Top 10 in the UK for Civil Engineering:
Complete University Guide 2019
Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers & Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation
opportunity to study abroad in Year 3
available for suitably-qualified students
Why this course?
We're in the UK's top 10 for Civil Engineering - Complete University Guide 2019
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.
Graduates of our civil engineering degrees 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
Undergraduate courses in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering follow a common structure in Years 1 to 3. Five core threads run through the curriculum:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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:
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 and Physics/Engineering Science)
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.
Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the
University of Strathclyde.
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
Assuming no change in Rest of UK fees policy over the period, the total amount payable by undergraduate students will be capped. For students commencing study in 2017/18, this is capped at £27,750 (with the exception of the MPharm and Integrated Masters courses); MPharm students pay £9,250 for each of the four years. Students studying on Integrated Masters degree programmes pay an additional £9,250 for the Masters year with the exception of those undertaking a full-year industrial placement where a separate placement fee will apply.
University preparation programme fees
International students can find out more about the costs and payments of studying a university preparation programme at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.
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.
If you're a Scottish or EU student, you may be able to apply to the Student Award Agency Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Scottish students may also be eligible for a bursary and loan to help cover living costs while at University.
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.
All undergraduate applications are made through UCAS
Go to the UCAS website to apply – you can apply for up to five courses.
It costs £12 to apply for a course
The cost is £23 for two to five courses.
The deadline is 15 January each year
This is the application deadline for most courses. However, please check the details for your particular course. View a full list of UCAS key dates.
You might be asked to attend an interview
Most of our courses make offers based on the UCAS application. However some might ask you to attend an interview or for a portfolio of work. If this is the case, this will be stated in the prospectus entry requirements.
It’s possible to apply directly to Year 2
Depending on your qualifications, you might be able to apply directly to Year 2 - or even Year 3 - of a course. Speak to the named contact for your course if you want to discuss this.
There’s three types of decision
unconditional – you’ve already met our entry requirements
conditional – we’ll offer you a place if you meet certain conditions, usually based on your exams
unsuccessful – we’ve decided not to offer you a place
You need to contact UCAS to accept your offer Once you’ve decided which course you’d like to accept, you must let UCAS know. You don’t need to decide until you’ve received all offers. UCAS will give you a deadline you must respond by.
You’ll choose one as your firm choice. If the offer is unconditional or if you meet the conditions, this is the course you’ll study.
You’ll also have an insurance choice. This is a back-up option if you don’t meet the conditions of your first choice.
You don’t need to send us your exam results (Scotland, England & Wales)
If you’re studying in Scotland, England or Wales, we receive a copy of your Higher/Advanced Higher/A Level results directly from the awarding body.
However, if you are studying a different qualification, then please contact us to arrange to send your results directly.
We welcome applications from international students