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  1. Hello, I would like to know whether I will be taught different types of concrete structure designing like precast structures and prestressed and post tensioned structures along with conventional design and also about the designing of steel structures? None of the above is mentioned in the course details of the Masters in structural engineering.

    Thank you.

    Hello, thank you very much for your question and apologies in the delay getting back to you. My name is Emma from the Postgraduate Recruitment team, and I am replying on behalf of the mentor as they have not yet answered it.

    Our course details has the most up to date information on course content and module lists etc, so if you cannot find that content on the website, it is unlikely that we teach that material I'm afraid.

    Sorry I can't be more help, PG Recruitment

  2. Is there placement in the university and are there job opportunities in the UK for Indians?

    Hi, Thank you for your question. The employability prospects following an MSc course from UoB are great. The course has been devised to meet the demands of both the UK and overseas engineering and construction industries. The university offers a wide range of career opportunities for everyone.

    Kind regards Mahsa

  3. I completed my bachelors degree in India with 8.84 CGPA. I am confused between the course selection for the Masters I.e. Structural Engineering vs. Construction Engineering and Management. Also could you help me at choosing the best university course which gives me the opportunity for jobs and placements?

    Hi, Thank you for your question. You can choose the programme you like the most. Also, you can consider career prospects when you decide to study your preferred subject as the employability prospects following an MSc course from UoB are great. The university offers a wide range of work opportunities for everyone. Structural Engineering Masters programme is designed for civil engineering or related graduates looking to specialise as structural engineers, or those seeking to advance their career prospects in the industry, this course will enable you to deal with complex structural engineering issues. This Masters postgraduate degree course in Structural Engineering offers the opportunity to widen knowledge in the area of Structural Engineering by including structural engineering practice, wind engineering, structural behaviour (both static and seismic), geotechnical engineering and industrial research topics. The course has been devised to meet the demands of both the UK and overseas engineering and construction industries. It offers advanced training to engineers aspiring to higher or middle management in public and private sector management. This opens up a wide range of career opportunities, as many of the techniques are applicable both within and outside the civil engineering design and construction industry. Civil Engineering and Management Masters/MSc is designed for civil engineering graduates and graduates with related degrees, this programme allows you to study project and construction management within a technical civil engineering context. The Birmingham Civil Engineering and Management MSc allows you to tailor your studies to meet the needs of your chosen career path by offering a wide range of modules which can be selected together with a wide choice of individual research projects. You will learn about the working of engineering and construction organisations, discovering the disciplines and techniques of practical use in civil engineering, management and implementation of all stages of construction and civil engineering projects. MSc Civil Engineering and Management graduates will go on to careers world-wide in consultancy, contracting industry, or choose a career in industry that requires a good understanding of civil engineering issues. They may also resume existing careers or enter new branches of the wider engineering industry.

    Kind regards Mahsa

    Hi,

    Our course in Construction Management is run along with the Business School and offers quite a unique course drawing together our expertise in both areas. The Structural Engineering programme is more focused, designed for civil engineering or related graduates looking to specialise as structural engineers.

    Due to our links with industry our employability is high and we do offer a comprehensive careers service to all our students.

    Best wishes, Tom

  4. What is the difference between Civil Engineering and Civil Engineering and Management?

    Hi, Thank you for your question.

    Civil Engineering and Management Masters/MSc is designed for civil engineering graduates and graduates with related degrees, this programme allows you to study project and construction management within a technical civil engineering context. The Birmingham Civil Engineering and Management MSc allows you to tailor your studies to meet the needs of your chosen career path by offering a wide range of modules which can be selected together with a wide choice of individual research projects. You will learn about the working of engineering and construction organisations, discovering the disciplines and techniques of practical use in civil engineering, management and implementation of all stages of construction and civil engineering projects. MSc Civil Engineering and Management graduates will go on to careers world-wide in consultancy, contracting industry, or choose a career in industry that requires a good understanding of civil engineering issues. They may also resume existing careers or enter new branches of the wider engineering industry.

    Civil Engineering Masters is designed for civil engineering graduates and graduates with related degrees wishing to study a general Masters-level course rather than specialise in one subject area. You will develop a broad knowledge base and understanding of the civil engineering profession and acquire problem-solving, team working, and communication skills; all essential when dealing with complex issues in this multi-disciplinary profession. MSc Civil Engineering graduates will go on to worldwide careers in consultancy, contracting industry, or choose a career that requires a good understanding of civil engineering.

    Kind regards Mahsa

    Hi,

    The civil engineering Masters provides a more general overview and has a much wide-ranging number of modules to choose from. The Civil Engineering and Management MSc, on the other hand, is more focused and is designed for civil engineering graduates and graduates with related degrees, this programme allows you to study project and construction management within a technical civil engineering context.

    I hope that helps, Tom

  5. What has been the highlight of your time at Birmingham?

    The university has a range of facilities to offer to students such as social and sports activities that help you balance your academic life with your social life.

  6. Have you joined any clubs or societies, gone on any research trips or done any volunteering?

    I have gone on a number of research trips and site visits during my undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

  7. Why did you choose the University of Birmingham?

    I chose the University of Birmingham because of the reputation of the Department of Civil Engineering and the high quality of the course, teaching, the excellent student experience and facilities.

  8. What was your motivation for undertaking postgraduate study?

    My research addresses management in the construction industry. The course offers so much in terms of developing my construction management skills with the help of supervisors. The research project links to our practice and the supervisors provide us with invaluable help, feedback and advice.

  9. How will your degree prepare you for what you want to do afterwards?

    A doctorate research degree opens up a wide range of career opportunities. Completing a PhD Course gives you the ability to use your knowledge and research skills in your future career and life.

  10. What, for you, are the best things about the course?

    I enjoy site visits, it is really helpful to experience being on site of a construction project and observe development of construction stages. I also made some of my good friends during my undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

  11. Hi Mahsa! I would like to apply for my post-grad studies. As I qualify for structural, geo-technical, geo-technical with management, civil and civil engineering with management, please could you suggest to me which course among all these is the most futuristic? I'm interested in structural and geo-technical however can't decide which to choose. Your precious advice would be appreciated. Thank you.

    Hi, thank you for your question. You can choose the programme you like the most. Also, you can consider career prospects when you decide to study your preferred subject. It also depends on whether you enjoy laboratory work or design the most. The University has a great reputation and facilities in both Structural Engineering and Geotechnical Engineering.

    Kind regards, Mahsa

  12. Hi Mahsa, I just applied for a PhD in Structural Engineering, can you describe to me your experiences?

    Hi,

    Thank you for your question. Please refer to the video and questions and answers provided in my page regarding the experiences I gained during my studies. Everyone’s experience is different and therefore you may not have the same experience as other PhD’s, but if you want to know my experience in general, please see my page as I have explained what I have achieved, gained and experienced during my PhD and studies.

    Kind regards

    Mahsa

  13. Dear Mahsa, I hope you are well. I need some suggestions and help as my son, a BTech (civil engineer) from a pioneering Indian university-(Manipal) has work experiences of two and half years as a site Engineer for a prestigious infra structure project in Bahrain. He wanted to join from this September as a full time Masters student in Civil Engineering. Please could you help suggest what is the best applicable course for him at Birmingham University? 1.MSc in Construction Management or 2. MSc in Civil Engineering and Management. Can the students get a job in the UK? And what is life on campus like for Muslim students and what about food? Awaiting for your reply.

    Hi, thank you for your question. He can choose the programme he likes the most. Also, he can consider career prospects when he decide to study his preferred subject, as the employability prospects following an MSc in Civil Engineering course from UoB are great. Also food variety is excellent on campus and in the city and the campus life is great.

    Kind regards Mahsa