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  • Objectives
    This course aims to provide you with the technical knowledge and skills to develop the analytical, decision-making and critical powers required to solve Civil Engineering problems, along with the transferable skills to enable a leading career in Civil Engineering. An innovative feature of the MSc in Civil Engineering is that the degree title can be augmented to include a subject theme (e.g. MSc in Civil Engineering: ‘theme’) by choosing specific modules in the first two semesters and completing a project related to the theme. These subject themes are as follows: Geotechnical Engineering; Management; Pavement Engineering; Structural Engineering; Transportation; Environmental Fluid Mechanics. However, it is possible to choose a more generalised programme of study across these subject areas for the award of MSc in Civil Engineering.
  • Academic Title
    MSc Civil Engineering
  • Course description
    Key facts

    -We have recently invested over £3.0 million into upgrading our facilities.
    -The quality of teaching in the School of Civil Engineering is rated ‘excellent’ by HEFCE and we received a rating of 5A in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise.
    -The Times Good University Guide ranked the School seventh in the UK 2007 League Table.
    -Two prestigious international league tables published for 2006/07 put Nottingham in the Top 10 of the best in Britain, in the Top 100 worldwide and Top 25 in Europe.
    -The School has extensive links with industrial sponsors and other organisations, locally, nationally and internationally
    -Our research is supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), UK industrial and commercial companies, UK government departments, charities and the European Union

    Course Content

    The compulsory modules taken on this course are designed to give you a strong foundation in the skills and methodology necessary to successfully complete your research project over the summer period. These core modules are:

    -Research Preparation (autumn semester)
    -Research Project Organisation and Design (spring semester)
    -In addition, you will be able to choose from a number of optional modules to create a more generalised path of study for the award of MSc in Civil Engineering or to augment your degree with a specific theme.

    You will also be able to take 80 credits’ worth of optional modules during the autumn and spring semesters from the list below:


    -Coastal and River Engineering
    -Construction Planning and Risk
    -Advanced Pavement Materials
    -Rail Transportation
    -Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics
    -Concrete Structures
    -Finite Element Analysis in Structural Mechanics
    -A maximum of one of the following level 3 modules: Steel Structures; Pavement Engineering; Geotechnical Engineering; or Geospatial Engineering 1.


    -Construction Management Processes
    -Soil Mechanics
    -Concrete Technology
    -Applied Construction Project Management
    -Geology for Civil Engineers
    -Plates and Shells
    -Geospatial Engineering 2 (must have taken Geospatial Engineering 1 during the autumn semester)
    -Traffic Engineering
    -A maximum of one of the following level 3 modules: Environmental Geotechnology; Railway Engineering; or Sustainable Construction

    Over the summer period, you will undertake a research project on a subject of your choice. If you choose to take a themed pathway in Civil Engineering, your project must be related to this specialism.

    The research project is a chance to carry out a major piece of independent research under the supervision of a suitable member of academic staff.

    Course Structure
    The MSc in Civil Engineering is taught on a full-time basis over 1 year, commencing at the start of the autumn semester.

    The course is taught through lectures, tutorials, projects and student-centred learning.

    In both the autumn and spring semesters, you will take 20 credits’ worth of compulsory modules and 40 credits of optional modules chosen from an approved list (120 credits in total).

    Over the summer period, you will be required to complete a 60-credit dissertation / research project.

    An innovative feature of this course is that you are able to augment the degree title to include a theme by choosing specific modules in the first two semesters and completing a project related to the designated theme.

    If you do decide to take a specialised theme, all compulsory modules (100 credits, including the 60-credit dissertation) must be taken in the area of the chosen theme. The remaining 80 credits would then be chosen from a list of optional modules.

    Specialised pathways exist in the following areas:

    -MSc in Civil Engineering: Geotechnical Engineering
    -MSc in Civil Engineering: Management
    -MSc in Civil Engineering: Pavement Engineering
    -MSc in Civil Engineering: Structural Engineering
    -MSc in Civil Engineering: Transportation
    -MSc in Civil Engineering: Environmental Fluid Mechanics

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