Civil Engineering with a Modern Language

This course offers the opportunity to study a language alongside technical civil engineering subjects. You will study the language of your choice for the first two years and the third year, which is fully integrated into the MEng programme, is spent studying civil engineering in your chosen language at one of Europe's top universities. These currently include universities in Barcelona and Granada in Spain; Aachen in Germany, Lyon in France, and Padua and Trento in Italy. As a fourth year student you will continue your language studies by taking either project-based language modules or a taught course on language for business.

You may be entitled to an Erasmus grant for every month spent abroad, depending on your destination, to help with the additional costs of studying overseas. You do not have to pay any fees to the partner university, and by spending a full academic year abroad, you do not have to pay any UK tuition fees for that year either. You will continue to receive any student loan you are entitled to.

There is a great shortage in the UK construction industry of linguists who are also numerate. Upon graduating you will join a small engineering elite who have a technical fluency in at least two major international languages, giving you wide-ranging employment opportunities throughout the EU and the rest of the world.

Example of MEng for 2016 entry - Year 1 


Module Full Academic Year
Semester 1

CIV172 Introduction to Sustainability and Environmental Engineering

FCE1001 Global Engineering Challenge Week

MAT1600 Introduction to Structural Materials Engineering

CIV1000 Civil and Structural Engineering Mechanics 1

CIV1900 Civil Engineering Skills

MAS151 Civil Engineering Mathematics

Semester 2

CIV104 Principles of Hydraulics

CIV150 Geotechnical Engineering 1

You will also take French, German, Spanish or Italian language units.

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 Individual modules may be updated or withdrawn in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback,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

This degree is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) Eur Ing qualifications. See for further information.