University of Brighton

Civil Engineering
MSc (PGCert PGDip)

  • Course summary and entry requirements

    Course duration Help

    Full-time: 1 year

    Part-time: 2 years

    Professional accreditation

    The course is accredited by JBM as meeting the requirements for further learning for a chartered engineer (CEng) for candidates who already have an accredited CEng (partial) BEng(Hons) or an accredited IEng (full) BEng/BSc(Hons) undergraduate first degree.

    About the course

    This flexible course is accredited by the professional body JBM as meeting the requirements for becoming a chartered engineer (CEng), and is suitable for candidates who already have an accredited undergraduate engineering degree.

    You will engage in a collection of advanced civil engineering subjects linked to cutting-edge research, including dynamics of structures, rock mechanisms and seismic design, and develop the skills demanded in structural design offices around the world.

    You will have the opportunity to use state-of-the-art laboratories and advanced technical software for numerical modelling. The course is rich in flexibility and allows you to combine advanced Civil Engineering with related subjects such as water environmental management, construction management and sustainable construction.

    All of the taught modules are delivered by research-active staff, and pave the way for a career at the forefront of ambitious, future-facing civil engineering projects.

    Typical entry requirements Help

    Individual offers may vary.

    For non-native speakers of English:
    IELTS 6.5 overall and 6 in writing.

    Degree and/or experience:
    normally a lower second class degree in civil engineering. Candidates with an engineering or physical sciences degree, or with relevant professional experience will be considered on an individual basis.

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  • Course content

    Course structure

    The MSc requires successful completion of six modules together with a thesis on an agreed technical subject; a PGDip does not require a thesis.

    The course has an emphasis on practical applications of advanced civil engineering concepts and much use is made of our advanced laboratories, modern computational facilities and technical software.

    Areas of study

    The taught component of the course is comprised of six modules, and you can either take all six or choose four with an additional two modules from other MSc courses within the school. You can use this flexibility to study related subjects such as water and waste-water treatment technology, construction management and sustainable construction.

    Core modules cover geotechnical earthquake engineering, dynamics of structures with earthquake engineering applications, seismic design of reinforced concrete members, random vibrations of structures, rock mechanics, coastal engineering and wave loading.


    - Coastal Engineering and Wave Loading
    This module provides a basic understanding of different wave theories and their applications in coastal engineering practice. Students will develop an understanding of the coastal sediment transport processes and the means to deal with issues associated with coastal protection and sea defence.

    - Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
    This module provides an understanding of advanced geotechnical design methods with an emphasis on seismic design. It focuses on current design methods for soil and rock structures and foundation systems subject to complex loading conditions. Students will gain experience in using a variety of commercial software commonly encountered in practice.

    - Rock Mechanics
    The module gives students an understanding of the behaviour of rocks and rock mass, and enables students to evaluate the instability of rock slopes and tunnels in order to design reinforcements for unstable rock.

    - Dynamics of Structures with Earthquake Engineering Applications
    Following an introduction to fundamental concepts of dynamics of structures, the module focuses on analytical and numerical methods to model the response of civil engineering structures subjected to dynamic actions, including harmonic loading, blast and impact loading, and earthquake ground motion.

    - Random Vibration of Structures
    The module gives students the confidence to model uncertainties involved in the design of structural systems alongside a framework to critically appraise probabilistic-based Eurocode approaches to design. Stochastic models of earthquake ground motion, wind and wave loading will be explored. Probabilistic analysis and design of structures is undertaken through pertinent random vibration theory. Students will become confident with the probabilistic analysis for the design against earthquake, wind and wave loadings through various checkable calculations.

    - Seismic Design of Reinforced Concrete Members
    Following an introduction to fundamental concepts of reinforced concrete behaviour, the module focuses on the design and detailing for seismic resistance of reinforced concrete members and their connections.

  • Fees and costs

    The fees listed here are for full-time courses beginning in the academic year 2014-15. Further tuition fees are payable for each subsequent year of study and may be subject to small increases, in line with inflation.

    The tuition fee you have to pay depends on a number of factors including the kind of course you take, and whether you study full- or part-time. If you are studying part-time you will normally be charged on a pro rata basis depending on the number of modules you take.

    What's included in the fee?

    When costs such as health or criminal record checks, field trips or use of specialist materials are incurred as a mandatory requirement of the course they are included in your tuition fee.

    You may incur additional costs depending on the optional modules or activities you choose. The cost of optional activities is not included in your tuition fee and you will need to meet this cost in addition to your fees. Before you apply please check with the school that provides your course using the contact details on the left of this page for advice about what is included and what optional costs you could face so you can budget accordingly.

    Our website provides advice about funding and scholarships as well as further information about fees and advice on international and island fee paying status.

    Civil Engineering (MSc) (Full time)  [P2BH010]
    UK/EU (Full Time)5,580 GBP
    Island Students (Full Time)5,580 GBP
    International (Full Time)13,840 GBP

  • Location

    Location Help Moulsecoomb

    Located to the north of Brighton city centre, the Moulsecoomb campus offers students an excellent learning environment and a wide range of facilities. It is the largest of our five campuses with over 8,000 students.

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    Living in Brighton

    Brighton’s rich mix of historic architecture, lively arts scene, varied shopping and cosmopolitan community make it a vibrant, enjoyable place to live. It is no wonder that many Brighton graduates choose to stay here.

    Social scene

    Alongside the traditional seaside attractions, Brighton is famed for its exciting social scene with a wide choice of pubs, clubs and restaurants.

    Music event on the beach


    The highlight of the city’s cultural year is the Brighton Festival. The event is held each May and is England’s biggest arts festival, which showcases arts and performance from around the world. Brighton is also home to the UK’s oldest working cinema, the Duke of York’s, which shows alternative and mainstream films. The city is also well known for its exciting music scene and hosts The Great Escape music festival.

    Burning the Clocks winter solstice festival


    Whether you take your sport seriously or just want to keep fit, Brighton offers all kinds of sports opportunities and facilities, on and off campus. You can also make the most of the location, and play volleyball, basketball and windsurfing down by the beach. The seafront is also the finishing point for the famous London – Brighton bicycle ride and the quirky veteran car run.

    Playing volleyball on the seafront
  • Career opportunities

    The course is particularly appropriate for work in structural, geotechnical, and/or coastal engineering. Graduates have gone on into roles as Structural Engineers and Civil Engineers in a number of structural design offices around the world. Others have been motivated by the research component of the course and follow a PhD programme after graduation.

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