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Engineering (Civil) BEng

Studying Engineering (Civil) BEng at UCL offers a unique curriculum constructed around a series of multidisciplinary group projects, which focus on real-world engineering problems.

To find out core information about this degree, such as entry requirements, programme length, accreditation and cost, plus to apply, visit the UCL prospectus site.

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Read our Year 2 section below to discover further details about  the Constructionarium - a one week practical, residential field course that takes place at the end of second year for BEng (and MEng) students. Please note, all field trips are subject to change.  

UCL is currently ranked in the Global Top 50 for Civil and Structural Engineering, and as an institution is ranked 8th worldwide, in the QS University Global World Rankings and Subject Rankings 2020. 

Programme information

The BEng and MEng Engineering (Civil) programmes follow a common curriculum for the first three years. You can delay the final decision between which route you graduate with until the end of your second year. You do not need to apply for more than one programme as applicants to both programmes are treated equally.

Highlights of our BEng programme include:

  • a world-class education brought to you by leading researchers, educators and practising engineers. This is supported by a structured personal tutorial scheme, subject-specific clinics and student mentoring;
  • two residential field courses, giving you hands-on experience of surveying, construction and site management;
  • a major research project that develops your technical skills and ability to write professional reports;
  • our London location; studying in London is the perfect setting for civil engineering students because of the exciting range of projects underway (e.g. Crossrail), and the access to professional institutions.

Year 1

Your first year is structured around a series of week-long group-based projects, known as Scenarios and Challenges, which focus on real-world engineering problems. In addition to these problem-based activities, you will attend lectures, workshops and laboratory classes to develop your knowledge of theoretical concepts. These theory-based classes are supplemented with both design and professional skills classes, and an engineering impact assessment, enabling you to tackle 21st century engineering problems the way we think civil engineers should – with creativity, ethical considerations and a will to make the world better.

Click on the individual module titles below for more information:

Core or compulsory module(s)

Optional modules

All first year modules are compulsory.


Year 2

Year 2 follows the same format as Year 1, but the subjects become more advanced and the group projects require more rigorous analysis. At the end of your second year, there is a one week residential field course on a building site - the Constructionarium. Here, you will work alongside practising engineers to build scaled structures to the same standards and techniques that are applied on professional construction sites.

Core or compulsory module(s)

​​​Optional modules


Year 3

In Year 3 you will be able to put what you have learnt in Years 1 and 2 into practice, further progressing your understanding of the theoretical concepts that underpin a successful career as a civil engineer. You will carry out, in pairs, an investigative piece of research in your area of interest, within a range of topics that reflect the broad nature of our undergraduate degree programme. You will identify the limits of current civil engineering knowledge and gain the ability to conduct research under expert guidance.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Optional modules

  • Minor II
  • Minor III

You will continue with two modules in your selected IEP Minor subject from Year 2.


The IEP

You will study this programme in the context of our Integrated Engineering Programme, giving you the opportunity to:

  • tackle practical engineering challenges throughout your programme
  • develop transferable professional skills
  • tailor your programme to your interests
  • study and collaborate with students in other engineering disciplines

Watch this video to learn more.

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