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We have designed our Postgraduate Diploma in Civil Engineering to develop your engineering expertise in line with the ever-changing demands of the profession.

We will enhance your knowledge in all the essential areas of engineering, from geotechnical engineering to construction management.

We will ensure that your research skills and general understanding are sharp enough to give you the competitive edge as you build your career.

Our campus location in the heart of London's Docklands means you will see close up the challenges facing the next generation of engineers, from intensive urbanisation and major economic regeneration to climatic change.

We also have excellent contacts with major industry employers, including Atkins, Waterman Group plc, Thames Water, SRK Consulting and the London Borough of Newham.

Our postgraduate engineering courses enjoy widespread professional recognition, and are accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) of the Institutions of Civil, Structural, and Highways and Transportation Engineers.
So, whatever your entry level, we will get your engineering career off to the best possible start.

What makes this course different

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Respected teachers

Our postgraduate courses in civil engineering are taught by respected engineers and scientists with an impressive body of research between them. The Guardian University Guide league tables 2015 ranked our civil engineering courses among the top four in London.

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Great employment prospects

Job opportunities for civil engineers are rising and our students have a great record of employment. UEL has excellent connections with industry and our postgraduate courses are accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM).

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Entry route to MSc

This is your entry route to an MSc. Students who might not otherwise have the opportunity can study the PGDip course and then transfer to the MSc once they are ready.


This course consists of a number of self-contained, taught modules, organised around the various areas of Civil Engineering.

The wide range of subjects covered includes: Advanced Structural Analysis; Design of Concrete and Steel Structures; Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering; Hydraulic Structures and Costal Engineering; Project Management; Soil Structure Engineering; and Highway and Transportation Engineering.

There is a highly practical emphasis to our Diploma. You will learn the general theory and then apply it during fieldwork and by working on projects in our extensive laboratories, using the latest software.

These projects provide you with the learning opportunities and practical skills you will use in your future career.

You will leave with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the most up-to-date practices and theories in civil engineering.

You will have the option to transfer to our MSc course, providing you meet the required standard. Many of our PGDip students go on to become accredited chartered engineers.




Your coursework will include analysis and design projects, research reports and group and seminar presentations. You will also attend lectures, seminars and tutorials and you will work individually and in groups.

All modules include coursework, where you will have opportunities to apply your knowledge to engineering projects based on real-life situations.

To support the hands-on nature of our courses, we have an impressive range of facilities. Our modern, well-equipped laboratories include a structures laboratory, a soil mechanics laboratory, a hydraulics laboratory, a highways laboratory and a surveying laboratory.

We also have superb computer facilities and you will be able to design and plan using the very latest software.

Expert feedback and support are always on offer from our dedicated team of academics, all of them experts in their respective fields of engineering.

Alongside their impressive academic credentials, many have extensive industrial experience as practising engineers. Dr Ali Abbas and his team have also been involved in research including coastal and river engineering, concrete structural analysis and design, water and environmental management, hydraulics and earthquake resistance.

Our postgraduate courses are some of the most flexible around. If you are an engineer employed in the industry, you will find that studying part-time can easily be tailored to suit your personal requirements.


We will assess you through a mixture of coursework, design drawings, oral examinations and an end of term exam.


Docklands Campus

Docklands Campus, Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD


The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Ali Abbas

Course Leader for MSc Civil Engineering and MSc Structural Engineering

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Dr Ravindra Jayaratne

Dr Jayaratne is a specialist in Tsunamis, Storm Surges, Extreme Waves and Glacier Lake Outburst Floods with over 20 years' research experience.

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I benefited a lot from the support I got at UEL. Staff challenged me and helped me think outside the box. I am still in contact and have received great help throughout my career.

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MSc Civil Engineering

What we're researching

Our academic staff bring a huge amount of research knowledge to bear on their teaching, so you can be sure that what you study reflects the most up-to-date thinking and practice. Alongside strong academic credentials, many have extensive industrial experience as practising civil engineers.

Their expertise includes coastal and river engineering, structural analysis and design, geotechnical analysis and design, laboratory modelling and computational structural mechanics.

For example, Senior Lecturer Dr Ali Abbas has expertise in Finite Element Analysis of concrete structures. His current area of research involves studying the responses of reinforced concrete structures to seismic and impact conditions, such as earthquakes.

He brings to the department extensive practical experience in the analysis and design of structures, including modelling and experimental work. His work has been widely published in leading journals and at international conferences.

Our Director of Quality and Academic Standards, Dr Martin Marriott, has particular interests in water and environmental management and hydraulics. His internationally respected research projects include coastal and port engineering in developing countries, an analysis of rainfall data from Iran and the rise of sea levels around Bangladesh.

Senior Lecturer Dr Ravindra Jayaratne has worked with academics in UK, Japan, Canada and Mexico on mechanisms to counter the deadly effects of tsunamis and storm surges, while Senior Lecturer Dr Anca Ciupala is researching how to strengthen earthquake-hit buildings with fibre-reinforced polymer materials.

We're also developing innovative technologies to promote carbon-neutrality and eco-efficiency through our Sustainability Research Institute, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.


There is an acknowledged shortage of and growing demand for skilled civil engineers with the right qualifications and experience. We have designed this course to give you a competitive edge when it comes to your career.

As a graduate from our Civil Engineering PGDip course you can transfer onto the MSc course once you achieve the required averages.

The course will prepare you for employment in a variety of dynamic consultancy and contracting roles in fields as diverse as structural engineering, highways and transportation, aviation and infrastructure projects, geotechnical engineering and water and coastal engineering.

The skills you will develop while gaining your Diploma will also enhance your career prospects in other related areas such as research and management.

With access to our strong and diverse academic knowledge base and the opportunities to apply that knowledge professionally, we will give you the best-possible head start.

Our Docklands location also means UEL is uniquely placed for links to the industry. Our strong local contacts include organisations such as Crossrail, Thames Water and the London Borough of Newham.

Our students have an excellent track record of employment and have gone on to work in sectors that include aviation, infrastructure, transport and construction.

Within our School we also have a dedicated careers advisory service and an active alumni network able to facilitate contacts with prospective employers

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.