Undergraduate prospectus 2022


Civil Engineering MEng

This four year programme covers all the major fields of civil engineering (structures, geotechnics, materials, fluids, design and surveying) with residential field trips throughout. You will choose an IEP Minor subject from a broad range offered, which currently includes environmental engineering, management and programming. In Year 4 you will complete a capstone design project, working in large teams to design a major engineering infrastructure.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2022
UCAS code
Full-time: 4 years
Institution of Civil Engineers & Institution of Structural Engineers
Application deadline
26 January 2022
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

No specific subjects. At least two A level subjects should be taken from UCL's list of preferred A level subjects.
English Language at grade C or 5. Mathematics and Physics (or Double Award) at grade A or 7 if not offered at A level.

Contextual offer

AAB (more about contextual offers)
No specific subjects. At least two A level subjects should be taken from UCL's list of preferred A level subjects.
English Language at grade C or 5. Mathematics and Physics (or Double Award) at grade A or 7 if not offered at A level.

IB Diploma

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

Contextual offer

36 (more about contextual offers)
A total of 17 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

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF - teaching from 2016) with Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction*, with all units passed with Merit or better.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

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

A1,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A1,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.

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

UCL 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 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see: ucl.ac.uk/upc.

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

  • The programme offers a world-class education brought to you by leading researchers, educators and practising engineers. It is supported by a structured personal tutorial scheme, subject-specific clinics and student mentoring.

  • Centred round week-long project-based team activities, this programme enables you to work with your peers to design solutions to real-world engineering problems.

  • Studying in London is the perfect setting for civil engineering students because of the exciting range of projects underway (e.g. major rail projects), and the access to professional institutions (e.g. the Institute of Civil Engineering).

  • This programme is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (www.jbm.org.uk). For more information please visit the Civil Engineering MEng programme page. 


In order to meet the Engineering Council requirements for an accredited degree (which apply to all programmes professionally accredited by the Engineering Council, across all universities), students on this programme must pass all modules, with some possible specific exceptions for a limited number of optional modules. If a student fails a module (two attempts are permitted) they may be eligible to transfer to a related non-accredited degree.

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Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 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 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Year 1 develops the theoretical basis of civil engineering and is structured around a series of real-world engineering problems. You will share classes in mathematics with other engineering students, and take part in two interdisciplinary Engineering Challenges. At the end of Year 1, there is a residential field trip to Wales, which includes surveying, dam design, health and safety risk management, and the environmental impact assessment of engineering activities.

In Year 2 core civil engineering knowledge is developed further, and you will also choose an IEP Minor subject from a wide range of options. At the end of this year there is a residential field trip to develop your skills on a bespoke construction site.

Study of your IEP Minor subject continues in Year 3, as you also take compulsory advanced core modules and complete a substantial research project.

In Year 4 you will complete a major integrated design project, where you work in large groups to design a major civil engineering infrastructure. Each project is supported by leading practitioners from the industry.

You will also choose from a wide range of Master’s level modules covering advanced technical skills and professionally relevant topics, in line with your specialist interests.  

This degree is part of the Integrated Engineering Programme (IEP), a teaching framework that engages students in specialist and interdisciplinary activities.


Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Compulsory module(s)

  • Civil Engineering Design 
  • Engineering: Impact Assessment
  • Soil Mechanics
  • Structural Mechanics
  • Professional Skills in Civil Engineering 
  • Materials and Applied Fluid Mechanics I
  • Engineering Challenges 
  • Mathematical Modelling and Analysis I

Optional modules

All first year modules are compulsory. To find out further module details, please visit the Civil Engineering MEng programme page.

Compulsory module(s)

  • Structural Analysis and Design
  • Materials and Applied Fluid Mechanics II
  • Scenarios in Civil Engineering
  • Soil Mechanics. and Engineering Geology
  • Surveying and Field Studies
  • Design and Professional Skills II
  • Mathematical Modelling and Analysis II

Optional modules

Minor I

You will undertake the first module of an IEP Minor subject, chosen from a wide range of options, in Year 2.

Find out more on the Integrated Engineering Programme (IEP) webpage.

To find out further module details, please visit the Civil Engineering MEng programme page.

Compulsory module(s)

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

Optional modules

Minor II
Minor III

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

To find out further module details, please visit the Engineering (Civil) MEng programme page.

Compulsory module(s)

Integrated Design Project

Optional modules

You will select your remaining credits from a wide range of optional modules. Options may include:

  • Advanced Civil Engineering Materials 
  • Advanced Soil Mechanics 
  • Engineering Study of Rail Systems and Infrastructure 
  • Roads and Underground Infrastructure: Design, Construction and Maintenance 

  • Advanced Structural Analysis
  • Design and Analysis of Structural Systems
  • Finite-Element Modelling and Numerical Methods
  • Introduction to Seismic Design of Structures 
  • Structural Dynamics

  • Environmental Fluid Mechanics
  • Offshore and Coastal Engineering 
  • Urban Flooding and Drainage

Your learning

Teaching is delivered in a number of 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. External lecturers who are practising engineers deliver lectures specific to their areas of expertise.

The residential field study courses at the end of Year 1 and Year 2 are heavily subsided by the department but do require financial contributions from participants. Please note both these trips are subject to change, and incur certain costs.

There are a number of opportunities to find summer work placements within civil engineering consultancies based in London. It is down to the student to find a suitable placement, however, the department will provide support in producing CVs and cover letters, and providing career advice and opportunities. The work placements can be recognised by the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).


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 module descriptions are available on the department website: Civil Engineering MEng.


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This programme equips graduates with a 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, teamwork, engineering software and communication, all of which will be essential in your career.

Our graduates enjoy careers in many different disciplines and organisations. Engineering problem-solving skills are appreciated by many employers, and can lead to promotion into management roles. Our well-rounded graduates are increasingly sought after in professions beyond engineering, including banking, law and advertising.

Typical employment sectors for civil engineers include consulting, contractors, local authorities, non-governmental organisations, research, the railway industry, law firms and finance.

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Student view
The structure of the programme really encouraged me to discover and develop my interests in the field, and led me to find the path I want to follow after I graduate. I have also taken up a studentship with my department as well as summer placements in structural engineering. Katherine Chimenes - Civil Engineering MEng Fourth Year

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2022/23 academic year. The UK fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2022/23 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK students
£9,250 (2022/23)
Overseas students
£32,100 (2022/23)

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

Field trip costs are estimated to be £500. It is difficult to give exact figures, but as a guide books and equipment (i.e. drawing kit, waterproofs and safety boots) usually cost students £200 each year.

A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).


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

Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.

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 to do so. Any potential 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: 26 January 2022


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 our Admissions Tutor via cege-ug-admissions@ucl.ac.uk to discuss your suitability for the programme.

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

UCL is regulated by the Office for Students.

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