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.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2018/19)
- £8,720 (FT)
- £23,740 (FT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.
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: Good
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
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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About this degree
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.
The programme consists of six core modules, one optional module and a research project.
- Structural Analysis and Design
- Materials II and Applied Fluid Mechanics II
- Soil Mechanics and Engineering Geology
- Civil Engineering in Practice
- Structure and Materials
- Civil Engineering Project
You will need to choose one module from the optional list:
- Mathematics Modelling II
- Fluids & Soils III
Students conduct a civil engineering research project over two terms, usually working in pairs.
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.
- Constructionarium is held as a 6 day working field course. The participants construct scaled down versions of bridges, buildings, dams and civil engineering projects. Students are assessed on the final day in terms of budgetary control, methodology and timely completion.
- The basic model consists of a university, contractor and consultant working in partnership to deliver a unique learning experience, where students gain practical site experience.
- Students are supported and mentored by employees from two partner organisations. One is a contractor and the other a consulting agent.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- Deadline is 11 May 2018
- £15,000 (1 year)
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Civil engineering graduates are readily employed by consultancies, construction companies and government departments.
Students who complete both this pre-qualifying year and a Civil Engineering MSc or an Earthquake Engineering and Disaster Management MSc, have excellent career prospects with leading civil and structural engineering companies.
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 multidisciplinary 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 policymakers.
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.
Department: Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering
Student / staff numbers
› 107 staff
including 48 postdocs
› 154 taught students
› 119 research students
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering
60% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
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.
Application fee: There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. More details about the application fee can be found at www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
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.
- All applicants
- 27 July 2018
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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.