MEng Civil Engineering


Key facts

  • UCAS Code: H202
  • Accreditation: Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation & Institute of Highway Engineers
  • Ranked: Top 10 in the UK for Civil Engineering, Complete Uni Guide 2021

  • Study abroad: opportunity to study abroad in Year 3 or Year 5

  • Second-year entry: available for suitably-qualified students

Study with us

  • unique opportunities to participate in industry-led problem-based learning and mentoring
  • only Civil Engineering department in the UK to hold an Athena SWAN Silver award
  • groups design projects related to developed and emerging countries
  • student successes in national competitions
  • professionally accredited courses and academic partnership with the Institution of Civil Engineers


This degree is accredited by the :

  • Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
  • Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE)
  • Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT)
  • Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE)

on behalf of the Engineering Council as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

See Joint Board of Moderators website for further information.

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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 remote communities.

Solving problems of air, land and water pollution and protecting society against natural disasters are also important aspects of civil engineering.

In recent years, our students have participated in the Constructionarium, attended Civil Engineering 4 Real and have taken part in our mentoring scheme involving graduate engineers with support companies such as BAM Nuttall, Sir Robert McAlpine, Tony Gee, Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors and Mott MacDonald.

Male and female engineering students working with tools

THE Awards 2019: UK University of the Year Winner

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 civil engineering 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 focuses on structural engineering, soil mechanics, hydraulics and hydrology, chemistry & materials, and surveying.

Years 3 & 4

In the third and fourth years you will study structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, water engineering, environmental engineering, transport planning and engineering, construction management and a project dissertation. There is an increased emphasis on design and project work in the final two years of study.

Year 5

Our flexible curriculum allows you to extend your knowledge in areas of civil engineering. You will also have the chance to select classes from across the Faculty of Engineering, including topics on renewable engineering. A wide range of topics is also available in business and management, environment and sustainability.

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Course content

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.
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.
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.
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.
Geotechnical Engineering 1
This class aims to aims to give an introduction to the governing principles of geotechnical design at the ultimate limit state.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Engineering Design Projects 5
This class aims to develop your ability at multi-disciplinary design, working in small groups, utilising knowledge of fundamental principles of engineering science and material science to create innovative solutions.


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. 

Civil Engineering student
Strathclyde's links with industry and employers and the professional accreditation of the course made this the ideal university for me. I have an Institution of Civil Engineers QUEST scholarship associated with a consultancy firm, which is a career area I'd like to pursue in future. Visits to construction sites are a valuable insight into working in the industry.
Eilidh Sneddon
Civil Engineering student

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.

Major projects

You'll work on design projects every year covering a range of activities. These projects will help you develop skills such as:

  • investigating and interpreting problems
  • analysing your options to select preferred solutions
  • managing the design process

In Year 1, you'll work in small groups to develop concepts for a road bridge. You then build a scale model for load testing to verify your theoretical work. 

After Year 1, projects become more challenging and progress to a group design project in Year 5.

This project integrates engineering science with other subjects learned in earlier modules. It provides a space where your taught modules can be applied to creative civil engineering design. 

We offer a range of project options so you can work with your main interests. 

You'll have support from both industrial tutors and departmental staff.

Work placement

Some 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.


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.

Student competitions

As part of the course curriculum, Year 3 students will take part in the Engineers Without Borders Challenge.

Year 5 students regularly take part in TATA Steel Student Design competitions.

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 like the BP Ultimate Field Trip Challenge. 

Ranked in the UK Top 10 for Civil Engineering by Complete University Guide 2021

We're ranked in the UK Top 10 for Civil Engineering.

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Entry requirements

Required subjects are shown in brackets.


Standard entry requirements*:


(Maths A OR Maths B & 1 Science at A or B)

Minimum entry requirements**:


(Maths A OR Maths B & 1 Science at A or B)

A Levels

Year 1 entry: AAB-BBB
Year 2 entry: A*AA-AAB

(Maths A OR Maths B & 1 Science at A or B)

International Baccalaureate


(Maths HL5 & 1 Science HL5)


Entry to BEng in the first instance

International students

Find out entry requirements for your country by visiting our country pages

Deferred entry


*Standard entry requirements

Offers are made in accordance with specified entry requirements although admission to undergraduate programmes is considered on a competitive basis and entry requirements stated are normally the minimum level required for entry.

Whilst offers are made primarily on the basis of an applicant meeting or exceeding the stated entry criteria, admission to the University is granted on the basis of merit, and the potential to succeed. As such, a range of information is considered in determining suitability.

In exceptional cases, where an applicant does not meet the competitive entry standard, evidence may be sought in the personal statement or reference to account for performance which was affected by exceptional circumstances, and which in the view of the judgement of the selector would give confidence that the applicant is capable of completing the programme of study successfully.

**Minimum entry requirements

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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.

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.

International students

We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 100 countries across the world. Find out all you need to know about studying in Glasgow at Strathclyde and hear from students about their experiences.

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Fees & funding


All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.



2020/21: £1,820

*Fees for students domiciled in Scotland are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Funding Council. Scottish undergraduate students undertaking an exchange for a semester/year will continue to pay their normal tuition fees at Strathclyde and will not be charged fees by the overseas institution. 

Rest of UK


2020/21: £9,250

*Assuming no change in RUK fees policy over the period, the total amount payable by undergraduate students will be capped. For students commencing study in 2021-22, this is capped at £27,750 (with the exception of the MPharm and integrated Masters programmes), 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.

Additional costs

Course materials & costs 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

All students need this equipment to take part in field trips and site visits, some of which contribute to assessed work. 

  • approximate costs £40-50

Placements & field trips

  • optional - constructionarium £50
  • compulsory - outward bound no fee but charge for no show £300
Other costs
Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

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

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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.

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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.

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International Students (Non-UK Scholarships, EEA)

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

Faculty of Engineering International Scholarships

If you're applying for an undergraduate programme, you'll be eligible to apply for a scholarship award equivalent to a 10% reduction of your tuition fees for each year of study. Your first year’s scholarship will typically be £2,100.

Scholarships are available for applicants 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 (2020-21).

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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 Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Civil Engineering Contractor
  • Graduate Civil/Structural Engineer
  • Graduate Site Engineer
  • Management Graduate
  • Subsea Pipeline Engineer

Recent employers include:

  • AMEY
  • Atkins Global
  • Babcock International
  • BP
  • DNV Global Solutions
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Halcrow
  • Iberdrola
  • Laing O'Rourke
  • Mott Macdonald
  • Scottish Water
  • Wood Group

Glasgow is Scotland's biggest & most cosmopolitan city

Our campus is based in the very heart of Glasgow, Scotland's largest city. National Geographic named Glasgow as one of its 'Best of the World' destinations, while Rough Guide readers have voted Glasgow the world’s friendliest city! And Time Out named Glasgow in the top ten best cities in the world - we couldn't agree more!

We're in the city centre, next to the Merchant City, both of which are great locations for sightseeing, shopping and socialising alongside your studies.

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Civil Engineering (1 year entry)

Start Date: Sep 2021
Mode of Attendance: full-time
Year of Entry: 1 year

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Faculty of Engineering

Telephone: +44 (0)141 574 5484


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