This programme is designed for civil engineering graduates and graduates with related degrees wishing to study a general Masters-level course rather than specialise in one subject area. You can tailor your studies to meet the needs of your chosen career path by selecting from a wide range of modules.


Being flexible in its nature, this Civil Engineering MSc/PG Diploma permits you to tailor the programme of studies to suit your own chosen career, benefiting from the range of specialist modules available to all MSc students.


Flexibility also means that graduates of non-civil engineering disciplines may be eligible for study. Please enquire if this applies in your particular case and we will make an assessment based on previous study and experience.

The taught element of your course takes place between September and May, and your individual research project will be undertaken from May to September. You can transfer from the Postgraduate Diploma to the MSc programme, upon completion of the Diploma, provided you satisfy the MSc requirements.

You will develop a broad knowledge base and understanding of the civil engineering profession and acquire problem-solving, team working, and communication skills; all essential when dealing with complex issues in this multi-disciplinary profession. Our graduates enjoy worldwide careers in consultancy, contracting industry, or choose a career which is underpinned by a good understanding of civil engineering. 

  • Masters degree/MSc: 12 months full-time, 24-36 months part-time
  • Postgraduate Diploma: 10 months full-time, 24-36 months part-time 

Why study Civil Engineering Masters/MSc/Diploma at Newcastle?

  • MSc Civil Engineering graduates will go on to careers world-wide in consultancy, contracting industry, or choose a career in industry that requires a good understanding of civil engineering issues. They may also resume existing careers or enter new branches of the wider engineering industry.
  • The University of Newcastle has six decades’ worth of experience delivering Masters level education to students from across the world in more specialised areas of civil engineering. This new programme meets the need for general, flexible civil engineering learning to Masters level for future Chartered and Incorporated engineers.
  • Being flexible in its nature, this MSc in Civil Engineering permits every student to tailor the programme of studies to suit their own chosen career, benefiting from the range of specialist modules available to all MSc students. Flexibility also means that graduates of non-civil engineering disciplines may be eligible for study. Please enquire if this applies in your particular case and we will make an assessment based on previous study and experience.

Institutional Accreditation 

University of Newcastle is accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission (DETC), Since , University of Newcastle has been continually accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

Civil Engineering Masters/MSc/Diploma

Course Level:

Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Taught




CODE P1059

How long it takes:

1 year full-time, or on a part-time basis over 24 months

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$22,500

Entry requirements

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The course is made up of a total of 180 credits, 120 of which are from taught modules and a research project forms the basis of the remaining 60 credits.

Learning is delivered via lectures, tutorials, workshops, industrial seminars and site visits, as well as your individual project. We have extensive laboratories and other facilities both on and off our campus for undertaking research in geotechnical engineering, water engineering, wind engineering and structural engineering.


Core modules

  • Financial Decision-Making in the Business Environment – 10 credits
  • Synoptic Engineering – 10 credits
  • Individual Research Project – 60 credits

Optional Modules

Select a 20-credit module from the themes of Structural, Water and Geotechnical Engineering (total 60 credits) and two other options (total 40 credits).

  • Seimic Engineering (structural)  – 20 credits
  • Structural Engineering (structural) – 20 credits
  • Modelling and Design for Fluid Dynamics (water) – 20 credits
  • Water Engineering and Management (water) – 20 credits
  • Underground Construction (geotechnical) – 20 credits
  • Geomechanics (geotechnical) – 20 credits
  • Road Asset Management  – 20 credits
  • Sustainable Construction – 20 credits
  • Engineering Production and Risk Management – 20 credits
  • Sustainable Transport Policy – 20 credits
  • Road Design and Planning – 20 credits
  • Pavement Engineering – 20 credits

Considering postgraduate study, but unsure whether you meet the entry requirements for a Masters-level degree? Postgraduate admissions guidelines vary by course and university, but can be quite flexible.

Your existing qualifications will be important, but you don’t necessarily need a great Bachelors degree to apply for a Masters. Your personal circumstances and experience may also be considered during the admissions process.

This guide explains the typical entry requirements for a Masters, which include:

      • An undergraduate degree in a relevant subject – Depending on the programme and institution, you may need a 2.1 in your Bachelors, but this isn’t always the case
      • Language proficiency – If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to display a certain ability level, usually through a language test
      • Professional experience – Some postgraduate programmes may require you to have some professional experience (this is usually the case for PGCEs and Masters in Social Work)
      • Entrance exams – These are only required in certain subject areas and qualifications, including some MBAs

Tuition fees for UK/EU students 2020/21

MSc:  Full-time £9,900. Part-time £4,950
Postgraduate Diploma:  Full-time £6,660. Part-time £3,300


Tuition fees for International students 2020/21

MSc: Full time £23,310
Postgraduate Diploma: Full-time £15,540


You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.

All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.

Upon graduation, you can choose to begin or resume a career in civil engineering design consultancies, general management/engineering consultancies, civil engineering contractors, construction and structural engineering companies.

Your MSc counts towards achieving Chartered Engineer accreditation.


University Careers Network

Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Newcastle degree, our Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.

Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CVs and job applications will help give you the edge.

If you make the most of the  wide range of services you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.