Master of Science in Civil Engineering​​

Master (Coursework)

Programme Type

Full-time, Part-time

Civil engineering activities cover very broad areas of disciplines, including structural and construction engineering, geotechnical engineering, transportation engineering, water resources and environmental engineering, etc. 

Civil engineering essentially deals with all the physical infrastructure and supplies that support and sustain human activities. In a sense, the advancement in civil engineering practice is an accurate measure of the level of civilization and it provides the foundation for economic and business competitiveness of a country.

The Master of Science in Civil Engineering programme in NTU is intended to equip students with the latest advancements in knowledge and technology in modern civil engineering practice.  The course leading to the degrees of Master of Science in Civil Engineering comprises coursework with or without a M.Sc. dissertation. A total of 30 Academic Units (AU) is required for graduation. In general a candidate will take subjects from several disciplines within civil engineering and graduate with a fairly broad knowledge, leading to the degree of Master of Science in Civil Engineering – M.Sc. (Civil Eng).

  • Have a good Bachelor degree in Engineering or equivalent in a related discipline
  • A good TOEFL/IELTS score for applicants whose native language is not English. Test date must be within 2 years or less from the date of application
    • TOEFL: 600 (paper-based) / 100 (internet-based)
    • IELTS: 6.5 (Academic)
  • GRE/GMAT score is not required for admission

Intake Period

  • There is only one intake yearly (August intake). Prospective Students may apply through the application portal between November to January (i.e. for August 2021 intake, candidates need to apply between Nov’2020 to Jan’2021).
  • Note that each application is chargeable at S$21.40.

Programme Structure

  • 30 AUs (10 Courses), in which 15 AUs must be from Civil Engineering courses
  • Option for Specialization in Geotechnical or Structure Engineering (for part-time students only)
  • Eligible students may opt for the Coursework + Dissertation option (Dissertation is in lieu of 2 courses)

Candidature Period

Full-time: 1 – 3 Years

Part-time: 2 – 4 years

(Curriculum is subjected to changes. Not all courses will be offered each semester.)

CV6103 Structural Dynamics (3 AUs)​​​

Free and forced vibration of single degree of freedom structures; damping; convolution integral; state space method; free and forced vibration of multi-degree of freedom structures; numerical methods; structural response to seismic loading; response spectra; time history analysis and response spectra analysis; special topics.

CV6107 Behavior and Design of Steel and Composite Structures (3 AUs)

Behavior and design of steel structures: columns, beams, beam-columns and frames; behavior and design of composite structures: shear connectors, composite beams, columns, slabs and joints.

CV6108 Analysis and Design of Tall Buildings (3 AUs)

Philosophy and design criteria of tall buildings; structural systems for tall buildings: moment-resisting frames, shear walls, braced frames; P-Delta effects and instability; structural design process: functional requirements; design criteria and loading: dead, live, wind, and earthquake loads; preliminary and computer-aided proportioning; analysis of tall buildings; very tall buildings including framed tube, tube in tube, trussed tube and hat trusses, etc.

CV6109 Advanced Concrete Technology (3 AUs)

Concrete constituent materials; properties of fresh concrete: workability, superplasticizer, self-compacting concrete; hydration and microstructure formation of concrete: hydration process, microstructure; durability of concrete; cement replacement materials; evaluation of concrete structures: cracking in concrete, testing of hardened concrete, assessment of concrete quality.

CV6311 Soil Behavior and Engineering Properties (3 AUs)

Physical properties of soils. Hydraulic properties of soils. Compressibility and consolidation behavior of soils. Stress-deformation and shear strength behavior of soils. Measurements of strength, stiffness, compressibility, permeability and consolidation properties of soils by laboratory and in-situ testing methods. Evaluation of design parameters.

CV6312 Slope Stability and Ground Improvement (3 AUs)

Slope stability: shear strength, total and effective stress analyses, methods of slices involving circular and noncircular slip surfaces, slope monitoring and stabilization, case studies. Soil improvement: surface compaction, deep compaction, admixture stabilization, reinforced soil, preloading and vertical drains. Pre-treatment and post-treatment assessment. 

CV6313 Shallow and Deep Foundations (3 AUs)

Footing and raft foundations: design considerations, bearing capacity, settlement, combined footings, soil-raft interaction analysis, pile-raft foundations. Deep Foundations: response of piles to vertical and horizontal loads, load transfer, dynamic pile testing and static pile load tests.

CV6314 Excavation & Earth Retaining Systems (3 AUs)

Retaining structures: Lateral earth pressure, design of earth retention systems, concrete retaining walls, reinforced soil walls and anchored bulkheads. Supported excavation: overview of braced/anchored excavations in soil, evaluation of soil properties, stability of excavations, design of excavation support systems, ground movements associated with excavation, construction monitoring.

CV6315 Engineering Geology and Rock Engineering (3 AUs)

Engineering geology: plate tectonics, minerals, rock types and rock cycle, geological structures, rock dating and geological time scale, geological maps, hemispherical projection, geology of Singapore. Rock mechanics: rock mass classifications, laboratory measurements of strength and deformation properties of rocks, failure criteria, shear strength of discontinuities. Applications: rock foundations, stability of rock slopes, underground rock excavations.

CV6316 Planning and Development of Underground Space in Rock Caverns (3 AUs)

Introduction to uses of underground rock caverns, benefits and challenges, review of cavern space development in Singapore, planning considerations for rock cavern facilities, cost planning, site investigations, design of rock caverns and layout options, stability analysis and rock support design, construction technology, blasting and vibrations, risk management, HSE aspects, special considerations for selected underground facilities, and case studies with two selected projects.

CV6422 Statistical Methods and Applications (3 AUs)

Probability and statistical concepts. Sampling methods. Statistical Inference: estimation, hypothesis testing. Goodness-of-fit tests. Non-parametric procedures. Regression analysis. Time series analysis. Computer applications.

CV6481 Urban & Regional Transport Planning (3 AUs)

National and regional transportation planning. Urban issues and the planning process. Economic, environmental and energy considerations. Transport and land use interaction. Travel patterns and planning of transport networks. Freight movement and facilities planning. Feasibility analysis of transport facilities. Transportation planning in developing countries.

CV6807 Fatigue and Fracture of Steel Structures (3 AUs)

Introduction, Fracture mechanics, Fatigue design principles, Fatigue capacity, fatigue loading and stresses, Simplified fatigue assessment, Spectral fatigue analysis and design, Application of fracture mechanics, Assessment of integrity of structures containing defects, Material selection and criteria.


Currently Suspended:

CV6104 Behavior and Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures (3 AUs) - Suspended

Properties of concrete; flexure, shear, and torsion theories; time-dependent behavior; slender columns; flat plate flat slab systems; yield line theory and strip method of design, strut and tie models for design.

CV6106 Precast and Prestressed Concrete Structures (3 AUs) - Suspended

Prestressing systems; properties of concrete and prestressing steel; flexural analysis and design of prestressed concrete beams under flexure, shear, and torsion; design of anchorage zone; precast building systems, design and analysis of precast column/wall, beam and slabs and component connections; design for precast construction and production.​

CV6112 Fundamentals of Catastrophe Risk Modeling (3 AUs) - Suspended

Introduction to various catastrophe risks and modular structured ways to model the risks from various perils, probability distributions, basic framework of Catastrophe risk Models; treatment of uncertainties, risk quantification, aggregation across several perils, introduction to some advanced applications, risk management, risk transfer techniques, validation and use of Cat models, seminars and independent study cum presentation.

CV6162 Structural Response to Blast Loading (3 AUs) - Suspended

Introduction of structural dynamics; blast load and structural response characteristics; energy solutions; equivalent systems method; numerical solutions; damage index and control limits; stress wave propagation from surface and buried explosions; impact and ballistic loading and associated responses; human response to blast loading; M & E considerations; Special topics. 

CV6443 Traffic Impact & Safety Studies (3 AUs) - Suspended

Overview of transport project impacts. Trip and parking generation. Site traffic impact analysis. Assessment of environmental impacts of transport facilities: noise, pollutant emission, visual impact. Measures to mitigate traffic impacts. Road safety study: accident characteristics, analysis techniques, remedial and prevention measures.

CV6809 Analysis of Offshore Floating Structures (3 AUs) - Suspended​

Introduction to floating structures; Review of basic mathematics and fluid mechanics; Current and wind loads; Linear wave theory, viscous wave loads, wave loads on large bodies – linear diffraction theory; Radiation analysis for large floating structures; Overview of design requirements of floating structures; Mooring lines and risers; buoyancy and stability; dynamic analysis of floating structures.

Tuition Fees

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  1. Note that from Academic Year 2020 onwards, Service Obligation will no longer available to international students applying for Coursework Programmes. International students will be liable for non-subsidised tuition fees.
  2. Tuition fee is payable each semester regardless of the number of courses registered that term.
  3. Tuition fee is payable even if the student did not register any courses that semester, unless the student has been approved for Leave of Absence (LOA) for that semester by the 2nd week of the academic term.
  4. Students who apply for LOA or withdraw two or more weeks after the semester commences shall be liable for tuition fees and miscellaneous fees due for the entire term.
  5. Fees listed are inclusive of the prevailing Goods and Services Tax (GST).
  6. The University reserves the right to revise its fees every year without notice.
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