Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree in a relevant field, such as Civil Engineering or a related programme. UK: Upper Second Class Honours. China: 1st tier universities: 75% or above; 2nd tier universities: 80% or above. North America: 3.0 cumulative GPA (out of 4) or 3.2 cumulative GPA in the final two years of your undergraduate programme. Other regions: Equivalent academic qualifications. IELTS: 6.0 with minimum of 6.0 in each of the 4 language skills. TOEFL iBT: 89.

Months of entry


Course content

The rapidly developing world and the evolution of urban development have caused a massive surge in environmental pollution, energy consumption and carbon dioxide (CO2) emission. Civil engineers should take a leadership role to promote sustainable development by providing creative and innovative solutions to the challenges associated with sustainability in Civil Engineering practices.

The aim of the programme is to provide Masters level education for graduates to develop technologically advanced knowledge, problem-solving skills and comprehensive understanding of the key aspects of sustainability in Civil Engineering construction with a particular emphasis on the future trends of global sustainable development in light of reliability, environmentally-friendly and cost-effectiveness initiatives. It is intended to provide critical awareness of current and future problems associated with the intervention of sustainability strategies and their integration in Civil Engineering sector as well as prospective solutions from existing and emerging scientific technologies resulting from on-going research.

Core modules

  • Sustainable Technology and Building Materials
  • Sustainable Drainage Systems
  • Sustainable Energy and Environment
  • Integration of Energy Strategies in the Design of Buildings
  • Advanced Simulation of Sustainable Structural Systems
  • Sustainable Engineering with Timber
  • Environmental Engineering and Management Practice
  • Sustainable Urban Planning Strategies
  • Dissertation

This full-time 18-month graduate programme comprises two semesters of taught modules (assessed by coursework and examination) followed by a research dissertation over the third semester. The programme is also offered on a part-time 36-month basis for potential students currently working in the industry. All the modules are delivered in English by an international Civil Engineering department which specialises in sustainability and sustainable construction.

China and Suzhou Industrial Park

Civil Engineering plays a dominant role in providing sustainable solutions to the construction industry. The MSc in Sustainable Construction at XJTLU focuses on all of these technologies, techniques and methods that will enable the future Civil Engineer to incorporate an environmentally viable approach to the design of future infrastructure. These designs will be based on renewable energies, recycling of waste construction materials and industrial byproducts, smart systems for the efficient drainage and utilization of surface water run-offs, natural wastewater treatment methods, as well as modern digital representation techniques and structural models.


Graduates of this programme will be equipped to take up professional employment in Civil Engineering industry and become lifelong learners with an appreciation of the value to society of an education in sustainable construction. On the basis of accreditation by the Joint Board of Moderators, the MSc programme may be used as Further Learning, the final element of the educational base for being a Chartered Engineer.


The various research areas in the department of Civil Engineering are quite diverse and cover the majority of modern engineering construction and energy production methods. The Department particularly encourages active learning in the delivery of its programmes. The different fields cover

  • Material and structural behavior of Fibre Reinforced Cementitious Composites
  • Usage of GGBS (Ground-Granulated Blast-furnace Slug) as a cement replacement in concrete,
  • Construction with timber,
  • Strengthening and rehabilitation of statically deficient structures,
  • Advanced structural modeling,
  • Sustainable infrastructure, building information modeling (BIM) and construction simulation,
  • Groundwater contamination and biochemical decomposition of biomass,
  • Renewable energy and biofuels,
  • Modelling of nanostructured materials for energy applications.

The final postgraduate thesis topics will greatly reflect the research interests of the Department with the opportunity of further project continuation in the form of a PhD.


The Department is fortunate in the provision of world-class laboratory teaching facilities. These include: extensive structures laboratory with 2t strong floor and 5t gantry crane; structural testing frames for a range of scales- desktop, ¼ model and full-scale testing; earthquake shaking table laboratory facility; geotechnics centrifuge laboratory facility; extensive hydraulics laboratories, for water and air flow ;extensive soil mechanics laboratory facilities; 3 universal testing machines, 10t-300t capacity; range of concrete mixing facilities, up to 1t mix capacity; comprehensive highway materials laboratories; timber processing lab; wastewater treatment benches; advanced structural simulation software (ANSYS); and building information modelling software (Autodesk Revit). The department is also equipped with a state of the art chemical analysis lab including: elemental analysis, gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, thermogravimetric analysis, particle size analysis, BET specific area and fibre extraction units.

Industrial Links

The Department is currently connected with a number of enterprises such as the Shanghai Construction Group (SCG) with over 400 companies under its group, as well as international companies such as ARUP UK offering the possibilities of summer internships which could potentially lead to future employments.

Find out more about the Department of Civil Engineering by visiting our website at http://civeng.xjtlu.edu.cn

Fees and funding

UK students
RMB 90,000
International students
RMB 90,000


XJTLU offers a generous scholarship of 50% of the total tuition fee for all full-time masters programmes. All applicants for September 2015 will be considered for this scholarship, based on academic merit, and no separate application is required.

Qualification and course duration


full time
18 months

Course contact details

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