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Civil Engineering, MSc

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Civil Engineering (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Civil Engineering at Swansea University has an excellent and far-reaching reputation. The MSc in Civil Engineering provides an advanced and systematic understanding, designed to prepare you as a credible civil engineer. You will be trained in civil engineering analysis and design, particularly in modelling and analysis techniques – fields in which Swansea University experts fundamentally changed modern industrial practice in civil engineering. Over the course you will develop an in-depth knowledge of traditional and modern concepts and techniques that enable robust solutions to civil engineering problems.

MSc Civil Engineering at Swansea University is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM), which is composed of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT), and the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE).

Graduates of the Civil Engineering MSc degree at Swansea are strongly positioned for rewarding opportunities. Your future could lie in any of the following roles: consulting civil engineer; contracting civil engineer; site engineer; Structural engineer; geotechnical engineer; water engineer; town planner; building services engineer; and engineering geologist.

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Study mode

Full time


1 year

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The module develops theory and associated solution techniques relevant to structural problems related to plates, shells and solid applications. The basic theoretical concepts are firstly introduced and the underlying governing equations then developed. The first topic considered is the elastic theory of plate bending, which is of fundamental importance in the design and analysis of a large class of engineering structures. This is followed by the limit analysis of plate structures, which is of prominence in reinforced concrete design. A central aspect of the course is the treatment of the membrane analysis of shell structures. Most shell structures operate by their resistance to membrane action, rather than bending, and the course develops solution procedures for a range of practical shell structure applications encountered in both civil and mechanical engineering environments. The course concludes by developing solution strategies for structures subjected to torsion, with particular emphasis placed on the analysis of thin walled structures, such as those encountered in bridge deck construction and aerospace applications.

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Entry requirements

Students need a first or second class honours degree in Civil Engineering, or a similar relevant engineering or science discipline. They will also need to have an overall mark of at least 55%, however performance in key modules will also be considered. We welcome applications by prospective students from around the world and look for evidence of previous study that is equivalent to the entry requirements stated above.

University information

Located on the stunning Swansea Bay coastline, this Welsh university provides easy access to the city centre, as well as to the beaches of the spectacular Gower Peninsula. Swansea has recently been named University of the Year by students at the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019, where it was also runner-up in the Postgraduate category. It’s also recognised as a UK top 30 research institution (Research Excellence Framework 2014). The...more

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