Coventry University

MSc Civil Engineering/Civil Engineering Technical Route

Become the best you can be in the construction industry with an accredited Master’s in Civil Engineering from Coventry University.

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The Civil Engineering MSc is offered to UK civil engineering and cognate science/engineering graduates seeking a professional qualification as Chartered Engineers.

The Civil Engineering (Technical Route) MSc is available for holders of an overseas bachelor’s degree or a UK bachelor’s degree accredited as the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng), for example a BSc in Civil Engineering or cognate science/engineering disciplines, for those seeking a professional qualification as Chartered Engineers through a ‘Technical Route’.

The courses are designed to develop high-level knowledge and wide-ranging understanding of the planning, design, construction and operation of civil engineering works, exploring the traditional and innovative practices behind iconic constructions such as Wembley stadium. They also aim to provide students with practical knowledge and innovative strides applicable to strategic management of construction and engineering projects, including relevant importance of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in construction project management. A technical focused MSc research project is mandatory for students enrolled on the Civil Engineering (Technical Route) MSc course.

These highly practical courses are delivered with input from industry to help you establish or advance your career in the construction industry. Accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM)*, the courses meet the educational base for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status and successful completion provides automatic progression for holders of an accredited Bachelor’s degree.

Entry Requirements

Civil Engineering MSc

Normal entry requires a minimum 2:2 undergraduate honours degree in Civil Engineering. Applicants with professional/industrial experience and/or training but not meeting the normal entry requirements will be considered on their merits. Other engineering degrees may be suitable with appropriate industry experience.

Civil Engineering (Technical Route) MSc

Normal entry requires a minimum 2.2 UK or overseas undergraduate honours degree in Civil Engineering.

Holders of CEng accredited Bachelor’s degree can enroll on the course provided they meet the entry requirements. This will automatically meet the educational base for Chartered Engineer status.

Holders of an IEng accredited or an overseas Bachelor’s degree will need to apply for an academic assessment to be formally approved for CEng. They may be required to complete extra modules if their Bachelor degree is deemed to be not technical enough.

Applicants with professional/industrial experience and/or training, but not meeting the normal entry requirements will be considered on their merits, with the understanding that on completion of the award they may not be eligible for Chartered status as they will not be fulfilling the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) requirements. Applicants are therefore strongly advised to check with the JBM and Engineering Council before committing to the course.

This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Career Prospects

The construction sector is one of the largest employers in the UK and demand is strong for civil engineering graduates. These courses are ideal for those seeking deeper and more advanced knowledge in a broad range of subjects for employment within the public and private sector as graduate engineers, or if you wish to pursue an academic or research-orientated career.

The courses aim to keep you up-to-date with current events and the latest, leading-edge industry innovations through opportunities to visit facilities and hear from leading industry figures. These visits are a great way to interact with potential employers and have recently included I54 Wolverhampton Junction Technopark.*

If you are already working within the profession, the courses provide an opportunity to enhance previously acquired knowledge with latest issues and technological advances. For example, all design-related modules are taught in accordance with the new Eurocodes. In addition, we employ civil and structural engineering software, such as ANSYS and MIDAS for teaching and learning; you are also able to download these computer applications to undertake your coursework.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The university's Talent Team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

*Please note that we are unable to guarantee any trip, placement or study abroad opportunities and that any such opportunities referred to on this webpage may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

Course Details

You will have the opportunity to learn the laboratory testing procedures and technics used to assess material and structural performance, using modern and upgraded loading equipment automated with data loggers, saturated and unsaturated stress path soil testing apparatus and commercial civil engineering material mixing and synthesising equipment.

The courses culminate in a research project, during which you should be able to apply the theoretical and practical knowledge acquired so far from your academic training on real structural problems.

The courses include the Leading Diverse Workforces module developed in partnership with the Chartered Management Institute.

Coventry University’s accreditation with CMI is currently ongoing for the relevant modules and is regularly reviewed and monitored by the CMI through their quality systems. Whilst Coventry University anticipates that these reviews will continue to be successful, if they were to be unsuccessful, the relevant module in this course would no longer be accredited and we would notify applicants and students of this change as soon as possible.

Year 1 without work placement pathway

Semester 1
Connection design
Applied finite element analysis
Strategic management for construction and engineering
Leading diverse workforces
Integrated project
Supporting transition to postgraduate study
Preparing to research

Semester 2
Soil-structure interaction
Construction contract and law
Bridge engineering
Catchment hydrology, hydraulics and flood modelling
Leading diverse workforces
Integrated project
Supporting transition to postgraduate study
Preparing to research

Semester 3
Leading diverse workforces
Integrated project
Supporting transition to postgraduate study
Preparing to Research

Additional module for Civil Engineering MSc
Research Project - Semester 1,2,3

Additional module for Civil Engineering (Technical Route) MSc
Technical Research Project - Semester 1,2,3

Year 1 With work placement pathway

Semester 1
Connection design
Applied finite element analysis
Strategic management for construction and engineering
Leading diverse workforces
Integrated project
Supporting transition to postgraduate study
Preparing to research

Semester 2
Soil-structure interaction
Construction contract and law
Bridge engineering
Catchment hydrology, hydraulics and flood modelling
Leading diverse workforces
Integrated project
Supporting transition to postgraduate study
Preparing to research

Semester 3
Work placement (Part One)

Semester 4
Work placement (Part Two)

Semester 5
Work placement (Part Three)

Semester 6
Individual project

Additional module for Civil Engineering MSc
Research project - Semester 1,2,3

Additional module for civil engineering (technical Route) MSc
Technical research project - Semester 1,2,3

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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