Department of Civil Engineering

This Postgraduate Virtual Open Day is designed to inform prospective postgraduate students, applicants and offer holders about the postgraduate courses available within the Department of Civil Engineering and how to prepare for your course.

The Department of Civil Engineering offers a stimulating research environment with structured research training in almost every branch of civil engineering. This enables our graduates to obtain interesting and rewarding careers, whether in industrial practice, industrial research or academia. Our RAE rating acknowledges our excellence in research.

Professor Nigel Cassidy (Head of Civil Engineering and covering MSc Civil Engineering and Management, MSc Civil Engineering, MSc Geotechnical Engineering and Management and MSc Geotechnical Engineering) and Dr Samir Dirar (Director for MSc Structural Engineering and Practice) will be available to answer your questions between 09:00-10:00 for the Live Q&A.

Professor Felix Schmid (Director for MSc in Railway Systems Engineering & Intergration, MSc Railway Risk & Safety and MRes in Railway Systems Integration) and Alastair Moyes (Postgraduate Admissions) will be available between 09:00-11.00 for the Live Q&A.

Dr Michael Burrow (Director for MSc Road Management and Engineering) will be available between 10:00-11.00 for the Live Q&A.

Fourteen of our postgraduate mentors have studied in the Department of Civil Engineering

You are welcome to ask them any questions you have about what it’s like to study in the Department .

More information about postgraduate study in the Department of Civil Engineering

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Speaker profiles

  • Professor Nigel Cassidy

    Nigel is Professor of Geotechnical Infrastructure Engineering and Head of Civil Engineering. (Live Q&A 09:00-10:00)

  • Dr Samir Dirar

    Samir is a Lecturer in Structural Engineering and Director for MSc Structural Engineering and Practice. (Live Q&A 09:00-10:00)

  • Dr Michael Burrow

    Michael is a Senior Lecturer and Director for MSc Road Management and Engineering. (Live Q&A 10:00-11:00)

  • Professor Felix Schmid

    Felix is Director for MSc in Railway Systems Engineering & Integration and Railway Risk & Safety. (Live Q&A 09:00-11:00)

  • Alastair Moyes

    Alastair is Postgraduate Admissions Administrator in the Department of Civil Engineering. (Live Q&A 09:00-11:00)

Q&A Archive

These were the questions asked during the Department of Civil Engineering live event.

We’ve come to the end of our Q&A session today. Thank you very much to everyone who took part – I hope we managed to be of assistance and provide the information that you were looking for.

We will hold many more of these virtual open day events over the coming months so please check www.pg.bham.ac.uk now and again to see what we’ve got lined up for the future. If you’d like to visit our campus (in real life!), our next Postgraduate Open Day will take place on Wednesday 22 November 2017. We also run bespoke campus tours throughout term time and Cafés at which you can meet current students.

Murni asked:

Hi Prof Felix. I am currently working in railway industry, focusing on design for one of subsystem in Telecommunication system. My involvement in risk and safety and civil is very minimum, so I foresee that I will struggle during RRSM study. But maybe you have different opinion or advice? And how about my career? Do you think that most likely I have to start over (e.g as engineer) since I have no working experience particularly in risk and safety and I’m switching my focus from design to risk and safety? Thank You.

Professor Felix Schmid replied:

Good Morning Murni,

The MSc programme in Railway Risk and Safety Management is designed to benefit postgraduates (i) who have recently completed a degree in a numerate discipline but who do not have significant professional experience, whether in the railway industry or elsewhere and (ii) who have expertise in a specific railway discipline, e.g., signalling or track and who wish to expand their railway specific knowhow while learning about the principles of safety and risk management and applying these in their dissertation to a railway problem. People graduating from the MSc in RRSM will generally enter the railway at a technical management level. I would not expect you to have to start at the beginning! A switch from design to risk and safety is a good path.

Murni asked:

Hi Mr. Alastair Moyes/Prof Felix Schmid. I was informed that they will be a in-house 3-week Introduction to Railway Engineering Systems Primer Course, specifically being set up for non-native English speaking full time students. This will be Tuesday 29 August – Wednesday 13 September 2017. This does not appear in my conditional offer, which only states the course start at 25 September. Can you confirm? Thanks.

Alastair replied:

Hello Murni,

Thank you for your question.  Please email me at  pga-civeng@bham.ac.uk with your Application ID and I’ll look into the details for you.

Prof Schmid may have further details to provide on this precessional course.

Evangelos asked:

Which are the career opportunities for MSC in geotechnical engineering and management?

Alastair replied:

Thank you for your question.

Job and career prospects are very good in Civil Engineering at the moment with the expansion of infrastructure projects around Europe.

The Geotechnical Engineering and Management MSc opens up many career opportunities.  As a technical MSc programme, it is recognised by the ICE and other Institutions as counting towards Chartered Engineer accreditation.

The University’s department of Civil Engineering has many active links with industry and consulting companies.  This includes visiting lecturers providing a commercial view of geotechnical and civil engineering.

The MSc project module is an opportunity for you to work with a business as part of your MSc.  Please discuss this with you tutor in September.  We look forward to seeing you then.

For the remainder of this Live Q&A, Professor Felix Schmid (Director for MSc in Railway Systems Engineering & Intergration, MSc Railway Risk & Safety and MRes in Railway Systems Integration), Alastair Moyes (Postgraduate Admissions) and Dr Michael Burrow (Director for MSc Road Management and Engineering) will be available until 11:00.

Your question will be posted on this feed once it has been answered, which might take a little time if we receive a lot of questions. Please don’t worry if you don’t see your question and its answer immediately – you only need to submit each question once and keep an eye on the feed for when the answer is posted.