MSc Civil Engineering

Study mode

Full-time (1 year)

Part-time (2 years)

Start date(s)

September 2019

Tuition fees 19/20
Home (full-time, per year): £7,000
Home (per credit): £39
International (full-time, per year): £14,450

Contact details

General enquiries:

0151 231 5090


Engineering and Technology

0151 231 2777

fetadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk


International admissions

+441519046499

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About this course

LJMU's Civil Engineering MSc provides a route to Chartered Engineer status. You will learn the skills required to excel in and lead a civil engineering team.

  • Study on a course informed by internationally recognised research from our Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies (BEST) Research Institute
  • Enjoy excellent career opportunities in design and site-based roles
  • Meet the requirements for Chartered Engineer status 

Civil Engineering is a popular branch of engineering relating to the design and construction of large structures, such as bridges, roads, tunnels, tall buildings and flood defences. 

The overall aim of this programme is to produce Chartered Engineers who play a significant role in society as professional civil engineers. LJMU supports its students in developing the necessary skills to take on future leadership roles. 

The programme builds on foundational engineering knowledge and skills with a stimulating and challenging postgraduate programme of study that will advance your understanding and analytical skills. You will develop a critical awareness of current issues in the field, as developed 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 a 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.

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students

Fees

The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to use your own)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)

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  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)

Funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Employability

Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2017) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

Common roles for graduates of this programme include: 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.

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

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Core Modules

Research Methodology
10 credits

This module provides an understanding of the academic research process, its techniques, strategies and methods. It develops your understanding and provides skills in research design, implementation and presentation.

Research Project
60 credits

This module develops and tests your ability to prepare a dissertation, based on an in-depth study of a subject significant to your chosen discipline within the built environment.

Water and Wastewater Treatment
20 credits

The module provides a thorough grounding in the design and operation of water and wastewater treatment plants. It ensures the awareness, competencies and methodology for consideration of specific issues in water and wastewater management. It aims to:

  • critically appraise current practice in the treatment of water and wastewater
  • develop an understanding of the characteristics of wastewaters, and associated sludges, and the selection, process design and operation of treatment works to meet discharge standards
  • contextualise water and wastewater treatment within the overall management of public water supply and sanitation

Structural and Earthquake Engineering
20 credits

This module introduces you to the design of structures under dynamic loading conditions. You will gain an understanding of:

  • earthquake generation and the quantification of earthquake effects
  • the behaviour of materials, structural elements and composite structures under earthquake loading
  • dynamic structural design and earthquake engineering

Materials Technology
20 credits

This module develops techniques for evaluating and understanding the behaviour of engineering materials under various service conditions including exposure and loading regimes. It aims to:

  • enhance your understanding of the behaviour of Civil Engineering Materials under a wide range of service conditions
  • develop your ability to evaluate new developments in Materials Technology and to compare critically the choice of materials for specific applications

Sustainable Infrastructure
20 credits

This module develops your understanding, and critical awareness, of the sustainability of infrastructure. It aims to develop understanding of the operation, design and management of infrastructure in both the developing and the developed world.

Collaborative Bim Project
20 credits

This module develops practical and team skills via collaborative work on an industry project. It enables you to follow BIM protocols and practice in a multidisciplinary project team to achieve project success.

Prince2®
10 credits

The module provides you with the knowledge and skills to apply the PRINCE2® project management method to appropriate project contexts. It aims to develop the requisite skills and knowledge needed to apply the PRINCE2® method to the management of different stages of the project life cycle.

Teaching

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Teaching methods

You will learn through lectures, seminars and problem solving sessions.

Applied learning

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 benefit from site visits to see theory put into practice.

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Assessment

How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

Assessment methods on this programme include: written examinations, assignments, presentations and the dissertation. 


School facilities

What you can expect from your School

The Department of Civil Engineering is situated in the Byrom Street complex of LJMU’s City Campus. Here you’ll find high quality lecture theatres, meeting and seminar rooms plus social spaces and a large café. The Avril Robarts Library, open 24/7 during semester, is just minutes away on Tithebarn Street.



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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • a minimum 2:2 in civil, structural or another type of engineering

or 

  • considerable relevant work experience

Additional information:

  • IELTS English language requirement: 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in each component)
  • Pearson 58-64 (minimum 51 in each component for UKVI purposes)
  • RPL is accepted on this programme

If you have any specific queries, please contact fetadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk


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

View country specific entry requirements

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

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Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because 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. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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