The course

UCAS code
H2L2
Duration
Up to 5 years
Location
Edinburgh
Delivery type
Full-time

Contact

Overview

The programme covers the main Civil Engineering disciplines of structures, geotechnics, water engineering, and transportation engineering, and provides students with the key skills and knowledge required to become chartered civil engineers. The core curriculum includes all main subject areas, concentrating on analysis and materials behaviour, with a focus on design and management in the specialisation years. The international dimension aims to encourage awareness of the global engineering industry and allows students to foster links abroad. In Year 5 students complete a professional design project and a dissertation.

All Civil Engineering programmes are supported by the Civil Engineering Industry Advisory Committee, which includes representatives from major multi-national employers offering advice, guidance and work placement opportunities.

Accreditation

Accredited by the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Accredited by the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Accredited by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Accredited by the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Course content

   Detailed course guide
Year 1

Students study courses that are common across the discipline including: Mechanics; Mathematics; and Civil Engineering Applications. Students also participate in a varied programme of site visits to help emphasise the real world application of their learning.

For more information and image galleries of field trips and workshops visit our 'Further Information' webpage.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 38%
  • Independent study: 62%

Assessment

  • Written: 55%
  • Practical: 11%
  • Coursework: 34%
Year 2

Expands on the basics of Level 1, with subjects such as: Hydraulics and Hydrology; Civil Engineering Materials; Analysis of Determinate Structures; and Surveying and Monitoring in the Built and Natural Environment.

Students also have the opportunity to participate in the Constructionarium programme, where they get hands-on construction experience of the civil engineering industry.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 38%
  • Independent study: 62%

Assessment

  • Written: 55%
  • Practical: 8%
  • Coursework: 37%
Year 3

Is concerned with engineering principles and includes courses such as: Transportation Engineering; Design of Concrete and Steel Elements; Environmental Engineering; and Geotechnics.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 40%
  • Independent study: 60%

Assessment

  • Written: 57%
  • Practical: 4%
  • Coursework: 39%
Year 4

Is taken at a host institution abroad either in Europe or North America as part of an exchange programme. The content of study will include design and technical components.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 40%
  • Independent study: 60%

Assessment

  • Written: 0%
  • Practical: 100%
  • Coursework: 0%
Year 5

Students complete a research dissertation and a professional design project. They select their remaining courses from a list of 20 options, including: Stability and Dynamics; Computer Simulation of River Flows; Environmental Hydrology and Water Resources; Human Factor Methods; Earthquake Engineering; FEA Stress Analysis; and Project Management.

Students also have the opportunity to participate on a field trip to Barcelona, looking at the design of some of the worlds’ most iconic structures.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning: 33%
  • Independent study: 67%

Assessment

  • Written: 51%
  • Practical: 13%
  • Coursework: 36%

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