MEng Civil Engineering

Undergraduate, Full-Time

Develop the skills needed to play a senior role in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of major infrastructure.

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    5 years

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  • Location:

    Merchiston campus

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Course introduction

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. You may also apply to study abroad as part of a tailored civil engineering exchange scheme or the Erasmus+ programme.

These courses are accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institute of Highway Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation and the Institution of Structural Engineers.

MEng Accredited CEng (Full)
This degree is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). See further information.

What you study

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

Select four from:

  • 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.

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. You’ll find opportunities in consulting engineering companies, contractors, local / national government and utility companies.

You may also continue on to study at Masters or PhD level.

Minimum Year 1

SQA Higher

ABBB including Maths

National 5 Grade B in English.

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement

BBBC including Grade B in 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

BCC including Maths.

GCSE Grade B/5/6 in English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System: 

B1, B1, B1, B3 at HL including Maths 

OL English at B3.

New Grading System: 

H2, H2, H2, H3 at HL including Maths 

OL English at O3.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 29 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 5 including 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 in a relevant subject with Grade A in the graded unit.

Must include 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 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 minimum 50% at first sitting in all final year subjects.

Minimum Year 4

Irish Ordinary Degree

Pass in a relevant subject with 70% 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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