Undergraduate study - 2019 entry

MEng Civil Engineering

UCAS code: H203

Duration: 5 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Engineering

College: Science and Engineering

Accreditation
Study abroad

Introducing MEng Civil 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 offers many unique strengths in emerging areas including: structural fire engineering, advanced geotechnical investigation and design, use of novel and/or sustainable materials, and advanced numerical modelling for particulate solids and structures. 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 have strong industrial engagement via our Industrial Advisory Board and industrial input to teaching, including our design projects. There are opportunities for interaction with recent graduates working in industry and we offer a close-knit, supportive community within which to develop your engineering skills.

Work-experience and internships

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.

We support your development of graduate attributes via our Edinburgh Award for Civil and Environmental Engineering Industrial Placements which is recognised on your academic transcript.

Accreditation

This programme is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Year 1

Your time will be divided equally between engineering, mathematics and option courses. You will study different branches of engineering, followed by the first in-depth study of civil engineering. Your option courses may be selected from the sciences, arts or humanities.

Year 2

This year is dominated by courses on engineering fundamentals, focused on civil engineering, supported by further study of mathematics. You will extend the application of your scientific and mathematical skills to solving engineering problems, building on your experiences from Year 1, including some project work.

There is also a substantial laboratory element to many of the engineering courses, giving you experience of practical engineering and experimental work.

Year 3

You will now focus entirely on the study of core materials in civil engineering, supplemented by choice of two options in relevant specialisms, to begin to focus on your own interests within the discipline.

At the end of Year 3, you will have the option of completing one more year for a BEng (Hons) or a further two years for a MEng (Hons).

Year 4

You will pursue advanced courses which deepen fundamental knowledge, spanning a mixture of compulsory and option courses. You will undertake substantial design projects encompassing geotechnical engineering and interdisciplinary engineering.

Year 5

You will pursue further advanced courses drawn mainly from an extensive list of options aligned to various technical specialisation streams, such as structural engineering, environmental engineering and management courses.

You will undertake a substantial structural engineering design project supported by experienced industrialists. Half of the final year credits are allocated to the honours thesis, which is an original study of a challenging engineering problem.

Programme structure

Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.

To give you an idea of what you will study on 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.

Programme structure (2018/19)

Our facilities

Lectures take place in the George Square area during Year 1 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.

Study abroad

You will have opportunities to study abroad in Year 3 through the University's international exchange programmes, including the Erasmus programme.

Guaranteed study abroad funding for students required to complete a year abroad

How will I learn?

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.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through course work and examinations.

Programme details

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.

Programme details (2019/20)

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.

Typical offer range

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: AABB.
  • A Levels: AAA - ABB.
  • IB: 37 points with 555 at HL - 32 points with 555 at HL.

Access threshold

The access threshold for a contextual offer is:

  • SQA Highers: AABB.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 32 points with 555 at HL.

Find out more about access thresholds and contextual offers

Detailed requirements for all applicants

To be considered for an offer of a place all applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • SQA Highers: AABB by end of S5 or AABBB/AAAB from S4-S6, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6, to include Mathematics at Grade A, plus either Physics or Engineering Science.
  • A Levels: ABB in one sitting, to include Mathematics, plus either Physics (preferably), Engineering or Design & Technology (excluding Food Technology).
  • IB: 32 points overall and award of IB Diploma with 555 at HL to include Mathematics and one from Physics or Design & Technology.

Find out more about entry requirements

International applicants

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements by country

Mature applicants

We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.

Mature applicant qualifications

For direct entry to second year the minimum requirements must be exceeded, including the following:

  • SQA Advanced Highers: AA to include Mathematics and either Physics, Engineering Science or Technological Studies, plus Highers at AB in two other subjects.
  • A Levels: A*AA in one sitting, to include Mathematics and either Physics, Engineering or Design & Technology (excluding Food Technology), or AAA in one sitting, to include Mathematics, Further Mathematics and either Physics, Engineering or Design & Technology (excluding Food Technology).
  • IB: 38 points overall and award of IB Diploma with 666 at HL to include Mathematics and one from Physics or Design & Technology.
Other entry pathways

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.

English language tests

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
  • TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

About English language requirements

SQA, GCSE and IB

For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 Grade C
  • SQA Standard Grade 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
  • GCSE Grade C or 4
  • Level 2 Certificate Grade C
  • IB Standard Level Grade 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)

This information is part of a government initiative to enhance the material that higher education institutions provide about their degree programmes.

It is one of many sources of information which will enable you to make an informed decision on what and where to study.

Please note that some programmes do not have Unistats data available.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for MEng Civil Engineering

Additional costs

There is a surveying field trip in Year 2. The cost is approximately £200, covering transport, accommodation, materials and other subsistence.

You will also require Personal Protective Equipment for practical work in Year 2. Prices start at around £50.

Funding

For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.

Fees and funding

More information

How to apply

School: Engineering

College: Science and Engineering