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Advanced Civil and Structural Engineering

MSc
Duration: 1 year
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: MSc
Suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Engineering & Informatics
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Overview

This technically focused Master's programme provides you with the in-depth knowledge you need to:

  • design innovative structures
  • manage construction in the built environment
  • address the implications of earthquakes and ground challenges

It is suitable for candidates with an undergraduate degree qualification looking to strengthen their technical knowledge and improve their career potential in the sector.

You will be taught by research active staff, ensuring you are taught the latest theory and practice. It also means you’ll have opportunities to work on ongoing research projects.

You will practice by developing designs for real projects. In the design project module you will be guided throughout by our Industrial Royal Academy of Engineering visiting professor from Arup.

The programme is supported by our strong industry links. The School of Engineering has an Industry Advisory Board, made up of representatives from leading organisations in the engineering sector, which informs curriculum development and research. Several members of the board deliver lectures, provide site visits, and mentor and potentially employ our students.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM: The Institution of Civil Engineers, The Institution of Structural  Engineers, The Institution of Highway Engineers and The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation) as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired an Accredited CEng (Partial) BEng(Hons) or an Accredited IEng (Full) BEng/BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree. See www.jbm.org.uk for further information

Why Bradford?

We offer unique teaching and research laboratory facilities, such as:

  • Heavy structures
  • Geotechnics
  • Hydraulics
  • Environmental

You’ll have the chance to use non-standard, unique testing equipment for your project.

You’ll be joining a relatively small cohort of students in which everyone is valued and looked after by members of staff, who maintain an open door policy. You will receive tailored advice and support to ensure you get the most from your studies.

We have a very active student-led Civil Engineering Society (CivSoc) which provides a non-academic platform for interaction between students and academics, industrialists and professional institutions. CivSoc organises a range of talks, site visits and tournaments every year.

Rankings

Entry requirements

  • A second-class Honours degree or equivalent in relevant discipline.

Candidates who do not fulfil the normal entry requirements but have extensive industrial experience in a related area are considered on an individual basis.

English language requirements:

IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.

Modules

The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

Find more information on our module descriptors page.

Module Title

Type

Stage

Advanced Geotechnics

C

1

Construction Management

C

1

Advanced Structural Design

C

1, 2

Computational Fluid Dynamics

O

1

Design Optimisation

O

1

Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering

C

2

Research Skills

C

2

Sustainable Hydraulic Design

C

2

Engineering Computational Methods

O

2

Risk Management

O

2

MSc Project

C

3

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

Teaching methods include formal lectures, case studies, tutorial exercises, practical demonstrations, directed learning, and group and individual work.

Modules are assessed through formal written examinations, class tests, analytical and experimental coursework and presentations.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Career prospects

Civil Engineers are key players in both developed and developing nations. They plan, design, operate and maintain our sustainable infrastructures. Sustainable use of materials, resources, and energy, in order to enhance the quality of life, for current and future generations, is a key aim for civil and structural engineers.

Those in this field increasingly need to build on their Bachelor degree qualification and increase their knowledge base to remain competitive. This programme is designed to give you this competitive edge.

Graduates are equipped to enter a wide range of industries such as consulting or contracting, construction, utility providers (such as the water, gas, or electricity companies), the railways, and many other fields.

Study Support

We have a commitment to strong pastoral care for all of our students, which includes a Personal Tutor for all students, regular contact hours for tutor groups and our supportive student service teams who are always ready to help with any questions and provide the advice that you need.

In addition to standard study support through taught sessions, our Virtual Learning Environment allows students to access resources, participate in group work and submit work from anywhere in the world 24/7.

University central services are rich with support teams to assist students with every aspect of their journey through our degree programmes. From our Career and Employability Service, through our strong Students' Union, to our professional and efficient Student Finance team, there are always friendly faces ready to support you and provide you with the answers that you need.

Research

Teaching of modules is well-aligned with the research expertise of staff, ensuring you'll learn the latest theory, innovations and industry best practice.

Students have opportunities to work with our research teams - in particular for your MSc dissertation.

Find out more about the research taking place at the School of Engineering.

Facilities

In addition to modern, well-equipped lecture theatres and seminar rooms, we have perhaps the largest Heavy Structures and Water Lab in the UK, in addition to many other well-equipped laboratory facilities in e.g. Geotechnics and Environmental Engineering.

Students have access to modern computer rooms equipped with all specialist civil engineering software.

Explore some of our other facilities using this interactive 360° tour:

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees

2017/18:

  • Home/EU: £7,750
  • International: £17,600

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

You may be eligible to apply for the government's new Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to put towards your fees and living costs. Find out more on our Fees and Financial Support website.

How do I find out more?

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

The easiest way to apply is online.

This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.

If you are unable to apply online, please email admissions@bradford.ac.uk to request a paper application form.

We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:

  • Degree certificates/transcripts
  • Research proposal (if required)
  • Two references (including one academic reference)
  • Evidence of English language level (if required)
  • A copy of your passport

Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.

You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.

International students

If you applying from outside the UK and require additional support you may apply through your country representative.

They can help you at every stage and communicate with the University on your behalf. They often provide additional services to ensure your smooth arrival to the UK such as visa application support and assistance with your travel arrangements.

Further information is available on our International Office website.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.