Civil Engineering MEng

London, Bloomsbury
Civil Engineering MEng (2023)

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.

UK students International students
Study mode
4 years
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
9,250 (2022/23)
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
32,100 (2022/23)
Programme starts
September 2022
Application deadline
26 Jan 2022
UCAS course code

Entry requirements

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 information

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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.
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

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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.

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

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

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

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

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.

Access and widening participation

UCL is committed to widening access to higher education. If you are eligible for Access UCL you do not need to do anything in addition to the standard UCAS application. Your application will be automatically flagged when we receive it.

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:

English language requirements

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

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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.

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

Course overview

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.

What this course will give you

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 ( For more information please visit the Civil Engineering MEng programme page. 

Teaching and learning

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).

Upon successful completion of 480 credits, you will be awarded a MEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering.


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

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.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

The foundation of 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.


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.

UCL is committed to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.


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.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) 9,250 (2022/23)
Tuition fees (2022/23) 32,100 (2022/23)

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.

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website:

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).

Funding your studies

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 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.

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.


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 to discuss your suitability for the programme.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: How we assess your application.

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