UCAS code: H203
Duration: 5 years
College: Science and Engineering
In the modern world, the physical infrastructure created by civil engineers surrounds us, impacting on our lives in many diverse ways – from bridges and buildings to water treatment and waste management. Civil engineering involves the creative and sustainable application of physics and mathematics, using engineering and computing tools to conceive, design, build and operate this built environment.
Our programme covers the latest developments in core areas of civil engineering including road and rail transport, tunnels, bridges, buildings and dams and also offer many unique strengths in emerging areas including: structural fire engineering, advanced geotechnical investigation and design, use of novel and/or sustainable materials, managing the construction of mega-projects, water security, environmental impact mitigation and disaster analysis and prevention. As a result of the wide range of topics, career opportunities are hugely diverse and our graduates are in great demand.
The programmes we offer allow our students to specialise in a number of technical streams including structural, environmental, construction management, geotechnical and fire safety engineering. We offer an industrial mentoring scheme that allows students to meet and interact with recent graduates working in industry and a close-knit, supportive community within which to develop your engineering skills.
This programme is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).
Your time will usually be divided between engineering, mathematics and option courses. You study several branches of engineering, followed by the first in-depth study of your preferred subject.
For most of our programmes you can choose an option from the sciences, arts or humanities. Chemical engineering students must take chemistry in Year 1.
You will study your chosen branch of engineering, supported by classes in mathematics. You will extend the application of your scientific and mathematical skills to the real problem solving, that you started in Year 1.
You will now be able to focus on your chosen field of engineering. At the end of Year 3, you will have the option of completing one more year for a BEng (Hons) or studying for a further two years for an MEng (Hons).
You will concentrate on specialist study and innovative coursework that will prepare you for your professional career. Increasingly you will spend time on individual or group design projects.
As Year 4.
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Lectures take place in the George Square area during the first year, and for all other years at the University's King's Buildings campus. You will have access to the University's libraries and engineering and computing laboratories. Study materials are available online.
All students are encouraged to undertake relevant work-experience during their degree and we work closely with the Careers Service to advertise internship opportunities and arrange company presentations. This can be recognised on the student’s transcript through completion of an Edinburgh Award for Civil and Environmental Engineering Industrial Placements.
You will have opportunities to study abroad in Year 3 through the University's international exchange programmes, including the Erasmus Programme.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions, projects and group work. In your final years you will dedicate more time to private study and will receive individual supervision with projects.
You will be assessed through course work and examinations.
Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.
To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
Studying engineering at the University of Edinburgh prepares you for a career as a professional engineer in the UK or abroad and all courses meet the requirements of the UK professional engineering bodies.
On graduation from any of our programmes you will leave with a thorough, core knowledge, together with analytical, practical, design and communication skills, enabling you to join a design, production or research team - or move rapidly into management and leadership roles.
Alternatively, many of our graduates have gone on to work in other areas, including the civil service, education, the armed forces and the financial sector.
The typical offer is likely to be:
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
For direct entry to second year the minimum requirements must be exceeded, including the following:
Entry to many degrees in Science & Engineering is possible via other qualifications (eg HNC/D, Access, SWAP).
You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:
For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:
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There is a surveying field trip in Year 2. The cost is approximately £190, covering transport, accommodation, materials and other subsistence. You will also require Personal Protective Equipment for practical work in Year 2. Prices start at £51.
For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.