Civil Engineering MEng

London, Bloomsbury
Civil Engineering MEng (2024)

This four year programme covers the traditional fields of civil engineering along with broader professional skills needed to apply them and connect them in design and construction projects. You will choose an IEP Minor topic from a broad range offered. In Year 4 you will complete a capstone design project, working in teams to design a major engineering project.

UK students International students
Study mode
4 academic years
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
Programme starts
September 2023
Application deadline
25 Jan 2023
UCAS course code

Entry requirements

No specific subjects, but please note the GCSE requirements below if you are not taking A level Mathematics. 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 higher level score below 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 higher level score below 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.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

International applications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

If you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry to this undergraduate programme, you may be eligible to apply for the Engineering Foundation Year at UCL. Designed for individuals from non-traditional educational backgrounds who do not meet standard entry requirements for UCL's undergraduate engineering degrees, this pre-degree programme helps you develop confidence, academic and study skills, and subject specific knowledge. On successful completion of the Engineering Foundation Year, you can gain access to a selection of the engineering undergraduate degree programmes at UCL. Find out more about the Engineering Foundation Year.


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

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPC) prepare international students for a UCL undergraduate degree who don’t have the qualifications to enter directly. These intensive one-year foundation courses are taught on our central London campus.

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: Level 1

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.  

Once on this programme, students can apply to do a placement year in industry. You will also have the opportunity to take part in the UCL Study Abroad programme.

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 are subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

All modules on this programme are compulsory with the exception of the 3 module minor (1 module in year 2 and 2 modules in year 3) which can be selected from any of the available IEP minor subjects and 4 optional modules in year 4 which are selected from prescribed lists (for more information please visit the MEng Civil Engineering programme page). 

Students also carry out a research project in year 3, the topic of which can be agreed upon from a wide variety of research areas.

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 companies 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).

A 15 credit module has a typical learning load of 150 hours which are a blend of self-study, contact hours with staff (lectures / workshops / tutorials / laboratories / field trips) and working on assessment (exam revision / coursework assignments).


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

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

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.


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.


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 (2023/24) £9,250
Tuition fees (2023/24) £35,000

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2023/24 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 2023/24 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

Foundation Year fees for UK students are £6,000.

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

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.

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

Successful candidates would typically demonstrate an appreciation of the broad skillsets required to be a successful civil engineer and an awareness of the impacts that engineers can have on society and the planet.

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.


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

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 team via to discuss your suitability for the programme.

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