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.

Dr Gurmel Ghataora (Admissions Tutor) and Alastair Moyes (Admissions Administrator) will be available between 09:00-10:00 for the live Q&A.

Thirteen 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

  • Dr Gurmel Ghataora

    Gurmel is Admissions tutor for Postgraduate taught programmes in the School of Civil Engineering. (Live Q&A 09:00-10:00)

  • Alastair Moyes

    Alastair is Postgraduate Admissions Administrator in the School of Engineering. (Live Q&A 09:00-10:00)

Q&A Archive

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

Welcome to this Live Q&A about the Department of Civil Engineering. Dr Gurmel Ghataora (Admissions Tutor) is now online until 11:00 to answer your questions.

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.

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 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 24 November 2018. We also run bespoke campus tours throughout term time and Cafés at which you can meet current students.

Aimilia asked:

Good morning! I would like to ask what is the main difference between Geotechnical Engineering MSc & Geotechnical Engineering and Management MSc apart from a different course! By choosing the second one, would I be able to pursue a different career? If yes, could you please inform me about such possible job positions related to engineering and management? Thank you!

Alastair Moyes replied:

Good morning and thank you for your question.  The Geotechnical Engineering and Management Masters includes a module ‘Geotechnical Asset Management’ that replaces the ‘Underground Construction’ module in the Geotechnical Engineering MSc.  The choice between the two courses is a question of where you would like to be in your future career.

Both the MSc Geotechnical Engineering & Geotechnical Engineering and Management Masters highlights your specialist knowledge and counts towards Chartered Engineer accreditation.  The Geotechnical Engineering and Management Masters would give you the option to move into the management side of geotechnical work as opposed to remaining a geotechnical specialist.

Please contact me via the email address on the MSc web page if you would like to discuss this further.

Mon asked:

Smart infrastructure is the focus of my work on the railway but I’m not an engineer. How could this course benefit me in my role?

Gurmel S Ghataora replied:

I have attached a FAQ file.  If you need more information, then please contact our Ms Joy Grey (


Farid El Ghazal asked:

Hello, I applied for the Msc Railway Systems Engineering and Integration (Distance Learning). I would like to ask how the examinations take place in case of Distance-learning Study Mode?

Gurmel S Ghataora replied:

Examinations normally take place in April.  If you are a UK student you are expected to attend the University.  If you are non-UK student then examinations may be taken, by special arrangement, in your local university or the British Embassy.

For detailed information about your case please contact our Ms Joy Grey at:  Please be sure to send her your University ID if you have already applied for this course.