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Civil Engineering (MSc)

Master of Science
Typical Offer
2:1 degree View full entry requirements
1 year
Course Type
Highfield and Boldrewood
Next course starts
September 2020 and January 2021

COVID-19: this course has two start dates

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 may also have an opportunity to complete a research project whilst undertaking an industrial placement.

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.

This course will help you meet the further learning requirements to become a Chartered Engineer. Visit the Joint Board of Moderators website for more information

If you live in the UK or EU you'll have the option to take the MSc with an 11 month industrial placement. You'll carry out the latest applied research on real projects, whilst working with major civil engineering companies and research centres.

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.

Course lead

Dr Sheida Afshan is a Lecturer in Structural Engineering. Her research focuses on the resilience and sustainability of new and aging civil engineering infrastructure. Visit Dr Afshan's profile page to learn more about her work. 


This course is accredited by:

Institution of Civil Engineers logo
Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
Institution of Structural Engineers logo
Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE)
Chartered Institute of Highways & Transportation logo
Chartered Institute of Highways & Transportation (CIHT)
Institute of Highway Engineers logo
Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE)
“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 programme specification

The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.