Online course details
Part-time: 2-3 years
£9,090 (2021/22)/EU ‡
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.
- Take your first steps towards coveted chartered engineer status - this course meets the further learning requirements for registration
- Apply your learning to real-world projects and scenarios
- Look forward to a great learning experience - our on-campus MSc Civil Engineering and Construction Management has a 100% overall satisfaction rating from students (PTES 2017)*
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
As part of the MSc, you will be required to attend a two-and-a-half-day residential at our campus in Derby if you choose either of the optional modules Geomatic Monitoring and Asset Engineering or Sustainable Construction Methods and Materials. This will enable 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. This can be 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.
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.
The online MSc Civil Engineering and Construction Management programme comprises three progressive stages: postgraduate certificate (PG Cert), postgraduate diploma (PG Dip) and masters (MSc). You will be required to achieve 60 credits to complete each award within the programme, totalling to 180 credits to achieve the masters.
We would encourage you to complete the full MSc, but if you prefer, you can still gain an exit award at each stage: a PG Cert or a PG Dip. 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.
Pace of study
We recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester. If you aim to study two modules in one trimester, we recommend 40 hours of study per week.
This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.
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 engineering 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.
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:
- IELTS 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in any areas)*
- TOEFL 580 (paper based) 237 (computer based) or 92 (internet based)
- Pearson Test of Academic English: 58
- Cambridge Advanced Certificate: Pass
- London Tests of English: we accept level 5 for postgraduate courses
- International GCE O Level English Language: Grade C
- International GCSE English/English as a Second Language: Grade C.*
*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.
‡2021/22 Fees for new entrants
Starting between September 2021 and August 2022.
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||8 (two 10-credit modules, five 20-credit modules and one 60-credit module)
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:
- Pay your full course fees upfront, or
- When enrolling in September, pay for all of your modules to be studied in that academic year upfront
There is an additional cost of £150 per optional residential module, which is not included in your course fees.
The following two modules have residentials as a requirement to complete:
- Geomatic Monitoring and Asset Engineering (20 credits)
- Sustainable Construction Methods and Materials (20 credits)
If you choose to study one of the optional modules that contains a residential, the total cost of the course is £9,240. If you choose to study both of the optional modules that contain a residential at the same time (studying at the accelerated rate), then the total cost of the course is £9,390.
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:
Pay monthly and only for the modules you are studying
Pay your full course fees upfront, receive 5% discount and avoid annual increases
Pay for all modules studied in the year and receive a 5% discount (September enrolment only)
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.
Find out about the Alumni discount
Students should apply directly to the University.
For support with completing your application, view our guide to the application process.
Documents to support your application
You'll need to provide:
- Photo ID – this could be your passport or driving licence
- Current CV
- Written reference supplied on headed paper from either a manager, supervisor, tutor or teacher
- Copies of certificates and transcripts or a letter of testimony for previous qualifications*
*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:
- Confirmation from the translator that it is an accurate translation of the original document
- The date of the translation
- The full name and signature of the translator, or an authorised official of the company
- The translator’s contact details
A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.
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.
Graduates of the programme, in line with the award achieved, should be able to take up posts within multinational organisations and should be able to acquit themselves well in a number of possible roles including planning, site management, project design, and project management.
You could also consider further study and research towards a PhD qualification.
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