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MSc Civil Engineering

Southwark Campus

Mode: Full-time; Part-time; Day release

Overview

Applications around the world

Civil engineering has impact on almost every aspect of the environment we live in, from building structures to transportation and sanitation. It has applications all over the world, with key skills transferable into other industries.

This is a broad based civil engineering course covering the areas of structures, geotechnics, water engineering, water transportation, computer-aided design, highway engineering and railway engineering.

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You'll be required to complete an individual project into a specific area of the programme. This will provide you with the opportunity to pursue independent study and undertake work of an investigative nature, contributing an experimental, analytical, computer-based or fieldwork input.

If you'd like any further information, please contact the course administrator, Ms. Jo Hillman: hillmajl@lsbu.ac.uk or call 020 7815 7106.

Why Civil Engineering at LSBU?

Ranked 3rd for teaching quality in the UK (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020).

Accredited by the Engineering Council. Highly-technical course makes gaining Chartership easier.
Top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction and research intensity in Civil Engineering (Complete University Guide 2019).
Currently engaging in numerous research and development projects with industrial collaborators, providing industry-relevant dissertation topics.
Allows for specialism in particular aspects of Civil Engineering, e.g. structures, geotechnics, highways, rail, water transport.

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
12 months
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time
Duration
24 months
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Full-time
Duration
16 months
Start Date
January
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time
Duration
28 months
Start Date
January
Location
Southwark Campus

Modules

Teaching techniques include lectures, workshops, tutorials, laboratories, field trips and IT based blended learning. Visiting lecturers from industry contribute in some modules.

  • Advanced structural design
    In this module, students are instructed in the application of the European structural design codes (Eurocodes) to design steel, concrete and composite steel-concrete elements. Design of specialised structural elements: plate girders, trusses, connections, foundations, prestressed concrete structures, including fire design of structures. Introduction to performance-based design using computer software. Discussion of the sustainability of construction materials.
  • Soil-structure engineering
    This module concerns the study of the interaction of two very different materials (structural and soil). A combination of a classic and modern approach based on numerical methods is delivered for the students to ensure the understanding of the topics.
  • Finite elements and stress analysis
    The module covers two main areas of study: firstly, the finite element modelling of thin walled structures using beam, plate and shell elements. A hand-on approach is used for the finite element modelling exercises using Abaqus finite element analysis software. Secondly, the structural and stress analysis of thin walled beams subjected to axial, bending, shear, torsion and torsion-bending loads.
  • Highway engineering and operation
    This module covers the highway planning and evaluation, geometric design, structural design and maintenance in addition to the highway system characteristics and operations.
  • Railway Engineering and Asset Management
    This module covers the geometric design, structural design, and maintenance of railways in addition to the railway system characteristics and operations. The module also covers design life extensions and asset management techniques for railway infrastructure.
  • Water engineering
    This unit covers fundamentals of surface water hydrology, open channel flow, basics of dam engineering and design of embankment dam, design of spillway and energy dissipater, groundwater hydrology, the principles of groundwater flow, well hydraulics, and contaminants transport in the groundwater.
  • Project
    This module is one third of the course and is an individually supervised piece of work that is typically either a research project or an innovative design exercise. The theme is related to topics covered on the course.
Methods of assessment by module
Module descriptionAssessment
Advanced Structural Design70% Examination30% Coursework
Finite Elements and Stress Analysis50% Examination50% Coursework
Railway Engineering and Asset Management 50% Examination 50% Coursework
Soil-Structure Engineering70% Examination30% Coursework
Water Engineering70% Examination30% Coursework
Highway Engineering and Operations 50% Examination50% Coursework
Project (three modules value) 100% Coursework

Employability

Employment prospects for graduates of these courses are very good, especially in view of the upturn in new infrastructure projects in the UK and overseas. Successful students enter into a variety of positions within the construction industry, working in a design office, with contractors and in local authorities.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Professional links

This degree is accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Institute of Highway Engineers on behalf of the Engineering Council as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Facilities

Entry requirements

The programme is designed primarily for engineers and other construction industry professionals who are seeking to enhance their understanding of advanced civil, structural and geotechnical engineering technology.

You will have an undergraduate Civil Engineering degree with a minimum of a BEng Civil Engineering - 2:2 (or above) or a BSc Civil Engineering - 2:1 (or above) or equivalent work experience.

For applicants whose first degree was not taught and examined in English, an independent IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent is required.

How to apply

International students

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
12 months
Start date
September
Application code
5287
Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
24 months
Start date
September
Application code
5288
Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
16 months
Start date
January
Application code
5289
Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
28 months
Start date
January
Application code
5290
Application method

Postgraduate students and research students should apply through our dedicated application system. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

See our admissions policy (PDF File 544 KB) and complaints policy (PDF File 127 KB).

Accommodation

Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as a postgraduate student.

Postgraduate Application Service

Book a session with one of our specialist Postgraduate Advisors. Over a one on one Advice Session they'll advise you on postgraduate degrees at LSBU that match your interests and experience.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.

Enrolment

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Enrolment pages.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time

Part-time

Year 1 FT Southwark JAN

The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £9135International fee: £13780
AOS/LSBU code: 5289Session code: 1FS00

Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT

The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £9135International fee: £13780
AOS/LSBU code: 5287Session code: 1FS00

Year 1 PT Southwark JAN

The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £4060International fee: £6124.44
AOS/LSBU code: 5290Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £9135
International £13780

Year 1 PT Southwark SEPT

The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £4060International fee: £6124.44
AOS/LSBU code: 5288Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £9135
International £13780

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 143 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 102 KB).

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.

Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study

If you are starting a Masters course, studying either full- or part-time, you may be entitled to apply for a postgraduate study loan. Find out more at our postgraduate fees and funding section.

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on funding your studies on the scholarships and fee discounts page.

Fee status

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a Home, EU or International student for fee-paying purposes and for our regulatory returns, by reading the UKCISA regulations.

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Contact information

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Tel: 0800 923 8888

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Tel: +44 (0) 20 7815 6189

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