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Civil Engineering - MSc

  • Level: Postgraduate Taught
  • Starting: September 2021, January 2022
  • Study mode: MSc - Full Time
  • Location: City Centre

The MSc Civil Engineering prepares students for the highest level of achievement in Civil Engineering and beyond. It provides a broad coverage of the State-of-the-Art in contemporary Civil Engineering research and practice, equipping graduates with the skills needed to succeed in the contemporary marketplace.

What's covered in the course?

The course covers a range of topics that define contemporary Civil Engineering practice and prepares students for the challenges of tomorrow. Emphasis is paid on key areas such as Structural Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, and Hydrology and Water Engineering. As graduates are expected to develop their careers in leading roles in the industry, construction and project management aspects are also covered. Finally, the defining issues of 21st century Civil Engineering, sustainability and engineering for extreme climate events, are given particular prominence throughout the course.

The MSc Civil Engineering is primarily aimed at candidates with an educational and/or professional background in Civil Engineering, such as a BEng or BSc in Civil Engineering or an associated discipline. In addition, candidates with an educational background in other engineering or science fields, architecture, or construction will be considered, subject to an entrance exam and/or interview.

The teaching staff are all highly experienced academics, with internationally recognised research profiles and/or substantial industry experience. The course is supported by guest speakers from leading consultants & contractors, local government, professional bodies, and research institutions. We are able to draw on Birmingham’s privileged position as a construction hub and the major building and infrastructure projects taking place in the area, to provide hands-on knowledge and experience.

The MSc Civil Engineering is taught in the prestigious £114m Millennium Point building, while our laboratory facilities are brand new and reflect the state-of-the-art in research and professional practice. We are located at BCU’s City Centre Campus, an inspirational place to learn benefiting from Birmingham’s Big City Plan, which is leading the regeneration and development of Britain’s Second City, including HS2, the biggest infrastructure project in the UK. The major works taking place in the Birmingham area means that the opportunities of learning and career development for a Civil Engineer are unmatched!

Why Choose Us?

  • State-of-the-art course content - Incorporating the latest in research and industry practice. Study in our brand-new laboratory facilities.  
  • A strong foundation for leadership roles - Wide coverage of Civil Engineering at Masters level, providing a strong foundation for progression into leadership roles. 
  • Study at the heart of Britain’s Second City - Some of the UK’s most exciting infrastructure projects such as HS2, are taking place right on our doorstep. 
  • A well-established providerThe faculty has a reputation as the West Midlands' chief hub of knowledge, technology and skills-transfer into industry. The course is supported by dedicated teaching staff and expert industry speakers. 
  • Responds to current industry challenges - This course covers defining issues of the 21st century including sustainability and extreme climate events. 
  • Travel Scholarships - Opportunities to secure funding to gain experience overseas. Read about travel scholarships here. 

This course is open to International students

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Speak to an expert

Do you have a question about this course? If so, we’d love to hear from you. Send your question to the Course Director and they’ll get back to you shortly.

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Alternatively, you can register for our next postgraduate open day.

Entry Requirements

Essential Requirements

A good UK honours degree at 2:2 or above/equivalent in surveying, construction, civil engineering, real estate or any other construction subject

We will also consider other qualifications and suitable work based experience on an individual basis. You may be asked to attend a selection interview.

Students accepted with a non cognate degree will have to successfully complete the pre course module. 

Additional information for EU/International students
Essential 

Non-EU students need to demonstrate a good command of English. IELTS 6.0 or equivalent is needed before they can enrol in this programme.

International Students

Entry requirements here

International Students

Don't meet our entry requirements? You could apply for courses at our International College.

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Award: MSc

Starting: Sep 2021

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Award: MSc

Starting: Jan 2022

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Award: MSc

Starting: Sep 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees

Award: MSc

Starting: Jan 2022

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Personal statement

Students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.

Your postgraduate personal statement is going to shine a light on your personal experience, academic success, personal skills and any other factors that will support your application for further study.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Your passion and motivations

Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?

Why this course?

Show that you’ve researched the course offering. What is it about this particular course that appeals to you? Is it the lecturers? The modules? Etc.

What makes you a good postgraduate candidate?

Tutors want to know that you can handle postgraduate study, so show them how your undergraduate experiences or work life has equipped you for a more advanced level of study. Key areas to address are research and group work but this can vary depending on your chosen course.

Relevant academic or work experience

Add anything relevant that relates back to your chosen course and shows how your skills will contribute towards your learning. What extra-curricular activities have you taken part in? What awards have you won? What employment or voluntary experience do you have that has helped you develop transferable skills? How do these specifically relate to the course you are applying for?

You should also mention your future plans and how a postgraduate qualification fits in. Try to look beyond your postgraduate study – do you plan to jump straight into a specific career or follow your studies with a research degree? Lastly, use plain, professional English and, where possible, utilise the language of your chosen industry.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

Additional costs

Specialist costs

£60

Students often choose to buy a laptop or tablet for use on campus (approx. £800), however there are PCs on campus and students can also borrow laptops. Students may need a smart phone or wireless device to participate in interactive class quizzes, etc. A list of all personal protection equipment (PPE) for labs and a basic toolkit, is provided by the School. Laboratory and workshop consumables are provided. All reports, etc. for assessment are submitted as electronic files except some of the Level 6 and 7 Project Reports for which printing and binding costs (up to 50 pages) will be borne by the students.

Placement costs

Students may have to contribute to the cost of optional social trips organised by Student Societies. The costs of compulsory industrial visits (if any) are paid by the School or by sponsorship secured from the Professional bodies (PSRBs). Students are expected to cover the costs of attending placement interviews and any additional travel/accommodation costs incurred to take up optional short term or sandwich placements.

Other costs

Costs for student-led projects will be paid by the School subject to approved business cases submitted by the students under the supervision of academic staff. Artefacts built for projects normally remain the property of the Department, but students may be offered the opportunity to purchase them for the cost of the materials used.

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Did you know that you will soon be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,906 for some courses and options?

Postgraduate loans

Module

Advanced Structural Engineering
20 credits
Engineering for Extreme Events
20 credits
Project Management Methods
20 credits
Infrastructure Design Project
40 credits
Sustainable Construction
20 credits
Individual Masters Project
60 credits

The course is delivered via a series of lectures, tutorials, case studies and project work. The assessment is by portfolio exercises, reports, presentations and a dissertation.

Further Study

The University has a range of research (MPhil and PhD) postgraduate programmes, including Built Environment research degrees.

Trips and visits

Site visits are included where possible. Live case studies are incorporated into teaching and assessment.

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC


Our Facilities

The School of the Built Environment provides the best possible equipment and facilities for all students. Our gallery below showcases the Built Environment’s learning spaces, civil engineering lab and state of the art computer aided design labs.

The facilities on offer to our students reflect the work environment you will enter as you start your career. We ensure that you are equipped to participate fully and possessed with the equipment needed to support your studies.

Computer Assisted Taking Off (CATO)

In offices today, much of the pen and paper approach to quantity surveying has been replaced by the use of specialised software systems. Here at Birmingham City University you will make use of commercial software as part of your assessment. Work is carried out in well-equipped and air-conditioned laboratories.

Computer Assisted Design (CAD)

You will be provided with the latest CAD software – free of charge – to enable you to acquire the skills you need in a modern design office.

Surveying equipment

Part of your learning activity will be hands-on, including carrying out survey work using a range of equipment, such as: Levels, Theodolites and Measuring tapes

Built Environment live sites

Birmingham is undergoing huge regeneration. One of the city's two new HS2 stations will be built right outside our City Centre campus and there will be many opportunities, now and in the future, for those with built environment qualifications.

Our staff

Our academics have worked alongside small, medium and large companies and bring to the table expertise from within the automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, ICT, environmental and health sectors.

Portrait of Panagiotis Patlakas

Mr Panagiotis Patlakas

Panagiotis is a structural engineer with further qualifications in architecture and a strong interest in information technology. His research interests cover a range of topics in these fields, such as structural timber design, digital civil engineering, and sustainability. He is particularly interested in the development of software technologies to promote sustainability.

Vasiliki Ioannidou

Dr Vasiliki Ioannidou

Lecturer

Dr Vasiliki (Vassia) Ioannidou graduated with a MEng in Surveying Engineering, specialising in Hydraulic Works, from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) in 2012. She then continued with an MSc in Water Resources, at Heriot-Watt University, graduating in 2013. This was followed by a PhD degree, awarded from the University of Warwick in 2017.

Vasiliki has experience in leading consultancies related to investigating pollution transport in waterways, conducting tracer tests in the UK, and also in surveying aqueous systems, and during her PhD duration has established external research collaboration with the Coal Authority, RSPB (Cambridgeshire), and Cranfield University.

Vasiliki has online teaching experience from two UK institutions, where she has taught Environmental Engineering modules including Water and Wastewater Treatment, Environmental Hydrology and Water Resources, and Environmental Risk and Responsibility. Since joining Birmingham City University, Vasiliki has expanded her teaching experience and spectrum, delivering modules of Advanced Materials in Civil Engineering Construction, Hydraulics and Drainage, and also Environmental Science and Materials.
Vasiliki has also been supervising Master’s students’ annual project for the Research Methods module at BCU, as well as third-year student projects. Vasiliki was awarded an IAS Early Career Fellowship during the final year of her PhD studies.

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Mohammad Salami

Assistant Lecturer

Mohammad graduated from Arak Azad University, Iran, with a BSc in Civil Engineering in 2007. He undertook a Master’s programme (Geotechnical Engineering) and obtained his MSc in Civil Engineering in 2010. After one year in industry, working in structural design, he decided to continue his education and started his PhD research at the University of Bristol in 2011. 

Read Mohammad's full profile