The MSc Civil and Structural Engineering programme is your opportunity to establish or consolidate your career as a civil or structural design engineer. There is also an opportunity for working professionals to progress towards CEng status through a tailor-made route. This will help you accelerate to the remaining steps of CEng status by working with your employer in the process. This is a unique feature of a Masters course and significantly reduces the period required to achieve Chartered status.
To provide the latest specialist knowledge and technical competence, all design-related modules are taught in accordance with the new structural Eurocodes. As well as developing your analytical and problem-solving skills, tuition covers project planning and contract management. The MSc Civil and Structural Engineering course is also underpinned by research into areas such as the use of novel and sustainable environmentally-friendly materials, geotechnics and structural modelling.
2021/22 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.
[Update excludes online-only courses].
The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.
What you will study?
You will study the following modules:
- Advanced Civil Engineering Materials
- Integrative Project Planning and Management
- Geo-environmental Engineering
- Advanced Structural Analysis and Structural Concrete Design
- Further Advanced Structural Analysis and Steel/Composite Design
- Individual Dissertation
Optional modules include:
- Seismic Analysis and Design to Eurocodes*
- Structural Timber and Masonry Design to Eurocodes*
- Further Finite Element Analysis*
- Non-Destructive Testing*
*10 credit module
This postgraduate degree in Civil and Structural Engineering is delivered in three major blocks that offer an intensive but flexible learning pattern, with two entry opportunities for applicants each year – February and September. You will learn through lectures, tutorials and seminars, as well as guest lectures and seminars with prominent industry experts. You will complete a research project using our excellent laboratory facilities and a dissertation on a chosen topic of interest.
Some modules are assessed through coursework, others by a combination of design projects and a formal examination. If you want to continue working in industry, you can apply to study individual modules as short courses on a day-release or block-delivery basis.
The MSc Civil and Structural Engineering is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng (Hons) undergraduate first degree*. See www.jbm.org.uk for further information.
* It should be noted that candidates completing the MSc who hold an underpinning accredited IEng degree or a non-accredited bachelor degree will need to apply for an academic assessment to determine whether they will meet the educational base for CEng registration.
- Laser Master-Sizer 2000
- Thermogravimetric and derivative thermogravimetric analyser
- Prior Clave environmental chamber
- High resolution image microscope
- Mercury intrusion porosimeter
- Thermal conductivity equipment
- Avery-Denison tensile/compressions 600kN load machine
- Electro-hydraulic test stations
- Fatigue and non-destructive testing machine
- Overhead two-tonne gantry crane
- CBR and Proctor compaction equipment’s
- Shear boxes and tri-axial testing machines
- Model pad foundations andretaining walls
- Pressure testing equipments
- Open channel flow equipments
- Surge tank and water hammer apparatus
- Series / Parallel pump
- Hydraulic benches
- Luan Al-Haddad, Course Leader (Applied Mathematics and Hydraulics)
- Emma McGivern, Academic Subject Manager, (Highways & Transportation and Project Management)
- David Baxter, (Applied Mathematics and Fluid Dynamics)
- Jerome Daly, (Geotechnical Engineering)
- Jiping Bai, Associate Professor (Sustainable Materials and Structural Systems)
- Joanne Thomas, Lecturer (Structural Engineering)
- Phil Young, (Architectural Design, Engineering Drawing, Sustainability)
- John Kinuthia, Professor (Materials Engineering and Highways)
- Jonathan Oti, Associate Professor (Materials Engineering)