Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering MSc

Course fees (2018/19 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home/EU full-time annual tuition fee: £6,300
Home/EU part-time tuition fee: £35 per credit
International full time annual tuition fee: £14,450

Course type



Civil Engineering

Study mode

Full Time & Part Time

About your course

This Civil Engineering Masters at Liverpool John Moores University provides a route to Chartered Engineer status. Studying this postgraduate course, you will learn the skills you need to excel within and lead a civil engineering team

  • Course available to study full time (1 year) and part time (2 years)
  • Informed by internationally recognised research by our Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies (BEST) Research Institute
  • You will enjoy excellent career opportunities in design and site-based roles
  • Provides a route satisfying the learning requirements for Chartered Engineer status

The ideal Masters degree if you graduated in Civil Engineering or an allied discipline.

This degree is taught by expert academics who have direct experience of working in industry and are carrying out internationally important research.

Introduction to the School

The Department of Civil Engineering delivers an exciting range of professionally-accredited postgraduate programmes designed to develop innovative and creative professionals equipped to react to the challenges of the modern global built environment.

Our portfolio of programmes includes courses for experienced practitioners who want to enhance or refocus their skills to secure promotion or enter a new area within this fascinating profession. We also run courses specifically designed to equip aspiring entrants to the sector with the skills and competencies they need to succeed.

Whatever your ambitions are for the future, our postgraduate qualifications will ensure you enjoy excellent career prospects both in the UK and internationally and enable you to provide ‘real world’ solutions to the challenges of sustainable global development. 

Programme outline and structure

Civil Engineering is the branch of engineering which designs and constructs large structures, such as bridges, roads, tunnels, tall buildings and flood defences. The overall aim of this MSc programme is to develop the skills needed to play a leading role in this exciting profession.

The programme is ideally suited to students who have completed a BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering, but is also suitable for graduates from allied disciplines, such as environmental, mechanical, architectural or building services engineering. The Masters course aims to provide a route for graduates in Civil or Structural Engineering to fulfil the learning requirements for Chartered Engineer status.

The programme builds upon the engineering knowledge and skills developed at first degree level with a stimulating and challenging postgraduate programme of study that will extend your understanding and analytical skills. You will develop a critical awareness of current issues in the field, as informed by ongoing research from LJMU's Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies (BEST) Research Institute.

You will also evaluate the latest research and design methodologies, increase your understanding of ethical issues related to civil engineering, and your responsibilities with regards to sustainable construction.

In addition, you will develop greater understanding of management principles and management strategies and be able to critically evaluate design, construction and operation within the context of both regulation and current developments.

Importantly, you will also be able to apply appropriate technical solutions to the analysis and evaluation of complex design problems.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 7:
  • Research Methods
  • Research Project / Dissertation
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Structural and Earthquake Engineering
  • Materials Technology
  • Sustainable Infrastructure
  • Collaborative BIM Project
  • PRINCE2®

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

How will I be assessed?

The Civil Engineering MSc programme is based on a combination of coursework and exams.

Coursework tasks are regarded as an integral part of the learning activity, and are designed to help you learn and develop your skills. They are designed to provide a balanced schedule of activities during the year.

Staff research interests

Our research, combined with our extensive links with professional bodies and employers, ensures that all of our postgraduate degrees are industry-focused, globally relevant and at the forefront of knowledge development in this field.

Research covers:

  • Environmental Technologies
  • Construction Management and Economics
  • Material Technology
  • Facilities Management
  • Property Planning
  • Radio Frequency and Microwave Technologies

Examples of project areas include:

  • biofuel production from waste
  • water and wastewater treatments
  • sensor technology for non-invasive measurement
  • building and structure health monitoring
  • wave and flood effects on buildings
  • materials engineering
  • near zero carbon building and environment reduction

Entry requirements (Home)

The standard entry qualification is a first or second class honours degree in Civil or Structural Engineering, from an approved university. Students with degrees in other engineering disciplines would also be considered for the course.

Alternative qualifications together with substantial relevant work experience may also be deemed to be acceptable for entry to the programme subject to the approval of the programme leader.

Overseas student applicants would normally be expected to possess the same academic qualifications as UK students. In addition they must have achieved an IELTS score of at least 6.5.

Entry requirements (International)

LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application.  In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website. For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.

Will I be interviewed?



6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)


58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)

Is RPL accepted on this programme?


Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Financial support

Tuition fees

All students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or in instalments. If you need advice about how to pay your tuition fees, please email LJMU’s Student Funding Team.

Funding sources

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From Postgraduate Masters Loans and Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDLs) to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Graduate employment

Postgraduates can expect to develop careers as civil engineers working either in a design office or on site. Some will choose to continue in research and move on to work towards a PhD.

Graduates from LJMU have secured roles as civil engineers, geotechnical engineers, project engineers and structural engineers at organisations including Carillion, Arup, Tony Gee, Mouchel, Mott McDonald, J N Bentley Ltd, HL Structural Engineers, URS Infrastructure and Environment Atkin Global and as general consultants.

International Study

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting for more information and advice.


LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.

These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.

You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here:

Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:

  • new international applicants
  • current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
  • LJMU international alumni

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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