Civil Engineering with a Year Abroad at Swansea University - UCAS

Course summary

Civil engineers play a vital role in society. They are responsible for the design of most of the built environment around us. This includes bridges, tunnels, transport systems, buildings, flood defences and water management. This degree will provide you with a solid background in the design and analysis of civil engineering structures. You will gain engineering skills of critical importance when working in industry, including the ability to break a complex engineering problem down into its component parts, to sketch/model engineering solutions and to be able to understand and prepare technical reports. You will learn about current design practices through the use of the latest engineering standards, such as Eurocodes. We will nurture your computer modelling skills by encouraging you to develop your own software with the final purpose of analysing realistic civil engineering problems. We will also help build your awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of different design approaches when facing a civil engineering problem, including aspects such as environmental constraints, economy or health and safety. Our Civil Engineering facilities include: Structures Teaching, Geomechanics, Experiments with Concrete Laboratory, Fluid Mechanics and Bridge Testing. Our Civil Engineering degrees are accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators which is composed of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, and the Institute of Highway Engineers. Our research and development centre is acknowledged to be one of the finest in the world. It has been part of the design teams for the NASA space shuttle, the land-speed record-breaking THRUST and its successor BLOODHOUND SSC, which aims to reach 1,000mph. All of our courses are available with a Year in Industry or Year Abroad These placement years increase our students’ confidence and communication skills as well as help them to gain valuable experiences that will ultimately enhance their employability. To find out more go to We guarantee that you will be made a conditional offer for a course at Swansea University. Subject requirements will apply. Please come along to our next Open Day or get in touch for further information.


Year 1 Areas studied typically include:

  • Conceptual Design
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Engineering Sustainability
  • Strength of Materials
  • Transport Engineering
  • Surveying
Year 2 Areas studied typically include:
  • Basic Soil Mechanics
  • Dynamics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Introductory Geology for Engineers
  • Problem Solving in Engineering with Matlab
  • Reinforced Concrete Design
  • Steel Design
  • Structural Mechanics
Year 3 Areas studied typically include:
  • Coastal Processes and Engineering
  • Finite Element Method
  • Geo-Mechanics
  • Ground and Water Engineering Design
  • Hydrology and Unsteady Flow
  • Superstructure Design
Year 4 (MEng) Areas studied typically include:
  • Coastal Engineering
  • Computational Plasticity
  • Dynamics and Transient Analysis
  • Entrepreneurship for Engineers
  • Finite Element Computational Analysis
  • Flood Risk Management
  • Fluid-Structure Interaction
  • Reservoir Modelling and Simulation
- Water and Wastewater Infrastructure

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSEs: Mathematics C, English Language C.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English we require a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) and no less than 5.5 in each component.

English Language Requirements at Swansea University

Fees and funding

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Civil Engineering with a Year Abroad at Swansea University - UCAS