Civil and Structural Engineering at Heriot-Watt is ranked in the top 150 universities in the world, top 18 in the UK and 2nd in Scotland (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021).

We are 4th in the UK for employer reputation (QS World Uni Rankings by Subject 2021).

Civil Engineering is ranked 1st in Scotland and 6th in the UK (The Times / The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021).

View all Civil / Structural / Safety / Water Engineering courses

Study in a centre of expertise

Courses are delivered by Heriot-Watt’s Institute for Infrastructure and Environment. The Institute is one of the leading providers for teaching and research in engineering in the UK. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment Heriot-Watt University came 1st in the UK for General Engineering*.

Professionally accredited

Most degrees within the Civil/Structural/Safety/Water Engineering subject group are accredited as meeting the requirements for further learning for a Chartered Engineer (CEng) for candidates who have already acquired a partial CEng (BEng) accredited undergraduate degree. See the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) for further information.

Access industry expertise

Programmes in this subject area are supported by the Civil Engineering Industry Advisory Committee which includes representatives from major multi-national employers AECOM, ARUP, Balfour Beatty, Halcrow, Jacobs and WSP Group. This committee ensures our course content is high quality, up-to-date and relevant to industry needs.

*a joint submission with the University of Edinburgh