Why this course?
Civil engineering develops and improves facilities and services that society needs – from the supply of clean water and energy to the design and construction of roads, railways and stations.
Tall buildings such as the Shard in London or the new Queensferry Bridge across the Firth of Forth are exciting examples of civil engineering.
Our graduates develop and renew towns and cities, and improve links with more remote communities.
Solving problems of air, land and water pollution and protecting society against natural disasters are also important aspects of civil engineering.
What you’ll study
Courses in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering follow a common structure in Years 1 to 3. Five core threads run through the curriculum:
- structural engineering
- geotechnical engineering
- water engineering
- environmental engineering
- transport & construction
In the later years of study, the course provides graduates with knowledge and skills in these five core areas.
You'll study Foundations of civil engineering, including mathematics, engineering mechanics, civil engineering design, computing, professional skills and geology.
The second year of study focuses on structural engineering, soil mechanics, hydraulics & hydrology, chemistry & materials and surveying.
Years 3 & 4
In the third and fourth years you'll study structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, water engineering, environmental engineering, transport planning and engineering, construction management and undertake a project dissertation. There is an increased emphasis on design and project work in the final two years of study.
Induction course and mentoring
We run an induction course for first-year students, designed to make them feel at home in the department. We also run a student mentoring system, whereby senior students mentor new students and senior students are, in turn, mentored by civil engineering graduates. These activities highlight our commitment to teamwork, which we believe is a core strength of our courses.
New £6 million laboratory facilities include state-of-the-art geotechnical, structural and environmental research laboratories alongside two large undergraduate teaching laboratories. These enable you to gain practical skills and assist with key aspects of the course.
Many companies offer summer placements for students at the end of Years 3 and 4.
Some of these placements are tied to continuing sponsorship programmes.
The Department will help you develop knowledge of industry through its mentoring scheme and personal development planning.
Year 3 students have the opportunity to study within the EU as part of the Erasmus scheme or further afield on international exchange, usually in the second semester.
As part of the curriculum, Year 3 students will take part in the Engineers Without Borders challenge.
In the past, our students have also participated in annual design competitions run by the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Structural Engineers along with competitions such as the BP Ultimate Field Trip Challenge.
Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
Accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
Accredited by the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
See Joint Board of Moderators for further information.
Structural Mechanics & Materials 1
This class aims to provide a basic introduction to the mechanics of structures, engineering materials, and the basic principles of structural behaviour.
Civil Engineering Design Projects
To provide an introduction to the design process for civil and structural engineering projects including an introduction to engineering drawing and AutoCad. You'll apply previous skills and knowledge learned to design, construct and test a model of a bridge.
Basic Mechanics & Fluid Statics
The class introduces the essential principles of mechanics. It includes kinematics, dynamics and fluid statics. The aim is to lay the foundation for subsequent modules including hydraulics and water engineering.
Engineering Geology & Soil Mechanics
This class aims to introduce key aspects for engineering geology for civil engineering and basic concepts of soil mechanics.
Civil Engineering & the Environment
This class aims to introduce you to the structure, processes, technologies, practices and impacts of the construction industry and to the assessment and management of environmental risks.
Structural Mechanics & Materials 2
This class introduces you to advanced topics in structural engineering and limit state design.
Land Surveying & Mapping
This class provides a basic understanding of the concepts and application of land surveying for civil engineering purposes and the use of maps and plans in civil engineering.
Hydraulics & Hydrology
This class aims to develop understanding of applied hydraulics in civil engineering including simple examples of pipe and open channel flow and control structures and develop an understanding of the processes underlying catchment hydrology.
This class aims to aims to give an introduction to the governing principles of geotechnical engineering, in particular stress and settlement analysis and groundwater flow.
Chemistry & Materials Science
This class aims to provide practical insights to fundamental chemistry and materials science and their roles in a wide range of civil and environmental engineering applications.
Structural Engineering 1
This class develops the theory and practice of analysis of statically indeterminate structures followed by an introduction to structural steelwork design, reinforced concrete design and the principles of structural timber design.
Geotechnical Engineering 1
This class aims to aims to give an introduction to the governing principles of geotechnical design at the ultimate limit state.
Water Engineering 1
This class aims to introduce common concepts, applications and design calculation methods used in water engineering and hydrology.
Construction Project Management
Provides an introduction to:
- the principles of management within construction organisations
- the principles of project management within the construction industry
- financial monitoring & control of projects and businesses within the construction industry
- economic principles underlying decision making by firms in the construction industry
- construction innovation and competitiveness
- personal & professional development
This class aims to provide an introduction to environmental engineering including air, water, ground and subsurface systems as well as environmental impact assessment.
This class aims to aims to give an introduction to differential and integral calculus, differential equations and statistics and probability and develop applications relevant to civil and environmental engineering.
This class aims to introduce you to key principles, theory and techniques used in the analysis and design of transport systems.
Structural Engineering 2
This class aims to introduce you to the conceptual and detailed design of whole structures. You'll work in small groups to prepare the conceptual design of a multi storey building, followed by preparation of an individual coursework for the detailed design of typical elements including analysis and technical design.
Geotechnical Engineering 2
This class aims to cover the design of geotechnical structures from shallow foundations to slopes and retaining walls, based on Eurocode 7.
Water Engineering 2
This class aims to develop an understanding of a wide range of water engineering theory and processes including hydraulic structures, complex free surface flows, water treatment and wastewater treatment processes.
Prestressed Concrete, Stability & Steel Design
The overall aim of the class is to provide strong skills in the structural behaviour, analysis and design of civil engineering structures.
This class aims to provide you with experience of planning and managing small-scale projects.
This class aims to undertake an individual research investigation, including a literature study, critical assessments and original research work, which is presented in the form of a dissertation and poster.
We assess students individually and in groups, using a mix of methods ranging from class exams, coursework, laboratory reports and design submissions. Engineers are expected to be able to communicate well – orally, in writing and through drawing/sketching. Our assessment, therefore, seeks to test this range of skills.
Learning & teaching
Our learning and teaching aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to build a successful career as an engineer.
Our teaching methods include:
- student-led seminars
- group projects
- laboratory work
Our courses also benefit from specialist lectures, case studies and supervision, which is provided by representatives of our industrial partners.
Required subjects are indicated following minimum accepted grades.
AAAB (Maths, Physics or Engineering Science AB/BA)
Year 1 entry
BBB (Maths, Physics or Engineering Science)
Typical entry requirements: ABB
Year 2 entry
BBB (Maths, Physics or Engineering Science)
Typical entry requirements: ABB
32 (Maths HL5, Physics or Engineering Science HL5)
HNC: Year 1 entry: HNC Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering or Construction Engineering with A in Graded Unit and pass in Maths for Construction;
HND: Year 2 entry: subjects as for HNC, with BA in Graded Units and pass in Maths for Construction
- Deferred entry is accepted
We want to increase opportunities for people from every background. Strathclyde selects our students based on merit, potential and the ability to benefit from the education we offer. We look for more than just your grades. We consider the circumstances of your education and will make lower offers to certain applicants as a result.
Find out if you can benefit from this type of offer.
Find out entry requirements for your country.
Degree preparation course for international students
We offer international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree at Strathclyde the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation year programme at the International Study Centre. To find out more about these courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future.
You can also complete the online application form, or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.
Fees & funding
How much will my course cost?
All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.
Rest of UK
Course materials & costs
Approximate costs of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
*PPE required to take part in field trips and site visits
For postgraduate research students, some projects will have research costs in addition to tuition fees.
Assessments are made on a case by case basis. Applicants are informed at the point of offer that projects may incur bench fees (max £5k per year). Students will receive a letter of notification on bench fees.
*Bench fees apply to projects which will require the use of particularly expensive equipment.
Postgraduate research students are provided with laboratory coats, gloves etc. Postgraduate taught students have no specific costs to incur. If a dissertation involves laboratory work, all costs will be met by department.
How can I fund my studies?
Some Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government.
Please note that funding is not applicable to all courses. Please contact SAAS to confirm if your particular course is eligible.
Students from the rest of the UK can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.
The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees
Our graduates’ ability to fit quickly and productively into teams in industry makes them highly employable. Many graduates work not only in Civil Engineering and construction but also in areas such as oil and gas, renewable energy, business and accountancy.
Some of our graduates also continue into postgraduate research.
How much will I earn?
£25,000 is the average salary of our graduates six months after completing the course. The typical salary range is £23,000 to £30,000.*
Where are they now?
90% of our graduates are in work or further study.**
Recent job titles include:
- Assistant Civil Engineer
- Civil Engineer
- Construction Management Trainee
- Project Engineer
- Site Engineer
- Well Planner
Recent employers include:
- BAE Systems
- Charles Scott & Partners
- Glasgow City Council
- Ideas Engineering
- RJ Mcleod
- Scottish Water
*Information is intended only as a guide.
** Based on the results of the national Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education.