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Civil Engineering and Structural Engineering

Studying Civil or Structural Engineering will provide access to a range of career opportunities including consultancy and contracting in areas such as the water industry, transportation and the energy sector.

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What Is Civil and Structural Engineering?

Engineering is the art of the possible. Throughout the world, civil and structural engineers provide the infrastructure which underpins economic development and ensures a better quality of life. The challenge for the modern engineer is to achieve this whilst minimising the impact on the environment.

Civil and structural engineers require a broad understanding of scientific principles, knowledge of materials and the art of analysis and synthesis. They also require research, team working, leadership and business skills.

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Why study Civil or Structural Engineering at Heriot-Watt?

Heriot-Watt graduates are highly sought after by employers in the sector and are generally paid a higher average salary than the national rate.

All of our degrees are supported by an industry advisory panel involving representatives from major multi-national employers. The panel supports our degrees ensuring our curriculum delivers exactly what the industry needs and that our graduates are work ready.

In year 2 all students have the opportunity to participate in Constructionarium, which provides hands-on construction working alongside professional engineers and tradesmen.

Check out our facilities

Enjoy this tour of the civil engineering space at Heriot-Watt University showing equipment and facilities for study of civil engineering materials, geomechanics, railway research, structures, systems and water management.


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Undergraduate Civil Engineering and Structural Engineering programmes

Research Bites with Professor Gabriela Medero

Listen to Professor Medero (civil engineering) discuss one of Heriot-Watt's exciting contributions to sustainability in construction.


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Why Heriot-Watt?

Ranking (Civil Engineering, Complete University Guide 2023)

We are ranked 3rd in Scotland and 18th in the UK for Civil Engineering by The Complete University Guide 2023.

Ranking (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023)

Civil & Structural Engineering at Heriot-Watt is ranked 6th in the UK for Employer Reputation by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023.


Students can participate in Constructionarium, which provides hands-on construction working alongside professional engineers and tradesmen to construct scaled down versions of bridges, buildings, dams and civil engineering projects.

Go Global

Go Global - a unique opportunity to carry your studies to new places and experience new cultures, expanding your horizons on the way. You'll discover what it means to be a truly global citizen and emerge prepared for wherever your career journey takes you.

Your career

Employers around the world actively seek out our graduates because they are work-ready. All our degrees are career-focused and relevant to the needs of industry. Around 95% of our students are in employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Civil Engineering Society

The Heriot-Watt University Civil Engineering Society is a student group that arranges social events, technical talks, nights out, attendance at careers fairs as well as the Civil Engineering Graduate Ball.

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At Heriot-Watt University, we offer a wide range of services to help you deal with all aspects of your life with us, whether these be academic, personal, technical, financial or just plain fun!

We are accredited by the following organisations

At Heriot-Watt University we develop degrees that are relevant for the world of work. We work with Professional bodies and Institutes to gain appropriate Accreditations and Professional Memberships for your industry. Find out below how this degree aligns to industry.

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