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

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: BBBB including Maths and 1 science
GCE A-Levels: CCC including Maths and 1 science
Irish Leaving Certificate: HL: BBBB including Maths and 1 science
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points (including 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
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 A 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 sustainable construction, the properties and uses of civil engineering materials, design of structural elements, applied geology, hydraulics, surveying and industrial 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 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, Halcrow, 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 Honours programme is accredited as fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng). See for further information. A BEng Honours graduate may progress to Chartered Engineer status after appropriate further study. 

The BEng Honours degree 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).

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Useful Information

  • 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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