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Mrs Ewa Kedzierska

Email: cege-pg-admissions@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 4046

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£ (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£ (FT)

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Civil Engineering Graduate Diploma

The Civil Engineering Graduate Diploma enables applicants with a degree in a related subject (e.g. mathematics, physics or geology) to take a qualifying year before moving into the standard MSc programme. It offers a unique opportunity to be awarded a fully recognised Civil Engineering MSc after two years of study, opening the path to a career in Civil Engineering as a chartered engineer.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

The programme provides grounding in fluids, soils, structures and materials engineering, and consists of second and third-year undergraduate core civil engineering subjects. Students are also required to complete a research project identical to the undergraduate third-year project.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering is an energetic and exciting environment. Students have the advantages of studying in a multi-faculty college with a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research, situated within the heart of one of the world's greatest cities.

Our research is innovative and at the forefront of engineering development. Our staff are leaders in their fields and are often called upon to provide detailed knowledge to anyone from the media to industry and policy-makers. We work with other academics, with industry partners and with local and national government providing research and expertise.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 9 months

Students undertake modules to the value of 120 credits.

Core Modules

  • Civil Engineering Methods II
  • Civil Engineering Mechanisms
  • Civil Engineering in Practice
  • Structural Mechanics II


  • All programme elements are compulsory.


Students conduct a Civil Engineering research project over two terms, usually working in pairs. Assessment is by a final report (78%), interim report (10%) and final presentation (10%).

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars and lab classes. The Civil Engineering Project involves individual research and can include laboratory, computational or field work depending on the nature of your project and your supervisor. It is usually completed in pairs. The programme also includes a field trip and a one-week Constructionarium visit.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

To be able to progress to fully chartered status students entering the pre-qualifying year should have a degree in a related subject, e.g. Architecture, or a subject that would be approved by the Institution of Civil Engineers, e.g. Mathematics or Physics.

General entry requirements and application procedures for the pre-qualifying year are the same as for the one-year MSc programme. When completing your application form you should enter "MSc in Civil Engineering" as the programme title. If you satisfy all admission criteria you will be given a conditional offer, and successful completion of the Graduate Diploma will be the condition of entry to the main MSc programme.

Overseas students requiring a visa to study should note that the Graduate Diploma (Pre-qualifying year) and the MSc in Civil Engineering are treated as TWO separate programmes. This means that you will only be able to obtain a one year visa for the Graduate Diploma and then you will need to apply for a second visa to study the MSc. This will mean that you will almost certainly have to leave the UK between finishing the Graduate Diploma in June and commencing the MSc in September.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

This programme is used as the pre-qualifying year for students who are aiming for a Civil Engineering MSc or an Earthquake Engineering and Disaster Management MSc, but whose first degree is not in Civil or Structural Engineering. To be able to progress to fully chartered status students entering the pre-qualifying year should have a degree in a related subject, e.g. Architecture, or a subject that would be approved by the Institution of Civil Engineers, e.g. Mathematics or Physics.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Civil Engineering at graduate level
  • why you want to study Civil Engineering at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


There are excellent employment prospects for our graduates. Civil Engineering graduates are readily employed by consultancies, construction companies and government departments.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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