Civil engineering is concerned with creative use of engineering principles and science to shape and improve our lives and our environment. Civil engineers are involved in seeing major infrastructure projects through from design to construction and completion. The work of the civil engineer centres on sustainable design for the built and natural environment, both onshore and offshore. Civil engineers design, build, maintain and manage roads, railways, dams, buildings, airports, hospitals, schools, harbours and sports stadia, offshore installations, subsea systems and renewable energy facilities. They design water supply and water treatment systems and river management, flood and coastal protection schemes. If you are interested in making lasting, positive improvements to society, in sustainable design for the protection of the natural environment on land or at sea, in improving the quality of life for millions of people using novel building techniques and materials, then civil engineering is the career choice for you. Ranked in the Ten best UK universities to study engineering (The Telegraph, 2018)
The first two years cover general engineering, with elements of chemical, mechanical, petroleum and electrical/electronics, as well as civil engineering. In the later years you specialise, following your chosen discipline in greater depth. You do not need to finalise your choice of specialisation until you begin third year. This is also the point at which a final decision between MEng and BEng must be made. Successful BEng candidates will be offered the chance to change to the MEng.
Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course; practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course; and written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses. Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.
Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.
- Civil Engineers, Institution of
- The Joint Board of Moderators
- Structural Engineers, Institution of
- The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation
- Chemical Engineers, Institution of
- Engineering and Technology, Institution of
- Energy Institute, The
- Mechanical Engineers, Institution of
How to apply
You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2023.
If you already have a 2023 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
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English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6||Listening - 5.5 or above Reading - 5.5 or above Speaking - 5.5 or above Writing - 6.0 or above Overall - 6.0|
|TOEFL (iBT)||78||TOEFL DI code is 0818: Listening - 17 or above Reading - 18 or above Speaking - 20 or above Writing - 21 or above Overall - 78|
|PTE Academic||59||Listening - 59 or above Reading - 59 or above Speaking - 59 or above Writing - 59 or above Overall - 54 or above|
In all cases, all English language qualifications must be taken within two years of the start date of your desired degree.
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Fees and funding
|Republic of Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£24800||Year 1|
Additional fee information
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