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MSc Civil Engineering

Course Overview

This programme has a UK and global appeal for career development and future plans are currently being developed to offer students the requisite skills to become CEng qualified through the Joint Board of Moderators. It satisfies the technical and managerial expectations required by civil engineering employers as the programme will develop the skills needed to interface with functional users, other than engineers, giving you a more holistic view of the processes behind successfully delivering a civil engineering project.

Key information

    Course name

    MSc Civil Engineering

    Total academic credits

    180 credits

    Qualification awarded


    Awarding body

    University of the West of Scotland

    Professional recognition


    Academic level

    Postgraduate (QCF_NQF Level 7 / SCQF Level 11)

    Study mode

    Full time - Classroom


    12 months

    Tuition fees

    £11,000 (Scholarship available)



    Work placement


    Course location

    Paisley, Scotland

Academic entry requirements

Applicants should possess at least a second class Honours degree or equivalent qualification, in a mechanical engineering or similar area from a recognised institution or an equivalent professional qualification, for MSc entry.

Applicants with lesser degree qualifications in engineering, who have appropriate professional or industrial experience, may also be eligible for entry to the Postgraduate Diploma. On successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma students would be invited to join the MSc programme.

English entry requirements

IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any subcomponent. UWS will also consider applicants who have previously studied at degree level, taught and assessed in English, in what UKVI define as a majority English-speaking country.

Assessment methods

Assessment is principally by coursework assignments, laboratory investigations and examinations. You will also be expected to present your work to internal staff and external industrialists as part of the learning and assessment process.

Progression route

Further academic study of DBA, PhD or other research degree or Professional career.

Career opportunities

Graduate employment may be found in both public or private sectors within civil engineering and other built environment disciplines such as transportation or public health dealing with many key activities such as construction, design, infrastructure, sustainability, environmental and transportation impacts and project management.


  • Advanced Structural Analysis
  • Applied Finite Element Analysis
  • Advanced Geotechnical Engineering
  • Advanced Materials for Sustainable Construction
  • Civil Engineering Scheme Design
  • Research Design & Methods
  • Engineering Project Management
  • Civil Engineering Project Design
  • MSc Dissertation 


The uniqueness of this MSc programme is the industrial input to the overall delivery of the modules, in particular, the Scheme Design and Project Design.

Students will be given the opportunity to develop a project from inception to completion where the site will be selected, based on realistic constraints and challenges. At Scheme Design stage, students will be able to develop the brief and present conceptual design, whereas at Project Design stage they will be able to provide a detailed proposal under the assistance and guidance of lecturing staff and industrial expertise.

Students will also be exposed to existing staff research interests when completing their MSc Dissertation encompassing several areas including Construction management, Digital Technologies, Sensor Technologies, Hydromechanics, Concrete Research and Structural Engineering.