H1KB09 Civil Engineering MSc Postgraduate Taught 2018
This course will provide graduates with advanced knowledge and understanding of Civil Engineering in three ways. Firstly high-quality taught modules will introduce advanced Civil Engineering topics such as structural design and highways engineering. Secondly a substantial Civil design element will equip you with the ability to carry out structural design using appropriate design standards and numerical analysis tools. Finally a major research and development project allows you to demonstrate the ability to work independently on a complex topic and demonstrate initiative in the solution of engineering challenges.
Durham University has many researchers tackling the challenge of ensuring sustainability and resilience of the infrastructure that underpins our society and economy. This sustainable infrastructure will form the topic of many of the substantial projects that student will undertake and Durham students are uniquely placed to take advantage of a broad range of expertise in a general engineering department.
The programme consists of four core modules to provide an advanced engineering education in Civil Engineering technologies alongside an optional module that allows students to increase their understanding in a core area suited to their interests and needs. The modules include lecture courses, laboratory experiments, a group design project and a major, individual research and development project
- Research and Development Project
- Civil Design
- Structures, Highways and Construction
- Advanced Geotechnical Engineering and Hydrology
Optional Modules available include:
- Structures and Geomatics 3
- Environmental Engineering 3
Course Learning and Teaching
This is a 12-month full-time programme beginning at the start of the academic year and finishing with students submitting a report and completing an oral examination on their chosen research and development project. The programme consists of four core modules to provide a solid education in a broad range of Civil Engineering technologies. A choice of one from two optional modules allows students to choose a study programme most suited to their interests and needs. The modules include lecture courses, a design project and an individual research and development project.
Students select one of two optional modules. These modules typically include 40 hours of lectures in addition to coursework and laboratory experiments, allowing students to develop research skills in parallel with lectures. The modules are designed to increase a student’s understanding in either analysis of structures and geomatics (land surveying and Geographical Information Systems) [Structures and Geomatics 3] or the remediating of polluted environments and open channel flows [Environmental Engineering 3]. Students are advised to select the module which they feel would best support their learning needs.
The core lecture modules typically involve 38 hours of lectures and cover topics such as structural design, highways engineering, construction planning and law, the design and analysis of embankment and concrete dams, tunnels and foundation design for offshore structures and advanced knowledge of hydrology.
The third core module is a group design project focused on a realistic application of civil engineering technology. Students gain experience of teamwork, presentation skills and project management, as well as the technical aspects of engineering design. Students also benefit from this opportunity to develop their research skills in preparation for their individual research and development project.
A major individual research and development project completes the core modules. This provides an open-ended challenge to each individual student, in collaboration with a staff supervisor. Regular meetings are held with the supervisor to discuss project progress and planning issues. A mid-term assessment is carried out to ensure project is on track. At the end of the project students are required to submit a final report on their work, in the style of a research paper. They are also required to prepare and present a poster to encourage further development of their ability to present their work to staff and their peers. An oral examination is held to allow detailed questions to be put to the student regarding the technical aspects of their project. Students should expect to have up to 15 hours of contact time with their supervisors plus over 500 hours of research work and preparation, supported by the School’s technicians and other research workers, over the course of their research projects
Subject requirements, level and grade
To be admitted to the MSc programme in Civil Engineering, you need the equivalent of a UK Honours degree to at least an upper second class standard (2:1). This should normally be in an appropriate Engineering or Engineering-related subject including modules in Geotechnics, Mechanics and Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists. Although in some instances we can consider industrial or other relevant experience if you have a different first degree.
If you are an international student who does not meet the requirements for direct entry to this degree, you may be eligible to take a pre-Masters pathway programme at the Durham University International Study Centre.
English Language requirements
IELTS 6.5 (with no component under 6.0) or equivalent scores in an alternative accepted English language test. Details of alternative accepted tests and the requirements for your subject and level of study can be found here. In some cases, English language proficiency can also be evidenced in other ways. You can find further information regarding this, here.
English Language requirements
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Fees and Funding
Full Time Fees
|EU Student||£8,607.00 per year|
|Home Student||£8,607.00 per year|
|Island Student||£8,607.00 per year|
|International non-EU Student||£22,042.00 per year|
Note: Fees are subject to review and change in-line with inflation.
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The Department of Engineering offers postgraduate courses that are challenging and technologically relevant, covering topics including big data, image analysis, the internet, the mathematical foundations of computing, digital communications and the challenges of environmental and energy sustainability. Students have access to extensive and diverse research facilities. For example, airflow sensors, made using cutting-edge microfabrication techniques in the class 1000 Cleanroom have been tested and characterised in the School’s Wind Tunnel facilities. We have strong links with industrial partners and recent graduates have become successful entrepreneurs and software developers, gained prestigious positions in banking and finance and have entered the IT and Engineering industries.
Ranked joint 1st in the UK for Internationally Excellent or World-Leading research impact in REF 2014.