What will I learn?

Course Summary

Description

This course will provide you with advanced knowledge and understanding of Civil Engineering in three ways. Firstly high-quality taught modules will introduce advanced Civil Engineering topics such as structural design and highways engineering. Secondly, a substantial Civil design element will equip you with the ability to carry out structural design using appropriate design standards and numerical analysis tools. Finally, a major research and development project allows you to demonstrate the ability to work independently on a complex topic and demonstrate initiative in the solution of engineering challenges.

Durham University has many researchers tackling the challenge of ensuring sustainability and resilience of the infrastructure that underpins our society and economy. This sustainable infrastructure will form the topic of many of the substantial projects that you will undertake and you are uniquely placed to take advantage of a broad range of expertise in a general engineering department.

Course Learning and Teaching

This is a 12-month full-time course beginning at the start of the academic year and finishing with you submitting a report and completing an oral examination on your chosen research and development project. The course consists of four core modules to provide a solid education in a broad range of Civil Engineering technologies. A choice of one from two optional modules allows you to choose a study course most suited to your interests and needs. The modules include lecture courses, a design project and an individual research and development project.

A major individual research and development project completes the core modules. This provides an open-ended challenge to each individual student, in collaboration with a staff supervisor. Regular meetings are held with your supervisor to discuss project progress and planning issues. A mid-term assessment is carried out to ensure project is on track. At the end of the project you are required to submit a final report on your work, in the style of a research paper. You are also required to prepare and present a poster to encourage further development of your ability to present your work to staff and your peers. An oral examination is held to allow detailed questions to be put to you regarding the technical aspects of your project. You should expect to have up to 15 hours of contact time with your supervisors plus over 500 hours of research work and preparation, supported by the School’s technicians and other research workers, over the course of your research projects.

Which department am I in?

Engineering

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
The tuition fees for 2020/21 academic year have not yet been finalised.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

2 October 2020

Venue

Durham University

The Palatine Centre,

Stockton Road,

Durham,

DH1 3LE, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A Bachelors degree from an accredited university with a GPA of 3.3 or better out of 4.0. Some course requirements/grades may differ. IELTS: 6.5 (no component under 6.0).

For international students

Students need to have the equivalent of a UK Honours degree to at least an upper second class standard (2:1). Students need to have: IELTS: 6.5 with no component under 6.0; TOEFL iBT: 92 (no component under 23); 176 (minimum of 169 per component) in Cambridge Scale (CPE or CAE; Pearson Academic (PTE): 62 (with no less than 56 in each Communicative Skill).

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About this uni

Durham University connects a rich history with modern values to create a well-respected and forward thinking institution

  • Durham hosts over 18,000 students from across the world
  • Ranked 34th in the world for graduate employability
  • The university received the TEF Gold teaching standard
  • Durham is one of the top 10 universities in the UK