Advanced Civil and Structural Engineering
Attendance mode: Full-time
Start date: September
Faculty of Engineering & Informatics
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.
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
We offer unique teaching and research laboratory facilities, such as:
- Heavy structures
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.
- Top 20: Civil Engineering at the University of Bradford is ranked 16th in the UK in the Guardian University League Tables 2017
- 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.
The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.
Find more information on our module descriptors page.
- Advanced Geotechnics (20 Credits) – Core
To extend the application of the fundamental principles of soil behaviour introduced in Soil Mechanics 1 and Geotechnical and Civil Engineering Design modules.
- Construction Management (20 Credits) – Core
To provide students with an understanding of the concepts and techniques of construction and project management with particular reference to their use in an engineering, design and technological organisational environment.
- Advanced Structural Design (20 Credits) – Core
To provide an opportunity apply and extend knowledge and experience of structural engineering design gained through prior learning and experience to develop a detailed solution to a complex open ended problem.
- Design Optimisation (10 Credits) – Optional
To establish an appreciation for the role of optimisation in modern engineering practice and to provide evidence for the premise that optimisation is one component of an integrated tool kit for addressing and evaluating multiple solutions to a variety of engineering-based problems.
- Computational Fluid Dynamics (10 Credits) – Optional
To understand fundamental principles of the advanced numerical simulations in hydrodynamics. There will be an emphasis on developing practical skills to build numerical models to simulate free surface flows in practical contexts.
- Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering (20 Credits) – Core
To study the causes of earthquake, shock wave propagation, earthquake intensity and scales, earthquake effects on civil engineering structures, standards for earthquake-proof design.
- Research Skills (10 Credits) – Core
- Sustainable Hydraulic Design (10 Credits) – Core
- To develop an understanding of the basic concepts of engineering hydrology such as rainfall measurements, rainfall run-off and flood estimation methods.
- Engineering Computational Methods (10 Credits) – Optional
To critically review the application of the Finite Element (FE) method as a tool for engineering analysis.
- Risk Management (10 Credits) – Optional
Acquire a deep understanding of the concepts and principles of risk management and its interaction with other management activities, and directly apply them in a range of product and service industries.
- MSc Project (60 Credits) – Core
This project will further develop practical evaluation of professional engineering activity in a chosen specialisation. To extend the student's ability to plan, implement and review appropriate activities in a large and academically demanding project, in order to achieve an agreed set of objectives in a given time scale.
Students will be eligible to exit with the award of Postgraduate Certificate if they have successfully completed 60 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes.
Students will be eligible to exit with the award of Postgraduate Diploma if they have successfully completed at least 120 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes.
Students will be eligible for the award of Degree of Master if they have successfully completed at least 180 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- Home/EU: £7,960
- International: £18,480
Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.
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.
- Apply for 2017/18 courses (September 2017 – July 2018 start dates)
- Apply for 2018/19 courses (September 2018 – July 2019 start dates)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
Download the programme specification for Advanced Civil and Structural Engineering
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.