University of Portsmouth

Civil Engineering

Modern civil engineers plan, design, construct and manage the large-scale public works and amenities that underpin societies throughout the world. Our course aims to provide you with a greater framework within which to understand the core disciplines of civil engineering. It will give you an opportunity to update your technical skills and to study issues of growing importance within the civil engineering and construction industries.

Entry requirements

A good honours degree in Civil Engineering or a related subject, or equivalent industrial and work experience. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Course modules

The course is divided into three stages, the first two stages are generally taught through formal tuition, with stage three covering independent research in an academic or industrial setting.

You will build upon established fundamental civil/construction engineering and project management principles in order to confidently apply them to a range of complex construction project problems.

Here are the units you will study:

Environmental Management for Civil Engineering: This introduces you to the main environmental issues associated with civil engineering projects and how they are considered and mitigated in the Environmental Assessment process.
Civil Engineering Science: This unit seeks to integrate the topics of analytical structural analysis, numerical analysis and solving engineering problems. Whilst introducing you to the finite element method (FEM) and application of FEM software packages, this unit aims to give you the ability to solve engineering problems in the design of real structures.
Civil Engineering Design Project: In this unit you will have the opportunity to simulate the design activities of a civil engineering consultancy. Project briefs are typically drawn from the work of professional contacts in the civil engineering industry. You will be required to make professional contacts, obtain advice and guidance, carry out research and conduct site visits outside the University.
Strategic and General Management: On this unit you will cover management in the construction industry, and the development of organisational and project strategic direction, taking into account internal and external environments.
Independent Research Project: This covers the generic research framework within which new knowledge is discovered, and involves the practical application of research skills and techniques to a chosen system within the construction industry.

Assessment methods

Teaching and Assessment:

Teaching on this course will focus on small lectures, seminars and discussion groups. It will also centre on supporting your independent learning strategies, which tutorials will help to develop.

How are you assessed?

Assessment can take many forms and is geared towards the subject matter in a way that encourages a deeper understanding and allows you to develop your skills. Examples are:

examinations,
coursework,
projects,
a dissertation

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2018 15,100 (Year 1) International 1 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2018 7,700 (Year 1) Home/EU 1 1 Years
MSc Part-time September 2018 7,550 (Year 1) International 2 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2018 3,850 (Year 1) Home/EU 2 2 Years

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