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  • Scotland (Widening Access Places only)
  • England, Northern Ireland and Wales
  • International
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The course

UCAS code
Up to 5 years
Delivery type



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

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 course 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.

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 course, where they get hands-on construction experience of the civil engineering industry.

Year 3

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

Year 4

In year 4 you have the opportunity to apply to study at a host institution abroad in either Europe, North America or Australia as part of an exchange course. The content of study will include design and technical components.

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.

Unistats course data


Work and study

This is what our MEng Civil Engineering with International Studies students are doing six months after graduating:

  • 75% are working
  • 0% are studying
  • 15% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 90% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.


  • The average salary of students six months after graduating: £26000
  • The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar course: £25000


These are the most common jobs students go into six months after graduating:

  • Engineering professionals
  • Quality and regulatory professionals
  • Elementary occupations

Entry requirements

Year 1

  • Highers AAAB or ABBBB to include Mathematics at Grade B.
  • A-Levels ABC or BBB to include Mathematics at B
  • Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with Advanced Higher Mathematics
  • Int. Baccalaureate 31 points to include 5 in Higher Level Mathematics

Year 2

  • Advanced Highers BB to include Mathematics plus AAAB at Higher
  • A-Levels ABB to include Mathematics
  • Scottish Baccalaureate Distinction including Advanced Higher Mathematics
  • Int. Baccalaureate 35 points including 6 in Higher Level Mathematics
  • HNC A in graded unit with at least SCQF level 7 or NQF level 4 in a relevant mathematics course.

Year 3

  • HND AB in graded units with A in final graded unit and at least SCQF level 7 or NQF level 4 in a relevant mathematics course.

Additional information

  • For all years, applications are welcomed from holders of non-school qualificationsmature candidates and overseas students.
  • All EU and overseas candidates will require an IELTS overall grade 6.0 (or equivalent) with no component lower than 5.5 or equivalent.
  • BTEC Relevant BTEC qualifications are accepted; please contact Admissions Tutor for further details.


Tuition fees for 2019 entry (by residency status)
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales*** International
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £18,480

* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.

** European Union countries (not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales).

*** 'Rest of the UK' (RUK) students entering at Level 1 receive a fee waiver of one year's tuition fee. Normally this will be the final year, or a year during which students study abroad (either at a partnership institution, or at one of Heriot-Watt's overseas campuses).

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2018

In addition to government maintenance loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.