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Quickie MSc bid to fill civils gap

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NON-CIVILS graduates are to be lured into the industry with the promise of earning graduate civil engineering salaries after just nine months of postgraduate study.

Southampton University has launched an MSc in civil engineering to tempt graduates with numerate degrees to enter the civil engineering industry to help plug the skills gap.

The university has calculated that half of the UK's 30,000 artered civil engineers will retire in the next decade, yet only 6,000 new graduates are expected to join the profession.

The 20-month course begins in October 2005 and includes nine months of study and 11 months' industrial placement.

Sponsoring companies include Bovis Lend Lease, Halcrow and Gifford.

ponsored students will receive a 'graduate salary' throughout the course of the programme rising from £600 to £1,145 per month. Graduates would be able to take on project management roles.

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