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Civil Engineering (MSc)

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The MSc in Civil Engineering is designed to provide specialised, postgraduate training across the whole range of Civil Engineering. The overall aim of the course is to enhance the engineering skills of its graduates, and an extended project within one of the Civil Engineering fields forms a major part of the course.

The development of any progressive society is largely dependent upon the skill, imagination and dedication of its civil engineers. They are concerned with the planning, design, construction, maintenance and decommissioning of highways, railways, airports, docks, harbours, canals, coastal defences, irrigation systems, essential municipal services (such as water supply, drainage and sewage disposal), and structural work including buildings, bridges, dams, reservoirs and power stations. A civil engineering career offers many different challenges and opportunities in all parts of the world.

Scheme Structure

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The MSc in Civil Engineering is a full time course lasting twelve months, comprising two semesters of lectures and coursework followed by a further dedicated project period of four months for research and the preparation of a dissertation. All staff involved are research active in practical areas of the discipline, and this provides scope for interesting and up to date MSc research projects. The level of commitment of all staff to teaching and learning is high and the courses are taught by staff who are expert in the fields in which they lecture.


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The record of employment of graduates of the Cardiff University MSc in Civil Engineering is excellent, with the majority of graduates joining engineering consultants. A small number of graduates (about 5 to 10% each year) go on to further study, typically a PhD.


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This programme has been accredited by the ICE, IStructE, IHT and IHIE, as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer under the provisions of UK-SPEC for intakes 2009-2013 inclusive, for candidates that have already acquired a CEng accredited BEng (Hons) undergraduate first degree or an IEng accredited BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree.

Admissions Tutors

For general enquiries email:

Dr Diane Gardner: tel 44 (0) 2920870776 and Dr Steve Rees: tel 44 (0) 2920870776


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Entry Requirements

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Admission to the MSc in Civil Engineering requires a good first degree in civil, architectural or structural engineering, or in a cognate numerate scientific discipline, or appropriate professional experience. Currently, a good first degree is taken to mean one that would be equivalent in attainment to a 2(i) honours classification from a UK university.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to obtain a satisfactory standard in an approved English language qualification before being accepted unconditionally on to a postgraduate course of study. The University's English Language Service for International Students provides English language support and advice on academic study skills to full-time overseas students studying - or intending to study - at Cardiff University.

Funding Opportunities 

Time-lapse photo of a motorwayA limited number of Cardiff School of Engineering International Scholarships are available for international students applying for this MSc course. There is no need to apply for these, eligible applicants will be considered on the basis of their application form for the MSc.

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