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- To provide advanced study which will be at, or informed by, the forefront of both the academic and professional elements of the civil engineering discipline.
- To provide a sound scientific, technical and commercial understanding of civil engineering issues and practice.
- To advance recognition of the broad nature of civil engineering through the integration of knowledge from structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, transportation engineering and water engineering.
- To advance and enhance engineering theory and practice in the context of the management of civil engineering challenges, through the development of new skills at a high level.
- To promote originality in the application of knowledge and an understanding of how the boundaries of knowledge are advanced through research.
- To provide training in engineering research methods and to develop a range of related transferable skills.
- To provide training in the direct application of knowledge to the assessment and solution of civil engineering challenges, encouraging students to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively and to show originality in tackling both familiar and unfamiliar problems.
- To produce professional and highly proficient engineers to work in the field of civil engineering.
- To introduce the principles of transport infrastructure planning and design.
- To develop an understanding of free surface flow hydraulics and associated water supply issues.
- To promote awareness of advanced techniques and analysis methods in the design and assessment of structures.
- To promote awareness of the role of numerical modelling in examining, understanding and predicting the behaviour of civil engineering systems, drawing on an understanding of the underlying processes and a knowledge of the characteristics of particular systems.
- To provide opportunities for additional masters level study in selected specialist areas across the broad range of civil engineering.
- To provide opportunities to develop an appreciation of the principles and activities involved in the day to day management of engineering business units, typical of those within which civil engineering is practiced