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Admissions Tutor

Dr Pedro Ferreira

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

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 7726

Fees and Funding

UK & EU Fee

£9,000 (2013/14)

Overseas Fee

£19,500 (2013/14)

General Funding Notes

Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance

Specific Funding Notes

The Errol Yarimer Undergraduate Scholarship is a competitive award available for UK resident undergraduates from low income households for the duration of a continuous full-time course of study.

Key Facts

Research Assessment Exercise

55% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)
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Departmental website

Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering

More Information

Prospectus subject entry

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Prospectus faculty entry

Engineering Sciences

Engineering (Environmental) BEng

UCAS Code: H220

This BEng programme covers a wide range of subjects relevant to solving environmental problems, including study of environmental media (fluid and soil mechanics), basics of chemistry, biology, thermodynamics and reactor principles. You will gain transferable skills such as information technology and communication skills.

Entry Requirements

A Levels

Grades A*AA-AAA
Subjects No specific subjects.
AS Levels A pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
GCSEs English Language, Mathematics at grade C, plus Physics grade C if not offered at A level. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

Points 38-39
Subjects A score of 18-19 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.

Other Qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Selected entry requirements will appear here

International Qualifications

International Qualifications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Selected country's equivalent grades will appear here

University Preparatory Certificates

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

The University Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

For more information see our website: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree Summary

Degree Benefits

  • Studying at UCL means you will be located in the heart of a city in which many large-scale engineering projects are underway, such as the Thames Gateway project.
  • 'Real world' knowledge is brought to you through your lectures and classes. All members of staff in the department are actively involved in leading-edge research.
  • Our extensive links with industry provide a professional tutorial scheme and give many opportunities for vacation work experience and subsequent permanent employment.
  • The programme is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) and the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM).

The degrees are flexible and after the first year you may choose courses to build a degree that suits your skills and interests.

For all degree programmes offered by the department you will follow a common introduction to civil and environmental engineering. The first two years focus on the theoretical basis of civil and environmental engineering and geoinformatics structured around a series of multidisciplinary projects (scenarios) based on realistic engineering problems. These projects are taught in five-week blocks, with the fifth week used to put your acquired knowledge into practice through a series of problem-solving scenarios.

In your final year, a broad selection of advanced options is provided to enable you to pursue your specialist interests, and you will carry out a substantial research project.

Your Learning

Your teaching will include lectures, seminars, problem-solving classes, tutorials, laboratory classes and site visits. Practising engineers contribute to the teaching and this, combined with your involvement in site visits, will ensure your studies are as relevant as possible to current practice and problems. A series of multi-disciplinary projects are carried out at the end of each five-week period.


Assessment is through a combination of coursework and end-of-year examinations.

Degree Structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Year One

Compulsory topics


Optional courses

All first-year courses are compulsory.

Year Two

Compulsory topics

Chemistry and Materials
Water Quality

Optional courses

All second-year courses are compulsory.

Final Year

Compulsory courses

Environmental Engineering in Practice
Environmental Engineering Project
Fluids and Engineering Analysis
Water and Wastewater Treatment

Optional courses

You will select 1.5 credits from a wide range of optional courses. Options may include:

Advanced Soil Mechanics
Coastal and Estuarine Environments
Coastal Engineering
Emerging Commercial Landscapes
Financial Aspects of Project Engineering and Contracting
Project Management
Renewable Energy
Restoration and Management of Freshwater Ecosystems
Transport Studies
Wetland Environments

Further details available on degree page of subject website:

Your Career

This programme equips graduates with a comprehensive range of knowledge and problem solving skills. In addition to core engineering skills, the programme places emphasis on the development of transferable skills such as information technology, geographical information systems and communication skills, all of which will be essential in your future career.

Our graduates can follow careers in many different fields and organisations, and can choose to set up their own businesses. Engineering problem-solving skills are appreciated by many employers, and lead to promotion to management roles. Our well rounded graduates are increasingly sought in professions beyond engineering, including banking, law and advertising.

Typical employment sectors for civil engineers include: consulting, contractors, local authorities, government (principally the Highways Agency), non-profit, research, the railway industry, petroleum industry, gas facilities, offshore exploration, law firms and the financial sector.


First career destinations of recent graduates (2009-2011) of this programme include:

  • Full-time student, MSc in Environmental Systems Engineering at UCL (2009)

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


Your Application

Together with academic requirements, we expect you to demonstrate a clear understanding of the programme and your commitment to it. Evidence of your enthusiasm and proven leadership skills demonstrated through previous educational and personal experience will help your application. Any potentially extenuating circumstances are taken into account and we look carefully at your referees comments for insight into these.

How to Apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.


A positive assessment of your application, if you live in the UK, will result in an invitation to one of our 'selection afternoons'. You will work with a small group of other applicants on an open-ended problem. Your contribution will be observed and will be considered when formulating any offer.

Where distance makes attendance at a selection afternoon impractical, we will base our decision on your application.

Applications from students with alternative qualifications and experience are welcomed: please contact one of the Admissions Tutors should you wish to discuss your suitability for the programme.

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