MSc Civil and Structural Engineering

The MSc Civil and Structural Engineering is your opportunity to establish or consolidate your career as a civil or structural design engineer. There is also an opportunity for working professionals to progress towards CEng status through a tailor-made route. This will help you accelerate to the remaining steps of CEng status by working with your employer in the process. This is a unique feature of a Masters course and significantly reduces the period required to achieve Chartered status.

To provide the latest specialist knowledge and technical competence, all design-related modules are taught in accordance with the new structural Eurocodes. As well as developing your analytical and problem-solving skills, tuition covers project planning and contract management. The MSc Civil and Structural Engineering course is also underpinned by research into areas such as the use of novel and sustainable environmentally-friendly materials, geotechnics and structural modelling.

Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Years September Treforest A
Part-time 3 Years September Treforest A
Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Years February Treforest A
Full-time 1 Years September Treforest A
Part-time 3 Years September Treforest A

You will study the following modules:

  • Advanced Civil Engineering Materials
  • Integrative Project Planning and Management
  • Geo-environmental Engineering
  • Advanced Structural Analysis and Structural Concrete Design
  • Further Advanced Structural Analysis and Steel/Composite Design
  • Dissertation

Optional modules include:

  • Seismic Analysis and Design to Eurocodes*
  • Structural Timber and Masonry Design to Eurocodes*
  • Further Finite Element Analysis*
  • Non-Destructive Testing*

*10 credit module


This postgraduate degree in Civil and Structural Engineering is delivered in three major blocks that offer an intensive but flexible learning pattern, with two entry opportunities for applicants each year – February and September. You will learn through lectures, tutorials and seminars, as well as guest lectures and seminars with prominent industry experts. You will complete a research project using our excellent laboratory facilities and a dissertation on a chosen topic of interest.



Some modules are assessed through coursework, others by a combination of design projects and a formal examination. If you want to continue working in industry, you can apply to study individual modules as short courses on a day-release or block-delivery basis.


The MSc Civil and Structural Engineering is accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng (Hons) undergraduate first degree*.  See for further information.

* It should be noted that candidates completing the MSc who hold an underpinning accredited IEng degree or a non-accredited bachelor degree will need to apply for an academic assessment to determine whether they will meet the educational base for CEng registration.


Our civil engineering laboratory has state-of-the-art equipment such as a laser Master-Sizer 2000 for the determination of particle size of fine particulate materials; a TA Instruments high resolution (Hi-Res TGA 2950) thermogravimetric and derivative thermogravimetric analyser; a Zwick instruments calorimeter; Prior Clave LCH/600/25 model 0.7m3 volume capacity environmental chamber (-15°C to + 60°C) for freezing and thawing test; a high resolution image processor/microscope; a high pressure (MIP 2000) mercury intrusion porosimeter for both micro and macro pores in hydrated mixtures; a VJ-Tech 64-channel digital and transducer system for collating and analysing CBR test results; a thermal conductivity equipment complete (FOX 200 Heat Flow Meter 220VAC) with thermocube circulator; micro-calorimetry computer and accessories; automated 50-channel simultaneous data-logging system; overhead two-tonne gantry crane, purpose designed strong floor.

Electro-hydraulic ring main; electro-hydraulic test stations (50 and 100 kN); digital control systems; Instron Dynamic testing machine (250KN); avery Universal testing machine (1000 kN); Zwick/Roell 10KN testing System; avery-Denison tensile/compressions 600kN load machine; Hounsfield testing machine H20K-W; Rockwell and Shore hardness testing; impact testing; fatigue testing and ultrasonic non-destructive testing.

Compression testing (3000 kN); flexural testing (100 kN); air entrainment equipment. Consolidation equipment; CBR and Proctor compaction equipment; rock shear; Rock tri-axial test; model piles in sand; model piles in clay; model pad foundations; model retaining walls; unconfined and tri-axial test stations; Shear boxes (60, 100 and 300mm); permeability equipment; pressure testing equipment; Armfield tilting recirculating flume (5m working length) for open channel flow experiments; Armfield surge tank and water hammer apparatus; hydraulic benches equipped with standard apparatus for flow measurement; pipe flow; jet impact and hydrostatics; Series / Parallel pump; 2000VJ Tech Instruments MX with multichannel data logger equipped with digital displacement transducers for linear expansion testing.


An Honours degree, normally a JBM-accredited BEng degree of class 2:2 or above, or a BSc Honours degree of class 2:1 or above in Civil or Structural Engineering (or equivalent professional or recognised overseas qualifications), or sufficient and relevant industrial work experience.

Applicants with a JBM-accredited IEng degree will be treated on an individual basis, but must have attained competences in the core mechanics subject areas of civil/structural engineering at undergraduate level.

The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £6000 
  • Full-time International:  £12600 
  • Part-time UK and EU:  £670  per 20 credits.

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC
  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.


The Welsh Government has proposed a Postgraduate Loan for Master’s degrees.

Apply directly to the University if you are applying for a part-time, professional or postgraduate course, an Erasmus/Exchange programme, the Legal Practice (part-time) course, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution.    

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Admissions statement 

On completion of this MSc Civil and Structural Engineering course, you will be able to develop a career as a structural engineer, technical manager, or research and development manager. These roles can be with leading international consultancies, contractors, national and local consulting companies, as well as
international research and government organisations.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.