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Civil Engineering

This course will provide graduates with advanced knowledge and understanding of Civil Engineering in three ways. Firstly high-quality taught modules will introduce advanced Civil Engineering topics such as structural design and highways engineering. Secondly, a substantial Civil design element will equip you with the ability to carry out structural design using appropriate design standards and numerical analysis tools. Finally, a major research and development project allows you to demonstrate the ability to work independently on a complex topic and demonstrate initiative in the solution of engineering challenges. Durham University has many researchers tackling the challenge of ensuring sustainability and resilience of the infrastructure that underpins our society and economy. This sustainable infrastructure will form the topic of many of the substantial projects that student will undertake and Durham students are uniquely placed to take advantage of a broad range of expertise in a general engineering department.

Entry requirements

MSc: To be admitted to the MSc programme in Civil Engineering, you need the equivalent of a UK Honours degree to at least an upper second class standard (2:1). This should normally be in an appropriate Engineering or Engineering-related subject including modules in Geotechnics, Mechanics and Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists. Although in some instances we can consider industrial or other relevant experience if you have a different first degree. If you are an international student who does not meet the requirements for direct entry to this degree, you may be eligible to take a pre-Masters pathway programme at the Durham University International Study Centre.

Course modules

Core Modules Research and Development Project Civil Design Structures, Highways and Construction Advanced Geotechnical Engineering and Hydrology Optional Modules available include: Structures and Geomatics 3 Environmental Engineering 3

Assessment methods

This is a 12-month full-time programme beginning at the start of the academic year and finishing with students submitting a report and completing an oral examination on their chosen research and development project. The programme consists of four core modules to provide a solid education in a broad range of Civil Engineering technologies. A choice of one from two optional modules allows students to choose a study programme most suited to their interests and needs. The modules include lecture courses, a design project and an individual research and development project. Students select one of two optional modules. These modules typically include 40 hours of lectures in addition to coursework and laboratory experiments, allowing students to develop research skills in parallel with lectures. The modules are designed to increase a student's understanding in either analysis of structures and geomatics (land surveying and Geographical Information Systems) [Structures and Geomatics 3] or the remediating of polluted environments and open channel flows [Environmental Engineering 3]. Students are advised to select the module which they feel would best support their learning needs. The core lecture modules typically involve 38 hours of lectures and cover topics such as structural design, highways engineering, construction planning and law, the design and analysis of embankment and concrete dams, tunnels and foundation design for offshore structures and advanced knowledge of hydrology. The third core module is a group design project focused on a realistic application of civil engineering technology. Students gain experience of teamwork, presentation skills and project management, as well as the technical aspects of engineering design. Students also benefit from this opportunity to develop their research skills in preparation for their individual research and development project. A major individual research and development project completes the core modules. This provides an open-ended challenge to each individual student, in collaboration with a staff supervisor. Regular meetings are held with the supervisor to discuss project progress and planning issues. A mid-term assessment is carried out to ensure project is on track. At the end of the project students are required to submit a final report on their work, in the style of a research paper. They are also required to prepare and present a poster to encourage further development of their ability to present their work to staff and their peers. An oral examination is held to allow detailed questions to be put to the student regarding the technical aspects of their project. Students should expect to have up to 15 hours of contact time with their supervisors plus over 500 hours of research work and preparation, supported by the School's technicians and other research workers, over the course of their research projects


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2019 9,300 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 22,500 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 9,300 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 9,300 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 9,300 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 9,300 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 9,300 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Durham University DH1 3LG North East

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