Civil and Water Engineering
In recent years, there has been a growing world-wide concern about environmental water management issues, including concerns about coastal and estuarine water pollution, river flooding and urban drainage, wetland and mangrove management, and ecological aspects of lakes and reservoirs, to mention but a few. In addressing these and other environmental challenges, engineers and environmental managers are using sophisticated numerical models for predicting complex hydrodynamic, water quality and sediment transport processes. These models are increasingly complemented with decision support software systems and a wide range of related hydroinformatics software tools.
The MSc in Civil and Water Engineering will offer you the knowledge and expertise that you need for a career as a consulting water engineer within this specialist professional area of civil engineering. The course aims to complement a relevant undergraduate degree by introducing you to hydroinformatics, computational hydraulics and environmental hydraulics, including water quality indicators and sediment transport processes in coastal, estuarine and inland waters.
The MSc is aimed at graduates in Civil Engineering, Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Bio-Sciences. Good mathematical skills are an advantage. The degree programme is also aimed at engineers/scientists working in relevant areas wishing to upgrade or refresh their qualifications.
The distinctive features of this course include:
- The School of Engineering received the highest rating in the UK for its research and its research impact in the Government’s latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).
- The course lecturers have considerable experience of working on a wide range of practical environmental hydraulics project and their models have been mounted by over 35 companies for over 80 world-wide EIA projects and by over 45 universities in 17 countries.
- The MSc in Civil and Water Engineering is accredited by the ICE, IStructE, IHT and IHIE, as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer under the provisions of UK-SPEC for intakes 2014-2018 inclusive, for candidates that have already acquired a CEng accredited BEng (Hons) undergraduate first degree or an IEng accredited BSc (Hons) undergraduate first degree.
Typical A level offer
A 2:2 honours degree in Civil, Structural, Water, Hydro, Water Waste, Water Supply, Coastal, Architectural Engineering, or a similar field such as Earth Sciences or Biosciences from a UK university, or an equivalent international degree qualification. If you have relevant industrial experience we will give your application individual consideration.
Good mathematical skills are an advantage.
Entry to courses in Engineering will be subject to the University requirements for English language.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
Does this course require proof of English proficiency?
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- Professional Engineering Studies
- Environmental Fluid Mechanics
- Environmental Policy and Regulation
- Sediment Transport Dynamics
- Engineering Case Study
- Flood Design
- Soil and Groundwater Chemistry
- Dissertation (Civil, Structural, Geoenvironmental, Water)
- Numerical Techniques in Civil Engineering
- Industrial Practice
- Big Data and AI in Civil Engineering
- Coastal and Estuarine Engineering
- Building and Infrastructure Information Modelling
Scholarships & funding
For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.
Full-Time tuition fees
- UK and EU students: £9,700
- Students from outside the EU: £21,950
Part-Time tuition fees
- UK and EU students: £4,850
- Students from outside the EU: £10,975
What skills will I practise and develop?
You will practise and develop the following skills:
Knowledge and understanding
- Understand the multidisciplinary nature of hydro-environment engineering and the need for the integration of knowledge from a range of engineering disciplines in the management of hydro-environment engineering challenges.
- Describe the techniques used to characterise the hydrodynamics of free surface flows, including species and particle transport.
- Describe and model the principal geochemical processes affecting contaminant mobility in the ground and their role in impacting the quality of groundwater and surface waters.
- Describe surface water biota and biological processes, and the effects of contaminants on the ecology of surface waters.
- Describe the modelling of river systems and the interpretation, using IT, of the results.
- Understand the basis of the finite element and finite difference methods and apply the methods to 2D water problems.
- Demonstrate knowledge which is at the forefront of a range of disciplines selected from: geological, geoenvironmental, flooding, environmental law, environmental and highway engineering and the management of engineering.
- Use knowledge and scientific, evidence-based, methods in the assessment and solution of hydro-environment engineering challenges, often on the basis of limited and possibly contradictory information.
- Deal with complex water engineering issues both systematically and creatively.
- Critically review the background to a hydro-environment engineering problem and to formulate a programme of works to address the issue.
- Systematically undertake a significant research project in hydro-environment engineering which includes originality in the application of knowledge and the exercise of critical engineering judgement.
- Show originality in tackling both familiar and unfamiliar problems.
- Collect, evaluate, synthesise and interpret qualitative and quantitative data in a variety of ways, and identify means to gain new data where needed.
- Conceive, plan, execute, and communicate the results of an extended in-depth piece of individual project work.
- Sustain a critical argument, both in writing and through presentations.
- Use appropriate mathematical and experimental methods for the modelling and analysis of hydro-environment engineering problems.
- Manipulate, present and report data in a variety of ways.
- Manage resources and time.
- communicate ideas, principles and theories effectively by oral, written, and physical or practical means.
A small number of graduates each year go on to further study, typically a PhD.
The record of employment of graduates of the Cardiff University MSc in Civil and Water Engineering is excellent, with the majority of graduates joining engineering consultancies.
About this institute
Founded in 1883, Cardiff University combines a prestigious heritage with impressive modern facilities, on one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK. As part of the Russell Group, our students benefit from our outstanding research quality and reputation, while...
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