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Civil Engineering with Integrated Qualifying Year (MSc)

Master of Science
2 years
Course Type
Highfield and Boldrewood
Next course starts
September 2022

About this course

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.

If you're an EU or UK student you'll have the chance to carry out your research project on an industrial placement. 

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. If you live in the UK or EU, you have the option to take the MSc with an 11-month industrial placement. This is an opportunity to carry out applied research on real projects, while working with major civil engineering companies and research centres.

This civil engineering master's 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. See for further information.

    Course lead

    Your course leader has research interests in the resilience and sustainability of new and aging civil engineering infrastructure. Visit Dr Sheida Afshan’s staff profile to learn more about her 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:


    “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.

    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 2021 to 2022. We're working hard to plan for a number of possible scenarios. 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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