Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are normally a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent (eg GPA of 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified. For this programme, this would normally mean a degree in Civil Engineering or a very closely related discipline. Additionally, a sound understanding of relevant core engineering principles, such as mathematics, is expected and must be demonstrated in a 2.1 or equivalent in core subject components from your Honours degree.
International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.
Months of entry
Those who study the Masters in Civil Engineering will gain advanced knowledge and associated analytical and problem-solving skills in a range of key sub-disciplines of Civil Engineering, and develop the ability to apply this knowledge in engineering design and to the solution of open-ended and multi-disciplinary problems. The MSc in Civil Engineering is intended for students with a first degree in Civil Engineering or a closely related discipline who wish to extend their expertise to a higher level in preparation for a professional career.
- Civil engineering at the University of Glasgow is ranked 4th in the UK and 1st in Scotland (Guardian University Guide 2017).
- The University of Glasgow’s School of Engineering has been delivering engineering education and research for more than 150 years and is the oldest School of Engineering in the UK.
- You will select courses from key sub-disciplines of Civil Engineering, notably structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, environmental engineering, computational mechanics and transportation engineering.
- With all lecture courses selected from sets of options, you can choose to develop a degree of specialization in a given sub-discipline or to remain broad-based, thus tailoring the programme to suit your interests and career aspirations.
- Two major design project courses will develop your abilities to apply your knowledge of Civil Engineering to design of engineering projects. One of these projects is specifically civil engineering in content, but the other is multi-disciplinary in nature and will also involve MSc students from other engineering disciplines, working in teams to tackle a broad-based design problem.
- You will also undertake an individual project, allowing you to investigate a specific topic in considerable depth.
- You will be taught by staff who are leading researchers in their fields, so that course content can reflect state-of-the-art understanding, relevant to future challenges for civil engineering industry and the profession.
- The programme is designed to provide the advanced education required of civil engineers of tomorrow.
- With a 93% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2016, Civil Engineering at Glasgow continues to meet student expectations combining both teaching excellence and a supportive learning environment.
Modes of delivery of the MSc Civil Engineering include lectures, tutorials, design classes and computing labs, and give you the opportunity to take part in team design projects, other coursework and project-based activities, and a major individual project.
- Civil design project
- Integrated systems design project.
Select a total of 8 courses, at least 5 of which must be from List A:
- Advanced soil mechanics 5
- Advanced structural analysis and dynamics 5
- Applied engineering mechanics 4
- Computational modelling of non-linear problems 5
- Introduction to wind engineering
- Principles of GIS
- Reclamation of contaminated land 5
- Structural concrete C5.
- Environmental biotechnology 4
- Geotechnical engineering 4
- Ground engineering 4
- Renewable energy 4
- Structural analysis 4
- Structural design 4
- Transportation systems engineering 4.
- To complete the MSc degree you must undertake an individual project worth 60 credits.
- Projects can involve laboratory work, computational modelling, fieldwork, theoretical development, design or a study of industry application.
- The project is an important part of your MSc where you can apply your newly learned skills and show to future employers that you have been working on cutting edge projects relevant to industry.
- Your project is completed under the supervision of an academic staff member. You can choose a topic from a list of MSc projects in Civil Engineering. Alternatively, should you have your own idea for a project, staff members are always open to discussion of topics.
Examples of projects can be found online
*Posters shown are for illustrative purposes
The MSc Civil Engineering is accredited in the “Further Learning” category accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT).
This means that a student with an accredited BEng undergraduate degree can take the accredited "Further Learning" MSc to top-up their academic qualifications in order to meet the full academic requirements for conferral of the title of Chartered Engineer. This is an alternative route to the 5-year undergraduate MEng route.
Industry Links and Employability
- The School of Engineering has extensive contacts with industrial partners who contribute to several of the taught courses, through active teaching, curriculum development, and panel discussion.
- The two design projects courses represent the types of projects undertaken in industry, and typically there will be input from industry practitioners in setting up the projects used in these courses.
- Some MSc individual projects will involve interaction with industry.
Career opportunities include positions in civil engineering, structural engineering and environmental engineering, and working with design consultants, contractors and public authorities or utilities.
Information for international students
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Admissions Team