Civil Engineering MSc

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  • MSc Civil Engineering, home applicant, full time

    • Home Applicant
    • Full time, 1/2 years
    • Pound 10800 per year. Year 2 Industrial Placement Fee - £3500
  • MSc Civil Engineering, home applicant, part time

    • Home Applicant
    • Part time
    • Pound 1800 per 30 credit module
  • MSc Civil Engineering, international applicant, full time

    • International Applicant
    • Full time, 1/2 years
    • Pound 15960 per year. Year 2 Industrial Placement Fee - £3500

MSc with Placement Year

  • MSc Civil Engineering, home applicant, full time

    • Home Applicant
    • Full time, 1/2 years
    • Pound 10800 per year. Year 2 Industrial Placement Fee - £3500
  • MSc Civil Engineering, home applicant, part time

    • Home Applicant
    • Part time
    • Pound 1800 per 30 credit module
  • MSc Civil Engineering, international applicant, full time

    • International Applicant
    • Full time, 1/2 years
    • Pound 15960 per year. Year 2 Industrial Placement Fee - £3500

What makes this course different

Ranked third in London

Our Civil Engineering courses are ranked third in London (Guardian University Guide league table 2018).

Funded laptop with industrial placement

To support our students across our two-year Masters courses with industrial placements, we will offer every student on these specific programmes a laptop computer.

Established course

We have a wealth of experience in this field. For more than 50 years we have offered postgraduate courses in civil engineering, led by respected engineers and scientists with an impressive body of research.


JBM Accredited

We have close connections with industry and our MSc is fully accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM).

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Course modules

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Your future career

Your future career

There is an acknowledged shortage of skilled civil engineers with the right qualifications and experience. We have designed this course to take advantage of this demand and give you a competitive edge when it comes to your career.

Graduates from our MSc Civil Engineering course can expect to find work in a variety of consultancy and contracting roles, in fields as diverse as structural engineering, highways and transportation, aviation and infrastructure projects, geotechnical engineering, and water and coastal engineering.

The skills you will develop will also enhance your career prospects in other related areas, such as research and management. With access to our strong and diverse academic knowledge base and the opportunities to apply that knowledge professionally, we will give you the best possible head start.

Our Docklands location means that UEL is uniquely placed for links to industry employers, and we have strong contacts with organisations in the local area, including Crossrail, Thames Water, and the London Borough of Newham.

Our students have an excellent track record of employment and have landed jobs in sectors that include aviation, infrastructure, transport, and construction.

Within our School, we also have a dedicated careers advisory service as well as an active alumni network able to facilitate contact with prospective employers.

Our students have gone on to win fantastic industry-leading awards, including three at the Concrete Centre awards - First prize in 2016 and 2018, and the sustainability award in 2019

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.

MEng Civil Engineering hero
Studying for a Civil Engineering MSc at UEL is the right thing to do. The modules prepare students for their professional careers or further research. Lecturers are highly qualified, supportive and eager to hear from students. Overall, it's an ambitious course, in an ambitious school, for ambitious students."
Abdul Karim Jamal Eddine

MSc Civil Engineering

How we support your career ambitions

We offer dedicated careers support, and further opportunities to thrive, such as volunteering and industry networking. Our courses are created in collaboration with employers and industry to ensure they accurately reflect the real-life practices of your future career and provide you with the essential skills needed. You can focus on building interpersonal skills through group work and benefit from our investment in the latest cutting-edge technologies and facilities.

Career Zone

Our dedicated and award-winning team provide you with careers and employability resources, including:

  • Online jobs board for internships, placements, graduate opportunities, flexible part-time work.
  • Mentoring programmes for insight with industry experts 
  • 1-2-1 career coaching services 
  • Careers workshops and employer events 
  • Learning pathways to gain new skills and industry insight

Mental Wealth programme

Our Professional Fitness and Mental Wealth programme which issues you with a Careers Passport to track the skills you’ve mastered. Some of these are externally validated by corporations like Amazon and Microsoft.

Our Mental Wealth programme

We are careers first

Our teaching methods and geographical location put us right up top

  • Enterprise and entrepreneurship support 
  • We are ranked 6th for graduate start-ups 
  • Networking and visits to leading organisations 
  • Support in starting a new business, freelancing and self-employment 
  • London on our doorstep

What you'll learn

The course consists of a number of self-contained, taught modules, organised around the various areas of civil engineering.

The range of subjects covered includes Advanced Structural Analysis, Design in Steel and Concrete, Structural Stability and Dynamics, Intelligent Transport Systems, Soil Structure Engineering, and Highway and Railway Engineering.

The taught modules are complemented by a research dissertation project that you will undertake at the end of your course. This dissertation is your route to becoming an accredited chartered engineer.

There is a highly practical emphasis on our MSc. You will learn the basic theory and then apply it through working on projects in our extensive laboratories and during fieldwork.

These projects will provide you with the learning opportunities and practical skills you need in your future career. You will graduate with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the most up-to-date practices and theories in civil engineering.

About the industrial placement year

This course is also available as a two-year master's with an industrial placement year. The industrial placement is designed to address the demands of the profession and give students a competitive edge when it comes to their careers. The industrial placement component is for the duration of an academic year, i.e., normally 30 weeks including a minimum of 24 weeks of delivery time. It starts after students have successfully completed the 1st year of study, i.e., all the taught modules and the dissertation component of the MSc course which together form 180 credits. Please refer to the course specification for the summary of the course structure and further information.

Students on the MSc with Placement courses must pass all taught modules of their respective course plus dissertation to gain 180 credits before they become eligible to progress to the next stage and undertake an industrial placement. Students on the MSc course with placement will also normally be required to fulfil the 80% attendance requirement (on all modules) to be eligible to progress to the industrial placement. Students unable to meet the above requirements to progress successfully will normally be moved to the one-year full-time version of the course and their student visa, if any, will be curtailed accordingly.

It is ultimately the student's responsibility to secure their placement and the university cannot guarantee placements. The University will offer guidance and support and recommend students to many of our industrial partners who have expressed strong support and interest in the programme. 

During the industrial placement period, you will undertake an internship within a partner organisation  (or by means of alternative arrangements such as projects led by industry and carried out on campus) and complete a zero-credit Industrial Placement Module. 

There are additional fees for the placement module (in the second year of the course), in addition to the fees for the taught modules and dissertation, paid in the first year. 

How you'll learn

All modules include coursework, for which you will have opportunities to apply your knowledge to engineering projects based on real-life scenarios. This coursework will include analysis and design projects, research reports, group and seminar presentations, and a research dissertation project.

You will also attend lectures, seminars, and tutorials and you will work both individually and in groups.

To support the hands-on nature of this course, we have an impressive range of facilities. Our modern, well-equipped laboratories are open to students all day and include dedicated structures, soil mechanics, hydraulics, highways, and surveying labs. We also have superb computer facilities and the very latest design and planning software.

Expert feedback and support are always on offer from our dedicated team of academics, all experts in their particular fields.

Alongside their strong academic credentials, many have extensive industrial experience as practising engineers. Dr Ali Abbas and his team have also been involved in research, including coastal and river engineering, concrete structural analysis and design, water and environmental management, hydraulics, and earthquake resistance.

"I have always enjoyed teaching topics such as advanced structural analysis and design," says Course Leader  Dr Ali Abbas. "I find interacting with students during their real lifelike assignments rewarding as you see them applying their skills with enthusiasm."

Our MSc courses are some of the most flexible around. Engineers employed in the industry have found that the part-time model can easily be tailored to suit their personal requirements.

How you will be assessed

We assess you through a mixture of coursework, design drawings, oral examinations, your research dissertation and an end of term exam.

Campus and facilities

Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD

Who teaches this course

This course is delivered by School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.