributes and plan to fully comply with them during and after their studies.

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Assessment and feedback

The assessment strategy is aimed at covering all learning outcomes and helping students to achieve the programme aims. The assessment is arranged through a series of summative and formative assessment across various modules.

The envisaged summative assessments are final exams (from 50% to 70%), oral presentations, assignments and design projects. The final exams are time-limited (2-3 hours) and are held either in January or May in a closed-book format (except for the pandemic time where exams are held in an at-home style).

The assignments and design projects are planned across all modules and give students the opportunity to apply the knowledge to real-world situations. Assignment briefs are prepared beforehand by module leaders and are communicated to students at least one month before assignments’ due dates. Module leaders provide support to help students accomplish the tasks requested by assignments and design projects.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.