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Civil Engineering (MSc)

Master of Science
1 year
Course Type
Highfield and Boldrewood
Next course starts
September 2023

About this course

Discover how to help the world develop resilience to increasing urbanisation, climate change and natural disasters, on this MSc Civil Engineering.

The course is ideal if you’re a civil engineering graduate interested in boosting your career prospects. You'll learn the skills to solve problems in building design, water supply, infrastructure, structural and bridge engineering, geotechnical engineering, and earthquake engineering.

You’ll gain a sound understanding of civil engineering design and applications through core and specialist modules covering:

  • coastal and maritime engineering
  • hydraulics
  • the environment
  • infrastructure
  • transport
  • management

Depending on your module choices you can develop different skills. For example, during our structural engineering modules you'll learn how to use industry standard finite element analysis software. This is important for the design of structures and foundations in other modules.

Course lead

Dr Benjamin Cerfontaine is a Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering. His research focuses on offshore geotechnics and infrastructure for renewable energy. Visit Dr Cerfontaine's profile page to learn more about his work. 

Related pathways

If you have a related undergraduate degree and wish to enter the field of civil engineering you may be interested in our conversion pathway.


This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree. Learn more about accreditation on the Joint Board of Moderators website.

“Southampton was perfect for me. It has a fantastic reputation and is a very well respected Russell Group university for civil engineering. The department has one of the largest geotechnical departments in Europe. The new Boldrewood Campus houses brand new laboratories and equipment for geotechnics and infrastructure.”
Matthew Vowles, 2019 graduate

Course locations

This course is based at Highfield and Boldrewood.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the Course Description Document

The Course Description Document details your course overview, your course structure and how your course is taught and assessed.

Changes due to COVID-19

Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2022 to 2023. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.

Find out more on our COVID advice page.

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