Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Southampton University

Courses

Dr Mike Byfield presented papers on the crisis facing civil engineering to produce more graduates and then he was empowered by Southampton University to do something about it.

'I was asked to start up a company sponsored MSc in civil engineering for candidates who did not have a civils first degree to address the skills shortage after doing research stating the need to look at nonengineering graduates because things are getting progressively worse, ' he says.

'The students get a good deal and it's good deal for the company as well because they should continue to work for the company full time at the end of the course. And with scholarships available to cover tuition fees, people from surprising backgrounds have gone for it including physical sciences and ship science, aeronautical engineering and environmental sciences.

In fact anyone can apply provided they have a maths A Level or physical sciences equivalent.

Byfield says: 'The MSc teaches them about materials, surveying and gives them an understanding of civil engineering fundamentals but they're not going to structural or bridge engineers.

'There's been a lot of interest from the medium sized companies and public bodies such as the Environment Agency.' And the structure of the course, whereby the student takes a nine month chunk of time in college, is something industry wanted. 'Industry is pretty hard pressed now and companies were finding it too disruptive to have someone having two weeks off every two months to go to university. That came through very strongly, ' adds Byfield.

The course is up before the Joint Board of Moderators soon for accreditation as a matching section towards becoming a chartered civil engineer.

But plenty of people from non-engineering backgrounds have already taken a punt. 'We've had tonnes of applications, ' said Byfield.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.