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University of Portsmouth: Civil Engineering

Institution University of Portsmouth
Department Faculty of Technology
Telephone 023 9284 5566
Study type Taught



Work toward Chartered Engineer status with an accredited Master's that helps you become a critically reflective practioner in civil engineering.

On this MSc Civil Engineering, you'll develop postgraduate-level skills and knowledge covering the different phases of public works projects, from planning and design to construction and management. You'll master the theory and use of Finite Element Method (FEM) tools, apply numerical analysis techniques, and explore the ways in which engineering can engage with environmental issues.

Our syllabus is regularly updated in consultation with industry specialists, so you can be sure of building your strategic management skills in line with what the sector needs. You'll also be able to shape this degree to meet your own needs, as you plan and deliver an integrated design project exploring your engineering interests.

You'll be studying with lecturers who are professionally engaged with the sector, working closely with the construction industry and its professional bodies alongside their research and teaching, and you'll have opportunities to develop your industry contacts through our visiting speakers. When you graduate, you'll be qualified to work toward your Chartered Professional Review, to take on professional roles in the civil engineering field, or to dig into PhD research and an academic career.

Accredited by: This course is accredited by the Engineering Council, meeting the requirements for further learning for CEng for candidates who have already acquired an accredited CEng (partial) BEng (Hons) or an accredited IEng (full) BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and discussion groups, and benefit from the expertise of our academic staff as well as experienced practitioners from outside organisations

  • Master civil engineering science, using structural analysis, numerical analysis, and solving engineering problems using the Finite Element Method (FEM) and FEM software packages

  • Apply your skills to practical problems as part of our partnership schemes with local and global organisations, and design an integrated project that focuses your learning on your career interests

  • Use our laboratory facilities – including an environmental lab and computing equipment – in support of your lectures and seminars, and join workshops and talks with industry practitioners

  • Study for a Master's that follows the current needs of the industry, shaped by advice from our Industrial Advisory Committee, made up of senior executives from leading client, contracting and consulting organisations

The degree you graduate with depends on what area you focus on in your design project. Your options are:

  • MSc Civil Engineering

  • MSc Civil Engineering with Earthquake Engineering

  • MSc Civil Engineering with Environmental Engineering

  • MSc Civil Engineering with Geotechnical Engineering

  • MSc Civil Engineering with Structural Engineering

You don't need to decide which area to specialise in until you begin your design project.

Careers and opportunities

Civil engineers need a wide range of skills and abilities in order to meet society's changing needs. When you graduate from the MSc Civil Engineering degree course, you'll have the expert knowledge, technical skills and competencies that employers in industry expect. The employment rate for our civil engineering graduates is excellent.

What can you do with a Civil Engineering degree?

Career opportunities include:

  • Civil engineering

  • Site engineering

  • Construction

  • Consultancy

  • Project management


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