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
- the environment
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.
If you have a related undergraduate degree and wish to enter the field of civil engineering you may be interested in our conversion pathway.
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.
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“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.”
Download the programme specification
The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
You’ll need a 2.1 degree in engineering, mathematics or physics. You must also be able to show you have studied mathematics modules in your previous degree.
Find the equivalent international qualifications for your country.
Recognition of professional experience
If you don't have the exact entry requirements, but you have significant work experience in this sector we’ll assess your relevant professional experience, your subject knowledge and your aptitude for learning.
Your application will be considered on individual merit and you may be asked to attend an interview.
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This civil engineering degree is divided into two semesters. In each semester you’ll choose from a range of modules including earthquake engineering and groundwater hydrology and contamination. You can also opt to develop your knowledge of project economics, and law and contracts.
You’ll complete a final research project with a dissertation to develop your critical-thinking and technical expertise.
At the start of the course, you’ll take part in a group outdoor activity so that you can get to know your fellow students. To support your learning we also arrange seminars at the beginning of each semester covering:
- study skills
- language support
- careers and employability
- your dissertation
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules in year 1:
You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:
Learning and assessment
You’ll learn to use the latest analysis tools in the design of buildings, bridges, roads, foundations, flood defences, water supply and treatment systems and renewable energy systems.
Practical sessions form a large part of your course. As well as lectures and tutorials your learning may include:
- laboratory classes
- design projects
- practical work
- guest lectures
- field visits
Depending on the modules you take, you may have access to our specialist facilities, including large structures, hydraulics and geotechnical laboratories.
You'll also be encouraged to openly communicate your professional experiences, exchange ideas and share knowledge. We arrange one-to-one tutorials to cater for individual learning differences.
Assessments take place through a combination of exams and coursework in the form of:
- problem solving exercises
- laboratory reports
- design projects
- individual and group projects
- research project and dissertation
You'll carry out a research project and complete a dissertation. The subject of your research project could focus on a topic covered in the course. It will bring together the skills you have learned and show your knowledge of one or more of the subjects you study.
- sourcing and gathering information
- critical analysis
- evaluation and presentation skills
Industrial placement or collaboration is strongly encouraged and facilitated. Visit our MSc in Civil Engineering with Industrial Placement to learn more.
We can provide the subject matter for your dissertation. Topics could include:
- nonlinear structural analysis
- structural mechanics
- seismic analysis and design of structures and bridges
- coastal flood defence
- nanotechnology in water treatment
- railway systems
- underground structures
- geotechnical engineering
As an alternative, you may be able to choose a research project from a different discipline. This is only where the invitation to take part is feasible and you have the background knowledge and competence to meet the project challenges in the available time.
We’ll assign you a personal tutor, and you’ll have access to a senior tutor.
As a graduate from our MSc in Civil Engineering, you'll be well prepared for roles in the sector.
Our graduates secure positions with leading employers in civil engineering, both consultants and contractors and also regulatory and local authorities.
As well as careers in the industry, the transferrable skills you gain make you attractive to a wide range of recruiters, from financial services through to IT and management consultancy.
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £9,250.
- International students pay £23,136.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK and EU nationals only)
This can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master's course. Find out if you're eligible.
Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least two weeks before starting your course.
We recommend you apply at least 6 weeks before the start of the course to ensure you're able to meet our requirements and apply for a visa in time.
We cannot guarantee students who do not meet these deadlines will be able to begin their course.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
We may invite you to an interview, which will take place by phone if you live abroad. You'll get an email from the admissions tutor if we'd like to talk to you before offering you a place.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000