Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2017

Engineering (Civil) BEng

This BEng covers all the major fields of civil engineering (structures, geotechnics, fluids, design, transport studies, surveying and materials) with residential field trips throughout. Students will choose a minor subject topic from a broad range offered, including aerospace, environmental engineering, sustainable building design, programming and finance.

Key information

UCAS code
3 years
Application deadline
15 January 2017
Joint Board of Moderators (See Degree benefits)
Applications per place
5 (2015 entry)*
Total intake
96 (2017 entry)*
* Figures relate to Civil and Environmental Engineering subject area

Entry requirements

A levels

No specific subjects.
English Language at grade C. Mathematics and Physics (or Double Award) at grade A if not offered at A level.

IB Diploma

A score of 18-19 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5. Physics must be offered at either higher or standard level.

UK applicants qualifications

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

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

D2,D3,D3 - D3,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects

A1,A,A - A,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A1,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher - A,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher)

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades A*AA - AAA.

International applications

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

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a twelve-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see our website: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.

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. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • A world-class education brought to you by leading researchers, educators and practising engineers in their fields, supported by a structured personal tutorial scheme, subject-specific clinics and student mentoring.
  • 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 if followed by a Master's level qualification, offers a route to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.
  • Studying in the heart of London is the perfect setting for civil engineering because of the exciting range of projects underway (e.g. Crossrail) and because of access to professional institutions.


This programme is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators, partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng), and fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng). A  programme of accredited further learning (for example, Civil Engineering MSc).

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

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 and 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.


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Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules 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 develops the theoretical basis of civil engineering, structured around a series of real-world engineering problems (scenarios) that put your acquired knowledge into practice. You will share classes in mathematics and professional skills with other engineering students, and take part in two interdisciplinary engineering challenges. At the end of year one, there is a two-week residential field trip to Wales for surveying, stream gauging and a dam visit.

In year two core civil engineering knowledge is developed further and you will also choose a minor engineering subject from a wide range. At the end of year two there is a residential field trip to the National Construction College for a Constructionarium week.

Your minor subject continues into the final year, where you will also undertake compulsory advanced core modules as well as a substantial research project.

This degree is part of the Integrated Engineering Programme (IEP), a teaching framework that engages students in specialist and interdisciplinary activities designed to create well-rounded graduates with a strong grasp of the fundamentals of their discipline and a broad understanding of the complexity and context of engineering problems. Students register for a core discipline, but also engage in activities that span departments so the development of fundamental technical knowledge takes place alongside specialist and interdisciplinary research-based projects and professional skills. This creates degrees encouraging professional development, with an emphasis on design and challenging students to apply knowledge to complex problems.


An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Compulsory topics

Applied Fluid and Soil Mechanics
Applied Structures and Materials
Challenges (Energy and Sustainability, Global Health)
Civil Engineering Design
Design and Professional Skills 1
Engineering, Society and the Planet
Engineering Toolkit (including Drawing, AutoCAD, and GIS)
Mathematics, Modelling and Analysis

Optional modules

All first-year modules are compulsory.

Compulsory topics

Civil Engineering Scenarios
Design and Professional Skills 2
Geotechnics (Soil Mechanics and Geology)
Lampeter Field Course (Surveying, Stream Gauging, Dam Visit)
Materials and Fluids
Mathematics, Modelling and Analysis
Structural Analysis and Design

Optional modules

Minor I*

*You will choose a minor engineering subject from a wide range in years two and three.

Compulsory modules

Civil Engineering in Practice
Civil Engineering Project
Fluids & Soils III
Structures and Materials III

Optional modules

Minor II*
Minor III*

*You will choose a minor engineering subject from a wide range in years two and three.

Your learning

Teaching is delivered in myriad ways designed to stimulate and inspire effective learning. These include: group projects, lectures, problem-solving classes, drawing and design workshops, tutorials, laboratory classes, site visits and field trips. Practising engineers also contribute to courses as external lecturers.


We employ a wide range of techniques to assess your knowledge and learning, including: written examinations, coursework, video submissions, practical tests, laboratory reports, online quizzes, group projects, dissertations and poster presentations.

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Engineering (Civil) BEng.


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 project management, information technology, 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 (2012-2014) of this programme include:

  • Structural Engineer, Price & Myers
  • Graduate Civil Engineer, Balfour Beatty
  • Graduate Tunnelling Engineer, C2HM HILL
  • Graduate Management Trainee, Deloitte
  • Full-time student, MSc in Construction Economics and Management at UCL

*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012-2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2016/17 academic year.

UK/EU students
£9,000 (2016/17)
Overseas students
£22,380 (2016/17)

Fees for students entering UCL in September 2017 (i.e. for the 2017/2018 academic year) will be set in the summer of 2016 and published on the UCL Current Students website. Fees advertised by UCL are for the first year of the programme. UK/EU undergraduate fees are capped, but fees for other students may be subject to increase in future years of study by between 3-5%.


Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

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.

Departmental scholarships

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Application and next steps

Your application

Together with academic requirements we expect you to provide evidence of your passion for civil engineering and commitment to studying the subject. Furthermore you should demonstrate your suitability for group project work and problem-based learning in a global context, drawing upon previous educational and personal experience. 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.

Application deadline: 15 January 2017


Selection is based upon the strength of your personal statement and references as well as your academic achievements. Applications from students with alternative qualifications are welcome. Please contact the Admissions Team in UCL Engineering to discuss your suitability for the programme: undergraduate-admissions@ucl.ac.uk

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

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students

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