Taught course

Civil Engineering

University of Bolton · Faculty of Advanced Engineering and Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally be in permanent employment in the construction industry, utilities or public services sector and have their employer's support for undertaking the course. Applicants should also hold a BSc (Hons) or BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering with either a first class or upper second class degree. Applicants with a lower second class degree in BSc (Hons) or BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering will be considered only exceptionally and in discussion with their employer where they are working part-time.

MSc, PGDip, PGCert.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The MSc Civil Engineering programme is ideal if you would like to broaden and deepen your technical knowledge of specialised civil engineering areas and develop a wider perspective and understanding of the issues facing the civil engineering industries. It provides a distinctive educational platform to encourage the development of articulate, numerate, literate, imaginative, versatile, confident and inquisitive postgraduates who are able to link the theoretical with the practical.

The course is designed for those who have already graduated with a civil engineering or engineering-related degree. Successful completion of the MSc is designed to provide the educational base for progression to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

You will obtain advanced analytical skills in your chosen subject areas. You will have the opportunity to learn to design steel and concrete framed structures using modern structural analysis software, use advanced theory for the design and implementation of geotechnical works, apply advanced hydraulic concepts and model hydraulic systems, learn about advanced materials technologies and use advanced techniques to model transport and other systems. You will develop skills in project management and can choose whether you want to learn about environmental management or construction law and sustainable procurement.

In structures, you will also learn to assess existing buildings and design adaptations and apply the stiffness matrix method to analyse two-dimensional structures. In geotechnical engineering you will design earthworks, and slope and retaining walls. In hydraulics you will study open channel and pipe flow and urban pollution management. In materials you will learn about special concretes and sustainability and materials repair and rehabilitation. In transport you will apply linear programming and queuing theory to practical problems.

Information for international students

This course is not suitable for International students.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months


part time
24 months


part time
12 months


full time
12 months

Course contact details

University of Bolton Enquiries
+44 (0)1204 903 903
+44(0)1204 903 809