MEng Civil Engineering

Fluids lab

This course requires a broad range of skills. You will be given a strong background in the core disciplines of structural engineering, water engineering and geotechnics, from both an analysis and a design perspective.

Course Overview

There is a progression from a focus on analysis in year 1 to a design emphasis in year 3, with the latter provided in specific modules, and the Integrated Design Project. Year 4 provides an opportunity to specialise in research-oriented modules in geotechnics and fluid flow. You can also register for a degree where options in Modern Languages may be taken to enhance your international employability.


We offer high-quality work teaching in water infrastructure engineering, fluid mechanics and geotechnical mechanics. The course is bound together by an applied, engineering design emphasis that stresses the interplay between analysis, creativity and commercial awareness. This starts in year one with basic skills in graphical, verbal and written presentation of design schemes, and continues throughout the course. In addition, modules on mathematics, programming and mechanics principles ensure that you have the depth of understanding to contextually apply your knowledge, resulting in being a highly sought after graduate, both nationally and internationally.

Years 1&2 
You take the equivalent of six subjects each semester, of which five are normally common to all degree courses, plus a specialist module to reflect the flavour of your specific degree course. The core modules are taught to the year group and cover the main branches of civil engineering (structures, water and geotechnics) maths and computing, and of course design. This gives you some flexibility to change your course during the first year. The specialist modules are taught to smaller groups of students.

Typically you will have lectures in the morning, and after lunch you begin to apply some of the knowledge you have gained in the lectures. Workload in the afternoons varies during the year, but on average you have two or three practical sessions per week. These include laboratory and design classes, and other practical sessions such as computing, CAD drawing or surveying exercises and site visits.

As well as your timetabled classes you are expected to spend the same amount of time in private study, for example completing design assignments and tutorial sheets, or even just discussing your work with your friends.

Years 3 & 4 
In the autumn semester of Year 3 further advanced modules are studied. An integrated design project takes up all the spring Semester where you will devise plans for an entire eco-town or urban regeneration site. The project will involve investigating new methods and materials, developing both outline and detailed designs, and includes both group and individual work. In Year 4 a range of advanced options are available, many of which are taught alongside our MSc students. In addition, a 40 credit individual final year project will be undertaken.

Example of MEng for 2016 entry - Year 1 

Semester

Module Full Academic Year
Semester 1

CIV1200 Introduction to Sustainability and Environmental Engineering

FCE1001 Global Engineering Challenge Week

MAT1600 Introduction to Structural Materials Engineering

CIV1000 Civil and Structural Engineering Mechanics 1

CIV1200 Introduction to Civil and Structural Engineering Design

CIV1900 Civil Engineering Skills

Semester 2

CIV104 Principles of Hydraulics

CIV150 Geotechnical Engineering 1

MAS151 Civil Engineering Mathematics

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is current and relevant. Individual modules may be updated or withdrawn in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, curriculum review, staff availability, and variations in student numbers. In the event of a material change the University will inform students in good time and will take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Careers & employability

Our graduates work all over the world, from the UK to Australia and the USA. Recent graduates went to work for AECOM, Amey, Arup, Atkins, BCS Design, Eastwood & Partners, Interserve, Mott MacDonald, Network Rail, Ramboll, Transport for London, URS and VolkerFitzpatrick Ltd.

Course accreditation

The MEng degree is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).