• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 12 months
  • School: Science & Engineering
  • Study Mode: Full Time

Deepen your knowledge, increase your understanding, and develop skills in Civil Engineering, in preparation for a career in industry, commerce or academia.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

The MSc in Civil Engineering builds on our renowned research expertise and industrial experience in current aspects of Civil Engineering. It is designed both for people pursuing a higher degree soon or immediately after obtaining their first degree, and for those with considerable work experience.

Dundee is a pre-eminent centre for Civil Engineering with internationally-renowned research groups in concrete technology, fluid mechanics, geotechnical engineering, lightweight and deployable structures, and construction management.

Professional Accreditation: ICE/IStructE

This programme is accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) and the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) at Chartered Engineer (CEng) Level. The programme is accredited as follows:

This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree. See www.jbm.org.uk  for further information. The programme is accredited as a Technical MSc.

Top for research

Civil Engineering at Dundee is ranked top in Scotland for research. You will have the opportunity to engage with leading edge research at Dundee, meaning we attract students of the highest calibre and our graduates are highly sought after by employers worldwide. Students studying on our masters programmes benefit from our renowned research expertise and industry experience.

Our state-of-the-art facilities

We have recently undertaken a major upgrade of laboratory facilities particularly in the areas of Concrete Technology and Geotechnical Engineering, thanks to an investment of £1.8M from the European Regional Development Fund and the University to create the Scottish Marine Renewables Test (SMART) Centre for Concrete and Geotechnics. This has resulted in new state-of-the-art commercial grade experimental equipment being commissioned, strengthening our capability in these research areas and enhancing our capacity for experimentally focused work.

The University of Dundee is home to a state-of-the-art geotechnical centrifuge, only one of three in Europe capable of earthquake replication. The purpose of the centrifuge is to enable small scale models of geotechnical structures such as tunnels, foundations or retaining walls to be tested under the high-stress conditions experienced by these structures at full scale. This is achieved by increasing gravity. The Dundee centrifuge is 3m radius and capable of carrying models up to 1000 kg mass and at accelerations up to 100 times earth’s gravity. Whilst “in flight”, various additional loads can be applied to the models, including earthquake shaking, large scale fault rupture, environmental wetting/drying, and translational and rotational loading can be applied using our robot.

Who should study this course?

This course is designed both for people pursuing a higher degree soon or immediately after obtaining their first degree, and for those with considerable work experience.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

How you will be taught

Modules are taught via lectures and tutorials.

How you will be assessed

The course is assessed by coursework, examination and dissertation.

What you will study

The programme consists of 180 credits. The credits are made up as follows:

Core modules 40 credits
Specialist modules 80 credits
Research project 60 credits

(One credit represents 10 hours of notional student effort)

Core Modules

These provide skills generic to engineering and research. The two modules are:

Carrying out a literature search. Analysing literature. Writing a literature review. Quantitative and qualitative approaches to research. Planning a research project. Planning a presentation. Delivering a presentation. Statistical analysis of data. Hypothesis testing. Preliminary work on your research project.

30 credits

Background to legislation: safety statistics; causes of accidents. Framework of Health and Safety Legislation. The Health and Safety at Work Act; CDM Regulations; COSHH, Construction Regulations Managing Construction Health and Safety. Implementing the CDM regulations. International and Governmental Environment Policy and Targets. What is Sustainable Construction? Minimisation of Construction Waste and Pollution Prevention Guidelines on Construction and Demolition Sites. Environmental Assessment Methods, eg ISO 14000 and BREEAM (BRE Environment Assessment Method). Use of Recycled Materials in Production of Cement and Concrete. ‘Brown’ Land Remediation with cement. Examples of Best Practice for Recycling, Reuse and Reconstitution. Site visit to review the use of recycled materials in concrete production.

10 credits

Specialist Modules

Students on the MSc in Civil Engineering can take any four specialist modules, subject to approval of the Programme Convenor and timetabling constraints. The four modules must not all come from the same specialist grouping.

The specialist modules are:

Specialist grouping: Concrete Engineering and Environmental Management

Review of the nature of concrete in structures. Overview of the causes and mechanisms of deterioration of concrete. Chemical attack. Corrosion of reinforcement. Physical and mechanical attack. Production of durable concrete: Mix constituents and composition. Integrating durability into design: British and European standards, design, detailing, and workmanship. Theoretical evaluation of potential durability of structural concrete. Test methods for evaluating potential durability of structural concrete. Environmental Benefits of Durable Concrete Construction.

Review of common defects in concrete and concrete structures and their effect on serviceability. Inspection, Testing and Assessment of Concrete Structures. Performance and Integrity Testing.

Planning and Interpretation of In-situ testing. Strengthening Methods for Concrete Elements. Characteristics of repair materials.

20 credits

Specialist grouping: Concrete Engineering and Environmental Management/ Structural Engineering

Introduction to construction systems. Factors influencing mix design and specification. Production, delivery and placing of ready-mixed concrete. Finishing and curing of concrete. Quality Assurance. Materials for formwork/specialized systems. Evaluation of formwork pressure/striking times. Basic formwork design. Manufacture of precast concrete. Erection and assembly of precast concrete. Case studies. The design process with reinforced concrete. Structural form. Materials / stress and resistance of members. Joints, connections and constructability. Materials and forms of concrete masonry construction. Plain concrete masonry design. Reinforced concrete masonry design. Masonry detailing and construction issues.

20 credits

Specialist grouping: Concrete Engineering and Environmental Management

Introduction and review of constituent materials. Binders. Hydration of cements. Aggregates: sources, evaluation and problems. Chemical admixtures, mineral additives and bonding agents. Materials for special concretes. Mix design. Handling and placing. Highway works; cement and concrete-bound materials.

Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment. Review of Environmental Concepts. Natural Resources. Energy. Pollution. Recycling. Quality of Life. Environmental Valuation. Environmental Life-Cycle Analysis. Other Environmental Impact Assessment Methods. Case Studies / Worked Examples.

20 credits

Specialist grouping: Concrete Engineering and Environmental Management

Working in teams, leading project teams, completing successful projects, assessing the feasibility of projects, procurement on projects, project risk, design in projects.

This module is taught through problem based learning. You will operate in teams to solve management problems and write a management report, which will be submitted as an item of coursework.

You are encouraged to reflect on the performance of teams and their leaders.

20 credits

Specialist grouping: Geotechnical Engineering

Offshore loadings and risk analysis. Offshore soil (types, properties, site investigation). Monotonic and cyclic soil behaviour. The behaviour of single shallow offshore foundations and piled foundations. Installations with multiple foundations. Anchors (types, installation methods and design). The installation and performance of pipelines and cables.

20 credits

Specialist grouping: Geotechnical Engineering

Fundamental mechanical behaviour of soils; Laboratory testing of soils; Interpretation of stress path tests and applications in engineering practice; Idealisation and modelling; Elasto-plastic and Critical State soil models; Behaviour of soils at interfaces; Introduction to and application of finite element modelling in Geotechnical Engineering.

Basic unsaturated soil mechanics; Theory and modelling of contaminant transport; Quantative risk assessment; State-of-the-practice process- and engineering-based remediation techniques; Design considerations of liners and landfill covers.

20 credits

Specialist grouping: Geotechnical Engineering

Sources of dynamic loads. P and S wave propagation. Cyclic shear and damping behaviour. Undrained loading of sands. Liquefaction. Constitutive models for dynamic behaviour. Origin of earthquakes and seismic ground motion; Site response to earthquake loading. Structural dynamics and response spectra; Seismic structural design and detailing; Soil-structure interaction; Seismic behaviour and design of geotechnical structures; Stability of slopes during earthquakes; Remedial methods.

20 credits

Specialist grouping: Geotechnical Engineering

Finite Element Analysis

Introduction and key concepts; mesh design; shape functions; plane stress; stiffness matrices and load vectors; computational aspects; beam, plate and shell elements; iso-parametric elements.

Bridge Engineering

Introduction to structural forms; computational structural modelling; bridge deck analysis; cable stayed bridges; bridge loadings.

20 credits

Specialist grouping: Structural Engineering

Earthquake Engineering

Origin of earthquakes and seismic ground motion; Structural dynamics and response spectra; Seismic structural design and detailing; Soil-structure interaction; Seismic behaviour and design of foundations; Seismic behaviour and design of retaining walls; Stability of slopes during earthquakes.

Concrete Assessment

Review of common defects in concrete and concrete structures and their effect on serviceability. Inspection, Testing and Assessment of Concrete Structures. Performance and Integrity Testing

Planning and Interpretation of In-situ testing. Strengthening Methods for Concrete Elements. Characteristics of repair materials.

20 credits

Research Project

The research project is made up of two parts:

Students work on one project, the first part, CE50028 is completed before April. Students who satisfy the progression requirements then complete CE50007.

Carrying out a literature search. Analysing literature. Writing a literature review. Quantitative and qualitative approaches to research. Planning a research project. Planning a presentation. Delivering a presentation. Statistical analysis of data. Hypothesis testing. Preliminary work on your research project.

30 credits

The aim of the project is to allow students to undertake a substantial, individual programme of research, either experimental, analytical, in-depth survey, or on-site, which addresses a specific engineering problem. The topic of the project will be related to the student’s MSc specialism.

The project will enable students to put into practice skills learnt in some or all of the Core modules, and to build upon the knowledge and understanding gained in the specialist modules.

60 credits

There is a continuing demand for civil engineers particularly in the energy and water sectors and the skills of the civil engineer are highly portable in the multi-disciplinary engineering sectors. The Institution of Civil Engineers Salary Survey for the UK (2013) indicates that the average total income of its senior members is over £117k, while that of recent graduates is £23k increasing to nearly £30k after five years.

We are proud of our achievements in graduate employment. The blend of science, technology and management education and training gained in a unique learning environment that is both challenging and friendly, makes our graduates attractive to employers in civil engineering and a wider range of sectors.

Graduates from Dundee have gone on to achieve high level positions in most sectors of the profession. These include consulting engineers and contractors, the offshore industry and research organisations.

Edgars Damlics, MSc Civil Engineering

“The lecturers are very approachable and I’ve particularly enjoyed the lectures, which have clear relevance to the real world and professional expectations. I’ve also benefited from the University’s Career Service and, after a career-enhancing summer internship in China, I’ve returned to Dundee for my final year of studying.”

Applicants should normally have, or expect to have an honours degree at 2.2 or above, or equivalent professional or overseas qualifications, in a relevant academic discipline. For applicants with a non-technical degree, they should hold a 2:1 honours degree or above, and their suitability for one of the MSc programmes will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

 EU and International qualifications


English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.0
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 5.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers

 

English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

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The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

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Fee statusFees for students starting 2018-19
Scottish and EU students £6,950 per year of study
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Rest of UK students £6,950 per year of study
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Overseas students (non-EU) £19,950 per year of study
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You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate (UKPASS) website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the How to Apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

  Degree Course Code
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Course Contact

Dr Ian Mackie
Science and Engineering
r.i.mackie@dundee.ac.uk
+44 (0)1382 384702