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 www.jbm.org.uk for further information.
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.
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 course is accredited by:
“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.”
Download the programme specification
The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.
You’ll need a 2:1 degree in a relevant engineering, science or technology subject, such as:
You must demonstrate your competence at mathematics or physics, either through completion of maths modules as part of your original degree, or an A level pass in one of these subjects.
Recognition of professional experience
We will consider alternative qualifications on individual merit. For example:
- a portfolio of work experience supported by academic achievements equivalent to our basic requirements
- recent study with clear evidence of scientific ability
If you apply with alternative qualifications, we will ask you to attend an interview. We may also ask you to complete an admissions assessment.
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Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000
COVID-19: we've made some changes to the structure of the course for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
This is a full-time master’s course with an additional qualifying year. Each year is divided into 2 semesters. You’ll study for 24 months in total, starting in September.
You will spend the qualifying year studying compulsory modules on key topics to improve your knowledge and prepare you for year 2.
On completion of the qualifying year, you will progress onto the full-time master’s course.
In the first 9 months (semesters 1 and 2) you’ll study the taught part of your course. This is made up of modules that everyone on the course takes, and modules we’ll ask you to choose from a list of options.
For the last 3 months, over the summer, you’ll work independently to research and write your dissertation. You’ll have one-to-one meetings with your supervisor during this time to discuss your progress.
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COVID-19: we've made some changes to our modules for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
Learning and assessment
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our learning and assessment methods for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
We’ll teach you to apply the latest analysis tools in the design of buildings, bridges, roads, foundations, flood defenses, water supply and treatment systems and renewable energy systems.
You’ll learn through a combination of:
- lectures, seminars and tutorials
- field and laboratory classes
- independent study and research
Depending on the modules you take, you’ll have access to our specialist facilities, including large structures, hydraulics and geotechnical laboratories.
We'll encourage you to openly communicate your professional experiences, exchange ideas and share knowledge. We arrange one-to-one tutorials to cater for individual learning differences.
We also connect with a global network of companies, shared facilities and expertise to boost your learning.
We’ll assess you through a combination of unseen written examinations, as well as coursework in the form of:
- problem solving exercises
- laboratory reports
- design projects
- individual and group projects
- research project and dissertation
In your second year, you’ll carry out a research project and complete a dissertation. This is your chance to demonstrate what you’ve learned throughout your degree.
- sourcing and gathering information
- critical analysis
- evaluation and presentation skills
We strongly encourage and will support industrial placements or collaborations as part of your research project.
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 defense
- nanotechnology in water treatment
- railway systems
- underground structures
- geotechnical engineering
Alternatively, 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.
You’ll have access to:
- course books for each year of the programme
- library information retrieval seminar, introductory sessions, workshop training and small group tutorials
- our Engineering Development and Manufacturing Centre (EDMC) equipped with a range of workshop equipment, CAD/CAM
- a personal tutor for personal and academic support
- your Faculty Student Office for administrative support
- additional research seminars and invited lecturers
When you graduate, you’ll be ready for a career in the civil engineering industry. Our graduates move into engineer roles with a wide range of leading employers including:
- regulatory and local authorities
You’ll have several transferable skills, making you attractive to many graduate recruiters in industries such as financial services, IT and management consultancy.
You can also get careers advice and support from Southampton alumni through our E-Mentoring Southampton service.
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.
You must get your application to us by the end of the day on 31 July 2020. You must supply all supporting documentation at least 2 weeks before starting your course.
We cannot guarantee you'll be able to start your course if you do not meet these deadlines.
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