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Department of Civil Engineering
The University of Birmingham


Address Department of Civil Engineering,
The University of Birmingham,
Edgbaston, Birmingham. B15 2TT.
United Kingdom.
Tel. No. + 44 (0) 121 414 5089
Fax No. + 44 (0) 121 414 5051
E-mail address
Course titles Construction Management - Pg Dip/MSc
Foundation Engineering - Pg Dip/MSc
Road Management and Engineering - Pg Dip/MSc
Water Resources Technology and Management - Pg Dip/MSc
Type of course All the courses on offer are run for both full-time and part-time students.
Length of course Full-time - one year
Part-time - two years
Date of commencement Programmes start at the end of September each year. Depending on the numbers of spaces available applications may be made within about two weeks of the start date.
Class size Class sizes range from about 15 to 60 students depending on the subject area.
Accommodation A good selection of private flats and houses are available locally. However, the University owns a considerable amount of accommodation and sets over 750 rooms aside for postgraduate students. There are also other facilities specially designed for postgraduates.
The University's Housing Services will help to find suitable accommodation. If you are from overseas then our International Office will help to provide you with any information you require.
Student grants/
Financial assistance
All programmes are supported by industry and have a range of studentships available.
Top recruiters of graduates Civil Engineering contractors and consultant companies are the main employers. Other employers include government organisations and research institutes.
Admission requirements Normal admissions requirements are the candidate should have a good first degree in the relevant subject area. Industrial experience is preferable.
Applicants must also comply with the English language requirements.
IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band
TOEFL - paper based test/computer based test: 550/213 plus TWE 4.0
Student profile 1.Countries of origin (number): 116
2. Ratio Men/ Women: 60/40
3. Age Range: 21 - 40+
4. Average Age: 25
5. Average Work Experience: 2 years
Contact person Mrs Jan Fasci


About the courses

The courses under the civil engineering programme are distinctive and address specific need.

Construction Management:
This course addresses the management in construction industry in its widest sense. The purpose if to provide training to graduates aspiring to higher or middle management positions in design, construction and project management organisations. It addresses the needs of those organisations and provides know-how of practical techniques that can be used in the management and implementation of all stages of construction and civil engineering projects. This opens up a wide career range as these skills are applicable outside the construction industry.

Foundation Engineering:
This course has developed an enviable reputation since its inception in 1955. Its purpose is to provide advanced training to Civil Engineers and Geologists who wish to widen their knowledge or to specialise in the field of geotechnical engineering.

Road Management and Engineering
This is a natural progression from the courses in highway engineering, management and traffic engineering, which have gained an international reputation over the past three decades. The purpose is to provide advanced training for engineers aspiring to high or middle management positions in either private or public sector highway or traffic engineering establishments. Material is provided that is relevant to the international environment and countries with warm/hot climates, and includes appropriate and sustainable technology.

Water Resources technology and Management:
The course recognises water as the worlds most precious natural resource. Its purpose is to provide advanced training to engineers and scientists in order to develop the necessary understanding of the wide range of activities involved in the optimal design and operation of water engineering systems. This opens up the range of career opportunities provided by the demand for specialists able to understand the complex role of water in modern society and who are able to provide the necessary guidance to ensure optimum utilisation of the often scarce resources

All the courses are intensive and aim to develop your ability for original thought and to produce innovative solutions to practical problems. The integrated approach to the courses are particularly important at producing graduates able to attain senior management positions in both the UK and overseas.

About the Department and University

1. The Department
The Department of Civil Engineering is part of the School of Engineering at the University of Birmingham, which also incorporates the departments of Chemical Engineering, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering, Materials and Metallurgy, and Electronics and Electrical Engineering. The close-knit school engenders much inter-departmental research. In the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise Civil Engineering achieved Grade 5.

The Department of Civil Engineering has about 170 postgraduate students, 67 % are on our taught programmes, and the remainder undertake research leading to a degree of either MPhil or PhD. Maters level programmes have been taught at in the Department of Civil Engineering for nearly half a century and over this period it has trained over 3000 graduates. Birmingham graduates can be found in all areas of civil engineering and a number have reached very senior positions within a short period of completing their studies. The masters level students who successfully complete their studies are sought after by industry and majority of them get employment within a short period of completing their studies.

The Department has excellent links with industry and a number of engineers based in local companies are actively involved in instruction to our masters level courses via lecture and project work and research. The links with industry enable us to keep abreast with the need of industry in terms of educational requirements and thus help us to adapt our courses to best meet the demand.

Research in Civil Engineering is carried out under three broad themes:
- Infrastructure Engineering and Management
- Engineering Computation
- Water Engineering and Environmental Management

The Infrastructure Engineering and Management research group includes the recently set up Rail Research UK, which is funded by the EPSRC, a UK government funding body. Staff are collaborating to meet the increasing need for multi-disciplinary research to tackle research with a holistic approach, in addition to pursuing research in their own specialised areas. In each group both fundamental and applied research in collaboration with industry is undertaken. The research facilities within the School are excellent and are undergoing an incremental programme of updating and upgrading as a result of new research income.

Staff involved in research are also committed to teaching, thus enabling us to feed latest developments into our masters programmes.

2. The Institution
The University of Birmingham was established over 100 years ago and remains one of the most popular higher education institutions, as well as the leading university in the West Midlands of England. It is set in very pleasant surroundings, located about three miles from the city centre with very good road and rail access. Birmingham is a cosmopolitan city, which caters for people from a multitude of cultures. It has a good transport infrastructure and access to international travel is very good. Local trains stop at the University, which is only about five minutes from the City centre.

The University was a founder member of the Universitas 21, an elite group of top research universities throughout the world. In a recent Research Assessment Exercise the University of Birmingham was ranked fifth in the United Kingdom, reflecting its excellence in a wide range of disciplines at both national and international level. The university has about 27,000 students, 30% of them are on our postgraduate programmes.

The University of Birmingham currently ranks fifth in the country for research excellence (out of 171 higher education institutions). The University has outstanding research records in medicine, science, engineering, arts, business, law and the social sciences. We ensure that the research carried out here enhances teaching that we undertake and enriches the learning experience of all our students.

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