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Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 2-3 years

UK/EU fee

£9,090 (2020/21)

International fee

£9,090 (2020/21)

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.

Goldstandard teaching**Teaching Excellence Framework

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.

What you will study

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.

Postgraduate certificatePostgraduate certificatePostgraduate diplomaPostgraduate diplomaMastersMasters

Code: 7BU504

Project Planning, Value Engineering and Risk Management

The aim of the module is to gain an understanding of the philosophies and techniques involved in construction project planning, risk management, value engineering and financial management. There are significant risks involved in undertaking construction projects, whether they are financial or operational, and one of the roles of the civil / construction manager is to succeed in removing, reducing or mitigating such risk. The nature and size of construction and civil engineering projects vary widely, as do the risks involved, and it is through effective project planning that decisions may be found and actions taken to enable successful project completion both on time and within budget.

The module will examine the principles and techniques involved in value engineering which aims to provide the best value for money for the client over the whole life cycle of a project. You will evaluate industry practice relating to cost control and the financial management of projects, linking this also to the monitoring and control of time-related progress.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • Apply and critically evaluate project planning techniques used in the management and control of construction/civil engineering projects
  • Identify, analyse and critically appraise risk, value and financial management in the context of the built environment

Module content

Identification and management of risk
  • Risk in the context of the built environment including; financial risk, project risk, client risk, contractor risk, tendering risk, health and safety issues and environmental considerations
  • Project management risk, risk registers, probability theory and the changing risk scenarios during projects
  • Risk identification, analysis and response
  • Models and methodologies used in the technical assessment of risk
Project planning and programming
  • Planning techniques used during phases of a project; sequencing activities and programming techniques; lead times, predecessors, float, baselines, critical path analysis; resource scheduling, allocation and reconciliation; procurement programmes, cost and cash flow forecasts, links to effective site management, IT software tools for project planning and as contemporary management tools
Project monitoring and control
  • Project progress tracking and reporting, project control procedures, controlling time, controlling money, controlling resources, communicating work schedules, health and safety considerations, links to effective site management
Value Engineering
  • Identifying and removing unnecessary cost, improving value and function, maintaining quality, safety, life, reliability, dependability, features, and aesthetics. Feasibility, design, and construction phases
  • Life cycle costing
Financial Administration of Construction and Civil Engineering Projects
  • Periodic payments, evaluating work in progress and materials, accounting for variations, fluctuations in resource costs, reimbursement for loss and expense, payment procedures, retention, final payment
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20 Credits

Code: 7ME524

Continuing Professional Development and Strategic Management

This module is designed to develop your managerial skills in preparation for work in a global industry environment. You will study strategic concepts and be able to transfer them into your own industry/specialism through a structured approach. Emphasis is placed on managing the global future by analysis rather than by instinct. You will become adept at forecasting, financial analysis but still operate with regard to business ethics. The CPD (Continuing Professional Development) element allows you to contextualise and concentrate your studies in your own discipline adding to your employability in the work place.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse a sector of industry relevant to your industry/specialism on a global scale
  2. Utilise appropriate methodology to forecast future trends and analyse their impact on your industry/specialism worldwide
  3. In depth preparation and justification of a coherent ethical business and marketing plan for an organisation

Module content

Strategic management
  • Definitions, mission statements
  • Analysis of industries using strategic models
  • Development of strategic thrusts in a global environment
Management of people and quality
  • Effective management of people organising and motivating people, and controlling activities
  • Managing research, development, design, and production activities
  • Improving quality – overview of philosophies from a strategic viewpoint
Financial and cost analysis
  • Methods of financial and cost analysis
  • Applying financial and managerial accounting to the effective management of technology projects
Economic analysis
  • Projections of future economic environment, growth of demand, planned expansion, use of resources, levels of confidence in projections, risk evaluation and profitability analysis
Business ethics
  • Concepts of ethics/ethical codes relevant to your chosen professional body and applied to strategic scenarios
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20 Credits

Code: 7TE510

Research Methods, Application and Evaluation (Taught PG)

This module will enable you to develop your practice in undertaking research by identifying and applying advanced research methodologies, both within your taught modules and for your postgraduate research project.

Your learning will include how to identify, evaluate, and apply diverse research approaches to your own research and the process of collecting and evaluate different types of data and relating your findings to current research. During your study you will be able to compare the use of both quantitative techniques and qualitative techniques in research. The module can be accessed through blended/face-to-face delivery or online learning depending on your programme of study.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to: 

  • Develop and apply an appropriate research approach and strategy to address a set of defined research objectives
  • Critically evaluate, develop, and apply appropriate quantitative and qualitative methodologies for collecting and analysing data in order to form conclusions and recommendations for future work in a particular field

Module content

Research methods
Research aims and objectives and the requirements for producing a research methodology

Evaluating different research approaches and methodologies for their suitability and relevance to a proposed research scenario.

Quantitative and qualitative methodologies

Key aspects of both methodologies and their application to a proposed research scenario.

Developing an overall research strategy and contextualising it with current practices and developments

Critically reviewing current practitioners work in terms of the approaches, successfulness and relevant similarities to a proposed research scenario.

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10 Credits

Code: 7TE513

Environmental Risk and Responsibility

The module enables designers, technologists and engineers to critically evaluate how their individual professional actions, decisions and leadership of others interacts with the society in which they are working and affects environmental risk and the sustainable future of the planet. Starting with a global view of how environmental stresses are generated by developing technologies, the module takes a systemic approach to how responsibility for sustainability challenges does not always lie with the decision maker.

The obligation of doing more than just complying with legal obligations and thus benefiting the environment is balanced against the economic imperatives of private industry and the public accountability of NGOs and governments.  This is an interdisciplinary module so that you will be asked to work outside your areas of expertise and interact with other students and members of the community from different cultural, social and disciplinary areas to evaluate and offer design and technological decisions to reduce environmental risks. The module can be accessed through blended/face-to-face delivery or online learning depending on your programme of study.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to: 

  1. Critically evaluate the implications of environmental factors and associated legislation from both a global and local context
  2. Develop a critical understanding of sustainable development methodologies

Module content

Sustainable development – global context

Historical and political contexts. Assessing the global, national and local context of environmental pressures and risk. Appraising the dichotomy of sustainable development and continued industrialisation and the uses of methodologies for weighing costs of against benefits.   The role of international agreements and environmental stewardship to produce a low carbon society. Environmental threats and indicators of consumption, such as ecological footprints and similar measures. Tools for improving environmental performance e.g. economic instruments, technological solutions, legislation and social and moral pressure. Soft systems methodology applied to sustainable development to

  • living within environmental limits
  • ensuring a strong, healthy and just society
  • promoting good governance
  • achieving a sustainable economy
  • using sound science responsibly
Resources management

Assessment and implementation of techniques for the optimisation of efficient use of resources and costs in manufacturing industry and other organisations. 

Infrastructure planning for sustainable development

A review of the historical development of planning from organic to planned spatial design. Development of design guidelines and the place of making strategies.  The importance of ecological restoration policy and the use of initiation, site identification, site appraisal, brownfield and greenfield sites and policy instruments will be introduced.  The use of legislation to assess environmental risk such as environmental statements and environmental impact assessments is covered.

Environmental decision making

The definition of the environment to include biophysical, social, political, economic and other factors is explored with a systems framework when managing risk and making environmental decisions in complex situations. The use of various techniques such as environmental standards and instruments for environmental decision making applied to real case studies in areas such as manufacturing, design, process development, architecture and civil engineering is included. 

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10 Credits

Code: 7BU502

Flood Risk Engineering Management

The effects of climate change will continue to be debated over the coming years as extreme weather events and global warming become ever more apparent. In recent years many regions around the world have seen an increase in the number of flood events and flood risk warnings and this is of increasing concern to governments, businesses, home owners, developers and insurers.

Approaches to limiting disruption and damage from flooding have changed significantly in recent years. Worldwide, there has been a significant move from a strategy of flood defence to one of flood risk management. This includes the use of flood defences, where appropriate, but recognises that managed flooding is essential to meet the requirements of a sustainable flood strategy. The success of this approach is dependent on integrating enhanced defences and warning systems with an improved understanding of river systems,  governance, emergency planning and disaster management actions.

The UK is an international leader in flood prevention policy and practice and the module will start by introducing the concepts of flood risk analysis and management within the context of current UK and European policies and legislation. Current techniques in considering climate change will be presented in outline, as will latest guidance on producing flood risk assessments. The module will focus on river and urban flooding, including hydraulic modelling techniques, and is designed for anyone who requires an understanding of flood risk and its relevance to river management and development planning. The application of these approaches and techniques will also be considered in a global flood planning and mitigation context.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the effectiveness of UK/EU policy and legislation to address flood risk in the context of expected future climate change
  • Critically analyse flood risk assessments and suggest appropriate structural and non-structural methods to reduce the impact of flooding

Module content

  • policy and legislation
  • risk analysis
  • climate change
  • flood Risk Assessments (FRA)
  • flood mitigation
  • integrated urban drainage
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20 Credits

Code: 7AZ505

BIM and Integrated Project Collaboration

The emergence and adoption of Building Information Modelling (BIM) as the industry standard approach for design, analysis, and management of building life cycle has significantly changed the way that designs are procured and transformed into reality.

The aim of this module is to develop in-depth knowledge and skills in application and evaluation of BIM enabled design in true collaborative environments, critically reflecting upon the current BIM procedures, protocols and standards required to implement efficient integrated project collaboration within the multidisciplinary built environment team.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • Undertake advanced and independent research, analyse and critically appraise the building information modelling and project collaboration relationships and influences.
  • Critically evaluate the theoretical approaches and generate complex building information modelling and project collaboration proposals showing awareness of current issues and insights.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding and critically evaluate and apply the appropriate methods, processes, execution plans, specifications and technologies to design integration and project collaboration.

Module content

Collaborative Environment

Creating multidisciplinary teams. Organisational structures and roles within the BIM process. BIM execution plans, protocols and standards.   Interoperability and technologies for collaboration. Process change. Selected case studies. Current research and advancements.

Information analytics

Advanced methods for information retrieval, analysis and integration.  Decision-making using appropriate BIM collaboration tools. 

BIM and Project Stages
  • marketing and winning BIM projects
  • design and preconstruction- selecting the right team, vision, communication, managing expectations
  • scheduling design, tendering, logistics and planning
  • construction - model coordination and BIM scheduling
  • construction activity tracking
  • feedback and health and safety
  • contractual administration and document control
Facilities Management
  • BIM and information handover
  • BIM and building management system (BMS) integration
  • BIM-enabled building performance monitoring and control
  • maintaining the model, ongoing investment and logistics
BIM Case Studies
  • project collaboration and integrated design
  • current practices and future research
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20 Credits

Code: 7BU505

Sustainable Construction Methods and Materials

You will join us in the UK at our Kedleston Road Campus for a 2 and a half day residential. This is an excellent opportunity to put the skills and theory you are learning into practice gaining invaluable experience that can be applied to real world scenarios.

The aim of the module is to expand on your undergraduate knowledge and critically evaluate principles, methodologies and techniques involved in the selection and specification of sustainable construction methods and materials. The necessarily site specific context for the specification of materials for a sustainable architecture varies widely. Considering both the energy in use and the embodied energy of materials, one of the important remits of sustainable construction is to mitigate the use of fossil fuel based energy consumption.

You will be encouraged to explore, critically analyse and evaluate comparative approaches in the effective specification of environmentally sustainable materials that the successful implementation of sustainable architecture requires. As practitioners within the construction industry, you must be able to choose the right material for applications with due regard to the life cycle of building materials, the environmental cost and embodied energy in the manufacturing method.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • Independently research and critically evaluate sustainable construction methods and materials and their application within built environment projects
  • Identify, analyse and critically appraise sustainable construction methods and materials methodologies in the context of sustainable architecture projects
  • Critically evaluate key sustainability indicators/design methodologies and their importance in the selection and specification of sustainable construction methods and materials in delivering sustainable architecture
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20 Credits

Code: 7BU506

Transport and Infrastructure Engineering and Sustainable Design

The aim of the module is to gain detailed understanding of the management and design of transport infrastructure in the 21st century using design standards and working with the environment to deliver cost effective, safe and sustainable projects. You will review design practice across a spectrum of transport and infrastructure disciplines including, highways, permanent way and service provision. The scope will integrate planning, feasibility, outline and detailed design, and draw attention to legal requirements and future costs of maintenance and whole life cycle costing. Project team disciplines will be considered to provide robust and economic designs for current and new infrastructure. You will also consider the role of design checks and the role of information technology.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module you should be able to:

  • Critically analyse the road, rail and water systems which together form the majority of the transport infrastructure, including composition, life cycle costs, and engineering interfaces
  • Evaluate the essential requirements, under current regulatory frameworks, for the design, planning and implementation of transport infrastructure projects, including the challenges to related asset management programmes
  • Apply appropriate environmental assessments, legislation, and financial monitoring, to the delivery and operation of transport infrastructure schemes
  • Assess the need for innovation and change in relation to infrastructure policy, design and operation, including consideration of current constraints and methodologies that influence the potential for change
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20 Credits

Code: 7BU507

Geomatic Monitoring and Asset Engineering

You will join us in the UK at our Kedleston Road Campus for a 2 and a half day residential. This is an excellent opportunity to put the skills and theory you are learning into practice gaining invaluable experience that can be applied to real world scenarios.

Engineering Professionals need to ensure that Infrastructure assets are regularly monitored to ensure that embankments remain stable and that reactive measurements can be made to assess structural elements after incidents such as bridge strikes.

The module will consider modes of failure of structures and ancillary elements including embankments. Modelling of these will be done in 3D to allow detailed analysis, methods of data capture using both remote and traditional topographical methods.

Establishing ground control models to optimise field time and ensure high-density 3D monitoring using industry software packages. The role of asset management will be considered with relation to BIM and ISO 55000 and how engineers can manage risk with proactive intervention.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • Critically assess failures in infrastructure assets and their causation
  • Collect and manipulate 3-dimensional data from the field to provide robust data sets for analysis
  • Model and formulate, using geomatic processes, an existing structure to provide a datum for future monitoring
  • Inform asset registry with the information necessary for both BIM and ISO55000

Module content

Asset Registry

Provide data sets for asset registers aligned to BIM and ISO 55000, considering inventory and risk analysis of different elements of infrastructure networks, including embankment, bridges, retaining walls etc…


Consider the implication of structural inspections and the role of non-destructive testing. Apply the related Eurocodes and British Standards in structural analysis and assessment of reinforced and steel structures. Identify typical modes of failure of different structure and the impact of collisions.


Critically assess the modes of failure in both natural and manmade slopes. Assess the role of site investigation and testing to predict failure prone slopes. Model slope stability and the influence of loading and pore water pressure on clay and silt grounds.

Geomatic Monitoring

Manage and carry out LiDAR surveys and remote surveying of structures at an appropriate density to create suitable monitoring models, with industry-based Health and Safety risk management. Produce and analyse models from data sets and clouds. Prepare repeatable controls to ensure prolonged monitoring of both stable and unstable assets.

Legal Compliance

Consider the role of the Engineer under Statute law and processes to mitigate third party claims. Employment and Health and Safety law related to the asset teams and any programming for scheduled inspections.

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20 Credits

Code: 7ME506

Negotiated Module

This module encourages you to engage with a specific aspect of professional practice that should complement or extend your academic studies at masters level.

The module includes aspects of negotiation, project management, target setting and implementation of objectives situated in practical experience realised in the context of work-based learning. The alignment of the agreed project aims and objectives with the required learning outcomes for the module is an important and integral requirement for the successful completion of this module.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • Establish appropriate objectives to realise effectively the aims of a work-based learning project at postgraduate level
  • Critically reflect on the experiences of the project, evaluating strengths, weaknesses, benefits accrued and industry relevance

Module content

In order to undertake this module successfully you will need to be in direct contact with industry, either through your employment or via an industrial placement or negotiated support agreement from an industry. Initially you will negotiate and agree an appropriate work-based learning project with the tutor that appropriately satisfies the required learning outcomes for the module. Following proposal submission, you will then progress your agreed project to completion with ongoing support from the tutor and/or industrial tutor as necessary in order to assist and guide in the successful completion of the project. The project work and achievements will be evidenced by the build-up of a portfolio during the course of the project and this will also be required to include the necessary reflective evaluation on the overall progress, development and outcomes for the project.

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20 Credits

Code: 7ME525

Independent Scholarship

The Postgraduate Independent Scholarship forms an essential, integral and substantial part of programmes leading to your master's degree. It will provide you with an opportunity to utilise and enhance the knowledge and intellectual skills gained during your programme, by means of an extensive investigation of a proposed postgraduate study related to the course material. The University of Derby Regulatory Framework for Postgraduate Taught Programmes recognises dissertations; research based technical design and development projects and the exhibition of creative design artwork (with moderated length of dissertation) as viable types of independent scholarship. This module requires you to produce a coherent, sustained and comprehensive research based study, demonstrating an ability to generate complex proposals with awareness of current issues and insights, originality in the application of subject knowledge and, where appropriate, proposing new hypotheses and speculations.

You will be challenged to demonstrate a critical understanding of how the boundaries of knowledge are advanced through research in production of clear, logically argued and original work related to the field of your study.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically question current practices, methods and research. Apply appropriate research methods and evaluate and select relevant alternatives within the scope of the subject area of the study
  2. Work on your own initiative utilising project management, problem solving, research methods and communication skills
  3. In depth reflection upon the research and project development, place the results in context in relation to theories and practices and the specification developed for the study
  4. In depth discussion of the findings, and clearly communicate, including presentations, the critical issues and key features. The discussion includes the ethical investigation that forms part of the work carried out and any necessary actions

Module content

This Module represents a major learning experience, providing an opportunity to pursue in considerable depth and with suitable academic rigor, a specific specialism related to the programme. Study will be supervised by tutors appointed by the Programme Leader, individually negotiated and agreed. It will be approved and monitored under the following general headings:

  • Selection of a suitable research topic / project, identification of potential scope and appropriateness, given the content of your Masters studies
  • Formation of project tutor groups for mutual support and guidance
  • Research methodology, sources of information, timing of programme
  • Gathering relevant and appropriate evidence and critical analysis of data
  • Evaluation of the final proposals against "concepts"
  • Demonstrably feasible and implementable resolution, conclusions and recommendations, with a full consideration given to the research ethics of the investigation and any relevant health and safety factors

Project workshops will be held to prepare you for your Masters level dissertation. At the early stages, group sessions will be held in which topics will be considered in detail. As the work develops, one-to-one tutorials will be used to monitor and guide project progress.

Relevant guided reading will be recommended throughout your postgraduate study, with you being encouraged to take full and early responsibility for the achievement of the learning outcomes from the exercise. You will be encouraged to review and reflect on the process as well as the end result, both with peer-groups and their MSc studies tutor.

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60 Credits

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.

How you will learn

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.

Assessment method

This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.

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 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.

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.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2020 and August 2021.

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

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

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

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:

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:

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.

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

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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.

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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