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Civil Engineering with Integrated Qualifying Year (MSc)

Master of Science
Typical Offer
2:1 degree View full entry requirements
2 years
Course Type
Highfield and Boldrewood
Next course starts
September 2024

About this course

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Help the world adapt to urbanisation, climate change and natural disasters with a master’s degree in civil engineering.

This 2-year integrated course is ideal if you didn't graduate in civil engineering, but have maths and physics skills. You'll spend a year learning the basics of civil engineering before progressing to the main MSc course for your second year.

You’ll spend your first year studying key topics and improving your knowledge to prepare for your second year, when you’ll join the full-time MSc Civil Engineering course.

Throughout the course you’ll study:

  • fundamental principles, methods, analysis and synthesis in civil engineering design and applications
  • specialist modules in engineering fields such as: coastal, environmental, infrastructure, transport and engineering management
  • information and communication technology relevant to civil engineering, as well as management practices, health and safety issues, risk assessment and regulatory frameworks
  • the role and professional responsibilities of engineers in society

You’ll complete a research project to apply the knowledge and transferable skills you have developed on the degree.

We regularly review our courses to ensure and improve quality. This course may be revised as a result of this. Any revision will be balanced against the requirement that the student should receive the educational service expected. Find out why, when, and how we might make changes.

Our courses are regulated in England by the Office for Students (OfS).

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 already meet the entry requirements for our MSc Civil Engineering master's degree, you can apply for the programme without a qualifying year. Visit the page to find out more and apply:


This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) comprising of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the academic requirement for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). To hold accredited qualifications for CEng registration, candidates must also hold a Bachelor (Hons) degree that has been accredited as partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng). 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. More specifically, the department has one of the largest geotechnical departments in Europe. 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.

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