MEng Civil Engineering

Undergraduate, Full-time

Civil Engineering MEng

This course develops the skills needed to play a senior role in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of major infrastructure


As a civil engineer you’ll help create the built environment around us.

Bridges, airports, highways, buildings and railways present their own problems and challenges and need efficient and effective engineering solutions.

You'll learn the fundamentals of civil engineering and develop skills in structural analysis, transport systems, ground engineering, water resource management and transport planning.

Putting these skills into practice on a work placement you'll gain industry insights from site visits, a week-long survey camp, an overseas field trip and input from engineering companies.

Civil Engineering alumni Emily Alfred at the Queensferry Crossing bridge which she worked on.

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5 years

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Course details

In year one you will learn the principles of Civil Engineering via an introduction to Materials, Structural Analysis, Construction Process and methods of Engineering Communication including use of industry standard software platforms. The formative stages of your studies are specific to Civil Engineering and are not taught as part of a common first and second year. All areas are underpinned by developing competency in relevant mathematical techniques and approaches to problem solving.

Once an understanding of the fundamental principles of Civil Engineering has been established, you will then progress on to more advance areas of Structural Design, Geotechnics, Fluid Mechanics and Transportation Engineering. You will implement practical solutions across a range of applied applications and develop your skills in lateral problem solving and innovative thinking.

In your final year of study you will develop, manage and undertake a program of independent investigation under the guidance of an associated research supervisor. You will also work as part of a team to fulfil a client’s project brief relating to the development of a substantial piece of Built Environment Infrastructure – the successful fulfillment of this brief will require you to utilize all of the skills developed over the course of your studies with us.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught Lectures and tutorials, three modules each semester.
  • note and pen Assessments No exams in year 1. Each module has one course work and one exam.
  • study abroad Study abroad As part of this course you may apply to study abroad as part of a tailored civil engineering exchange scheme or the Erasmus+ programme.

Popular modules

Year 1

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

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)

Year 5

  • MEng Dissertation and Integrated Engineering Design 2
  • MSc Advanced Structural Engineering Options

In addition student must select four modules from the following:

  • Advanced Mechanics of Materials and Finite Element Analysis
  • Advanced Structural Concrete
  • Advanced Structural Steel Design
  • Forensic Engineering
  • Foundation Design to Eurocode 7
  • Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Design



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

Placement and study abroad opportunities are subject to UK and Scottish Government health and travel advice.

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements indicate both Standard and 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.

Advanced entry

Advanced entry into Year 2, Year 3 or Year 4 is possible for students with suitable qualifications.

Minimum Year 1

SQA Higher

Standard Entry Requirement

ABBB including Maths

National 5 Grade C in English.

Minimum Offer Entry Requirement

BBBC including Grade B in Maths

National 5 Grade C in English.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet our specified minimum entry requirements within our widening participation criteria, and outlined in our Contextual Admissions Policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies.– 

A Level

BCC including Maths.

GCSE Grade C/4 in English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

H2, H2, H2, H3 at HL including Maths

OL English at O4.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 29 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 5 including Maths.

Grade 4 in SL English.

Minimum Year 2

SQA Advanced Higher

BBB including Maths.

National 5 Grade C in English.

A Level

ABB including Maths.

GCSE Grade C/4 in English.


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

Must include passes in the modules Mathematics for Construction (SCQF Level 6) and Maths for Civil Engineering (SCQF Level 7).

Minimum Year 3


Pass in a relevant subject with Grade A at SCQF Level 8 in all graded units.

Must include passes in the modules 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 60% overall and with a minimum of 50% at first sitting in all final year subjects.

Minimum Year 4

Irish Ordinary Degree

Pass in a relevant subject with 70% overall, with a minimum of 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.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MSc Nursing (Pre-registration) (Adult or Mental Health)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2021/22 2022/23
Scotland £1,820 tba
England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland £9,250 tba
Overseas and EU £15,960 TBA

Students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland will be invoiced the tuition fees for 3 years of their 4 years of study. Please note that the tuition fees liable to be paid by mainland EU nationals commencing their studies from 1 August 2021 will be the Overseas fee rate. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here. For EU students who commenced their studies prior to 1 August 2021 or hold pre or settled status in the UK, fees will remain the same as Scottish Students.

Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next.
For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees

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If additional compulsory costs other than the tuition fees are applicable, these will be detailed in the course details.

Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships


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Example employers include:

  • Construction companies
  • Consulting engineering companies
  • Utility companies (e.g. water, electrical and gas)
  • Local/national government
  • Contractors
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