BEng/BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering

Undergraduate, Full-Time

Learn the fundamentals of civil engineering and the specifics of structural analysis, construction surveying, geotechnical engineering and relevant computer applications.

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  • Duration:

    4 years

  • Award:

    BEng/BEng (Hons)

  • Location:

    Merchiston campus

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Course introduction

The world is full of infrastructure. As a civil engineer, you’ll be responsible for its design and construction.

From bridges, roads and buildings to dams, pipelines and airports, you’ll learn the skills needed to develop the systems and structures that allow our society to operate efficiently.


Combining mathematical and design skills, as well as communication and management abilities, a civil engineering role will appeal if you have an enquiring, technical mind and love problem solving.
The Honours course is accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institute of Highway Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation and the Institution of Structural Engineers.

This degree is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng). See for further information.

You will study the same modules, and complete the same course work as a full-time student, but over a longer period of time. You’ll generally come in to University for one day per week, and a four-year Honours degree will take around six years to complete part-time.

What you'll study

Year 1

  • Construction Engineering
  • Principles of Civil Engineering
  • Foundation Mathematics
  • Construction Surveying
  • Civil Engineering Materials
  • Engineering Communication

Year 2

  • Civil Engineering Principles and Materials 2
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Structural Analysis and Design
  • Geotechnics 1
  • Intermediate Mathematics
  • Project Management

Year 3

  • Water Resources Engineering
  • Geotechnics 2
  • Transport Engineering
  • Construction Methods
  • Structural Engineering 1
  • Further Intermediate Mathematics

Year 4

  • Geotechnics 3
  • Railway Engineering
  • Structural Engineering 2
  • Integrated Engineering Design 1
  • Honours Project (Dissertation) - Civil Engineering

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Qualified and accredited civil engineers are in high demand for positions in companies and projects all over the world, and this course has been designed to meet the needs of employers.

Career opportunities

  • construction companies
  • consulting engineering companies
  • utility companies (e.g. water, electrical and gas)
  • local / national government
  • contractors
You may also have the opportunity to continue on to further study at Masters and PhD level.

Minimum Year 1

SQA Higher

BBBC including Higher Maths.

National 5 B in English.

A Level

CCC including Higher Maths.

GCSE Grade B in English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre 2017: B1,B3,B3,B3 at HL including Maths + OL English at B3

2017 onwards: H2,H3,H3,H3 at HL including Maths +  OL Maths and English at O3.

BTEC Extended Diploma

MMM (Merit, Merit, Merit) in a related subject.

GCSE Grade B in English. 

BTEC Diploma

MM (Merit, Merit) in a related subject plus A-Level grade C.

 GCSE Grade B in English.

International Baccalaureate

27 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4 including HL Maths at 5.

SL English at 5 points.

Minimum Year 2

SQA Advanced Higher

BBC including Maths


AAB including Maths


Pass in a relevant subject with Grade B in the graded unit.

Must include Mathematics for Construction (SCQF Level 6) and Maths for Civil Engineering (SCQF Level 7) or equivalent Maths modules.

Minimum Year 3


Pass in a relevant subject with Grade BB at SCQF Level 8 in the graded units.

Must include Maths for Construction (SCQF Level 6), Maths for Civil Engineering (SCQF Level 7) and Applied Maths for Civil Engineering (SCQF Level 8) or equivalent Maths modules.

Irish Ordinary Degree

50% at first sitting in all final year subjects.


Pass DUT with overall grade 12 to include English at grade 11 in final year of studies.

Minimum Year 4

Irish Ordinary Degree

60% at first sitting, with minimum 50% in all final year subjects.



English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply. This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you. 

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students.Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol on our nursing courses (except Veterinary Nursing).

Admissions policies

We're committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.

Tuition fees
Students from 2016/17 2017/18
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland £9,000 £9,000
Overseas £13,740 £13,900

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