M.Sc. In Civil and Infrastructural Engineering

M.Sc. In Civil and Infrastructural Engineering

The degree of Master of Science in Civil & Infrastructural Engineering (MSc in CIVI) is awarded by Khalifa University of Science and Technology for successfully completing the requirements of a program of study which includes taught courses as well as a thesis. The thesis is an independent investigation of specialized areas within the general field of Civil & Infrastructural Engineering.
The MSc in CIVI provides candidates the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in the broad fields of CIVI and contributes to the process of discovery and knowledge creation through the conduct of original research. Candidates for this degree are taught and supervised by experienced faculty and are expected to demonstrate initiative in their approach and innovation in their work. Following the successful completion of the taught course component of the program, candidates prepare and present a thesis on their chosen area. Research may be undertaken in several topics corresponding to the areas of focus identified by the University

Career Opportunities

A master’s degree in Civil & Infrastructural Engineering from Khalifa University helps open opportunities for future success. The construction and building sector constitutes one of the main economic sectors in UAE and internationally. Despite this, there is still a significant deficit in highly specialized engineering graduates. The MSc in CIVI focuses on delivering MSc graduates who have acquired unique, specialized knowledge on topics that are not typically taught in other MSc programs in the region, nevertheless, they are vital in addressing the development needs of UAE and beyond. The unique expertise of CIVI MSc graduates makes them sought after by local employers like state agencies and (inter)national consulting firms as lead designers on topics of their expertise. Graduates of the program also go through rigorous training and research experience to enable them to pursue their studies at PhD level.

Program Educational Objectives

The educational goals (objectives) of the MSc in Civil & Infrastructural Engineering program are to produce graduates who:

  1. Are able to apply their training on the interface of engineering and science in an ethical, creative and innovative manner to solve problems related to civil and infrastructural engineering that are locally and globally relevant.
  2. Are recognized as leaders in their respective careers in civil and infrastructural engineering in industry, government and academia.
  3. Engage in life-long learning by continuing their education by enrolling in PhD programs or through career development and professional training

Student Learning Outcomes

A student graduating with the MSc in CIVI Engineering will be able to:

  1. Identify, formulate, and solve advanced civil and infrastructural engineering problems and apply current engineering and science tools and techniques.
  2. Conduct interdisciplinary research and design, conduct experiments, manage, analyze, interpret data and disseminate research results.
  3. Function in team environments and communicate effectively with engineering and science stakeholders and communities.
  4. Acquire knowledge of contemporary issues in the fields of civil and infrastructural engineering
  5. Understand and apply professional and ethical standards in local and global frameworks.

Overall Structure and Requirements

To be recommended for the degree of MSc in CIVI students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 36 credit hours as specified by the program structure. The required credit hours are distributed as follows: 12 credit hours of Program Core courses, 12 credit hours of Program Elective courses and CIVI Master’s Thesis. A student may organize the selection of the track, as well as the elective courses relevant to the master’s thesis topic, with the consent of the research supervisor. The Table below presents a summary of the MSc in CIVI degree program structure and requirements. With the exception of the Seminar in Research Methods and the Master’s Thesis, all the taught courses have a credit value of three credits each.

Summary of MSc in CIVI Degree Program Structure and Requirements

Category Credits Required
Program Core 12
Program Electives 12
CIVI Master’s Thesis 12
Total 36

Study Plan

Typical study plans for full-time and part-time students enrolled in the CIVI MSc program are shown in the Tables below. Each student is expected to select the courses in consultation with her/his academic advisor.

Typical Study Plan for Full-Time Students
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
  • CIVE 630
  • CIVE 650
  • Elective Course 1
  • ENGR 695 Seminar in Research Methods
  • CIVE 631
  • Elective course 2
  • Elective course 3
  • CIVE 699 Master’s Thesis
Year 2
  • CIVE 632
  • Elective course 4
  • CIVE 699 Master’s Thesis
  • CIVE 699 Master’s Thesis
Typical Study Plan for Part-Time Students
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
  • CIVE 630
  • CIVE 650
  • ENGR 695 Seminar in Research Methods
  • CIVE 631
  • Elective course 1
Year 2
  • CIVE 632
  • Elective course 2
  • Elective course 3
  • CIVE 699 Master’s Thesis
Year 3
  • Elective course 4
  • CIVE 699 Master’s Thesis
  • CIVE 699 Master’s Thesis

To be recommended for the degree of MSc in CIVI students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 36 credit hours as specified by the program structure with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point average of 3.00 out of 4.00.

1. Program Core 

Students must complete 12 credits of Core courses from those listed below and the course ENGR 695 Seminar in Research Methods (0 credits):
The M.Sc. in CIVI degree program core requires a minimum of 12 credits, consisting of 4 core courses, and the research seminar course which has zero credit rating.  The courses are specified below.

Program Core Courses (12 credits):

It is mandatory for the students to complete the following listed courses:

  • CIVE 630 Tensors Algebra & Applications
  • CIVE 631 Dynamic Response of Civil Engineering Constructions
  • CIVE 632 Highrise Building Design
  • CIVE 650 Construction Cost Estimating

ENGR 695 Seminar in Research Methods (0 credits)

2. Program Electives

Students must complete a minimum of 12 credits of electives. The CIVI program electives that students can select from are listed below. Students can also select up to two elective courses (6 credits) from other M.Sc. programs in the College of Engineering at KU subject to the approval of their research advisor.

  • CIVE 634 Design of Civil Engineering Structures for Fire Protection
  • CIVE 635 Railway Geotechnics
  • CIVE 636 Wind Effects on Structures
  • CIVE 637 Pavement Monitoring & Rehabilitation
  • CIVE 638 Transportation Systems
  • CIVE 640 Soil Structure Interaction
  • CIVE 641 Coastal Engineering
  • CIVE 650 Construction Cost Estimating
  • CIVE 651 Sustainable Building Construction
  • CIVE 652 Construction Safety
  • CIVE 694 Selected Topics in Civil & Infrastructural Engineering

3. Master’s Thesis

CIVE 699 Master’s Thesis (minimum 12 credits)
A student must complete a master’s thesis that involves creative research-oriented work within the broad field of Civil/Infrastructural Engineering, under the direct supervision of the main advisor, who must be a full-time faculty in the Civil Infrastructure and Environmental Engineering Department, and at least one other full-time faculty who acts as co-advisor. The research findings must be documented in a formal thesis and defended successfully in a viva voce examination.  Furthermore, the research should lead to publishable quality scholarly articles.