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.

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 Maths

National 5 Grade B in English.

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement

BCCC including Maths

National 5 grade B in English.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet specific widening participation criteria as outlined in our contextual admissions policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies. 

A Level

CCC including Maths

GCSE Grade B/5/6 in English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System: 

B1, B3, B3, B3 at HL including Maths 

OL English at B3.

New Grading System: 

H2, H3, H3, H3 at HL including Maths 

OL English at O3.

BTEC Extended Diploma

MMM (Merit, Merit, Merit) in a related subject. BTEC must include Maths but if not, we would accept A Level Maths at Grade C as an alternative.

GCSE Grade B/5/6 in English. 

BTEC Diploma

MM (Merit, Merit) in a related subject plus A Level Grade C. BTEC must include Maths/A Level Grade C in Maths.

GCSE Grade B/5/6 in English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 27 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4 including Grade 5 in Maths.

Grade 5 in SL English.

Minimum Year 2

SQA Advanced Higher

BBC including Maths

National 5 Grade B in English.

A Level

BBB including Maths

GCSE Grade B/5/6 in English.


Pass HNC 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).

Minimum Year 3


Pass HND in a relevant subject with Grade B at SCQF Level 8 in all 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).

Irish Ordinary Degree

Pass in a relevant subject with 50% at first sitting in all final year subjects.


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

Minimum Year 4

Irish Ordinary Degree

Pass in a relevant subject with 60% overall, with minimum 50% at first sitting 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 onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

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 2017/18 2018/19
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland £9,000 £9,250
Overseas £13,900 £14,350

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