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MSc Civil Engineering

Why choose Herts?

  • Reputation: 2nd in the East of England (after Cambridge) for civil engineering (Complete University Guide 2023) and 6th in the UK for postgraduate student experience (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2022)
  • Facilities: Study at one of the largest engineering schools in the UK and in our brand-new School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science building, opening in 2024
  • Industry connections: Benefit from our long-established links with the civil engineering profession – our courses are tailored to meet the needs of employers

Professional Accreditations

The programme has been designed to meet the requirements of the accrediting body: the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM), representing the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Institute of Structural Engineers, the Institute of Highway Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Permanent Ways Institution. 

As such, the programme reflects the detailed JBM requirements for MSc degrees and the latest version of the Engineering Council learning outcomes (AHEP version 4).  

Accreditation will be sought at the earliest opportunity in consultation and coordination with the JBM.  

About the course

The MSc Civil Engineering is designed for ambitious civil and structural engineering graduates and those with related degrees and professional experience looking to expand their technical expertise, skills and career opportunities.

This programme offers education and training in advanced civil engineering principles and current industry standards and practices. Theoretical study is reinforced with practical application to real-world scenarios, and you will develop the analytical, problem-solving, teamwork and communication skills needed to succeed in this multi-disciplinary profession.  

You will gain an in-depth understanding of advanced concepts of civil engineering including geotechnical and structural design, materials science, floodplain management, sustainability policies and innovative technologies.

The programme puts emphasis on hands-on learning so that graduates become competent in applying civil engineering principles in practice to a professional standard: an important asset for your future career.

Why choose this course?

  • provides a clear route to a professional career in civil engineering, combining technical knowledge with professional skills to produce highly employable postgraduates
  • gain the technical and professional skills needed to contribute to the civil engineering infrastructure that underpins our everyday life
  • study for a master’s based on the current needs of the industry and shaped by our Industrial Advisory Group
  • learn in our new School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science building (opening in 2024) with experiential learning zones, from large Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate (CDIO) spaces, workshops, laboratories and more flexible learning environments
  • use cutting edge software to understand how technology is practically applied in civil engineering
  • benefit from our industry connections with seminars from partners and professional bodies.
  • 5th for engineering in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES, Advance HE, 2023)

What will I study?

The School has a reputation for innovation in teaching and learning: you will be inspired by a team of academics with significant and diverse experience including structural engineers, geotechnical specialists, materials engineers, hydro experts and highways engineers.

In-class theory is balanced with practical application of engineering principles as well as seminars from industry partners and professional bodies. Assessment is through coursework and examinations.

The curriculum provides you with an advanced knowledge base across a wide range of subjects, from advanced materials and bespoke design modules such as composite and steel structures and advanced geotechnical design through to integrated floodplain management and sustainability relevant policies. You will explore an array of topics related to resilience, systems thinking, data and AI in construction, smart infrastructure and sustainability.

Skills development is an important element of the course: your research skills will expand through modules such as Systems, Data and Technologies for Civil Engineering as well as via your individual project. Professional skills including communication, problem solving, digital literacy, numeracy, teamwork and self-management skills will be enhanced to ensure you excel in your chosen career path.

Where will I study?

Learn in our brand-new School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science building, opening in 2024, where you’ll experience a range of experiential learning zones. You will have access to modelling, simulation and research labs, our light and heavy structures lab as well as a wide range of materials testing and characterisation facilities.

You will also benefit from a Success and Skills Support Unit, which is aimed at helping you build your employability and academic skills. Plus, have access to industry mentors who will provide you with pastoral support, vocational guidance, and career progression opportunities.

The new building will also provide space to collaborate, with plenty of workshops, social and meeting spaces available. Even better, the building has been designed with the University’s net zero carbon target in mind, and forms part of our plan to replace or upgrade older sites that are energy inefficient.

  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Systems, Data and Technologies for Civil Engineering 30 Credits Compulsory
    Structural Design for Fire Safety 15 Credits Compulsory
    Environmental Policy and Governance 15 Credits Compulsory
    Advanced Geotechnical Design and Construction for Large Infrastructure 15 Credits Compulsory
    Integrated Floodplain Management 15 Credits Compulsory
    Advanced Materials & Structures for Resilient Built Environment 15 Credits Compulsory
    Design of Steel and Composite Structures 15 Credits Compulsory
    MSc Individual Project (Civil) 60 Credits Compulsory
  • Key staff

    Programme Leader Kirstie Broadbent

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    Further course information

    Course fact sheets
    MSc Civil Engineering Download
    Programme specifications
    MSc Civil Engineering Download
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