Civil Engineering PGDip

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Postgraduate Diploma

  • PGDip Civil Engineering, home applicant, full time

    • Home Applicant
    • Full time, 1 year
    • Pound 7200 per year
  • PGDip Civil Engineering, home applicant, part time

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

    • International Applicant
    • Full time, 1 year
    • Pound 10640 per year

Course modules

NOTE: Modules are subject to change. For those studying part time courses the modules may vary.

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Your future career

Your future career

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

As a graduate of our Civil Engineering PGDip course, you can transfer onto the MSc course once you achieve the required averages.

The course will prepare you for employment in a variety of dynamic 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 while gaining your Diploma 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 also means UEL is uniquely placed for links to the industry. Our strong local contacts include organisations such as Crossrail, Thames Water, and the London Borough of Newham.

Our students have an excellent track record of employment and have gone on to work in sectors that include aviation, infrastructure, transport, and construction.

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

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

Docklands Campus accommodation by the water
I benefited a lot from the support I got at UEL. The staff challenged me and helped me think outside the box. I am still in contact and have received great help throughout my career."
Ohis Ilalokhoin

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

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

The wide range of subjects covered includes Advanced Structural Analysis; Design of Concrete and Steel Structures; Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering; Hydraulic Structures and Costal Engineering; Project Management; Soil Structure Engineering; and Highway and Transportation Engineering.

There is a highly practical emphasis on our Diploma. You will learn the general theory and then apply it during fieldwork and by working on projects in our extensive laboratories, using the latest software.

These projects provide you with the learning opportunities and practical skills you will use in your future career.

You will leave with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the most up-to-date practices and theories in civil engineering.

You will have the option to transfer to our MSc course, providing you meet the required standard. Many of our PGDip students go on to become accredited chartered engineers.

How you'll learn

Your coursework will include analysis and design projects, research reports, and group and seminar presentations. You will also attend lectures, seminars, and tutorials and you will work individually and in groups.

All modules include coursework, where you will have opportunities to apply your knowledge to engineering projects based on real-life situations.

To support the hands-on nature of our courses, we have an impressive range of facilities. Our modern, well-equipped laboratories include a structures laboratory, a soil mechanics laboratory, a hydraulics laboratory, a highways laboratory, and a surveying laboratory.

We also have superb computer facilities and you will be able to design and plan using the very latest software.

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

Alongside their impressive academic credentials, many have extensive industrial experience as practicing 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.

Our postgraduate courses are some of the most flexible around. If you are an engineer employed in the industry, you will find that studying part-time can easily be tailored to suit your personal requirements.

How you will be assessed

We will assess you through a mixture of coursework, design drawings, oral examinations 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.