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Course summary

The MEng Civil Engineering degree is a four-year first degree that delivers the breadth and depth that you will need in the world of engineering. It is designed to produce graduates who will go on and lead engineering teams. Your first two years offer you a broad-based engineering education. You then specialise into Civil Engineering in your third and fourth years. It is important to highlight that you can transfer between the different Engineering programmes that we offer (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Electronic, etc) up until the end of the second year, provided that you meet the relevant progression requirements. We believe students should make an informed decision about their futures and allowing our students to transfer between programmes, once they understand the different disciplines, demonstrates our commitment to this and the Department’s General Engineering philosophy In the first three years of your degree at Durham you will take six modules, the year is divided into three terms and there are examinations at the end of each year. The taught modules in the final year are smaller to reflect their specialist content; you will take six of these modules plus a dissertation, or final year project Year 1 You will study four modules in engineering, one in mathematics and one optional module. In your engineering modules, you will receive instruction in the use of 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) software (eg SolidWorks), be taught how to implement engineering algorithms into computer code (specifically in C and MATLAB) and take part in a number of practical labs. You will also take part in a group design activity where you have to design, build and test a device to solve specific engineering challenge. On the course, you also attend lectures, discussion classes and supervisions with academic staff Year 2 Engineering and mathematics now occupy the full six modules in the timetable You will undertake a major design project as part of a small team with guidance from an academic supervisor and an ‘Industrial Tutor’ (an engineer from industry). This lets you put into practice the skills and knowledge that you have developed in your lectures. The end result is a detailed design report and a series of CAD drawings good enough to manufacture a device from Year 3 At this point in the degree you will specialise into Civil Engineering Our Civil Engineering students undertake a major design project supervised by practising civil engineers (plus an academic supervisor), which will allow you to develop new skills and knowledge in various areas, from bridge design to geotechnical structures. Practical skills, in addition to the weekly laboratory sessions, cover topics such as land surveying Year 4 The highlight of the degree for many of our students is the final year project. This activity, which is half the year, involves working closely with an academic supervisor on an area of cutting-edge research and development. In addition to this, you will take modules on advanced Civil Engineering topics and be able to choose from some optional modules


Compulsory modules: Year 1 Solid Mechanics and Structures 1 Electronic and Electrical Systems 1 Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 1 Engineering Practice 1 Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists And one free elective. Year 2 Engineering Mathematics 2 Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 2 Solid Mechanics and Structures 2 Electrical Engineering 2 Electronics 2 Engineering Design 2. Year 3 Structures and Geomatics 3 Geotechnics 3 Environmental Engineering 3 Civil Design 3 Materials 3 Solid Mechanics 3. Year 4 MEng Research and Development Project (or MEng Technical Project and Engineering Outreach) Advanced Geotechnical Engineering 4 Planning and Contract Law 4 Structural Design 4 Structures 4 Hydrology and Water Resources 4.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Our contextual offer for this programme is A level AA including Mathematics and one subject that carries a practical endorsement (Biology, Chemistry, Geology or Physics) and B (or equivalent). To find out if you’re eligible, please visit:

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £30000 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £30000 Year 1

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Engineering (Civil) at Durham University - UCAS