Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 2-3 years

UK fee

£9,090 (2021/22)

International fee

£9,090 (2021/22)/EU

Course level




Start dates

January, September, May



Online course description

With an ever-changing world where population is on the rise, it is clear that Civil Engineering is at the core of how we live today within communities. The industry is rapidly expanding with a global demand for innovative and quality infrastructure. This online Civil Engineering masters has been designed to be at the forefront of technological developments within the sector giving you the skills to enhance your career and your own personal skill set.

This MSc Civil Engineering and Construction Management programme will help you to combine in-depth knowledge and practical skills with strategic management abilities to prepare for a rewarding career anywhere in the world. Many of our academics are Chartered Engineers with extensive industry links. You will be able to draw on their experience to improve your learning, understanding and career prospects.

Explore your full potential within the fields of civil engineering and construction management with this forward-thinking MSc programme.

*Due to the popularity of our on-campus course, we have introduced this online version.

A broad and dynamic study programme

You will study modules of keen interest to professionals working in both Civil Engineering and Construction. These include flood risk engineering management, sustainable development, and environmental performance management.

We also develop your transferable skills in scholarly writing, research, critical thinking, independent learning, communication and problem solving. Such skills will mean you are ideally placed to engage with continuing professional development and further advanced study in the disciplines of Civil Engineering and construction management.

The combination of core and optional modules enables you to tailor your studies to address topics which are important in successfully achieving and maintaining sustainable built environments – anything ranging from significant property developments to infrastructure projects including highways and railways.

Real-world learning with our UK-based residential

If you choose the Geomatic Monitoring and Asset Engineering optional module, you will be required to attend a three-day field based residential in Derbyshire. This will be extended to a 5-day block residential week if you also take the Advanced Geotechnical Engineering module which involves laboratory work at our campus.

The residential enables you to apply the skills and knowledge you have acquired in a practical setting, allowing you to gain experience using state-of-the-art equipment found on site. It is also a great opportunity to network and make industry links, meeting others from your course as well as your tutors.

Work towards Chartered Engineer status (CEng)

Our online MSc Civil Engineering and Construction Management degree is a highly flexible work-based-learning route designed to support your application towards Chartered Engineer status (CEng). The course is recognised by a wide range of respected engineering institutions such as the Engineering Council UK, the Institution of Civil Engineering and the Chartered Institute of Building.

Before you start the programme, please contact the professional body or engineering institute you are registered with to seek their confirmation that this programme is a suitable pathway to engineering chartership for your particular circumstances. They will also be able to help you to source a suitable mentor to aid you in your professional development, a required element of this programme.

The list of professional bodies can be found on the Engineering Council website.

Mentoring from experienced Chartered Engineers

Professional development is an important part of this programme, involving mentoring and support from an experienced Chartered Engineer. You are required to source a suitable mentor via the engineering institute you are registered with or via your workplace. Mentors can fulfil two separate roles. A workplace mentor can advise on technical and business suitability in your approach, whereas a mentor who is a Chartered Engineer will ensure you are meeting all of the competencies to a suitable level to support your application to become a Chartered Engineer.

Gain a Postgraduate Certificate in one year for your CPD

If you are seeking a postgraduate qualification and do not feel ready to commit to a full Master’s award, then the Postgraduate Certificate in Civil Engineering and Construction Management means that you will be able to complete a shorter level 7 qualification in 12 months, for your continuing professional development requirements.

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What you will study

The online MSc Civil Engineering and Construction Management programme comprises two core 10 credit modules, one core 20 credit module, one prescribed 20 credit module, three optional 20 credit modules and one Independent scholarship worth 60 credits, totalling 180 credits.

We will advise you of your study plan - the running order and availability of the modules - when you are invited to enrol. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered. In addition, where demand is high, some modules may be subject to a cap.

You can also study the MSc Civil Engineering and Construction Management full-time or part-time on campus.

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

Pace of study

The academic year is made up of three 10-week terms, known as trimesters. We recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester for the standard study plan.

If you opt to undertake the accelerated study plan whereby you will study two modules in one trimester, we recommend 40 hours of study per week.

Study Skills

Many of our students are mature learners and have not studied academically for many years. To help you to become an effective student, able to study at Postgraduate level, there are a number of advanced study skill resources available to you covering areas such as research skills, critical evaluation in academic context, literature search, referencing, plagiarism and so on.

Assessment method

You will undertake formative and summative assessments to demonstrate that you have met the module and programme learning outcomes.

Formative assessment activities provide the opportunity for structured learning and feedback, such as self-assessment, peer review or feedback directly from your tutor.

More formal summative assessments which count towards your grades, such as project design work and design briefs, project reviews and portfolios, assignments, case studies, presentations, team-work projects and examinations.

The following three modules involve a time-constrained exam which will be taken online.

Theoretical concepts and practical application will be covered in live lectures, tutorials and seminars.


Two optional modules, the Geomatic Monitoring and Asset Engineering module and the Advanced Geotechnical Engineering module, incorporate a short residential held in Derbyshire. During the residential, you will undertake practical sessions and assessments to gain hands on experience of a range of civil engineering processes whilst learning to identify significant logistical and management constraints.

If you select a module involving the residential, you are required to attend at least 75% of the residential to pass the programme.

Details for residential costs can be found in the Fees section.

Personal Development Planning (PDP) and Employability

Personal development planning (PDP) is embedded throughout this course. During your studies, you will be encouraged to identify how aspects of the programme will both benefit your development and future practice.

Professional development opportunities exist throughout each module, such as: live projects, industry links and case studies, conferences, professional body CPD courses, proposals, presentations and student delivery of seminar topics.

You will be actively encouraged to adopt a developmental and reflective attitude towards understanding transferable skills and their potential for employment opportunities. To help you reflect on your current competencies, you will have access to reflective self-assessment and personal diagnostic tools and a wealth of resources.

As you set out or develop in your professional career, you will be required to continually develop your skills as technologies can become obsolete or be superseded. At postgraduate level this is effectively the beginning of your PDP or Continuing Professional Development (CPD) journey.

Who will teach you

Derek Spalton
Programme leader

Derek was in the Civil Engineering Industry for over 20 years undertaking Design and Supervision of Highway and Drainage Projects in the UK. He has been at the University for 15 years and is the Academic Lead for the Civil Engineering laboratories and Programme Leader for UnderGraduate and Post Graduate Civil Engineering and Construction Management Programmes

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Entry requirements

You will require at least a 2.2 degree or equivalent in a Civil Engineering or Construction-related discipline.

If you don’t have a degree or an accredited degree, we can consider your application if supported by significant industrial experience within the sector. Please include evidence of all experience you have in your application. While the University guidelines on recognition of prior learning (RPL) will be followed, RPL will only be recommended where applicants can present a portfolio of professional work that is deemed to be of an appropriate level.

Please note, in regards to RPL:

Professional membership

To get the most out of the programme, you are expected to be a member of a professional engineering body. Before you join this masters degree, you should contact the membership department of your professional body to ensure that they will recognise this programme as part of your application for chartered engineer status.

English language qualifications

If English is not your first language, or you have not successfully completed your highest level of qualification in English, you will need an English language qualification*. For this course you will need at least one of the following:

*If you have a minimum of IELTS level 4.5 you can study our Certificate of Credit in English for Academic Purposes which we will accept as evidence that you are able to perform at a suitable level of IELTS 6.0. We will also accept the Certificate of Credit as evidence that you can perform at GCSE level.

If you are unable to take an English Language Test locally, you may wish to consider our Derby English Language Test (DELT), which is an online test in two parts: reading and writing, and listening and speaking. Take a look at our Derby English Language test (DELT) page for full course details, online exam dates and how to book.

Fees and funding

2021/22 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2021 and August 2022.

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £1,010 8 (two 10-credit modules, five 20-credit modules and one 60-credit module) £9,090

2022/23 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2022 and August 2023.

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £1,010 8 (two 10-credit modules, five 20-credit modules and one 60-credit module) £9,090

About your fees

This figure would be the total cost of this course in the current academic year. However, please note that fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase if your course lasts longer than one year.

However, please also note that you can receive a 5% discount if you either:

Residential costs

The Geomatic Monitoring and Asset Engineering module and the Advanced Geotechnical Engineering module contains a short residential which is taken in during a block week. To undertake the residential, there is an additional cost of £150 which is not included in your course fees.

If you choose to study the Geomatic Monitoring and Asset Engineering module or both the Geomatic Monitoring and Asset Engineering module and the Advanced Geotechnical Engineering module, the total cost of the course is £9,240 (new students in AY21/22).

The full programme fee quoted does not include the cost of the residential as it depends on your module choices. Please note, if you opt for the residential, you will be responsible for arranging and paying for your own travel, short-term study visa (if required), accommodation and other incurred costs. The University will assist, where possible, with these arrangements. Find out more about obtaining a short-term student visa.

Flexible payment plans available

Choose from three payment plan options:

Masters funding options

Depending on where you are from in the UK or EU, and on your pace of study, you may be eligible for a postgraduate student loan. Accessible through Student Finance, this is a non-income based loan to help with living costs and tuition fees whilst studying your masters programme.

Alumni discount for Derby graduates

We offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.

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How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

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For support with completing your application, view our guide to the application process.

Documents to support your application

You'll need to provide:

*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.

Application deadlines

All of our online courses have set start dates throughout the year. We require time to review your application and get back to you with a response before your course starts. Take a look at information regarding applying for an online course to see full details of deadlines and term dates.


Our MSc Civil Engineering and Construction Management programme will provide you with an ideal platform to undertake professional management roles within the industry sector.

This course will provide valuable skills and knowledge to support your career growth and development in a wide range of roles such as planning, site management, quantity surveying, project design, and project management. Or you may pursue more specialist disciplines such as: Geotechnical Engineer, Structural Engineer, Highway Engineer, Engineering Surveyor, Facilities Manager and Asset Management Engineer.

Throughout the course, you will be able to apply knowledge learnt on the programme directly into your workplace helping you to make a positive impact quickly which will be rewarding on a personal level and will be of great value to your employer or to your own business.

The course is designed to support you in your career development within the profession, however you may wish to consider further study and research towards a PhD qualification.

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