We are now an urban species; there are now over 7 billion of us living on this planet, with over 50% of humanity living in cities. By 2050 we expect this to have risen to 70%. We need skilled engineers with the ability to face the challenges our urban existence creates.

We’re extremely proud of our range of engineering courses, which aim to create engineers who can create and protect the world we live in. We’re also thrilled to add to our portfolio of inter-disciplinary courses, which combine subjects with the aim of producing engineers who can leave us with a broader, deeper, and more holistic understanding of the increasingly complex challenges that exist in our ever-changing world.

Course Overview

Our Urban Engineering & Development MEng undergraduate course combines fundamental civil and structural engineering modules with modules taught by the Department of Geography, addressing areas such as urban development, and social and globalisation issues. These modules consider how humans interact with the world, their environment, and society, and the multi-disciplinary nature of the teaching means the course goes beyond the scale of buildings and infrastructure, and concentrates on issues on a global-scale.

This course will produce a unique type of graduate; engineers who can deal with modern challenges, which are more complex than traditional engineering challenges. Students will graduate with an exclusive understanding of how to address challenges such as social issues, poverty, housing, food resources, waste, sustainability, and sustainable development of infrastructure.

Graduates will be able to act as engineers without borders, able to apply their critical thinking skills on a comprehensive level, and their deeper understanding of social issues will combine uniquely with the fundamental numerical and mathematical rules of engineering, engineering mechanics and infrastructure design. This sound knowledge of civil engineering principles is enhanced by an understanding of the social and cultural context within which they work. Graduates will also have the creativity and flexibility valued by employers because of their dual engineering and social scientific approaches, and the ability to employ multiple methods of analysis and problem solving. The unique nature of this course means that career opportunities go beyond just engineering disciplines and can extend into areas such as: aid and charity work, environmental consultancy, social justice work, real estate, civil service, teaching, intelligent marketing, working in developing countries, financial services, etc.

Example of MEng for 2017 entry - Year 1 


Module Full Academic Year
Semester 1

GEO117 New Horizons in Geography

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

MAS151 Civil Engineering Mathematics

Semester 2

CIV150 Geotechnical Engineering 1

GEO116 Introduction to Geographical Methods

 GEO114 Introduction to Human Geography

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

Urban Engineering & Design is a new course for 2018. Formal accreditation for degree programmes takes place over the four-year duration of the first student cohort. As with all our courses, we will be seeking formal accreditation by the Joint Board of Moderators. We anticipate the course will be fully accredited by the Institute of Highway Engineers, Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, and Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.