BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering

The course

Delivery type
4 years (full-time)
Intake date



The programme covers the main civil engineering disciplines of Structures, Geotechnics, Water Engineering and Transportation Engineering, and provides students with the key analytical and practical skills and knowledge required to become chartered civil or structural engineers. After graduation, students are equipped to work for consultants, contractors or government at senior management level.

The core curriculum includes instruction in all main subject areas, concentrating on analysis and materials behaviour with an increasing focus on design and management in the specialisation years. Throughout, there is an emphasis on the personal development of students within a professional environment.

Why study Civil Engineering at Heriot-Watt University's Dubai Campus?

  • The first and only programme in the Gulf region to offer a UK Civil Engineering degree.
  • The first and only civil engineering programme in the Gulf region to be accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT), the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) and the Permanent Way Institution.
  • Gives you engineering skills to create landmark civil engineering structures – the transformation of ideas into reality.
  • Our programme is designed to help shape the built environment for the 21st century, not only in terms of civil engineering but also to support a sustainable, energy efficient and green society.


Engineering Council

Read more about the UAE Federal Accreditation.

This degree is accredited as partially satisfying the educational base for a Chartered Engineer (CEng). In common with other BEng accredited degrees, a programme of accredited Further Learning will be required to complete the educational base for CEng.

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 (UK-SPEC). An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

Student profile

Ahad Butt

Students are encouraged to build confidence with the help of presentations and group works, that really helped develop and enhance their interpersonal skills.

Ahad Butt, Civil Engineering, BEng (Hons)

Course content

Note that the programme structure below is provided to illustrate the distribution of teaching and is subject to developmental change.

First year

Semester 1

  • Mechanics A
  • Civil Engineering Applications 1
  • Construction Technology 1
  • Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists 1

Semester 2

  • Mechanics B
  • Introduction to Materials
  • Introduction to Engineering Design
  • Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists 2

Students take part in site visits to a range of construction sites

Second year

Semester 1

  • Analysis of Determinate Structures
  • Hydraulics and Hydrology A
  • Surveying and Monitoring in the Built and Natural Environment
  • Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists 3

Semester 2

  • Civil Engineering Materials
  • Stress Analysis and Element Strength
  • Design Studies A - Problem Solving
  • Statistics for Science

Third year

Semester 1

  • Design of Steel Elements
  • Transport Design, Infrastructure and Society
  • Indeterminate Structures
  • Geology and Soil Properties

Semester 2

  • Hydraulics and Hydrology B
  • Geotechnics A - Introduction to Soil Mechanics
  • Design of Concrete Elements
  • Environmental Technology and Management

Fourth year

Semester 1

  • Dissertation 1 Civil Engineering programme (S1, mandatory)
  • Geotechnics B - Soil Strength (mandatory)
  • Highway Engineering (optional)
  • Structural Element Design (optional)
  • Sustainability for Construction Professionals (optional)

Semester 2

  • Dissertation 1 Civil Engineering programme (S2, mandatory)
  • Civil Engineering Design Project (mandatory)
  • Foundation Engineering (mandatory)
  • Plastic Analysis of Structures (optional)
  • Urban Drainage and Water Supply (optional)
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment (optional)


Graduates from the Civil Engineering programme can expect to find jobs in multinational civil and structural engineering companies, government organisations and small to mediumsized private sector firms (building, civil and structural engineering).

Entry requirements

Our entry criteria are listed below. However, please note that the final decision remains at the discretion of the course director after evaluating scores of individual relevant subjects.

Students who are eligible to be admitted directly into second year can choose to join the first year, where available.

First year entry

  • GCE A-Level - CCC (or AABB at AS-Level) 
  • CBSE/Other Indian Boards - 65%. 
  • American High School Diploma/SABIS - 70% + SAT I – 1000 (500 English and 500 Math) 
  • Tawjihiyya - 80% or Elite/Advance - 75% + EmSAT (English 1400, Math 1200 and 1100 Physics) 
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme - 24 points (3 HL – including Maths and Physics, and 3 SL) 
  • BTEC Level 3 Ext Diploma - MMM 
  • FBISE grade 12 or equivalent – 70% 
  • Russian/Kazakhstan (Attestat) - Grades of 5 in every subject + IELTS 6.0 
  • French Baccalaureate - 13/20 + IELTS 6.0 
  • Lebanese Baccalaureate - 80% or 13/20 + IELTS 6.0 
  • Foundation year - Successful completion of Heriot-Watt University Degree Entry Programme (Engineering) with a CCCC. 
  • Compulsory subjects to include Mathematics, Physics and English.

Second year entry

  • GCE A-Levels - BBC. 
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme - 27 points (3 HL – including Maths and Physics, and 3 SL) 
  • CBSE/Other Indian Boards - 85% 
  • American High School Diploma/SABIS - 70% + 3 AP at grade 4 (Including Maths and Physics) or Minimum 3 SAT Subjects (SAT II) 500 each, Including Maths and Physics. 
  • Higher National Diploma (HND) - PPP 
  • BTEC Level 3 Ext Diploma - DDD 
  • FBISE grade 12 or equivalent - 85% 
  • Certificate of Higher Education - Successful completion of course with a minimum of grades of D in every Subject. 
  • Transfer students from other universities may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Compulsory subjects to include Mathematics, Physics and English.

To find out about the entry requirements for this programme, please send an email to

English language requirements

As our degrees are taught and assessed in English, applicants must be able to prove their level of English language ability. To know more, please refer to our English language requirements.

Fees and funding

  • AED 70412 per year*

* All tuition fees inclusive of VAT

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