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The course

Course code
KPT/JPS (N/526/6/0108)(PA6195) 08/20
Delivery type
4 years
Intake date

We have an international research reputation and close connection with the professional and industrial world of science, engineering and technology.


  • Contact

    Heriot-Watt University Malaysia Campus

  • Telephone

    +603 8894 3888

  • Email


The programme covers the main civil engineering disciplines of Structures, Geotechnics, Water Engineering, and Highway Engineering, and provides students with the key skills and knowledge required to become chartered civil or structural engineers.

After graduation, students are equipped to work for engineering consultants, contractors or government at management level. The core curriculum includes instruction in all main subject areas, concentrating on analysis and materials behaviour, with 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.

MEng Civil Engineering progression

BEng students who meet the progression requirements for the MEng programme may transfer programmes at the end of Year 2.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching involves a mix of lectures, tutorials and practical work. Assessment is by a combination of coursework and examination. By the final year, coursework assessment, principally through the design project and research dissertations, accounts for approximately 50% of the final assessment.


In accordance with our normal practice, our professionally orientated programmes are designed to meet the educational requirements for membership of relevant professional institutions.

In addition to recognition in Malaysia, we seek accreditation by UK and international professional bodies in accordance with their standard procedures.

Once the programme is fully operational accreditation will be sought from The Joint Board of Moderators (JBM), who represent The Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, and the Institute of Highway Engineers.

Course content

Core courses

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First Year

Courses from first to third year are common for both

  • Analysis of Determinate Structures
  • Hydraulics and Hydrology A
  • Surveying and Monitoring in the Built and Natural Environment
  • Mathematics for Engineers & Scientists 3
  • Civil Engineering Materials
  • Stress Analysis and Element Strength
  • Design Studies A - Problem Solving
  • Statistics for Science

Second Year

  • Design of Steel Elements
  • Transportation Engineering A
  • Indeterminate Structures
  • Geology and Soil Properties
  • Hydraulics and Hydrology B
  • Geotechnics A - Intro to Soil
  • Design of Concrete Elements
  • Environmental Engineering A

BEng students who meet the progression requirements for the MEng course may transfer courses at the end of Year 2.

Third Year

  • Civil Engineering Dissertation
  • Geotechnics B - Soil Strength
  • Civil Engineering Design Project
  • Foundation Engineering
  • Industrial Training

Plus 3 optional courses related to structural design, structural engineering, transportation engineering, ground engineering and mangement.

MEng students undertake a compulsory industrial training placement.

Fourth Year

MEng only

  • Civil Engineering Professional Design Project