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The BEng Civil Engineering course covers broad-based civil engineering subjects to equip you with knowledge and skills to plan, design and implement major civil engineering projects.

There are two 18-week periods of paid industrial training incorporated into this degree, which are obtained competitively. If you are successful in completing these periods of employment, you will graduate with a 'Sandwich' degree which demonstrates to employers that you are ready to make an immediate contribution to their teams. The practical nature of this course also means that you will also visit construction sites and spend time at the National Construction College as part of the course.

Ranked top in Scotland in the Guardian University Guide 2020.

Professional Recognition

This degree is accredited by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) comprising the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation on behalf of the Engineering Council as:

  1. fully satisfying the educational base for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).
  2. partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). 

A programme of accredited Further Learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng. See www.jbm.co.uk for further information and details of Further Learning programmes for CEng. 

Dr Les Hutchison Undergraduate Scholarship

This scholarship scheme will see £2,000 being awarded annually to one student to support the student experience in the Honours year of undergraduate study. To find out more about eligibility criteria or to apply click here.

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Civil Engineering Programme Leader

Placement Opportunities

There are two 18-week periods of paid industrial training to develop your professional skills. Students are responsible for applying for civil engineering jobs. These are obtained competitively so they cannot be guaranteed, however we will assist you with the application process. You will visit construction sites and spend time at the National Construction College studying concrete construction, drainage, steel fixing and scaffolding.

Engineering at UWS

UWS has over 100 years’ experience in training engineers. Many of our courses are professionally accredited and designed to anticipate industry demand. Their delivery is supported by excellent on-campus facilities. Our students graduate with the knowledge, skills and practical experience to succeed in engineering.

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96%

of BEng Civil Engineering graduates in work and/or study 6 months after graduating - HESA performance indicator 2016/17

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TOP

in Scotland for Civil Engineering - Guardian University Guide 2020

Career Prospects

As a UWS Civil Engineering graduate, you will have the skills to make useful contributions to any professional civil engineering & construction team from the moment you start your full-time career.

Practical focus

Regular guest lectures from industry professionals will provide you with insight to what working life as a civil engineer is really like.

This programme also offers two 18-week periods of industrial training to prepare you for employment in the civil engineering industry following graduation.

Surveying field trips and visits to the National Construction College allow you to gain practical experience civil engineering processes, such as concrete construction and steel fixing.

The sandwich degree course meant I had the opportunity to undertake a 36-week work placement within my degree; I believe this work experience was essential in helping me find a job so quickly.

Katie Duff, BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering graduate

Jobs

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 have secured employment 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.

Further Study

This course partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) with the relevent engineering bodies. This course prepares you for further study on an accredited master's degree which will allow you to apply for Chartered Engineer status. 

UWS's MSc Civil Engineering is one such course and can be taken on a part-time basis to further your career opportunities whilst in employment.

For a full list of accredited and approved further study options see the Joint Board of Moderators website.

Some graduates have progressed to doctoral research (PhD) programmes.

UWS_Alumna Katie Duff with surveying equipment

No bridge too far

UWS Civil Engineering graduate, Katie Duff s used to working in all weather as she keeps an eye on the condition of the country’s railway bridges. Her work as an engineer stretches back to her days as a student at UWS when she spent her summer placement with Amey, a UK and international consulting and infrastructure support business, surveying railway bridges as part of a pilot project for Network Rail.

She actually received two job offers before graduating. One came from Amey and the other from AECOM, a US construction firm which had successfully pitched for the Network Rail infrastructure inspection and assessment project. She chose AECOM.

The course gave me a broad base of knowledge which I can apply in my job and which has allowed me to go on to study towards a master's degree before I apply for Chartership status with the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Katie Duff, BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering graduate

Katie praised the practical nature of the UWS course and reckons practical modules like those on surveying, are particularly useful as it's something she does every day.

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need? 

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.
 
Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience.
 
If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Undergraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

Advanced Entry

Advanced entry is possible to Years 2 and 3 of this course for suitably qualified applicants (see below).

Year 1

  • Scottish Highers: BBBC (102 UCAS Tariff points) including Maths & 1 other science
  • A levels: CCD (88 UCAS Tariff points) including Maths & 1 other science
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H3 H3 H3 H4 including Maths & 1 other science 
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points including Maths and 1 other science, at least at SL
  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Construction or Engineering: Building Services or Engineering Practice or Engineering Systems or Built Environment (for SQA HNCs, including a pass in the SCQF Level 6 unit: Maths for Engineering 1, or equivalent)
  • Scottish Widening Access Programme: Access to STEM (BBB)

Year 2

  • SQA Advanced Highers: CCD (112 UCAS Tariff points) including Maths and one Science
  • A-levels: BCC (104 UCAS Tariff points) including Maths and one Science
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 28 points including Maths and one Science
  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Civil Engineering (for SQA HNC, with Grade B in the Graded Unit including Maths at SCQF Level 7 or equivalent)
  • SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Civil Engineering*
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM

* also see Year 3 entry

Year 3

  • SQA HND: Civil Engineering (including a pass in the SCQF Level 8 unit: Engineering Mathematics 4/5, or equivalent, plus Grade B in the Graded Unit)
  • BTEC Level 5 HND / Foundation Degree: Civil Engineering (which includes modules/units in Engineering Mathematics at the equivalent level of SCQF Level 8)
  • Diplôme Universitaire de Technologie (DUT): Students of DUT in France may apply for Year 3 entry and applications will be considered on an individual basis

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
  • PTE Pearson Academic English: An overall score of 54 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5). An overall score 61 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)

 

IELTS Score Exceptions (Research degrees, Nursing & Midwifery degrees with NMC registration, Certificate of Higher Education, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0

For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS or Occupational English Test (OET)*.

For such courses, the IELTS score is as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • score of at least 7.0 in reading, listening and speaking and no less than 6.5 in writing

* Note that the Occupational English Test (OET) will now be accepted in addition to IELTS as proof of a Nurse's English Language Competence (Nursing & Midwifery Council, 2019). 

For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5

 

TOEFL IBT

TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:

  • Reading: 17;
  • Listening: 17;
  • Speaking: 17;
  • Writing: 17

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

 

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE)

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*

  • C6 or above in English

*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.

 

Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

    • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
    • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
    • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Find out more about our English lanaguage Courses.

Course details

Guest speakers from industry form part of the course to expand 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.

Study abroad

It is always possible to augment your studies and broaden your horizons by learning a new language and prepare for the best international opportunities. You can find out more on learning a language and studying abroad through on our study abroad at UWS webpage.

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, mathematics, applied geology, hydraulics, surveying and construction studies.

Industrial Training

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

Year 3

Studies include structural engineering, ground and water engineering, construction technology and project management. Team building skills are developed via an interdisciplinary group design project (InterAct) delivered by students from different universities in Glasgow.

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 & highway engineering, construction and management, advanced construction materials. An major individual project allows you to investigate a subject area of your choice.

Teaching & Assessment

The teaching and learning methods employed by staff in the delivery of the module portfolio covers a wide range of established and some novel approaches.

Much of this is left to the professionalism of the staff delivering the material with traditional lectures and tutorials still forming the basis for much of the teaching within civil engineering.

Extensive use is also made of laboratories, seminars, site experience group work, independent learning and demonstrations.

Learn a language (Optional)

This course also gives you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover multiple languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering Course Structure

Undergradute Tuition Fees

Undergraduate fees for this course 2020/21

Scottish & EU

£1,820 cost per year of study (paid by the Scottish Government via SAAS*)

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£9,250 Cost per year of study for four years but not more than £27,750

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£9,250 Cost per year of study for four years but not more than £27,750

International (Non-EU)

£16,000 per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Modular fee 2020/21

Scottish & EU

£305 per module (20 credit)

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£1,550 per module (20 credit)

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£1,550 per module (20 credit)

More on current & future tuition fees

2021/22 Undergraduate Tuition Fees - Full-time

Scottish

£1,820 Cost per year of study (usually paid by the Scottish Government via SAAS)

Rest of UK (English, Northern Irish, Welsh)

£9,250 Cost per year of study (for four years but you will not pay more than £27,750)

Republic of Ireland

£9,250 Cost per year of study (for four years but you will not pay more than £27,750)

International (including EU)

£16,400 Cost per year of study

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Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.
 
In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.
 
Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses

The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.
 
You can also find additional information in our Undergraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.

Additional Costs

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

Tuition Fees* & Living Cost Support

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as an undergraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for EU Students

EU students studying at undergraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find our more.

Funding for International Students

There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at undergraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find out more.

Other Financial Support

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

Find out more.

Benefits & Tax Credits

Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.

Find out more.

Additional Financial Support

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

Find out more.

Money & Debt Advice

Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.

Find out more.

Dr Les Hutchison Undergraduate Scholarship

This scholarship scheme will see £2,000 being awarded annually to one student to support the student experience in the Honours year of undergraduate study. To find out more about eligibility criteria or to apply click here.

How to apply

Full-time (domestic & EU/EEA)

All UK and EU applicants for undergraduate study, not applying through an agent or partner, should apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service)

The on-time application deadline for 2021/22 entry is 29 January 2021, 18:00 (UK time). For some courses it may still be possible to apply beyond this period, subject to suitable vacancies remaining. The final deadline for late applications via UCAS is 30 June 2021, 18:00 (UK time). Beyond this deadline, you may be able to apply via ‘UCAS Clearing’ if the course you are interested in has remaining places.

Please refer to our Undergraduate Application Guide for domestic & EU/EEA to find more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS.

Apply on UCAS

Full-time (non-EU/non-EEA), Part-time & Online (all students), Erasmus & International Exchange

Students from non-EU/non-EEA countries can apply directly to UWS via our dedicated online application system. The latest we can process your application is 6 weeks before the course start date to allow for visa processing times. For more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS please refer to our International Undergraduate Application Guide.

For part-time & online study, you should apply directly to the University through our online application system, not through UCAS. Please select the part-time mode of study when submitting your application. Before you begin your application, it is important to read the part-time application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.

To come to UWS as a visiting student on a study abroad or exchange programme, you must apply entirely through our online system.

 

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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