MSc Civil Engineering

Course Overview

MSc Civil Engineering

Swansea University has an excellent reputation for civil engineering, the department is recognised as one of the top 200 departments in the world (QS World Subject Rankings).

Key Features

The MSc Civil Engineering course aims to provide advanced training in civil engineering analysis and design, particularly in modelling and analysis techniques.

As a student on the MSc Civil Engineering course you will be provided with in-depth knowledge and exposure to conventional and innovative ideas and techniques to enable you to develop sound solutions to civil engineering problems.

Through the MSc Civil Engineering course, you will also be provided with practical computer experience through the use of computational techniques, using modern software, to provide a solution to a range of current practical civil engineering applications. This will enable you to apply the approach with confidence in an industrial context. 

QS world university rankings by subject

Civil Engineering at Swansea University is recognised as one of the top 200 departments in the world (QS World Subject Rankings).

Scholarships: College of Engineering MSc Scholarships 2016.


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EGEM07Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Fluid-Structure Interaction
EGIM02Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations
EGIM07Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Dynamics and Transient Analysis
EGIM08Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Computational Plasticity
EGIM14Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Computational Case Study
EGIM15Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Water and Wastewater Infrastructure
EGIM27Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Reservoir Modelling and Simulation
EG-M24Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Advanced Structural Design
Optional Modules
MSc Civil 

Choose Exactly 10 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Swansea University Civil BEng Graduates must elect EG-M87.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EG-M107Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Coastal Processes and Engineering
EG-M87Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Coastal EngineeringYou have not taken the required Pre Requisite modules for this selection

Choose Exactly 10 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : MSc Civil students with past Finite Element Analysis background, which includes Swansea University Civil BEng Graduates must elect EG-M23. MSc Civil students without past FEA background knowledge should discuss this module choice with the MSc coordinator.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EGIM09Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Finite Element Method
EG-M23Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Finite Element Computational Analysis

Choose Exactly 10 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EG-M25Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Advanced Structural Analysis
EG-M35Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Flood Risk Management

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters Dissertation
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EG-D04Semester 3 (Summer Taught)60MSc Dissertation - Civil and Computational Engineering


As a student on the Master's course in Civil Engineering, you will find the course utilises the expertise of academic staff to provide high-quality postgraduate training.

Entry Requirements

Usually the entry requirements for the MSc Civil Engineering is a first or second class honours degree in Civil Engineering or a similar relevant engineering or science discipline. You will also need to have an overall mark of at least 55%, however performance in key modules will also be considered.

We welcome applications by prospective students from around the world and look for evidence of previous study that is equivalent to the entry requirements stated above. The Postgraduate Admissions Office are happy to advise you on whether your qualifications are suitable for entry to the course you would like to study. Please email for further information.

If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification to make sure you get the full benefit from studying at Swansea. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test, the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 5.5 in each component). A full list of acceptable English Language tests can be found at:


How To Apply

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Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MSc Full-time £6,150 £17,950

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees for the MSc Civil Engineering course do not cover costs incurred personally by the student such as the purchase of books or stationery, printing or photocopying costs.

Course Structure

MSc programmes are modular in structure. Students must obtain a total of 180 credits to qualify for the degree. This is made up of 120 credits in the taught element (Part One) and a project (Part Two) that is worth 60 credits and culminates in a written dissertation. Students must successfully complete Part One before being allowed to progress to Part Two.

Sample Timetable

Below is a sample timetable for the MSc Civil Engineering Semester 1.

Please note timetables are subject to change.

Civil Engineering MSc Timetable


The award of the MSc is based on satisfactory performance in examinations, continuous assessment and research dissertation. The examinations are taken in January and May/June and, if passed satisfactorily, students move on to the full-time research project during the summer. The research dissertation is submitted in September and is examined externally.


MSc Civil Engineering at Swansea University is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM), which is composed of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT), and the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE). The accreditation is on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirements for Further Learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills as a Chartered Engineer. Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

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Student Quotes

“I decided to study at the College of Engineering as it is a highly reputable engineering department.
My favourite memories of the course are the practical aspects and the lab work. Group projects have given me the opportunity to work in a team to overcome engineering-based problems. Studying at the College of Engineering has given me a good knowledge of engineering principles and has helped me to apply this to real life problems.
As part of my time here, I took part in the IAESTE programme. I worked with the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Manipal, Southern India, on a development project involving an irrigation system.
My future plan is to get some experience in an engineering firm, and hopefully, this experience will allow me to work abroad for an NGO on further development projects."

Thomas Dunn, MSc Civil Engineering


The civil engineering sector is one of the largest employers in the UK and demand is strong for civil engineering graduates. Thie MSc Civil Engineering course also equips you with the skills to be involved in other engineering projects and provides an excellent basis for a professional career in structural, municipal and allied engineering fields.

The MSc Civil Engineering is suitable for those who would like to prepare for an active and responsible career in civil engineering design and construction. Practising engineers will have the chance to improve their understanding of civil engineering by attending individual course modules.



Our new home at the innovative Bay Campus provides some of the best university facilities in the UK, in an outstanding location.

Hardware includes a 450 cpu Cluster, high-end graphics workstations and high-speed network links. Extensive software packages include both in-house developed and 'off-the-shelf' commercial.

Find out more about the facilities used by Civil Engineering students at Swansea University, including the heavy structures testing laboratory.


The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranks Engineering at Swansea as 10th in the UK for the combined score in research quality across the Engineering disciplines. 

The REF assesses the quality of research in the UK Higher Education sector, assuring us of the standards we strive for.

World-Leading Research

The REF shows that 94% of research produced by our academic staff is of World-Leading (4*) or Internationally Excellent (3*) quality. This has increased from 73% in the 2008 RAE.

Research pioneered at the College of Engineering harnesses the expertise of academic staff within the department. This ground-breaking multidisciplinary research informs our world-class teaching with several of our staff leaders in their fields.