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Civil Engineering Grad Dip

The Civil Engineering Graduate Diploma enables applicants with a degree in a related subject (for example mathematics, physics or geology) to take a qualifying year before moving into a Civil or Structural Engineering 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.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 9 months

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

£7,640 (FT)
£21,320 (FT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 5 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016

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 in a subject that would be approved by the Institution of Civil Engineers, e.g. mathematics or physics.

General entry requirements and application procedures 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 Civil Engineering MSc are treated as TWO separate programmes. 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 for the MSc. You will almost certainly have to leave the UK between finishing the Graduate Diploma in June and commencing the MSc in September.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: TBC

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

This bespoke 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 allocated a civil engineering project which they are required to complete in pairs.

Students undertake modules to the value of 120 credits.

Core Modules

  • Structural Analysis and Design
  • Materials II and Applied Fluid Mechanics II
  • Mathematical Modelling and Analysis II
  • Soil Mechanics and Engineering Geology
  • Civil Engineering in Practice
  • Structural Mechanics III
  • Civil Engineering Project


  • 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 laboratory classes. The civil engineering project involves individual research and can include laboratory, computational or fieldwork 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 information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Civil Engineering Grad Dip


Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Brown Family Bursary - NOW CLOSED FOR 2015/16 ENTRY

£15,000 (1 year)
UK students
Based on both academic merit and financial need

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)

Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)
Overseas students
Based on both academic merit and financial need

SPDC Niger Delta Postgraduate Scholarship - NOW CLOSED FOR 2015/16 ENTRY

Tuition fees, plus stipend, flights and allowances. (1 year)
Overseas students
Based on academic merit

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website


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

As this is a pre-qualifying year for students who are aiming for a Civil Engineering MSc or an Earthquake Engineering and Disaster Management MSc, students who go on to study these MSc programmes have excellent career prospects. Previous career destinations include:

  • Civil Engineer, Laing O'Rourke, 2012
  • Executive Coordination Engineer, Parsons, 2012
  • Construction Supervisor/Site Engineer, Eggis Group, 2012
  • Structural Engineer, Atkins, 2013
  • Structural Engineer, Saipem Ltd, 2013


The are excellent employment prospects for our graduates. There is international demand for multi-skilled, solutions-focused professionals who can take a holistic approach to solving problems.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering is an energetic and exciting multi-disciplinary department with a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research, situated at the heart of London.

Our innovative research is at the forefront of engineering development. Our staff are leaders in their fields and often called upon for their detailed knowledge by the media, industry and policy-makers.

This programme offers applicants without a first degree in civil engineering a unique opportunity to be awarded a fully recognised Civil Engineering MSc after two years of study, opening the path to a civil engineering career as a chartered engineer.

Student / staff ratios › 95 staff including 43 postdocs › 200 taught students › 170 research students

Department: Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

Application and next steps


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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
29 July 2016

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.


  • Register interest in your chosen subjects
  • Receive notice of graduate open days, events and more
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