Civil engineering students

BEngCivil Engineering

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.

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:

  • 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.

Year 1

You'll study Foundations of civil engineering, including mathematics, engineering mechanics, civil engineering design, computing, professional skills and geology.

Year 2

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.

Work placement

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.

Student competitions

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.

Course content

Year 1

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.

Year 2

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.
Soil Mechanics
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.

Year 3

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
Environmental Engineering
This class aims to provide an introduction to environmental engineering including air, water, ground and subsurface systems as well as environmental impact assessment.
Engineering Mathematics
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.
Transport Engineering
This class aims to introduce you to key principles, theory and techniques used in the analysis and design of transport systems.

Year 4

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.
Project Planning
This class aims to provide you with experience of planning and managing small-scale projects.
Individual Project
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:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • student-led seminars
  • group projects
  • laboratory work
  • fieldwork

Our courses also benefit from specialist lectures, case studies and supervision, which is provided by representatives of our industrial partners. 

Entry requirements

Required subjects are indicated following typically accepted grades.


Standard entry requirements

AAAB (Maths and Physics/Engineering Science)

A Levels

Year 1 entry

BBB (Maths, Physics or Engineering Science)

Typical offer: ABB

Year 2 entry

ABB (Maths, Physics or Engineering Science)

Typical offer: AAA

International Baccalaureate

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

Additional information

  • Deferred entry is accepted

Widening access

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.

International students

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 academic entry requirements for an undergraduate degree at Strathclyde the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation year programme at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre.

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.


  • 2019/20: £1,820

Rest of UK

  • 2019/20: £9,250

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.


  • 2019/20: £20,050

Faculty of Engineering Excellence Scholarship (FEES) for International Students

If you're applying for an undergraduate course you'll be eligible to apply for a Faculty of Engineering Excellence Scholarship offering up to £4,000 towards your tuition fees for your first year of study and an additional £1,500 for each subsequent year.

The scholarship is available for application to all self-funded, new international (non-EU) fee paying students holding an offer of study for an undergraduate programme in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. Please note you must have an offer of study for a full-time course at Strathclyde before applying.

You must start your full-time undergraduate programme at Strathclyde in the coming academic year (2019-20).

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.

Additional fees 

Course materials & costs 

Approximate costs of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • £40-50 

*PPE required to take part in field trips and site visits 

Other costs 

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.

Please note: All fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

How can I fund my studies?

Students from Scotland and the EU

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.

For more information on funding your studies have a look at our University Funding page.

Students from England, Wales & Northern Ireland

We have a generous package of bursaries on offer for students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales

You don’t need to make a separate application for these. When your place is confirmed at Strathclyde, we’ll assess your eligibility. Have a look at our scholarship search for any more funding opportunities.

International Students (Non UK, EEA)

We have a number of scholarships available to international students. Take a look at our scholarship search to find out more.

Available scholarships

We have a wide range of scholarships available. Have a look at our scholarship search to find a scholarship.


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.

Where are they now?

Recent job titles include:

  • Assistant Civil Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Construction Management Trainee
  • Project Engineer
  • Site Engineer
  • Well Planner

Recent employers include:

  • Amec
  • BAE Systems
  • Charles Scott & Partners
  • Fairhurst
  • Glasgow City Council
  • Halcrow
  • Ideas Engineering
  • Luddon
  • RJ Mcleod
  • Scottish Water

Contact us


How to apply – 10 things you need to know

  1. All undergraduate applications are made through UCAS
    Go to the UCAS website to apply – you can apply for up to five courses.
  2. It costs £12 to apply for a course
    The cost is £23 for two to five courses.
  3. 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.

    Applications are still welcome from international students (non-EU) and those living in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. We welcome applications from international students

    Find out further information about our entry and English language requirements.

    International students who don’t meet the entry requirements, can apply for our pre-undergraduate programmes.

    There’s also an online application form.

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  10. Here’s a really useful video to help you apply

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