Civil Engineering/Civil Engineering Technical Route MSc 2019/20 entry

Course code:

EECT022
EECT023

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2019
January 2020
May 2020

Fees:

£8,350 | £4,000 (Work placement option additional fee)

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Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321
ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

Become the best you can be in the construction industry with an accredited Master’s in Civil Engineering from Coventry University.

The Civil Engineering MSc is offered to UK civil engineering and cognate science/engineering graduates seeking a professional qualification as Chartered Engineers.

The Civil Engineering (Technical Route) MSc is available for holders of an overseas bachelor’s degree or a UK bachelor’s degree accredited as the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng), for example a BSc in Civil Engineering or cognate science/engineering disciplines, for those seeking a professional qualification as Chartered Engineers through a ‘Technical Route’.

The courses are designed to develop high-level knowledge and wide-ranging understanding of the planning, design, construction and operation of civil engineering works, exploring the traditional and innovative practices behind iconic constructions such as Wembley stadium. They also aim to provide students with practical knowledge and innovative strides applicable to strategic management of construction and engineering projects, including relevant importance of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in construction project management. A technical focused MSc research project is mandatory for students enrolled on the Civil Engineering (Technical Route) MSc course.

These highly practical courses are delivered with input from industry to help you establish or advance your career in the construction industry. Accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM), the courses meet the educational base for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status and successful completion provides automatic progression for holders of an accredited Bachelor’s degree.

Further information can be found on the Engineering Council’s website.

Work placement option

This master's programme provides you with the additional option to apply for a 'work placement' opportunity during your first semester with us. The 'work placement' is designed to further develop your skills, knowledge and professional experience with the aim of maximising your employability prospects. Please note that the optional placement modules incur an additional tuition fee of £4,000. Find out more about the work placement pathway.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditation & Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

For the September 2019 intake, This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) 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.

*It should be noted that candidates completing the MSc who hold an underpinning accredited IEng degree or a non-accredited bachelor degree will need to apply for an academic assessment to determine whether they will meet the educational base for CEng registration.

The JBM represents the Institution of Civil Engineers, The Institution of Structural Engineers, The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Institute of Highway Engineers. See the Joint Board of Moderators website for further information.

The JBM accreditation is valid in a 5 year cycle. For Coventry University, the current cycle ends after the September 2019 intake. The University is currently seeking JBM accreditation renewal for the next 5 years and the outcome of the accreditation renewal should be known by the end of June 2020 the latest.

Institution of Civil Engineers


The Institution of Structural Engineers


The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation


Institute of Highway Engineers

Course information

You will have the opportunity to learn the laboratory testing procedures and technics used to assess material and structural performance, using modern and upgraded loading equipment automated with data loggers, saturated and unsaturated stress path soil testing apparatus and commercial civil engineering material mixing and synthesising equipment.

The courses culminate in a research project, during which you should be able to apply the theoretical and practical knowledge acquired so far from your academic training on real structural problems.

The courses include the Consulting Professional Development module developed in partnership with the Chartered Management Institute.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

Without work placement pathway


Semester 1
  • Connection design
  • Applied finite element analysis
  • Strategic management for construction and engineering
  • Global Professional Development (Consulting)
  • Integrated project
  • Civil engineering postgraduate skills
  • Civil engineering research skills
Semester 2
  • Soil-structure interaction
  • Construction contract and law
  • Bridge engineering
  • Catchment hydrology, hydraulics and flood modelling
  • Global Professional Development (Consulting)
  • Integrated project
  • Civil engineering postgraduate skills
  • Civil engineering research skills
Semester 3
  • Global Professional Development (Consulting)
  • Integrated projec
  • Civil engineering postgraduate skills
  • Civil engineering research skills
  • Global Professional Development (Consulting)
Additional module for Civil Engineering MSc
  • Research Project - Semester 1,2,3
Additional module for Civil Engineering (Technical Route) MSc
  • Technical Research Project - Semester 1,2,3

With work placement pathway

The ‘With work placement’ opportunity enables you to apply in semester 1 for an optional work placement of up to 12 months, extending the duration of your Masters to 24 months. The placement provides an opportunity for you to develop expertise and experience in your chosen field with the aim of enhancing your employability upon graduation.

Please note that the optional placement modules incur an additional tuition fee of £4,000. Placement opportunities may also be subject to additional costs, visa requirements being met, subject to availability and/or competitive application. Work placements are not guaranteed but you will benefit from the support of our employability and placements team EEC Futures in trying to find and secure an opportunity.

Semester 1
  • Connection design
  • Applied finite element analysis
  • Strategic management for construction and engineering
  • Global Professional Development (Consulting)
  • Integrated project
  • Civil engineering postgraduate skills
  • Civil engineering research skills
Semester 2
  • Soil-structure interaction
  • Construction contract and law
  • Bridge engineering
  • Catchment hydrology, hydraulics and flood modelling
  • Global Professional Development (Consulting)
  • Integrated project
  • Civil engineering postgraduate skills
  • Civil engineering research skills
Semester 3
  • Work placement (Part One)
Semester 4
  • Work placement (Part Two)
Semester 5
  • Work placement (Part Three)
Semester 6
  • Individual project
Additional module for Civil Engineering MSc
  • Research Project - Semester 1,2,3
Additional module for Civil Engineering (Technical Route) MSc
  • Technical Research Project - Semester 1,2,3

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • Home to the Coventry University Simulation Centre.
  • In-depth modules covering a range of structural concepts to management and contract issues.
  • Expert visiting lecture programme which in the past has featured the chairman of Geotechnical Ltd.
  • High levels of student satisfaction, 89%, above the sector average of 82% (2016 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey PTES).
  • Study in our state-of-the-art £50m Engineering and Computing building, which features our High Performance Engineering Centre incorporating teaching rooms, computer rooms, presentation and conference rooms, desk top PCs on all floors and laboratories.

Our main study themes are:

  • Soil-structure Interaction: Aims to share the technical knowledge and skills to develop the analytical, decision-making and critical powers required to solve soil-structure interaction problems with ground engineering, along with the transferrable skills to enable a leading career in Civil Engineering (Geotechnical Engineering).
  • Connection Design: Aims to extend your previously acquired knowledge of steel and timber structures to help you tackle structural designs of greater complexity. You will have the opportunity to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of design techniques for complex steel and timber connections, as well as demonstrate expertise in their application.
  • Bridge Engineering: Aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of motorway bridge design and management. We emphasise design and execution for durability as an integrated concept, which links deck design with other bridge components, such as bearings, parapet and drainage system for inspection, corrosion protection and economical fabrication/erection. The design of medium span composite decks is also covered in more detail.
  • Construction Contracts and Law: You will have the opportunity to learn to apply one of the main standard forms of construction contracts to real situations. You can also gain some understanding of contract law and negligence as they affect the construction professional together with an awareness of the options for procuring construction projects, including the client and project factors that influence the choice of an appropriate contract strategy.

The courses can be studied on a one-year full-time basis or over two years part-time. Each module consists of five days of tuition spanning over two weeks (Monday to Wednesday in the first week, and Thursday and Friday in the second week), followed by independent study and completion of assessments.

You will also have the opportunity to be given training in research methods to prepare you for the Integrated Project and individual Research Project.

The Integrated Project is normally team-based and investigates a real engineering problem. In the past, students have revaluated the £55-60 million projects at the Coventry A45/A46 By-pass and the I54 Wolverhampton Junction Technopark.

Partners such as Underground Professional Services, currently involved in HS2 rail projects, often suggest research topics for our MSc students. For example, one such project is on the method of monitoring strength gain in sprayed concrete at the tunnel’s crown, comparing thermal imaging (SMUTI) and penetrometer methods.

You may have the opportunity to attend Midlands Civil/Structural Engineers and Geotechnical Engineers workshops and visit constructions sites organised in conjunction with industry partners. You will also be invited to special visiting researcher seminars and talks. Workshops and field trips may be subject to additional costs and are subject to availability.

Assessment includes examinations, written tests, computer modelling work, your thesis and coursework, consisting of analysis and evaluation of a number of laboratory exercises, case study assignments and projects.

  • Coursework/ Practical work: 42%
  • Formal examinations: 22%
  • Individual Dissertation/Group project: 36%

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge and wide-ranging understanding of health, safety & environment principles and legal framework within which the construction industry operates, and undertake full ethical and professional responsibilities in the discharge of their duties.
  • Apply in-depth knowledge and detailed understanding of structural and hydrological analysis, hydraulic design, innovative construction and maintenance techniques to civil engineering infrastructure.
  • Apply innovative and advanced computational methods and simulation tools to model and analyse complex civil engineering and environmental systems.
  • Apply wide-ranging understanding of experimental, analytical & numerical techniques for investigative studies in hydrological, environmental & geotechnical engineering.
  • Apply detailed understanding in proposal development and writing; use innovative knowledge in sourcing, analysing and presenting data; and apply research methodologies to undertake independent investigation and academic writing of a specialised topic.
  • Develop personal abilities in teamwork, leadership and communication.
  • Apply corporate strategy and systems theory to the management of projects in engineering and construction industry.

In a typical module delivery, you will have a minimum of 35 ‘contact’ hours of teaching, tutorials and lab/computer sessions.

Civil engineering is a global industry and this course has attracted students from around the world, including Europe, China, Africa, India, Brunei, Malaysia and the Middle East, providing a multicultural learning experience.

The content of these courses incorporate international field trips* and continuously refers to the international context in which civil engineering takes place, drawing on case studies such as the collapse in 1940 of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and the design and construction of the new twin suspension bridges over the Tacoma Narrows strait of Puget Sound in Pierce County, Washington.

As part of the Global Professional Development module, you will have the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of international, cultural and ethical issues, coupled with the principles of consultancy and the theories and practices found in leadership. We will also draw on best practice transport projects from around the world.

*Please note that all international experience opportunities may be subject to additional costs, competitive application, availability and meeting applicable visa requirements.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


Entry Requirements

Civil Engineering MSc

Normal entry requires a minimum 2:2 undergraduate honours degree in Civil Engineering. Applicants with professional/industrial experience and/or training but not meeting the normal entry requirements will be considered on their merits. Other engineering degrees may be suitable with appropriate industry experience.

Civil Engineering (Technical Route) MSc

Normal entry requires a minimum 2.2 UK or overseas undergraduate honours degree in Civil Engineering.

Holders of CEng accredited Bachelor’s degree can enrol on the course provided they meet the entry requirements. This will automatically meet the educational base for Chartered Engineer status.

Holders of an IEng accredited or an overseas Bachelor’s degree will need to apply for an academic assessment to be formally approved for CEng. They may be required to complete extra modules if their Bachelor degree is deemed to be not technical enough.

Applicants with professional/industrial experience and/or training, but not meeting the normal entry requirements will be considered on their merits, with the understanding that on completion of the award they may not be eligible for Chartered status as they will not be fulfilling the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) requirements. Applicants are therefore strongly advised to check with the JBM and Engineering Council before committing to the course.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to ‘appropriate industry experience’ please contact postgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

Civil Engineering MSc

Normal entry requires a minimum 2:2 undergraduate honours degree in Civil Engineering. Applicants with professional/industrial experience and/or training but not meeting the normal entry requirements will be considered on their merits. Other engineering degrees may be suitable with appropriate industry experience.

Civil Engineering (Technical Route) MSc

Normal entry requires a minimum 2.2 UK or overseas undergraduate honours degree in Civil Engineering.

Holders of CEng accredited Bachelor’s degree can enrol on the course provided they meet the entry requirements. This will automatically meet the educational base for Chartered Engineer status.

Holders of an IEng accredited or an overseas Bachelor’s degree will need to apply for an academic assessment to be formally approved for CEng. They may be required to complete extra modules if their Bachelor degree is deemed to be not technical enough.

Applicants with professional/industrial experience and/or training, but not meeting the normal entry requirements will be considered on their merits, with the understanding that on completion of the award they may not be eligible for Chartered status as they will not be fulfilling the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) requirements. Applicants are therefore strongly advised to check with the JBM and Engineering Council before committing to the course.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to ‘appropriate industry experience’ please contact postgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Civil Engineering MSc

Normal entry requires a minimum 2:2 undergraduate honours degree in Civil Engineering. Applicants with professional/industrial experience and/or training but not meeting the normal entry requirements will be considered on their merits. Other engineering degrees may be suitable with appropriate industry experience.

Civil Engineering (Technical Route) MSc

Normal entry requires a minimum 2.2 UK or overseas undergraduate honours degree in Civil Engineering.

Holders of CEng accredited Bachelor’s degree can enrol on the course provided they meet the entry requirements. This will automatically meet the educational base for Chartered Engineer status.

Holders of an IEng accredited or an overseas Bachelor’s degree will need to apply for an academic assessment to be formally approved for CEng. They may be required to complete extra modules if their Bachelor degree is deemed to be not technical enough.

Applicants with professional/industrial experience and/or training, but not meeting the normal entry requirements will be considered on their merits, with the understanding that on completion of the award they may not be eligible for Chartered status as they will not be fulfilling the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) requirements. Applicants are therefore strongly advised to check with the JBM and Engineering Council before committing to the course.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to ‘appropriate industry experience’ please contact postgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£8,350 | £4,000 (Work placement option additional fee) (per year)


January 2020

£8,350 | £4,000 (Work placement option additional fee) (per year)


May 2020

£8,350 | £4,000 (Work placement option additional fee) (per year)


UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£8,350 | £4,000 (Work placement option additional fee) (per year)


January 2020

£8,350 | £4,000 (Work placement option additional fee) (per year)


May 2020

£8,350 | £4,000 (Work placement option additional fee) (per year)


EU Scholarships

We're investing into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£15,800 | £4,000 (Work placement option additional fee) (per year)


January 2020

£15,800 | £4,000 (Work placement option additional fee) (per year)


May 2020

£15,800 | £4,000 (Work placement option additional fee) (per year)


International Scholarships

We're investing into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials – additional costs

Field trips may be subject to additional costs. Students are also expected to be equipped with appropriate fieldwork clothing and footwear.

Subject to a successful application for the optional work placement, a £4000 placement fee is payable in semester two.

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

Career prospects

The construction sector is one of the largest employers in the UK and demand is strong for civil engineering graduates. These courses are ideal for those seeking deeper and more advanced knowledge in a broad range of subjects for employment within the public and private sector as graduate engineers, or if you wish to pursue an academic or research-orientated career.

The courses aim to keep you up-to-date with current events and the latest, leading-edge industry innovations through opportunities to visit facilities and hear from leading industry figures. These visits are a great way to interact with potential employers and have recently included I54 Wolverhampton Junction Technopark.*

If you are already working within the profession, the courses provide an opportunity to enhance previously acquired knowledge with latest issues and technological advances. For example, all design-related modules are taught in accordance with the new Eurocodes. In addition, we employ civil and structural engineering software, such as ANSYS and MIDAS for teaching and learning; you are also able to download these computer applications to undertake your coursework.

As a postgraduate student, you can also receive support from our faculty’s employability and placement unit EEC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

*Please note that all field trips may be subject to additional costs, competitive application and availability.

Where our graduates work

Some of our graduates have gone on to work for Jacobs, Atkins and AECOM as structural/civil engineers. You could also move into construction, design, project management or go on to pursue an academic or research-oriented career.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the University may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.

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