Taught course

Civil Engineering

University of Glasgow · School of Engineering

Entry requirements

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. Further information regarding academic entry requirements: student.recruitment@glasgow.ac.uk

Months of entry


Course content

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.

Why Glasgow?

· 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.

Programme Structure

You will attend lectures, tutorials, design classes and computing labs and take part in team design projects, other coursework and project-based activities and a major individual project.

Core courses

· Civil design project (20 credits)

· Integrated systems design project (20 credits)

Optional courses (10 credits each)

Select a total of 8 courses, at least 5 of which must be from List A

List A

· Advanced soil mechanics

· Advanced structural analysis and dynamics

· Applied engineering mechanics

· Computational modelling of non-linear problems

· Introduction to wind engineering

· Principles of GIS

· Reclamation of contaminated land

· Structural concrete.

List B

· Environmental biotechnology

· Geotechnical engineering

· Ground engineering

· Renewable energy

· Structural analysis

· Structural design

· Transportation systems engineering


· 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.

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. IBTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
9 months
part time
18 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Team