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Course summary

This MSc degree is aimed at graduates with at least two years of practical experience in construction; however, more recent graduates with a good appreciation of construction processes will also benefit. Having achieved a firm grounding in engineering you may be keen to develop your skills as a practical engineer working on site or enhance design skills if you are engaged in permanent works design. Objectives The course provides the following:

  • An introduction to statutory obligations, management methods and special design considerations for temporary works;
  • Design of structures used in and for temporary works, their construction and monitoring;
  • Design of geotechnical temporary works and processes, including groundwater control and ground investigation;
  • Design of temporary works for marine construction, in particular floating structures and the effect of waves and varying water levels;
  • The use of plant in temporary works and the provision of appropriate working platforms and access;
  • Demolition and alteration of structures, including the disposal/reuse of construction waste.
The course content has been developed in collaboration with the Temporary Works Forum (TWf) membership and TWf members will contribute to lectures and design exercises. This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (The Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Institute of Highways Engineers) 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.


The course consists of eight taught modules, delivered fully online, and a project. The project is a major individual research exercise on a topic relevant to temporary works and construction method engineering. The main outcome of the project is a written report (dissertation). Students are expected to complete all the modules within the two-year period. The project is undertaken by students in the second year. Core Modules

  • Introduction to Temporary Works (15 credits)
  • Temporary Works Structures 1 (15 credits)
  • Temporary Works Structures 2 (15 credits)
  • Geotechnical Temporary Works (15 credits)
  • Groundwater Control (15 credits)
  • Temporary Works for Marine Construction (15 credits)
  • Temporary Works for Demolition and Alteration (15 credits)
  • Temporary Works for Plant and Access (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)
The dissertation provides you with an opportunity to explore a topic in depth. The research prepares you to acquire sufficient knowledge in research skills and to explore solutions to complex problems, which may fall outside the scope of taught material.

Assessment method

Assessment for the programme is based on coursework and written examinations. The assessment strategy is that main fundamental and theoretical topics are primarily assessed by written examinations and applied (practice oriented) topics are assessed by design projects and in some case practical exercises. The research project is assessed through a dissertation, which is significant written report on an independent piece of work that will enable you to apply knowledge, critical thinking and analysis to a topic which has either not been covered in the taught modules or not in such depth. The topic of the projects may be inspired by current research within civil engineering or by the needs of industry collaborators.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • The Joint Board of Moderators

Entry requirements

An upper second class honours degree in Civil Engineering or a relevant subject. Alternative qualifications combined with relevant experience may also be considered.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £10370 Year 1
England £6550 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6550 Year 1
Scotland £6550 Year 1
Wales £6550 Year 1
International £10370 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Temporary Works and Construction Method Engineering at City, University of London - UCAS