This BEng covers all the major fields of civil engineering (structures, geotechnics, fluids, design, transport studies, surveying and materials) with residential field trips throughout. It also includes a broad range of final-year options such as project management, finance, and law which will be essential in your future career.
- Degree Programme
- Engineering (Civil) BEng
- UCAS code
- 3 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2016
- No specific subjects.
- AS Levels
- For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
- English Language at grade C. Mathematics and Physics (or Double Award) at grade A if not offered at A level.
- 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:
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 Diploma Core with grade A or B, plus 2 GCE A-levels at grades A*A-AA. Mathematics required plus either Physics or Chemistry.
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
UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.
The Undergraduate 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: 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.
- 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 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.
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 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, and you will also take part in our "How to Change the World" course.
The minor subject continues in the final year where there will also be a selection of compulsory and optional advanced courses, and you will undertake 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.
Applied Fluid and Soil Mechanics
Applied Structures and Materials
Challenges (Energy and Sustainability, Global Health)
Civil Engineering Design
Design and Professional Skills
Engineering, Society and the Planet
Engineering Toolkit (including Drawing, AutoCAD, and GIS)
Mathematics, Modelling and Analysis
All first-year courses are compulsory.
Civil Engineering Scenarios
Design and Professional Skills
Geotechnics (Soil Mechanics and Geology)
Lampeter Field Course (Surveying, Stream Gauging, Dam Visit)
Materials and Fluids
Mathematics, Modelling and Analysis
Structural Analysis and Design
Civil Engineering in Practice
Civil Engineering Materials
Civil Engineering Project
Fluids and Engineering Analysis
You will select credits from a wide range of options which may include:
Advanced Soil Mechanics
Emerging Commercial Landscapes
Financial Aspects of Project Engineering and Contracting
Law for Managers
*You will choose a minor engineering subject from a wide range in years two and three.
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.
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 (2011-2013) of this programme include:
- Finance Analyst, HSBC (2013)
- Construction Project Manager, Almaty Plant of Bridge Structures LLP AZMK (2013)
- Graduate Cost Manager, EC Harris (2012)
- Full-time student, MSc in Environmental Systems Engineering at UCL (2012)
- Structural Engineer, KW Ltd (2011)
*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 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.
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Fees and funding
- UK & EU fee
- £9,000 (2016/17)
- Overseas fee
- £22,380 (2016/17)
Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance
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.
Scholarships listed below are relevant to the department. Please read the details carefully to check they are relevant to the degree and your own circumstances.
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