Civil Engineering

UCAS codes

  • H200 -

Course contact

Callum Tooth
0800 027 1000 (44 141 849 4101 outwith UK)


  • School of Engineering and Computing

Qualifications and durations

    BEng Hons (Sandwich) - 4 Years


      Start date(s)

      • September

      Tuition Fees

      Additional costs
      Please note that for some programmes of study there may be additional costs involved which are not included in the tuition fee advertised. These could be, for example, for study materials, fields trips or equipment. Programme leaders will be able to provide detail of any additional costs.

      The BEng Civil Engineering will develop technical, managerial and financial skills to enable you to design, construct and organise civil engineering projects. 

      BEng Civil Engineering - University of the West of Scotland

      Civil Engineering - 98 percent for overall student satisfaction

      SQA Highers: BBBC including Maths and one science
      CC including Maths and one science
      Irish Leaving Certificate: HL: H3 H3 H3 H3 including Maths and one science
      International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma:
      24 points (4, 4 at HL)
      SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC:
      Construction, Engineering Practice (for SQA award, including a pass in the unit Maths for Engineering 1), Engineering: Building Services, Engineering Systems


      International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 28 points
      SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC:
       Civil Engineering (for SQA award, with Grade A in the Graded Unit)
      SQA HND: Civil Engineering
      BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM
      SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND / Foundation Degree: Civil Engineering (for SQA award, with Grade B in the Graded Unit)
      This programme covers broad-based civil engineering subjects to equip you with knowledge and skills to plan, design and implement civil engineering projects.

      Guest speakers from industry also form part of the programme to further deepen your understanding of the subject. Representatives from Arup regularly speak to students about the role of structural engineers and students recently attended a talk from Graham Construction about the opportunities open to graduates with them.

      Year 1

      Studies include mathematics, structural mechanics and design, science, communication, drawing and computing skills and an introduction to the engineering industry.

      Year 2

      Studies include the properties and uses of civil engineering materials, design of structural elements, mathematics, applied geology, hydraulics, surveying and construction studies.

      Industrial Training

      Students can spend an 18-week period of paid employment in industry.

      Year 3

      Structural engineering, ground and water engineering, construction technology and project management are covered. Team building skills are developed via a group design project.

      Industrial training
      Honours students can spend an 18-week period of paid employment in industry between Year 3 and Year 4.

      Year 4 (Honours)

      Studies include structural engineering and design, ground and highway engineering, construction and management, renewable energy and materials. An individual project allows you to investigate a subject area of your choice.
      Graduate opportunities are available with excellent starting salaries. Major construction firms actively seek university graduates and you may gain employment with a major contracting or consulting engineering company. UWS graduates work with companies including Network Rail, Amey, Balfour Beatty, CH2M and the Royal Air Force in roles such as Graduate Civil Engineer or Graduate Structural Engineer. There are two 18-week periods of paid industrial training to develop your professional skills. Students are responsible for applying for civil engineering jobs and these are obtained competitively so they cannot be guaranteed, however we will assist you with this. You will visit construction sites and spend time at the National Construction College studying concrete construction, drainage, steel fixing and scaffolding.

      The BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng). See for further information. An Honours graduate from this programme may progress to Chartered Engineer status after appropriate further study such as an accredited technical MSc.

      The BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering has been accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Institute of Highway Engineers, and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UKSPEC).

      From September 2017 year 1 entry we are intending to offer a BEng (Hons) CEng Civil Engineering programme, which will partially satisfy the educational base for a Chartered Engineer, and we will be seeking accreditation for this programme from the JBM. An Honours graduate from this programme may progress to Chartered Engineer status after appropriate further study such as an accredited MSc. 

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      Useful Information

      • Merit Scholarships available. Non-EU applicants who meet or exceed our entry criteria are invited to apply. Applicants who have succeeded despite unusual challenges are particularly encouraged to apply
        Ranked 5th in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2017

        100% student satisfaction (NSS 2015) – top in the UK

        100% of students in work/further study six months after graduating (HESA performance indicator 2014/15)

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