MSc Civil Engineering and Construction Management

The course

Delivery type
Weekday evenings and Fridays
1 year (full-time) / 2 years (part-time)
Intake date
September, January



Modern civil engineering professionals often require an extensive understanding of construction management due to the strategic benefits it can bring to both individuals and project teams. As the industry becomes more competitive, organisations and their clients are increasingly demanding the combined time, cost and quality assurances that good project management practice provides. Furthermore, the industry now recognises that there is a need for engineers to gain specialist technical knowledge that complements their academic and professional background.

The MSc/Postgraduate Diploma in Civil Engineering and Construction Management provides students with a combination of courses designed to improve their knowledge and understanding of advanced civil engineering and modern construction management theory and practice.

January entrants

Students starting the programme in January should note that it runs full-time for 2 semesters (12 months) + dissertation (February to April, 3 months) (total 16 months), or part-time runs for 4 semesters (24 months) + dissertation (March to August, 6 months) (total 30 months). 

Students enrolling for the January intake programmes are not required to be be on campus during the summer break.


This degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for further learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng (BEng) accredited undergraduate degree. See the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) for further information.

The Dubai Campus is accredited by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and fully licensed to teach its degrees in Dubai. All graduates receive a British degree that is accredited by Royal Charter in the UK.

Student profile

Thripthi Raj

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Course content

The programme structure consists of eight optional taught courses (students choose a minimum of two Construction Management (CM) courses and a minimum of five technical Civil Engineering (tCE) courses).

The range of available taught courses are listed below. MSc students also complete an independent research project and dissertation.

Please note that the programme structure below is to illustrate the distribution of teaching and is subject to developmental change.

Semester 1

  • Project Management: Theory and Practice (CM)
  • Value and Risk Management (CM)
  • Ground Engineering (tCE)
  • Design and Analysis of Tall Steel Buildings (tCE)
  • Environmental Hydrology and Water Resources (tCE)
  • Sustainability in Civil Engineering (non-technical)

Semester 2

  • Project Management: Strategic Issues (CM)
  • Construction Financial Management (CM)
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment (tCE)
  • Water Supply System Analysis (tCE)
  • Urban Drainage and Water Supply (tCE)
  • Foundation Engineering (tCE); weekdays daytime delivery only
  • Plastic Analysis of Structures (tCE); weekdays daytime delivery only

Project and dissertation

After successfully completing the taught elements, MSc students embark on an independent research project that leads to the production of a dissertation. To qualify for the award of the MSc, the student must receive a pass mark for the dissertation.

Entry requirements

For MSc entry, a good relevant Honours degree (first or second class) or equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered. Given the clear practical element of the programmes, we will also consider non-graduate candidates holding less than a good Honours degree, or its equivalent, but with compensating qualifications or experience may be admitted to the Postgraduate Diploma programme. Transfer to the MSc will be possible later on if exams and course work are at MSc level.

To find out about the entry requirements for this programme, please send an email to

English language requirements

Where English was not the medium of instruction at secondary school, applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 (with all elements passed at 6.0 or above). Applicants who have completed secondary and tertiary education will need to provide documentary evidence. A minimum of one year full-time study in English will be required.

Fees and funding

  • AED 85050*

* All tuition fees inclusive of VAT

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