New Programme for entry in October 2021

A newly introduced MSc programme in Soil Mechanics with Engineering Geology is available for entry in October 2021.

The Department offers an extensive range of specialist one-year full-time taught Master of Science (MSc) programme in the broad spectrum of disciplines of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Completion of an entire MSc programme is weighted at 90 ECTS Credits. Download the potential competency standards‌ expected of students studying all taught programmes in the Faculty of Engineering.

Careers and employability

Career paths and employability

Graduates from our MSc courses not only possess an in-depth knowledge and understanding of their chosen subject area, but are also encouraged and supported to develop their intellectual skills, practical skills and other general transferable skills, making them highly attractive to employers all over the world.

Examples of transferable skills are: communication skills, problem solving skills, management skills, writing skills and team working skills. 

For data relating to the first destinations of our graduates, please view the links below.

MSc Application Information

Minimum academic entry requirements

  • A good Upper Second or First Class Degree result (or International equivalent), in engineering or another numerate discipline, or Masters level degree qualification
  • Good mathematical skills (B or above at A-level or equivalent qualification)
  • Relevant Postgraduate industrial experience is favoured
  • English Language qualification (where relevant)

Applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to present an English language qualification, passed at the appropriate level. This may follow the application if not available at the time of submission. Please see the College English language requirements for postgraduate applicants for information. Please also check that your previous study meets the minimum academic requirements by country index

Note: The Department may set higher requirements than those specified by the College as minimum entry requirements and that places are not guaranteed for any applicant.  Relevance of degrees and eligibility can be checked with the Department.  



Scholarship and funding opportunities

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The application process and essential information


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Why choose us?


MEng Accredited CEng (Full)

Our degrees are accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). 
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League table rankings

National Student Survey

  • Overall Satisfaction, 78.1 (2020); 88% (2019); 84% (2018); 94% (2017); 96% (2016)

QS World Universities rankings

  • Subject Ranking. Civil Engineering = 6th (2021); 5th (2020); 6th (2019); 3rd (2018); 4th (2017). 
  • Overall, Imperial was voted 9th best university in the world in this year's QS rankings.

Guardian University Guide (UK)

  • Subject Ranking. Engineering: Civil = 1st (2020); Civil = 1st (2019); 1st (2018); 1st (2017); 1st (2016); 2nd (2015); 2nd (2014)
  • Overall, Imperial was ranked 7th in this year's Guardian university guide. 

The Times Higher Education world ranking

  • Subject Ranking. Civil Engineering = 11th (2020); 12th (2019)
  • Overall, Imperial was ranked 9th best university in this year's Times Higher Education world rankings.

Complete University Guide

  • Subject Ranking. Civil Engineering = 1st (2018); 2nd (2017), 2nd (2016), 2nd (2015)
  • Overall, Imperial ranked 5th best university in this year's Complete University Guide.

Research assessments

  • REF-14. 47% of research assessed to be 4* (highest rating), 48% assessed to be 3* and 5% assessed as 2*.
  • RAE 2008. 40% of research assessed to be 4* (highest rating), 55% assessed to be 3* and 3% assessed as 2*.

Why choose us?


New Programmes We have started the accreditation process for this MSc programme. Accreditation is linked to a formal visit by the accreditation body, originally scheduled for October 2020, but  now delayed to October 2021. 

Historic Offerings We have started the re-accreditation process for these MSc programmes. This re-accreditation is linked to a formal visit by the accreditation body, originally scheduled for October 2020, but now delayed to October 2021.

MSc (Technical)
Our degrees are accredited as meeting the requirements for Further Learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng accredited undergraduate first degree. 

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