H1KB09 Civil Engineering MSc Postgraduate Taught 2021
Please note: 2020-21 courses may be affected by Covid-19 and are therefore subject to change due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19. Summaries of course-specific changes resulting from the impact of Covid-19 will be provided to applicants during August 2020.
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This course will provide you 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 you will undertake and you are uniquely placed to take advantage of a broad range of expertise in a general engineering department.
The course consists of six core modules to provide advanced engineering education in Civil Engineering technologies. In addition to these taught modules, you will also complete an individual civil design project working with professional engineers and a major, individual research and development project working closely with an academic in your chosen subject area
Core taught content:
- Structural Design
- Advanced Geotechnical Engineering
- Structures 4
- Transportation Infrastructure Engineering
- Hydrology and Water Resources
- Planning and Contract Law
Course Learning and Teaching
This is a 12-month full-time course beginning at the start of the academic year and finishing with you submitting a report and completing an oral examination on your chosen research and development project. The course 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 you to choose a study course most suited to your interests and needs. The modules include lecture courses, a design project and an individual research and development project.
You will select one of two optional modules. These modules typically include 40 hours of lectures in addition to coursework and laboratory experiments, allowing you to develop research skills in parallel with lectures. The modules are designed to increase your 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]. You are advised to select the module which you feel would best support your 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. You will gain experience of teamwork, presentation skills and project management, as well as the technical aspects of engineering design. You will also benefit from this opportunity to develop your research skills in preparation for your 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 your 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 you are required to submit a final report on your work, in the style of a research paper. You are also required to prepare and present a poster to encourage further development of your ability to present your work to staff and your peers. An oral examination is held to allow detailed questions to be put to you regarding the technical aspects of your project. You should expect to have up to 15 hours of contact time with your supervisors plus over 500 hours of research work and preparation, supported by the School’s technicians and other research workers, over the course of your 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.
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Department of Engineering
The Department of Engineering offers postgraduate courses that are challenging and technologically relevant. The Department’s research covers a wide range of topics, which are divided into three challenge areas: Future Energy Systems, Next Generation Materials and Microsystems, and Sustainable Infrastructure. A broad range of specialist research clusters support our activities in these areas. Durham engineering postgraduates, both taught and research, will be making a vital contribution to these challenge areas. You will have access to extensive and diverse research facilities to support your learning. For example, airflow sensors, made using cutting-edge microfabrication techniques in the Class 1000 Cleanroom, have been tested and characterised in the Department’s wind tunnel facilities.
Ranked joint 1st in the UK for Internationally Excellent or World-Leading research impact in REF 2014.