MEng Civil and Structural Engineering / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course description

Computer faciltites
Students have access to all the necessary engineering and design software in our computer clusters

This is a four year course leading to a Master of Engineering qualification (MEng) in Civil and Structural Engineering. During the first two years, the course is broad-based and covers topics such as structural analysis, hydraulics, geotechnics, construction materials, engineering design, project management and mathematics. In later years, you have considerable flexibility to steer your degree towards your interests by taking optional subjects such as renewable energy systems, fire engineering, earthquake engineering and computational hydraulics.

In year 3, you will undertake an individual research project on an emerging topic in civil engineering and, in year 4, you undertake an industry-supervised group design project and units on advanced structural analysis and design. This degree will equip you to enter the civil engineering professions and fully satisfies the educational base for becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Aims

The aims of this course are to provide you with:

  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of engineering science, analysis, and management
  • A strong base of practical skills (eg in surveying and specialist computer software)
  • An in-depth understanding of design
  • Competence in transferable skills (problem solving, team working, creativity, oral and written communication, IT skills)
  • A broad understanding of the economic, social, ethical and environmental contexts relevant to becoming a professional engineer and a leader in civil or structural engineering

Teaching and learning

The course is taught via a combination of lectures, tutorial classes, practical laboratory sessions and computer-based sessions. There is a design project each year, which involves teamwork in small groups, and allows students to apply and develop their problem-solving and project management skills. In the third year, each student undertakes an individual project, allowing them to pursue an emerging subject or application area in greater depth.

Coursework and assessment

Most course units are assessed through an examination (at the end of the semester) and coursework which is undertaken throughout the year. Parts of the coursework are, in many instances, associated with practical laboratory sessions, whilst others may be based on problem sheets, reports etc. A few subjects, for example Design, are assessed purely on coursework. For detailed information about how different subjects are assessed, please see the course unit specifications below.

Course unit details

During the first two years, the course is broad-based and covers topics such as structural analysis, hydraulics, geotechnics, construction materials, engineering design, project management and mathematics. In later years, you have considerable flexibility to steer your degree towards your interests by taking optional subjects such as renewable energy systems, fire engineering, earthquake engineering and computational hydraulics. In year 3, you will undertake an individual research project on an emerging topic in civil engineering and, in year 4, you undertake an industry-supervised group design project and units on advanced structural analysis and design.

Course content for year 1

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Structures 1 (Civil) MACE10010 10 Mandatory
Hydraulics 1 MACE10101 10 Mandatory
Materials 1 (Civil) MACE10152 10 Mandatory
Geotechnics 1 MACE10212 10 Mandatory
Design 1 (Civil) MACE10321 10 Mandatory
Sustainability & Built Environment MACE10401 10 Mandatory
Electrical Energy Supply & Circuits MACE10492 10 Mandatory
Mechanics (Civil) MACE10602 10 Mandatory
Civil Engineering Practice MACE12112 10 Mandatory
Tools for Civil Engineers MACE12201 10 Mandatory
Mathematics 1M1 MATH19661 10 Mandatory
Mathematics 1M2 MATH19662 10 Mandatory
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Course content for year 2

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Structures 2 (Civil) MACE20001 10 Mandatory
Design 2 (Civil) MACE20012 10 Mandatory
Hydraulics 2 MACE20041 10 Mandatory
Modelling & Simulation (Civil) MACE20082 10 Mandatory
Materials 2 (Civil) MACE20152 10 Mandatory
Geotechnics 2 - Soil Mechanics MACE20222 10 Mandatory
Surveying MACE20250 10 Mandatory
Steel & Concrete Structures MACE20322 10 Mandatory
Water Engineering 1 MACE20402 10 Mandatory
Computing & Numerical Methods (Civil) MACE20471 10 Mandatory
Project Management (Civil) MACE21511 10 Mandatory
Mathematics 2M1 MATH29661 10 Mandatory
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Course content for year 3

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Structures 3 (Civil) MACE30002 10 Mandatory
Hydraulics 3 MACE30003 10 Mandatory
Geotechnics 3 MACE30004 10 Mandatory
Geotechnics 4 MACE30018 10 Mandatory
Operations Management MACE30461 10 Mandatory
Structural Design & Materials MACE30792 10 Mandatory
Design 3 (Civil) MACE31001 10 Mandatory
Individual Project MACE31030 20 Mandatory
Renewable Energy Systems MACE31532 10 Mandatory
Resource Efficiency & Sustainable Waste Management MACE30262 10 Optional
Nuclear Systems MACE30632 10 Optional
Renewable Energy Systems MACE31532 10 Optional
Tools & Techniques for Enterprise MCEL30002 10 Optional
Interdisciplinary Sustainable Development MCEL30022 10 Optional
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Course content for year 4

Course units for year 4

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Structural Engineering Design MACE40004 15 Mandatory
Civil Group Design Project MACE40009 30 Mandatory
Advanced Structural Analysis MACE40012 15 Mandatory
Environmental Assessment MACE41141 15 Mandatory
Computational Hydraulics MACE42002 15 Mandatory
Environmental Assessment MACE60007 15 Mandatory
Legal Issues MACE40461 15 Optional
Earthquake Engineering MACE40912 15 Optional
Engineering Foresight MACE41011 15 Optional
Computational Hydraulics MACE42002 15 Optional
Fire Engineering MACE42042 15 Optional
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Scholarships and bursaries

For more information about scholarships and bursaries please see our   undergraduate fees pages  or visit the  Scholarships and bursaries  on the Department website.

Facilities

Most of the technical course units within the Civil Engineering programmes involve physical laboratory tests. The Department has dedicated structures, hydraulics and geotechnics laboratories, with equipment including wave flumes, structures and materials testing facilities, and a geotechnics centrifuge. The computer clusters contain a wide range of software for teaching and research in Civil Engineering, such as Revit, Abaqus, Oasys, Plaxis, Autocad and many others. Civil Engineering students use industry-standard surveying equipment for their field work as part of the surveying unit. The Department also possesses a 3D laser scanner to support surveying activities that captures detailed 3D geometries of civil infrastructure and topography.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk